Everything We Know About Icons In FIFA 23 – Swaps, New Players & Leaks

Icons are the dream find in FIFA Ultimate Team. These are the backbone of many teams. But what's happening with FUT Icons in FIFA 23? Will there be some new stars again? And will swaps come back?
FIFA 23 Icons
Everything you need to know about Icons in FIFA 23! | © EA Sports / EarlyGame

Everyone loves Icons in Ultimate Team. Everyone wants to play them in FIFA. Everyone wants to build them into their team. These have been some of the biggest highlights in FUT.

Icons never really disappoint, and we have a lot to look forward to again in next year's FUT. Here's everything you need to know about Icons in FIFA 23. Here we go!

What Are Icons In FIFA?

Icons are some of the strongest cards in FIFA Ultimate Team - not only because of their heavy stats, but also because they link to every other player in the game. Icons can be used to build teams that just wouldn't have been possible without them.


As such, Icons are pretty rare, and you'd need damn good luck to pull one out of a pack. Especially at the launch of FIFA, these cards are simply scarce... although there are actually quite a lot of them! And in different versions:

  • Base Icons (FIFA Launch)
  • Mid Icons (FIFA Launch)
  • Prime Icons (Mid-December)
  • Moments Icons (April)

The different versions of the Icons differ not only in their overall rating, but also in the time when they are released in Ultimate Team. While Base and Mid are already available at the launch of FIFA, the two strongest variants are released post-launch.


Every Icon In FIFA 22

In FIFA 22 there were a total of 105 icons at the start. A lot of choices considering that only 11 players can be on the pitch at the same time. We've taken the trouble to list all the Icons from FUT here again, although the list will probably be even longer in FIFA 23...

All Goalkeeper Icons In FIFA 22 Ultimate Team & Ratings

  • Petr Cech (86/ 88/ 91/ 92)
  • Peter Schmeichel (86/ 90/ 92/ 93)
  • Edwin Van der Sar (87/ 89/ 91/ 92)
  • Lewy Yashin (89/ 91/ 94/ 95)
  • Iker Casillas (87/ 89/ 92/ 93)

All Defender Icons In FIFA 22 Ultimate Team & Ratings

  • Cafu (RB, 88/ RB, 90/ RWB, 93/ RWB 94)
  • Franco Baresi (CB, 88/ CB, 91/ CB, 93/ CB 94)
  • Laurent Blanc (CAM, 85/ CB, 89/ CB, 91/ CB 92)
  • Sol Campbell (CB, 85/ CB, 87/ CB, 89/ CB90)
  • Fabio Cannavaro (CB, 87/ CB, 89/ CB, 91/ 93 CB)
  • Carlos Alberto (CB, 87/ RB, 90/ RB, 93/ RB 94)
  • Nemanja Vidic (CB, 85/ RB, 88/ RB, 90/ CB 91)
  • Ashley Cole (LB, 85/ LB, 87/ LB, 89/ LB 90)
  • Marcel Desailly (CB, 87/ CB, 88/ CB, 91/ CB 92)
  • Rio Ferdinand (CB, 85/ CB, 88/ CB, 90/ CB 91)
  • Fernando Hierro (CB, 86/ CB, 89/ CB, 91/ CB 92)
  • Ronald Koeman (CB, 85/ CB, 88/ CB, 91, CB93)
  • Philipp Lahm (LB, 87/ RB, 89/ CDM, 91/ CDM 92)
  • Paolo Maldini (LB, 88/ CB, 92/ CB, 94/ CB, 95)
  • Bobby Moore (CB, 87/ CB, 89/ CB, 92/ CB 93)
  • Alessandro Nesta (CB, 88/ CB, 90/ CB, 92/ CB 93)
  • Carles Puyol (RB, 86/ CB, 90/ CB, 92/ CB 94)
  • Roberto Carlos (LB, 86/ LB, 88/ LB,91/ LB 92)
  • Gianluca Zambrotta (RWB, 86/ LB, 87/ RB, 89/ RB 91)
  • Javier Zanetti (LB, 87/ RB, 88/ RB, 92/ RB 93)

