With the release of each new FIFA game, EA Sports releases the top 100 ratings for the best players in the game, as well as the entire database of ratings for every single player from all licensed leagues.
EA Sports has a large network of real-life scouts who attend games and watch game tapes to determine the scores assigned to each player in the game. These scores vary for every instalment of the game.
In FIFA Ultimate Team, each player has an overall rating as well as six scores for key stats such as Pace, Shooting, Passing, Dribbling, Defending, and Physical. These stats, along with a player's international recognition, are used to calculate the player's overall rating. This ensures better talent representation across all tiers of football. FIFA Ultimate Team gives players upgrades during Team of the Week after stand-out performances.