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Berlin Ultimate Team Championship Tournament Format - FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series

Posted May 15th at 5:00pm.

This is the tournament everyone has been waiting for - the top 32 EA SPORTS FIFA players will converge in Berlin, Germany to settle the final score and determine who is the best player in the world?

Over the course of the 2-day tournament, the Ultimate Team Championship will follow this format:


The Group Stage

In this initial portion of the Grand Final tournament each division will be broken into of four groups of four players each.

In the group stage, points will be earned as follows:

  • Win – 3 Points
  • Draw - 1Point
  • Loss – 0 Points

Each player will face each of the other players in their group once. Once all players in a group have completed their group stage matches (3 games per player), the two players with the most points will advance to the knockout round.

In cases where players are tied with the same number of points after all group stage games have been played and a clear first and second place finisher cannot be determined, the following tie breakers will be examined in order until the tie is broken:



  • Goal Difference in Group Matches: Goals For (“GF”) minus Goals Against (“GA”) from the three matches combined.
  • Greatest Number of Goals Scored in Group Matches: Total number of goals scored (GF) by a player in the three matches combined.
  • Head to Head Record: When the players engaged in the tie faced each other, the player who scored the most goals wins to break the tie.
  • Goal Difference Head to Head: If three players are tied, the goal difference from the matches against each tied player will be combined.
  • Coin Flip: If none of the four methods above can break the tie, a one-time coin flip will determine the outcome. The player whose last name starts with the letter closest to A will call the side of the coin.


The Knockout Rounds

The knockout round will follow a standard double-elimination format, where a player must lose twice to be eliminated. Following the first loss, a player will move from the winner’s bracket to the loser’s bracket. If a player loses a second time they will be eliminated from the tournament.

If a match is still tied at the end of regular time, the match moves on to a standard non-golden goal extra time. If the match is still tied after extra time, a standard penalty shootout will be used to determine the winner.


The Ultimate Championship Match

The Xbox Division Champion and PlayStation Division Champion will face off to determine the overall winner of the Berlin Grand Final and, ultimately, the player who will be crowned as the Ultimate Team World Champion.

This matchup is unique and is played out as a two-legged fixture with one fixture being played on each console. After the second match, at the end of regulation time, the player with the highest aggregate score from the two matches combined will be the winner.

If the aggregate scores are tied, the player with more goals scored on their “non-native” platform (away goals) will be the winner. If the match is also tied on away goals, a third fixture will be started on the same platform as the second game and the winner will be determined by the ‘golden goal’ - the first goal scored.


Eligibility restrictions apply. Refer to the OFFICIAL RULES for details.


You can watch all the tournament live from Berlin on May 19 at 12:00 p.m CET and May 20 at 11 a.m. CET on FUTChampions.com/Live or in our Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook channels.

Also, catch our extended coverage including exclusive, behind-the-scenes content live from the venue on our FIFA social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

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