FIFA 21: Best (and Worst) Teams to Play with and Rebuild

Looking for the best team? The worst team? The fastest team in FIFA 21? We've got you covered...

EA Sports have, once again, laid down the gauntlet when it comes to licensed teams and leagues in a football simulation game, with FIFA 21 boasting a massive selection of clubs for you to use.

When you’re in the competitive game modes or just one-off matches, it can always help to pick the best team in the game, the best team for Seasons mode, or the fastest team available.

However, for a real challenge, picking one of the worst teams or the best team to rebuild in Career Mode is a great way to go about playing FIFA 21.

On this page, you’ll find several of the standout best and worst teams for you to consider when playing in FIFA 21’s various game modes.

FIFA 21 Best Team: Liverpool

With each passing season since his arrival in 2015, Jürgen Klopp has been able to piece together a team in his image that plays his distinct brand of football. In 2017/18, his efforts began to bear fruit, with the German manager taking the Reds to the Champions League final.

In the following season, the team improved further, coming to within a point of back-to-back champions Manchester City in the Premier League but going all the way in Europe this time, beating Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League Final.

Last season, Klopp guided Liverpool to their most craved accolade, the Premier League title. Having never won the 1992-founded division before, the squad has been cemented in the club’s history books.

In FIFA 21, the last couple of seasons of great success have resulted in Liverpool being held as the best team in the game. They boast general ratings of 86 defence, 84 midfield, and a hefty 89 attack.

With their standard ratings, many of Liverpool’s stars rank among or as the best in the world. These include Andy Robertson (87 OVR) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (87 OVR) standing as the highest-rated full-backs in FIFA 21, Virgil van Dijk (90 OVR), Alisson (90 OVR), Mohamed Salah (90 OVR), Fabinho (87 OVR), and Sadio Mané (90 OVR).

As there are so many very high ratings dotted around the pitch, it’s easy to see how Liverpool have become the best team in FIFA 21.

FIFA 21 Fastest Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers

In the summer of 2016, Fosun International purchased Wolverhampton Wanderers’ parent company, ushering a new age of financial backing and savvy club infrastructure.

It took the new owners a few managerial sackings before they were able to convince Nuno Espírito Santo to come to the club. As soon as he did, though, the team earned promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.

Santo’s superb man-management and exciting brand of football have enabled him to bring the best out of some hidden gem talents, pulling Wolves to seventh in both of their Premier League campaigns since coming up.

To find the fastest team in FIFA 21, the number of players with the ‘Speedster’ player speciality in each team was first considered. Next, the speed score of each player was calculated (using the acceleration, sprint speed, and agility attribute ratings) to find which team had the fastest batch of Speedsters. This resulted in Wolverhampton Wanderers narrowly being classed as the fastest team.

The line-up is loaded with some of the fastest players in the game, including Adama Traoré (97 acceleration, 96 sprint speed, 85 agility), Nélson Samedo (91 acceleration, 93 sprint speed, 87 agility), and Daniel Podence (94 acceleration, 90 sprint speed, 92 agility).

Those are Wolves’ three designated Speedsters, but Pedro Neto (86 acceleration, 85 sprint speed, 86 agility) and Rúben Vinagre (89 acceleration, 88 sprint speed, 82 agility) certainly aren’t slouches either.

Five clubs feature three Speedster players in FIFA 21, which are Wolves, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge, and FC Nordsjælland. As they each feature at quite different tiers of rating in the game, you should be able to find that one of the fastest teams in FIFA 21 suits your particular game rules.

FIFA 21 Best Starter Team: Bayern Munich

The 2019/20 season was an extra special one for Bayern Munich. Not only did the German giants claim their eighth-consecutive Bundesliga crown and fifth DFB-Pokal in eight years, but they also won the Champions League.

Claiming the trophy they last won in 2013, Bayern flew to the final by winning all six of their group games, stomping Chelsea 7-1 over two legs, beating Barcelona 8-2 in the one-game quarter-final, and then subduing the upstart Olympique Lyonnais 3-0.

Unafraid of the potential threat of the much-discussed Paris Saint-Germain attack, Bayern Munich stuck to their guns, trusted their old school style and high line of attack, creating a masterclass in frustrating a new style team.

