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…


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.



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.


Harry Kane FIFA 18

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.

PlayerPositionClubLeagueNationCurrent OverallPotential Overall
Kevin De BruyneCAMMan CityPremier LeagueBelgium8890
David SilvaCAMMan CityPremier LeagueSpain8789
Edinson CavaniSTPSGLigue 1Uruguay8788
Harry KaneSTSpursPremier LeagueEngland8587
Lorenzo InsigneLWNapoliCalcio AItaly8586
Marc-Andre ter StegenGKBarcelonaLa LigaGermany8586
Jordi AlbaLBBarcelonaLa LigaSpain8586
Mauro IcardiSTInterCalcio AArgentina8485
KokeCMAtletico MadridLa LigaSpain8485
Ivan PerisicLMInterCalcio ACroatia8485
Nicolas OtamendiCBMan CityPremier LeagueArgentina8385
JonasSTBenficaLiga NOSBrazil8384
MarquinhosCBPSGLigue 1Brazil8384
Raheem SterlingRWMan CityPremier LeagueEngland8384
Ciro ImmobileSTLazioCalcio AItaly8284
Mohamed SalahRWLiverpoolPremier LeagueEgypt8284
EdersonGKMan CityPremier LeagueBrazil8284
FernandinhoCDMMan CityPremier LeagueBrazil8284
Sadio ManeLWLiverpoolPremier LeagueSenegal8284
Timo WernerSTRB LeipzigBundesligaGermany8283
Nabil FekirCAMLyonLigue 1France8283
Joshua KimmichRBBayern MunichBundesligaGermany8183
Leon GoretzkaCMSchalkeBundesligaGermany8183
Adrien RabiotCMPSGLigue 1France8082
Sergej Milinkovic-SavicCMLazioCalcio ASerbia8082
Matija NastasicCBSchalkeBundesligaSerbia8081
Daniele RuganiCBJuventusCalcio AItaly8081
AlissonGKRomaCalcio ABrazil8081
Kingsley ComanRMBayern MunichBundesligaFrance7981
MarceloCBLyonLigue 1Brazil7981
James TarkowskiCBBurnleyPremier LeagueEngland7781
Bafetimbi GomisSTGalatasaraySuper LigFrance7980
Alphonse AreolaGKPSGLigue 1France7980
Aleksandar KolarovLBRomaCalcio ASerbia7980
Angel CorreaSTAtletico MadridLa LigaArgentina7980
Vincent AboubakarSTPortoLiga NACameroon7880
Bruno FernandesCAMSporting CPLiga NOSPortugal7780
Leon BaileyLMBayer LeverkusenBundesligaJamaica7780
Nick PopeGKBurnleyPremier LeagueEngland7480
Hirving LozanoLWPSVEredivisieMexico7879
Christian PulisicRMBorussia DortmundBundesligaUnited States7879
Jesse LingardRMMan UtdPremier LeagueEngland7879
Kenny TeteRBLyonLigue 1Netherlands7779
MarianoSTLyonLigue 1Dominican Rep7679
Milan SkriniarCBInterCalcio ASlovakia7479
Max PhilippLWBorussia DortmundBundesligaGermany7778
Jesus VallejoCBReal MadridLa LigaSpain7778
Marcos LlorenteCDMReal MadridLa LigaSpain7778
Peter GulacsiGKRB LeipzigBundesligaHungary7678
Goncalo GuedesLMValenciaLa LigaPortugal7478
Sven UlreichGKBayern MunichBundesligaGermany7677
Marcel HalstenbergLBRB LeipzigBundesligaGermany7577
Thomas StrakoshaGKLazioCalcio AAlbania7477
Philipp MaxLBAugsburgBundesligaGermany7476
Jordan AmaviLBMarseilleLigue 1France7476
Alex IwobiLMArsenalPremier LeagueNigeria7476
Harry WinksCMSpursPremier LeagueEngland7275
Amine HaritRWSchalkeBundesligaFrance7175
Dayot UpamecanoCBRB LeipzigBundesligaFrance6975
Houssem AouarCMLyonLigue 1France6774
Joe GomezCBLiverpoolPremier LeagueEngland7073
Weston McKennieCMSchalkeBundesligaUnited States6367

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