FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Guide – Release Date, List & FAQ

FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Guide - Rules, Boost, Release Date and FAQ

FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades 6 Downgrades are released in February to replicate in the game what is happening in the real fields, improving the stats of the best players of the season.

In this guide you will find the release date and time and a reliable potential list of upgraded players. You will also understand the boost rules and how the FUT market behaves. After you read it, if you still have any questions about the FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades, you just need to scroll down and check our section with the answers to the most common questions.

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FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Introduction

What is an UP card?

Different to what happens on other game modes, and excepting the Ones to Watch cards, the FUT players aren’t automatically updated throughout the season according to their appearances in real life. Some may receive In Form cards, but most players remain with the characteristics they were given at the start of the season. In Ultimate Team, upgrades and downgrades are made through the release of new cards in two specific times: Summer and Winter upgrades. When a player is upgraded, the cards that start coming in packs have got the new ratings and attributes according to their performance on the real life pitch.

To each player who is upgraded during the FIFA 17 Winter upgrades season, it is assigned a new regular card which becomes available in packs until the end of the game, replacing the correspondent day 1 regular card. In other words, as soon as the new card is inserted in FUT packs, the old ones can only be found in the existing clubs and in the transfer market. Your odds of pulling the new card from a pack are exactly the same of pulling the original regular card before the update.

If you own the day 1 card of an upgraded player, your card will keep unchanged. If you want the improved version, you will need to buy the corresponding new card in the market or cross your fingers when opening a pack.


FIFA 17 Upgraded Players CardsFIFA 17 Upgraded Players Cards (regular cards)



FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Release Date

When FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades will be available?

In Ultimate Team, upgrades are made through the release of new updated cards in two specific times: Summer and Winter upgrades. The first one happens within the transition of one FIFA to another looking to reflect the player’s evolution between two seasons. The second one, in February, rewards the players who stood out the most along the first half of the season with the release of new improved cards.

The FIFA 17 Winter upgrades are usually assigned to the players who have played well in a consistent way throughout the first five months of the season, not only in few games, showing that their old regular card was really outdated. As soon as upgraded cards are released, they replace all the respective regular cards that were supposed to be released in packs until the end of the game. That is, the only card you will find in packs is the new one but you may find both cards in the transfer market.

We estimate to see more than 400 new cards this Winter. We believe that they will be released starting on February 17. In the past years, these were the release dates of the first batch:

FIFA 16 – 05/02/2016
FIFA 15 – 15/02/2015
FIFA 14 – 14/02/2014
FIFA 13 – 15/02/2013


Here are the FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades & Downgrades released dates and times:

🇬🇧 Premier League
18/02/2017 (Sat) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
18/02/2017 (Sat) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 04:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -2)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

🇮🇹 Serie A
20/02/2017 (Mon) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
20/02/2017 (Mon) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
19/02/2017 (Sun) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
19/02/2017 (Sun) 04:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -2)
19/02/2017 (Sun) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
19/02/2017 (Sun) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
19/02/2017 (Sun) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

🇩🇪 Bundesliga
22/02/2017 (Wed) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
22/02/2017 (Wed) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
21/02/2017 (Tue) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
21/02/2017 (Tue) 04:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -2)
21/02/2017 (Tue) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
21/02/2017 (Tue) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
21/02/2017 (Tue) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

🇪🇸 LaLiga
24/02/2017 (Fri) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
24/02/2017 (Fri) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
23/02/2017 (Thu) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
23/02/2017 (Thu) 04:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -2)
23/02/2017 (Thu) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
23/02/2017 (Thu) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
23/02/2017 (Thu) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

🇫🇷 Ligue 1
26/02/2017 (Sun) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
26/02/2017 (Sun) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
25/02/2017 (Sat) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
25/02/2017 (Sat) 04:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -2)
25/02/2017 (Sat) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
25/02/2017 (Sat) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
25/02/2017 (Sat) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

28/02/2017 (Tue) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
28/02/2017 (Tue) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
27/02/2017 (Mon) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
27/02/2017 (Mon) 04:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -2)
27/02/2017 (Mon) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
27/02/2017 (Mon) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
27/02/2017 (Mon) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)


FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Community Choices

The FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades list according to our Community

We asked our community to vote for the players they believe most deserve an upgrade this Winter. They voted 20,000 times. It gives you a good idea of who will be chosen to the FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades.

We strongly recommend to check the complete list here.
We will publish in this page the ten players with more votes for each league.


