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FIFA 23 TOTY squad, release date, and nominees

With the World Cup over, it's now time to turn our attention to the FIFA 23 TOTY release date, and who might make the cut as one of the best players this year

FIFA 23 TOTY: Football player, Erling Haaland, celebrates after scoring a goal

FIFA 23 TOTY – Team of the Year, for the uninitiated – is already on the horizon for this, most bizarre of seasons. The World Cup content is now a distant memory on Ultimate Team, and in its place will soon stand a handful of massively overpowered TOTY cards that will cost you a ton of coins to get in your squad if you’re not lucky enough to pack one.

FIFA 23 TOTY players are generally the best of the best, and the super rare, overpowered offerings will stay relevant until the very end of the PC game cycle, so while adding one to your squad may be difficult, it is worth the effort.

FIfa 23 TOTY full squad

FIFA 23 TOTY team

The FIFA 23 TOTY is:

  • Thibaut Courtois
  • Achraf Hakimi
  • Virgil Van Dijk
  • Eder Militao
  • Theo Hernandez
  • Luka Modric
  • Kevin de Bruyne
  • Jude Bellingham
  • Kylian Mbappe
  • Lionel Messi
  • Karim Benzema

FIFA 23 TOTY 12th man

In addition to the initial TOTY, EA has also given the community the opportunity to vote for a 12th man – a player who missed out on the team by a narrow margin, but who potentially deserves a spot. The FIFA 23 TOTY 12th man nominees are:

  • Erling Haaland
  • Federico Valverde
  • Joao Cancelo

FIFA 23 TOTY Icons

To celebrate the beginning of TOTY, FIFA will be giving certain Icons a stat boost, based on if they would have been considered for a TOTY award in the past. The FIFA 23 TOTY Icon team is:

  • Alessandro Nesta
  • Andrea Pirlo
  • Ashley Cole
  • Claude Makelele
  • David Beckham
  • Edwin van der Sar
  • Gerd Muller
  • Hugo Sanchez
  • Javier Zanetti
  • Nemanja Vidic
  • Robert Pires
  • Ronaldinho
  • Ruud Gullit
  • Xabi Alonso

The FIFA 23 TOTY Icon team will be released on 20 January.

FIFA 23 TOTY: Erling Haaland scores a goal in FIFA 23.

FIFA 23 TOTY release date

The FIFA 23 TOTY release date will be January 20

FIFA 23 TOTY nominees

FIFA 23 TOTY nominees

There were 100 FIFA 23 TOTY nominees who had the chance to be included in the Team of the Year, with the voting split into goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards. The shortlist includes world-class talent from across the top leagues of Europe, with up-and-comers like Jude Bellingham and Buyako Saka rubbing shoulders with gargantuan names like Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne.

Here is the full list of TOTY nominees:

FIFA 23 TOTY Goalkeeper Nominees


  • Thibaut Courtois
  • Gregor Kobel
  • Mike Maignan
  • Alisson
  • Ederson
  • Wojciech Szczęsny
  • Kevin Trapp
  • Yassine Bounou
  • Hugo Lloris
  • Emiliano Martínez

FIFA 23 TOTY Defender Nominees


  • Marcos Acuña
  • Marquinhos
  • Cristiano Biraghi
  • João Cancelo
  • Jonathan Clauss
  • Thiago Silva
  • Alphonso Davies
  • Jeremie Frimpong
  • Éder Militão
  • Rúben Dias
  • Grimaldo
  • Achraf Hakimi
  • Theo Hernández
  • Reece James
  • Kalidou Koulibaly
  • Nicolás Otamendi
  • Gleison Bremer
  • Niklas Süle
  • Fikayo Tomori
  • Kieran Trippier
  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Joško Gvardiol
  • Jules Koundé
  • Cristian Romero
  • Dayot Upamecano

FIFA 23 TOTY Midfielder Nominees


  • Nicolò Barella
  • Jude Bellingham
  • Steven Berghuis
  • Marcelo Brozović
  • Bernardo Silva
  • Kevin De Bruyne
  • Moussa Diaby
  • Nabil Fekir
  • Seko Fofana
  • Pedri
  • Vincenzo Grifo
  • Rodri
  • Daichi Kamada
  • Joshua Kimmich
  • Filip Kostić
  • Toni Kroos
  • Merino
  • Sergej Milinković-Savić
  • Luka Modrić
  • Martin Ødegaard
  • Parejo
  • Lorenzo Pellegrini
  • Declan Rice
  • Bukayo Saka
  • Aurélien Tchouaméni
  • Sandro Tonali
  • Federico Valverde
  • Casemiro
  • Sofyan Amrabat
  • Bruno Fernandes
  • Ritsu Doan
  • Enzo Fernández
  • Ivan Perišić
  • Adrian Rabiot

FIFA 23 TOTY Attacker Nominees


  • Iago Aspas
  • Wissam Ben Yedder
  • Karim Benzema
  • Rafael Leão
  • Neymar Jr.
  • Vinicius Jr.
  • Ousmane Dembélé
  • João Félix
  • Gabriel Jesus
  • Phil Foden
  • Cody Gakpo
  • Erling Haaland
  • Borja Iglesias
  • Ciro Immobile
  • Harry Kane
  • Randal Kolo Muani
  • Dejan Kulusevski
  • Robert Lewandowski
  • Sadio Mané
  • Lautaro Martínez
  • Kylian Mbappé
  • Lionel Messi
  • Christopher Nkunku
  • Darwin Núñez
  • Victor Osimhen
  • Mohammed Salah
  • Heung Min Son
  • Martin Terrier
  • Dušan Vlahović
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Antoine Griezmann

How to vote for the FIFA 23 TOTY

The FIFA 23 Team of the Year is decided by a fan vote, with each set of positions voted on separately. The voting is now closed, with the full team to be announced on 19 January.

