January 6, 2017 10:05PM
edited January 2017

Every Fifa game has coefficients programmed in to determine a players OVR rating. The coefficients on their own determine a player's Base OVR, it's basically a weighted average of certain individual attributes relevant to that position. Since Fifa 08 this has been rounded off to the nearest whole number, with (x.50 rounding up).

International Reputation only affected the OVR rating of players with a 3* IR, 4*IR and 5* IR. It was an active, yet hidden stat in Fifas 12 through to 16. Identified within the old Creation Centre, tests in CC correlated perfectly with otherwise unexplained boosts on certain players in the actual game.

If the player had 1 or 2 IR, they got no bonus at any point. Only the coefficients determined their Base OVR and that was that.

With an IR of 3, if the coefficients determined their base OVR as between 1 and 49, they'd get no bonus. 50 or more, and they'd get an additional boost of 1.

With an IR of 4, a base OVR of between 1 and 33 would yield no bonus. Between 34 and 66 they'd get 1, 67 or above would get 2.

With an IR of 5, a base OVR of between 1 and 24 would get no bonus, 25-49 would get 1, 50-74 got 2 and 75+ got 3.

A player cannot exceed a rating of 99 OVR, even if his base OVR plus IR bonus would exceed this total.

Like with the old IR system, players cannot exceed 99 OVR.

Anybody wondering why Messi is 93 and not 94 - his natural position's base OVR is 91 in both Fifas 16 and 17, so this would yield a +3 in Fifa 16 (achieving a 94) but he has only been given a flat bonus of 2 in Fifa 17 by EA, which means his preferred position only moves on to 93.

If we had 3 perfectly working OVR calculators,

The first calculator and the second calculator would likely come up with different Base OVRs, meaning different OVRs when IR is then applied.

The second calculator and the third calculator would come up with the same Base OVR but you'd use the IR bonus for the second, and the Starter Bonus for the third, which would then give different results.

The first calculator and the third calculator would come up with different Base OVRs and the different types of bonuses (IR for the first, Starter Bonus for the third) would diverge them even further.

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For all I can tell, it is just an artificial boost to rank some players higher than others despite a lack of stats to backup the rating.

PS - I run fifarosters.com