FIFA 17: How to take free-kicks and other set-pieces like a pro

FIFA 17

FIFA 17’s revamped penalty, free-kick, corner and throw-in systems are hard to perfect. Here are the best ways to use them to your advantage

It was somewhat of a surprise when brand-new set-piece controls were unveiled with the release of FIFA 17. The merge of the series to the Frostbite engine appeared to signify the change, forcing us to learn how to become dead-ball specialists all over again.

It’s been over six months, but many players still find themselves wrestling with FIFA 17’s set-piece mechanics. If you’re one of them, here are a few ways to improve your skills.

Free-kicks

You can approach FIFA 17’s free-kicks in multiple ways, but we’re going to focus on two basic formulas - curved and driven. It’s best to opt for curved kicks when the dead-ball situation is just outside the box, while driven-type free-kicks are often reserved for long-range scenarios. For this guide, we recommend using right-footed players on the right side of the pitch, and vice versa for the left.

If you hope to achieve success with the curved kick, you’ll want to start by positioning the camera slightly to the outside of the goal. It’s often a good technique to position the post between the two wall players as shown below. Hit two-ish bars of power on the run-up and, simultaneously, push the analogue stick towards the goal, adding that all-important curve.

You’ll need to consider players with power for long-range shots. It’s still worth preparing the kick in a similar fashion as before, but this time, aim for around three bars of power. To make it a driven kick, hold LB/L1 on the run up. Push the analogue stick forward to add dip, or towards the goal to add curve.

Again, a range of factors come into play. The player you choose can have a dramatic effect on how successful the aforementioned techniques are, and you’ll learn to adapt to your favourite set-piece specialists in time. Ultimately, it’s all about practice.

Penalties

FIFA 17’s penalty system is arguably more intuitive than its predecessor, but initially proved a tough adjustment for some veterans of the series. It’s not as difficult as it seems - aim your placement with the left stick and pick your power, the latter of which is indicated by the bar at the bottom of the screen. You can also adjust your run-up in a variety of ways, including speed, stutter and stance.

It’s naturally harder to hit the top corner, but aiming for around two and a half bars is often your best bet

You only need to aim where you intend to shoot, with a 45-degree angle (top-right/top-left on the stick) equalling the corners of the net. Be aware that it’ll take some practice to find the sweet spot, so it’s worth practising your stick placement ahead of time.

In terms of power, low-placed shots only need just over one bar to maximise their effectiveness in many scenarios. It’s naturally harder to hit the top corner, but aiming for around two-and-a-half bars is often your best bet.

Keep in mind that a whole host of factors are at play. It’s always important to select your best penalty taker, activated by holding the RT/R2 button. Additionally, if you’re playing online (or local multiplayer), opposing keepers can sometimes guess where you’ll shoot based on your run-up. If you want to make it harder for them, aim as late as you can.

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