If you intend to dominate FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT for short) in EA Sports’ FIFA 16, understanding the concept of team chemistry is ideal. Odds of making passes and cashing in scoring opportunities will increase if you put proper chemistry in place. In fact, you should pass over superstar talent on occasion if it means perfecting chemistry. This may sound bizarre initially, but randomly building a team with world class talent goes right out the window the moment you turn the ball over or even worse, blow entire FUT seasons and tournaments.

Look, we love watching all-star teams compete at the highest level, but chemistry wins championships; and defense, apparently. In fact, the developers of FIFA intentionally punish FUT players for haphazardly creating super squads. That said, we have everything you need to know about chemistry and Hybrid Teams in FIFA 16. 

First and most importantly, always put players in their natural positions to maximize chemistry. There’s no reason to be a mad scientist or GM, thinking the key to unlocking your FUT team is to build some strange mash-up. Moving someone to a different position may cap the chemistry level of you team. 

This aside, team chemistry is built on three fundamental pillars: country, league and active club.  Pair players who belong to one of these same camps and you’re well on your way to becoming a sports chemist. For example, if your FUT team somehow acquires a key gold card player from the Barclays Premier League, do whatever it takes to surround this asset with people from the same league. 

Then we have Hybrid Teams. This includes players from different locations around the globe. Despite hailing from different regions, they have enough in common to work well with each other. To that end, you can split your FUT team into two components. While not the easiest thing to do, constant shifting is the best way to nail this. 

Think of each half as a mini team. Have the left side comprised of players from the German Bundesliga, while the right is made up of players from Spain’s La Liga. Search for players with common bonds at positions close to each other, like center backs and center midfielders.  For instance, take Xabi Alanso. In addition to playing in the aforementioned German league, he is also a Spanish national.

In a previous FUT article we explained the importance of aligning players with green and yellow lines. However, you can still reach a perfect 100 chemistry rating with red lines, providing both players have at the very least one green line to a neighboring position. Pair your FUT squad with a manager who shares similar traits and receive a much needed boost.

Finally, players you find in packs and those who were originals on your FUT team will have solid chemistry from the beginning. Meanwhile, players who arrive via transfer need to put in 10 games to gel with their new teammates.  While a bit of a grind, the ability to adapt and improve is how things work in real-world sports, and is nice to see in a video game. 

Ultimately you’ll benefit most from scouting and then developing a team. The more you tinker, the better results and greater rewards. Now go out there an rule the international scene!