FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh – FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades

FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

 

FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades, also known as FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh, are released in February to replicate in the game what is happening in the real fields, updating the stats of the best players of the season.

In this guide you will find the release date and time, as well 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 19 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 19 Winter Upgrades

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 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 19 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 as 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 19 Ratings Refresh - FIFA 19 Winter UpgradesFIFA 19 Upgraded Players Cards


 
 
 

FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh Rules

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 However, if a player stands out in the real world, in such a way that his card becomes strongly outdated, Electronic Arts comes to justice introducing a new type of card.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 FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh affects more than 400 ratings. The gold cards are usually improved in 1 or 2 points, while silver and bronze players are usually upgraded by at least 4 points. In exceptional cases this upgrade can sometimes reach 15 points. Usually, 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 19 Upgraded Players Cards are physically identical to the originals, except on rating and stats.

Based on what happened last year, these are the official rules we expect to see this year:

RULE 1
APPLICABILITY

Upgrades apply to new non-inform players found in packs. Non-IF players in your Club will not receive an upgrade.

RULE 2
UPGRADES

If an upgraded player’s new OVR rating equals or surpasses his existing first in-form’s rating, his IFs will get an upgrade.

2.1. An exception is made for lower rated players with significant upgrades.
2.2. Does not apply to Ultimate Scream items.

RULE 3
THE BOOST

If an upgraded player’s new OVR rating does not equal or surpass his existing in-form’s rating, his IFs will not get an upgrade.

3.1. However, if 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. This preserves the in-form’s high value.
3.2. There is also an extra rule that wasn’t officially announced but that EA is using, about the IF upgrades:

If a NIF card is upgraded to 77, his IF card may be updated to 82
If a NIF card is upgraded to 78, his IF card may be updated to 82
If a NIF card is upgraded to 79, his IF card may be updated to 83
If a NIF card is upgraded to 80, his IF card may be updated to 83
If a NIF card is upgraded to 81, his IF card may be updated to 84
If a NIF card is upgraded to 82, his IF card may be updated to 84
If a NIF card is upgraded to 83, his IF card may be updated to 85
If a NIF card is upgraded to 84, his IF card may be updated to 86
If a NIF card is upgraded to 85, his IF card may be updated to 86
If a NIF card is upgraded to 86, his IF card may be updated to 87


 
 
 

FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades Release Date

When FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades will be available?
 
FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh - FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades

The FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh takes place in February. It rewards the players who stood out the most along the first half of the season with the release of new improved cards.

The FIFA 19 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 22 (Friday). In the past years, these were the release dates of the first batch:

FIFA VIDEOGAME
WINTER UPGRADES RELEASE DATE
FIFA 1922/02/2019
FIFA 1823/02/2018
FIFA 1718/02/2017
FIFA 1605/02/2016
FIFA 1515/02/2015
FIFA 1414/02/2014
FIFA 1315/02/2013

 

Here are the FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades released dates and times:

🇬🇧 PREMIER LEAGUE TO BE CONFIRMED
23/02/2019 (Sat) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
23/02/2019 (Sat) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
22/02/2019 (Fri) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
22/02/2019 (Fri) 03:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -3)
22/02/2019 (Fri) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
22/02/2019 (Fri) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
22/02/2019 (Fri) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

🇮🇹 SERIE A TO BE CONFIRMED
25/02/2019 (Mon) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
25/02/2019 (Mon) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
24/02/2019 (Sun) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
24/02/2019 (Sun) 03:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -3)
24/02/2019 (Sun) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
24/02/2019 (Sun) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
24/02/2019 (Sun) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

🇫🇷 LIGUE 1 TO BE CONFIRMED
27/02/2019 (Wed) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
27/02/2019 (Wed) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
26/02/2019 (Tue) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
26/02/2019 (Tue) 03:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -3)
26/02/2019 (Tue) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
26/02/2019 (Tue) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
26/02/2019 (Tue) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

🇩🇪 BUNDESLIGA TO BE CONFIRMED
01/03/2019 (Fri) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
01/03/2019 (Fri) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
28/02/2019 (Thu) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
28/02/2019 (Thu) 03:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -3)
28/02/2019 (Thu) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
28/02/2019 (Thu) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
28/02/2019 (Thu) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

🇪🇸 LA LIGA TO BE CONFIRMED
03/03/2019 (Sun) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
03/03/2019 (Sun) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
02/03/2019 (Sat) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
02/03/2019 (Sat) 03:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -3)
02/03/2019 (Sat) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
02/03/2019 (Sat) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
02/03/2019 (Sat) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)

