FIFA 19 Ultimate Team coins: how to easily make millions using Bronze and Silver packs

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It’s never been more on-trend to criticise FIFA 19 Ultimate Team for being pay-to-win. It’s also incorrect. Sure, you can fast-track your way to elite players by spending real cash. But making coins without dropping a single dollar/pound/Euro is in fact easier than ever. 

In FIFA 17, I scored 12 million coins after an initial investment of £15. In FIFA 18, that number rose to 21 millions coins – in addition to high-rated squads from the Premier League, Serie A, an incredible icons team, and more. The key to doing so is a series of mini-games called Squad Building Challenges - or SBCs as as they’re known among the community. Read on to understand why, and get minted in FIFA 19.

Never buy gold packs

Before we get to SBCs and the finer details, there’s one critical piece of advice to heed above all others. Never, ever, ever buy Gold packs Seriously. N.E.V.E.R. 

Because so many Gold packs are opened across the globe, at all hours of the day, every day, the market is constantly saturated with Gold cards, making most of them close-to-worthless on the secondary market. Spend 7,500 coins on a premium Gold pack and you’ll be lucky to recoup half that amount. Whereas Bronze and Silver packs guarantee you profit over the long-haul, thanks to SBCs. And you’ll earn plenty of Gold packs anyway through completing SBCs, weekly tasks, Squad Battles rewards, and so on.

Using my method will, over time, enable you to cherry pick any player you want. It’s about playing the long-game, rather than instant gratification. I ended FIFA 18 with Cristiano Ronaldo, old school Ronaldo, Ruud Gullit, Neymar, Lionel Messi, every other meta player going and those 22 million coins. Now we’ll get onto how you can too.

Sell cards when at their most valuable

SBCs see you submitting teams according to specific requirements in order to earn rewards. This, rather than spending coins, should form your path to Gold packs. Every Tuesday evening, for instance, four Marquee Matchups are made live within the SBC framework. Hundreds of thousands of FIFA addicts then hit the transfer market, seeking out the cards necessary to complete these Marquee Matchups SBCs. But if you already have these cards stashed in your club, you can complete said challenges for literally nothing, then make monster profits by selling your extra stock. 

Essentially, every player card in the game will have value at some point of the year. You should therefore only sell any player card when its value is maximised.  

Every Tuesday evening – or as soon as possible afterwards – check the Marquee Matchups requirements, then list all players you have that match those requirements. Think beyond the clubs involved, too, and read the requirements carefully. One recent matchup was based on Rio Ave vs Boavista, and required at least three Liga NOS players to complete. That caused all cards across the league to rise in value for a week. If you had, say, 20 silver Liga NOS centre backs in your club you’d have been looking at a minimum of 700 coins per sale, to a total of at least 14,000. And many were going for much more than that.

Below this method is explained in further detail, and it essentially comes down to this: only ever buy Bronze packs, Silver packs, and discard in-forms, and enjoy the rewards that follow.

Only buy Bronze and Silver packs

Never Gold. Yes, I’m repeating myself again but it’s honestly critical. When you do buy Silver or Bronze packs, it's safest to go for the standard versions: 2,500 coins for Silver, 400 for Bronze. I’ll get to what you need to do with these shortly. 

If you're feeling especially flush you can gamble on the premium versions of these packs: 3,750 for Silver, 750 for Bronze. These carry a much higher risk but also a higher reward: you're paying the extra money for two additional 'rare' cards. If those rare cards are players, you'll make even bigger profits; if they're kits or badges, you'll take a small hit. As a rule I switch to buying premium packs when I have 100,000 or more in the bank, then back to standard packs if my cash reserves dip below that value. 

Decide if you’re going to do the league SBCs

The following leagues have a set of individual Squad Building Challenges, where by completing one team you unlock a specific pack, and by completing all the teams you unlock a ratings-boosted player card. That makes all Silver and Bronze cards from these leagues valuable for the duration of FIFA 19’s lifespan.

  • EFL Championship (ENG 2)
  • Superliga Argentina (ARG 1)

The below leagues are also certain to have their own SBCs at some point, again making their Silver and Bronze cards valuable from the outset.

  • Premier League (ENG 1)
  • La Liga Santander (SPA 1)
  • Serie A (ITA 1)
  • Bundesliga (GER 1)
  • Ligue 1 (FRA 1)

If you decide to complete any of the above, stash any players from that league in your club when you open packs. Once the respective leagues are live and you have nine-or-more players for any of those teams, buy the last couple of players needed – Futbin is an excellent resource to help you fill in gaps – at the lowest BIN price and get it completed. That’ll give you a new pack and take you a step towards the overall player reward for that league.

More leagues are certain to be announced throughout the year. I’ll update this advice as and when that happens.

