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FUT Winter Wildcard: Release date, packs, SBCs & FIFA 22 Ultimate Team offers

3:16 AM EST 12/20/21
FUT 22 Winter Wildcard
Everything you need to know about the big winter Ultimate Team promotion

FUT Winter Wildcard is the new December promotion for FIFA Ultimate Team, replacing FUT Freeze and FUTmas in FIFA 22.

After the disappointing FUT Versus promotion, fans are hoping for better special cards, packs, Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) and offers from FUT Winter Wildcard, as it runs over the Christmas and holiday period.

So when does it all start and what is it about? GOAL brings you all the details.

What is FUT Winter Wildcard?

FUT Winter Wildcard is the newest FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promotion, offering upgraded players with new positions, attributes, skill moves and more.

It replaces the previous big holiday events in FIFA, with the the underwhelming FUT Freeze promotion from FIFA 21 replaced after just one year following criticism from the FIFA community.

Many fans hoped for the return of FUTmas, but FUT Winter Wildcard promises to be a much more fun event, with a large number of upgraded players available in packs and SBCs.

When is the FUT Winter Wildcard release date?

FUT Winter Wildcard began on Friday, December 17 and will last for two weeks until New Year's Eve, Friday, December 31.

The promotion started at 6pm GMT (1pm ET) with new content added daily at the same time.

Last year, for FIFA 21, FUT Freeze began on December 11 and ran until December 30 and the FIFA 20 edition - then known as FUTmas - began on Friday December 13.

Initially, FUTmas promotions only ran for between 10 and 12 days, expiring on Christmas eve, but it was expanded for FIFA 19 to run until the end of December.

What SBCS will FIFA 22 Winter Wildcard have?

There will be two separate Winter Wildcard squads released, with the first one launched on December 17 and the second one arriving December 24.

The first team includes a 93 Neymar, 90 Paul Pogba, as well as a CF version of Fabinho and a ST Kingsley Coman.

Additionally, new players will also be available in Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) and through objectives.

The SBCs are dropped each day at approximately 6pm UK time and are generally time-limited, available for just 24 hours until a new set drops.

Goran Pandev, Djibril Sow and Wilfried Zaha were the first Winter Wildcard players released via SBCs, while Milan midfielder Junior Messias can be earned via objectives earned from playing the Live FUT Friendly: Friendly Frost.

Additionally, Swaps will return with the Winter Wildcard promotion, with Swap tokens earned through objectives and SBCs.

The first Swap token was awarded for free along with a 30-card untradeable pack. Some of these tokens are available for a limited time only, so be sure to complete the SBCs before they expire.

The tokens can be traded for packs or else two special cards: Winter Wildcard Patson Daka or Winter Wildcard Christian Gunter.

GOAL will bring you FUT Winter Wildcard updates as they happen.