🇬🇧 Premier League

N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
Sadio Mané (Liverpool)
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal)
Diego Costa (Chelsea)
Christian Eriksen (Spurs)
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

🇪🇸 LaLiga Santander

Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid)
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)
Isco (Real Madrid)
Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao)
Sergi Roberto (FC Barcelona)
Kévin Gameiro (Atlético Madrid)
Iago Aspas (Celta de Vigo)
Rafinha (FC Barcelona)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid)


🇩🇪 Bundesliga

Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund)
Emre Mor (Borussia Dortmund)
Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig)
Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln)
Thiago Alcântara (FC Bayern München)
Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund)

🇮🇹 Serie A

Mauro Icardi (Inter)
Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma)
Ciro Immobile (Lazio)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Marcelo Brozović (Inter)
Andrea Belotti (Torino)
Edin Džeko (AS Roma)
Miralem Pjanić (Juventus)


🇫🇷 Ligue 1

Mario Balotelli (OGC Nice)
Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais)
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)
Radamel Falcão (AS Monaco)
Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)
Bernardo Silva (AS Monaco)
Alassane Pléa (OGC Nice)
Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain)
Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain)
Fabinho (AS Monaco)

🇵🇹 Liga NOS

André Silva (FC Porto)
Alejandro Grimaldo (SL Benfica)
Pizzi (SL Benfica)
Nélson Semedo (SL Benfica)
Gelson Martins (Sporting CP)
Diogo Jota (FC Porto)
Ederson (SL Benfica)
Gonçalo Guedes (SL Benfica)
Bas Dost (Sporting CP)
Danilo Pereira (FC Porto)


🏴 Other Leagues

Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)
Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow)
Bruma (Galatasaray SK)
Hakim Ziyech (Ajax)
Enes Ünal (FC Twente)
Davinson Sánchez (Ajax)
Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy)
Nicolai Jørgensen (Feyenoord)
Moussa Dembele (Celtic)

To access the complete results of the FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades community choices click here



FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Potential List

The FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades list according to the Head to Head Seasons Upgrades

There is a pretty strong correlation each year between the upgrades for the Head to Head Seasons and the upgrades for the Ultimate Team mode. Almost every single player upgraded for the Seasons mode is also upgraded for Ultimate Team. Here is the list of the H2H Seasons upgrades for the six biggest leagues.


🇬🇧 Premier League

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) +1
Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) +4
Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) +1
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) +1
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) +2
Bellerín (Arsenal) +1
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) +1
Davies (Everton) +6
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) +2
Diego Costa (Chelsea) +1
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) +1
Eric Bailly (Manchester United) +1
Fernandinho (Manchester City) +1
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) +1
Heung Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) +1
Idrissa Gueye (Everton) +2
Joe Allen (Stoke City) +1
Joël Matip (Liverpool) +1

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) +2
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) +3
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) +1
Mane (Liverpool) +3
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) +2
Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) +5
Michail Antonio (West Ham United) +1
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) +2
Nathan Aké (Chelsea) +2
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) +1
Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) +2
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) +1
Steve Cook (Bournemouth) +2
Tom Heaton (Burnley) +2
Tosin Adarabioyo (Manchester City) +4
Victor Moses (Chelsea) +1
Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) +1
Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) +3
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) +1


🇪🇸 LaLiga Santander

Antonio Adán Garrido (Real Betis Balompié) +1
Casemiro (Real Madrid) +1
Daniel Carvajal Ramos (Real Madrid) +1
Daniel Garcia (SD Eibar) +3
Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) +1
Iago Aspas Juncal (Celta de Vigo) +2
Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) +1
M. Kovačić (Real Madrid) +2
Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) +1
Nicola Sansone (Villarreal CF) +1

Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla) +1
Roque Mesa (Las Palmas) +2
Samuel Castillejo (Villarreal CF) +1
Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal CF) +3
Sergio Roberto (Barcelona) +1
Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla) +1
Theo Hernández (Deportivo Alavés) +8
Willian José (Real Sociedad) +1
Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla) +1
Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid) +2


🇩🇪 Bundesliga

Alessandro Schöpf (Schalke 04) +2
Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim) +1
Anthony Modeste (FC Köln) +1
Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen) +9
Bernardo Fernandes (RB Leipzig) +8
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) +5
Diego Demme (RB Leipzig) +3
Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) +2
Emre Mor (Borussia Dortmund) +6
Genki Haraguchi (Hertha BSC) +1
Jarstein (Hertha BSC) +2
Jesús Vallejo (Eintracht Frankfurt) +3
Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern Munich) +2
Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen) +1
Kerem Demirbay (Hoffenheim) +3
Kevin Kampl (Bayer 04) +1
Kevin Vogt (Hoffenheim) +1

