FIFA 21 Mastery: How To Consistently Score From Set-Pieces
Set-pieces can be a great way to consistently score goals if you use the right techniques.
One of the best ways to learn META set-piece techniques is to study the way pro players approach set-pieces.
If you watch pro streams or tournaments, you’ll notice that pro players always have a game plan for their free-kicks and corners – they don’t just churn them out randomly.
In a bid to give you a keen insight into how pro players take their set-pieces, we spoke to the #1 FIFA player in the world, FnaticTekkz.
Here’s a look at some of the tips he suggested;
Scoring Freekicks: The Three Man Run-Up
There’s a lot of margin for error when you take a direct free-kick. You could hit the bar, put too much power on the ball, or the goalkeeper could flat out make a save.
To reduce that margin for error, Tekkz likes to use a free-kick technique known as the three man run-up.
The three man run up is simple yet effective – if you perform it right, it can literally guarantee you a clear-cut chance to score a goal every single time you have a freekick.
To execute the three man run-up, you need to call two other players to stand alongside the main freekick taker, and you can do this by pressing L2/LT to call a player to stand on the left side of the ball, and R1/RB to call a player to stand on the right side.
The next step in the technique is to trigger a run with one of the players you called to stand alongside the freekick taker, and to do that, press L2/LT or R1/RB while performing a quick fake shot.
For instance, If you press L2/LT + a fake shot, the player on the left side will make a run, and if you press R1/RB + a fake shot, the player on the right will make a run.
When your preferred player is on a run, all you need to do is pass the ball to the player, and nine out of ten times, they’ll be in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper – at that point, all you’d need to do is pick a spot, and send the ball into the back of the net.
If you master this technique, you’ll be able to score nearly every freekick you attempt.
Tekkz has a special technique for increasing your odds of saving a penalty. Obviously, there’s no real way to save every penalty you face, but if you utilize Tekkz’s technique, you’ll probably find yourself saving way more than you currently do.
As you can see from the image above, Tekkz’s goalkeeper is positioned at the far left of the post, leaving the right side completely open.
Doing this might seem counter-productive, but in reality, it allows you to cover more ground and play a little mind game with your opponent.
If your opponent decides to shoot through the middle, and you dive to the right, you’ll be able to prevent the ball from going in.
If your opponent takes the bait and aims for the right side of the post, you’d also be able to save the ball by diving towards the right.
This technique essentially allows you to guard two areas of the post at the same time, thus reducing your chances of conceding a penalty.
The downside to this technique is, if your opponent aims the ball towards the extreme right-end of the post, you won’t be able to stop the ball from going in – but outside of that, it’s a pretty good technique.
Corner-kicks are all about percentages, and due to how random corners can be, you’d have a much higher chance of scoring from corners if you take them short as opposed to crossing the ball into the box.
Taking a short corner allows you to work your way into your opponent’s 18-yard-area to create a clear-cut goalscoring opportunity, instead of hoping for one of your players to randomly head the ball into the back of the net.
To take a corner short, all you have to do is press R1/RB to call a player to come towards the corner taker, and from there, you can proceed to work your way into the box.