How to Master FIFA 18 Squad Battles and Win Ultimate Team Rewards

WHAT ARE SQUAD BATTLES?

Squad Battles are a new week-long game mode that allows players to face off against AI Ultimate Team squads built by fellow gamers, with a victory earning points based on the difficulty level selected. The higher the difficulty, the more points you accrue, the more points you rack up each week, the higher your rank. That rank then determines the rewards you will take home at the end of the competition. The matches available to play reset every day, and more regularly over the weekend, while you can also challenge the squads of real players, which have so far featured Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Muller and Dele Alli.

HOW MANY MATCHES CAN I PLAY?

Each day four new AI squads are available to challenge, and you have a 24 hour window in which to play them. You can only play against each squad once. However, on Saturday and Sunday there is an extra reset, at 5pm BST each day, which means you can play eight matches per day over the weekend.

WHEN ARE REWARDS RELEASED?

Each weekly Squad Battles round ends at 1am BST on Monday morning, or 5pm PST/8pm EST on Sunday evening if you’re on the other side of the Atlantic. Rewards are released moments after that deadline passes, though you may have to exit Ultimate Team and go back in for them to appear. Click on Squad Battles and a message should appear saying your rewards are ready to be claimed. Any packs won will then be sent to the store where you can open them. The next week’s round of games will be available once again after 1am on Monday, starting the grind all over again.

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?

The higher your rank, the bigger and better the prizes. If you rank No.1 in the world (good luck with that), you’ll take home 100,000 coins, two Ultimate Packs and two Rare Mega Packs.

The Elite tier accounts for the top 9% of all players, the Gold tier the top 39%, Silver tier the top 79% and Bronze tier the rest. In the most recent round, special kits were included as prizes too.