All Midfield Icons In FIFA 22 Ultimate Team & Ratings

  • Michael Ballack (CM, 86/ CM, 89/ CM, 91/ CM 92)
  • John Barnes (CAM, 86/ LF, 87/ LF, 89/ LM 90)
  • David Beckham (CM, 87/ RM, 89/ RM, 92/ RM 94)
  • Deco (CAM, 85/ CAM, 87/ CM, 90/ LM 91)
  • Michael Essien (CDM, 85/ CDM, 87/ CDM, 90/ CDM91)
  • Gennaro Gattuso (CM, 85/ CDM, 87/ CDM, 89/ CDM90)
  • Steven Gerrad (CDM, 86/ CM, 89/ CM, 91/ CM 92)
  • Ryan Giggs (LM, 87/ LM, 89/ LM, 92/ LM 93)
  • Pep Guardiola (CDM, 85/ CDM, 87/ CDM, 90/ CDM 91)
  • Ruud Gullit (CM, 86/ CM, 90/ CF, 93/ CF 94)
  • Gheorghe Hagi (CAM, 85/ CAM, 89/ CAM, 91/ LM 92)
  • Kaká (CAM, 87/ CAM, 89/ CAM, 91/ CAM 92)
  • Roy Keane (CM, 86/ CM, 88/ CM, 90/ CM 91)
  • Frank Lampard (CM, 86/ CM, 88/ CM, 90/ CM 91)
  • Michael Laudrup (CF, 85/ LW, 89/ CAM, 91/ CAM92)
  • Jari Litmanen (CF, 85/ CAM, 88/ CAM, 90/ CAM 91)
  • Claude Makélélé (RM, 85/ CDM, 87/ CDM, 90/ CDM 91)

  • Diego Maradona (CAM, 91/ CAM, 95/ CAM, 97/ CAM, 98)
  • Lothar Matthäus (CB, 88/ CDM, 91/ CM, 93/ CM94)
  • Hidetoshi Nakata (CAM, 85/ CAM, 86/ CAM, 88/ CAM 89)
  • Pavel Nedved (LM, 86/ LM, 89/ LM, 91/ CAM 92)
  • Jay-Jay Okocha (RM, 85/ CAM, 87/ RM, 90/ CAM 91)
  • Marc Overmars (LW, 86/ LM, 88/ LW, 90)
  • Emmanuel Petit (LV, 85/ CDM, 88/ CDM, 90/ CDM 91)
  • Roberto Pires (CAM, 85/ LM, 88/ LM, 91/ LM 92)
  • Andrea Pirlo (CM, 88/ CM, 90/ CM, 92/ CM 93)
  • Frank Rijkaard (CDM, 86/ CB, 88/ CDM, 90/ CDM 91)
  • Juan Roman Riquelme (CAM, 87/ CAM, 89/ CAM, 91/ CAM 93)
  • Rui Costa (CAM, 85/ CAM, 88/ CAM, 90/ CAM 91)
  • Paul Scholes (CM, 87/ CM, 89/ CM, 91/ CM 92)
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger (LM, 87/ CM, 89/ CM, 91/ RM 93)
  • Clarence Seedorf (CM, 85/ CM, 88/ CAM, 91/ LM 93)
  • Socrates (CAM, 87/ CAM, 89/ CAM, 91/ CAM 92)
  • Juan Sebastian Veron (CM, 86/ CM, 88/ CM, 90/ CM 91)
  • Patrick Vieira (CM, 86/ CM, 88/ CM, 91/ CM 92)
  • Xavi (CM, 88/ CM, 90/ CM, 93/ CM 94)
  • Zinedine Zidane (CM, 91/ CAM, 94/ CAM, 96, CAM 97)

All Attacker Icons in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team & Ratings

  • Wayne Rooney (CAM, 86/ CF, 88/ ST, 91/ ST 93)
  • Robin Van Persie (ST, 87/ ST, 89/ ST, 91( ST 92)
  • Roberto Baggio (CF, 89/ CAM, 91/ CAM, 93/ CAM 94)
  • Dennis Bergkamp (CF, 87/ CAM, 90/ ST, 92/ CF 93)
  • George Best (RW, 88/ RW, 90/ RW, 93/ RW 94)
  • Emilio Butragueno (ST, 87/ ST, 90/ ST, 92/ ST 93)
  • Eric Cantona (CF, 88/ CF, 90/ ST, 93/ CF94)
  • Hernan Crespo (ST, 85/ ST, 87/ ST, 90/ ST 91)
  • Johan Cruyff (CF, 89/ CF, 91/ ST, 94/ CF, 95)
  • Kenny Dalglish (ST, 87/ CF, 90/ ST, 92/ ST 93)
  • Alessandro Del Piero (CF, 87/ CF90/ ST, 92/ CF 93)
  • Didier Drogba (ST, 87/ ST, 89/ ST, 91/ ST 92)
  • Samuel Eto’o (ST, 87/ ST, 90/ ST, 92/ ST 93)
  • Eusebio (CF, 89/ CF, 91/ ST, 93/ CF 94)


