FIFA Crossing tutorial
In FIFA 17 crossing is the same as other FIFAs. The only real difference each year is how easy it is to score from it. In FIFA 17 it is easier to score near post headers with a strong striker good at heading. When challeneged more centrally it is more 50-50. How to cross in FIFA hasn’t changed. Our FIFA crossing tutorial will help you learn and improve.
There are a few ways to cross, near post, far post and high and low. You need to know how and when to use each. You can also do an early cross which is very effective holding LB on xbox or L1 on playstation. Make a not of each players crossing stat and traits too. This helps a lot!
How to cross in FIFA 17
Hold the left stick for direction before pressing cross button, as soon as cross button is being pressed the left stick becomes after touch. So just before kicking if playing left to right crossing upwards hold left stick top left and you will be pulling ball back to edge of area. Top right will be close to goal and straight up with stick will be around penalty area. Try letting go of left stick when releasing cross button so no aftertouch is added. Slight curve will happen naturally anyway.
If your player is facing the touchline when crossing should be quite a good cross. Any slight angle facing towards goal for perfect cross. Facing the penalty area good cross.
With passing power assistance set to on and semi or assisted crossing set – double tap (near post lower cross) triple tap ( fast ground cross) and normal one tap cross become confused by how long you hold the button and where the strikers are. The computer can’t work out where you are actually wanting to put the ball so locks onto the one it thinks best regardless. Even worse if still holding left stick when pressing cross as aftertouch bends it away often. With passing power assistance off all of your passes and crosses go as far as you want them to. So when crossing holding it 3/4 will always be a deep cross. 1/4 near post etc. Regardless of where strikers are. Same for corners. However this also affects your normal passes. Suddenly they might not reach your players in general play as you are controlling the power more. Thru balls are affected etc, gives you more control.
When the striker is close to goal they have less room to manoeuver and get power onto the ball as it is dropped straight onto them. This works well for crosses across goal from the edge of the 6 yard box which will leave the keeper stranded as you cushion the ball into an empty net. However when crossing the ball from out wide you will have a better chance of converting the header if you release the ball earlier so that the defenders have less time to position themselves and the attacker is running onto the ball. One key thing to look out for on crossing is looking for the attacker putting his arm out. Meaning he is ready for the cross. You should release it as soon as you see this. If he does this early use the early cross method holding LB or L1.
If the defender is blocking the early cross, consider turning back. Stopping completely or fake shot works well. You can then play it in with the other foot, or turn to run again. Often curling the ball in towards the goal is more effective than the cross near the line away from goal. It is a game of cat and mouse as a winger to create the space to cross. You can try skills or pace or be clever.
Sometimes you can use lobbed through ball rather than the cross. This only seems to work well if your player is right on the line close to the goal. He then lobs it to the back post over the keeper ready for the striker to tap in.