FIFA 22 best defenders: The best CB, LB, RB and Wing Backs in FIFA 22

The top defenders in FIFA 22 and where to find them.

The best FIFA Defenders are essential to establishing a strong team which will keep you as close to as many clean sheets as possible.

This page goes through the entire roster of defending possibilities - including the best FIFA 22 CBs, the best FIFA 22 LBs, the best FIFA 22 RBs and the best FIFA wing backs, all ranked by their overall rankings within their category.

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If you're interested in other positions, we have pages on the best FIFA 22 goalkeepers, best FIFA 22 strikers, best FIFA 22 wingers, and the best FIFA 22 midfielders.

FIFA 22 best CB: The best Centre Back in FIFA 22

Once again, Virgil Van Dijk and Sergio Ramo take up the top two places when it comes to the Centre Back positions. Perhaps the biggest shake up is Marquinhos and Kalidou Koulibaly trading places - from ninth and third to third and ninth in FIFA 22.

Virgil Van Dijk remains the best Centre Back in FIFA 22. Image credit: EA Sports
Rank Player Club Rating
1 Virgil Van Dijk Liverpool 89
2 Sergio Ramos PSG 88
3 Marquinhos PSG 87
4 Ruben Dias Manchester City 87
5 Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund 86
6 Raphael Varane Manchester United 86
7 Milan Skriniar Inter 86
8 Aymeric Laporte Manchester City 86
9 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli 86
10 Giogio Chiellini Piemonte Calcio 86
11 Leonardo Bonucci Piemonte Calcio 85
12 Thiago Silva Chelsea 85
13 Stefan De Vrij Inter 85
14 Matthijs De Ligt Piemonte Calcio 85
15 David Alaba Real Madrid 84

FIFA 22 best LB and LWB: The best Left Backs and Left Wing Backs in FIFA 22

For another year, Liverpool dominates either side of the pitch - with Andrew Robertson taking the top spot in the joint Left Back and Left Wing Back ranking. Alba is once again second, while Luke Shaw has had a meteoric rise from 20th position last year to third in FIFA 22.

Andrew Robertson is the best Left Back in FIFA 22. Image credit: EA Sports
Rank Player Club Rating
1 Andrew Robertson Liverpool 87
2 Jordi Alba Barcelona 86
3 Luke Shaw Manchester United 84
4 Marcos Acuna Sevilla FC 84
5 Theo Hernandez Milan 84
6 Lucas Digne Everton 84
7 Raphael Guerreiro Dortmund 84
8 Ferland Mendy Real Madrid 83
9 Angelino RB Leipzig 83
10 Alex Sandro Piemonte Calcio 83
11 Leonardo Spinazzola Roma FC 83
12 Gaya Valencia CF 83
13 Lucas Herrnandez FC Bayern 83
14 Alex Telles Manchester United 82
15 Alphonso Davies FC Bayern 82

FIFA 22 best RB and RWB: The best Right Backs and Right Wing Backs in FIFA 22

As mentioned above, Liverpool boasts having both the rest LB and RB in the game - with Trent Alexander-Arnold once again in first. There is otherwise a bit of a shuffle in the list, with Dani Carvajal now in second, and the likes of Ricardo Pereira dropping from third to sixth, with PSG's Achraf Hakimi rounding off the top three.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best Right Back in FIFA 22. Image credit: EA Sports
1Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpool87
2Joao CanceloManchester City86
3Achraf HakimiPSG85
4Kyle WalkerManchester City85
5CarvajalReal Madrid85
6Ricardo PereiraLeicester City84
7Jesus NavasSevilla FC84
8Kieran TrippierAtletico de Madrid84
9Juan CuadradoPiemonte Calcio83
10Aaron Wan-BissakaManchester United83
11Mario FernandesCSKA Moscow82
12Denzel DumfriesInter82
13Alessandro FlorenziMilan81
14DaniloPiemonte Calcio81
15Manuel LazzariLatsium81

Stuck for who to make up your team? We have pages on FIFA 22 Wonderkids, the best FIFA 22 goalkeepers, best FIFA 22 defenders, best FIFA 22 strikers, best FIFA 22 wingers, and the best FIFA 22 midfielders.

Other things to know about picking the best FIFA 22 Defenders

As always, there are more than just player ratings to bear in mind when choosing your back three, four or five in FIFA 22, with slightly different factors becoming more or less important depending on the mode you're playing and your style of choice.

  • For Career Mode, potential is important too - Some players have higher built-in potential for growth than others, and if you're planning on playing at least two seasons of Career Mode then it's going to have a major impact on your squad. It's also a great way to pick up a bargain, too.
  • For Ultimate Team, remember you can use Chemistry Styles - Chemistry Styles, if you didn't know, add up to a whopping 90 points to your player's attributes, spread according to the Style you choose. You can read more on Chemistry in general in our guide to how FIFA Chemistry works, and likewise the best FIFA Chemistry Styles in our detailed guide to those, too.
  • Think about your style of play when looking at stats - We mentioned this briefly above, but certain defenders will work better in certain situations. Jérôme Boateng is much more phsyical than Gerard Piqué, for example. Generally with Centre Backs you want to compliment physicality with class - think Vidic and Ferdinand in their prime - whilst Full Backs' attributes will depend on whether you want them bombing forward and crossing, or sitting back and purely defending.

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