🌎 ROTW TO BE CONFIRMED
05/03/2019 (Tue) 05:00pm 🇦🇺 AEDT (UCT +11)
05/03/2019 (Tue) 03:00am 🇯🇵 JST (UCT +9)
04/03/2019 (Mon) 06:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
04/03/2019 (Mon) 03:00pm 🇧🇷 BRST (UCT -3)
04/03/2019 (Mon) 01:00pm 🇺🇸 EST (UCT -5)
04/03/2019 (Mon) 01:00pm 🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
04/03/2019 (Mon) 10:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)


 
 
 

FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh Predictions

Predictions of the FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades

There is a strong correlation each year between the upgrades for the Head to Head Seasons and the ones for the Ultimate Team mode. However, there are many players who are upgraded to Ultimate Team but not for H2H. Joining the player’s performances of this first half of the season to our experience of previous years, it is possible to predict most of the upgrades.

 

🇬🇧 PREMIER LEAGUE

+1 91 92 🇧🇪 LW: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
+1 87 88 🇬🇦 ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
+1 85 86 🇧🇷 GK: Alisson (Liverpool)
+1 85 86 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 RW: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
+2 85 87 🇳🇱 CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
+1 84 85 🇵🇹 CAM: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
+1 83 84 🇫🇷 LW: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
+2 83 85 🇫🇷 CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
+2 82 84 🇧🇷 LM: Felipe Anderson (West Ham)
+1 82 83 🇮🇸 CAM: Gylfi Sigurðsson (Everton)
+1 81 82 🇵🇹 RB: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)
+2 81 83 🇩🇪 CB: Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea)
+2 79 81 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 CAM: Ross Barkley (Chelsea)
+2 78 80 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 RB: Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
+4 78 82 🇺🇾 CDM: Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)
+3 78 81 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 ST: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
+1 78 79 🇫🇷 LB: Lucas Digne (Everton)
+3 78 81 🇦🇺 GK: Mathew Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion)
+3 77 80 🇧🇷 ST: Richarlison (Everton)
+3 76 79 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 CB: Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
+2 76 78 🇷🇸 ST: Aleksandar Mitrović (Fulham)
+3 75 78 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 LM: Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)
+4 74 78 🇮🇪 RWB: Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
+5 70 75 🇪🇸 RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
 
 

🇪🇸 LA LIGA

+1 88 89 🇪🇸 CDM: Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona)
+1 86 87 🇪🇸 CM: Parejo (Valencia CF)
+1 85 86 🇪🇸 ST: Iago Aspas (RC Celta de Vigo)
+1 84 85 🇺🇾 CB: José María Giménez (Atlético Madrid)
+1 83 84 🇦🇷 CAM: Éver Banega (Sevilla FC)
+1 82 83 🇫🇷 LB: Lucas Hernandez (Atlético Madrid)
+2 82 84 🇧🇷 CM: Arthur (FC Barcelona)
+2 81 83 🇫🇷 ST: Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla FC)
+2 81 83 🇪🇸 RM: Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla FC)
+2 80 82 🇺🇾 ST: Cristhian Stuani (Girona FC)
+2 80 82 🇺🇾 ST: Maximiliano Gómez (RC Celta de Vigo)
+3 79 82 🇪🇸 GK: Pacheco (Deportivo Alavés)
+2 78 80 🇪🇸 CM: Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid)
+2 77 79 🇪🇸 ST: Roger (Levante UD)
+3 77 80 🇵🇹 ST: André Silva (Sevilla FC)
+2 77 79 🇪🇸 CM: Joan Jordan (Eibar)
+3 76 79 🇪🇸 ST: Borja Iglesias (RCD Espanyol)
+2 75 77 🇪🇸 LM: Jony (Deportivo Alavés)
+2 75 78 🇪🇸 LB: Junior Firpo (Real Betis Balompié)
+4 73 77 🇪🇸 CB: Hermoso (RCD Espanyol)
+3 73 76 🇪🇸 RW: Brais Mendez (RC Celta Vigo)
+4 73 77 🇨🇱 CB: Guillermo Maripán (Deportivo Alavés)
+4 71 75 🇪🇸 LB: Nacho (Real Valladolid)
 
 

