FIFA 17 – ULTIMATE TEAM TIPS

FIFA 17 – ULTIMATE TEAM TIPS

The king of FIFA game modes is as sick as ever! Here’s everything you need to know about it!

SQUAD BUILDING CHALLENGES

This is an epic addition to FIFA 17, and an easy way to earn rewards! The Basic challenges will allow you to win packs quickly, but you’ll need to spend some coins for the more difficult ones. When you open a pack, don’t quick sell players you don’t want – you could use them for a challenge!

FUT CHAMPIONS

FUT Champions allows you to earn loads of prizes by competing online. You have to win a knockout tournament during the week to qualify for the weekend league, where you can earn some seriously good rewards!

SQUADS

Don’t focus on one squad of players, create a few different choices. That way, you can rotate between teams during tournaments and get maximum chemistry with all your stars, no matter what league they’re from. Awesome!

DRAFT

FUT Draft is a wicked way to earn coins and rewards with some top players, but don’t always go for the big names! Chemistry is key, so don’t start games with too many red lines. We leave big names on the bench if they don’t quite fit in!

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TRANSFER MARKET

When you’ve got a player in mind to improve your squad, scroll through the options to find the cheapest version to save coins. Don’t forget consumables, too – Fitness, Healing, Training and Position Modifiers can be super valuable!

EAS CATALOGUE

Just like Career Mode, you can bag epic items in the EAS Catalogue to improve your FUT team!

99 MATCH CONTRACT

Use this on a player that you know you’re never going to sell!

COIN BOOST

Get tons of these, and earn coin bonuses for playing games!

TRANSFER LIST

If you’ve got loads of players to sell, expand your transfer list!

KITS

You can pick up some mind-blowing kits to use in FUT, too!

LOAN

Pick up world-class stars to use in a few key games!

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FIFA 17 – THE JOURNEY TIPS

FIFA 17 – JOURNEY TIPS

We’ve got all the best tips you need to boss the biggest addition to FIFA in years!

CLUB CHOICE

There are pros and cons to every team. In the bottom half of the Prem, expectations are lower but you get fewer chances to score, while at the top teams, competition for places is well tough but at least you’ve got quality team-mates to link up with. An upper to mid-table team like Everton, Southampton or Stoke is usually a decent shout!

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POSITION

Where you play is up to you, but remember that you’ll see less of the ball if you play out wide. You won’t always be picked in your strongest role though, so take note of where your boss selects you and stick to your position!

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PERSONALITY

Throughout your journey, you’ll have the chance to respond to conversations in three different ways – Fiery, Cool and Neutral. Being Fiery will make you more popular on social media and help bring in more sponsorship deals, but being Cool will make you more of a favourite with your gaffer. Choose one and stick it to – staying Neutral will get you nowhere, though!

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SKILL TRAITS

Training and playing well will earn Skill Points to purchase traits with and improve Alex’s playing attributes. But choose carefully – you won’t earn enough Skill Points to turn 50 ratings into 80s, so focus on the attributes you’re already good at. We usually start by boosting speed and stamina!

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LOANED OUT

At some point during the season, you’ll receive a loan offer from three Championship clubs – Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle. The Magpies will pay you more money, but their squad is also packed with quality attackers, so competition for places is a lot tougher at St. James’ Park!

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PLAY AS HUNTER

At the start of each match, you’ll have the choice of playing as the whole team or just as Hunter. Playing as the team might give you a better chance of winning, but our advice is to play as Hunter – you can make better runs and get more involved in the game. Use some of our quick tips below to play to your best!

QUICK TIPS

Don’t forget these Journey basics which will help you in the epic game mode!

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Hit the Pass and Through Ball buttons to call for the ball!

Make sure you’re in a good position – bad calls will lower your rating!

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Main man Alex Hunter is right footed, so keep it on his best side!

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When you’re defending, hold R1/RB to tell your team-mates to close down!

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Your OVR will improve much slower if you sim training sessions!

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Holding down sprint all game will tire Alex out and get him subbed off!

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Repeating sessions will give you an even greater stat boost!

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Don’t dive in to tackles – missing will lower your match rating!

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Using a skill pass will help increase your match rating!

FIFA 17 Celebrations Guide

FIFA 17 CELEBRATIONS GUIDE

FIFA 17 has tons of epic new celebrations, so we've listed every single one for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360!

