With FIFA 22 now fully released and ready for you to take on friends, online players or the AI system – there is something you need to know. Penalties are slightly different and a little bit tougher to score.
Scoring penalties and more importantly, perfecting penalties is key to becoming an above average player. When you’re up against a much better player, sometimes you might need to play for a penalty, and you best not miss it when that chance comes.
If you’ve already managed to get some hours in, you would have noticed that goalkeepers have significantly improved this year thus making scoring from the penalty spot slightly more difficult.
But we’ve got you covered; in this guide we will direct your focus to how to score penalties and how to select your penalty taker. Because selecting the right taker can increase your chances of scoring.
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Who to take your penalties with
Now, some of these selections are also very good in real life and statistically these players are the top ten penalty takers in the game. Just because these players are mentioned, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the only players you will ever score a penalty with. They are - according to the stats - better than every other option.
- LW: Neymar Jr (91) – Paris Saint-Germain
- CB: Sergio Ramos (88) – Paris Saint-Germain
- ST: Raúl Jiménez (83) – Wolverhampton Wanderers
- ST: Harry Kane (90) – Tottenham Hotspur
- CAM: Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes (88) – Manchester United
- CM: Luiz Frello Filho Jorge (85) – Chelsea
- ST: Andrej Kramarić (83) – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
- ST: Robert Lewandowski (92) – FC Bayern München
- CDM: Fabinho (86) – Liverpool
- ST: André Silva (84) – RB Leipzig
Unlike our FIFA 22 free kick guide, looking at the penalty stats from your player’s card in Ultimate Team is incredibly important. This will affect the way they shoot, time and control the ball.
The higher the penalty stat, the more chance of scoring each time.
Having a higher penalty attribute can help when placing your circle to aim. If your player was to have a lower penalty rating, you run the risk of the circle shaking and not locking in on where you wanted it to go. This can then skew your penalty wide of the goal and potentially cost you the game.
Where to aim and how to aim
One thing you may notice is penalty kicks are sometimes being slung wide of the post this year, when in FIFA 21 it would have perfectly slotted into the bottom or top corner that you were aiming for.
When aiming for the top corner, you need to adjust your power bar. You won’t want more than two bars of power as you can put your player at risk of smashing it over the bar if you don’t time it right.
So how do you time a penalty? Once you have held your shot button down and your player is starting his run up, you will want to hit the shoot button again as your player’s foot looks like he is about to strike the ball. This should lock your aim in place, make the circle go green and will result in the ball going exactly where you placed it.
Whilst this shot can be riskier due to the height, if timed perfectly and you see green inside the circle – put your controller down and start your celebrations.
Mastering the art of timing your penalty is crucial and can change your penalty success rate.
Outwit your opponent
Sometimes, you need to just throw power and accuracy out the window. Especially in Ultimate Team.
When taking a penalty and aiming to the left, your player’s head will point left and the opposition’s goalkeeper will notice this – which may give away where you plan on shooting the ball.
In the image above, Sergio Ramos is aiming top right. If you look at his head, he is also looking at the top right corner, which is a huge indicator to the opposition player that that’s the way you are shooting. To outwit your opponent, you can use this to your advantage.
You can aim right and make your player’s head look like he is going to shoot that way but as the run-up takes place, drag the aim to the left and the keeper should go the wrong way. This works best by slightly tapping the shoot button to ensure the aim is precise. If you put too much power on it, you may drag the shot high and wide.
But the biggest tip we can give you to score a penalty when playing with your mates is that you don’t show your friend your controller! Get a blanket, go behind the sofa, do absolutely everything and anything you can to hide your controller and give nothing away. Score that winner in the 90th minute and take those bragging rights.
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