FIFA 16 Guide: Play the Wings if in Doubt

With teams more inclined to defend in depth, moving the ball through the centre of the pitch often necessitates patience and no small amount of finesse. If you can’tget the right kind of movement between the lines to create space in your opponent’s half, or would like to engineer a faster style of play, shift the focus to the wings.

If you can time them to match a burst forward by a winger or overlapping full-back, low but powerful through-balls (L1+Triangle button/LB+Y button) played close to the sidelines can set up an opportunity to deliver the ball into the box. It’s not particularly hard to lure AI-controlled full-backs out of position to clear a path, your mileage will vary against human opponents, though. We’ve heard word that many players are struggling to deal with crosses, so expect this to be the go-to strategy in online matches.

Teams that go narrow while defending (either temporarily, or as a chosen tactic) will be given a torrid time by players who favour wing play. If you have a suitably large TV and don’t mind the zoomed-out view, the “Co-op” camera (used here) can give you an edge over opponents who prefer the default perspective.