Running Moves


Telephone – Hold right stick ⇩

Can You Hear Me? – Hold right stick ⇦

Hands Out – Flick right stick ⇨ then hold right stick ⇦

Come On! – Flick right stick ⇦ then hold right stick ⇨

Blow Kisses – Flick right stick ⇩ then hold right stick ⇧

Double Arm Swing – Flick right stick ⇧ then hold right stick ⇩

Ad Board Celebration – Run to the ad board

One Arm Raised – Hold Circle/B

Thumb Suck – Hold Square/X

Ear Twist – Hold Triangle/Y

Flying Bird – Flick right stick ⇨ then hold right stick ⇨

Hand On Head – Flick right stick ⇦ then hold right stick ⇦

Heart Symbol – Flick right stick ⇩ then hold right stick ⇩

Arms Pointing Up – Flick right stick ⇧ then hold right stick ⇧

Windmill – Spin right stick 360 degrees clockwise

Finger Points – Tap Circle then hold Circle/Tap B then hold B

Arms Out – Tap Square then hold Square/Tap X then hold X

Wrist Flick – Tap Triangle then hold Triangle/Tap Y then hold Y

Aeroplane – Hold R3/right stick

Point To Sky – Hold right stick ⇧

Shhhh! – Hold right stick ⇨

 

Finishing Moves


Rugby – Hold R2 Press R3/Hold RT Click right stick

Samba Dance – Hold L2 Flick right stick ⇦⇨/Hold LT Flick right stick ⇦⇨

Timber – Hold L2 Press Circle/Hold LT Press B

Triangle – Hold L1 Flick right stick ⇩⇩/Hold LB Flick right stick ⇩⇩

Point to the Sky – Hold L1 press Circle/Hold LB press B

Baby Girl – Hold L1 Hold right stick ⇦/Hold LB Hold right stick ⇦

Big Man – Hold L1 Hold right stick ⇨/Hold L1 Hold right stick ⇨

Belly Flop – Hold L1 press Square/Hold LB press X

Riding The Wave – Hold L1 press triangle/Hold LB press Y

Chest Slide – Hold L1 Flick right stick ⇩⇧/Hold LB Flick right stick ⇩⇧

Point Up – Hold L1 Flick right stick ⇦⇨/Hold LB Flick right stick ⇦⇨

Elbow (Dab) – Hold R1 Double Tap Triangle/Hold RB Double Tap Y

Floor Spin – Hold L1 spin right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise/ Hold LB spin right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise

Knee Slide Fail – Hold L2 Flick right stick ⇦⇦/Hold LT Flick right stick ⇦⇦

Knee Slide To Sit – Hold L2 Flick right stick ⇩⇩/Hold LT Flick right stick ⇩⇩

Push It Down – Hold R1 Double Tap Circle/Hold RB Double Tap B

Show Respect – Hold L1 double tap Circle/Hold LB double tap B

Spanish Dance – Hold L2 Flick right stick ⇧⇧/Hold LT Flick right stick ⇧⇧

 

Signature Finishing Moves – X/A


Knee Slide Arms Out – Hold L2 Hold right stick ⇧/Hold LT hold right stick ⇧

I Can't Hear You – Hold L2 Hold right stick ⇨/Hold LT hold right stick ⇨

Side Slide – Hold L2 Hold right stick ⇩/Hold LT hold right stick ⇩

Brick Fall – Hold L2 Hold right stick ⇦/Hold LT Hold right stick ⇦

Knee Slide – Hold L2 flick right stick ⇧⇩/Hold LT flick right stick ⇧⇩

Samba Dance – Hold L2 Flick right stick ⇦⇨/Hold LT Flick right stick ⇦⇨

Who Am I? – Hold L2 Flick right stick ⇨⇦/Hold LT Flick right stick ⇨⇦

Backflip (agile players) or Arms To Crowd – Hold L1 flick right stick ⇧⇧

Hand Spring (agile players) or Roll & Punch – Hold L1 and rotate right stick 360 degrees clockwise/Hold LB and rotate right stick 360 degrees clockwise

Timber – Hold L2 Press Circle/Hold LT Press B

Violinist – Hold L2 press Square/Hold LT press X

Kiss The Pitch – Hold R2 double tap Circle/Hold RT double tap B

The Salute – Hold R1 press triangle/Hold RB press Y

Chest Thump – Hold R2 Flick right stick ⇩⇩/Hold RT Flick right stick ⇩⇩

Glamour Slide – Hold R1 flick right stick ⇦⇦/Hold RB flick right stick ⇦⇦

Spanish Archer – Hold L2 press Triangle/Hold LT press Y

Hands On Ears – Hold L2 double tap Square/Hold L2 double tap X

Stomach Slide – Hold L2 double tap Triangle/Hold LT double tap Y

Knee Slide To Sit – Hold L2 Flick right stick ⇩⇩/Hold LT Flick right stick ⇩⇩

Knee Slide Fail – Hold L2 Flick right stick ⇦⇦/Hold LT Flick right stick ⇦⇦

Flip (agile players) or Cartwheel – Hold L2 rotate right stick 360 degrees clockwise/hold LT rotate right stick 360 degrees clockwise

