FIFA 23 Ultimate Team: How does the new chemistry system work?

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Chemistry has had a complete overhaul in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team. Here we will be explaining everything you need to know regarding the new system.

The FIFA 23 Ultimate Team deep dive trailer has just been revealed and with it, we now have details on the complete chemistry revamp for the new instalment of the game. Chemistry has been adapted over the years in Ultimate Team. It initially started off very simply back in the first few titles, with players from the same league or nation linking in order to obtain full chemistry.

More recently – new ways of obtaining chemistry have been added such as position modifiers, icons, perfect links and much more you can use to obtain a squad of fully connected players.

In FIFA 22 – chemistry basically worked like so:

  • Individual Player Chemistry – Rated out of 10 for each player.
  • Team Chemistry – Rated out of 100 for the entire team.
  • Overall Chemistry – This is a hidden number, which comes from a combination of Individual Player Chemistry and Team Chemistry. A high Overall Chemistry will increase player attributes; a low Overall Chemistry will actually decrease them.

Now, this system has been completely scrapped and reworked. So just how does chemistry work in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team? Find out below.

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How has chemistry changed in FIFA 23?

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FUT 23 brings a complete overhaul to the Chemistry system, making it easier than ever to build your dream squad. In changing the Chemistry system in Ultimate Team, EA wanted to achieve some key goals:

  • Increase squad variety and allow for a wider range of player selections, enabling more diverse team compositions by removing the barriers created by positional links.
  • More intuitive mechanics in key areas to make squad building easier, making it more authentic and more rewarding.
  • Remove common pain points such as lowered player Attributes caused by low Chemistry, or the calculus of Squad and Player Chemistry, a design that was often not intuitive to new players.

They’ve also completely removed the negative impact to Attributes caused by low Chemistry, so players will always play with at least their Item’s Attributes, with Chemistry being Additive.

  • EA has removed overall Squad Chemistry, so you only need to focus on building the maximum Chemistry for each individual player.
  • Positional links have been completely removed, and your Players can now link, and impact the Chemistry of Players in the Starting XI, regardless of their position on the pitch.
  • The Loyalty system has been removed.

How does chemistry now work in FIFA 23?

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With the removal of overall Squad Chemistry, the focus is now on increasing the Chemistry of each individual Player in your Starting XI. Each Player will be able to gain up to three Chemistry Points, allowing for an individual Player Chemistry score of 0-3.

There are three primary factors that go into determining the Chemistry score for each Player in your Starting XI.


Preferred Position

A Player in your Starting XI will only be able to gain Chemistry and raise their score above zero when they are playing in their Preferred Position.

  • A Player in your Starting XI will also only contribute to the Chemistry Thresholds for the Squad when they are playing in their Preferred Position.

Chemistry Thresholds

A Player in your Starting XI, in their Preferred Position, will add one increment to their Club, Country/Region and League Chemistry Thresholds.

  • As you add Players to your Starting XI that match either the Club, Country/Region or League of other Players in your Starting XI, you will hit Chemistry Thresholds that trigger the addition of Chemistry Points to the associated Players.
  • Depending on how many Players in your Starting XI share the same Club, Country/Region or League, you could gain up to three Chemistry Points.

Manager Bonus

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Your Manager will contribute one Chemistry increment to all players in the Starting XI that share either the Country/Region or the League of the Manager.


So this is how the new chemistry system works in FIFA 23! Are you happy with the changes? It certainly makes building unique squads a lot easier – which is massively exciting.

You can watch the full Ultimate Team deep dive trailer right here which delves even further into explaining the chemistry system.


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