‘Goals win you games’ is one of the most overused cliches thrown about in punditry studios around the world, but it’s certainly not untrue. Putting the ball in the back of the net is rule one for winning a game of football in both the real and digital world of Fifa, after all.
Fifa 22 made quite the splash when it was released last year, with plenty of fans complaining about the new defensive and goalkeeping AIs making it harder to score regular goals than before. Fret not though, Gamelevate are on hand with 9 quick shooting tips on how to score more goals and play like a pro as we prepare for Fifa 23’s release.
9. Manage Shot Power
There are few things more embarrassing than finding yourself in a good position in front of goal, only to either blast the ball over the bar or tamely into the keeper’s hands.
Depending on where a player is when they’re taking the shot, players should begin to develop a natural reaction to how long they should hold down the power button.
8. Long Shots Are Still Viable
With goalkeepers being given a significant boost from Fifa 22, some players might think that long-range efforts aren’t as effective as they might have been in the past.
Good news: this isn’t necessarily true. Providing the shot-taker has decent shooting and power stats, a well-timed and connected long shot can be a consistent way of finding the back of the net.
7. Practice Set-Pieces
Starting with Fifa 20, EA revamped the way free kick and penalty set-pieces were taken. Both now require more precise timings, though they also have more options when it comes to setting up a routine and finding the back of the net when performed well.
Take the time to rehearse set-pieces in the Arena or through Kick-Off modes before heading into competitive matches to stand a better chance of taking advantage of these opportunities.
6. Chipped Finishes Against Charging Goalies
Chipped finishes were, historically, always one of the hardest types of shots to pull off in Fifa, and were usually reserved for compilation reels or those ‘wacky moments with friends’ sorts of goals. However, now, they are just as viable to perform even in competitive matches with relatively low risk, if performed at the right time.
When baring down on goal, if a goalkeeper suddenly comes rushing off their line, a chipped finish is usually the go-to option to guarantee the best odds of making sure the ball ends up in the back of the net.
5. Go Across Goal
Fifa 22’s goalkeepers were noticeably harder to beat when trying orthodox shots, however, one shooting tip we discovered throughout the game was that they didn’t seem as strong reaching attempts that went across them.
When in a position to shoot, aim the analog stick in the furthest corner away from the keeper and time a powerful shot to cramp them up and drill the ball past where they’re able to reach.
4. Patience Is Key
One of the most crucial parts of attacking players should always keep in mind is that, whenever you’re in possession, you’re the one dictating the pace of the play. This is especially true when you make your way up the pitch and edge closer to the opponent’s goal.
The risk to the defending side grows the closer to the goal you get, so the time margin you have to play with is always a little bit more than what you think, especially in a meta like Fifa 22’s that prioritizes gradual build-up play. Always take the time to assess the position of your attackers, and who is in the best spot to score.
3. Stop Sprinting Before Shooting
In Fifa, sprinting is used to make yards up the pitch quickly and evade defenders, however, it comes with the drawback of being less in control of the ball. This is also true for shooting, so it’s always well worth making sure your player is in full control of the ball when attempting to take a touch first time by ensuring they’re not going like the clappers when they receive it.
2. Finesse Into Space
Finesse shots (holding RB or R1 + shoot button) can be a great way of curling the ball past a keeper and into the space of the goal they cannot reach.
One thing to always bear in mind when it comes to finesse shots is the position of the attacker, what their preferred foot to use is, and whether they have any special shooting traits in their stats.
1. Don’t Be Afraid To Sweat
Finally, grinding Fifa can be a grueling and stacked experience. Over the years, ‘sweaty’ goals like cutting the ball across to another attacker so they have an open goal rather than a 1-on-1 have garnered an infamous reputation with the player base. But, they are still the number one way of guaranteeing you score more often than you miss.
If you want to climb the ranks and rack up the goals, don’t be afraid to be ruthless when it comes to sweating goals against opponents.
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