FIFA 21 - How to Score Free Kicks

A guide on how to score free kicks in FIFA 21. Included are tips and strategies on choosing your free kick taker, important stats for performing free kicks, types of free kicks to do at different ranges, and how to do them. FIFA 21 is available on Google Stadia, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows (PC).

FIFA 21 - How to Score Free Kicks

How to Score Free Kicks

FIFA 21 - How to Score Free Kicks

Free kicks are invaluable opportunities to score at close to mid range when your player has been fouled by the team’s defender. At long range, it grants you possession of the ball to pass to another teammate and set up the offense again.

FIFA 21 is available on multiple platforms: Google Stadia, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows (PC).

Choosing the Free Kick Taker

Before taking the free kick, you should make sure to have the player with the best stats to do it. The most important attributes to consider for the free kick are Power (PWR), Free Kick Accuracy (FKA), and Curve (CRV). Below is a summary of what each stat contributes to when performing free kicks.

Stat Details
Power (PWR) Determines how powerful the player’s free kick will be.
Free Kick Accuracy (FKA) Determines the precision at which the player can perform the free kick and is the most important stat for the shot.
Curve (CRV) Determines how good the player is at bending the ball.

You can decide which player you want to shoot by pressing the R2 button before attempting the free kick.

Best Free Kick Stats for Different Ranges

After looking at your players’ stats, you must analyze the range at which the free kick will be performed. Below is a summary of the different ranges and which stats matter than most for scoring a goal. An exception to this is kicking from a long distance. Since the odds of scoring a goal are very low regardless of your kicker’s stats, it is better to pass the ball to a teammate instead and work your way towards the post.

Range Stats Recommended Kick
Close Range FKA and CRV Curved, dipping
Mid Range PWR and FKA Knuckleball
Long Range Any Pass

Free Kick Starting Position

After choosing your free kick taker, you need to decide what position you will attempt the shot by moving the right analog stick. You can choose a wide stance to grant the ball a bit more curve as it travels in the air or the a straight stance to hit the ball in a more linear direction.

Attempting the Kick

Below are the steps for performing the recommended free kicks mentioned in the table above.

Curved and Dipping Free Kick

1 Use the left analog stick and aim the circle to the corner of the post.
2 Accumulate up two or two and a half bars of power depending on how far the circle is from the corner of the post.
3 Press the shoot button to begin the shot.
3 When the kicker runs to the ball, use the right analog stick and tilt it to either curve or top spin (dip). The speed at which you do this determines how much curve or top spin the kick will have.
4 At the moment your player’s foot meets the ball, press the shoot button again for timed finishing. If done correctly, the circle will turn green, indicating a more accurate shot that has better chances of going through the net.

Knuckleball

1 Use the left analog stick and aim to inside the near post.
2 Accumulate up to three bars of power.
3 Press the shoot button to begin the shot.
3 When the kicker runs to the ball, flick the right analog stick down, up, and down again.

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