Twist Flip (agile players) or Cartwheel Roll – Hold L2 rotate right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise/Hold LT rotate right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise

 

Pro Unlockables


Break Dance – Hold R1 Flick right stick ⇨⇨/Hold RB Flick right stick ⇨⇨

Praise On Knees – Hold R2 Hold right stick ⇦

Backwards Worm – Hold R1 rotate right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise/Hold RB rotate right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise

Uncontrolled Backflip – Hold R2 rotate right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise/Hold RT rotate right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise

Handstand – Hold R2 rotate right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise/Hold RT rotate right stick 360 degrees anticlockwise

Spin & Fall – Hold R2 flick right stick ⇧⇧/ Hold RT Flick right stick ⇧⇧

Rowing On Knees – Hold R2 Flick right stick ⇦⇦/Hold RT flick right stick ⇦⇦

Many Bows – Hold R2 Hold right stick ⇧/Hold RT Hold right stick ⇧

Pardon – Hold R2 Hold right stick ⇨/Hold RT Hold right stick ⇨

Fall To Knees & Beg – Hold R2 Hold right stick ⇩/Hold RT Hold right stick ⇩

Backflips – Hold R2 double tap Square/Hold RT double tap X

Slide On Back – Hold R1 double tap Square/Hold RB double tap X

Cockroach – Hold R1 press R3/Hold RB Click right stick

River Dance – Hold R1 flick right stick ⇧⇧

Seated Rowing – Hold R2 flick right stick ⇨⇨/Hold RT flick right stick ⇨⇨

Dance 1 – Hold R2 flick right stick ⇩⇧/Hold RT flick right stick ⇩⇧

Dance 2 – Hold R2 Flick right stick ⇧⇩/Hold RT Flick right stick ⇧⇩

Dance 3 – Hold R2 flick right stick ⇦⇨/Hold RT Flick right stick ⇦⇨

Dance 4 – Hold R2 flick right stick ⇨⇦/Hold RT flick right stick ⇨⇦

Knee Walk – Hold R2 press Square/Hold RT press X

Cradle Swing – Hold R2 press Triangle/Hold RT press Y

Baby – Hold R2 double tap Triangle/Hold RT double tap Y

Flying Dive – Hold R1 Hold right stick ⇧/Hold RB Hold right stick ⇧

Karate Kicks – Hold R1 Hold right stick ⇨/Hold RB Hold right stick ⇨

Jump Kicks – Hold R1 Hold right stick ⇩/Hold RB Hold right stick ⇩

Ice Skating – Hold R1 Flick right stick ⇩⇧/ Hold RB Flick right stick ⇩⇧

Golf Swing – Hold R1 Flick right stick ⇦⇨/Hold RB Flick right stick ⇦⇨

 

EAS FC Unlockables


Calm Down – Hold L1 double tap Triangle/Hold LB double tap Y

The Bear – Hold L1 Hold right stick ⇧/Hold LB Hold right stick ⇧

Bailando Robot – Hold L1 Flick right stick ⇧⇩/Hold LB Hold right stick ⇧⇩

Muevelo – Hold L1 Flick right stick ⇨⇦/Hold LB Flick right stick ⇨⇦

Patty Cake – Hold L1 flick right stick ⇨⇨/Hold LB flick right stick ⇨⇨

Muscle Flex – Hold R1 flick right stick ⇧⇩/Hold RB flick right stick ⇧⇩

KO – Hold L1 double tap Square/Hold LB double tap X

Prancing Bird – Hold R1 press Square/Hold RB press X

Gallop Dance – Hold L1 press R3/Hold LB click right stick

Motorbike – Hold L1 Hold right stick ⇩/Hold LB Hold right stick ⇩

Right Here Right Now – Hold R1 press Circle/Hold RB press B

Hand Bite – Hold L2 flick right stick ⇩⇧/Hold LT flick right stick ⇩⇧

Stand Tall – Hold R1 Hold right stick ⇦/Hold RB Hold right stick ⇦

Kiss The Wrist – Hold L2 double tap Circle/Hold LT double tap B

Old Man – hold L2 press R3/Hold LT Click right stick

Push Ups – Hold R1 flick right stick ⇨⇦/Hold RB flick right stick ⇨⇦

The Worm – Hold R1 rotate right stick 360 degrees clockwise/Hold RB rotate right stick 360 degrees clockwise

Dance – Hold R1 flick right stick ⇩⇩/Hold RB flick right stick ⇩⇩

 

FIFA 17 – CAREER MODE TIPS

FIFA 17 – CAREER MODE TIPS

EA made some changes to Career Mode for FIFA 17, but it’s still awesome! Check out our hints...

