Aside from all the usual additions of new top player ratings and potential wonderkids, set pieces have also been completely reworked in FIFA 17, which means free kicks, corners, penalties and throw ins all have completely new systems for you to get your head around. They're pretty unusual, too, with players having control over the exact position to aim the ball from corners for the first time, for example, and so they'll take some getting used to at first.
That being said, although they start out feeling a little unnatural, the more precise control also allows you to get far more out of your set plays, with one result in particular: goals.
FIFA 17 free kicks explained - how to perform knuckleball, trivela, power, curl, and dipping free kicks
Most of the previous FIFA's free kicks return againt this year - although there's also one new addition: the trivela. Essentially an ouside-foot shoot from a dead ball situation, the trivela allows you to bend the ball around the outside of the wall and into the near post top corner for the first time.
From experimenting, we've found YouTuber Krasi to have the most reliable methods for free kicks so far, which we detail below.
|Free kick type||Optimum Range||Strong foot side||Required attributes||Description|
|Curl free kick||Short (Under 25yards)||Right on right side of goal
Left on left side of goal
|High Curve||Aim around a metre outside of the near post. Two bars of power + push 45 degrees up and towards the goal on LS.|
|Dipping free kick||Short||Right on right
Left on left
|Aim between the heads of the two defenders on outside of the wall. 1-2 bars of power, point LS up.|
|Dummy pass free kick||Very Short||Either||Any||Call both players with L2+R1. Perform 'fake shot' skill move with X + Square / A + X. Press Through Ball button Triangle / Y and point LS at the runner they step over the ball.|
|Driven/under wall free kick||Short||Right on right
Left on left
|Aim at gap between outside wall player's legs with LS. Hold L1, load 1 bar of power, and push up on LS while doing so.|
|Trivela free kick||Short||Right on left
Left on right
|Use LS to aim for one metre outside of near post. Use RS to move your run up, in line with the ball, near post, and outside of wall. Load 2 bars of power, point LS 45 degrees up and towards goal.|
|Dipping power free kick||Long (Over 25yards)||Right on right
Left on left.
|High Power||Aim at gap between defenders on outside of wall with LS. Load 3-3.5 bars of power whilst holding L1 and pushing up on LS.|
|Knuckleball free kick||Long||Either||High Power||Aim for far side of goal with LS. Load 3 bars of power whilst holding L1, and aiming 45 degrees up and towards the goalkeeper's side with L1.|
|Power curl free kick||Long||Right on right
Left on left.
|Aim 2-3 metres outside of near post. Load 2.5-3.5 bars of power. Hold L1+Shoot and point 45 degrees up and towards goal with LS while doing so.|
|Power trivela free kick||Long||Left on right
Right on left.
|Move start position with RS to in line with ball, near post, and outside of wall. Then aim 2-3 metres outside of near post. Hold down L1 and load 2-3 bars of power and aim 45 degrees up and towards the centre of the goal.|
How to take corners in FIFA 17, best corner positions
Corners, like everything else, have been completely reworked in FIFA 17, and this time you have far more control over the ball's positioning - and indeed your players' - than every before.
Here's how to take corners, step by step:
- Select a player - choose the player you'd like to get the ball to (disgregarding their position for now) by pressing L1/LB until you reach the player of choice.
- Place the corner - now, with that player selected, move the yellow cursor on the ground with LS to where you'd like the delivery to go. To place the corner, load up the delivery with your desired amount of power by pressing Square/X (less is floaty, more is driven) and the cursor will then be locked in place.
- Get your player in position - next, move your previously-selected player into position, ideally giving yourself a couple of yards of clear run-up space behind the cursor on the floor.
- Take the corner - finally, take the corner by pressing the Square/X button again.
The best corners, from our experience so far, tend to be front-post or back-post, where there's generally more space for a run up, and more of an opportunity to get an angle on your headers.
For more on FIFA 17, be sure to check out our main FIFA 17 tips and guides hub, plus our list of the best, highest-potential wonderkids, the best players for every position, our explanation of FUT 17's new Ones to Watch cards, the best FUT Chemistry Styles, the best ways to earn free FUT Coins quickly, and finally our detailed FUT Chemistry explainer.
How to take penalties in FIFA 17
There's a lot going on with new penalties in FIFA 17 - in fact sometimes it seems the most scuffed shots are the easiest to score, thanks to some slightly wonky goalkeeping mechanics.
The main benefit, really, is that it allows you to change the exact position of your shot right up until the last minute, with the left analog stick now pointing in the exact direction of the goal, as opposed to being based on a kind of 'acceleration' mechanic as it was with FIFA 16.
Here's how the new penalties work exactly:
- Penalties are started by you pressing LS in any direction.
- The direction of the penalty is dictated by two things: LS direction for left and right; power for higher or lower.
- For a high penalty, aim for just over 2 bars of power.
- For a low penalty, aim for a little over 1 bar of power.
- You can adjust your starting run up position with RS, to dummy the opponent (it's not clear yet how much this really affects your penalty direction, if at all).
- Remember you can change the direction of your penalty at any point, just by pushing LS in your desired direction at any time during the run up - you don't need to program in the direction whilst holding down the shoot button.
How to take throw-ins, do fake dummy throws in FIFA 17
New to FIFA 17 again this year is the dummy throw-in, which affords you far more control over space-creation from the sidelines. It's dead simple to do, but can make a massive difference to setting yourself up for a dangerous cross into the box, or work-out move from the back.
Here's how to perform the fake or dummy throw-in:Why would someone spend five years retranslating all of Final Fantasy 7? Beacause.
- Decide which player you'd like to throw to, and which to fake to - our advice is to bear in mind players' standard positions - defenders taking throws will look to move back towards the back four, strikers and wingers will burst forward, whilst midfielders will move forward or back, towards their central starting position. Think about that as you decide how you're going to pull the opponent out of position and make yourself some space.
- Now simply perform the dummy throw- The controls for this are exactly the same as the fake shot: Square or Circle then X on PlayStation, or X or B then A on Xbox. When you press the second button (X / A) be sure to point LS towards your desired target to throw it to them.
That's it for FIFA 17's set pieces, although you can take a look at all of our other FIFA 17 guides over on our main FIFA 17 guide and tips page if you're looking for more of the same in-depth explanations. Be sure to practice as much as you possibly can, as mastering the above can make a game-changing difference to your performance. For some great free-kick takers, many feature in our list of the top 50 players in FIFA 17, and remember: a good dead ball situation can be the difference!