FIFA 22 Player Roles allow you to choose in advance the player you want to be the captain or responsible for taking set-pieces, including penalties, free kicks and corners.
How to Access
You can access the FIFA 22 player roles screen following the path Ultimate Team > Squads > Active Squad > Squad Actions > Custom Tactics > Roles. Before starting a match, you can also make changes, selecting Edit Lineup > Squad Actions > Player Roles. Even after the game starts, you can pause it and make new adjustments.
The game will always save your last configuration which means that you don’t have to set up every time you are going to play. In fact, you can change the kick-taker during the game itself, without having to pause the game. Just hold R2 or RT, depending on your console. The difference from doing it on the player’s roles screen is that this way, your decision will only have effect for that particular set piece. That is, in the next set-piece, the player who will be in charge of it, will be the one that has been defined in the player’s roles screen. Remember that you can configure a role via game plans and use it from the D-Pad.

FIFA 22 player roles are only assigned to the players of the starting eleven. If you make a substitution, the player who comes in will not follow the role of the player who goes out.

There is a feature, on the bottom of the screen, that picks the best player for each role, based on their attributes. The Auto-Assignment feature does a good job for you as for player roles assignment. If you’re not sure about the roles, just leave the job to the CPU by selecting Auto-Assign and resetting to the default assignments.