A large number of players are set to receive ratings boosts at the end of the January transfer window, with some likely to get big increases
At the start of every season, EA Sports releases the complete ratings list for the new FIFA game, with thousands of players across the world receiving a grade from 45 to 99.
During the season, many of these players perform better than their original rating, exceeding expectations and often their transfer value in real life. As a result, FIFA 18 will see many players receive improved stats to match their on-field counterparts who have had strong starts to the 2017-18 campaign.
Last season, a number of top players received upgrades such as Eden Hazard, Gerard Pique and Paulo Dybala. But it is not just the high-rated players that receive upgrades; many lower talents also get boosted from every league in the game.
When will the upgrades be available and which players will get an upgrade? Goal tells you all you need to know…
WHEN WILL THE WINTER UPGRADES HAPPEN?
Usually, the upgrades are not released until the end of the January transfer window. This ensures that players are all with their new clubs before they receive a boost.
In 2017, EA Sports announced its ‘Ratings Refresh’ in February, with batches of players being released between February 17 and February 27. This follows on from the winter transfer releases, where new versions of players are released in their new clubs.
As well as getting new ratings and new clubs, some players will also receive position changes if they are deployed in a different area of the pitch than their original FIFA 18 card indicates. Last season, Alexis Sanchez was a recipient of one such position change, swapping from left-wing to striker as Arsene Wenger chose to play him up front in Arsenal’s attack.
One thing to note is that a select number of players will be the unfortunate recipients of downgrades. These are players who have disappointed during the season and failed to live up to their on-card rating. In recent years, players who have been confined to the bench and reserves or who have spent much of the season injured have been given a lower rating during the ratings refresh.
WILL MY PLAYERS BE UPGRADED?
In Online Seasons, players are automatically receiving upgrades and downgrades on a regular basis to mirror their performances in the real world. New Career Mode games will also reflect the upgraded database, but existing games will not.
FIFA Ultimate Team is the most popular game mode and that is where upgrades can have the most effect. Any regular player in your club will not receive an upgrade, but special versions such as in-form Team of the Week players may receive upgrades if their basic card gets a boost.
All new players found in packs will be upgraded, but non-in-form players in your club will only increase if an upgraded player’s new overall rating equals or surpasses his existing first in-form’s rating. If a player has multiple in-forms, all these cards will be improved if they meet the criteria.
Downgrades will not effect any in-form cards, only new versions found in packs. In addition, last season there were no upgrades for Ultimate Scream items.
WHICH PLAYERS WILL RECEIVE UPGRADES?
One of the best indicators of determining which players will receive upgrades is the current online seasons ratings database. These are the most recent live ratings for every single player in FIFA (even some lesser names that are not in FIFA Ultimate Team).
Another sign that a player was due to get an upgrade in previous versions of FIFA was if they had got multiple in-form versions in Team of the Week squads released during the season so far. Players who constantly played well during the first-half of the season were more likely to receive a boost to their basic edition in order to match their current level of ability.
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Harry Kane’s excellent scoring run to finish the calendar year saw him receive the Premier League Player of the Month award for December, which was his second time to win it this season, providing him with his fourth boosted card in the five months since FIFA 18 was released. As a result, he is sure to get an upgrdade when the January ratings are revealed for FIFA Ultimate Team.
From the current database as well as seeing which players have received multiple in-form versions, we can assess which players are likely to get a boost to their overall rating during the refresh. Please note, none of these ratings are final and are just speculative based on the current live database. Nor have any of these players been confirmed as players that will receive upgrades in FIFA Ultimate Team.