What to do when you open a Silver pack

First, look for players from the confirmed SBC leagues: ENG 2 and ARG 1. If you’re planning to do the SBC for either of the above, send any player cards from that league to your club. If not, immediately place them on the transfer list.

Players from all other leagues should be stashed in your club until a Marquee Matchup, or other new SBC, comes up that requires them. Important: Never quick sell any player card.

Send all Duplicate players to the transfer list. 

List Player Fitness cards (+40) for one hour at 150/200. (150 bid price, 200 buy it now.) 

List shiny Squad Fitness cards (+20) for one hour at 400/1000.

Send all Healing (team and player) cards to the transfer list. 

List shiny Manager Contracts cards for one hour at 150/200. 

Send standard Manager Contracts cards to your club. *These are the only Manager Contracts cards I ever use.* 

List standard Player Contracts cards (’10/10/8’) for one hour at 150/200. 

List shiny Player Contracts (’20/24/18’) for one hour at 150/300. 

Place all Kits cards on the transfer list. 

Place all Badges cards on the transfer list.

Place Player Training cards for All Attributes, Shooting and Pace on the transfer list. 

Quick sell all other Player Training cards unless you wish to use them. 

Quick sell all Goalkeeper Training cards unless you wish to use them. 

Place all Manager cards on the transfer list. 

Unless you want them, quick sell all Stadiums and Coaches.

Now go to your transfer list and cycle through all the cards you just moved there. Click ‘compare price’ and if there are a ton of the same card on the market at 150/200, also list at 150/200. 

For cards listed at higher prices than 150/200, take note of the lowest Buy It Now price available, then list yours for a Buy It Now price of 200-300 coins more. Let’s say you’re looking to sell Aaron Wan-Bissaka – a 70-rated silver card, and the most-improved Premier League defender among the FIFA 19 player ratings  – and you see that his lowest-priced card on the market costs 1,500 coins. List yours at a Buy It Now of 1,800, with a start price of 100-200 coins less, so 1,700. The card may not sell at the first attempt. But it should do within 24-48 hours. If at that point it’s still not sold, drop the price by 100 coins.

Always list cards for one hour. The key to this method is keeping your list full, and refreshed, as often as possible.  

What to do when you open a Bronze pack

Again, look for players from the confirmed SBC leagues: ENG 2 and ARG 1. If you’re planning to do the SBC for either of the above, send any player cards from that league to your club. If not, immediately place them on the transfer list.

Players from all other leagues should be stashed in your club until a Marquee Matchup comes up that requires them, as discussed earlier. 

Send all Duplicate players to the transfer list. 

List Player Fitness cards (+20) for one hour at 150/200. 

List shiny Squad Fitness cards for one hour at 400/850.

Send all Healing (team and player) cards to the transfer list. 

Send shiny bronze Player Contracts cards (’15/6/3’) to your club. *These are the only Player Contract cards I ever use!*

Quick sell all standard Player Contracts cards, and both shiny and non-shiny Manager Contracts cards. 

Quick sell all Kit cards unless you wish to use them. 

Place Player Training cards marked All Attributes, Shooting and Pace on the transfer list.  

Quick sell all other Player Training cards unless you wish to use them. 

Quick sell all Goalkeeper Training cards unless you wish to use them. 

Place all Manager cards on the transfer list. 

Unless you want them, quick sell all Stadiums, Badges, and Coaches. 

Now go to your transfer list and do the same as you did for silver cards on there. Many cards will only go for 150/200, but you only need to sell an average of three per pack to make a profit. 

A note about packing in-form (TOTW) cards

If you pack any in-forms using the above methods and have no plans to keep them, DO NOT SELL until at least a fortnight later. While still in packs (from 6pm Wednesday to 5.59pm Wednesday the following week) they have poor resale value as everyone is offloading them at once. 

Invest in discard-price Gold in-form cards

Check your transfer list regularly and 're-list all' as often possible

Once you pass the 50,000 coins mark, I recommended investing in 3-4 TOTW players between Wednesday and Saturday of any given week. To do this, search for ‘Special’ players on the transfer market at a Buy It Now price of 9,400-10,500, then cherry pick any rated 80 or above. (You can *always* resell these players for at least 11,500 coins, sometimes much more – or, if you suddenly need funds, quick sell them to the CPU for around 10K, meaning any losses are tiny.)  

I stash these purchases in my club for 2-3 weeks, then list for at least 13,000-14,000 – sometimes more, depending on comparative prices for the same card.

If any Kits or Managers haven’t sold after you’ve been refreshing for 48 hours, quick sell them. For all other items, consider dropping the Buy It Now price by 50 coins after day one, 100 by day two, and so on. The exception is player cards listed at 150/200: just leave them on the transfer list at that price until they sell. Eventually, they will sell. And, in FIFA terms, you should be rich like Abramovich.

FIFA 19 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Just getting started? Then be sure to check out 7 essential FIFA 19 tips to know before you play.