Using Your Goalkeeper

Here are my tips on how to make the most of your goalkeeper.

The striker has broken through your defence and is charging at your keeper for an inevitable one-on-one situation, what do you do?

Keeper Rush

Have many times have you been in that situation, the opponents striker is closing down on your goal and your just hole Y / ▲ to bring your keeper out and just hope that he saves it?

It’s a rookie mistake and it’s really easy to score against a rushing keeper, especially if you’re using a quick striker. All it takes is one flick of the right analog stick and they are in front of an empty net.

What do I recommend?

Depending on how close the striker is, the majority of the time I will use the same technique. That is..

Bring the goalkeeper out a bit, then let go off the “keeper rush” button and let him run back to goal. I’m sure you’ve seen this before on FIFA, people have been using it since I can remember! What this does, is cause you to panic a bit. The goalkeeper is running at you at full speed and you have to decide what to do really quickly. Because of this, a lot of people will either:

  • Try to score from far out – Which the goalkeeper usually saves if they’ve already started running back to the goal. Also, because your goalkeeper is much closer to the striker, there is much less to aim at for the striker therefore it’s harder to score.
  • Chip the keeper – Chips are really hard to score now, you have to time them really well and get just the right amount of power in to the shot otherwise they will either barely come off the ground, or go way over the goal.
  • Slow down a lot – Giving you the much needed time to catch up and make a tackle.

As you can see in the image below, I brought my goalkeeper out, then sent him back. This rushed my opponent in to trying to chip my goalkeeper, resulting in an easy catch.

Keeper Rush1

If all this fails and your opponent reads what you’re doing with your keeper, then you have to make a decision to either bring him out again towards the striker, or to remain in goal.

Personally, I would recommend that (if the striker is within about 20-25 yards) you bring your goalkeeper out, otherwise it’s a VERY easy goal for the striker because the closer your keeper is to his line, the more goal there is to aim at. On the other hand, if you choose to bring out your keeper, the only option your opponent has is to either try and skill your keeper or run around him.

A lot of the time your goalkeeper will read the run really well and just dive on the ball, but sometimes (if your opponent is quite good) your opponent will get passed your goal keeper and be able to tap the ball in to an empty net.

Keeper Rush2

There’s literally nothing else you could do unfortunately! Besides for give away a penalty, which goalkeepers do a lot on this game.

Other ways to use your keeper

Reading chip/grounded through balls – It doesn’t take long after you’ve started a game to get to know your opponents playing style. A lot of people absolutely abuse the hell out of chip through balls, especially when they have quick strikers. During play, if you predict your opponent is going to play another through ball, start bringing your keeper out. It doesn’t matter if the through ball is intercepted by your defender, by starting to bring your keeper out early you can prevent any one-on-one situations happening if the ball makes it through because your keeper will already be in a great position to clear the ball.

Keeper Rush 3

Header back to your keeper – A great way to kill the opponents attack is by heading the ball back to your keeper. If a long ball is played over the top, if you head it back the way it came from, you risk giving the ball back to your opponent. Your best option (depending on how far out you are) is to head it back to your goalkeeper. This will defuse the whole situation and you will have possession. A lot of people I play against just don’t use this tip and constantly try to head the ball out, ending up giving me back the ball and I’m now in a great attacking position, so head it back!

Narrowing the angle – If your opponent is approaching your goal at an angle, a great way to reduce the chance of conceding is by bringing your keeper out by giving them less goal to aim at.

If you check out the picture below, the striker is going towards goal at an angle, so to both put him off and reduce the chance of conceding, I’ve brought my keeper out. Now you have to be careful in some situations. As you can see in this image, there is another opposing player in my box (in the yellow circle). If you bring your keeper out, a lot of player will try and pass the ball across to their other player for a tap in. But what you do to stop this, is select your defender and all you need to do is block off a potential pass, so if the player does try and pass the ball across, there is no chance of it reaching his teammate!

Keeper Rush 4

Bringing your goalkeeper out for corners – This is a very risky tactic, but a very effective one if it works. I’m sure you’ve seen this happen online, you swing a corner in and your opponent rushes your keeper out to try and catch the ball. If you have played the ball around the edge of the 6 yard box, most of the time the keeper will catch the ball. BUT, if the ball is about 8+ yards out, the chance of the goalkeeper catching/punching the ball is a LOT lower and leaves an open net for your player to head in to.

I really don’t recommend using this, when I’m in a game with someone who uses this tactic, I almost always score corners. After the first one in the game, you now know what they’re going to do, so I simply play the corner so it’s not as close to the goal. All I have to do then is get a header on target and it’s an easy goal.

Be sure to try these out!

These tips definitely work, so be sure to try them out and I’m 100% sure they will help you out! 🙂

Have questions? Leave them below in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Rob – FIFA Beast Owner

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