Team Rating is something that can be manipulated for your own benefit. Get to know what it can be good for and how it’s calculated.
- What is Team Rating
How Team Rating is Calculated
What is Team Rating
Team rating is a quality evaluation system that allows you to compare different teams. It measures how good, supposedly, a team can be.
This measurement is made through each player’s individual rating/overall in a team (all starting eleven plus the seven substitutes). It is, then, a little subjective, since we already explained in our Players Guide that the player’s rating doesn’t really measure his quality, but his reputation.
The Team Rating varies between 0 (worst) and 99 (best). As the image below illustrates, this number is shown on the superior right corner of the active squad menu.
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Besides measuring the quality of the team, it also provides another general rating: the Star Rating. The Team and Star ratings are related in the following way:
- 5 stars for team ratings above 80
4.5 stars for team ratings between 77 and 80
4 stars for team ratings between 74 and 76
3.5 stars for team ratings between 70 and 73
3 stars for team ratings between 66 and 69
2.5 stars for team ratings between 64 and 65
2 stars for team ratings between 62 and 63
1.5 stars for team ratings between 60 and 61
1 star for team ratings below 60
How Team Rating is Calculated
The Team Rating is basically the result of the average between all 18 players’s overalls plus a correction value. This correction value is there to give different weights to the starting eleven, giving them more importance than the players that start on the bench.
The way team rating is calculated is not well known by the FIFA players community. For this reason, it’s interesting that we share this. We’ll try to make it as simple as we can.
In order to find out the team rating you just need to know each one of the starting eleven and substitutes’s ratings. As it was said here, the first step is to calculate the average between all these 18 players’s ratings. You just need to sum all those ratings and then divide the result by 18. Each player whose rating is superior to the average contributes positively to the correction factor with the difference between these two numbers. For the substitutes, this factor is divided by two.
This is the general formula used to calculate the Team Rating:
TR = AR + CF
- TR – Team Rating
AR – Average Rating
CF – Correction Factor
The Correction Factor is calculated in this way:
CF = ((IR1 – AR) + … + (IR11 – AR) + (IR12 – AR)/2 + … + (IR18 – AR)/2) / 18
- IRn – Individual Rating, Rating of the player number n
Remember that, in each one of these steps, it’s always the whole nearest to the value that counts.
Do you have doubts on how this calculation is made? That’s natural. Take a look at the following example.
Consider the team shown on the image above. The starting eleven’s ratings are: 86, 85, 86, 86, 79, 88, 86, 87, 85, 88 and 85. The substitutes’s ratings are: 81, 82, 83, 87, 84, 84 e 83.
Step 1 – The AR calculation
Step 1 – The AR calculation. This is extremely easy. Add up all these numbers together and you’ll get 1525. Divide it by 18, then you get 84,72. Therefore, the AR is 85, the nearest you get from 84,72.
Step 2 – The correction factor calculation
The correction factor equals the difference between each player’s rating and the average you got at step 1 divided by 18. Therefore, CF = ((86-85)+(86-85)+(86-85)+(88-85)+(86-85)+(87-85)+(88-85)+(87-85)/2) / 18 = 13 / 18 = 0,72. That’ll be 1.
Step 3 – The team rating calculation
Finally you add up the values obtained at steps 1 and 2, which equals 86.
Considerations and Myths
For those who are not very good at math, we gathered here some conclusions you can get from the team rating calculation in order to tear down a few myths.
- – The Team Rating will never be inferior to the simple average between all the 18 players’s ratings because the correction factor is always positive;
– The starting eleven’s ratings weigh more over the Team Rating;
– The correction factor raises as the difference between ratings get bigger;
– The Team Rating does not depend on the reserves;
– The Team Rating does not depend on the players or team’s chemistry;
– The Team Rating will not vary if a player card is regular or IF as long as they have the same rating.
What’s the purpose of Team Rating?
JWe have told you that the team rating is there so you can see how good a team is. But this isn’t enough return for such effort. Why is it that we should know how it’s calculated if that doesn’t bring us any benefits? Besides, the game does it itself.
The truth is that the Star Rating, which gets its results from the Team Rating, is important in two different situations: in tournaments and matchmaking.
There are tournaments that require a maximum or minimum amount of stars. If you don’t know how to change your team rating, you won’t be able to disguise in order to earn your right to participate.
Matchmaking is the game system responsible for finding your team a fair opponent. One of the considered factors is the Star Rating. Pairing two players who have a similar team value is its role. If you’re one of those players who don’t like facing teams full of superstars, then you just have to artificially lower your Star Rating to the minimum possible without having to lose any players you intend to use. If you already learned how to calculate the Team Rating, then we don’t need to go any further.
This is an excelent trick and it makes your way to the 1st division title easier. Want some help? Alright. Go to the auctions market and buy 7 low-rated players, the lower the better. Have you realized that the Korean Moon Byung Woo, the lowest-rated player of the game, is not that cheap? Place those players on the bench and play with your best starting eleven. See that the Star Rating will change if you place a substitute that’s better than that bronze player. If you feel like you need to place better players on the bench, do it, but know that because of this you’ll be facing an opponent with a stronger team.
Despite being very useful for many players, this trick has its disadvantages. One is that, most of the times, opponents who have weaker teams end up being tougher. A loss in these situations may demoralize a player, making him weaker for the next matches. Another disadvantage is all the work you have to go through in order to reorganize the team. Searching your club for other players will be frequent because of potential player injuries and suspensions. Also, when players have their fitness decreased, they have to rest between the reserves while a match goes on. That’s another problem. Finally, there’s that obvious disadvantage of not being able to make good substitutions in a match. If your connection isn’t very good you may end up facing a player with a better star rating than yours.
If you’re aware of this method, know that it’s possible to reach considerable star rating changes for your team. We tested as an example placing together the best starting eleven possible full of TOTYs alongside with seven low-rated players. The result was an impressive team rating decrease from 95 to 87. Obviously, in this case it wasn’t possible to change the star rating, so it really doesn’t make any sense to do that while having starting eleven with such high ratings. On the other hand, in a situation such as the calculation example we have showed, it’s possible to make a 5 stars team become a 4.5 stars one without great difficulties, like the following image illustrates.
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