Konstantinos Stafylidis (FC Augsburg) +2
Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) +2
Marco Fabián (Eintracht Frankfurt) +2
Mitchell Weiser (Hertha BSC) +1
Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke 04) +3
Naby Keïta (RB Leipzig) +3
Niklas Stark (Hertha BSC) +2
Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund) +3
Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) +1
Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) +1
Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim) +1
Sead Kolašinac (Schalke 04) +2
Serge Gnabry (Werder Bremen) +4
Thiago Alcântara (FC Bayern Munich) +1
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) +2
Vedad Ibišević (Hertha BSC) +1
Vincenzo Grifo (SC Freiburg) +1
Willi Orban (RB Leipzig) +2


🇮🇹 Serie A

Adem Ljajić (Torino) +1
Alejandro Gómez (Atalanta) +1
Alessio Romagnoli (Milan) +1
Amadou Diawara (Napoli) +2
Andrea Belotti (Torino) +2
Ciro Immobile (Lazio) +1
Daniele Rugani (Juventus) +1
Dries Mertens (Napoli) +2
Edin Džeko (Roma) +1
Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina) +1
Federico Fazio (Roma) +1
Felipe Anderson (Lazio) +2
Franck Yannick Kessié (Atalanta) +5

Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) +1
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan) +2
Giovanni Simeone (Genoa) +5
Ilija Nestorovski (Palermo) +6
Ivan Perišić (Inter) +1
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) +1
Keita Baldé Diao (Lazio) +2
Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) +1
Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo) +6
Marcelo Brozović (Inter) +1
Mauro Icardi (Inter) +2
Mohamed Salah (Roma) +1
Sergej Milinković-Savić (Lazio) +2


🇫🇷 Ligue 1

Adrien Rabiot (PSG) +2
Alassane Pléa (OGC Nice) +1
Allan Saint-Maximin (SC Bastia) +5
Bernardo Silva (AS Monaco) +1
Christopher Jullien (Toulouse FC) +3
Corentin Tolisso (Olympique Lyonnais) +2
Dalbert (OGC Nice) +3
Edinson Cavani (PSG) +1
Emanuel Mammana (Olympique Lyonnais) +4
Fabinho (AS Monaco) +1
Jean Seri (OGC Nice) +1

Loïs Diony (Dijon) +2
Lucas Tousart (Olympique Lyonnais) +6
Mario Balotelli (OGC Nice) +2
Morgan Sanson (Montpellier HSC) +2
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) +1
Ricardo Pereira (OGC Nice) +1
Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier) +1
Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco) +2
Tiémoué Bakayoko (AS Monaco) +4
Wylan Cyprien (OGC Nice) +7
Younès Belhanda (OGC Nice) +1
Youssouf Sabaly (Girondins de Bordeaux) +1


🇵🇹 Liga NOS

Alejandro Grimaldo (Benfica) +1
André Silva (Porto) +4
Gonçalo Guedes (Benfica) +3

Nélson Semedo (Benfica) +1
Palhinha (Sporting CP) +2
Victor Nilsson Lindelöf (Benfica) +1

