FIFA 14 Guide: FIFA 14 Defending Tips (PC, Xbox 360 and PS3) – Written by Schahryar Fekri.
It definitely matters how many goals you are able score in a FIFA 14 match, but it is also necessarily to know how to not receive a goal. Lack of defensive skills can ruin a winning game.
Here in this FIFA 14 defending guide, I’m gonna share with you my defending strategies and tactics which I have learned from playing online/offline matches against pro FIFA players.
Know your weak points
First off, do not refuse paying attentions to your weak points. The ways you usually receive a goal. Either is it a header from a cross or a direct far shot. Put them down after playing online and offline matches and make a list of it. That is the key point to improve your defensive skill.
Best team, best formation
Choose the team that is right for you. Having the best FIFA 14 team (Perhaps FC Barcelona) doesn’t mean you guarantee your defence. I personally choose FC Bayern Munich, because it’s my favourite club and I’m quite comfortable with its defenders. Then, go for the best formation, I would say 5-3-2, but it’s up to you. I rather do defend with 5 defenders – Because one of my weak points is receiving goals from crosses. But you can go for 4 players.
Choose the best defenders for your starting line-up. The ones with high sprint are good to put on the wings (RB / LB). The ones with the jumping rank over 85 are better to be placed in the centre (CB). It also depends on your weak points as well.
Prevent the crosses
It is easier in FIFA 14 to score a goal from an airborne cross from sides of the field – Especially when your opponent has tall and strong attackers. To neutralise a goal-scoring opportunity from an aerial cross, it is necessarily to block any crossing attempt before it happens. To do that, you need to tackle the attacker and grab the ball from him. How? Well, you need to run and chase the attacker hardly. Use contain button, do short tackle and sliding tackle (if necessarily). If it’s late and the ball is already flying over your penalty box, try to switch the player quickly to the one who is the closest player to the receiver/striker. Then push the shoot/short tackle button consistently so you make sure your defender won’t give any freedom to your opponent and he will hit the ball before your opponent does. Don’t bring the goalie off the line, it’s not a good idea.
Make sure you have placed tall and strong defenders in centre back (CB) with high jumping rank (85+). For example, when I play as FC Bayern, I put Philipp Lahm at left wing (LB) to man-mark the striker who does a cross, Lahm is fast and he does strong tackles, but in centre I choose Dante and Alaba who are tall and are able to jump way higher than Lahm.
Win the one-on-one situations
If you happened to have an attacker running on the ball towards your goal with only your keeper, you should be able to manage the situation to prevent a goal. The best way to do this is to make your opponent confused. As the attacker runs out of time (since most probably your defenders are running back to him), it would be a good solution to make him not come up with a decision. How? Maybe you can bring your goalie forward, but this method doesn’t always work, because the striker can make an easy goal by a simple cheap shot. So the point is to make the striker unsure for what he’s going to do. I usually bring my goalie halfway out to make striker confused. Most of the times it works. I bring him off the line but not very far from the goal post, so my opponent thinks that I’m gonna bring him all the way to his striker so he makes a choice by either having a strong shot or cheap shot – which usually neither of them is successful as my goalie isn’t far from the goal.
Solution for the free kicks behind your penalty box
Send a tall player to help your keeper to cover the his far post. Keep the defender standing a little bit behind the line so you give enough space to your goalie to dive (Exactly like in real life). This situation will send the other attacking team players behind your defensive wall automatically since you’re breaking your own offside trap, but this makes the situation more confusing for your opponent, he might try to re-organise the situation by changing his free kick taker but you can always keep repeating this – be sure you’re quick enough.
What to do when ball is stuck in my box
The only solution is to send the ball far away. When your opponent is having the ball control in your crowded penalty area and you cannot take the control back, you better just send the ball once you touched it either far away or just out of the pitch by shooting the ball. Even giving a corner kick to your opponent could help this situation. In a situation like this, don’t switch between players a lot, don’t send the goalie off the line. Your other defenders try to put strikers in a offside trap automatically, switching between them might break the trap.
How to defend corner kicks
Defending a corner kick is quite tricky in FIFA 14. Scoring goals from corner kicks is more common and even easier than before in this game. Send the players standing near the corner arc to man-mark the strikers in your penalty box instead quickly while your opponent is taking a long corner kick.
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