BOARD OBJECTIVES

To be successful in Career Mode, you have to keep the board happy. Regularly check on their priorities throughout your career, and make sure you’re on track with their demands!

TRAINING

You can improve your young players loads with regular training, but choose the right drills – there’s no point in coaching your defenders to be top-class finishers!

GAME PLANS

Set up a few different game plans to give yourself attacking and defensive options, and experiment in pre-season to find your favourite!

YOUTH TEAM

Build for the future and hire a youth scout. Send him on a mission, then sign players with big potential! Don’t rush them into the first team, though – they’ll develop quicker in the youth squad!

EA SPORTS CATALOGUE

Purchase these items from the Catalogue to give your Career Mode a bit of a boost!

CHALLENGES

If you’re not sure which club to use in Career Mode, try one of these!

NEWCASTLE

The north east giants are huge faves to boss the Championship with their squad. Failure is not an option!

LA GALAXY

Mix it up by heading stateside! Try to end Steven Gerrard’s career with an MLS Cup before he retires!

AJAX

The Dutch heroes’ squad is packed with wonderkids! Can you take them back to the top of European footy?

ABERDEEN

Nobody outside the Old Firm has won the Scottish Premiership for ages! Can you end that run with Aberdeen?

ATHLETIC BILBAO

No team values their academy more than Bilbao! You’ll have to rely on coaching more than transfers!

22 Must-Sign Career Mode Players – FIFA 17

22 MUST-SIGN CAREER MODE PLAYERS

We're absolutely loving FIFA 17, and we're already well into our Career Mode campaign! Check out our list of stars you have to sign!

Marco Verratti

PSG – CM

Rating: 85 | Price: £50m


If you have loads of cash and need a midfield boss, you have to get Verratti! His Passing, Dribbling and Tackling stats are all sick!

Paulo Dybala

Juventus – ST

Rating: 85 | Price: £60m


Dybala’s OVR has shot up from 78 on FIFA 16, and now he’s one of the hottest strikers on the game with huge potential!

Matheus Pereira

Empoli – CAM

Rating: 70 | Price: £2.5m


With five-star skills and tons of potential, Pereira is a bargain! The CAM’s contract ends in 2017, too!

Adam Ounas

Bordeaux – LM

Rating: 70 | Price: £5m


Ounas starts with decent Dribbling and Acceleration stats, but he develops into a world-class winger!

Angel Correa

Atletico Madrid – ST

Rating: 79 | Price: £17m


Correa was one of the top wonderkids on FIFA 16, and that’s still the case on the new game!

Jonathan Tah

Bayer Leverkusen – CB

Rating: 79 | Price: £18m


20-year-old Tah is already a solid defender with epic Strength, and he’ll only get better!

Aymeric Laporte

Athletic Bilbao – CB

Rating: 84 | Price: £38m


We always try to sign Laporte for our team – he’s a classy defender that can start attacks with his sweet Passing!

Yannick Carrasco

Atletico Madrid – LM

Rating: 82 | Price: £35m


Carrasco has top stats for Speed and Dribbling, and can cross with both feet – he’s the perfect winger!

Mahmoud Dahoud

B. Monchengladbach – CM

Rating: 79 | Price: £20m


Dahoud is a two-footed midfield maestro with the Passing and Stamina to run games from CM!

Jose Gimenez

Atletico Madrid – CB

Rating: 83 | Price: £30m


If you’ve got big money to spend on a top CB, get Gimenez! He’s only 21, and he’ll become one of the best on the game!

Dele Alli

Tottenham – CAM

Rating: 80 | Price: £35m


Alli is a proper all-round midfielder that’ll develop into a 90+ player, so getting him for under £40 million is a bargain!

Marcus Rashford

Man. United – ST

Rating: 76 | Price: £13m


The Red Devils won’t sell Rashford to one of their Prem rivals, but if you’re a foreign club, you should snap him up. He’s sick!

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Vincent Koziello

Nice – CM

Rating: 79 | Price: £18m


Koziello can play CM or DM, and bosses midfields with his Aggression, Passing and Tackling!

Alban Lafont

Toulouse – GK

Rating: 74 | Price: £6m


Lafont is only 17, but he’s one of the best young keepers on FIFA 17, and has tons of potential too!

Marco Asensio

Real Madrid – CAM

Rating: 81 | Price: £32m


Asensio’s Passing, Vision, Ball Control and Dribbling stats make him super creative, and he could become a 90+ player too!

Riyad Mahrez

Leicester – RM

Rating: 85 | Price: £45m


After his epic season in 2015-16, Mahrez has five-star skills and is one of the trickiest wingers on the game. Wicked!