To access the complete list of H2H Seasons Upgrades click here



FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades & Downgrades List

List of the new February cards

Old Rtg
New Rtg
New IF
🇦🇷 Gonzalo Higuaín ST 88 89 +1 Juventus ITA 90 | 91 | 92 | 93
🇧🇪 Eden Hazard LW 88 89 +1 Chelsea ENG 90 | 91 | 92 | 93
🇨🇱 Alexis Sánchez ST 87 88 +1 Arsenal ENG 89 | 90 | 91
🇦🇷 Paulo Dybala ST 85 86 +1 Juventus ITA 87 | 88
🇧🇷 Coutinho LW 85 86 +1 Liverpool ENG 87
🇪🇸 Diego Costa ST 85 86 +1 Chelsea ENG 87 | 88 | 89
🇧🇪 Radja Nainggolan CM 84 85 +1 Roma ITA  
🇩🇰 Christian Eriksen CAM 84 85 +1 Spurs ENG  
🇬🇧 Harry Kane ST 84 85 +1 Spurs ENG  
🇧🇪 Dries Mertens LW 83 85 +2 Napoli ITA 86 | 87 | 88 | 89
🇫🇷 Steve Mandanda GK 85 84 -1 Cystal Palace ENG  
🇦🇷 Nicolás Otamendi CB 85 84 -1 Manchester City ENG  
🇭🇷 Ivan Perišić LM 83 84 +1 Inter ITA 86
🇮🇹 Lorenzo Insigne LW 83 84 +1 Napoli ITA 86 | 86
🇦🇷 Mauro Icardi ST 82 84 +2 Inter ITA 86 | 87 | 88
🇨🇱 Claudio Bravo GK 85 83 -2 Manchester City ENG  
🇨🇴 Carlos Bacca ST 84 83 -1 Milan ITA  
🇪🇸 José Reina GK 84 83 -1 Napoli ITA  
🇮🇹 Giacomo Bonaventura CM 82 83 +1 Milan ITA 85
🇨🇴 Juan Cuadrado RM 82 83 +1 Juventus ITA 85
🇸🇳 Kalidou Koulibaly CB 82 83 +1 Napoli ITA 85
🇧🇷 Roberto Firmino ST 82 83 +1 Liverpool ENG 85
🇨🇲 Joel Matip CB 82 83 +1 Liverpool ENG  
🇪🇸 Ander Herrera CM 82 83 +1 Manchester Utd ENG  
🇬🇧 Adam Lallana CM 82 83 +1 Liverpool ENG 85
🇫🇷 N’Golo Kanté CM 81 83 +2 Chelsea ENG 85
🇬🇧 John Terry CB 84 82 -2 Chelsea ENG  
🇨🇱 Gary Medel CDM 83 82 -1 Inter ITA  
🇩🇪 Bastian Schweinsteiger CM 83 82 -1 Manchester Utd ENG  
🇪🇸 José Callejón RW 81 82 +1 Napoli ITA  
🇩🇰 Kasper Schmeichel GK 81 82 +1 Leicester City ENG  
🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah RW 81 82 +1 Roma ITA  
🇬🇧 Kyle Walker RB 81 82 +1 Spurs ENG  
🇪🇨 Antonio Valencia RB 80 82 +2 Manchester Utd ENG 84
🇬🇧 Dele Alli CAM 80 82 +2 Spurs ENG 84 | 86
🇬🇧 Jordan Henderson CDM 80 82 +2 Liverpool ENG  
🇳🇱 Virgil van Dijk CB 79 82 +3 Southampton ENG  
🇸🇳 Sadio Mané RW 79 82 +3 Liverpool ENG 84 | 86 | 87
🇸🇳 Idrissa Gueye CM 76 82 +6 Everton ENG  
🇦🇷 Alejandro Gómez LW 80 81 +1 Atalanta ITA 84 | 86
🇮🇹 Ciro Immobile ST 80 81 +1 Lazio ITA 84 | 86
🇧🇦 Edin Džeko ST 80 81 +1 Roma ITA 84 | 85
🇪🇸 Negredo ST 80 81 +1 Middlesbrough ENG  
🇬🇧 Danny Rose LB 80 81 +1 Spurs ENG  
🇬🇧 Jermain Defoe ST 80 81 +1 Sunderland ENG 84
🇧🇷 Felipe Anderson RW 79 81 +2 Lazio ITA  
🇵🇱 Wojciech Szczęsny RB 79 81 +2 Roma ITA 84
🇮🇹 Daniele Rugani CB 79 80 +1 Juventus ITA  
🇭🇷 Marcelo Brozović CM 79 80 +1 Inter ITA  
🇨🇮 Wilfried Zaha RM 79 80 +1 Crystal Palace ENG 83
🇪🇸 Héctor Bellerín RB 79 80 +1 Arsenal ENG 83
🇲🇦 Nordin Amrabat RM 79 80 +1 Watford ENG  
🇹🇷 Yunus Mallı CAM 79 80 +1 Wolfsburg GER  
🇮🇹 Federico Bernardeschi RM 78 80 +2 Fiorentina ITA 83
🇸🇳 Keita Baldé Diao LW 78 80 +2 Lazio ITA 83
🇫🇷 Morgan Sanson CDM 78 80 +2 OM FRA  
🇮🇹 Andrea Belotti ST 77 80 +3 Torino ITA  
🇦🇷 Federico Fazio CB 77 80 +3 Roma ITA  
🇪🇸 Suso RW 77 80 +3 Milan ITA 83
🇧🇪 Divock Origi ST 78 79 +1 Liverpool ENG  
🇰🇪 Victor Wanyama CDM 78 79 +1 Spurs ENG  
