How To Defend Against Corners
Being one of the most crucial part of defending, the corners can sometimes be where players concede the majority of their goals. This page will help you determine what you’re doing wrong and what best practices you can put into place to prevent them from happening each time.
Player Positioning For Heading
To cut the long story short, the basics that you need to learn from corners are mastering headers and clearing the danger from your penalty area. Sometimes choosing to press the shoot button helps, as it is more of an aggressive style of nodding the ball away. You must realise however, that in order to be extremely careful and on the cautious side of things, you must use the directional button to clearly header away from your goal, otherwise you’ll be scoring an own-goal.
As the title update has helped all-round with headers on FIFA 14, they’re a lot more realistic now and son’t contain any glitches or easy headers anymore. Try and get in front of the attacker and look at the shadow of the ball as that’s where nine times out of ten where it’s going to land on the pitch once out of mid-air. Highlighting your tallest and strongest centre back is obviously a great tactic to use in these situations.
When opting to bring the GK off of his line and to try and claim the ball from mid-air, there’s a couple of things that you’re going to need to take into account first. Firstly you need to look at his GK handling stats, and if they’re more than adequate, then that’s certainly a start. The second point that you need to take into consideration is the timing of the claim.
Take a second to look where the kicker has placed the lofted ball into your area, and if it’s reasonably close to your goalkeeper, then that’s the time to come and claim the ball. If it’s a back post cross or a looper, then it’s probably a good idea to just leave it to your defence to clear the danger. Putting a defender on the line is also a great tactic that not a lot of players choose to do.
Where one moment it was a chance for your opposition to attack, now turns into a chance for you to launch a counter-attack on your opponent. The way to master counter-attacks are to either have a big centre forward up front who can header the ball down to the attacking midfielder. This is a great way to get the move going as the ball has gone from one end of the pitch to the other in seconds.
If you don’t have a big guy up front, and you go with pacy strikers, then playing down the wings is the next best option. What you’re doing wrong though is you’ll be playing through balls or simple passes and the opposition will be tackling you and intercepting the ball every time.
The way around this is to play the ball onto the wing, then use the (protect the ball) feature which will stop the other player from nicking the ball off of you. Then you simply wait for support to arrive and play it to the supporting players feet until you have an advantage. This will not take long either as your players will start making bursting runs up the pitch once they’re aware that a counter-attack has been initiated.
For more information and tips on how to defend successfully on FIFA 14, check out our top defensive tips page and you’ll find all the details there.