EA Sports FC24 is here, with the some fans already getting their hands on the game.
A new era for the franchise formerly known as FIFA, EAFC 24 promises a lot and there is hope that it will bring fresh life into a game that was in danger of plateuing.
While Ultimate Team is the main draw for the game, there are still a lot of players who spend their time in the offline modes. Whether that’s Career Mode or Kick Off locally against your mates, there is time for just regular realistic football. Of course, there is also head-to-head online against your friends.
In these crucial matches, there are so many ways to pick your teams. You can leave it all to chance and randomise the teams (three randoms is the ultimate decider) or make things a bit fairer, and stick to clubs at a certain level. If you choose the latter, you’ll want to know all about the best teams to use — assuming you’ve not given yourselves any restrictions. So we’re here you give you the upper hand.
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Below are six 4.5 and 5-star teams you should be playing with on EAFC 24 (plus one added bonus) to take the bragging rights over your mates in the early stages of the game.
4.5 star teams
We’re going to try to avoid the obvious names here, but RB Leipzig are a well-known name that might not be the first choice.
RB Leipzig’s rating is pretty even across the squad, meaning you aren’t really going to get certain areas much weaker than others (as you would with other teams). The first thing to do would be to bring Timo Werner into the starting XI to form a strike partnership with Lois Openda, who has received a nice boost of an overall of 82. Together you have strikers with 93 and 91 Pace, ready to break the lines. Supplying the passes, Dani Olmo has four-star skill moves and four-star weak foot, while Kevin Kampl and Xaver Schlager are good defensive cover.
Another 4.5-star name that not many would go for in EAFC 24 is Sevilla, but they’re an interesting option.
Like RB Leipzig, this is a pretty even squad with similar ratings across the team. Sure, they don’t have the security of Yacine Bounou in goal anymore, but Marko Dmitrovic isn’t the worst replacement at 80 rated. In front of him is a defence that includes Jesus Navas, Marcos Acuna and — don’t be put off by the lack of face image — Sergio Ramos. Sure, it’s 83-rated Sergio Ramos, but he comes with Power Header, Bruiser and Aerial PlayStyles. Further forward you’ve got the likes of Youssef En-Nesyri, Lucas Ocampos, Suso and Erik Lamela to cause opposition defences some problems.
There are actually no five-star Serie A teams in EAFC 24, instead you’ve got six to choose from at 4.5 stars. Our favourite is Inter Milan.
While they don’t have the attacking stars of Napoli, Inter Milan are more well-rounded, which is key when picking the 4.5-star teams. The leading man is Lautaro Martinez and while he doesn’t have Romelu Lukaku or Edin Dzeko alongside him, you can still build a partnership with Marcus Thuram or Marko Arnautovic. Martinez is 87-rated now with 86 Shooting, four-star skill moves and weak foot as well as Technical, Flair and Trivela PlayStyles. Further back the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu, Nicolo Barella and Henrikh Mkhitaryan make up a wonderful midfield. And in goal, Andre Onana has been replaced by Yann Sommer, a decent substitute.
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5 star teams
There are only eight five-star club teams to choose from in EAFC 24 and arguably the best is Man City.
In previous games, certain players in this team would be tough to use, but the mechanics have made Man City’s squad actually feel like the ratings they are. Of course, the main selling point is Erling Haaland up front. He is now the joint-highest rated player in FIFA at 91, which includes 93 Shooting, 89 Pace, 88 Physical and — new to the game — PlayStyles of Acrobatic+, Power Header and Quick Step. Your opponent isn’t stopping him. Of course, they also have the likes of 89 Rodri, 88 Ederson, 89 Ruben Dias, 88 Bernardo Silva and the fleet-footed Jeremy Doku who can be a super sub even at his relatively lower rating of 77.
Some of the five-star clubs in EAFC 24 feel like they hold onto that rating by reputation, rather than ability in the new game. However, Barcelona’s squad definitely justify the five stars.
Fresh off the back of winning La Liga last season, a lot of Barcelona’s players have been given a healthy boost. Sure, it’s still not at the level they were at the peak of Pep Guardiola’s stint, but there are some players. Robert Lewandowski leads the line with his overall of 90, but they have the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Gavi, Raphinha, Ilkay Gundogan and Pedri adding quality in depth in the midfield. In the starting squad you’ll need to bring Pedri off the bench, but of course you’ll do that to make the most of this four-star skill moves and four-star weak foot as well as 82 Passing and 88 Dribbling.
Another club definitely earning their five-star rating is Bayern Munich, who have a pretty juiced starting XI.
Ignore Sven Ulreich in goal because, of course, you’ll switch him in for Manuel Neuer. But just look at that XI. You’ve got Harry Kane up front, with the likes of Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry as options to flank him. In midfield, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, with Kim Min Jae getting a nice boost to his overall of 84. But the star man will undoubtedly be Jamal Musiala. Now 86 rated, Musiala has five-start skill moves and four-star weak foot, with Dribbling at 91 and Pace of 85. He also has four PlayStyles included Technical+, Flair, Trickster and First Touch.
Remember when FIFAs used to have the Classic XI tucked away in the Rest of World? Well, they do still have it, but it’s called Soccer Aid.
The names are different to the Classic XIs of yore, with the likes of Thomas Ravelli, Abedi Pele, Zico and Roger Milla no more, but they have been replaced by some stars. The default XI has the likes of Cafu (91-rated), Roberto Carlos (90), Ruud Gullit (90), Zinedine Zidane (94) and Ronaldinho (93) involved — not to mention PELE (95).
Then there’s the bench and reserves. Lothar Mathaus, Marcel Desailly, Kenny Dalglish, Paul Scholes, Alessandro Del Piero, Luis Figo, David Ginola… The list goes on. The best thing about this is that you could do Soccer Aid vs Soccer Aid, pick two completely different XIs sharing the players and have a great series. Do it, seriously. It feels as if you’re playing EAFC 24 with 100x speed.