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FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades: When will the ratings refresh happen and which players will be upgraded?

4:23 PM SGT 25/2/19
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In addition to January transfer updates, EA Sports is also increasing the ratings of many of this season's top performers in February

When FIFA 19 was released in September, every single player in the game was given their own unique rating, with individual stats for every aspect of their game from pace to passing, dribbling to tackling, shooting and strength.

As the 2018-19 season progressed, it became clear that many of the players were overperforming compared to their individual rating.

EA Sports tracks how players perform in real life and then updates FIFA 19 accordingly so that the game reflects a player's individual ability and value.

Every season, many of the world's top performers receive winter upgrades as part of the Ratings Refresh, including Virgil van Dijk, Marco Reus and Son Heung-min.

It is not just highly-rated players who are part of the ratings refresh, however - even players in lower leagues can receive boosts to their overall statistics.

When are the Winter Upgrades happening?

Once the transfer window closed at the end of January, EA Sports started making updates to the FIFA database.

In Ultimate Team, this sees new versions of players released in packs with their new club (and perhaps new league) replacing their previous one. In the past, they have also released new versions of transferred players during the window itself.

This season, the ratings refresh began on Friday, February 15. Just like last year, upgrades for the Premier League led the list and then additional leagues were added every two to three days. Each of the five major European leagues were released separately and then players from the rest of the world were released in a large batch at the end.

Some players also had their positions updated in addition to new clubs or updated ratings, especially if they played a lot of their games at a position other than the one assigned to them at the start of FIFA 19.

In addition, players may also have had their skill move or weak foot ratings changed. For example, Marcus Rashford received a bump in his skill move rating, while Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani's weak foot improved from three to four stars.

Which players will receive upgrades?

During the Ratings Refresh period, EA Sports announced each batch of upgraded players on their website, discussion forums and social media accounts. The first set of upgraded players were revealed on February 15, with 23 Premier League players getting new overall scores in FIFA 19. All their individual statistics are also changed to reflect their new overall rating, with some players even getting boosts to pace or finishing.

Here are all the players who have received ratings upgrades in FIFA 19:

Premier League

Player Club Old Rating New Rating
Harry Kane Spurs 89 90
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 85 88
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 87 88
Alisson Liverpool 85 87
Toby Alderweireld Spurs 85 87
Fernandinho Man City 86 87
Raheem Sterling Liverpool 85 87
Son Heung-min Spurs 84 85
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 84 85
Felipe Anderson West Ham 82 84
Kepa Chelsea 83 84
Aymeric Laporte Man City 83 84
Anthony Martial Man Utd 83 84
Andrew Robertson Liverpool 81 83
Lucas Torreira Arsenal 78 82
Marcus Rashford Man Utd 81 82
Lucas Digne Everton 78 81
Ruben Neves Wolves 79 80
Richarlison Everton 77 80
Matt Doherty Wolves 74 77
Ryan Fraser Bournemouth 75 77
James Maddison Leicester 75 77
Aaron Wan-Bissaka Crystal Palace 70 76


Player Club Old Rating New Rating
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund 85 88
Thiago Bayern Munich 86 87
Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich 85 86
Axel Witsel Borussia Dortmund 82 85
Yann Sommer Borussia M'gladbach 82 84
Timo Werner RB Leipzig 83 84
Thorgan Hazard Borussia M'gladbach 81 83
Koen Casteels Wolfsburg 82 83
Andrej Kramaric Hoffenheim 82 83
Kerem Demirbay Hoffenheim 80 82
Nico Schulz Hoffenheim 78 81
Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen 79 81
Sebastien Haller Eintracht Frankfurt 78 81
Matthias Ginter Borussia M'gladbach 80 81
Karim Bellarabi Bayer Leverkusen 80 81
Jerome Roussillon Wolfsburg 78 80
Luka Jovic Eintracht Frankfurt 75 80
Maximilian Eggestein Werder Bremen 77 79
Yussuf Poulsen RB Leipzig 77 79
Danny da Costa Eintracht Frankfurt 75 78
Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund 72 78
Daniel Ginczek Wolfsburg 76 78
Admir Mehmedi Wolfsburg 75 77

Serie A

Player Club Old Rating New Rating
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus 89 90
Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli 87 88
Milan Skriniar Inter 85 86
Wojciech Szczesny Juventus 84 86
Allan Napoli 82 84
Gianluigi Donnarumma Milan 82 83
Francesco Acerbi Lazio 82 83
Aleksandar Kolarov Roma 82 83
Suso Milan 82 83
Joao Cancelo Juventus 81 83
Fabio Quagliarella Sampdoria 80 82
Arkadiusz Milik Napoli 80 82
Matteo Politano Inter 80 82
German Pezzella Fiorentina 79 81
Duvan Zapata Atalanta 78 79
Jordan Veretout Fiorentina 78 79
Joaquin Correa Lazio 77 79
Federico Chiesa Fiorentina 77 79
Gervinho Parma 77 79
Gregoire Defrel Sampdoria 76 78
Rodrigo De Paul Udinese 75 77
Krzysztof Piatek Milan 70 76
Joachim Andersen Sampdoria 70 75

