How to Build Attack in FIFA 13
If you want to win in FIFA 13 you need to learn how to build a smart attack. Attacking is more than just running around with your offense and pressing random buttons hoping the goalie fell asleep. It’s a skill of tearing apart your opponents defense, finding open space, attacking from every angle possible, counter attacking, being ready for every smallest chance and taking on these chances whenever you find them. You can easily spot one to two openings against your opponent, thus it is downright a must for you to know how to react in different situations during your game play.
Attacking comes in different sections, and these include:
- First touch
- Working space
- Making your teammates run
- Holding/Protecting the ball
- Passing (refer to passing page)
- Crossing (refer to crossing page)
- Shooting (refer to shooting page)
- Finishing (coming soon)
Unlike in FIFA 12, first touch in FIFA 13 allows the ball to bounce off the player causing you to lose control of the ball initially. You can try to control the first touch by pressing LB on Xbox or L1 on PS3 as you’re receiving the pass. Simply letting off the turbo button as you’re receiving the pass works more effectively rather than trapping the ball. Practice both and see what suits your style of play.
If you are a newbie in FIFA 13, trapping the ball is going to take some getting used to. This maneuver works much better with experience as you gain more precise ball control. When trapping the ball, press LT or L2 this will allow your player to cushion the ball by the foot or the chest depending on if the ball is in the air or in the ground at the time of first touch contact.
Spin move off the first touch on the ball is a very useful technique, especially when passing it to another player or running into available open space. To do this, as you are receiving the pass move the left stick in the direction you want the ball to go as it arrives. Your player will then control the ball and spin into that direction, and this will serve as his first touch. Making a small spins are easy to do for newbie players, and are very effective in creating space for a shot or a next pass.
Knock-on / Knock-forward
This is a very cool effective trick to create lots of scoring opportunities if practiced properly. If you are receiving a pass and you notice lots of open space in front of you then you don’t want to waste time with trapping the ball if no defender is there to pose a threat. Simply knock the ball forward into the available open space by tapping the right stick in that direction on your first touch. This is called the knock-on or knock forward trick. Move the right stick towards an open space in the field so that your player will knock the ball forward and begin sprinting into that direction. Moving the stick to that direction twice or thrice will make him knock the ball further. This move is good for pacey wingers who are looking for that open space to get a cross in. Also helps your strikers to beat their opponents and wind up a power shot on target.
Attacking Work Space
There are many tricks in which you can create space and move the ball towards goal. However, working space is more of a reactive move, as your actions will be decided by what your opponent is doing during the game and the opportunities that are presented to you.
Work space IQ does come after some experience. Common mistake people make with playing FIFA is to focus on trying too many different styles of attacking without noting how your opponent’s defense is reacting.
So the key to working the ball towards a goal is by testing the actions that you know first, so that you will see how your opponent reacts to that. After some time you will be able to predict your opponent’s movements, and from there you can spot the open spaces and exploit them. Use a 2-2 formula. Attack using your favorite strategy 2 times and observe the open spaces on the radar. Now next 2 attacks, you want to try your hardest to build attack same way but this time try to get the ball over to the open space you spotted earlier. Using this technique you will figure out your opponent a bit in the first half, now you have the whole 2nd half to try and counter their strengths and weaknesses.
If your opponent is playing under very high pressure, then your goal is to get the ball up field and create a working space because in this situation, his players are constantly surrounding you and ultimately reducing your time on the ball. This is different from a player who doesn’t track runs, as you can easily exploit his stand offs by doing a lot of lobbed through balls after a one two pass.
One important tip in utilizing your working space is by mixing different moves during your game play. While the method you’re currently using is effective, you have the tendency to be predictable and be defeated after a few games. Also, over time you will eventually have few different tactics that you are good at it and you can use them accordingly to match the skill/style of your opponents. Studying different attacking methods and knowing how your opponent’s players move will give you an advantage in the game because you know when their unguarded moments arise.
Making Your Teammates Run
When you pass the ball to your opponent’s side of the pitch, your teammates will rather stay nearby and for support. However, they will not add interfere with your game play, which makes them somewhat useless in helping you get a goal.
This is the time to send players into your working space in order to stretch a game play. This works best when you want to create a defense splitting run, as in this situation you allow them to take part of your goal. You can also send them to run into the space that they created by pulling the defenders away.
To send your players on a run, you should tap the left bumper. This will make a player close to you to go forward to where he is heading and run for a goal. When this move is done correctly, you can use this to make your players run past the opposing team before you make a pass to them in order to move the ball up the pitch. This tactic will also enable them to run in at the back of the defense, making them prepared to receive the ball towards goal.
One thing to remember when sending players on runs is that you don’t always have to pass the ball to them. The space they go to might get closed down, so it would be better for you to control the ball so that it will stay on the right hands until your team scores. Also, when going on a run, your players will keep going until they reach the offside, and there they will re-take their position to ensure that the ball is released right before the receiver is offside.
Holding or Protecting the Ball
To hold the ball is easy. Hold the left trigger to keep the ball then use the right trigger to shield it.
When a player is running towards you, the best way to keep the ball is to pass it away if there is an opportunity, or back away and try to distance from the rushing player. To do this move, make sure that your player is facing diagonally away or has his back turned from your opponent, then move in the direction away to avoid collision.
You can also use the slow dribble by holding the left bumper (LB/L1), to rotate in small angles. If your opponent is directly behind you, you must turn easily in any direction without making any tackle. However, if your opponent starts to try to press on one side, make sure that you go to the opposite side to avoid a tackle. Some opponents may slightly hold off and press you from a short distance. When faced with this situation, try turning slightly in one direction then go the opposite to get them confused.