  • Luis Figo (CAM, 88/ RW, 90/ RW, 92/ 93 RM)
  • Garrincha (RW, 90/ RW, 92/ RW, 94/ RW 95)
  • Thierry Henry (LW, 87/ LW, 90/ ST, 93/ ST 94)
  • Luis Hernandez (ST, 85/ ST, 87/ ST, 90/ ST 91)
  • Filipo Inzaghi (ST, 85/ ST, 87/, ST, 90/ ST 91)
  • Miroslav Klose (ST, 87/ ST, 89/ ST, 91/ ST 92)
  • Patrick Kluivert (ST, 86/ ST, 88/ ST, 91/ ST 92)
  • Henrik Larsson (ST, 86/ ST, 87/ ST, 90/ ST 91)
  • Gary Lineker (ST, 87/ ST, 89/ ST, 92/ ST 93)
  • Michael Owen (ST, 86/ ST, 88/ ST, 91/ ST 92)
  • Pele (CF, 91/ CF, 95/ CAM, 98/ CAM 99)
  • Ferenc Puskas (CF, 91/ ST, 92/ ST, 94, ST 95)
  • Raúl (CF, 86/ CF, 88/ ST, 92/ CF93)
  • Rivaldo (CAM, 87/ CF, 90/ LW, 92/ CAM 93)
  • Ronaldinho (CAM, 89/ CAM, 91/ LW, 94/ LW, 95)
  • Ronaldo (ST, 90/ ST, 94/ ST, 96, ST 97)
  • Ian Rush (ST, 87/ ST, 89/ ST, 91/ ST 92)
  • Hugo Sanchez (ST, 87/ ST, 89/ ST, 92/ ST 93)
  • Alan Shearer (ST, 87/ ST, 89/ ST, 91/ ST 92)
  • Andrij Shevchenko (ST, 86/ ST, 88/ ST, 91/ ST 92)
  • Christo Stoichkov (ST, 87/ LW, 90/ ST, 92/ ST 93)
  • Davor Suker (ST, 85/ ST, 87/ ST, 90/ ST 91)
  • Fernando Torres (ST, 85/ ST, 88/ ST, 91/ ST 92)
  • David Trezeguet (ST, 86/ ST, 89/ST, 91/ ST 92)
  • Marco Van Basten (ST, 89/ ST, 91/ ST, 93/ ST 94)
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy (ST, 86/ ST, 90/ ST, 92/ ST 93)
  • Christian Vieri (ST, 86/ ST, 88/ ST, 90/ ST 92)
  • Ian Wright (ST, 85/ ST, 87/ ST, 89/ ST 90)
  • Gianfranco Zola (CF, 85/ CF, 87/ ST, 90/ CF 91)
FUT Icon FIFA 22 Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has been with us since FIFA 22. | © EA Sports

Are There New Icons In FIFA 23?

Nothing has been officially confirmed by EA Sports yet, but it's very likely that FIFA 23 will see some new Icons in Ultimate Team as well. Since the Icons have been available on every platform, some ex-players have actually come into the game every year. For FIFA 22, these were Iker Casillas, Robin van Persie, Cafú and Wayne Rooney. There is already wild speculation and theories within the community as to which players will become icons in FUT 23 or in the years to come. Our favorite FIFA 23 leaker @DonkTrading put together a list of potential names for us via Twitter:



However, you should always keep in mind that none of these names have been confirmed by EA
. It's also difficult to tell for some players whether they'll be returning to FIFA as Icons or whether they'll be made FUT Heroes.

What Are The Best Icons In FIFA?

There are some icons that are generally extremely strong and popular. For many fans, they are just very attractive, making them some of the most expensive players on the transfer market. It is therefore particularly difficult to get hold of one of these Icons, especially at the launch of FIFA.

But if you're really lucky with your packs in October or November, you can look forward to former offensive monsters such as Ronaldinho, Ronaldo (R9), Zinedine Zidane or Eusébio. In defense, on the other hand, Paolo Maldini, Sol Campbell and Marcel Desailly are among the most popular icons. After all, it's all about pace here.

Icon Swaps & SBCs

Icon Swaps and Icon SBCs are two other ways to get some of the Icons for free, or at least relatively cheap. Not much can be said about the Squad Building Challenges - you probably already know the system. At irregular intervals during the FIFA year, EA Sports releases icon SBCs that can be traded in for Icons. Simple.

It gets even easier with Icon swaps. Of course, you can also read about how the system works in detail. But here's the short version again: You play matches in different game modes, complete tasks and earn swap tokens that you can exchange for a selection of Icons or packs.



Icon Swaps is very popular with the community. How so? Because it doesn't cost the player anything, duh
. At least no money, just time and energy. We therefore assume that Icon swaps will return in FIFA 23. EA also tried a year without it, which the players didn't really like. Let's just hope they learned from past mistakes...