FIFA coins, ever-controversial, are your main means of acquirning new players and consumables in FIFA Ultimate team.
Affording you the ability to open packs, buy players outright on the Transfer Market, and even enter tournaments and challenges like the returning FUT Draft mode, acquiring and using FIFA coins is going to be a central part of what you do if you're getting into Ultimate Team.
You can, of course buy these coins with real money. Dedicated coin-selling sites are frowned upon by the community for a number of reasons, but you can purchase them directly in-game through FIFA Points - EA Sports term for what we call "money".
If you're here though, you probably don't want to do that - although of course there's no judgement if you do - and so this guide will be dedicated to explaining how to earn FIFA coins and get FIFA coins free in-game, with the best, fastest, and most efficient ways to earn grind them out.
How to earn FIFA coins in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team
Before we address what we feel to be the best ways to earn coins, it's worth quickly highlighting all the ways it's possible to do so. Here's how:
- Playing matches in Ultimate Team mode - The most obvious way to earn coins in FIFA is simply playing games of football. You'll earn around 400 coins for a win against a human opponent in FUT's online mode, give or take a few dozen depending on your performance. Keeping this up for a while will also see you earn significant rewards (around a thousand coins) for promotion and conquering your division, which involves winning a set number of games in online leagues.
- Coin boosts - Your post-match earnings can also be modified by coin boosts, which are unlocked with EA Football Club Credits. We know, another currency. It's fairly simple though, simply playing the game will unlock FCCs, which you can spend in the Football Club Catalogue by pressing R3/Right Stick and browsing from the menus. Different catalogue rewards unlock as you 'level up', which again requires you to simply keep on playing. Coin boosts vary, starting at a boost of 200 coins per game for a set period.
- Completing weekly challenges and tournaments - EA Sports kindly provide a roster of new tournaments and/or challenges every week in FIFA Ultimate Team, which normally boast some fairly decent coin rewards as a result. Check into the Tournaments section on the Ultimate Team menus every week to see what's new - but even standard tournaments have decent payouts of 500 coins or more for victory, on top of what you earn from winning games.
- Playing the Transfer Market - This method's probably seen more YouTube videos and blogs dedicated to it than any other, thanks to the irrefutable draw we all have to the idea of playing the market. If you fancy yourself a wheeling, dealing, definitely-not-Harry-Redknapp businessman, then there's a potential fortune to be earned from Transfer Market methods like 'sniping' undervalued players as soon as they hit the market and instantly reselling them, or mass-bidding on swathes of player cards in the hope of making marginal profit on each. We'll go into more detial on just how to do this below, as although there's quite literally no gameplay involved, it is indeed one of the fastest ways to earn coins in Ultimate Team.
The best, fastest ways to earn FIFA 18 coins free in Ultimate Team
Of the above there are, really, only two ways to effectively earn coins. Which one counts as 'best' really comes down to your own preferences as a player - would you rather play online matches (in the most efficient way possible, explained below), and earn coins a little slower, or spend hours playing the market, but earning coins at roughly twice the speed?
Whatever the preference, these are the two best ways to earn FIFA coins in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team:
Gameplay: 4,000 - 8,000 coins per hour
Matches, coins boosts, tournaments and rewards. It may sound a little uninventive, but the best way to earn coins that doesn't require you to pour hours into a virtual stock market is to simply play the game. There are caveats to that, of course, which make it much more efficient though:
- First, you'll want to apply your coin boosts acquired through the EA Football Club (press R3, head to the catalogue, unlock more through playing more and levelling up).
- Then, head to the Online Leagues, and get cracking. Not only will you earn at least 600 coins for a win with the boost activated - which takes about fifteen minutes factoring in team management and annoying pause-spam from your defeated opponents - but you'll also be working toward further rewards with Division promoton and victory. Rewards there get into the low thousands, meaning that, if you play well, you can pick up several thousand coins per hour.
- If you back yourself, the FUT Draft mode is another gameplay-based option, but with a 15,000 coin entry fee, you'll need to do sufficiently well to actually make the coins back (although you will pick up some packs along the way, too).
Transfer Market: 10,000+ coins per hour
Alright fine, if you insist on spending none of your time in Ultimate Team actually playing FIFA, here's how you can earn decidedly more coins than any other method, free of charge, at a decent speed. Mass bidding is the best method specifically, here's how to do it:
- Find a player who's in-demand, but cheap enough to buy en masse within your current budget - Our advice is Premier League or La Liga players, and those who play in a rarely-filled position like left or right back, or centre forward. You're looking for a player whose demand exceeds the supply, but not to such an extent that you're forking out several million on a Team of the Year Suárez.
- Find their average buy-it-now price - It's easier than eBay, just cycle throught the card's menus where it's handily displayed for you. Then calculate the amount you'd need to buy it for, if you were going to make a profit by selling it for the average buy-it-now price. How do you do that? Well, deduct the EA Tax (5 per cent, so multiply the buy-it-now average by 0.95 to find the after-tax price) and then aim for a couple of hundred coins below it.
- Get bidding - Your aim now is to bid below the average buy-it-now price (with the EA tax factored in too), by just a couple of hundred coins difference at most. Remember, this is all about your profit margins; you'll need to buy and then re-sell at a least a couple of hundred coins' profit each time. Head to at least the third or fourth page of the Transfer Market list for that player when you search, as you want to be the first to bid on an item, as you're essentially hoping to catch the ones which slip through the net. It means you'll need to place a lot of bids - you'll probably get one in ten at best - but the upside is you can place a wave of bids on players, play a few games or head out to work or school, and come back to your market to see what you won.
- Sell sell sell - Assuming you got lucky and won a few cheapos, it's time to immediately flip them on the market. If you're staying with the game and want to re-invest your earnings right away, set the listing for one hour and the buy-it-now price as dead on the average. If you're happy to wait, set it for four or more hours and a few hundred over the average (not too far over though, or you won't sell it and will waste your time).
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Here's an example featuring Okazaki - the standard buy-it-now price seems to be around 600 coins, but scroll further to the right and you'll find plenty of cards starting at around 350 with no bidders. Mass-bid the minimum 350, or if you want to be safer, around 450, on as many Okazaki cards as you can, and eventually one might go through.
The more you bid on, the more chance you have of winning some cheap cards. Then list them all on the market again starting at 600 coins with the same buy-it-now, or just over if you want to be greedy and try your luck.
As we said before, with earning coins in genral it's really a matter of preference, but a combination of the two is really the ultimate process. Starting out, for instance, you won't have enough coins to mass-buy - playing games with the method above will earn you a decent amount relatively quickly (and easily), and you can then reinvest your earnings from those games into mass-buying, whilst playing more games to earn more.
Coins, much like real money, do nothing when they sit still. One way or another you want to invest them - and even buying players who've had a great real-world week of football ahead of the new Team of the Week announcement is a good way to do so, as you can predict a spike in their own value - rather than leaving coins to sit doing nothing in your account. A combination of the two methods, in our opinion, is the ultimate way to success.