The Best FIFA Soccer Tips and Tricks For Winning Matches
FIFA Soccer is the brand new entry in the FIFA Mobile franchise, released just a few days ago by the team at EA, offering all the awesome online multiplayer soccer matches, as well as the player card collecting and team managing aspects that we’ve all grown to know and love in the series. However, despite looking and feeling quite similar to its predecessors, FIFA Soccer has a number of improvements under the hood to enhance the game’s performance, as well as numerous additions to add more flair and immersion to matches.
Some of the new aspects present in this game include live commentators in several languages; audience cheers that change according to the events in the matches; a variety of camera angles for corner kicks, free kicks, goal kicks, and other situations, and several new stadiums, as well as customizable time and weather effects for the matches.
For many reasons, FIFA Soccer is designed to give the ultimate soccer gameplay experience on the mobile platform. However, if you’re looking to win your matches, then you’re going to need all the help you can get, which is where this guide comes in. Read on to learn a few awesome tips and tricks that will help you to outplay the competition and win as many matches as you can.
Focus on Improving Your Team’s OVR
One of the determining factors of whether you win or lose a match is the number of scoring opportunities you get. In Vs Attack mode, which is where you’ll probably spend most of your time. These scoring opportunities are assigned at the beginning of every match, with both teams having a set number of basic, good, and great chances of scoring, and also a chance for counter-attack scenarios.
These chances are determined by several factors, though the most important is always your team’s OVR score. The higher the gap between both teams in this stat, the more mismatched the chances of scoring—the team with the highest OVR will often have more great and good chances, while the team with the lowest OVR will have more basic chances or even counter-attack situations.
For this reason, one of the best things you can do to improve your odds of winning at the beginning is to increase your team’s OVR rating. Luckily, there are many simple ways to go about this, with the first being simply replacing your players with the lowest OVR for new players with higher and better stats. Of course, this is easier said than done, considering that some playing cards can be quite expensive, and the more you upgrade, the more expensive it’ll be to climb even higher. Nevertheless, this is one aspect of the game that you should view as a marathon, and not as a sprint—it’ll be some time before you actually complete your perfect formation, and that’s fine.
There are other ways to increase your OVR, such as by upgrading, leveling, and training your players. Feel free to check out our beginner’s guide for FIFA Soccer to learn more about this process, as well as about other basic aspects of the game. In fact, if you’re new to this series, we recommend starting by reading that guide instead of this one.
Play on PC With BlueStacks to Get the Best Controls and Performance
It goes without saying that, when it comes to games with action in real-time like FIFA Soccer, having a good performance and graphics are quite important for your success.
More than just for giving you a good experience with the game, having better image quality can make it easier to understand at a glance the events that are happening on the screen, not to mention that playing on a larger screen can also help in this regard. Moreover, playing with a good frame rate can also make it easier to keep up with your opponent, and also to perform tricky maneuvers with ease. The latter is particularly true since, if you suffer from lag or slowdowns from playing on a low-end phone, you might end up dropping inputs, missing shots, or losing entire matches, which can be frustrating, to say the least.
By playing FIFA Soccer on PC with BlueStacks, you can get the best experience in all aspects: The best image quality, gaming on your large computer monitor, and playing with the smoothest frame rate possible. Not to mention that you can actually play with a superior control scheme using your mouse and keyboard, or even your gamepad. In other words, if you want to enjoy your game to the fullest, we strongly suggest playing this soccer sim on BlueStacks.
Check out our BlueStacks setup guide for FIFA Soccer to learn how to install and play this awesome soccer sim on your PC, with the best performance, and with access to a wide variety of tools to further enhance your experience.
Passing Versus Stopping Versus Shooting
Oftentimes, scoring goals is achieved by making split-second decisions. Nevertheless, FIFA Soccer is not so much a skill-based game as it is an RPG, in the sense that, even if your execution is perfect, your players might still miss their shots and passes if their stats aren’t good enough. In this sense, knowing when to shoot versus when to pass, but also versus when to actually stop and gain control of the ball before doing either, is pivotal to your success.
In most cases, especially if you’re just starting and your players still aren’t very skilled or trained, it might be worth it to make a conscious effort and take things a bit slower. By this, we mean taking a few moments to actually stop the ball before passing, and trying to take shots from a straight angle or from a resting position, and not simply spamming passes and shots before your players actually have the ball in their possession, which can severely affect your accuracy and success.
Always try to remember that, despite looking very realistic, FIFA Soccer is just a game. And as a game, it has to abide by its numbers. In this sense, your characters can never be more successful than what their stats and traits allow. And by knowing these strengths and limitations, you’ll be able to create the most scoring opportunities, and then actually seal the deal by scoring plenty of goals.
Wait for the Right Moment to Tackle
When it comes to actually defend, it might be tempting to just hold down the “Sprint and Tackle” button to make your players automatically home to the enemy attacker and try to steal the ball. And while this strategy is valid for the most part, the tougher enemies might require having a bit of timing, especially when you’re defending at an awkward angle.
In the cases where your defenders are attacking at an angle, it might be better to try to anticipate your opponent’s move and defend towards where they’re going to move, rather than trying to home towards them, only to end up falling behind them entirely. This is true not only when defending at an angle, but also when the attacker is significantly faster than you. In fact, in most cases, it’s often much better to move preemptively than to blindly chase after your opponent.
In any case, only press the tackle button when you’re close enough to steal the ball, preferably when you’re in front of the attacking player to, at the very least, block their advance and force them to pass the ball.
Your Player’s Personal Traits are Important
Despite your stats always being front and center in your player’s details, there’s one last page in their personal pages that sheds some light on the things they can do best, their personal traits. From seemingly trivial data like their height, or stylish maneuvers such as their skill moves, this information can help you fine-tune any given player to a position where they will have the maximum impact.
Chief among these traits, however, are the ones near the bottom of the screen, which often shows something a player is good at, and also one of their weaknesses:
For instance, our Pulisic is an LW that’s prone to injuries, according to his traits, but who is also an experienced dribbler. This, combined with his near-perfect ambidexterity, makes him suited to his current position (LW), but you can also go the unorthodox route and assign him to the RW, or even in the CAM, and still get good results from him. Of course, these odd decisions would be only really valid or feasible if you absolutely don’t have anyone better for the other positions, while also having another player that is just as good, if not better, than Pulisic for the LW role.
Keep these personal traits in mind particularly for when you’re assigning your set pieces, as some players might have traits that favor them for taking free kicks, corner kicks, or other similar situations.
And with that, we close our tips and tricks for FIFA Soccer. We encourage you to install and play this game on PC with BlueStacks to get the best experience, and also to share your own tips and tricks in the comments below!