Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

 

Squad Battles is a game mode within FIFA 19 Ultimate Team, that rewards the best single players with amazing prizes. On this Squad Battles guide for FIFA 19, we will explain everything you should know about it.

 
SQUAD BATTLES
INTRODUCTION | SQUAD BATTLES VS FUT CHAMPIONS | HOW DOES IT WORK? | OPPONENTS | SCHEDULE | POINTS | REWARDS


 
 

Squad Battles for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

What is Squad Battles?

Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

 

Compete and earn rewards in this single player mode. Take on other squads from the FUT community, to earn rewards and move up the leaderboards.

Squad Battles can be explained in three steps:

1 WEEKLY SINGLE-PLAYER COMPETITION
Compete against Squads from around the world in Squad Battles. Play up to 45 single-player matches per week to climb the leaderboard and earn rewards.

2 PLAY AGAINST COMMUNITY CREATED SQUADS
Every day, new opponents are available to match up against, each squad made by someone in the community. More difficult squads offer increased rewards.

3 CLIMB THE LEADERBOARDS FOR BETTER REWARDS
Climb the ranks of a dynamic leaderboard. Ranks are determined by the average score among all competitors.

 

To start playing Squad Battles, you just need to enter in your Ultimate Team, go to Single Player and select Squad Battles. You can check the following image if you are not sure about how to do it.

Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team


 
 
 

Squad Battles vs FUT Champions

What is the difference between Squad Battles and FUT Champions

Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

 

Squad Battles is being named the FUT Champions offline, because it has a few things in common. However, there are also big differenced between them, that will help you understand how this game mode works:

☑️ SQUAD BATTLES IN A SINGLE PLAYER GAME MODE
This is the most important difference. Not eveyone likes to play online. The single player game is different and there is much less pressure. Besides that, for who doesn’t have a great connection, Squad Battles is a good alternative.

☑️ SQUAD BATTLES HAS LESS MATCHES ON THE WEEKEND
Who plays Squad Battles has the weekend free to do other things because the games are more spread by the days of the week. You don’t need to play all your games in 72 hours.

☑️ YOU DON’T NEED TO QUALIFY FOR SQUAD BATTLES
There are many people who never played the popular FUT Champions because never achieved to get a qualification. This doesn’t happen on Squad Battles because everyone is invited. You just need to enter and play. As simple as that.

☑️ FUT CHAMPIONS HAS BETTER WEEKLY REWARDS
While not as lucrative as FUT Champions, Squad Battles offers worthwhile prizes every week. At least, it is by far the single-player mode with better rewards.

☑️ SQUAD BATTLES DOESN’T HAVE MONTHLY REWARDS
This is another big difference between these two game modes. Do you know the special untradeable cards every FUT Champions player receives when the month ends? Well, in Squad Battles you don’t have that…


 
 
 

How Does Squad Battles Work?

How do you rank, leaderboards and more details about Squad Battles for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

 

As you already know, on Squad Battles you compete and earn rewards in the new FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) single-player mode. But how you do it? We will explain it now.

In Squad Battles, your rank is determined by battle points. You earn them by playing matches. You can take on other squads from the FUT community to earn rewards and move up the leaderboards. The criteria for each rank is based off all the player’s results who are taking part in a Squad Battles event. Each Rank can only hold a certain percentage of the players competing in Squad Battles during the current weekly competition. This means your rank could constantly change throughout the week as the criteria for each rank adjusts as players play through the mode. The percentage breakdown of each Rank can be seen in-game.

If you start off playing Squad Battles matches early in the week and earn a lot of Battle Points, you might initially be in a top Rank. But if you don’t continue playing matches throughout the rest of the week or earn less Battle Points, other players could still be playing and earning Battle Points. That means your Rank could drop, if they out-earn you and move up. On the flip side, you could also move up a Rank if players don’t out-earn you.

