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.
On this page:
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.
|1||Virgil Van Dijk||Liverpool||89|
|4||Ruben Dias||Manchester City||87|
|5||Mats Hummels||Borussia Dortmund||86|
|6||Raphael Varane||Manchester United||86|
|8||Aymeric Laporte||Manchester City||86|
|10||Giogio Chiellini||Piemonte Calcio||86|
|11||Leonardo Bonucci||Piemonte Calcio||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.
|3||Luke Shaw||Manchester United||84|
|4||Marcos Acuna||Sevilla FC||84|
|8||Ferland Mendy||Real Madrid||83|
|10||Alex Sandro||Piemonte Calcio||83|
|11||Leonardo Spinazzola||Roma FC||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.
|2||Joao Cancelo||Manchester City||86|
|4||Kyle Walker||Manchester City||85|
|6||Ricardo Pereira||Leicester City||84|
|7||Jesus Navas||Sevilla FC||84|
|8||Kieran Trippier||Atletico de Madrid||84|
|9||Juan Cuadrado||Piemonte Calcio||83|
|10||Aaron Wan-Bissaka||Manchester United||83|
|11||Mario Fernandes||CSKA Moscow||82|
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.