FIFA 14 Defending Hints & Tips: Slide Tackles

By liku Date: Oct 16 2013 Views:


Slide tackling on FIFA 14 is all about timing and not over doing it. Yes, it's nice to be able to stick a foot in or try "leave one" on the attacker who keeps skinning you but if you dive in regularly against a half decent player then they will be able to pick you off at ease. The worst type of player to jump into slide tackles with is skillers. These types of players look to frustrate and embarrass opposition so they start to dive into tackles using the slide tackle and this is where they are at their mo st dangerous so whatever you do.......stay composed, stick to these defensive tips you are about to read through and skillers will be nowhere near as effective against you.

Never tackle from behind

Unless you want to run the risk of seeing a red card then refr ain from slide tackling from behind. This is the tackle that most likely will see you getting a player sent from the field of play. Rarely will your player be sent - off if you slide in from the front or the side of the player you are attempting to tackle. The number of players who have been sent off against me by sliding in when my attacker is receiving the ball on the halfway with his back to goal is ridiculous. Why people are diving in trying to win the ball back that far from goal is beyond me?! Simply, don't do it.

Patience is key

When you're weighing up whether a slide tackle you need to choose the correct moment. This will come more second nature the more you play the game. Running alongside a player is a good time to try win the ball, make sure you a re level with the player or ideally just in front of him before sliding in. When an attacker is running with the ball sliding from the front is the best way to win the ball without risking a caution or worse, a red. A great way to be patient is to contain/ jockey your opponent and then quickly let you of the corresponding button and then quickly launch into the slide tackle. Your opponent won't be expecting this.

Don't commit when 1v1 or 1v2

If you are in a 1v1 or worse, a 2v1 situation against you then the worst thing you can do is dive into a slide tackle. The best thing to do is jockey, close off the angle to the goal and try force the player to slow down or into a wide area so your teammates can get back to help you out. If you try a slide tackle here and miss your opponent is highly likely to take advantage and score.

Use strong tacklers only

There is little point launching into tackles with players with low tackling stats. I'll use my current FUT team as an example. I know the stronger tacklers in my tea m are Tiote, Ashley Cole, Kaboul among a few others. The midfield flair players such as Mata have low tackling and strength stats so I rarely ev er slide tackle with these type s of players. Even if you do win the ball more than likely the tackle won't have enough force and the opposition will still pick up the ball.

Reward vs Risk

This is a question I often ask myself. Especially when I'm ‘Any' on Pro Clubs. More often than not the risk of sliding in and possibly missing the tackle is heavily outweighed by t he fact that there is a fairly big chance I won't be rewarded with possession of the ball. The reason I am more cautious of sliding in when playing pro clubs is because the VP players are quicker and obviously controlled by humans which means they are like ly to be closer to each other so even if you do win the ball cleanly there is a high chance one of their other VP human controlled players will pick up the loose bal

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