FIFA 19 Beginner’s Guide

FIFA Ultimate Team

FIFA 19 is developed and published by Electronic Arts and was the 26th installment in the FIFA series. It is a football (soccer) simulation video game under the sports genre. The game was released on September 28, 2018, and is available on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Ultimate Team is the most popular game mode in FIFA 19. In Ultimate Team, players are tasked with building their own Ultimate Team with players from around the world with a few restrictions. They can compete with players around the world in online game modes or against the computer in Singleplayer modes. Users can obtain players by purchasing packs or buying players in the transfer market. Users can only purchase players off the transfer market with coins, an in-game currency earned through game play or selling cards on the transfer market. Players and other items in packs can be sold on the transfer market for coins. Packs can be purchased on FIFA Ultimate Team with coins or FIFA Points, a currency that is only obtainable from a store purchase. Packs are also available through daily/weekly objectives and squad building challenges.

The Ultimate Team game mode is the main competitive mode in FIFA and the one used during the FIFA eWorld Cup and FUT Champions Cups.

FIFA Ultimate Team

FIFA Ultimate Team is the most popular game mode in the FIFA franchise currently. Ultimate Team lets you build the team of your dreams from scratch and can compete in a variety of Singleplayer and multiplayer game modes. Listed below is everything you’ll need to know about FIFA 19 Ultimate Team.

Starting Ultimate Team

When you first start up Ultimate Team in FIFA 19, you will be given a starter pack that contains most players from the country you chose. The countries available are England, Brazil, France, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Netherlands. After you choose your country, you are given a choice of one of five top-tier players from the world to use on loan.

When you get to see your new players, you’ll notice that they are different colors or tiers: bronze, silver, and gold. Outfielders will have the pace, shooting, passing, dribbling, defense and physical attribute categories on their card. The goalies will have diving, handling, kicking, reflexes, speed, and positioning. The players all have features that determine how well they will fit into your squad. We will touch on team chemistry below in more detail.

After you’re done looking and going through your new players, you will choose a home kit, away kit, and a badge. Once this is complete, you will be given a club summary, and you can begin playing.

Starter, Daily & Weekly Objectives

In Ultimate Team, there are starter, daily, and weekly objectives that can be completed for rewards. These rewards will help you build towards your dream team. Rewards can vary from coins or packs with items that you can sell or use to upgrade your squad.

The starter objectives are very simple, like naming your club or changing the formation of your squad. They are important to complete because the rewards that you’ll be given can help you improve your squad faster.

The daily objectives will update around 4 a.m. ET and there will be five objectives that you can complete over a 24-hour period. The rewards will vary from coins, items, and packs. The weekly objective will be updated every Friday and will consist of objectives to complete throughout the week. These objectives will give you the best rewards typically.

Building Your Squad & Chemistry

Once you are in the main hub of FIFA Ultimate Team, you can go to the squad’s tab and begin building your squad. Under squads, you can select which formation you want to use on the field, whether it would be a three-at-the-back formation, four-at-the-back formation or five-at-the-back. When you’ve decided on one, you’ll notice the lines that link the players together and position title. Those are the chemistry lines, and the position titles become very important to gameplay.

A player has a base chemistry level of three. The highest chemistry level a player can have is 10, while it is 100 for a team. Chemistry is color-coded by using red, orange and green. Red will show when there is no chemistry present, while orange is partially present, and green is fully present. The colors can be put on a number scale as red = -1, orange = +1 and green = +2. Team chemistry is decided by adding up the starting 11’s chemistry levels.

Chemistry comes down to position, player links, manager, and loyalty:

  • Position
    • Each player’s card will have a designated base position that they can play in. In the squad’s page under the card, you’ll notice the positions listed and they will be colored depending on the player you put in that position. Red means they are out of position, orange means they are partially out of position and green means they are in their preferred position. For example, a goal keeper placed in a striker position will show up as red, whereas a center-mid playing as a right-mid will show up orange. Green will appear when your player’s card position matches the one on the field. There are position modifiers in the game but do have restrictions.

  • Player Links
    • This is shown by the lines on the squad page that are linking the players together. These links will show up as either red, orange and green and comes down to what do these players have in common. There are three factors in determining if the players have things in common, they are team, league, and country. A red link will show if the two players don’t share the same team, play in the same league or aren’t from the same country. An orange link appears when the two players have one thing in common. A green link will appear when they have two things in common. A brighter-green link, known as a hyper-link and is worth +4, appears when the players share all three things in common.

  • Manager
    • A manager can add an extra boost to a player if they share the same league or country.

  • Loyalty
    • This is awarded to a player for having played at least 10 games for your team or by being obtained through a pack.

