IGN has the best tips and tricks, strategies, and secrets you need to succeed in FIFA 19.
Whether you’re an experience FIFA player or not, we highly recommend that for the best possible Career Mode experience you increase your difficulty level to something outside of your comfort zone. Players often forget that cruising through Career Mode on an easy difficulty, racking up those wins, can quickly get old and doesn’t provide the challenge that Career Mode is built upon.
If you’re a somewhat active FIFA player or just a general gamer, Professional is a great level to start at, it isn’t too challenging but will definitely give you a run for your money.
As we have already mentioned, FIFA 19 has received a complete overhaul when it comes to tactics. Although tactics may have already been a part of the series in the past, FIFA 19 goes deeper than ever before with the all-new Dynamic Tactics.
With an all-new in-depth tactics customization option that is available both pre-match and during the game, players can watch firsthand as their team transforms on the field into their brand new – completely customizable – attack or defensive plan.
To make the most out of Dynamic Tactics though, always remember that you kick-off the match on Balanced. While balanced isn’t necessarily bad, there are a number of much better options available by using Left or Right on the D-Pad to access other tactics such as Ultra Defensive, Defensive, Attacking, and Ultra Attacking.
A great example of these tactics coming in handy, is when using tactics such as Ultra Defensive during the final minutes of a match that you are winning, in hopes of avoiding any potential goals by your opponent.
Always remember though, if the standard tactics are not suited to your team, simply create a completely custom game plan that is tailored just for your team in the tactics menu.
EditSlow It Down and Don’t Sprint Everywhere
A common mistake that many players make in FIFA is that they rely far too heavily on the sprint button. Not only does constantly sprinting eventually wear out your players, but you’ll also have every limited ball control and chances are you will likely lose possession while sprinting.
Simply slow it down and only sprint for those quick attacking plays.
One of the biggest advantages you can have when playing FIFA is knowing exactly who is on your team and what their biggest weaknesses and strengths are.
Is your striker left or right footed? Should they be shooting from a particular side of goal for the best results? Which of your defenders have the pace to keep up with opponents that manage to break through the defensive line? Does your player have the ability to consistently pull off technical moves without failing?
These are just some of the many questions that you need to know, as utilizing each of your team members to their fullest potential can completely change your playing style.
Playing Career Mode but not sure who you should pick up while on a budget? Well, you’ll be surprised to know that Wonderkids are the best investment when it comes to signing players in FIFA 19.
Aged between 17 to 21 years old, Wonderkids are the best up and coming young talent that havehuge potentials to reach the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, and even De Gea.
While it will take a few seasons to get their overall ratings up, the best thing about Wonderkids is that due to their low overall ratings, their transfer costs are usually very low and will barely make a dent in your budget, especially when playing a small club team that is limited on budget.
Watching people play FIFA on YouTube and Twitch may seem fairly obvious, but you will actually be surprised just how overlooked it can be.
With thousands of people around the world uploading their FIFA content on these platforms, many will often share their walkthroughs, guides, tips, and even gameplay.
So, if you’re still struggling to improve, try watching some of these videos, especially some of EA’s professional level FIFA eSport competitions and see if you can replicate some of their moves and strategies.
You may actually even be surprised at how much you can improve just by watching others play.
It is highly recommended that if you are utilizing tactical plans, ensure you have your quick tactics ready to use, especially given that countermeasures are vital to your team’s success in FIFA 19.
If you’re a wing player like me, you’ll know all too well the frustrations of often having an empty goal box with no players to cross the ball to. To combat this issue, press Up, Up on the d-pad and you’ll be able to bring in more players to box.
With the simple press of a few buttons, you can now bring in more players to the box, creating a number of new passing opportunities.
Goal side is often defined as being between the goal you are defending and the player you are marking and is one of the biggest mistakes players often make in-game and in real life that often ends up leading to a goal being scored.
By positioning yourself goal side you will make it even harder for your opponent to score, as they have you blocking their path to goal. Not only does this pressure the opponent, but the chances of defending a pass or cross to the box is significantly more likely.
When positioned correctly – no matter how terrible the player may be at defending – the attacker will always have difficulty trying to score when you are goal side.
While Standing Tackles are a great alternative to those dangerous slide tackles, they will still get you pulled up quite frequently and often carded. Along with these consequences though, diving in will often give up your players position – which can be a fatal mistake when using a defender – as it usually takes a few seconds for the player to recover and adjust from sticking their leg out.
Instead of risking your player’s position, don’t fall for their trap of rushing in for a tackle, rather stick it out and apply pressure on them by using Jockey (Hold L2 / LT).
This method is the most ideal for defending and will allow your player to use their body to cut off the space your opponent is trying to get to.
EditBe Patient and Hold Your Position While Defending
As tempting as it may be to switch to the nearest player and attack the opponent with the ball immediately, this is usually the biggest mistake players make when defending in FIFA.
Dragging a defender out of position is never an ideal move as it creates empty space behind you that the attacking opponents definitely won’t hesitate to take advantage of.
In situations where your opponents may be closing in on your defence, it is always best to use either a midfielder or winger to help defend the opponent. This allows your defensive line time to gather and act as a final barrier if the opponent breaks away from your first two lines of defence.
It’s important to remember that Forwards and Strikers need to be defending too, as they are your first line of defence, followed by your midfield. When your forwards and midfield are working together to defend, the chance of your opponent’s getting a shot on goal is greatly minimized.
By using L1 (PS4) and LB (Xbox) players can gain even more control over the ball, as Close Control enables you to keep the ball closer to your feet, making passes and through balls more effective and accurate than ever.
This particular mechanic is great for close quarter situations such as a crowded goal box, where you may be worried that you could lose the ball to your opponent.
Introduced this year in FIFA 19, players can now time their shots on goal with the all-new Timed Finishing mechanic. Set to introduce an all-new level of skill within the game, players can now achieve more power and accuracy on every shot, giving players a much higher chance of scoring on every shot at goal.
However, mastering this mechanic won’t be easy, so it is highly recommended that beginners only use the mechanic when the ball is coming onto the player. It’s worth remembering though, that using the standard shooting mechanic while dribbling is still very effective and should be used when not timing your shot.
It is also highly recommended that if you cannot perfect the timing of this new mechanic, you should always aim more towards a late shot, as it will in most cases simply count as a regular shot. Whereas, shooting early can often lead to missed balls and shots going way off target.
Playing down the wing is my go to playing style and one that I have managed to master over the years in FIFA. But, playing down the wing can often be quite tricky, especially when you’re faced with an opponent that is hot on your heels and blocking your cross into the box.
A great way to confuse your opponent though is to perform a fake pass (press square and then X), this will throw off your opponent and give you just enough time and space to complete your cross.
That’s right, corners are still broken in FIFA 19, making it a great opportunity to use them to your advantage. At the time of launch, the best method for using corners isn’t to cross it into the centre of the box, but rather call in a second player and have them either pass it around between your team members or to simply cross it into the box and utilize the new space that has just been created.
Although this may technically be a form of abusing EA’s poor system, there is no denying that in most cases – especially online – you will be faced with similar situations, so simply embrace it and learn how to successfully master the new corner taking system.
We get it, there is no better feeling than scoring a great goal, especially ones outside the box. But, they aren’t really a realistic option and will often fail, especially as goalkeepers are still very overpowered in FIFA 19.
It is also important that when you are shooting at goal, don’t try to score on those tough angled shots, as more often than not, you’ll fail. Simply take your time and wait for the best moment to shoot, as we promise that by using this tip, you’ll have much more luck on landing a superb goal.