drpoplove FIFA 18 Academy Part 1 - 5 "Beginner" Tips You Need To Know/Remember
Hey comrades, my FIFA Academy is back! Last year, it was kind of a spontaneous thing I wanted to try and it kind of blew up big, so this year I’m coming in super prepared ahead of time. There will be dozens of lessons this year, and I’m aiming to get them all done by the end of November. Past that, I’ll be chiming in with the odd guide and tutorial as the meta evolves.
As always, each one of these posts has a video component to it, you can find them on my YouTube channel (drpoplove). The next one will be on the new defending mechanics.
Anyway, let’s get started with some “basics” that you need to know. If you’re a long time player, you’ll want to remind yourself with these tips as you enter the new game with a starter team that can’t perform as well as your old TOTS team.
There will be more “advanced” tutorials as the guide progresses. Some will be super long and some will be super short, I’ll try to alternate between the two.
Keep The Ball Moving
You can always spot a FIFA rookie by how they attack. They either rush forward with just a couple of passes, or they take too long to move the ball around.
You should into the habit of constantly passing the ball, even if you’re not fully confident in your attacking abilities.
Moving the ball creates space on the pitch. It forces players to get into new positions, which means it forces your enemy to switch players, cut off new routes, mark various players, etc. The more actions you make the enemy defender take, the more likely they’ll be to make a mistake.
If you’re ever unsure of what to do in the first 2 thirds of the pitch, simply pass the ball to an open player. Even if you pass backwards or sideways, it’s much better than standing still. The longer you take with your ball movement, the easier it is for the enemy to set up and wreck your shit, counter you, and then dab your face into oblivion whilst spinning thirty seven thousand fidget spinners.
Don’t Sprint Unless You Have Space For It Or Because You Have To
Sprinting fucks you up. Not only will your touches be delayed because you push the ball forward, but it’s harder to be accurate with your passing, shooting, and movement. You’ll be a prime target for an easy tackle, you’ll lose the ball, and you’ll cry when the enemy scores an easy goal on you (and dabs).
So don’t sprint unless you have space to sprint into, or if you need to catch up while you’re defending.
Avoid sprinting in through the central areas of the pitch when they’re crowded, especially if you’re player doesn’t have great ball control. It’ll be super easy to take the ball off you, and losing the ball on the run like that will result in a swift counter attack by the enemy.
Sprinting is great when you can take a few touches into space, and this happens most commonly on the wings by default. Sprinting is also great if you spot a solid attacking run from your player and do a through ball to them.
If you can wire your brain to think of sprinting as a luxury mechanic, you’ll become more mobile in attack and less predictable. And then you can be the one dabbing in the end :P
Don’t Blindly Charge Forward
Not every attack leads to a goal, so do your best to resist the urge to get the ball as far up the pitch as possible, in the shortest amount of time.
Unless you’re countering or exploiting a mistake, blindly charging forward is the best way to run out of players and lose possession of the ball. Remember to keep the ball moving, even if it’s laterally or backwards. In fact, sometimes you need to pass backwards to give time and room for other players to move into good attacking positions.
If you find that your attacks are ending quickly with just 3 - 5 passes, you’re probably charging forward too much, with no regard for human life. Although FIFA is much faster than real football, you still need to use your midfielders to move the ball around and control the match.
Speaking of control… that brings us to our next point!
Use Possession And Patience To Control The Game
You’re not guaranteed to win the game if you have more possession, but you sure as hell decrease the likelihood of getting scored on.
If you find that your enemy is better than you or playing a very fast paced style, slow the tempo down and focus on retaining the ball. If you usually make 10 passes in a typical attack, go ahead and make 20. The longer you hold onto the ball in a continuous period, the more antsy the enemy becomes. And if you’ve got ants in your pants, you’re more likely to make a mistake.
Always remember: the enemy cannot score on you if they don’t have the ball. You should consider possession as your first line of defence even.
However, this doesn’t mean you can just pass the ball around your back 4 and expect great results. Far from it. You have to keep the ball moving around the final 2 thirds of the pitch and probe the as much as you can.
If you can get them to lose focus or break down mentally, you’ll have an easy win.
Don’t Spam Tackling, You’ll Get Punished
Mistiming a tackle is one of the easiest ways to get scored on. You should tackle the ball carrier only if you’re 100% certain that you’ll get the ball, or if you need to extend your reach.
Otherwise, simply positioning your player into the path of the attacker is more than enough.
It’s similar to defending in real life in the sense that positioning is usually better than going for a tackle. Guys like Maldini and Ferdinand would rarely make tackles because their positioning was so good.
Make no mistake though, I’m not saying you should avoid tackling altogether. There will be plenty of times you’ll absolutely need to stop a player in or around your box. Just remember, tackle when you’re sure or when there’s no other option.
The next tutorial will cover the new defending in FIFA 18.
Alright, let’s call it a day here with the “basic” tips. I hope they’ve been helpful if you’re new, or have served as a good reminder if you’re a veteran!
The next guide is coming in a day or two. We’ll be covering virtually every aspect of the gameplay, including shooting, free kicks, skill moves, crossing, best formations, custom tactics, shielding, etc. I can’t wait to see how the meta evolves for FIFA 18, the start is always so much fun when you get to experiment with everything.
Thanks for checking out this post, again, the video portion is available on my channel.
If you have any topics you’d want to see covered, let me know in the comments so I can prioritize them. Of course, some topics will have to wait until the full game is out, because we won’t be able to test most things against the CPU in a short demo.
Edit: couple people wondering if you can really do tutorials just based on a demo. Here's my response pasted from the comments:
The demo tutorials are focused around core competencies of gameplay, general tips, and explaining the mechanics. So to answer your question directly- yes. The types of tutorials that you [you as in the person looking for high level meta FUT tips] seem like you might prefer will come later as the meta evolves. You'll notice all of my guides at the start will never make sweeping generalizations or claim to have the "OP" thing.
You forgot to mention to listen to FUT FM .... smh
I'm only allowed to "promote" as much as this post does, gotta stay within the rules. But maybe you can tell me all about this FUT FM, Japes :D
The demo tutorials are focused around core competencies of gameplay, general tips, and explaining the mechanics. So to answer your question directly- yes. The types of tutorials that you seem like you might prefer will come later as the meta evolves. You'll notice all of my guides at the start will never make sweeping generalizations or claim to have the "OP" thing.
Hey Doc, I've always appreciated your efforts. Bringing your own content to the community, but can you really give tutorials based on a demo?
We all know EA well enough by now that they can still change things before the release
Don’t Blindly Charge Forward - this happens to me a lot. Sometimes I just "wake up" and realize that I'm just trying to go forward, instead of creating spaces sending passes.
I'm still working with the brain-wired thing about going forward automatically. Same for sprinting.
Ahhhh ok cool, I'm on desktop and it shows differently in Chrome. Either way, awesome!
Well... he just did, and it's all relevant
You're right that the meta changes, but don't worry, the Academy series will evolve as the meta evolves! And hey, maybe this year is finally the year they don't patch it in the way you described (lol).