FUT Beginners Guide

Learn everything you need to know to get involved EA SPORTS FIFA's most popular mode. 


What is FIFA Ultimate Team?

Build your dream squad from thousands of players and compete in the most popular mode in FIFA. FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) connects fans to the world of football throughout the entire season with a range of content influenced by real-world performances and competitions including the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

Whether you're looking for the basics of FIFA Ultimate Team or want to go deeper into the most popular game mode in EA SPORTS FIFA, everything you need to know - from player packs and Coins to parental controls. - is here.



In FIFA Ultimate Team, building the best possible side requires strong chemistry between your players. Chemistry starts with placing players from the same club, league, or nationality next to each other in your lineup to create a link. The more elements that match, the stronger the chemistry link.

You can improve a squad’s chemistry in a number of ways:

  • Placing players of the same club, league, or nationality next to one another – the more of these elements that match, the stronger the link will be
  • Putting players in the positions listed on their item
  • Using player items with the “loyalty” bonus, which is only found when the item is obtained via pack or after playing 10 FUT matches with your club. 

UEFA Champions League

For the first time ever, the UEFA Champions League is coming to FIFA Ultimate Team.

Experience the most prestigious club competition like never before as new player items and in-game events are introduced throughout the season to bring the excitement of the tournament to life in FUT.


Summer Heat

Get ready for football's imminent return with FUT Summer Heat. FIFA community-driven fan votes, ‘Best of’ Pack content, the return of select in-game favourites, and more to celebrate from the best of FUT 20.

Summer Heat voting

FIFA fans will help decide which popular FUT player items will receive special boosted Summer Heat Winner items.

For 24 hours on select days throughout the campaign, players will find a Player Pick pack available in their account upon login. Each Player Pick will showcase loan versions of 3 FUT Summer Heat nominees. Nominees will include some of the most popular players from the past season of FUT. The player you select will receive your vote.

Summer Showdown special items

Each week we'll highlight one real-world football match by releasing a special FUT Summer Heat player item via Squad Building Challenges for one player on each team from the highlighted matchup. The special Summer Showdown item from the winning side will receive a permanent +3 OVR stats boost. In the event of a draw, both items will receive a +1 OVR boost..

Summer Heat Fan Favourites

A selection of popular FUT favourites from FUT 20 are coming back in a big way. Select Summer Heat Fan Favourites will see the release of new versions of previously released SBC and Objective special items, now with boosted stats. Those reinvigorated special items will be available via Squad Building Challenges or Objectives.

'Best of' re-releases

We'll recognise a selection of the best campaign special items from the past year by re-releasing them in FUT 20 packs. Three different times throughout FUT Summer Heat, a new collection of ‘Best of’ Re-released special items will be refreshed. The first group of 'Best of' players will be available beginning 17th June.


Player items

Thousands of player items are available in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team, placed into categories determined by their overall Points and Coins rating. The base types are Bronze, Silver and Gold:


Reserved for players with an overall rating of 75 or above.


Recieved by players with an overall rating of 65-74.


For players with an overall rating anywhere between OVR 0-64.

These base player items are divided further into two rarity types: Common or Rare.

Special player items with enhanced ratings and attributes are also available during specific FUT live events. Get player items by opening FUT packs, buying them on the FUT Transfer Market, or completing Squad Building Challenges.


Play with friends

Introducing FUT Friendlies

Kick back and relax with FUT Friendlies, a new and more social way to play with your friends or the wider FUT community in a variety of match types including House Rules.

New FUT House Rules

Take your pick from the full selection of returning custom rules from FIFA 19 Kick Off Mode, as well as 4 brand new ways to play:

  • Mystery Ball - Switching at each stoppage in play, the Mystery Ball gives the attacking side boosts to their Passing, Shooting, Dribbling, Speed, or All attributes, adding an element of unpredictability to every match.
  • King of the Hill - Fight for possession inside a randomly generated zone on the pitch to boost the amount your next goal is worth.
  • Max Chem - Exclusive to FUT, all players have maximum individual Chemistry allowing new possibilities for team-building.
  • Swaps - Exclusive to FUT, three players from each team are randomly swapped at the start of the game. You could gain your opponent’s star player, but also lose yours in the process.

Friends and rivals

Social play is at the heart of FUT Friendlies with a selection of competitive and cooperative modes:

  • Couch Play: Up to four friends can take on each other or the AI, matching up against a range of opposition including your friends’ squads, the Team of the Week, a variety of real-world Clubs, and select community teams.
  • Play a Friend: Challenge a friend and their Ultimate Team online in standard or House Rules. 
  • Play Online: Take on a random member of the wider FUT community online. Search for a particular House Rule or a set shortlist of Favourites to help you jump into a game faster.

Maintain ultimate bragging rights with an in-depth stats tracking system that records a range of statistics from the head-to-head matches you play. In addition to keeping track of the scores, new opposition scouting reports help you identify where you might find gaps in your friend’s style of play.


New to FIFA Ultimate Team 20

New customisation options

Make your FUT Club truly unique with new Club Customisation. New Custom Kits, Club Crests, Stadium Dressings & Banners, TIFOs and Celebrations - all available via the new “Customise” screen - let you show off your style both on and off the pitch in FUT 20.

Easier squad management

Squad management and Squad Building Challenges are more seamless than ever before with a redesigned Squad Screen in FUT 20, enabling you to access your Active Squad, the Transfer Market and Club Content quickly from one location for the first time.

Squad Battle enhancements

Squad Battles allow you to take on AI-controlled squads from the FUT Community to earn points, move up the leaderboard and earn rewards. In FUT 20, complete weekly games on your schedule with the removal of the daily match cap, allowing you to climb the ranks on your terms.