The triumph, which saw the only goal being scored by Kinglsey Coman – who jumped the big-money Parisian ship for first-team football in 2014 – marked the first-ever perfect Champions League campaign, with Bayern winning every match, albeit on a slightly shortened fixtures list.

For newcomers to FIFA 21 with at least a touch of football knowledge, Bayern Munich present themselves as the best starter team.

Manuel Neuer (89 OVR) is one of the best goalkeepers in the game, ready to sweep up some rookie errors. At the same time, the starting defenders are good enough in their defensive positioning and defensive attributes to not be drawn out of place often.

There’s plenty of speed on offer from Alphonso Davies (81 OVR), Leroy Sané (85 OVR), and Serge Gnabry (85 OVR), with Joshua Kimmich (88 OVR) and Thomas Müller (86 OVR) having high passing, movement, and positioning ratings to allow you to unlock the flanking speedsters.

Of course, the most user-friendly aspect of the whole team is Robert Lewandowski (91 OVR) up top. He’s one of the highest-rated players in the game, with his 94 finishing, 89 shot power, 85 long shots, 88 ball control, 89 volleys, 85 heading accuracy, and 94 positioning making it more difficult to not score when the ball comes near the Polish striker.

Bayern Munich’s use of a standardised formation, old school tactics, and top-rated goalie and striker make them an easy team to get to grips with at the highest level.

FIFA 21 Best Team for Career Mode: Paris Saint-Germain

In 2012, Qatar Sports Investments completed the acquisition of Paris Saint-Germain, ushering in a new era of superstar signings and domestic trophies.

Since 2012/13, PSG have won all but one Ligue 1 title, achieving a domestic quadruple of the league, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, and Trophée des Champions on four occasions – including in 2019/20.

However, the greatest desire of the investors is to win the Champions League. They’ve seen four consecutive seasons of quarter-finals knockouts followed by three straight seasons of round-of-16 finishes.

Finally, 2020 brought PSG a shot at the European crown, with them missing out by the fine margin of a 1-0 scoreline.

If you want to have a straight shot at constant success in Career Mode, PSG is the best team to join. You won’t have any problems winning Ligue 1 or any of the domestic cups with the team that you inherit, and you’re gifted a massive £133 million to improve the squad further.

Initially, the full-back positions look to be in the greatest need of improvement, or should be cut out to embrace a three-at-the-back formation for even more attacking. From there, perhaps a highly-rated centre back for now would solidify the backline.

However, another aspect making PSG the best team for Career Mode is how many players are yet to reach their hefty potentials, including Kylian Mbappé (95 POT), Marquinhos (89 POT), Presnel Kimpembe (85 POT), Xavi Simons (85 POT), and Alphonse Areola (86 POT).

With PSG, you have a win-now team, lots of money to enhance the squad further, top players who are yet to reach their potential, and a league that allows you to focus on claiming the Champions League.

FIFA 21 Best Team to Rebuild: Manchester United

Manchester United have lacked direction and consistency since Sir Alex Ferguson retired way back in 2013. While the club appears to be going in the right direction by giving Ole Gunnar Solskjær time to build his team, the underlying problem remains.

Seemingly going after any player that the tabloids suggest, regardless of the price tag or team needs, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward continues to bungle each transfer window.

Calls for a knowledgeable director of football have been ignored, allowing Woodward to continue to ignore the parts of the team that need the most reinforcement or attempt to fill them with unsuitable players.

Luckily, in FIFA 21, you don’t have to rely on such a character to do your transfer business, helping to make Manchester United the best team to rebuild.

Your first job will be to excavate half of the team. Depending on your preferences, you can stand to sell at least seven players at face value. Victor Lindelöf (80 OVR), Nemanja Matić (80 OVR), Eric Bailly (82 OVR), Juan Mata (79 OVR), Jesse Lingard (77 OVR), Phil Jones (75 OVR), Chris Smalling (79 OVR), and Marcos Rojo (75 OVR) can all be shifted with little consequence to the quality of the team.

As the new United boss, you’ll also be given £166 million to play with, which can grow by a decent amount even if you sell most of the above players to the first transfer offer that comes over. With youth development being a high board expectation, your efforts to integrate some of the better young players will be noted.

