With season four of Fifa 22 dropping this week, we thought we would take a look at one of the most popular ways of scoring goals in the game this year: corners. Corners have been long ingrained in the Fifa series as some of the jammiest and glitch-heavy ways of notching up the scoreboard over the years, and Fifa 22 has certainly given this form of dead-ball delivery a noticeable buff with how good crossing feels at times.
With that in mind, here are some of Gamelevate’s best tips on how to defend corners in Fifa 22.
Be Aware Of The Short Corner Option
Short corners are a popular strategy for corners right across the Fifa skill spectrum, so knowing how to be aware of and counter them can be hugely important.
Immediately chasing after the man as he moves over to the corner flag is a common sight in the world of Fifa, however, that isn’t necessarily always the most optimal thing to be doing. It usually takes a defender a couple of seconds to react to a player moving towards the ball, and the better players will usually find a way of exploiting the space left behind by the near post.
Fifa 22 is still very much a game that rewards methodical and smart passing passages, so one of the best pieces of advice we can give players when it comes to defending the short corner is to keep your defensive block in order and ensure there are no easy gaps that are able to be played in behind.
Sign Players With Strong Heading
It sounds like an obvious tip, but there’s nothing more tilting in Fifa 22 than seeing a corner swing in and having your defender being completely dominated by an attacker.
Whether it’s in Career Mode or online with Ultimate Team, one of the best ways of keeping the headers out of your goal is by putting players in your team that has high heading stats.
On top of that, there are traits (specifically the ‘Power Header’ option) that help things even more. The Power Header trait gives defenders not only a more powerful header (surprise, surprise!), but will also increase the chances of them not being left in no man’s land as a support player for the short corner option.
Cover The Front Post
The front post is the nearest goal post to the corner where the set-piece is being taken, and abusing various glitches in this position has been incredibly popular in various Fifa editions over the years.
Whether it’s a case of playing the ball short or playing the aerial cross to hit the nearest attacker, one of the best tips we can give players looking to protect the front post is by flicking the right stick to quickly take control of the player nearest to the corner flag, and then manually move them to the near post.
Not only will this give so much more protection at the near post, but it will also allow players to have more cover in the box for any second balls put in the area.