StrategiesThis section of the guide covers strategies that you can use to make you better at FIFA.
There are many ways you can play football in real life. And there are many ways you can play football in this game too. So strategies are a little down to you. However here are my personal thoughts on ways that could help you.
The word on the FIFA street about this game is that corners and heading, finesse shots and lofted through balls are over powered. Therefore you can try and make the most of these. There was a patch that toned these down but they are still effective.
Pace is less of a factor than it was in FIFA 13.
Popular formations in FIFA have traditionally been 4-1-2-1-2 and 3-5-2, for people who like to score with crosses.
For me I like to play in this game with 4-1-4-1. This gives me a bit of solidity in midfield which I need when playing on higher difficulties in single player. I like to build play up slowly working the ball up the pitch, or sometimes backwards if there is no forward option. The wings are where the space is mostly and as stated crosses, if you get them right, work well, especially from the byline. Otherwise you can play for corners rather than crossing as they are probably more effective.
Alternatively you can work it in the middle, try and draw defenders out of position to make space and play the through ball to the man as he makes his way into the space.
For dribbling, it is a lot harder to turn in this FIFA, especially when you are running, so try not to hold the sprint button all the time.
For defence a lot of people just contain, or teammate contain, as that is effective. The other thing you can do if you aren't near to the player is to try and block potential passing opportunities.
For penalties to save them you can wait for the player to kick it then react to where the ball is going and use RS to move the ball that way. Your keeper won't dive as far as if he had committed to a side earlier but for poorly taken penalties this is a good way to save them.
If you are a beginner to the game then Skill Games is a great place to learn the basics.
Also you can customise your tactics to your personal preference using custom tactics and quick tactics. See Manager Career for more info on these.
Anyway, as with any game, to get better you need to put the practice in. Start with the simple stuff first and then as you become more competent use the advanced Controls listed in this guide. And like I say football is so broad (and this game too) that you could play it completely different from any of what I have said above and still be successful.