FIFA09 and free kicks. There, I’ve said it. FIFA09. Free kicks. What gives?
I haven’t had the best of times with free kicks in this game. I’ve yet to score direct from a free kick, even in my early days of playing on Semi-Pro with all the control assists turned on.
Last year on FIFA08 I had a pretty good record with free kicks. I scored roughly one in three from the prime danger area around the box. I’d make the keeper pull off a save with most of the other attempts. Free kicks were pretty easy in FIFA08, but that was a different game that I always played with the shooting assists turned on. Maybe I’d find similar success in FIFA09 if I turned the assists back on here? I won’t, though. I want to plough on with semi-assisted shooting, and see where it takes me.
But, yes, the point of today’s post is that I’ve finally scored from a free kick. Albeit from a layoff—knocking the ball to one side for a loitering third player to have a shot. Here it is—my young defensive midfielder Isaac Osbourne supplies the tidy finish:
It’s not the best viewing angle. The ball could do with being a bit more visible. I know that there are a few video streaming websites with better quality than YouTube. But this does its job, I think. It shows me scoring a goal with a fine strike—if I may say so myself—from a layoff from a free kick. (Before anyone asks me how the layoff is done: pull LT/L2 to summon the second player. Then hold LT/L2 whilst pointing to either side with the left stick, and press A/X to perform the layoff. The player who will take the shot is automatically in position and doesn’t need to be summoned beforehand.)
I’d estimate that this was my 100th attempt to score a goal from a free kick layoff. This was my first successful attempt. Most of the others went badly wide or thudded straight into the keepers’ midriffs. A high enough percentage of them went just wide, or hit the post/bar, or were tipped aside by a spectacular keeper dive for me to want to keep trying to score. Finally I get my reward.
The goal won me the match, incidentally. It improved my standing with the board, but I’m still 19th in the table and only a couple of defeats away from another crisis.