🇰🇷 Heung Min Son LM 78 79 +1 Spurs ENG 83 | 84 | 86
🇩🇪 Antonio Rüdiger CB 77 79 +2 Roma ITA  
🇪🇸 Marcos Alonso LWB 77 79 +2 Chelsea ENG  
🇬🇧 Robert Huth CB 80 78 -2 Leicester City ENG  
🇳🇬 Victor Moses RWB 77 78 +1 Chelsea ENG  
🇮🇹 Gianluigi Donnarumma RWB 76 78 +2 Milan ITA  
🇵🇱 Piotr Zieliński CM 76 78 +2 Napoli ITA  
🇷🇸 Sergej Milinković-Savić CM 76 78 +2 Lazio ITA  
🇬🇧 Tom Heaton CB 76 78 +2 Burnley ENG  
🇬🇧 Michail Antonio RM 76 78 +2 West Ham ENG  
🇬🇧 Troy Deeney ST 76 78 +2 Watford ENG  
🇯🇲 Wes Morgan CB 79 77 -2 Leicester City ENG  
🇬🇧 Marcus Rashford ST 76 77 +1 Manchester Utd ENG 82
🇬🇧 Robert Snodgrass RM 76 77 +2 West Ham ENG  
🇦🇱 Etrit Berisha LB 75 77 +2 Atalanta ITA  
🇮🇹 Luca Rossettini CB 75 77 +2 Torino ITA  
🇧🇷 Wallace CB 75 77 +2 Lazio ITA  
🇪🇬 Mohamed Elneny CDM 74 77 +3 Arsenal ENG  
🇵🇹 Gonçalo Guedes CF 74 77 +3 Paris-SG FRA  
🇮🇹 Lorenzo Pellegrini CM 71 77 +6 Sassuolo ITA  
🇮🇹 Alberto Aquilani CM 78 76 -2 Sassuolo ITA  
🇮🇹 Antonio Cassano CF 78 76 -2 Sampdoria ITA  
🇷🇸 Lazar Marković RM 78 76 -2 Hull City ENG  
🇬🇳 Amadou Diawara CDM 74 76 +2 Napoli ITA  
🇮🇪 Darren Randolph CDM 74 76 +2 West Ham ENG  
🇺🇾 Diego Laxalt LM 74 76 +2 Genoa ITA  
🇮🇹 Gianluca Lapadula ST 74 76 +2 Milan ITA  
🇮🇹 Matteo Politano RW 74 76 +2 Sassuolo ITA  
🇯🇲 Leon Bailey LM 74 76 +2 Leverkusen GER  
🇳🇬 Kelechi Iheanacho ST 74 76 +2 Manchester City ENG  
🇬🇧 Jordan Pickford LWB 73 76 +3 Sunderland ENG  
🇦🇷 Maxi López ST 78 75 -3 Torino ITA  
🇬🇷 Vassilis Torosidis RB 77 75 -2 Bologna ITA  
🇸🇳 Oumar Niasse ST 77 75 -2 Hull City ENG  
🇮🇹 Adam Masina LB 74 75 +1 Bologna ITA  
🇮🇹 Andrea Masiello CB 74 75 +1 Atalanta ITA  
🇫🇷 Gregoire Defrel ST 74 75 +1 Sassuolo ITA  
🇵🇱 Karol Linetty CM 74 75 +1 Sampdoria ITA  
🇮🇹 Luca Rigoni CM 74 75 +1 Genoa ITA  
🇺🇾 Lucas Torreira CM 74 75 +1 Sampdoria ITA  
🇮🇹 Matías Silvestre CB 74 75 +1 Sampdoria ITA  
🇩🇰 Pierre-Emile Højbjerg CM 74 75 +1 Southampton ENG  
🇪🇸 Oriol Romeu CDM 74 75 +1 Southampton ENG  
🇬🇧 Danny Simpson RB 74 75 +1 Leicester City ENG  
🇬🇧 Matt Phillips RM 74 75 +1 West Brom ENG  
🇮🇪 Harry Arter CM 74 75 +1 Bournemouth ENG  
🇮🇪 Viktor Fischer LW 74 75 +1 Middlesbrough ENG  
🇨🇮 Franck Yannick Kessié CM 70 75 +5 Atalanta ITA  
🇫🇷 Seko Fofana CM 68 75 +7 Udinese ITA  
🇮🇹 Roberto Gagliardini CM 61 75 +14 Inter ITA  
🇮🇹 Simone Pepe RM 77 74 -3 Pescara ITA  
🇧🇷 Danilo Avelar LB 76 74 -2 Torino ITA  
🇧🇷 Evandro CM 76 74 -2 Hull City ENG  
🇮🇪 John O’Shea CB 76 74 -2 Sunderland ENG  
🇮🇪 Stephen Ireland CAM 76 74 -2 Stoke City ENG  
🇧🇷 Da Costa RM 72 74 +2 Bologna ITA  
🇳🇬 Alex Iwobi LM 70 74 +4 Arsenal ENG  
🇦🇷 Giovanni Simeone ST 69 74 +5 Genoa ITA  
🇮🇹 Mattia Caldara CB 69 74 +5 Atalanta ITA  
🇨🇿 Jakub Jankto CM 68 74 +6 Udinese ITA  
🇧🇷 Emerson LB 69 73 +4 Roma ITA  
🇮🇹 Antonio Barreca LB 67 73 +6 Torino ITA  
🇲🇰 Ilja Nestorovski ST 67 73 +6 Palermo ITA  
🇮🇹 Luca Mazzitelli CDM 67 73 +6 Sassuolo ITA  
🇮🇹 Andrea Petagna ST 66 73 +7 Atalanta ITA  
🇲🇱 Bakary Sako LM 75 72 -3 Crystal Palace ENG  
🇬🇧 Harry Winks CM 76 70 +6 Spurs ENG  
🇵🇹 Joel Pereira RW 57 67 +10 Manchester United ENG  
🇬🇧 Tom Davies CM 58 64 +6 Everton ENG


