How to defend crosses in FIFA
Make sure to check our video below on how to defend crosses in FIFA. It is the same in FIFA 17 as 16. All the points are described below but obviously helps to watch the video explaining in detail showing lots of footage.
First off try to stop the cross! Player 3 is running towards the ball as player 4 runs down the wing. He will collect the ball and then try to put the ball ahead of player 4. So the best thing to do with people who love crossing is put a player in the space ahead down the wing to block access.
We are controlling player 1 so to manually change to the defender number 2 we need to flick the right stick in that direction. Once we have control of player 2 we run him towards the corner flag filling that space. Then your opponent won’t try the through ball to the winger but might pass it to him. So you will end up with a player in front of him. Usually they will then cut inside so you change to the player inside by again flicking right stick towards him. If he still tries to run down the wing hold 2nd man press so your defender nearest corner flag jockeys him. If he cuts inside you now have control of the player to break down the play or next pass.
Win the header
STEP 1. Make sure controlling a player away from the area. Best one is closest to the crosser. If you think they are going to fake and cut inside hold 2nd man press and switch to the next closest player. Only do this if your defender inside does not have a striker to mark. So in the example above he has a man to mark and you should not switch to him.
STEP 2. When ball being crossed don’t press anything until the ball is dipping towards the two players. Then press the left stick the same direction the ball is going in away from the crosser and press shoot (don’t just tap it). IN the example above you would hold left stick up. Your defender will try to flick the ball behind him jumping into the striker. If more space he will just clear it out of the box.