5. Pick a Play Style- Will you be a defensive heavy team that enjoys punting the ball down field to quick Forwards? Or will you be a possession heavy team like Barcelona? Maybe you’ll be a little of both, but whichever play style suits you best is the play style to stick with. If you’re an excellent dribbler and can do many of the skill tricks, then attacking head on and passing often is a good thing. If however you aren’t a great dribbler, look to pass the ball around and set up a pass forward. Moving the ball around confusing the defense is key, and with a lot of online players taking the frantic defense method of going right after the ball, you should open up a big pass down field quickly. If you aren’t good at either of those, try to find a team that is very quick and will help you outrun everyone.
4. Choosing the Right Team- Not only does play style matter, but picking the right team matters. If you’re a person who enjoys sending the long ball but is full of slower players, you’ll waste a lot of opportunities. So follow this guideline when selecting a team to go play online:
- Long Ball/Quick Attack- A team such as Belgium who has highly rated midfielders in the through pass category, Czech Republic, France, and Portugal.
- Pass First- Austria is a good choice on International teams, as is Brazil. With Brazil’s speed and dribbling abilities they make a great option in almost any category. Chile also is a good option here, they also bring quality strikers from long-range. Also take a look at Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia are also good pass heavy teams.
- Speed Based Dribbling/Passing Teams- Cameroon is a solid option with a lot of speed, as is Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, England, Mexico, USA and the Netherlands are all solid teams here.
*I only used International teams as example due to the large number of available teams. Play around and pick your favorite. The best teams aren’t even the best to play as. I often choose the US Team due to the pass first, shoot often mentality.
3. Great Players Don’t Win Games, Great Teams Do- This mentality not only works for regular gameplay against the PC or Online, but it also works for FUT (FIFA Ultimate Team). Chemistry plays a large role in your team’s overall performance. Put 11 guys on a team that don’t have a similar play style and you’ll end up with sloppy teamwork and often miss easy opportunities. International teams tend to have less chemistry than club teams do, due in large to the amount of time together (this doesn’t play as big of a role in quick matches as it will in career mode or FUT).
2. Play the Skill Games, A lot- The greatest addition and addiction in this year’s FIFA is the new Skill Games. Not only are they fun, easy to play, and quick ways to pickup the game and play, but they are also a fantastic practice tool. Having a hard time scoring? Try the shooting skill games and learn to place the ball in the corners. Any of the basic skills you need to learn or master are available to practice in the skill games.
1. Practice in the Arena- The greatest tip I can offer any player in FIFA 13 is to use the Arena Mode frequently and often. You can learn everything you need to learn in this mode. If you’re struggling taking advantage of free kicks, corners, or even PK’s the Arena mode can become your greatest asset. You can also learn new dribble/skill moves here. This is the place to get every basic thing down and mastered, and once you’ve done that you’re surely going to dominate online and against the CPU.
These are the 5 steps I follow in finding success on FIFA. With a little work and practice you can easily win games online. Scoring becomes easy once you’ve figured out how to use the controls. Tapping the shot button while holding the Right Bumper or RB button will make scoring a piece of cake inside the box. Learning when to dribble and when to pass also helps. Playing defense is all about being patient and letting your opponent make a mistake. Just use your tactical defending, you’ll be ok as long as you do that.
But most importantly remember that like in any sport, PRACTICE is the key to finding success.
- FIFA 13: Total football, or an own goal? (thesun.co.uk)
- FIFA 13 vs Pro Evo 2013: Which Football Game Should You Get? (kotaku.com)
- ‘FIFA 13’ (ALL) Soundtrack Unveiled (worthplaying.com)