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How the FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Work

Rating and stats boost explanation

As we already have explained, it is not possible to improve the stats of any regular card. However, if a player stands out in the real world, in such a way that his card becomes strongly outdated, Electronic Arts comes to justice introducing a new type of card.

The Winter upgrades affect around 400 ratings that cannot go down. The gold cards are usually improved in 1 or 2 points, which is explained by the fact that they are only assigned to players who had a marked development and not to minor adjustments. Silver and bronze players are usually upgraded by at least 4 points, while in exceptional cases this upgrade can sometimes reach 15 points. The higher is the original rating, the lower is the boost.

It is rare but the position of the players in these cards may change if, they played really well in a different position.

FIFA 17 Upgraded Players Cards are physically identical to the originals, except on rating and stats.


FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Guide - Rules, Release Date and FAQ


The things get more complicated when we try to explain what happens to IF cards during the FIFA 17 Winter upgrades. Different to what happens with the NIF cards, the IF cards released before the upgrades will be upgraded in the same proportion as those (but automatically) if an upgraded player’s new OVR rating equals or surpasses his existing first in-form’s rating. When an upgraded player with an existing IF gets upgraded across Quality tiers (eg. Silver to Gold), his lower-quality IF will not get an upgrade. According to EA, this is so “the IF card’s value and bronze/silver squads are not negatively affected”. The goal is to preserve the in-form’s high value.

It is important to make clear that, contrary to what happened in previous years, when a player is upgraded, the stats of all his IF cards only get a boost if the rating is also upgraded.


To make the things more clear, we will take a look to a few examples.

Example 1

FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Guide - Rules, Release Date and FAQ

Player: Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal CF)
NIF Rating (day 1): 81
Boost: +3
UP Rating: 84
First IF Rating: 84
New First IF Ratings: 87

Let’s take Asenjo as example. He started the season with an 81 rated card but in the Winter Upgrades he got an 84 rated UP card. His 81 rated card stopped coming in packs as soon as the 84 rated one was released, but his owners were never rewarded with any upgrade at all because that’s only valid for IF cards. Since he already had an IF card, 84 rated, and since new OVR rating equals his existing first in-form’s rating, this was automatically upgraded to 87, which corresponded to the three points upgrade his regular card received. However, since there is no other card with a better rating than this one, EA may decide to upgrade it to 85. Any potential future IF card would be rated over the new IF rating.


Example 2

FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Guide - Rules, Release Date and FAQ

Player: Christian Eriksen (Spurs)
NIF Rating (day 1): 84
Boost: +1
UP Rating: 85
First IF Rating: 86

In this case, the new overall rating is lower than the one from the first IF card. The new 85 rated card replaces the 84 rated one in packs, but the overall ratings of his three IF cards don’t change. If the boost was two points, the three TOTW cards would be also improved. However, if you pay attention to the image, you will see that the stats of the IF cards have changed. For each attribute, the bonuses were the same of the difference between the regular and the UP card. This was how it was supposed to work on previous years but not in FIFA 17.


Example 3

FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Guide - Rules, Release Date and FAQ

Player: Loïs Diony (Dijon)
NIF Rating (day 1): 70
Boost: +2
UP Rating: 72
First IF Rating: 73

Let’s give another example with another player that will probably receive an upgrade. The rating of his new NIF card (72) will be lower than the rating of his first IF card (73). It may looks natural to you that his IF card doesn’t get an upgrade but it isn’t so obvious. In fact, that only happens because his UP card isn’t upgraded across quality tiers. If, for example, his TOTW card was 76 rated and his new card was 75 rated, all the IF cards would be upgraded accordingly except the lower-qualify IF card.


To know all the upgrades rules, including for Scream, Movember, SBC, FC & POTM cards, click here



FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Players Cards Prices

What happens to the UP cards’ prices?

As we would expect, as soon as the FIFA 17 upgraded players cards are released their price stays fixed way above the regular ones. These, on the other hand, start their way down. Also, with time the UP cards lose value once their quantity starts being superior to the rest of the cards. The price difference between the UP card initially and the regular card depends on many factors, such as the number of rating points gained, stats bonuses or an eventual position change.