Game Modes in Ultimate Team

There are multiple game modes that you can play in Ultimate Team, whether you prefer to play against the computer or online against other people. Listed below are the game modes that you can play in Ultimate Team:

  • Single Player Modes
    • Squad Battles – The newest game mode added into FIFA. Each week you will get to play 45 games against teams built by FIFA users. The level you choose to play them on is your choice. After every match, you’ll be rewarded points that will help you move up the weekly rankings. You will earn more points for a higher difficulty. The squad battles ranking system goes from three levels each of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Elite and then the top 100. At the end of the week, you’ll earn a reward depending on how far you made it in the ranking tier.
    • Single Player Seasons – Play a 10-match season against the CPU at the difficulty level of your choice. Higher the difficulty, the better your rewards will be at the end of matches and seasons. You begin at division 10 and must work your way up to division 1 and win titles along the way.
    • Single Player FUT Draft – Players pay an entry fee of 15,000 coins or 300 FIFA points so they can draft a squad to take into a four-game tournament. You’ll select 18 players and one manager. You’ll receive a reward after you win the tournament or eliminated. The quality of the reward depends on how far you make it.
    • Team of the Week Challenge – Allows you to play against the current team of the week. You’ll earn coins, and the amount depends on the difficulty level.

  • Online Modes
    • Online Seasons – Exactly the same concept as single player seasons, but instead of playing the computer, you are competing against a person.
    • Online FUT Draft – Same concept as the single player draft but playing a four-game tournament against people online.
    • Division Rivals – Discover your place in the FUT community and take on players of a similar skill level from around the world in Division Rivals. In this brand-new mode for FUT 19, you’ll compete against others in your Division to earn a selection of weekly rewards to choose from that can help you improve your squad.
    • FUT Champions – FUT Champions consist of two game modes. The first game mode is the daily knockout tournament that runs from Monday to Thursday. There will be two tournaments run over the course of the four days. It is a four-game tournament, and you will have eight chances each tournament to qualify for the Weekend League. The Weekend League runs from Friday to Sunday and is like Squad Battles. You’ll play 40 matches over the three-day period and will be ranked after each game depending on your wins and skill points. At the end of the Weekend League, you’ll receive a weekly reward depending on how you finished. If you qualify every week in a month, then you may receive monthly rewards.
    • Online Friendlies – This is where you can play a random person online. This mode is used to test out new squads and ideas before going into the Weekend League or Online seasons.

Card Tiers

The four tiers of cards are bronze, silver, gold, and special in FIFA Ultimate Team. The bronze, silver, and gold will come in either rare or common. Bronze level cards are rated to 64 and lower, while the silvers are rated from 65 to 74. Gold cards are rated from 75 and higher. Special cards can vary depending on the promotion going on in the game, but the weekly special cards are the Team of the Week cards. These cards are from an 18-man squad that FIFA puts out based off their real-life performances. These cards will feature boosted stats compared to their base card. FIFA will run promotions with different special card types throughout the year.

Icons are another type of special card that is in the game.

Squad Building Challenges (SBCs)

Squad Building Challenges were first introduced in FIFA 17 and became a huge success for EA. The challenges will vary from each challenge, but the concept will remain the same. You’ll have to build a team around set requirements to trade in for a reward. This is a great way to get rid of cards that you aren’t using for the chance of packing someone better. The rewards that you’ll receive from an SBC can be players, packs, coins, or club items.

Transfer Market

The transfer market is where you can buy and sell players. Each player will have a designated price range for how low or high it can be sold. A common gold card can be bought for as low as 300 coins and as high as 10,000 coins. The rarer or higher-rated the card is, the more expensive it may be. Prices on cards may rise or decrease due to supply and demand with squad building challenges.

FUT Store and Packs

The easiest way to obtain new players in Ultimate Team is to invest real money by purchasing packs. In the FUT Store, you can purchase FIFA Points, which are only obtainable by purchase. The FIFA points are then used to open packs. 100 FIFA Points is around $1. Packs can come in Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Promo. When there aren’t any promo packs out, there are only two options per tier for packs. There are the regular packs that contain one rare card and the premium packs that contain three rare cards. Promo packs will vary based on the quality of the pack. The most expensive pack is the Ultimate Pack, which is 30 rare gold cards and it will cost you 125,000 coins or $25.

Club Items

When you open a non-player pack in FIFA, there will be club items in the pack. These items can range from kits, badges, balls, stadiums, staff members and consumables. The type of staff members you might find in a pack are managers, head coaches, goalkeeper coaches, fitness coaches and physio coaches. As for consumables, you may find training, contracts, fitness, healing, positioning modifiers, chemistry styles and manager leagues.