Guide to Playing Defense in FIFA 16

With all of the reworked abilities on the offensive end in this year’s FIFA, you need to be on your game on defense. Here is everything you need to know to keep your opponents from scoring in FIFA 16.

The most important aspect of defending in FIFA is the jockey function. Holding L2/LT puts your defender in a jockey position. He will remain square to the attacker, and will automatically lock onto the ball if the attacker comes too close. Using this function is best when it is not safe to perform a tackle. It allows players to contain the offense and keep everything in front of them. Activating the jockey movement instantly makes the defender more aggressive, and puts him in better position to make a play. Failure to utilize this technique will lead to defensive positioning that is easily defeated by highly skilled forwards and midfielders. Use circle or B to perform a standing tackle to take possession once the time is right.

When in doubt, attack from the back. Having the defense back is what it’s all about. If a team is utilizing a counter-attack, manually select defenders who are late getting back, and hustle back to support. Allowing the new and improved defender AI to deal with fast-moving attacks will let you attack defensively from behind the play. This additional support will pester offensive players, as defenders will harass from multiple angles.

One of the best new defensive features is the ability to get out of a slide tackle. Slide tackles have always been dangerous plays, as one slip can lead to either a penalty or pulling the defender out of position. Now if you activate a poorly executed slide tackle, press the slide tackle button again and the defender will stick a foot in the ground, then pop back up to stay in the play. When utilized correctly, this can be used to avoid big mistakes and precious lost time on the field.

If you feel you need some extra support on defense (for instance, you have a one goal lead late in the game), hit left on the d-pad. This will change the mentality of your team to Defensive. This mentality change will improve the defensive alignment of your team, allowing forwards and midfielders to offer support while staying in good formations. There are multiple levels of defensive mentality, so choose whichever level is best for the situation in a particular match.

When defending a long pass, use B on Xbox or circle on PlayStation to gain position by pushing your opponent off his line to receive the pass. This is extremely effective for breaking up long through-balls and stopping breakaways before they can happen.

To close a big gap in your defense, or to double team a highly skilled player, call for an extra man with R1/RB. While often useful, there is a high risk of getting out of position if an opponent is good enough at passing to exploit the open area left by the defender coming in to double. Timing is critical when using this tactic.

Now you are ready to take on the best players in football. Defend with confidence, and remember to trust your AI comrades more than you ever have, as they have been specifically redesigned to recognize trouble before it arises.

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