FIFA 21 Ultimate Team: Chemistry Guide - Team, Player & Bonus Chemistry Explained
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FIFA 21 Ultimate Team: Chemistry Guide - Team, Player & Bonus Chemistry Explained

Matt Thomas
27 September 2020

Chemistry is one of the most important aspects in FUT 21, check out how it works!

Chemistry is one of the main factors when assembling a team in FIFA Ultimate Team, being the links between all the players on the pitch, to determine how well they’ll play together in-game.

In this guide, we’ll go over everything relating to chemistry in FUT 21, including the importance of having high chemistry, how chemistry is affected, as well as bonus chemistry in FUT 21.

What Is FUT Chemistry?

Chemistry in FUT may be the most important part of building a squad of players, outside of the actual players themselves.

Chemistry represents how well a player will perform on the pitch, and shows the links between teammates. High chemistry values on players and the team overall are crucial in realising your teams’ full potential, with lower chemistry values dramatically reducing player ability in game.

Two Basic Chemistry Types

Here are some basic chemistry concepts to get you started!

There are two types of chemistry in FUT, Player Chemistry and Team Chemistry

Player Chemistry indicates the chemistry value of any one player, and ranges between 0 and 10, with 10 being the maximum chemistry attainable per player.

Team Chemistry reflects the overall sum of chemistry in the team, ranging between 0 and 100, with 100 being the maximum chemistry attainable for your overall squad.

2 Factors Affecting Chemistry in FUT 21

There are 2 main factors that affect a players’ chemistry in FUT 21:

  • Player Positioning - i.e. If the position on his card is similar to the position playing in your squad.
  • Teammate Links - i.e. If the players around him in the squad are from the same league, club or nationality.

These 2 factors combined will determine the overall player chemistry out of 10.

Player Positioning

A players’ chemistry is impacted by how closely his position on the pitch in your squad matches the positioning set on his card item in FUT.

Currently, in FUT, there are 4 possible situations:

  • Playing in his natural position
  • Playing in a position that’s very similar to his natural position
  • Playing in a position that’s somewhat similar to his natural position
  • Playing in a position that’s very different and in no way similar to his natural position.

If you wish to play a player in a position that doesn’t currently match his position on his card, it’s possible to change his positioning via a position change consumable, however this is somewhat restricted. For example, a RM can only be changed to a RW and RF, meaning he won’t ever be fully suited to a role on the left hand side.

Ideally, you’ll want your players playing in their natural position on the pitch as much as possible, however it’s possible to play them slightly out of position, i.e. a LB at LWB, CDM at CM etc. 

To find out what positions on the pitch a player is suited to, you can use the table below:

In this table:

Green = Natural Position (maximum chemistry)
Yellow = Very Similar position
Orange = Somewhat Similar Position
Red = No Similarities

Teammate Links

Moving on, teammate links are another major part to generating chemistry between players in FUT 21.

In short, if players share the same nation, league or club, the higher the chemistry they’ll have between one another.

As you can see from the image above, chemistry links between players fall into three categories:

  • League
  • Club
  • Nationality

As you can also see from above, the strength of links is also colour co-ordinated, with Great, Good and Poor links. If you match all 3 areas, you’ll also obtain a Perfect link, which is the best link possible.

To get a better understanding as to how player links work, and the chemistry generated, you can refer to the table below!

CategoryPlayerIcon
 NationLeagueClubNationIcon
🔴 - Dead Link--
🟠🟠 - Weak Link--
🟠🟠 - Weak Link
🟢🟢🟢 - Strong Link
🟢🟢🟢 - Strong Link
🟢🟢🟢🟢 - Perfect Link

Bonus Chemistry in FUT 21

There are two ways in which bonus chemistry points can be attributed to players in FUT 21:

  • Manager Links - If a player shares the same nationality or league.
  • Loyalty - If a player has played 10 or more games for your club, or is a first owner card.

It’s worth mentioning, that each bonus chemistry type can each add a maximum of +1 chemistry to a player, meaning if they have loyalty and manager bonuses, they can gain an additional +2 chemistry.

Manager Links

Very simply, manager chemistry applies a +1 boost to a players’ chemistry if they share either a:

  • Nationality
  • League

It’s worth noting that, even if a player shares both the same nationality and league as a manager, they’ll only receive a +1 chemistry boost, so it’s important to utilise your manager to boost as many players in your team as possible.

If you wish, you can customise managers by applying manager league consumables, allowing you to tailor various managers to various teams, depending on the nations and leagues in your squad.

Loyalty Chemistry

Loyalty chemistry again gives a +1 chemistry boost to players that:

  • Have played 10 or more games for your club
  • Are first owner players (i.e. pack pulled)

Loyalty can become a major part of completing certain difficult, high chemistry SBCs such as League SBCs, so having an understanding of loyalty is key!

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