Kurt Zouma

Chelsea – CB

Rating: 80 | Price: £22m


Zouma is an absolute beast of a defender, with Marking and Tackling stats to back up his class Strength and Speed!

Bernardo Silva

Monaco – RM

Rating: 81 | Price: £30m


Silva was a big talent on FIFA 16, and he’s got even better for 17! His tricky Dribbling is sick!

Andre Silva

Porto – ST

Rating: 74 | Price: £5m


Andre Silva is a rapid striker with the potential to reach the mid-80s, so £5 million is a bargain!

Samuel Castillejo

Villarreal – LM

Rating: 80 | Price: £27m


Castillejo is pricy for a 21-year-old, but trust us – he’s a creative king with loads of potential!

Douglas Costa

Bayern Munich – LM

Rating: 84 | Price: £48m


We have tons of fun with Costa - he’s got five-star skills, 96 Acceleration, and 85 Long Shots!

Anthony Martial

Man. United – LM

Rating: 82 | Price: £40m


Martial will be one of the best in the world, but he already has the Speed, Dribbling and Finishing to destroy defences!

Career Mode Bargains – FIFA 17

CAREER MODE BARGAINS

If you’re short on cash, all of these stars will cost you less than £10 million!

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FIFA 17 – DEFENDING TIPS

FIFA 17 – DEFENDING TIPS

The best teams are built from the back! Use these tips to keep more clean sheets…

GET UP

You should avoid sliding tackles if you can, but if you do get drawn into one, make sure you tap Square/X twice to jump straight back up to your feet!

TEST YOURSELF

Test your defensive ability by taking on the Advanced Defending Skill Challenge!

GET PHYSICAL

Boss your opponents off the ball if they try to run past you by holding down L2/LT.

TRUST THE DEFENCE

The computer is really good at organising the defenders you’re not controlling, so try not to drag them out of position by constantly switching players!

BRING OUT THE KEEPER

If the ball beats your defence and runs through to the GK, bring him out by holding Triangle/Y. Hit R1/RB as he reaches the ball though, or he’ll just kick it straight out!

TEST YOURSELF

The Goalkeeper Skill Challenge is well tough! See if you can get a score of C or higher!

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PUSHBACK TECHNOLOGY

How players interact on FIFA 17 is really different to the last game. Here’s how to get the best out of ‘Pushback technology’…

360 DEGREE SHIELD

Hold down L2/LT to shield the ball from defenders in any direction. Your player will rotate and adjust to protect it, and lean into your opponent to move slowly up the pitch!

TEST YOURSELF

In your next game, see how long you can protect the ball from an opponent using Pushback. Aim for 15 seconds!

FIRST-CLASS FIRST TOUCH

You don’t have to be backing into a defender for Pushback to be effective! Giving it a quick tap as the ball arrives at your feet will help you shove off markers and bring the ball under control! 

IN THE AIR

Pushback tech comes in really handy when the ball is up in the air. By backing into the defender, you can bring the ball down without having to head it!

FLICK IT

Alternatively, you can flick the ball on for yourself. Hold off the defender, then flick the right stick as the ball reaches you to give yourself a slight header to run on to!

TEST YOURSELF

See if you can pull this move off in a game! Try to get on the end of your own flick-on after winning the header!

Career Mode Wonderkids – FIFA 17

CAREER MODE WONDERKIDS

All these hot-shots are under 21 and have loads of potential. Sign them up ASAP!

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FIFA 17 – SET-PIECE TIPS

FIFA 17 – SET-PIECE TIPS

Corners, free-kicks and throw-ins have all changed on FIFA 17, so make sure you get to grips with them using these tips!

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CORNERS & IN-DIRECT FREE-KICKS

Hit L1/LB to control a player in the box, and run onto the cross. Or, push the left stick down like a button if you prefer the old style!

CHANGE YOUR RUN-UP

Use the right stick to change the angle and length of your run-up. A longer one will give you more power, while moving to the side will let you shoot with the outside of the foot!

TEST YOURSELF

At your next direct free-kick, move your player’s starting position to try to score with the outside of your foot!

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DIRECT FREE-KICKS

Hold down L1/LB as you shoot to drill the ball on the ground, and hold the left stick in either direction as you step up to the ball to curl the free-kick!

TEST YOURSELF

Take on the Bronze Free-Kick Skill Game to perfect your fave technique. Can you bag an A?

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THROW-INS

Walk along the touchline to gain a better position using the left stick, and pull out a fake throw by pressing Square/X, quickly followed by X/A!

PENALTIES

Spot-kicks have been given a huge makeover! To start with, you need to push forward on the left stick to step up and choose your finish…

CHIP FINISH

Hold down L1/LB as you strike your penalty to chip the ball, but don’t use too much power or it’ll fly over the bar!

