Top Ultimate Team Trading Improvement: Search Box

Ultimate Team is one of the most popular game modes in FIFA 13. Not only is it a great way to compete against others online and challenge yourself to move up divisions, there’s a lot of fun to be had in trading cards to earn coins and managing your club and squads.

Since I’ve been playing FUT I’ve employed a few different strategies to earn coins quickly. If you’re also really into FUT, I’m sure you’ve read about some of the strategies out there.

As far as trading goes, the basic economic theory applies: buy low, sell high. This is pretty obvious, but anyone who does a lot of trading in the Auction Search can attest to how infuriating it can be to have to click on and scroll through multiple drop-downs to try and find what you’re looking for. The Auction Search tab in FUT is cumbersome at the best of times!

In order to be able to trade efficiently in FUT, the user interface has to be efficient. As things are right now, it often takes way too long to navigate and search for what you’re looking for in the Auction Search page.

Try searching for Leonardo Bonucci (defender for Juventus). No matter how thorough you are, you can’t definitively isolate him!  Choose from all six Search drop downs:

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  • LEVEL: GOLD
  • FORMATION: ANY
  • POSITION: CB
  • NATIONALITY: ITALY
  • LEAGUE: SERIE A
  • CLUB: JUVENTUS

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You’ll end up with Barzagli, Chiellini, and Bonucci. You can try to narrow it down further with the Pricing, but the prices aren’t fixed like the other attributes. There’s no doubt this is frustrating and very inefficient.

If the goal of the web app is to make managing a club and squads, and trading cards fast, fun, and easy, then the number one improvement in my opinion is quite obvious:

There needs to be a single-line search box at the top of the Auction Search page! You should be able to simply type in “bonucci” and have all the “Leonardo Bonucci” cards appear as results.

Search for “reus 343 if” and all in-form Marco Reus cards in a 3-4-3 formation show up in the auction results.

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Search for “gk argentina silver” and Saja, Vega, Barbosa and Bizzarri show up in the search results.

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Search for “poland bundesliga defender” and Łukasz Piszczek‘s cards would appear, simple as that. Having a search box is best practice in web app design. “On content-heavy websites, the search box is often the most frequently used design element.”

I’m not the first one to think of this, but it would improve the way the Search Auction works incredibly and is definitely the most urgent improvement to the EA Sports Football Club web app. The increased speed with which a search box would allow users to trade would make the app and FUT that much more fun to play. The FUT Auction Search needs to have a fully-functional search box soon; hopefully by the time FIFA 14 comes out.

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