Best starter teams in EA FC 24 Ultimate Team, from Premier League to LaLiga

Best starter teams in EA FC 24 Ultimate Team, from Premier League to LaLiga
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Written by 

Morgan Truder

Last updated 

11th Dec 2023 11:52


Building one of the best starter teams in EA FC 24 can really help you get off the ground in Ultimate Team, as you'd be surprised how many fantastic cheap players there are in leagues like LaLiga or the Premier League.

We don't all need the best players in every position, and while Evolutions can help you build a squad of unique stars, sometimes all you need is a bunch of cheap and meta gold cards. At this stage of the game, there are thankfully plenty of options to choose from, so you can jump straight into Champs and aim to complete early on.

What is the best starter team in Ultimate Team?

Our pick for the best starter team you can build in Ultimate Team right now is this Premier League and Bundesliga hybrid, giving you meta cards across the board for not much more than 12,000 coins:

  • GK: Hugo Lloris (Spurs)
  • RB: Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • CB: William Saliba (Arsenal)
  • CB: Micky van de Ven (Spurs)
  • LB: Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United)
  • CDM: Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund)
  • RM: Donyell Malen (Borussia Dortmund)
  • LM: Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CAM: Dominik Szoboszlai (Liverpool)
  • ST: Darwin Núñez (Liverpool)
  • ST: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

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You've got great players across the board here, and not a single card has under 82 pace which is perfect for any starter team. William Saliba is by far the best budget centre back you can buy, and there might even be an Evolution that you can put him in to further enhance his ability for free.

The front four of Adeyemi, Malen, Núñez, and Werner are absolutely rapid too, and using them correctly will leave any defence - particularly one with a high line - in the dust.

Perhaps the only weakness of this squad is the weaker defence in midfield, as Emre Can is really the only defensively-minded player beyond the back four. However, I've found that using the best custom tactics can really help cover for this, as you'll have the pitch covered to stop any counterattacks and neuter any wide play too.

More starter teams in EA FC 24

We've tried to stick to a maximum budget of around 15,000 coins for our starter teams, giving you a good foundation with plenty of room to sequentially improve individual players as you earn more.

LaLiga & Liga F

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  • GK: Rui Silva (Real Betis)
  • RB: Antônia Silva (Levante)
  • CB: Mario Hermoso (Atletico Madrid)
  • CB: Nacho (Real Madrid)
  • LB: Sofie Svava (Real Madrid)
  • CDM: Leire Baños (Levante)
  • RM: Athenea (Real Madrid)
  • LM: Naomie Feller (Real Madrid)
  • CAM: Nabil Fekir (Real Betis)
  • ST: Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid)
  • ST: Racheal Kundananji (Madrid CFF)

This is perhaps the best value squad on the list, as it will only set you back 9,000 coins. For this price, you're getting a squad that is perhaps as 'meta' as it can be at the price point, with a front line that is incredibly strong.

The main weakness with this squad though is its potential for upgrade. It only just reaches the maximum chemistry threshold by using any Portuguese manager with the Liga F league, so you can't really be too flexible when you're choosing to replace certain players.

NWSL & Premier League

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  • GK: David Raya (Arsenal)
  • RB: Kelley O'Hara (NJ/NY Gotham)
  • CB: Manuel Akanji (Manchester City)
  • CB: Nathan Aké (Manchester City)
  • LB: Carson Pickett (Rac. Louisville)
  • CM: Joe Willock (Newcastle United)
  • CM: Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns)
  • CM: Joelinton (Newcastle United)
  • RW: Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham)
  • ST: Lynn Williams (NJ/NY Gotham)
  • LW: Ansu Fati (Brighton)

Coming in at around 11,700 coins, this is a fantastic starting hybrid that gets you into the most popular league in the game, while also proving excellent value from NWSL links.

The front three are all stacked with pace, and a complete midfield trio is led by the excellent Crystal Dunn who can play in pretty much any position on the pitch.

This squad also gives you excellent scope for upgrades, as there are a number of excellent cards like Sophia Smith or Trinity Rodman from the NWSL that you can work towards for not a significant extra cost.

If Career Mode is more your thing, why not take a look at our list of best wonderkids or take a look at all the best saves to begin in the new game? For everything else, check out our EA FC 24 homepage.

Morgan is one of the Guides Writers at GGRecon. He first started writing about games for fun whilst doing his BA (Hons) in History and Film. Since then he has turned this passion into a career and was previously an Editor at VideoGamer before joining GGRecon. Despite enjoying all sorts of games, he can often be found playing Football Manager, Red Dead Redemption 2 or Sekiro.

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