FINESSE FINISH

Hold R1/RB to side foot the ball into the corners, just like you would with a normal shot. You can get away with a bit more power when using finesse!

TEST YOURSELF

Head into the penalty area in the Arena and push right on the D-pad to take a pen. Try to finesse the ball into the top corner five times in a row!

SLOW FINISH

Hold down L2/LT to trot up to the ball more slowly. Just like finesse penalties, you can get away with holding the shoot button for longer!

TEST YOURSELF

Next time you get a pen, sprint up to the ball, then at the last moment hit L1/LB or L2/LT to slow your run right down and make the keeper look foolish!

SPRINT FINISH

By taking a longer run-up and holding the sprint button as you run up to the ball, you’ll give your penalty tons of power!

FIFA 17 – FINISHING TIPS

FIFA 17 – FINISHING TIPS

Finishing has been improved on FIFA 17 to give you loads more options when clean through on goal! Check out our top tips below...

DRILL IT

One of the biggest additions to FIFA 17 is the Drilled Finish. Power up your shot by holding the shoot button, then tap it again to keep it on the ground!

TEST YOURSELF

Head to the Skill Games and take on the Silver Shooting Challenge. Hit the bottom targets every time by drilling your shot along the floor!

CHIP IT

If the keeper comes off his line, dink it over him by holding L1/LB as you shoot. Keep an eye on the radar at the bottom of the screen to check his positioning!

FINESSE FINISH

Finesse the ball into the corner by holding R1/RB as you shoot. Hit it once from outside the box, but inside the area tap it twice to keep it low!

ROUND THE KEEPER

The best way to beat the GK is with a fake shot. Hit shoot then pass, and change direction using the left stick as you go. It works better when sprinting, but don’t run into the keeper!

TEST YOURSELF

Work on this move in the Practice Arena. See if you can pull it off three times in a row without the GK getting a touch!

ATTACKING INNOVATIONS

You can be more creative than ever before on FIFA 17 – make the most of these ace innovations…

THREADED THROUGH BALLS

Hold R1/RB as you play a through ball to be more creative. Your player will bend the ball around opponents, or use the outside of his boot to pick out a team-mate’s run!

TEST YOURSELF

Work on your passing and movement in the Advanced Shooting Skill Challenge. Can you bag a C grade or higher?

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ACTIVE INTELLIGENCE

Your AI controlled players will make intelligent runs off the ball, so keep an eye on the movement ahead of you and take risks with your through passes!

CLEAR WITH PRECISION

Goalkeepers will drill the ball low and hard to start quick counter attacks! Hold down R1/RB as you throw or kick the ball clear.

PASS MASTER

Try to mix up your passing to make sure you find your target. Hold L2/LT to pull out an ace skill pass, hold R1/RB to play it low and hard, or hold L1/LB and press Triangle/Y to chip a through ball!

TEST YOURSELF

Try to complete the Advanced Ground Pass Skill Challenge using skill passes only!

EL CLASICO SUPER XI!

EL CLASICO SUPER XI!

It’s El Clasico this weekend, so we've created a concept squad on FUT featuring the best possible combined XI of Barça and Real!

Who would make your combined XI in real life?

Career Mode Hidden Gems – FIFA 17

CAREER MODE HIDDEN GEMS

You might not have heard of some of these guys, but they all develop into world beaters!

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FIFA CHAT WITH RYAN BERTRAND

FIFA 17 CHAT WITH RYAN BERTRAND

We spoke to Southampton and England left-back Ryan Bertrand last month, at the launch of EA SPORTS FIFA 17!

What do you think of FIFA 17? You lost your first game 3-1 against Nathaniel Clyne…

“It’s really good! But there’s a way to win, and Clyney didn’t win in the right way. He just scores rubbish, sweaty goals!”

Who are the best and worst FIFA players at Southampton?

“Me, Van Dijk and Ward-Prowse are the best. The worst is definitely Fonte!”

Your rating has gone from 78 to 79, are you happy with that?

“I should be 80 plus definitely! I’ve think I’ve improved a bit, so I want to be rare gold!”

Who’s your favourite team on FIFA?

“Real Madrid – Ronaldo loves scoring from distance! My basic tactic is to give it to him and then cut in and shoot from anywhere!”

Do you remember the first FIFA game you played on?

“Yeah, it was ages ago though. It was the early noughties when the graphics got really good and FIFA became amazing!”

Do you remember the first game you were on as a player?

“It would have been 2008, when I was at Chelsea but out on loan. You had to scroll right down to find me in the youth team! It made me think, ‘Will they give me a chance this year?’ I don’t remember what my rating was – I was just happy to be on there!”