|Player||Position||Club||League||Nation||Current Overall||Potential Overall|
|Kevin De Bruyne||CAM||Man City||Premier League||Belgium||88||90|
|David Silva||CAM||Man City||Premier League||Spain||87||89|
|Edinson Cavani||ST||PSG||Ligue 1||Uruguay||87||88|
|Harry Kane||ST||Spurs||Premier League||England||85||87|
|Lorenzo Insigne||LW||Napoli||Calcio A||Italy||85||86|
|Marc-Andre ter Stegen||GK||Barcelona||La Liga||Germany||85||86|
|Jordi Alba||LB||Barcelona||La Liga||Spain||85||86|
|Mauro Icardi||ST||Inter||Calcio A||Argentina||84||85|
|Koke||CM||Atletico Madrid||La Liga||Spain||84||85|
|Ivan Perisic||LM||Inter||Calcio A||Croatia||84||85|
|Nicolas Otamendi||CB||Man City||Premier League||Argentina||83||85|
|Raheem Sterling||RW||Man City||Premier League||England||83||84|
|Ciro Immobile||ST||Lazio||Calcio A||Italy||82||84|
|Mohamed Salah||RW||Liverpool||Premier League||Egypt||82||84|
|Ederson||GK||Man City||Premier League||Brazil||82||84|
|Fernandinho||CDM||Man City||Premier League||Brazil||82||84|
|Sadio Mane||LW||Liverpool||Premier League||Senegal||82||84|
|Timo Werner||ST||RB Leipzig||Bundesliga||Germany||82||83|
|Nabil Fekir||CAM||Lyon||Ligue 1||France||82||83|
|Joshua Kimmich||RB||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||Germany||81||83|
|Adrien Rabiot||CM||PSG||Ligue 1||France||80||82|
|Sergej Milinkovic-Savic||CM||Lazio||Calcio A||Serbia||80||82|
|Daniele Rugani||CB||Juventus||Calcio A||Italy||80||81|
|Kingsley Coman||RM||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||France||79||81|
|James Tarkowski||CB||Burnley||Premier League||England||77||81|
|Bafetimbi Gomis||ST||Galatasaray||Super Lig||France||79||80|
|Alphonse Areola||GK||PSG||Ligue 1||France||79||80|
|Aleksandar Kolarov||LB||Roma||Calcio A||Serbia||79||80|
|Angel Correa||ST||Atletico Madrid||La Liga||Argentina||79||80|
|Vincent Aboubakar||ST||Porto||Liga NA||Cameroon||78||80|
|Bruno Fernandes||CAM||Sporting CP||Liga NOS||Portugal||77||80|
|Leon Bailey||LM||Bayer Leverkusen||Bundesliga||Jamaica||77||80|
|Nick Pope||GK||Burnley||Premier League||England||74||80|
|Christian Pulisic||RM||Borussia Dortmund||Bundesliga||United States||78||79|
|Jesse Lingard||RM||Man Utd||Premier League||England||78||79|
|Kenny Tete||RB||Lyon||Ligue 1||Netherlands||77||79|
|Mariano||ST||Lyon||Ligue 1||Dominican Rep||76||79|
|Milan Skriniar||CB||Inter||Calcio A||Slovakia||74||79|
|Max Philipp||LW||Borussia Dortmund||Bundesliga||Germany||77||78|
|Jesus Vallejo||CB||Real Madrid||La Liga||Spain||77||78|
|Marcos Llorente||CDM||Real Madrid||La Liga||Spain||77||78|
|Peter Gulacsi||GK||RB Leipzig||Bundesliga||Hungary||76||78|
|Goncalo Guedes||LM||Valencia||La Liga||Portugal||74||78|
|Sven Ulreich||GK||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||Germany||76||77|
|Marcel Halstenberg||LB||RB Leipzig||Bundesliga||Germany||75||77|
|Thomas Strakosha||GK||Lazio||Calcio A||Albania||74||77|
|Jordan Amavi||LB||Marseille||Ligue 1||France||74||76|
|Alex Iwobi||LM||Arsenal||Premier League||Nigeria||74||76|
|Harry Winks||CM||Spurs||Premier League||England||72||75|
|Dayot Upamecano||CB||RB Leipzig||Bundesliga||France||69||75|
|Houssem Aouar||CM||Lyon||Ligue 1||France||67||74|
|Joe Gomez||CB||Liverpool||Premier League||England||70||73|
|Weston McKennie||CM||Schalke||Bundesliga||United States||63||67|