You can't do a whole lot in FIFA 17's Ultimate Team mode without coins. You need them to build your team. Luckily you get some coins for each game you play - read on for the beginner's guide to FUT's currency. For more advanced tutorials, head over to the main FIFA 17 Ultimate Team guide index.
Earn coins easily
When you're just starting out in Ultimate Team, creating a team with only gold players seems like a pipe dream. Don't be discouraged, though: a decent gold coin reserve is reasonably easy to come by, and with it you can build the team of your dreams. You just need to be patient - don't spend real money on FIFA points and don't rush into earning, either. There are enough coins to be earned to reach your goal if you take it easy.
An important thing to keep in mind that absolute stars like Ronaldo, Neymar or Messi have a very low chance of appearing in sets. It's smarter to invest your coins in the transfer market (and, handily, we have a guide to making coins on the transfer market right here on the site.)
First of all, build a good bronze team and participate in tournaments, seasons and games on your players' level. Your successes will award you with coins and card sets.
Coins are easily collected in the Season mode. In that mode you're not only rewarded for wins and good performances, but for promotions and championships as well. There are also special tournaments with certain prerequisites. In order to participate, you need to have a certain amount of players from a certain country on your team or fulfil another condition. These often give better rewards upon completion.
You can increase the amount of coins you earn with bonuses from the EA Football Club. These can be unlocked when you reach certain levels and give you extra coins for a limited number of games. Use these bonuses one after the other, because the extra coins are very helpful.
You get more coins from online matches than from matches against the AI. However, human opponents are more difficult to beat, so the chances of receiving coins for winning a tournament or season are lower. Resist the urge to rage quit, even when there is no possibility of winning. Finish the game to prevent your coin multiplier from dropping. Quitting would almost mean a double punishment.
Cheats, hacks and dealers
You might wonder if there is a cheat, hack, exploit or trick you can use to make a lot of money. Soccer is supposed to be about fairness, so you should play fairly as well - and it has the added bonus that you won't succumb to the hackers and disreputable vendors out there who are just out to take over your account. If you stumble upon a website that promises free coins, you should just ignore it, and never give your account info to anything or anyone other than the game, the official web app and the official companion app.
Buying coins on sites like eBay isn't a clever move either, since EA often bans sellers and buyers. In addition, EA has already taken steps to prevent the trading of coins - or to make it more difficult at least. Just have patience, and play properly.