Now that FIFA 23 is here, players are getting used to its gameplay changes. The formula shakes up every year with typically subtle changes, but FIFA 23 lengthy players are something completely new to wrap your head around.

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While lengthy players in FIFA might not be quite as big a change as the series losing its iconic FIFA brand name next year, it is definitely something you need to understand to get the most out of your Ultimate Team squads.

The new HyperMotion2 technology in the game comes with a new AcceleRATE system which completely revamps player speed, splitting them into three classes based on physical attributes.

The lengthy category, in particular, is the main one you need to know, though. Certain low-speed players are now able to keep up with pace merchants, causing plenty of changes in the FIFA 23 meta. Here's everything you need to know about lengthy players in FIFA 23.

What is a lengthy player in FIFA 23?

The AcceleRATE movement system splits players into unique archetypes, in order to show how players with similar speeds may accelerate differently across the pitch.

This means there are now three acceleration types:

  • Controlled - The default acceleration type that will see players accelerate uniformly.
  • Explosive - Shorter and more agile players who gain an initial burst of acceleration and then slow down.
  • Lengthy - Taller and stronger players who will start slowly but then increase acceleration over distance, reaching high maximum speed.

What makes the lengthy players so popular however is that given enough distance even low-stat players will be able to become faster than any other player in the game - in theory, players with a pace of 50 could catch up with the likes of Ronaldo over time, if they're lengthy that is.

However, bear in mind that this new AcceleRATE movement system and therefore lengthy players are only available on current-gen platforms - that's PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Stadia.

How do you spot lengthy players? Well, lengthy players generally have the following stats:

  • Strength: 65 or more
  • Acceleration: 55 or more
  • Height: more than 173 cm

Who are the best lengthy players in FIFA 23?

It's worth bearing in mind that while some players are naturally lengthy, others you can make lengthy yourself, so it's worth experimenting with your preferred players to see if they are compatible with that acceleration type.

Best lengthy FIFA 23 defenders:

  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Ruben Dias
  • Kalidou Koulibaly
  • Antonio Rudiger
  • Christian Günter
  • Pierre Kalulu

Best lengthy FIFA 23 midfielders:

  • Casemiro
  • Rodri
  • Fabinho
  • Thomas Partey
  • Paul Pogba
  • Declan Rice

Best lengthy FIFA 23 strikers:

  • Erling Haaland
  • Harry Kane
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Duvan Zapata
  • Tammy Abraham
  • Karim Benzema
  • Cristiano Ronaldo

How to make players lengthy in FIFA 23

AcceleRATE types are assigned automatically to players based on height, agility and strength attributes - with taller (generally over 174cm in height) and stronger players more likely to fit the lengthy category.

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However, several players can change from the controlled acceleration type to lengthy based on their chemistry style, with the Architect style, in particular, affecting the required stats to make this change. Players such as Toni Kroos, Marquinhos and Cristiano Ronaldo can become lengthy in this way.

Basically, FUT fans, you can use the Architect chemistry style to make a player lengthy. In the case of many players, this will up their strength stat and shift them into the lengthy category, giving them those longer bursts of speed.

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