When the player already has at least one IF card, this card is improved in the same proportion as the regular. There are people who choose the risk to invest in IF cards of players that have good chances of receiving an UP in advance because they know that in case that happens the return will be enormous. The bigger the player’s rating and popularity, the bigger is the IF card’s appreciation. In some cases profit can surpass 300%. At a long run, the cheapest cards lose value, while the most expensive ones slowly have their price increased. If you’re thinking about investing in these cards, be careful not to bet on the cards that are already being way too speculated. It’s just that sometimes the speculation is so big around determined cards that, after the upgrades, the improved IF cards’ market prices are inferior to what they were before the announcement. On the other hand, if you have a NIF of a player you think is going to receive an upgrade, it may be a good idea to sell him in advance so you minimize the loss.


FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Guide

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FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades FAQ

What you need to know about cards from the FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades

Q: What is the an UP card?
A: It is a non-day 1 regular card that updates the ratings and the stats of the most inform players.

Q: How are players upgraded on FIFA 17 Ultimate Team?
A: Different to what happens on other game modes, the players aren’t automatically updated throughout the season according to their appearances in real life. Some may receive In Form cards, but most players remain with the characteristics they were given at the start of the season. In Ultimate Team, upgrades & downgrades are made through the release of new cards in determined periods.

Q: What happens exactly if a player receives a Winter upgrade?
A: When a player is upgraded, the cards that start coming in packs have got the new ratings and attributes according to their performance on the real life pitch.

Q: Who chooses the players to be upgraded?
A: A dedicated team from EA Sports.

Q: How do player upgrade cards look like?
A: They are regular cards (gold, silver and bronze).

Q: What’s the difference between the original card and the new one?
A: Only rating and stats change. In some cases the position can also be updated. All the rest remains the same.

Q: How long are FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Players cards available in FIFA packs?
A: As soon as they are released for the first time, they remain in packs until the end of the game, replacing the day 1 cards.

Q: If I have a card of a player that is to receive an upgrade, will this card get upgraded?
A: No. It remains exactly the same, with the original rating and attributes that were defined initially in the game.

Q: Can a player change categories if he is upgraded enough for that to happen?
A: Yes. As long as the upgrade gives him enough points for that, a player’s NIF card can go from bronze to silver or from silver to gold.

Q: If I have an In Form card of a player that is to receive an upgrade, will this card get upgraded?
A: Depends. Different to what happens with the NIF cards, the IF cards released before the upgrades will be upgraded in the same proportion as those (but automatically) if an upgraded player’s new OVR rating equals or surpasses his existing first in-form’s rating.

Q: Why are there some In Form cards that didn’t receive an upgrade although their NIF did?
A: First because probably the upgraded player’s new OVR rating does not equal or surpass his existing in-form’s rating. If it does, then it is because the upgraded player with an existing IF gets upgraded across Quality tiers (eg. Silver to Gold).

Q: Why wasn’t a certain player’s IF card upgraded if his NIF and UP were of the same category?
A: Probably because that IF card already had the maximum rating for its category: 64 or 74.

Q: It is possible to exist two regular cards of the same player with different ratings?
A: Yes. That’s what happens when a player receives an upgrade, two cards start coexisting: one corresponds to the start of the season and the other has got improved ratings and attributes.

Q: When there’s an upgrade, which cards are the ones that come in packs?
A: The new ones.

Q: Which cards are released first: transfers or upgrades?
A: Transfers.

Q: Do all upgraded players get a new card?
A: Yes. Although, if you own a regular card of a player that was upgraded there won’t be any alterations.

Q: The NIF and TOTW cards are the only ones to be upgraded?
A: No. Every single IF card has the chance to be upgraded, which includes for example the Heroes and Record Breaker cards.

Q: How can I predict which players have good chances of receiving an upgrade card?
A: Even if you don’t keep up much with the real life football, there are two indicators to help out in this prediction: the number of a player’s IF cards; constant rating upgrades on H2H.

Q: Can a player be downgraded?
A: Yes.

Q: How many points are the players upgraded by normally?
A: For most gold players the upgrade is of just 1 or 2 points. Silver and bronze players are usually upgraded by at least 4 points, while in exceptional cases this upgrade can sometimes reach 15 points.

Q: Do the player’s upgraded stats increase proportionally?
A: Generally, yes.

Q: Can I have both the original and the new card in my club?
A: Yes. However, a squad can only have one of them.

Q: Can a transferred player receive an upgraded card?
A: Yes, he can. Although EA Sports try separating player transfers/player upgrades, there are rare cases in which the same player is both transferred and upgraded at the same time. In that case both situations are passed on to one single card.

