A Guide On How To Get Better At FIFA 23

You don’t need an introduction to FIFA 23. You love the EA Sports game (or at least loved it more in the past) and you can agree that the game is a lot of fun…until you feel like you’ve hit a wall.

This is especially visible if you are struggling to climb up the tiers in Ultimate Team or seem to never level up on difficulty on Career Mode.

If you are struggling to get better at FIFA, you are not alone. Many gamers hit a wall at some point and feel like their skills level is not improving. But the good news is that with some effort and dedication, you can increase your skills and become a better FIFA player.

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To help you out, we have put together a comprehensive guide that covers everything you need to know about getting better at FIFA 23, from understanding the game mechanics to practicing different strategies and techniques.

We’ve split up this guide into two parts: one for beginners who are struggling to get used to the game and one for advanced players who want to level up that extra bit.

For The Beginners: The Game Mechanics

This Sounds Cliché But It’s True

The phrase “practice makes perfect” still applies to this game.

To get better at FIFA 23, you need to play the game regularly and consistently. As we’ll explain later in this guide, you’ll want to try out the different game modes just to get the hang of them.

Playing more games will help you understand the different moves, techniques, and controls, giving you an edge over your opponents.

Starting off at the practice arena or doing some skill games or Career Mode games can be the space you need to start honing in on your skills. Courtesy of Gamers Academy

“Experience is key in FIFA, but without practicing you’ll never get better. What really sets the best FIFA players apart is their ability to make quick decisions and their excellent execution, and this only comes from hours of practice on and off the field. If you really want to be one of the best, you have to be dedicated and put in the work.”

– Ryan Pessoa, 2020 ePremier League Champion

Learn the Controls

Mastering the controls is fundamental to play FIFA 23 with the most optimal results. If you’re new to the game, stop for a second and literally look for the button help in the settings. Try different control layouts to find what works best for you, and practice consistently till you can execute movements quickly and efficiently.

This will differ for both the XBOX Series X and the PlayStation 5, though they both really cover the same idea since they’re similar controllers.

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Understand the Game Modes

FIFA 23 has several game modes, and each mode is different from the other in terms of gameplay, objectives, and difficulty. You should familiarize yourself with the different game modes and game rules as they can affect your strategies and approach to the game. Once you understand the different game modes, you can tailor your gameplay to suit each mode and improve your chances of winning.

Here’s a list of them from EarlyGame. They go much more into depth as to how they work so definitely check it out if you’re interested in learning more about them.

Tactics and Strategies

One of the hallmarks of a good FIFA player is the ability to adapt and adjust to different gameplay scenarios. The best players are those who can think on their feet, make informed decisions, and react quickly to changing situations. Here are some tips to help you improve your tactics and strategies:

Learn Different Formations

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FIFA 23 offers a wide range of formation options, each with its strengths and weaknesses. To be able to leverage them effectively, you should learn different formations and understand when to use each one. Through experimentation, you can master different formations, including the 4-3-3, 4-4-2, 3-5-2, and others, and use them to your advantage.

Here, we’re going to give you guidance into each of these formations with a simple overview, how it affects your offense and defense, as well as the key figures for each formation.

4-4-2 Formation

The 4-4-2 formation is a classic and balanced formation that emphasizes teamwork and compactness. It is best suited for teams that like to play direct football, and it’s a great formation to use when trying to keep a lead or when facing a weaker opponent.

4-3-3 Formation

The 4-3-3 formation is an attacking formation that relies heavily on wingers and a mobile “false nine” striker. It’s a great formation for teams with strong and speedy wingers who can create chances for the striker.

3-4-3 Formation

The 3-4-3 formation is a very attacking formation that focuses on maintaining possession and creating goalscoring opportunities. It is best for teams with quick and creative attacking players.

5-3-2 Formation

The 5-3-2 formation, also known as the 3-5-2 formation, is a defensive formation that is typically used when playing against a team with strong attacking players.

Offense: The 5-3-2 formation emphasizes quick transitions, with the wingbacks and central midfielders providing support for the two strikers.

Defense: The five at the back should be able to maintain a solid defensive line, while the three central midfielders provide support.

Important Figures: A solid central defense, two good strikers, and a reliable defensive midfielder.

4-2-3-1 Formation

The 4-2-3-1 formation is a versatile formation that can be used for both attacking and defending. It is a great formation to use when facing a team with strong central midfielders.