It’s time now, to explain to you the Squad Battles menu. It has four windows:

1 FEATURED SQUAD
This one is refreshed weekly. We will explain it in the next chapter.

2 OPPONENT SELECT
This is where you set the difficulty level and pick the opponent you will play. You can see his squad, formation and tactics. If you already played against him, you will see the final result. Four new teams are added every time you click on the ‘Update Opponents’ button (if available).

3 YOUR RANK
This is where you can see how well you are going and which rewards you can get. Just like in FUT Champions, you have several tiers, that goes from Bronze 3 to Elite 1 and also TOP 100. Remember that the event only ends on Sunday night, so your current ranking is not the final one.

4 TOP 100
This is where you can see who are the best Squad Battles players in that moment. As we explained, the rank is determined by battle points. Who has more battle points, gets the first position. If two or more players have the same points, the player with fewer games played gets the higher position. The leaderboard updates every five minutes.


 
 
 

Squad Battles Opponents

Understanding the Squad Battles opponents and the opponents update feature

Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

 

In Squad Battles you can play against two kinds of opponents:

☑️ OTHER SQUADS FROM THE FUT COMMUNITY
Four new teams are added every day. Because this mode changes from minute to minute, you and your friends may get different squads.
Your AI-controlled opponents in Squad Battles come from the real Squads used by other players in FUT. Specifically, Squads that were used by players when playing Squad Battles, Draft (Online and Offline), FUT Champions and Division Rivals.

☑️ FEATURED SQUAD
In the Featured Squad Battle, you can challenge the squads of football players, pro FIFA players and celebrities to test your skills and build your team. Everyone gets the same squad for this one which keeps available for one week. The Featured Squad Battle may sometimes skip a week.

The Opponent Update is how you refresh your list of available Opponent Squads. When you have played all the available Opponent Squads, you’ll have to wait until an Opponent Update is available before you can get a new list of Opponent Squads. To maximize your battle points, make sure to use all your Opponent Updates during the event. If you miss using an Opponent Update, you won’t get the maximum battle points for the event.

Games carry over for 1 turn. If you miss a day, you are still able to play the four matches of that day. In order to do that, just be sure that you don’t press the ‘Opponent Update’ button before you play them. As soon as you press R1/RB, the opponent’s list is refreshed. However, if you update your opponents too late, you may be missing the games of a few days.

When a set of opponents is provided, either at the start of a new Squad Battles competition or when you perform an Opponent Update, the game always provides one Squad from each of the three Squad difficulty buckets: Easy, Medium and Hard. Then it selects a fourth Squad from either the Easy or Medium buckets, with a 50% chance of the Squad coming from either bucket. Each Squad in FUT has both a Team Rating value and a Chemistry value. When those values are added together, you end up with an Overall Squad Rating. Each of our difficulty buckets in Squad Battles contains a range of Overall Squad Ratings:

EASY
MEDIUM
HARD
0 to 140141 to 182183 or higher


 
 
 

Squad Battles Schedule

When will you be able to play against your opponents?

Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

 

In Squad Battles you are limited to play up to four matches per day, except on the weekends. To make the things more clearly, we will show you the times for each day.