🇮🇹 SERIE A

+1 88 89 🇮🇹 LW: Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)
+1 87 88 🇦🇷 ST: Mauro Icardi (Inter)
+1 84 85 🇵🇱 GK: Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus)
+1 84 85 🇦🇷 CF: Alejandro Gómez (Atalanta)
+1 82 83 🇧🇷 CM: Allan (Napoli)
+1 82 83 🇮🇹 CB: Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)
+1 82 83 🇮🇹 CB: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio)
+1 82 83 🇪🇸 RW: Suso (AC Milan)
+1 81 82 🇵🇹 RB: João Cancelo (Juventus)
+2 80 82 🇦🇱 GK: Thomas Strakosha (Lazio)
+2 80 82 🇮🇹 ST: Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria)
+2 80 82 🇵🇱 CM: Piotr Zieliński (Napoli)
+2 79 81 🇦🇷 CB: Germán Pezzella (Fiorentina)
+2 78 80 🇫🇷 CM: Jordan Veretout (Fiorentina)
+2 78 80 🇨🇴 ST: Duván Zapata (Atalanta)
+2 77 79 🇹🇷 RW: Cengiz Ünder (AS Roma)
+2 76 78 🇺🇾 CM: Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus)
+3 75 78 🇸🇪 GK: Robin Olsen (AS Roma)
+2 75 77 🇮🇹 LB: Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina)
+2 75 77 🇮🇹 ST: Francesco Caputo (Empoli)
+3 75 78 🇦🇷 LM: Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese)
+3 74 77 🇮🇹 GK: Luigi Sepe (Parma)
+5 71 76 🇩🇪 LM: Robin Gosens (Atalanta)
+7 70 77 🇵🇱 ST: Krzysztof Piątek (Genoa)
+7 69 76 🇮🇹 GK: Emil Audero (Sampdoria)
 
 

🇩🇪 BUNDESLIGA

+2 85 86 🇩🇪 CAM: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
+1 85 86 🇩🇪 RB: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern München)
+1 83 84 🇩🇪 ST: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
+2 82 84 🇩🇪 RM: Serge Gnabry (Bayern München)
+2 82 84 🇧🇪 CM: Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund)
+1 81 82 🇧🇪 LM: Thorgan Hazard (Borussia M’gladbach)
+1 81 82 🇨🇭 GK: Roman Bürki (Borussia Dortmund)
+2 80 82 🇫🇷 ST: Alassane Pléa (Borussia M’gladbach)
+2 79 81 🇪🇸 ST: Paco Alcácer (Borussia Dortmund)
+2 79 81 🇭🇷 CF: Ante Rebić (Eintracht Frankfurt)
+1 79 80 🇩🇪 CB: Willi Orban (RB Leipzig)
+1 79 80 🇩🇰 CM: Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund)
+2 78 80 🇩🇪 LB: Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig)
+2 78 80 🇩🇪 CM: Jonas Hofmann (Borussia M’gladbach)
+2 78 80 🇫🇷 ST: Sébastien Haller (Eintracht Frankfurt)
+1 78 79 🇨🇭 CB: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund)
+2 77 79 🇩🇰 ST: Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig)
+2 76 78 🇩🇪 RB: Daniel Brosinski (1. FSV Mainz 05)
+6 75 81 🇷🇸 ST: Luka Jović (Eintracht Frankfurt)
+2 75 77 🇧🇦 CB: Ermin Bičakčić (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
+2 75 77 🇲🇦 RB: Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund)
+4 73 77 🇸🇰 CAM: Ondrej Duda (Hertha BSC)
+3 73 76 🇩🇪 CM: Florian Neuhaus (Borussia M’gladbach)
+7 72 79 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 RM: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
+5 70 75 🇨🇩 ST: Dodi Lukebakio (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
+6 69 75 🇫🇷 CB: Dan-Axel Zagadou (Borussia Dortmund)
+7 65 72 🇩🇰 LM: Jacob Bruun Larsen (Borussia Dortmund)
+6 65 71 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 RW: Reiss Nelson (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
+6 69 75 🇧🇷 ST: Joelinton (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
+9 61 70 🇳🇱 LM: Javairô Dilrosun (Hertha BSC)
 
 

🇫🇷 LIGUE 1

+1 87 88 🇫🇷 RW: Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain)
+1 84 85 🇫🇷 RM: Florian Thauvin (Olympique de Marseille)
+1 84 85 🇫🇷 CAM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille)
+1 83 84 🇳🇱 ST: Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais)
+1 82 83 🇧🇪 RB: Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain)
+1 81 82 🇧🇷 CB: Marcelo (Olympique Lyonnais)
+2 78 80 🇫🇷 CM: Tanguy Ndombele (Olympique Lyonnais)
+1 78 79 🇫🇷 CM: Houssem Aouar (Olympique Lyonnais)
+1 78 79 🇫🇷 CAM: Rémy Cabella (AS Saint-Étienne)
+1 78 79 🇫🇷 RB: Mathieu Debuchy (AS Saint-Étienne)
+1 78 79 🇫🇷 RW: Allan Saint-Maximin (OGC Nice)
+1 78 79 🇹🇳 CF: Wahbi Khazri (AS Saint-Étienne)
+2 77 79 🇦🇷 ST: Emiliano Sala (FC Nantes)
+3 76 79 🇫🇷 RB: Kenny Lala (RC Strasbourg)
+3 76 79 🇦🇷 GK: Walter Benítez (OGC Nice)
+2 76 78 🇸🇳 LM: Ismaïla Sarr (Stade Rennais)
+3 75 78 🇨🇮 RM: Nicolas Pépé (LOSC Lille)
+3 75 78 🇫🇷 ST: Andy Delort (Montpellier HSC)
+2 75 77 🇬🇳 LW: François Kamano (Girondins de Bordeaux)
+2 74 76 🇫🇷 LM: Flavien Tait (Angers SCO)
+3 72 75 🇫🇷 ST: Téji Savanier (Nîmes Olympique)
+4 71 75 🇨🇮 CM: Ibrahim Sangaré (Toulouse FC)
+5 71 76 🇫🇷 ST: Jonathan Bamba (LOSC Lille)
 
