How to score free kicks in FIFA 23

Luca Di Marzo
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Set pieces in FIFA 23 are crucial moments that can easily change the flow of a football match. With this guide, you’ll learn how to score free kicks in FIFA 23 and put away your high-quality chances.

EA Sports delivered a ton of new changes to several FIFA 23 gameplay mechanics thanks to the new HyperMotion 2 technology.

As a result, set pieces feel and look different in FIFA 23, and given how important penalties, corners, and free kicks are, you’re going to want to master each technique. While penalties focus on the new composure mechanic, free kicks are slightly more straightforward to grasp.

For players looking to improve their skills on the pitch following the release of FIFA 23, here’s our guide on how to score free kicks.

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How to aim and score free kicks in FIFA 23

  1. Adjust the aim and trajectory line of your free kick using the left stick
  2. Adjust the impact angle to apply spin using the right stick
  3. Power up your shot to the desired strength by holding the shoot button
  4. To activate a Timed Finish, press shoot again as your player strikes the ball for an extra accuracy boost
  5. Watch the ball beat the goalkeeper and celebrate accordingly

When it comes to free kicks in FIFA 23, the interface has not changed much. Your player will look down the path of the ball as you get ready to strike. One thing that is new in FIFA 23 is the icon of a ball that indicates where your player will strike in order to apply spin.

Using the right stick, you can decide from which angle your player makes contact with the ball. Of course, the left stick will be used to adjust the intended path of the ball. Having control over both of these directional inputs should open the door to more trickery.

Here are the types of shots you can perform in FIFA 23 free kick scenarios:

  • Knuckle
  • Chip
  • Low straight
  • Inside foot low
  • Inside foot curled
  • Outside foot low
  • Outside foot curled

There’s no universal rule when positioning your right stick to apply spin. Right-footed and left-footed players will react differently, therefore you must glide your right stick across the ball until you find one of the intended shot types above.

Practicing free kicks in the Arena is highly recommended. It’s important to remember to account for spin when aiming your shot. With your left stick, always leave some distance to the left or right of where you want the ball to end up. It’s also recommended to apply 70-80% power.

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How to lie down behind the free kick wall in FIFA 23

  1. Take control of a player who isn’t already standing in the wall and use the left stick to move them towards the back side of it. The player will assume a flat sitting position if done right.
  2. If you decide that player is needed elsewhere, you can use the right stick to select the player on the ground. Then use the left stick to move the player from behind the wall.

New to FIFA 23 is the ability to have a defending player lie down behind the free kick wall. We’ve seen this become a regular occurrence in football matches across the globe over the past few years, and it finally made its way to FIFA 23.

If you think your opponent will attempt a low-driven shot or you simply wish to limit their options, then lying down behind the wall will surely up the pressure.

With more options than ever in both attack and defense, scoring free kicks in FIFA 23 is as rewarding as ever.

For more, check out our guide to the best FIFA 23 camera settings, or the best custom tactics to use for Ultimate Team.

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About The Author

Luca is an Associate Editor at CharlieIntel. An accomplished, writer with interests in sports and gaming alike, Luca is focused on Call of Duty and FIFA as a content creator. After earning his BA in English Literature at Concordia University, he began writing for Gamelevate, OddsShark, and H4X. Luca joined CharlieIntel in 2021. You can reach Luca at [email protected], or via X @TheLucaDiMarzo.