ROUND 1 ⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
Four Matches
From Monday 12:00am to Tuesday 12:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Sunday 7:00pm to Monday 7:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Sunday 4:00pm to Monday 4:00pm 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 2 ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
Four Matches
From Tuesday 12:00am to Wednesday 12:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Monday 7:00pm to Tuesday 7:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Monday 4:00pm to Tuesday 4:00pm 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 3 ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
Four Matches
From Wednesday 12:00am to Thursday 12:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Tuesday 7:00pm to Wednesday 7:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Tuesday 4:00pm to Wednesday 4:00pm 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 4 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
Four Matches
From Thursday 12:00am to Friday 12:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Wednesday 7:00pm to Thursday 7:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Wednesday 4:00pm to Thursday 4:00pm 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 5 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
Four Matches
From Friday 12:00am to Saturday 12:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Thursday 7:00pm to Friday 7:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Thursday 4:00pm to Friday 4:00pm 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 6 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
Four Matches
From Saturday 12:00am to Saturday 8:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Friday 7:00pm to Saturday 3:00am 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Friday 4:00pm to Saturday 12:00am 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 7 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪
Four Matches
From Saturday 8:00am to Saturday 4:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Saturday 3:00am to Saturday 11:00am 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Saturday 12:00am to Saturday 8:00am 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 8 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪
Four Matches
From Saturday 4:00pm to Sunday 12:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Saturday 11:00am to Saturday 7:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Saturday 8:00am to Saturday 4:00pm 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 9 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪
Four Matches
From Sunday 12:00am to Sunday 8:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Saturday 7:00pm to Sunday 3:00am 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Saturday 4:00pm to Sunday 12:00am 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 10 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪
Four Matches
From Sunday 8:00am to Sunday 4:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Sunday 3:00am to Sunday 11:00am 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Sunday 12:00am to Sunday 8:00am 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

ROUND 11⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫
Four Matches
From Sunday 4:00pm to Monday 12:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
From Sunday 11:00am to Sunday 7:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
From Sunday 8:00am to Sunday 4:00pm 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

Be aware that, if you are in the middle of a match and the event ends, that match won’t get tracked.


 
 

The Battle Points

How can you earn points?

Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

 

Your rank is determined by the total battles points you get in a single week. You earn them playing matches.

Your battles points, per match, is based off how well you played the game, the difficulty of the squad you played and if you won the match. We will show you now, how these points are calculated:

BATTLES POINTS = DIFFICULTY BONUS x ( TEAM RATING SCORE + MATCH RESULT + SKILL BONUS ) + GOAL BONUS

 
DIFFICULTY BONUS
The Difficulty Bonus is a coefficient that measures the difficulty of your matches.
Here are the coefficients according to the difficulty level and the result:

Beginner
Amateur
Semi-Pro
Pro
World Class
Legendary
Ultimate
WIN0.50.60.71.01.62.12.6
LOSS0.20.250.40.50.60.70.7


 

TEAM RATING SCORE
The Team rating score depends on the team you are playing against. Basically, it is based on its chemistry and its team rating, according to the following formula:
(Team Rating x 3) + (Chemistry Rating / 2)

TEAM RATING
TEAM CHEMISTRY
POINTSx3x0.5

 
 
MATCH RESULT
There are only two match results possible on Squad Battles: you win, and you get 200 points, or you lose, and you get 50 points.

WIN
LOSS
POINTS20050

 
 
SKILL BONUS
Skill Rewards are the sum of bonuses performance and penalties performance. Player’s good performances are rewarded with squad battle points, while there will be point deductions for negative performances. In other words, are the sum of the bonuses by scored goals, shots on target, successful tackles, corners, clean sheets, pass accuracy, possession and man of the match and the sum of the penalties by against goals, fouls, cards and offsides according to the following table that shows the number of points awarded/deducted for each performance:

POINTS/UNIT
MAXIMUM UNITS
MAXIMUM LIMIT
+ SCORED GOALS+405+200
+ SHOTS ON TARGET+510+50
+ SUCCESS TACKLE+120+20
+ CORNERS+510+50
+ CLEAN SHEETS+751+75
+ PASS ACCURACY %+180+80
+ POSSESSION %+180+80
+ MOTM+151+15
GOALS CONCEDED-204-80
FOULS-54-20
CARDS-108-80
OFFSIDES-115-15

 

GOAL BONUS
Each goal you score gives you a different ammout of battle points based on the difficulty level you choose.