Q: What advantage do the FIFA 17 Winter upgrades bring us?
A: The upgrades increase the squads’ quality level, diminishing the differences between the game and real life football. Besides, they can also represent good trading opportunities, mainly when it comes to IF cards.

Q: I already have a squad. What is it good to me?
A: If you’re already “done” with your squad, the upgrades increase your improvement opportunities. If your squad is based on a league, for example, upgrades can improve the players you already have or they can promote others for a position or two.

Q: What cares should I take with these new cards coming?
A: If you want to buy a NIF, make sure you’re not paying the price the UP demands. If you want to sell an UP, make sure you’re not selling for the corresponding NIF price.


Winter Upgrades of previous years:


Born in the late 70s, Rodrigo Lopes is a video game enthusiast. He started on the old ZX Spectrum 48k and has played every FIFA game to present day. He is an engineer, that also writes about FIFA games on another popular website. Rodrigo is an Ultimate Team expert, he loves football and is a huge Benfica fan. He has influenced thousands of FIFA gaming fans with his cutting edge insights and scientific level approach to writing about FIFA gaming modes. Join him on Google Plus.

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Excellent piece as always Rodrigo! One question, do you know if there has been any confirmation as to whether SBC cards will also be affected by the winter upgrades in the same way that other IF cards are?


Thank you for the really helpful information Rodrigo. I was thinking of investing some money on IF cards that are likely to get an upgrade. I was thinking of investing in diego costas IF card. He has two and my question is witch one of his two do you think will make more profit. One has 86 and the other 87 rating. Will they both get an automatic upgrade or will only one of them get?
Or do you recommend any other players that will make more of a profit. Like Kante or Sanches or whoever? And final question when is the best time to buy the IF cards that i am going to invest in. When will they be as cheapest?


Do you know if OTW cards will be upgraded?

Christian Cevallos

does a totgs card for example Giuliano(85) get upgraded?


I have a blue and white Dzeko… if he is upgraded will the blue and white infirm go up and how about ones to watch cards as wel?


Do u believe OTW cards will be more valuable than say Dembele’s highest rated IF after the winter upgrades?


Hi Rodrigo.
I have a Blue SBC Defoe, IF Defoe and IF Moses.… if Moses or/and Defoe is upgraded, will the blue SBC card and the two IF go up maybe?


I have 87 IF Lukaku. Will that Card get beter if the normal Card becomes 85, equal with his Halloweencard, bit -1 of his first IFcard?



Will players from team of the group stage get upgraded if there regular card gets an upgrade e.g. Ousmane Dembele

Ahmed zaghloul

How about the scream team or the movember special cards; eg mohamed salah; if mohamed salah get upgraded will the scream team version of salah get upgraded as well automatically ?


The TOTGS will be upgraded?


Will the movember cards also get upgraded?

thijs biessels

i have jordan henderson movember 81 and his new winter upgrade card is 82 .
and he was 80. what happen with the movember 81 card.
upgrade he to 83 rating

Mikey Beese

I have an 87 icardi but his lowest inform is 84 but that’s what his UP card is. Will my 87 be upgraded


I have a question. I have balotelli 84 totw. Balotelli also has a 80 scream card. Lets say balotelli gets an upgrade to 81. Will my 84 totw get upgraded?

Ps. Nice job with the website, helps out a lot 🙂


if i have IF cards will they automatically upgrade or do i have to buy the new cards?
like i have the 87 rated IF Mertens but his base IF is 85 and his regular card is probably going to an 85 so what will happen and what should i do?


Will movember cards also upgrade for example Henderson?


Will there be any completely new cards from winter transfers? As in a new player that doesn’t have a card in FUT at the moment but got transferred to a team represented in FUT during the winter transfer window, will he get a card in this update or will it only happen in the summer update?


Does this mean, the Fut Champions cards will also get upgrades.


Can a scream card get upgraded?


Do you know what cards will be in batch 1, batch 2, batch 3, and batch 4?


Anyone know when Fifa will add ALL the new January transfers in the game?


What about the OTW?
For example bailly 82 to 83
Will he get upgraded?


Will Ousmane Dembele’s OTW card go up if he gets an upgrade


I have a team of the group stage mertens, will this card be upgraded as it’s a performance based card?


I have Ousmane Dembélé OTW card. If he gets a upgrade from 77 to 80, the OTW card will still be at 84? And i wonder if i should sell him now, or wait until the upgrade. Wil he go up or down in price?


If there is a silver card rated 73 on first day and has only got a TOTW card once pushing him up to a 74 overall. If he gets a + 3 upgrade will his IF card move up to a Gold IF 77 overall and his normal silver card a 76 gold? Thanks for the article and I’d be grateful if you could reply to my question.