Ryan Bertrand was speaking at the launch of EA SPORTS FIFA 17, out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and all other formats. To find out more, visit www.easports.com/fifa #FIFA17

PES 2017 v FIFA 17

PES 2017 v FIFA 17

MATCH has been playing the two biggest footy games on the planet for weeks now, and we love them both! But which one’s better? We put them head-to-head to find out...

GRAPHICS & LIKENESS

PES 2017

  • The player likenesses on PES are probably better than they’ve ever been, and some of the backgrounds look sick!

  • Game makers Konami struck a deal with Barcelona, so the Nou Camp is exclusive to Pro Evo – and it looks immense!

  • They’ve also got deals with Arsenal and Liverpool, but you have to edit all the other Prem team names yourself.

FIFA 17

  • Like PES, FIFA’s graphics are epic! The player likenesses are just as realistic, and they’ve got Prem gaffers too.
     
  • Unlike PES, every club on FIFA is fully-licensed, so you can be any team you want. 

  • FIFA can’t match Pro Evo’s choice of international teams, though. PES has teams that FIFA don’t, like Iceland!

GAME MODES

MYCLUB – Pes 2017

  • myClub lets you build a team and face opponents online. The key is to have a team with a high Team Spirit!
     
  • You appoint a manager to set your formation and tactics, and use scouts and agents to sign your players.

  • It’s even possible to sign legendary ex-players like Xavi, Ronaldinho and Puyol!

ULTIMATE TEAM – FIFA 17

  • FUT can match most of myClub’s features, and has extras too. The new Squad Building Challenges are an ace addition!

  • FIFA has legends but not as many as PES, plus they’re only available on Xbox consoles.

  • Draft Mode, Team Of The Week challenges and the new FUT Champions Mode mean FUT defo has the edge over myClub!

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MASTER LEAGUE – PES 2017

  • On PES, you play with the full squad of any club on the game, or start from the bottom with a line up of fictional players.
     
  • The improved scouting helps you upgrade your team. You have the option of allowing Classic players in the game, too!

  • Some of the features aren’t that realistic, but trying to take your team to the top rocks!

CAREER MODE – FIFA 17

  • EA have added more detail to Career Mode to give you the responsibility of a full-time boss and make it much closer to real life.
     
  • You don’t just control tactics and transfers, but your club’s finances and board expectations.

  • The new features, full choice of clubs and detailed training make Career Mode more realistic, but we still prefer Master League!

UNIQUE FEATURES

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – PES 2017

  • Pro Evo is the only game where you can play the fully licensed CL with official music, trophy and logos!
     
  • You can also play in the Europa League and Asian Champions League. Quality!

  • We love taking on a full CL campaign, , but it still doesn’t compare to FIFA’s range of tournaments.

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THE JOURNEY – FIFA 17

  • The Journey is one of the biggest changes that EAhave ever made. We reckon it’s going to change FIFA forever!
     
  • It combines the on-pitch action of a Player Career Mode with the off-field drama of the life of a young footballer!

  • We’ve absolutely loved playing the new Journey feature, and we reckon it gives FIFA a massive edge over PES!

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Gameplay

PES 2017

  • Goalkeeping, dribbling and passing have been improved to be more realistic, and it’s tons of fun to play with your mates!
     
  • The new celebrations rock, too! You can bust out group celebrations or rip your shirt off – you will get booked, though!

  • The only annoying thing about PES is the commentary – there isn’t enough variety!

  • One of our fave things about PES is the way you can set up your tactics. You can choose to play a tiki-taka passing game, or Gegenpress closing down!

  • The clever thing about playing the computer on PES is that it learns as you play. So if one of your strikers scores twice, he’ll be double marked to stop him bagging a hat-trick!

FIFA 17

  • FIFA 17’s gameplay additions like Pushback and Active Intelligence are quality, although PES already had similar features.
     
  • There’s more choice in attack, too. We’ve bagged loads of goals by using the new drilled finishes and through balls!

  • Set-pieces have had a major makeover, and they took us a bit of time to get used to!

  • PES can’t match FIFA for the realism on matchday. The intros feel like real games, and Martin Tyler and Alan Smith’s commentary is way better then Peter Drury and Jim Beglin’s!

  • There’s a whole new selection of skills and celebrations to learn as well, including Pogba’s famous Dab and Griezmann’s Hotline Bling celebration!

THE VERDICT

PROS – PES 2017

  • The in-game action’s well fun, especially with mates!
     
  • Campaigns on Master League totally rock!

  • Edit mode lets you change anything you want. Sweet!

CONS – PES 2017

  • Not enough licenses and too many made-up team names!
     
  • Playing online is too slow – especially on myClub!

  • It’s just not as realistic or detailed as FIFA!

PROS – FIFA 17

  • Super-realistic and each league is fully licensed!
     
  • New features like Pushback and Drilled Finishes are epic!