Beginner
Amateur
Semi-Pro
Pro
World Class
Legendary
Ultimate
POINTS/GOAL20304060100140160
MAX GOALS5555555
MAX POINTS100100200300500700800

 


 

The amount of Battle Points earned for playing a Featured Squad Battle match is not the same as you would earn for a normal Squad Battle match. Instead, the number of Battle Points you earn is based on whether you win or lose the game, and what difficulty you played the match on. The specific Battle Point values are below:

Beginner
Amateur
Semi-Pro
Pro
World Class
Legendary
Ultimate
WIN1500155016001700180019002000
LOSS1400140014001400140014001400


 
 

Squad Battles Rewards

What can you win in FIFA 19 squad battles?

Squad Battles Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

 

Squad Battles rewards are released a couple of minutes after the competition closes, upon which the leaderboards, and Squad Battles game mode will reset, and start again for a new week. We already said that you’ll get your rewards as soon as the event ends but, to make your job easier, here are the squad battles rewards dates and times:


Every Monday at 12:05 am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
Every Sunday at 7:05 pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EDT (UCT -5)
Every Sunday at 4:05 pm 🇺🇸 PDT (UCT -8)

If you want to know what the Squad Battle rewards are, you just need to click here and see.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. This is the first time this has happened to me. I was playing and got to Elite 3 but after I did my 3rd update of the day it said I had to wait a full 24hrs for another update and now I’m down to a Gold 1 almost gold 2 now cause I can’t play until 7. Has this happened to anyone else?

  2. This year Squad battles feels ridiculous.
    In Fifa 18 worked myself up to a respectful BPL team and when practice make perfect after a while I played on Legendary level.
    Winning most matches and it felt like a real match.
    Reaching Elite 1 and sometimes I maded in to top 100 during the week, but never reached it in the end.
    But, reaching Elite 1 was well deserved and happy to collect the rewards.
    Today in Fifa 19… I now have an good team and play on prof level and the CPU squads are so unrealistic.
    Handling speed en pace most part of an match for the CPU teams is playing on Ultimate level last year.
    I don’t know what EA is looking for or they just care about offline gameplay and push people to online gameplay, but for sure Squad battles looks really unrealistic in Fifa 19
    Anyone has the same experience?

    • Yes same to me last year i played legendary games now with a team of 189 i loose some games at prof lvl . It almost feels like you have to loose that game in order to stay at your rank. Opponent are at someparts of the game so freaking fast in pasing and so fast in response it looks like magic. Goals against me are always circus acts . Feels a lot like matchmaking (scripted) while sometimes i make goals without touching the controller 🤔

    • Same here I feel like all the did this year is boosted them and to defend literally every team you play against, when you attack they have 7 players at defense ridiculous

      • Yup, for sure Squad Battles in Fifa 19 is to stay away from.
        Only playing it to reach silver 3 and collect the swap players if needed.
        Unrealistic game play, AI squad is so annoying.
        They attack in a very fast way, playing short passing 100% accuracy and perfect first touch.
        When you attack they regroup extremely fast, putting 7 or 8 men behind the ball instead.
        No stamina problem what so ever.
        And it doesn’t mind which rated squad and sometimes you play against a squad and you smash them, putting in five before half-time, so then the funpart is already over.

        For me;
        Squad Batlles = to stay away from

  3. Today my opponent wont updating every 8 hours, it just show the first 4 team that i beat on 1/3 saturday. 😪

  4. There is a saying for the chemistry of your team will be same as the opponent? What does that mean? If I play against a 60 chemistry team, how will that effect my team?

  5. I think the tables with: DIFFICULTY BONUS, and GOAL BONUS should go the other way (points from BEGINNER are actualy from ULTIMATE, AMATERU are from LEGENDARY and so on). Cheers.

  6. The modifier and goal bonus tables are wrong, they are in reverse order. The modifier is 2.6 for ultimate and not beginner.

  7. Hey.
    I think there are too much games during the weekend.
    The numbers of game will make us regular players quit the competition beacuse playing 12 games a day is too much.
    I think you should decrease the number of games during the weekend to 8 games.

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