Voting began on 10 January at 11am EST / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET and closed on 17 January at 2:59am EST / 7:59 GMT / 8:59 CET.

Fifa 23 TOTY: David Alaba playing for Real Madrid in FIFA 23

What is FIFA 23 TOTY?

Each season EA releases a long list of players that will then be whittled down by a fan vote to create a condensed starting lineup of 11. These stars will have enjoyed a terrific year, and will typically receive a special type of in-form, known as a Team of the Year, or TOTY card. The final squad of special players usually combines ultra-popular players with those who complement the latest meta.

EA also holds a 12th man vote once the initial team is completed, giving players one last chance to vote for an extra inclusion from a small selection. You are likely to see content creators receive physical TOTY kits and swag, as EA pushes marketing for this promo much
further than others.

FIFA 23 TOTY: Luka Modric in FIFA 23

FIFA 23 TOTY predictions

Here is our prediction for the FIFA 23 Team of the Year:

GK: Thibaut Courtois

The entire team should have a distinctly Real Madrid flavour due to Los Blancos wrapping up yet another Champions League title in May. Thibaut Courtois silenced many doubters in the victory over Liverpool and is considered the best goalkeeper in the world by many. His height and dominance in the box make him elite on FIFA 23.

RB: Joao Cancelo

This is a tough pick, as Reece James likely would have been considered more fiercely if he didn’t spend the latter part of the year injured. Manchester City and Portugal’s Joao Cancelo is an incredible attacking wing-back whose high/medium work rates see him regularly contribute to offensive moves in the right system.

Man City fans will be used to seeing him pop up on the left wing, and there’s a good chance he pops up in the FIFA 23 TOTY selection as well.

CB: Eder Militao

The first half of Madrid’s Champions League-winning central defensive pairing. The Brazilian is pacey, reads the game well, and doesn’t stray too far from his position on the game due to his medium work rates.

Militao has been a fan-favourite on FIFA since his emergence at Porto in 2018, mainly due to his pace, strength, and above-average dribbling skillset for that position.

CB: Joško Gvardiol

The imperious Croatian isn’t only a mainstay for his domestic club, RB Leipzig, but is now a key part of his national side. Showing pace, strength, and an eye for goal during the world cup, it’s very likely that we’ll see a TOTY inclusion for Gvardiol this year.

LB: Theo Hernandez

A key player in Milan’s first Serie A title win in 11 years, Theo Hernandez is the most explosive left-back on the planet right now. Even his standard card flaunts excellent attacking stats and is great for players who like to rifle a long-range howitzer on goal.

The Frenchman is absolutely rapid, too, most likely making a Hernandez card the most expensive of the defenders.

CM: Federico Valverde

Madrid’s Federico Valverde is arguably the best midfielder in the world right now. The Uruguayan can seemingly play anywhere and has excelled both centrally and on the right wing this year.

He is hard-working, looks to play incisive passes, and only seems to score bangers. Those who love Squad Building Challenges may already have Valverde’s Player of the Month card, but we can reasonably expect something more when voting begins.

CM: Jude Bellingham

It’s scary how well-rounded Jude Bellingham is at just 19 years old. He has been a leader at Borussia Dortmund for a while now, but the World Cup saw him ascend to the same status for England after only breaking into the starting team as the tournament began.

Bellingham takes care of the ball, has an eye for a pass, and scores important goals. He can tackle, bust a gut to get back, and always puts his body on the line for his team. His gold card doesn’t do Bellingham justice in FIFA 23, so a TOTY version could replicate the kind of god-tier status we’ve seen from Yaya Toure, Ruud Gullit, and legends of that ilk over the years.

CM: Luka Modric

What is there to say about Luka Modric at this point? The 37-year-old is a future icon in the game. He was at the heart of Madrid’s Champions League win and Croatia’s deep run into the World Cup. With unbelievable vision, ball control, and defending, he’s a sure-fire inclusion in the TOTY.

ST: Kylian Mbappe

Arguably the best player in the world right now after a brilliant World Cup. Kylian Mbappe’s speed, dribbling, and finishing prowess have long made him one of the most feared cards in FIFA. Well, guess what? He’s absolutely certain to get even more terrifying with an upgrade that will rank among the best, and most expensive players available. Get those millions ready.

ST: Erling Haaland

The Norweigian’s height, pace, and lethality mesh together perfectly in FIFA 23. It’s time to run and hide if he receives a TOTY card; just get the ball to Haaland in the box and its goodnight.

Although Karim Benzema’s Ballon d’Or-winning year undoubtedly makes him a worthwhile pick, Haaland is likely to pip him in the vote due to the gold card’s popularity.

RW: Lionel Messi

Are words needed with this one? Lionel Messi is finally a World Cup winner, meaning he is likely to receive a new card whenever the TOTY is released. Pace, dribbling, finishing; he’ll have it all; now with verified GOAT status.

FIFA 23 TOTY: Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal

There you have all the current information and our own predictions on the FIFA 23 Team of the Year. With the influx of World Cup Icons and Heroes, the TOTY players have a lot to live up to if they’re planning on staying in the football game‘s already-overpowered meta.