Anyone who’s watched a FIFA tournament will know that most of the teams used are packed with the best players to be had from the Ultimate Team mode. These teams are filled with Icons – amazing players from yesteryear with, invariably, incredible stats – as well as special versions of current players that come with better stats than their base cards have. Without restrictions in place on which cards can be used for teams in tournaments, not only is there a disparity between the haves and have nots (or, as some say, those who’ve paid to win and those who haven’t), but you see most teams use pretty much the same players across the board: Messi, Ronaldo (old and new), Gullit, Modric – that sort of thing.
Now, EA has done something to tackle this issue, adding squad restrictions for the last two qualifiers of the season. This means the pros can’t simply pack their teams with all the best players as they bid to qualify for the FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs, and, after that, the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 itself.
The new rules mean you can only include a maximum of two Icon cards, a maximum of one 95+-rated non-Icon player, and a maximum of two 90-94-rated non-Icon players in your team. All other players must be rated 89 or lower.