If you’re struggling to earn FIFA Coins then you’re not going to get very far in FIFA Ultimate Team.
Fortunately for you, as part of our growing guide to FIFA Ultimate Team, we have a simple and effective plan to earning coins quickly and efficiently. Once you've gotten your head around earning coins, you'll be ready to start spending them on the best teams in FIFA 18. But remember, the best teams really take advantage of chemistry and how it works.
Let's get stuck right in then.
Play the transfer market – Player Popularity
If you play it right, the transfer market is the best way to earn coins fast. Just like the stock market, prices fluctuate based on supply and demand and are further influenced by current events.
A player that nobody is even looking at might put a string of outstanding performances together in real-life and have a breakout year. These players in FUT will increase in value accordingly as managers want to be seen to be on the cutting edge and include the most fashionable players in their team. Think N’Golo Kante and Riyad Marhez a couple of seasons ago, or Timo Werner and Gabriel Jesus from last season.
As such, it pays to keep an eye out for these players in real-life and add them to your team as quickly as possible while they’re still cheap. Then you can sell them on for a huge profit as their popularity grows.
Play the transfer market – Buy to Sell
Another way to game the transfer market is to take advantage of inefficient pricing used by some managers when selling their players.
What you want to look for is players listed on the transfer market for a ‘Buy Now’ price lower than the typical ‘Buy Now’ price. To find this simply highlight a player within the transfer market, click the ‘Compare Price’ button and look at their average Buy Now prices.
For instance, while typing this I am seeing Buy Now prices for Chelsea’s Pedro ranging from 10,000 coins down to 5,200. This is an incredibly inefficient market and you can take advantage of that.
What you want to do here is buy at 5,200, then relist immediately for a few hundred coins more than that – maybe 5,500 to 5,700. You’re offering a much lower price than the average, meaning you will get a buyer quickly, but you’re still turning a quick profit.
To make serious money from this method you need to turn over high volumes by buying and transfer listing lots of players at the same time. It is, though, a guaranteed method of getting rich in FUT.
Play the transfer market – Trade at odd hours
Everyone is going to be scouting the best players for the best prices on the weekends and in the evenings after work or school, so avoid those times.
The best bargains are found in the early hours of the morning and in the middle of the day during weekdays (apart from lunch times) when most people are otherwise occupied.
This drop in demand means you’ve got more chances of grabbing yourself a bargain. To help you stay on top of the transfer market during these kinds of hours when you’re likely to be away from your console you can turn to the FIFA 18 web app for help.
Use the Web App
The web app is accessible to everyone with an EA account and a copy of FIFA 18. It’s worth setting up an account to use the web app simply to get the free coins that are dished out for each daily login.
You can also use it to manage your transfer activity when you’re away from your console, so if you’re trading a lot then it makes your life easier in that regard.
Sell everything you don’t need
It sounds obvious, but don’t forget to sell everything that you don’t need. If you’re opening lots of packs and concentrating on making a profit from the transfer market it’s easy to forget that you’ve probably got cards lying about that you don’t need.
Put these to work by listing them on the transfer market. If you don’t think you can sell them at all then use the quick sell option to get rid of them immediately and make space for new, more profitable cards.
You don’t make much using the quick sell option, but you’re better off freeing up space than restricting yourself in future if a good opportunity comes along.
Purchase FUT boosts through the FIFA catalogue
From the main menu you can access the FIFA catalogue, a space to purchase extras ranging from new goal celebrations to branded footballs and from extra clothing items to fresh new haircuts to use in career mode.
Better than that, though, are the FUT items.
FUT items include player contracts that run for 99 matches, slots to build extra squads and a whole host of FIFA Coins boosters.
These boosters award you extra FIFA Coins for each match you play in Ultimate Team, ranging from a bonus of 200 coins for each of your next five matches all the way up to an extra 1000 coins for each of your next 15 matches.
Catalogue items are redeemed for FIFA XP, which you’ll have a lot of as soon as you load up FIFA 18 if you’ve played FIFA games in the past.
Finish The Journey: Hunter Returns
Although it’s not part of the FUT package, completing The Journey: Hunter Returns story mode is an easy way to boost your team.
As you play you earn FUT items in the form of players and packs, which gives you greater squad depth and, thus, gives you more room to manoeuvre when it comes to selling items and trading on the transfer market.
Selling and trading is the best way to make consistently high volumes of FIFA Coins, so don’t overlook Hunter’s story as a means to an end.