Of course, in a rebuild, buying the best young players and growing the squad is the best way to go. Already at the club, however, are Aaron Wan-Bissaka (88 POT), Mason Greenwood (89 POT), Marcus Rashford (91 POT), Daniel James (83 POT), Facundo Pellistri (87 POT), Brandon Williams (85 POT), Diogo Dalot (85 POT), Teden Mengi (83 POT), Ethan Laird (83 POT), and James Garner (84 POT), who are all under 22-years-old.

Made much easier by it being on FIFA 21, Manchester United is the best team to rebuild in Career Mode. The club has a stack of unnecessary squad players, some good players to build around, several high-potential youngsters, a hefty transfer budget, and reasonable board expectations for a rebuilding team.

FIFA 21 Worst Team: Waterford FC

Playing in the League of Ireland Premier Division since earning promotion in 2018, Waterford FC have done well enough to avoid dropping back down to the First Division.

Last season, they climbed to sixth in the ten-team division, avoiding the relegation play-offs by 15 points. This season, with the campaign delayed and yet to conclude, at the time of writing, Waterford were in a position to challenge for a Europa Conference League qualifying spot.

One team has to receive the lowest rating in EA Sports’ annual game, and in FIFA 21, that team is Waterford.

The worst team in the game has ratings of 55 in attack, midfield, and defence, with Waterford’s highest-rated players being goalie Brian Murphy (60 OVR), full-back Sam Bones (60 OVR), midfielder Robbie Weir (58 OVR), and forward Kurtis Byrne (59 OVR).

FIFA 21 Best Women’s National Team: United States

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team has consistently been a dominant force on the international stage for decades.

Having won the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, the United States have finished on the podium in each of the ensuing seven editions of the tournament, winning it a total of five times.

In 2019, they put in a stellar performance to win the World Cup in France, winning all three group games, earning 2-1 triumphs in the round-of-16, quarter-finals, and semi-finals, and then dominated the Netherlands to the tune of 2-0 in the final.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the United States features as the best women’s national team in FIFA 21.

They boast incredibly high ratings of 88 attack, 85 midfield, and 84 defence, with their line-up and bench featuring so many top-class players.

Megan Rapinoe (93 OVR) headlines the team, but fellow forwards Alex Morgan (90 OVR) and Tobin Heath (90 OVR) ensure that the attack is a menace regardless of which channel you choose.

FIFA 21 Worst Women’s National Team: Mexico

Mexico’s only representative at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was Lucila Montes, who was the first official in three games of the tournament.

They did, however, make it to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but after a decent 1-1 result against Colombia in the first group match, they lost 2-1 to England and were battered 5-0 by France.

Mexico comes into FIFA 21 as the worst women’s national team, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there aren’t some decent players in the squad.

Charlyn Corral (81 OVR) offers a potent scoring threat up top, and Stephany Mayor (78 OVR) has sufficiently high ratings in key playmaking attributes to send the striker in on goal.

FIFA 21 Best Team for Seasons: Liverpool

As they’re the best team in FIFA 21, you probably could have guessed that Liverpool would be the pick of the bunch as the best team in the Seasons game mode.

However, it’s not just the team’s hefty overall ratings that make the Reds the best team for Seasons. Key to this is the presence of the 6’4’’ Virgil van Dijk (90 OVR) at either end of the pitch, as well as the very trusty Alisson (90) in goal.

Down either flank, Liverpool boasts an absurd amount of pace and energy. From the backline, it’s the two highest-rated full-backs in the game providing good defence, strong attack, and plenty of speed. Just ahead, you have Saido Mané (90 OVR) and Mohamed Salah (90 OVR) who are two of the fastest top-rated players in the game.

Although their ratings aren’t as flashy, midfielders like Jordan Henderson (86 OVR) and Fabinho (87 OVR) have incredibly high work rates, lots of stamina, and strong passing ratings. Just ahead of them, Roberto Firmino (87 OVR) does a great job of drawing defenders away from the wings and distributing the ball.

Speed is essential to being an offensive threat in Seasons, which Liverpool have buckets of down either side. Set-pieces are also great ways to get a goal in FIFA 21, with Van Dijk being the perfect target in the box. Just as importantly, though, is the fact that you have one of the best goalkeepers in the game for the computer to control.

