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FIFA 22 Icon Swaps guide to getting Rooney, Desailly or Ferdinand

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FIFA 22 Icon Swaps provided the dream Ultimate Team Christmas present, making it possible to grind for legendary names such as Wayne Rooney, Marcel Desailly and Rio Ferdinand. The long-awaited campaign hit FIFA 22 on Wednesday, December 15, with Icon Swaps 2 and Icon Swaps 3 sure to follow later in 2022. Looking for a scouting report on how it all works, and what you other players or packs you can swap tokens for? It's all here, in GR's FIFA 22 Icon Swaps 1 guide.

What are FIFA 22 Icon Swaps?

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The FIFA 22 Icon Swaps system sees you earn tokens for completing in-game objectives, which can ultimately be exchanged for legendary players or special packs. Naturally, the highest-rated cards require the most tokens. So while you only need to trade in six player tokens for Iker Casillas (GK, 89), Gianluca Zambrotta (RB, 89) costs 14 tokens, while Wayne Rooney (CF, 88) requires you to rack up 17 tokens before completing an exchange.

FIFA 22 Icon Swaps 1 started on Wednesday, December 15 and offered seven players in total, plus a variety of packs. On offer in addition to Casillas, Zambrotta and Rooney are Alessandro del Piero (CF, 87), Marcel Desailly (CDM, 88), Marc Overmars (LM, 90), and Rio Ferdinand (CB, 88). You can find out how many tokens each costs in the table below.

Icons Swaps 2 and Icon Swaps 3 are expected to follow later this season. For comparison purposes, Icon Swaps 2 arrived in FIFA 21 on February 19, 2021, and Icon Swaps 3 dropped on May 10, 2021.

Which new legends can I get through FIFA 22 Icon Swaps?

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There are only four new legends this year, one of whom is Wayne Rooney – so him being on offer as the highest-rated Icon Swaps prize is kind of a big deal. Iker Casillas is a fresh inclusion too, and again included in this campaign. Tidy. As a result you can expect Cafu and Robin van Persie to materialise in Icon Swaps 2 or Icon Swaps 3. You can read player profiles of all four, and view the complete list of all 105 legends in this year's game, at our FIFA 22 Icons guide. 

How many coins do I save by using FIFA 22 Icon Swaps?

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The answer to that is dependent on the card(s) you select or pack. For example, Rooney's 88-rated item is selling for 675,000 coins as I write this – a colossal saving should you choose to grind out all 17 tokens. It's worth noting, however, that Icon items earned in this way can't be listed on the transfer market. These are the going rates for all seven Icon Swaps 1 legends, correct on PlayStation as of Wednesday, January 12.

  • Wayne Rooney (CF, 88) - 675,000 coins
  • Guanluca Zambrotta (RB, 89) - 440,000 coins
  • Alessandro del Piero (CF, 87) - 563,000 coins
  • Marcel Desailly (CDM, 88) - 449,000 coins
  • Marc Overmars (LM, 90) - 394,000 coins
  • Rio Ferdinand (CB, 88) - 363,000 coins
  • Iker Casillas (GK, 89) - 236,000 coins

What are the FIFA 22 Icon Swaps objectives?

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The second set of 15 objectives earn a maximum of nine FIFA 21 Icon Swaps tokens, split across FUT Friendly and Squad Battles matches. These challenges have been available since January 10, and you have until February 7 to complete them. Sadly the first set of objectives, also worth up to nine tokens, have now expired.

Icon Swaps Ligue 1 (one token)

- Win 6 matches in the Live FUT Friendly: One League with at least 8 First Owned Ligue 1 players in your starting squad

- Score in 10 separate matches using Ligue 1 players in the Live FUT Friendly: One League

- Assist with a through ball in 5 separate matches using Ligue 1 players in the Live FUT Friendly: One League

Icon Swaps Bundesliga (one token)

- Win 6 matches in the Live FUT Friendly: One League with at least 8 First Owned Bundesliga players in your starting squad

- Score in 10 separate matches using Bundesliga players in the Live FUT Friendly: One League

- Assist with a through ball in 5 separate matches using Bundesliga players in the Live FUT Friendly: One League

Icon Swaps PL (one token)

- Win 6 matches in the Live FUT Friendly: One League with at least 8 First Owned Premier League players in your starting squad

- Score using Finesse shots in 6 separate matches using Premier League players in the Live FUT Friendly: One League

- Assist in 10 separate matches using Premier League players in the Live FUT Friendly: One League

Icon Swaps (one token per challenge)

- Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty with 11 Silver players in your starting squad (one token)

- Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty with 11 Italian players in your starting squad (one token)

- Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty with 11 EFL Championship players in your starting squad (one token)

- Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty with 11 Liga Portugal players in your starting squad (one token)

- Win 6 Squad Battles matches on min. World Class difficulty with 11 First Owned players in your starting squad (one token)

- Win 13 FUT Champions matches (one token)

Which icons are on the FIFA 22 Icon Swaps rewards list?

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The FIFA 22 Icon Swaps rewards list is below.

RewardTypePlayer Tokens
25x 81+ Players PackPack2
25x 82+ Players PackPack3
25x 83+ Players PackPack5
Iker Casillas (GK, 89)Mid Icon6
Rio Ferdinand (CB, 88)Mid Icon7
Base or Mid Icon packBase or Mid Icon8
Marc Overmars (LM, 90)Prime Icon9
Mid Icon PackMid Icon10
Marcel Desailly (CDM, 88)Mid Icon11
Alessandro del Piero (CF, 87)Baby Icon12
89+ Mid Icon packMid Icon13
Base or Mid Icon player pickBase or Mid Icon14
Gianluca Zambrotta (RB, 89)Prime Icon14
Mid or Prime IconMid or Prime Icon16
Icon Player PickBase, Mid or Prime Icon17
Wayne Rooney (CF, 88)Mid Icon17

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