When FIFA 23 first released, players spent quite some time trying to understand the changes to FUT with chemistry, in particular, coming under scrutiny.


Chemistry has always been important in FUT. Even with all the latest FIFA TOTS cards, you may come undone in FUT Champs or FIFA Squad Battles without a well put-together squad.

However, for FIFA 23, the system went through a transformation that changed how you build your next squad.

Read on for all the information on chemistry changes in FUT and how to maximise your player chemistry in FIFA 23. Soon your team will be the ones lifting up the trophies.

FIFA 23 chemistry explained: What has changed?

Chemistry in FIFA 23 has been completely overhauled, allowing more variety than ever before in how you can build your squad and get the most out of your players, even if they do play for different teams and nations.

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The main change is that chemistry lines have been removed completely, meaning players from the same nation/club don’t need to be lined up next to one another anymore to gain maximum chemistry ratings.

How does that work? Instead of chemistry lines, players now have chemistry diamonds on player cards. You’ll notice that each player in your playing squad has three small diamonds in the bottom-left of their FUT cards.

Zero is the minimum chemistry and three is the maximum. Your team can have a total chemistry rating out of 33, which can be seen on the left-hand side of the squad building screen as a panel. Check it all out in action in the trailer below (from 2:37):

The left panel is where you want to be looking as it shows you each league, club and nation that is represented in your team. The greyed-out player head icons there will show you how many players you need in your squad (playing in any position) to reach the next chemistry rank.

Essentially, the more players you have selected in your starting 11 from the same league, club and nation, the better your chemistry will be.

The main change in FIFA 23 is that it doesn’t matter where you play them any more. Chemistry lines are long gone and it should make things simpler moving forward.

For example, a right back and left winger from Spurs in the same starting 11 will add plus-one to your overall chemistry. Make sure you play each player in their preferred positions, however - if they are out of position, they will have zero chemistry.

Thankfully, you can more freely select multiple playing positions for many different players in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, due to preferred and secondary positions that have been added based on real-life matches.

Does chemistry matter in FIFA 23?

Chemistry does still matter in FIFA 23, but the overhaul to the mechanic for the latest release means its impact has been toned down.

In FIFA 23's Ultimate Team, chemistry no longer has a negative impact on a player's attributes and is now based on an individual player's chemistry, rather than the team chemistry as a whole.

This means that if one or two of your players are not on full chemistry, it is only those cards that will be impacted, rather than the team as a whole.

However, the core of chemistry still remains. Chemistry Style boosts are boosted more if your player is on full chemistry, compared to those on lower amounts. So, a player with a Hunter Chemistry Style will gain a greater boost to their Pace and Shooting if they have full chemistry, versus a player with less.

How will FIFA 23 chemistry changes impact your squad?

The new FIFA 23 chemistry changes in Ultimate Team will impact your squad positively if you follow the new rules. It’s now more possible to have a team that features stars from around the world, as long as you match some nations, clubs and leagues together.

You no longer need to have a goalkeeper and your defence from the same team, league or nation for maximum chemistry, for example.

Let’s say you’ve gone for Courtois in goal. If you then have De Bruyne in midfield and Benzema up front, you’ve got some decent chemistry building already. That’s a Belgium link between Courtois and De Bruyne and a Real Madrid link between the keeper and Benzema.

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