FIFA 18 Squad Battles: Rewards, ranks & the new game mode explained

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EA Sports has introduced a new feature that represents one of the biggest additions to the Ultimate Team experience in recent years

FIFA 18 features one of the most significant additions to the Ultimate Team palette in recent years: Squad Battles.

EA Sports has introduced a whole new means of earning both points and packs this year to bolster your ranks - and all you have to do is play matches.

Goal has your complete guide to Squad Battles and how to make the most of the new feature.


WHAT ARE SQUAD BATTLES?


FIFA 18 Squad Battles

Squad Battles sees you take on AI-controlled Ultimate Team squads built by other FIFA players.

Each competition lasts a week, with four new matches available to play once each every day (and a couple of extra sets thrown in at 17:00 UK time on Saturday and Sunday).

By playing and winning those games, you earn points based on the difficulty level you have selected.

The more points you earn relative to other FIFA players competing, the greater the rewards - which consist of packs and coins - you will take home at the end of each week.

Some of the squads you will be challenged to beat are created by real-life stars, with Dele Alli's featuring his own special 99-rated card.


HOW CAN I EARN POINTS?


FIFA 18 Squad Battles

Points are earned in Squad Battles by winning matches.

When you are ready to play a match, you will be asked to select a difficulty. Each difficulty has a multiplier assigned to the number of points that can be earned, with the hardest setting - Ultimate - multiplying your potential haul by 2.6 and the lowest - Beginner - halving it (0.5).

Difficulty Multiplier
Beginner 0.5
Amateur 0.6
Semi-Pro 0.7
Professional 1.0
World Class 1.6
Legendary 2.1
Ultimate 2.6

It is not as simple as three points for a win, though.

You will gain and be deducted points depending on a number of stats, including goals scored and conceded, passing accuracy, tackles and fouls.

It's worth weighing up, then, whether you might be able to score enough goals on a lower difficulty to outweigh the advantages of a higher multiplier on a more challenging setting.

You'll also want to take a look at the squad you're facing. If it's stacked with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and so on or has great chemistry, it's obviously worth playing it safer than when you're facing a mediocre opponent.


WHAT ARE THE REWARDS?


FIFA 18 Squad Battles

At the end of each week, EA ranks all the players who have taken part in Squad Battles and assigns prizes.

There are special prizes for the top 100 players in the world but after that, each rank is based on the percentage of players you have earned more points than.

To get in the highest category outside of the top 100, for example - called Elite 1 - you will need to be in the top one per cent of all players that week.

By participating in any way at all, you'll get in Bronze 3 as a bare minimum and collect a couple of loan players for your trouble.

The prizes get better and better as you go up the scale from there, though, and if you can break into the Gold and Elite categories you'll be landing a decent number of coins and some potentially valuable packs.

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Rank Coins Packs
World No.1 100,000 2x Ultimate, 2x Rare Mega
Top 10 87,500 1x Ultimate, 2x Rare Players
Top 20 75,000 2x Rare Players, 1x Jumbo Rare Players
Top 50 65,000 1x Jumbo Rare Players, 2x Mega
Top 100 65,000 2x Mega, 1x Rare Players
Elite 1 39,800 2x Mega
Elite 2 25,200 2x Mega
Elite 3 20,800 1x Rare Gold, 1x Rare Premium Gold Players, 1x Jumbo Premium Gold
Gold 1 12,400 1x Premium Gold Players, 2x Jumbo Premium Gold Players
Gold 2 13,000 1x Premium Gold Players, 2x Jumbo Premium Gold
Gold 3 12,000 2x Jumbo Premium Gold
Silver 1 10,900 2x Premium Gold, 1x Gold
Silver 2 4,850 2x Gold, 1x Premium Gold
Silver 3 2,000 2x Gold
Bronze 1 1,150 1x Silver, 1x Gold
Bronze 2 0 1x Ultimate Loan Player Reward
Bronze 3 0 2x Premium Loan Player Reward

WHEN ARE NEW REWARDS RELEASED?


FIFA 18 Squad Battles

Everything starts all over again at 01:00 on Monday mornings.

You should see the rewards you've earned the previous week become available to claim at that time in Ultimate Team.

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