Is The TOTY Voting In FIFA 22 Rigged By EA?

Team of the Year in FIFA 22 is just around the corner, and you can now vote for the best players of the year. But something seems... fishy.
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Bye, Headliners... the TOTY is our new best friend! We're already absolutely hyped for the craziest cards in FIFA 22! Who will be in the starting eleven? Who will be the twelfth man? This is currently being voted on until 18 January. If last year's schedule gives anything away, the Team of the Year in FIFA 22 will probably be released on January 21st.

We have also already cast our vote. So it's all gucci, isn't it? Well, one aspect on the voting page has made us wonder... how much is our vote actually worth?

EA's Influence On The TOTY Voting

How do we come up with this wild assumption? Well, if you read the terms and conditions – lol, who even does that – on the voting page for the Team of the Year in FIFA 22, you will find the following paragraph:

THE FINAL TEAM OF THE YEAR SELECTION WILL BE DETERMINED BY COMMUNITY VOTES WITH POSSIBLE INPUT FROM EA.

Uhm... So there's possible input from EA on the voting results? Are our votes worth anything, then? It's bad enough that a lot of content creators in FIFA 22 have problems with hacks again and again, but now EA can (theoretically) also change the TOTY at will?

It's certainly not quite that dramatic, but... let's assume that the community pulls together and votes some players into the TOTY who perhaps don't necessarily belong there. What happens then? Polls on the internet aren't always the best idea, which is also impressively shown by this beautiful video right here:

We would really be interested in the consequences if players like Hummels, Paqueta or Christian Günter were voted into the TOTY. No front against the players' performances, though, but it's not quite enough for a spot amongst the best eleven players in the world. In the end, it will be the usual suspects again anyway... You should be prepared for meta-players like Messi, Ronaldo and Mbappé.