FIFA 21 Best Team to Manage: Leicester City

After remarkably winning the Premier League in 2016, and getting through the hangover in the following season, Leicester City have been gradually building up as a legitimate contender for the European places.

While Leicester have been making quality signings since they were in the Championship, after bringing in Brendan Rodgers from Celtic in the 2018/19 season, the Foxes have stepped up their efforts to sign younger gems to craft into Premier League players.

FIFA 21 offers you several different options when you pick a club to manage. You could pick a top team and battle for silverware, pick a team doomed for the drop and ensure their survival, or you could bring a team up from the lower leagues.

On the other hand, if you want the best team to manage in Career Mode, you should pick one with a solid squad, a good-sized transfer budget, plenty of high-potential players, and moderate board expectations. If this is the set-up that you’d like to run with, Leicester City is the best team to manage.

With a £43 million transfer budget, you’ll be able to bring in some first-team players or some high-potential starlets to develop. You’ll also be given the time needed to tweak your squad, thanks to the board expectations of low for finances, medium for domestic and continental success, and low for youth development.

As for the existing roster, Jamie Vardy (86 OVR), Ricardo Pereira (85 OVR), Wilfred Ndidi (84 OVR), and Kasper Schmeichel (84 OVR) offer enough quality to make the team competitive now. Better still, there are a lot of players with high potential ratings in the squad.

Ndidi (88 POT), Timothy Castagne (82 POT), Çağlar Söyüncü (85 POT), Youri Tielemans (85 POT), James Maddison (85 POT), Harvey Barnes (85 POT), Cengiz Ünder (84 POT), and Ricardo Pereira (87 POT) offer the foundations of a top-quality team a couple of seasons down the line.

While you’ll want to look into developing a speedy replacement for the 33-year-old Vardy, and a reliable shot-stopper to bring in for the 33-year-old Kasper Schmeichel, the players are already in place to allow year-on-year improvement.

FIFA 21 Best International Team: France

After coming so close in the 2016 Euros, France went all the way to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, landing the nation’s second crown 20 years after the likes of Zinédine Zidane, Lilian Thuram, and Didier Deschamps hoisted the trophy.

Most impressive about France’s World Cup win this time around was the number of superb young players in the starting XI and waiting in the wings. Even now, Les Bleus look to have the quality and depth to be a top contender for years.

In FIFA 21, the optimised France line-up has everything that you could possibly want from the best international team. Anthony Martial (84 OVR), Kylian Mbappé (90 OVR), and Kinglsey Coman (84 OVR) offer more pace than any defence could handle, while the midfield boasts both a mighty playmaker in Paul Pogba (86 OVR) and a workhorse to protect the defence with N’Golo Kanté (88 OVR).

Along the backline, there’re solid ratings, strength, and excellent defensive positioning ratings, helping to protect the surprisingly tough-to-beat Hugo Lloris (87 OVR), who boasts 89 goalkeeper diving and 90 goalkeeper reflexes.

FIFA 21 Worst International Team: India

India isn’t exactly a nation known for its love of football, with the country of over 1.3 billion people never participating in the FIFA World Cup. They’ve attempted to qualify several times, but to no avail.

The subcontinent has been slightly more successful in the continental international scene. In the AFC Asian Cup, India came second to Israel in 1964, only qualifying three times since.

That said, in 2019, India earned their first win in over 30 years of the tournament, beating Thailand 4-1, with national legend Sunil Chhetri scoring a brace.

In FIFA 21, India ranks as the worst international team available, with their highest-rated players being in the mid-60s for overall rating.

The team’s goalkeeper, Gajodara Chatterjee (64 OVR), right back Bhadrashree Raj (64 OVR), and striker Prakul Bhatt (62 OVR) are the highest-rated players for India, so there’s not a lot to go on if you’re looking to rely on some star players to pull off an upset.

Whether you fancy the challenge of rebuilding a team like Manchester United, want to win now with Paris Saint-Germain, dominate the international scene with the US Women’s Team, or do the impossible and win matches as Waterford FC, these are the best and worst teams in FIFA 21.

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