FIFA 14 TIPS HOW TO COUNTER HIGH PRESSURE
Football journalist and FIFA fan Darren Cross looks at what you can do to counter a high pressure tactic in online games…
High pressure is a very effective tactic both in real life and in the game when it’s used well, and over the years of playing FIFA I’ve lost many matches to opponents that were excellent at applying lots of pressure whenever I had the ball.
I felt rushed against very good pressers and would often end up either forcing a forward pass that wasn’t really on or trying an aimless hit-and-hope long ball, both of which almost always resulted in me losing possession. Constantly giving the ball away meant facing wave after wave of counter-attacks from my opponents, so it was difficult for me to get results.
But as the games went on I eventually worked out that the key to countering high pressure in FIFA was to keep the ball moving around the pitch while looking out for gaps opening up in my opponents’ teams, which would usually happen after fairly short periods of time because they were pressing the ball so aggressively and wandering out of position.
There are of course still plenty of times now when I get caught out by high pressure players, usually because I’ve made a poor decision, hit a bad pass or taken too long on the ball. But generally speaking I do a lot better against this kind of tactic than I used to, so in this week’s Backpage we’re going to look at some of the things that help me to keep the ball moving, avoid tackles, open up space and create better chances in attack.
If you’ve been struggling to counter high pressure players then I recommend giving these a go, as the tips here have certainly helped my game.