In addition, you can use variations of the same formation. One example is 4-3-3 (3), which is can allow you to enter ultra attacking mode and give you consistent time in the opponent’s final third if you leverage it correctly.

Overall, the choice of formation depends on the team and the style of play. Just play a few games on Ultimate Team (or whatever your mode of preference may be) and

Study Your Opponent

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One of the best ways to improve your tactics and strategies is by studying your opponent. Watch replays of your opponents’ previous games to identify their weaknesses and strengths. Knowing their style of gameplay can help you anticipate their moves and counter them.

This may sound like some run of the mill, psychology cliché, but it really does have an application to FIFA as well. Take it from FIFA Interactive World Cup Champion Spencer Ealing.

“FIFA is not just about reflexes, it’s about strategy. You need to analyze your opponent’s play style and adapt to it. You have to be able to mix things up and create different game plans. I always try to stay one step ahead of my opponent, and that means being prepared for anything. Practice is important, but strategy is what sets you apart from the rest.”

– Spencer Ealing, FIFA Interactive World Cup Champion

Playing FIFA 23 can almost feel like a game of chess. Invest the time and look for patterns. See if you can get good at predicting their next move and if you can think ahead of the game, it’s going to serve you massively in the game.

Advanced Techniques (For Pros)

If you want to elevate your FIFA game and become a top player, you need to master advanced techniques and skills. These include:

Skill Moves

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Skill moves are an essential part of FIFA 23 gameplay. These are the moves that allow you to outmaneuver the opposition and create scoring opportunities. Just like this guide, we’ve split this section up in two for those just learning about skill moves or those who really want to get Brazilian levels of spicy with the ball.

Beginner’s Tip: Start With Simple Skill Moves!

We now come to an earlier point in the matter of not using flashy skills. Instead, concentrate on simple and subtle actions like ball rolls and fake shot. They have high-efficiency moves which can be done quickly and effectively, and with little effort. Obviously these moves require a lot of effort and time practicing and you’ll have to test them first before you know what they are working.

1. Body Feint (3 Stars)

2. Ball Roll (2 Stars)

3. Fake Shot (2 Stars)

4. Stepover (3 Stars)

5. Drag Back (2 Stars)

Advanced Tip: With Mastery, Get Them Spinning

1. Elastico (4 Stars)

2. Scoop Turn (5 Stars)

3. McGeady Spin (4 Stars)

4. Hocus Pocus (5 Stars)

5. Heel to Heel Flick (5 Stars)

Set-Piece Techniques

To be effective in set-pieces like corner kicks, free kicks, and penalties, you need to understand different techniques for each scenario.

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Free Kicks

There are several ways to take free kicks in FIFA, depending on the position and distance from the goal. The two most common techniques are:

It’s critical to practice your timing and accuracy to ensure precision with the ball. Experiment with both power and curve kicks to see which work best for different situations.

Corner Kicks

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To be effective at corner kicks, practice your timing and accuracy, and choose the right technique for the situation. Analyze the opponent’s defense and always aim for open areas where your players can reach the ball.

Penalties

Penalties can be a tense and decisive moment in FIFA 23 matches. There are two main techniques to execute a penalty:

To become good at taking penalties in FIFA 23, practice your timing and accuracy. Pay close attention to the goalkeeper’s movements and aim for open areas of the goal. Try to mix up your approach to keep your opponent guessing.

Custom Tactics

Custom tactics allow you to create a playing style that suits your gameplay. You can use custom tactics to set your team up to play a particular game and adjust your playing style based on the given circumstance. Take some time to experiment with different custom tactics to find the one that works for you.

Attacking Tactics

Defensive Tactics

Playing FIFA 23 Like A Pro Takes Time

In conclusion, getting better at FIFA 23 requires a combination of effort, dedication, and patience. You should practice regularly, understand the game mechanics, and work on improving your tactics, strategy and techniques.

Learn these skills and practices these techniques. Then, with my personal blessing, go forth and destroy your opponents.

OK, maybe not by that much. Courtesy of Dream Team

If you want to learn more about how to get that edge over your opponents in FIFA, feel free to check out our FIFA coaching session or even consider joining our free AI match analyzer, both of whom will give you the feedback you need to get better at FIFA 23.

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