 

🌍 REST OF THE WORLD

+1 82 83 🇧🇷 CAM: Anderson Talisca (Shanghai SIPG)
+1 82 83 🇧🇷 CAM: Oscar (Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao)
+1 82 83 🇲🇦 CAM: Hakim Ziyech (Ajax)
+2 81 83 🇻🇪 ST: Josef Martínez (Atlanta United FC)
+2 80 82 🇳🇱 CB: Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)
+1 80 81 🇲🇱 ST: Moussa Marega (FC Porto)
+1 80 81 🇲🇽 RW: Hirving Lozano (PSV)
+4 77 81 🇧🇷 ST: Dyego Sousa (Braga)
+2 77 79 🇪🇬 LM: Trezeguet (Kasımpaşa)
+3 77 80 🇳🇱 CM: Frenkie de Jongt (Ajax)
+3 77 80 🇯🇵 LW: Shoya Nakajima (Portimonense)
+3 76 79 🇩🇪 ST: Simon Terodde (1. FC Köln)
+4 75 79 🇧🇷 CB: Éder Militão (FC Porto)
+4 75 79 🇨🇳 ST: Wu Lei (Shanghai SIPG)
+5 74 79 🇩🇪 GK: Odisseas Vlachodimos (SL Benfica)
+3 74 77 🇪🇸 ST: Fran Sol (Willem II)
+6 73 79 🇸🇳 ST: Mbaye Diagne (Kasımpaşa)
+4 73 77 🇳🇱 CAM: Abdenasser El Khayati (ADO Den Haag)
+5 70 75 🇭🇳 ST: Bryan Róchez (CD Nacional)
+7 68 75 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 ST: Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City)

 
 

To access the complete and update FIFA 19 Ratings refresh list, click here


 
 
 

FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh List

List of the new February cards
 


NAME
POS
OLD RTG
NEW RTG
UP
CLUB
LEAGUE
NEW IF


 
 
 
Premier League FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

Premier League FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

February 22 (Friday)

WINTER UPGRADES


 
 
 
Serie A FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

Serie A FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

February 25 (Sunday)

WINTER UPGRADES


 
 
 
Ligue 1 FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

Ligue 1 FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

February 27 (Tuesday)

WINTER UPGRADES


 
 
 
Bundesliga FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

Bundesliga FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

March 1 (Thursday)

WINTER UPGRADES


 
 
 
LaLiga FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

LaLiga FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

March 03 (Saturday)

WINTER UPGRADES


 
 
 

ROTW FIFA 19 Ratings Refresh

05 March (Monday)

WINTER UPGRADES

 

 
 
 

FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades Players Cards Prices

What happens to the UP cards’ prices?

As we would expect, as soon as the FIFA 19 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 19 Winter Upgrades FAQ

What you need to know about cards from the FIFA 19 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 19 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 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. In some cases the position can also be updated. All the rest remains the same.

Q: How long are FIFA 19 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 special card, except Ultimate Scream, 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: No.

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: 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 19 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
FIFA 18 | FIFA 17 | FIFA 16 | FIFA 15 | FIFA 14 | FIFA 13

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Lets say van dijk 85 will get a +2 upgrade.. will his potm 89 rated card be upgraded or?

    Just wondering since there is a couple of informs also

    • Let’s see…
      First of all, his new NIF rating will be, at least, as big as his existing first in-form’s rating. That way, his IFs will also be upgraded. The question here is ‘how much?”. In your example: NIF 85-87; IF1 86-87; IF2 87-88. If I am not wrong, his POTM will remain with the same rating.

  2. Pls include the updates for winter balls for premier league, series a and laliga. Also ball Champions League Final. Pls update the kits,scoreboard and aboard as well. Thanks in advance

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