Here are four effective moves players can use to make enough space for a shot on goal under pressure.
In really close games, good gamers usually find that their attacking players are under constant pressure from defenders, who are looking for even the smallest opportunity to dart in and nick the ball or block a shot. That’s exactly the best time to use the Push Back move to quickly create the space.
To Push Back, gamers need to nudge the ball back in more or less the direction it came from with their first touch, and then use just enough power to get it away from the nearby defender and out of their feet so they can shoot with their second touch. There’s no turning involved so it needs players to be front, side on or somewhere in between to the goal when they receive the ball, then it’s just a case of running into the pass and hopefully going past the defender.
If trying a first-time shot with a defender, gamers can close by to create a really good chance for blocking the strike. By pushing the ball back to where it came from gamers can move away from the defender, who is facing them rather than the ball so will find it tough to accelerate in time to keep up, and create enough space for an effort on goal.
Weak Foot Turn
Unpredictability is key to all four of the moves here. If the defending player can’t read what its opponent is about to do then a much higher chance of success came. Importantly, gamers need to disguise intentions as best they can when in the final stages of an attack.
The Weak Foot Turn technique takes this a step further because gamers intentionally make it appear to be very predictable, before throwing the surprise in right at the end.
For example, gamers are just about to move inside the opponent’s penalty area having the ball with Robin Van Persie. There’s a defender or two closes by tracking their run. When turning to Van Persie’s left side and accelerate to the ball, everything is about gamers’ approach and shape screams that they’re going to shoot. The defending player – who will probably know that RVP is left footed – reacts by moving to block or tackle, then at the very last moment just turn back on to Van Persie’s right foot and let rip with a shot on goal. Thus, gamers can make their next move appear to be predictable, before hopefully catching the defender out with the last-minute turn on to their weaker foot.
Fake Shoot Stop and Go
The first part of this move is the same as the Weak Foot Turn since gamers go through almost all of the motions of taking the shot – this time to the point when players swing their leg back before striking the ball – but it differs in that they don’t have to beat the defender by turning on to their weaker side. Instead, gamers should fake the shot and stop completely for a split second, just long enough for the defender’s own momentum to create some space, then players just burst into it and shoot with their second touch.
Because the opposition player is anticipating the shot, opponents will be trying to tackle or block as quickly as possible, often with the sprint button held down. So the brief delay is usually enough to send them pass by, creating the space gamers need to shoot before they can recover.
In such case, gamers should power up a shot then press the short pass button as the meter fills and release the left stick. Then their player will stop. It’s best time to hold sprint and push the ball away to set up the strike.
Finally to use the Heel Chop skill move to create space in very crowded penalty areas.
It’s a four star move and there are a couple of ways to do it. But the easiest one is to hold LT or L2 while doing a fake shot move – so powering up a shot and cancelling with the short pass button – while pointing the left stick in the direction gamers want to chop.
It works even better when moving at speed and the defending players are being drawn towards, attempting to prevent a shot. Once chopping the ball left or right it’s very tough for a defender to react in time to change their run path, which gives gamers the space to get the shot away. End up with the ball on player’s strongest side if possible but, like the Weak Foot Turn will be the best at this time.