FIFA 18 Winter Transfers Guide

FIFA 18 Winter Transfers are released in January to replicate in the game what is happening in the real world transfer market. Players don’t switch between clubs only on the real-life pitch. They also do it on FUT 18. Let’s learn something more about how the FIFA 18 January players transfers work.

FIFA 18 Winter Transfers Introduction

What are the FIFA 18 Winter transfers?
In Ultimate Team, transfers are made through the release of new cards in two specific times: Summer and Winter Transfers Seasons. In order to keep the game updated, Electronic Arts replicates in to FIFA 18 Ultimate Team what is happening in the real world transfer market.

FIFA 18 Winter Upgrades are expected to launch in several separate updates.

FIFA 18 Winter Transfers Rules

How the FIFA 18 Winter transfers work?
Based on what happened on previous years, these are the official rules we expect to see this year:

RULE 1
THE RELEASE

When a player moves from his club to another one in the real life, EA Sports releases a new card of this player: the transfer card.

RULE 2
THE NEW CARD

The only difference between the new card and the old one, the regular version, is the club and eventually the league. In everything else, they are physically identical, including the ratings and the stats which remain unchanged.

RULE 3
CARDS IN PACKS

When a player is transferred, the cards that start coming in packs are the ones with the new club.

3.1. To each player who moves to another club during the FIFA 18 Winter transfers season, it is assigned a new regular card which becomes available in packs replacing the old one. 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.
3.2. If you own the original player card, your card will keep unchanged.
3.3. If you want the new club version, you will need to buy the corresponding new card in the market or get it on a pack.
3.4. Your odds of pulling the new card from a pack are exactly the same as pulling the old one when it was available.

RULE 4
OTW / PTG

If an OTW or Plath to Glory player is transferred/loaned to a different club, the type attributes and latest TOTW in-form rating will be unaffected. However, his OTW/PTG player item type will remain at the players previous club until he gets a TOTW in-form at which point the player’s club, the crest and the dynamic image will be updated.

4.1. If an OTW/PTG player is transferred/loaned to a club not in FIFA 18, the card will remain at the club he was previously at and he will not receive any further TOTW in-forms. His Ones To Watch or Path to Glory item type will continue to carry the last in-form rating he received.

FIFA 18 Winter Transfers Cards Release Dates

When the FIFA 18 Winter Transfers Players Cards will be available?
These cards are released as the transfers are occurring in real life. Most of the FIFA 18 Winter transfers are released in FUT on February 1st, and they usually affect more than 1,000 players.

As soon as transfer cards are released, they replace all the respective regular cards that were supposed to be released in packs until the end of the game, or eventually, until a new transfer card release.

We expect the biggest FIFA 18 Winter transfers batches in the following dates.

        11/01/2018

18/01/2018   25/01/2018    01/02/2017

FIFA 18 Winter Transfer Players Cards Prices

What happens to the Transfer cards’ prices?
These new cards’ prices vary mostly according to their new scenario. When the player goes to a popular club, his new card’s price will start rising to even reach three times the original value, and only after a few days it’ll eventually get close to the old card’s value. Many times these changes don’t even benefit chemistry for when the player remains in the same league. However, some players’ emotional will lead them into paying many coins for a card that’s actually not that different.

When a player goes to less popular club the new card’s price gets slightly superior, but then after some time the old cards become rare enough to be considered the most valuable ones.

One of the best trading opportunities during the transfer windows has to do with players that stop coming from packs and so they become rarer and more expensive. If you buy this card in advance, you can later sell it for a much greater price when the market doesn’t have many to offer.

FIFA 18 Winter Transfers FAQ

The most common questions about the FIFA 18 Winter Transfers
Q: How are transfers made on FIFA 18 Ultimate Team?
A: When a player switches between clubs in real life, a new card of him with the new club is released.

Q: What is the a transfer card?
A: It is a non-day 1 regular player card that updates the club when he moves to other club.

Q: What happens exactly if a player receives a new card?
A: When a player is transferred, the cards that start coming in packs have got the new club.

Q: What’s the difference between the original card and the new one?
A: The only thing that changes is the club and eventually the league. All the rest remains the same, including position, rating and stats.

Q: Are there two regular cards for a single player that was transferred?
A: Yes. One corresponds to the start of the season and the other corresponds to where he moved to during winter transfers.

Q: Do players on loan also get a new card?
A: Yes. A player gets a new card just as long as he starts playing in the new club.

Q: What happens with the retired players’ cards?
A: They no longer are available in packs. The existing ones keeps like they are without any change.

Q: How long are FIFA 18 Winter Transfers 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, or eventually until a new transfer card be released.

Q: If I have a card of a player that is moving to other club, will this card get updated?
A: No. It remains exactly the same, with the original club.

Q: When do the new cards take place over the old ones in packs?
A: Electronic Arts don’t release them all at once. The usual expectation is for biggest part of the update to be made on the transfer deadline day, February 1st 2017. However, they also release cards before and after this date.

Q: When there is an update, 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: How many players receive new cards during the FIFA 18 Winter transfers season?
A: It depends on the amount of transfers that occur. It’s been estimated that up to 1.500 players can receive new cards.

Q: Do all transferred players get a new card?
A: Supposedly that should happen, and it effectively does on the most popular leagues. But some players from less popular leagues end up “forgotten”, although generally EA’s cover is quite wide and efficient.

Q: The NIF cards are the only one to be updated?
A: Yes. The IF cards released after the transfer will start coming in packs featuring the new club.

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: Why I can’t find a player that was among the Winter transfers?
A: Probably because in the beginning of the game he played for a club that isn’t in FUT 17. Only players that were once in the game’s initial database will potentially get new cards, otherwise they won’t be there, not even if they’re moving to a FIFA 18 licensed club.

Q: Why did a certain player stop coming from packs?
A: Because he moved to a club that’s not in FIFA 18.

Q: What happens if a Ones To Watch or Path to Glory Player is transferred/loaned to a different club?
A: The Ones To Watch / Path to Glory Player Item type attributes and latest TOTW in-form rating will be unaffected. However, his OTW/PTG player item type will remain at the players previous club until he gets a TOTW in-form at which point the player’s club, crest and dynamic image will be updated.

Q: What advantage do the FIFA 18 Winter transfers bring us?
A: Once the new cards are released, league/club possible combinations increase, which makes it easier for us to build squads with good chemistry.

Q: I already have a squad. What is it good to me?
A: If you’re already “done” with your squad, the transfers increase your improvement opportunities. If your squad is based on a league, for example, Winter transfers season will increase your options to improve your squad because there will be more players available in the league you’re using.