  • Awesome new game mode – The Journey!

  • Ultimate Team still rules and defo beats PES’ myClub!

CONS – FIFA 17

  • Over-complicated changes to set-pieces and Career Mode!
     
  • Slower-paced gameplay in matches than PES!

FIFA 17 – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

FIFA 17 – THE NEW FEATURES

There's loads of wicked new additions to FIFA this year, and we've picked out the best ones!

NEW LOOK

We reckon you’ve heard the word ‘Frostbite’ being mentioned a lot recently! Well, that’s the name of the technology EA have used to give the game an epic new look! Not only are the player likenesses better than ever, the stadiums and pre-match build-up look amazing too!

THE GAFFERS

All 20 Premier League managers are included for the first time. When you score a goal, you can run over to the touchline and celebrate with them!

THROUGH PASS

EA have added a new type of through pass – you can split defences by curling the ball with the outside of your foot!

PUSHBACK

By holding LT/L2, your player will get stuck in to a physical battle with the opposition, either to shield the ball or win it back!

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KEEPERS' PASS

Goalkeepers can Pass with Purpose now. Hold down RB/R1 when throwing or kicking to drill the ball out!

ACTIVE INTELLIGENCE

One of the first things you’ll notice on FIFA 17 is player movement off the ball. Strikers move more intelligently to find gaps in the opposition defence!

SHOOTING

You can take your chances with more style now, too. Hold shoot, then tap shoot again to drill your shot along the floor – we’ve bagged tons from the edge of the box!

PENALTIES

Taking spot-kicks is well different – EA have got rid of the power bar, but you can vary the length and speed of your run-up to give you more variety!

CORNERS & FREE-KICKS

Direct FKs haven’t changed that much, but indirect FKs and corners have! You can choose where you want the ball to land and move players around in the box!

THE JOURNEY

The Journey is one of the biggest additions to FIFA ever! It’s a new game mode where you take control of a young footballer called Alex Hunter, who’s trying to make it as a Premier League superstar. It’s mind-blowing!

GETTING STARTED

The first step in The Journey is to choose your favourite Prem club. This doesn’t mean you’ll defo play for them, but if you perform well enough in your trial, you’ll have the chance to complete your dream move!

FIRST TEST

Your first in-game task is to score a pen as a young Alex in a cup final. We don’t know what happens if you miss, coz we buried it!

EXIT TRIALS

The Exit Trial is where you’ll have the opportunity to impress Prem scouts. Complete the challenges – the better you perform, the more clubs will be interested!

GOAL KING OR ACE PLAYMAKER?

At the start of your trial, choose whether you want to play as a striker, attacking midfielder or on the wing!

LIGHT IT UP

Impress the coach taking the trial by playing well in the games and skill challenges!

PERFORMANCE RATING

Once the trial is over, it’ll show you how well you did against the other players involved!

CONTRACT

If you perform well enough in your trial, you’ll be offered deals from every club in the Prem!

PERSONALITY

Alex’s personality will develop over time depending on how you respond in conversations. You’ll have a choice between cool, fiery and balanced responses!

GAMES

When it comes to game time, your manager will set you objectives to complete during each match! If you complete them, Alex's attributes will increase.

TRAINING

You can increase Alex's attributes in training sessions, too. Use them to unlock unique player traits and Skill Points.

ULTIMATE TEAM & CAREER MODE

There's been a few changes to FUT and CM, too!

SQUAD BUILDING CHALLENGES – FUT

The biggest change to Ultimate Team is Squad Building Challenges! Complete a challenge by filling your squad according to the guidelines the game sets out to earn FUT packs and coins. The higher the difficulty setting on the challenge, the bigger the reward!

Once you’ve submitted your team for a challenge, your players will be traded away – so don’t lose all your important players!

With Squad Building Challenges, every player that joins your club in a pack could be valuable, so you won’t always have to quickly sell your new players!

MANAGER AVATAR – CAREER MODE

FIFA 17 allows you to go into loads more detail when choosing your look on Career Mode! 

TOTAL CLUB MANAGER – CAREER MODE

You get to control a lot more of your club’s off the pitch success! Bigger clubs will have higher expectations, so make sure you meet your club’s demands!

FINANCIAL CONTROL – CAREER MODE

There’s more responsibility for your club’s bank balance, too. Keep an eye on your club’s finances, and make sure you spend wisely!

MATCH'S VERDICT...

GAMEPLAY

You’ll notice the difference from the previous game straight away! We love Pushback Tech and Drilled Finishes!

THE JOURNEY

The amount of detail EA went into to create The Journey is crazy. We absolutely love it!

FUT & CAREER MODE

The new additions, especially Squad Building Challenges, are ace! We’ve spent hours making teams!