La Liga

Player Club Old Rating New Rating
Sergio Busquets Barcelona 88 89
Karim Benzema Real Madrid 84 85
Dani Carvajal Real Madrid 84 85
Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 82 84
Pablo Sarabia Sevilla 81 83
Lucas Hernandez Atletico Madrid 82 83
Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla 81 82
Sergio Canales Real Betis 81 82
Giovani Lo Celso Real Betis 80 82
Jesus Navas Real Betis 78 81
Dani Ceballos Real Madrid 78 81
Iker Muniain Athletic Club 80 81
Fernando Pacheco Alaves 79 80
Santiago Arias Atletico Madrid 78 79
Joan Jordan Eibar 77 78
Borja Iglesias Espanyol 76 78
Ruben Pena Eibar 77 78
Dakonam Djene Getafe 77 78
Junior Firpo Real Betis 75 77
Mario Hermoso Espanyol 73 77
Jord Masip Real Valladolid 74 77
Guillermo Maripan Alaves 73 77
Toni Villa Real Valladolid 70 75

Rest of the World

Player Club Old Rating New Rating
Bruno Fernandes Sporting CP 83 84
Hakim Ziyech Ajax 82 84
Anderson Talisca Guangzhou 82 83
Edin Visca Basaksehir 82 83
Oscar Shanghai SIPG 82 83
Matthijs de Ligt Ajax 80 83
Josef Martinez Atlanta Utd 81 82
Hirving Lozano PSV 80 82
Frenkie de Jong Ajax 77 82
Moussa Marega Porto 80 81
Steven Bergwijn PSV 77 80
Pozuelo Genk 76 79
Eder Militao Porto 75 79
Wesley Club Brugge 75 78
Leandro Trossard Genk 76 78
Miralem Sulejmani Young Boys 77 78
Kevin Mbabu Young Boys 76 77
Angelino PSV 73 77
Robert Skov Kobenhavn 72 75
Nikola Vlasic CSKA Moscow 70 75
Mbaye Diagne Galatasaray 73 75

FIFA 19 weak foot upgrades

EA Sports confirmed the players who have been handed upgrades to their weak foot rating, which can be seen in the table below.

Player Club Previous rating New rating
Brahim Diaz Manchester City 4 5
Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen 4 5
Edin Dzeko Roma 4 5
Patrick van Aanholt Crystal Palace 3 4
Edinson Cavani PSG 3 4
Axel Witsel Borussia Dortmund 3 4
Lorenzo Insigne Napoli 3 4
Fabian Napoli 3 4
Scott Sinclair Celtic 3 4
Moussa Dembele Lyon 2 3
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus 2 3
Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli 2 3
Stephan El Shaarawy Roma 2 3

Among the most notable players to be upgraded are former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz, who recently joined Real Madrid, and Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

Veteran strikers Edin Dzeko and Edinson Cavani have also improved, while Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel and Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne have too.

Serie A defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Kalidou Koulibaly have also seen their weak foot get stronger, going from ratings of two stars to three stars.

FIFA 19 skill upgrades

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford leads the way when it comes to skill upgrades in the February ratings refresh.

The England international has enjoyed a new lease of life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is now a five-star skill player in the game.

Player Club Previous rating New rating
Marcus Rashford Manchester United 4 5
Amine Harit Schalke 4 5
Franco Cervi Benfica 4 5
Luciano Acosta D.C. United 4 5
Enzo Perez River Plate 3 4
Nahitan Nandez Boca Juniors 3 4
Tom Ince Stoke City 3 4
Tom Lawrence Derby County 3 4
Andros Townsend Crystal Palace 3 4
Nathan Redmond Southampton 3 4
Demarai Gray Leicester City 3 4
Helder Costa Wolves 3 4
Ryan Sessegnon Fulham 3 4
Phil Foden Manchester City 3 4
David Brooks Bournemouth 3 4
Brahim Diaz Manchester City 3 4
Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea 3 4
Ever Banega Sevilla 3 4
Pablo Sarabia Sevilla 3 4
Giovanni Lo Celso Real Betis 3 4
Carlos Soler Valencia 3 4
Adnan Januzaj Real Sociedad 3 4
Andre Silva Sevilla 3 4
Francesco Acerbi Lazio 2 3
Moussa Marega Porto 2 3
Bruno Villarreal 2 3

Schalke's Amine Harit, Benfica's Franco Cervi and D.C. United's Luciano Acosta have also improved to become five-star skill players, so they are worth keeping an eye on.

Others who have been given a ratings increase include Leicester City's Demarai Gray and Wolves forward Helder Costa, who are now both four-star skill players.

Want-away Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden have also improved.

Will my current players be upgraded?

The rosters in Online Seasons and new Career Modes are automatically updated when your console connects to the EA servers.

Online Seasons squads are upgraded regularly, while you must start a new game in Career Mode for the upgrades to take effect.

Any normal cards you have in your FIFA Ultimate Team club will not be upgraded, but there is the potential that some of the special versions could be upgraded automatically. This includes Team of the Week, Ultimate Scream, FUTmas, Champions League and Europa League live editions, as well as Ones to Watch players.

However, if their base card only receives a small upgrade, there is a chance that the special card will not be upgraded.

All new players found in packs will be upgraded, but the special players in your club will only increase if an upgraded player’s new overall rating equals or surpasses his existing first Team of the Week version’s rating. If a player has multiple special edition cards, all these will be improved if they meet this criteria.