With heading being a massively overpowered part of FIFA 14, getting your technique right on it is crucial. If you can master all the little tips and tricks we outline in this post, you should see it pay dividends straight away. The more you practice and the more you come back and refresh yourself with use of this article, the better results you will have over time. It is all about Practice, trying different things and finding the best way for you. Below we outline how to become the dream target man in FIFA 14.
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Finishing It Off
We are going to go through this article in reverse, starting off with the final piece if the jigsaw, sticking the ball in the net. We will discuss the movement, build up etc required later. Once the ball is crossed in and your man is winning his header it is crucial you get the right direction on the header. If you remember this simple rule it will increase your headed goals by at least 70%.
When the ball is crossed from the right it is important you finish in the right hand side of the goal, I.E head the ball back across the keeper. The same applies if the cross is from the left, you would head it back across goal into the left hand side. As the old saying goes, send it back from where it came.
This gives you an advantage because it means the goalkeeper will be tracking the flight of the cross, and have to change direction if he wants to react to the ball coming back across him. Couple this with heading the ball down and the keeper has to deal with stopping, changing direction and then diving down to the ball. This is far too much for most keepers to handle.
Our last tip for finishing it off is one that is not known by many FIFA players. The use of the finesse header. By holding in the finesse shot button when going for the header, it improves the leap of your player, and means he attacks the ball in a much more positive fashion, and times his jump more effectively. Now you may be thinking that putting finesse on a header will decrease its power, but if you use the tips above about placement, you won’t need it.
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Although this area covers a few different parts, we put them together because both are linked very closely. Firstly the build up will depend on the formation you have, but chances are if your looking to score with headers, you will have a formation with a full back and a wide midfielder or winger. The most crucial part of our strategy is getting in behind the the opposition. You can do this in a number of ways.
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The first, and possibly most difficult, is dribbling. Picking the ball up deep and using the speed of your full back or wide player to beat the full back and get the cross in. The next method is with a through ball from a central player. If you pick the ball up deep, usually your winger will run in behind the defensive line. If you can time your pass and use the lofted through ball it will get him in behind. The only problem with this is you are at the mercy of how good the first touch of your winger is. Without doubt the best way we found however is by using the give and go. This is all about exposing the opponents full back by running at him with either your full back or wide midfielder. Rather than taking him on though you pass it off to the nearest player while holding in the off the ball run button. This will cause the man who just passed it to continue his run, as the full back aimlessly follows the ball. Return the ball with a 1st time through ball and you should be in acres of space. All ready to execute our final piece of the puzzle…
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…providing the cross. Now depending on which method you used to beat the full back, the type of cross you will need can vary. We will start with if you beat him using dribbling.
If you have dribbled past the full back chances are he will be close to you when you cross, and you will be crossing while running at pace. This usually results in the cross being boomed to the far post, for a winger running in at a tight angle. Not the ideal place to score from. If this happens we suggest either bringing the ball down with the wide man, or using headed pass to get it back across goal. You can still pick out the striker though, it just requires the use of a drilled cross. This is achieved by double tapping the cross button. This will usually see the ball drilled near post so make sure as soon as the cross comes in, you are making a run with your striker to the near post. If you can get on the end of it the finish should be easy, as the joystick will already be positioned for the optimum back across the goal finish.
Crossing the ball with the give and go build up, or through ball build up is pretty much the same. This is because most times you have created space away from the full back, giving you a bit more time. This means you can slow down to improve accuracy if you wish. The best method we found though is to use the one tap cross method while on the run, the key part here is making sure you time the cross right. Chances are if you have gotten in behind the opponent using these two methods, your striker will be busting a gut to keep up with play, and by fluke, timing his run perfectly. The perfect time to cross is between one and three paces after you cross the line of the 18 yard box. This is not to say you go into the box, far from it, it’s just easier to use the line as a guide. Basically you are crossing the ball from quite deep. This method is so successful because the ball spends a long time in the air, meaning you striker attacks the ball from deep and at pace. His run will naturally take him ahead of, or in between, the two centre backs meaning he can jump usually unopposed. If you like seeing your headers powered into the goal, this method is the one for you.
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