Transfer Market

The Transfer Market is where you can trade FUT items for Coins that you have earned in FUT 20. Whether you're looking to upgrade your squad or need an item to finish a Squad Building Challenge, you can exchange Coins for player items, consumables, and more. FIFA Points cannot be used on the Transfer Market.



Build your dream squad of superstars from both past and present by adding FUT Icons to your Ultimate Team.

In addition to the Icons found in FIFA 19, brand-new Icons have been added with FIFA 20, each with three distinct versions (known as Stories) that reflect different phases of their careers. These include legendary players such as Zinedine Zidane, Didier Drogba, and Andrea Pirlo.

Celebrate history
Each Prime ICON has three unique player items, each of which has distinct attributes that reflect that player’s performance during various phases of their career.

Build chemistry
ICONS are a great chemistry fit for any team as they automatically provide a medium link with any player in the squad. Place an ICON next to a regular FUT item from the same nation to create a strong link.

Elevate your play
Adding footballing Icons like Diego Maradona, Didier Drogba and Ronaldo Nazário to your squad will take your team to the next level.


Refined Objectives systems

A redefined Objectives system transforms the way you play FUT, giving you new ways to progress and to personalise your FUT Club. A range of time-limited and grouped tasks allow for more complex and rewarding objectives throughout FUT 20.

New Objective types include:

  • Season Objectives earn you XP over the course of a Season, allowing you to level up by completing objectives along the way. Each level you gain unlocks a new reward, ranging from players and packs to new squad customization options.
  • Milestone Objectives give you long-term goals to aim for throughout the duration of FUT 20, and reward you for Milestone moments in your FUT Club’s journey.
  • Foundations Objectives help new players learn the basics at the start of their FUT journey, with objectives centered around building and establishing your new FUT Club.

Packs, FIFA Points and Coins

Open FUT packs to acquire new players and consumable items that can help you build  your club and enhance your team’s chemistry. Purchase FUT packs using FIFA points, which are available for purchase on your console and select retailers, or Coins that are earned in-game for playing matches, completing challenges, or selling players on the Transfer Market.

FIFA Points

FIFA Points are available for purchase directly on your console and at select retailers.


Coins are earned in-game by playing matches, completing challenges, or selling players on the transfer market.


Level up

EA Access

Join EA's premium subscriber service to get early access to all new EA titles as they're released and enjoy a catalogue of existing games for free in 'The Vault'. 

Not only this, but subscribers will also recieve a 10% discount on in-game purchases, such as FUT Packs, as well as a special discount on full-game purchases.


Other modes

Squad Building Challenges

Put your club management abilities to the test with Squad Building Challenges (SBCs). Assemble players into a squad that meets the unique requirements for that challenge and exchange your completed squad for exciting in-game rewards. 

Like Objectives, Squad Building Challenges can be completed in FUT on your console or on-the-go with the FIFA 18 Web and Companion Apps. 

Squad Battles

In this popular single-player mode, play against the FUT clubs of other players from around the world, controlled by AI at your chosen difficulty level. Every match earns rewards and pushes you up the global leaderboards, which determine where you finish at the end of the week and what rewards you will receive.

As you rack up wins and climb the leaderboards, you can score even better rewards that can help you improve your own squad as you make your way to the higher ranks. There's also a Featured Squad Battle every week in which you can challenge the FUT squads of professional footballers, FIFA players, and celebrities to test your skills even more.

FUT Draft

Draft a squad and challenge opponents in a tournament to win Coins, packs, and more. This mode will test your teambuilding skills as you pick the best fit for each position from a five-player draw.

Make your FUT Draft choices based on player quality or team chemistry, and then challenge opponents in a series of up to four matches. Earn bigger match prizes as you progress—win all four games in a row to earn the top rewards.

Division Rivals

Discover your place in the FUT community and take on players of a similar skill level from around the world in Division Rivals. In this brand-new mode for FUT 20, you'll compete against others in your Division to earn a selection of weekly rewards to choose from that can help you improve your squad.

Every Division win not only gets you closer to the next Division, it also takes you one step closer to the Weekend League. If you earn enough Weekend League points, you can move on from Division Rivals and test yourself against the best in FUT by entering FUT Champions to earn some of the best rewards in FUT.


Web and companion app

Because football never stops, keep an eye on your FUT club no matter where you are. The FIFA Companion and Web apps allow you to remain connected to the world of FUT 20 anywhere at any time.

Featuring full management of your FUT Club, the FIFA 20 Companion and Web apps will enable you to prepare yoursquad for your next big match, bid on a last-minute transfer, complete a Squad Building Challenge, or improve your club with exciting new player items and more from packs using Coins or FIFA Points.

With full integration between the Companion App, Web App, and your console, your club will always be up-to-date regardless of where you are playing. Once you have created a club in FUT 20 on your console or PC, you can begin using the Web and Companion Apps for club and squad management. Continue playing matches in FUT 20 on your console to unlock access to the Transfer Market.


Parental controls

When accessing FIFA Ultimate Team online via the Companion App or Web App, it is possible to set up the account for your child and place any restrictions you wish on the FIFA Ultimate Team online account.

If you’re setting up an Origin Account (needed to access the Web app) for your child, we suggest first creating your own Origin Account, and then using the email registered on your Origin Account as the “Parental Email” when setting up your child’s account. This will ensure you’re able to contact customer support whenever your child has an issue.

Also, there is no need to put your credit card details on the console/system in order to allow the gamer to purchase packs. Simply pick up a FIFA Points card at your local retailer – this way you’ll be able to purchase points without ever having to supply your card details online.

Alongside these in-game restrictions, the PS4 also has a comprehensive range of parental controls that allow you to carefully manage the content and features your children have access to.

You can learn more about these and how to set them up on our dedicated pages.