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Top 10 tips to get better at FIFA

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We all know FIFA is probably the best football game out there. As the game progresses every year, major changes are incorporated to make the game more realistic. These changes mostly consist of gameplay and control tweaks across the game.

Now if you’re a beginner, there a lot of small things in the latest offering by EA that can mean the difference between a win and a loss. In this article, we bring you the top 10 tips you need to start winning at FIFA again.

Stop mashing the shoot button near the goal

One of the most common problems with beginners at FIFA is that they tend to tap the shoot button when near the goal repeatedly.

While this may seem the logical thing to do, the mechanics this year have vastly changed. With timed finishing now in place, your player will be just as eager to smash the ball into the goal as you are after pressing the button even once.

Quick Tactics

FIFA 19 Released: Price, Availability, CompatibilityThese are probably the most overlooked features in all of FIFA. Ever since quick tactics have been incorporated in FIFA, only a small percentage of players seem to use it and guess what, only they get the distinct advantages.

Using quick tactics, you can switch how the game functions on the fly. You can choose from up to five different mentalities for the game, ranging from ultra-defensive to ultra-attacking. Besides you can further customise these tactics to work precisely the way you want them to.

Also read: FIFA 19: 10 best defenders via player ratings

Play Youngsters in career mode

Sure playing the pros is exciting and you get to play the high ranking matches. But when you play younger players, you grow along with the players.

As you keep progressing through the career and pushing the player to do better and better, not only the player attributes will increase, but you’ll also find yourself improving fast at pretty much all aspects at the same time.

Set your camera right

This can make more impact than you think. Contrary to popular belief, the default FIFA camera might not be the best one for you. Try and experiment with different modes and see which one works best for you.

Also, you might want to put the player names above their heads so that they may not create distractions for you.

Play the game at your own pace

FIFA 19 is a fast game. It’s more on the arcade type of games.

What you can do is to tone down the game to your own pace. Try setting the game speed to slow and increasing the half time. This will not only slow down the game but will also give you the time you need as a beginner to analyse what’s going on and eventually create better chances for yourself.

As you progress more and more in the game, try getting these settings back to default. Remember, not everyone plays the same way, and if you customise the game way too much, when you play against someone else, you’ll be struggling with the settings.

Keep the first touches close

FIFA 19 is a lot more on the realistic side. Therefore, just as you would in real life, keep your first touches as close as possible.

Try using the LT/L2 button to keep the ball near you as you are receiving the ball. Doing this will not only make you move faster as you receive the ball but will also save you from possible dispossessions.

Learn timed finishing

One of FIFA’s latest mechanics, timed finishing can make one hell of a difference.

Mastering timed finishing can be difficult, but if done correctly, you’ll be able to score some sick goals. Basically what you have to do is tap the shoot button once, then tap it again only when the player is about to make contact with the ball.

Save it for the shots where you have time to pull this off though. If you mess up the timing, you’ll most probably end up missing and the window to time the two button presses is usually quite short.

Tap shooting

The driven shot was a very consistent way of scoring in FIFA 18. Now since the mechanism has been changed to timed shooting, you’re going to have to find an alternative to that.

In FIFA 19, you can use L1+R1 to drive your shots low. This is a pretty consistent way of beating the keeper, especially in one on ones. Make sure you’re near the penalty spot though. Otherwise, the keeper will have more than enough time to reach the ball.

Driven Cross

If you’re in direct line of sight of your striker, hold R1/RB to put out a driven cross.

You’ll be surprised by how well this picks out your striker. Also, you’ll be scoring a lot of crosses. The main advantage a driven cross offers over a low cross is that you can set the power, which means you can reach teammates even further back.

Master volleys and first touches

A lot of times, you can flick the RS to swap the ball around defenders. The RS is also going to help you set up for volleys.

Using this can save you from a lot of dispossessions. Also, you’ll be converting a lot of volleys into goals just by properly setting up for them.

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: