With voting now open to select your Ultimate XI, we thought we'd share who our team has gone for with their squads.
There is plenty of consensus on many players and some curveball picks included too, so check out all our Team of the Year XI's below.
"In my TOTY I've really tried to focus on players who DOMINATED in 2021.
"I expect midfield to be the hottest area of contention, but Declan Rice has seemingly gotten better and better since England reached the final of Euro 2020.
"Nicolo Barella was voted the best midfielder in Serie A last term and lifted the European Championship trophy alongside teammate Jorginho, who gets into this team almost by default, by virtue of additional successes in the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea.
"In attack, I struggled to decide on who to play at LW, but with no standout candidates I just had to go with Erling Haaland who netted 43 goals in 42 appearances in 2021."
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"I've opted for Thibaut Courtois in goal, which was heavily influenced by a 78.1 save percentage which saw him keep 24 clean sheets last year.
"Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias have been immense for Manchester City, totally transforming their defence.
"Trent Alexander-Arnold is an assist machine and Antonio Rudiger has become one of the most combative defenders around since Tuchel took over at Chelsea (although I think it very likely Marquinhos will make the side over him).
"N'Golo Kante just keeps improving his game and is now a much more complete midfielder than just a brilliant CDM.
"Declan Rice and Phil Foden may be questionable inclusions, but Rice has become one of the best defensive midfielders around, dragging West Ham up the league, and Foden keeps putting in startling performances for Man City.
"Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah have been insane, racking up so many goals that both have to be included.
"The final forward spot was tough, but how can Erling Haaland - a man with more goals than games in the year - miss out?!
"Karim Benzema is a close contender and would be my 12th Player inclusion."
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"Edouard Mendy will face strong competition from Gianluigi Donnarumma, but I believe that Mendy had better performances and he should be the FIFA 22 TOTY 'keeper.
"Both Joao Cancelo and Trent Alexander-Arnold had excellent seasons where they put in great performances. Ruben Dias was a revelation for Manchester City and led the defence with expertise.
"Marquinhos had a fantastic season for PSG, although he missed out on the Copa America title with Brazil.
"In the midfield, N'Golo Kante played an advanced role under Tuchel and won the Champions League, and Bruno Fernandes created the highest number of chances among all outfield players in 2021.
"On the other side, you can't look past the Egyptian King Mohamed Salah who dominated the Premier League last year.
"The final piece of this team would be Bayern Munich superstar Rober Lewandowski. He may have missed out on the Ballon d'Or but is almost guaranteed to lead the line-up for FIFA 22 TOTY."
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"In my team, I've selected players who I would love to see receive a TOTY card in Ultimate Team and not necessarily the standout performers of 2021.
"Marcos Llorente, Alphonso Davies and Theo Hernandez are perhaps the players furthest away from a real-world XI, but would no doubt be three of the most overpowered cards from the group of 80 nominees.
"I would expect Neymar Jr to be another area of contention, but I think we can all agree that the Brazilian has the potential to be the best TOTY card of the lot!
"N'Golo Kante is fully deserving of a place having lifted the Champions League trophy with Chelsea and will be one hell of a player in FUT."
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"Whilst I may still be bitter about their victory at Euro 2020, it’s hard to look past the inclusion of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Giorgio Chiellini.
"Alphonso Davies is a shining light, Joao Cancelo is arguably the best full-back in the world right now and there’s no looking past City’s dominator Ruben Dias.
"My midfield was the most difficult to pick but the Premier League trio of N'Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden make the team, the latter of which really started to show his world-class credentials in 2021.
"My front three was simple, dominant goal scorers who hit the onion bag more times than I hit the Sherry at Christmas. The age of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may be over, but this team shows there’s an exceptional wave of young talent ready to fill their boots."
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"Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski walk into the side, but it was a close call between Karim Benzema and Erling Haaland for the third attacker spot.
"Erling Haaland is my 12th man this year as Karim "Benzema’s contribution to Real Madrid has been outstanding.
"N’Golo Kante is a must after his string of Man of the Match displays in the UCL knockouts.
"Declan Rice might raise eyebrows but his performances for England and in helping West Ham compete at the top end of the Premier League have him ranked among the best in the world.
"The defence was the toughest to pick, although Man City duo Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo were two of the first names in the XI!
"Gianluigi Donnarumma has to be in goal after his match-winning heroics in the summer for Italy, plus he's a FUT favourite already."
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