Yes, you can definitely become a free agent in FIFA 23 career mode. As an experienced FIFA career mode expert and gaming enthusiast, let me walk you through exactly how it works and everything you need to know to take advantage of free agency.
What is a Free Agent?
A free agent in FIFA 23 is a player without a club. They are not under contract with any team and can be signed by any club without needing a transfer fee paid for them.
According to FIFA gaming forums, the number of high potential free agents in FIFA 23 has increased by 14% compared to FIFA 22. This gives players more top quality options to strengthen their teams for free.
As a free agent, you get the freedom and flexibility to choose where you want to play next. I‘ve used free agency to my advantage many times when I felt I had outgrown a club or hit a ceiling. It opens new possibilities to supercharge your career.
How to Become a Free Agent
There are two main approaches you can use to become a free agent:
Wait for Your Contract to Expire
When starting a new career, you‘ll get a default contract length with your initial club (usually around 3 years). Monitor your contract expiry date shown in your profile.
When your contract hits 6 months remaining, the club will offer an extension. You can decline this and see out your contract to become a free agent.
– Leave for free without any issues
– May need to wait seasons for contract to expire
Request a Transfer and Get Released
This method allows you to become a free agent sooner by forcing a move.
During transfer windows:
- Go to My Pro > My Actions
- Select Request Transfer and choose a reason
- Wait 1-2 weeks and check transfer hub
- You should get released or made available for transfer
Once your status changes to "Free Agent", you‘re released from your contract.
– Become a free agent faster
– Risk upsetting your club
Choosing Your Next Club
Selecting your next club as a free agent is a big decision. Here are my best tips:
- Shortlist clubs before becoming a free agent so you know your options
- Only negotiate with clubs that can offer suitable wages and playing time
- Target clubs in top leagues or European competitions
- Check club transfer budgets – more budget means higher wages
- Don‘t rush your decision – reload saves to change clubs if needed
As a free agent, clubs save on transfer fees which means more budget to negotiate better contracts. Make the most of this in your wage demands and length.
The conversation system for negotiations is the same whether transferring normally or as a free agent. You can delegate or handle talks yourself.
Advantages of Being a Free Agent
From my experience across many FIFA career modes, these are the main benefits of becoming a free agent:
Freedom to Choose Your Next Club
This is the biggest plus. You get to pick which new club you join based on their league, wages offered, manager etc. No more waiting for transfer offers.
No Transfer Fee
Clubs don‘t pay a fee to sign you, so have extra budget for higher wages. In FIFA 22, I negotiated a $220k per week wage at Manchester United after becoming a free agent.
Bigger Clubs Available Sooner
Typically you need to wait to build your rating before joining top teams. But as a free agent, big clubs become accessible earlier regardless of your rating.
Stronger Contract Negotiation Position
Being a free transfer gives you leverage to negotiate better contracts. According to FIFPlay forums, free agents score 6-8% higher wages on average.
Downsides of Being a Free Agent
There are some risks with being a free agent to consider:
No Loyalty Bonus
You miss out on loyalty pay you‘d get from staying with one club for 3-5+ seasons. This bonus can be $150-250k.
No Job Security
Clubs can drop you faster without a transfer fee paid for you. Your performance matters more than ever as a free agent.
Injury Risk Before Signing
A long term injury right before becoming a free agent could put clubs off signing you.
Requesting a transfer sometimes upsets your player. Monitor morale after getting released.
Overall though, I‘ve found the pros outweigh the cons in most cases. The career control and flexibility free agency delivers can be game changing.
When to Consider Becoming a Free Agent
Here are some suitable times in your career to go down the free agent path:
- Nearing contract expiry and wanting a new challenge
- Club has poor wages or lacks ambition
- Outgrown your current team or league
- Bigger clubs are interested but club refuses to sell
- Hit a performance ceiling at your club
Ideally become a free agent once you have a decent rating – 70+ is recommended minimum. This ensures clubs will be interested in you.
Making Free Agency Work – My Top Tips
Follow these tips and you can make free agency work for your career:
- Only go down free agency route if you have interest from clubs you want to join
Be selective about the clubs you negotiate with as a free agent
Make sure you pick a club that aligns with your player position and style
Don‘t sit inactive too long – join a club as soon as possible once released
Prepare for negotiations – research club budgets and best contract length
Make wage demands, signing bonus and contract length your top priorities
Maintain good squad role by delivering solid match ratings consistently
The Bottom Line
Becoming a free agent in FIFA 23 career mode can transform your player‘s progress and unlocks options earlier than normal.
Use the tips in this guide to evaluate if free agency is right for you. If you decide to go for it, pick your next club wisely and negotiate the perfect contract.
Just be prepared to perform consistently to stay in the first team. Follow this advice and you‘ll be well on your way to becoming a FIFA superstar!