FIFA 20 complimentary kicks are extremely challenging this year, with all type of info on-screen at the same time and numerous phases of the set piece to master. That stated, set pieces have actually constantly been a challenging art the master in basic – even if this year is a particularly challenging one – so we’ll take you through each of them listed below.

Read on for our comprehensive explainers on how to take complimentary kicks successfully, how to score charges, and information on other set pieces like corners and throw-ins, too, to make you certifiably fatal from any dead ball.

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FIFA 20’s brand-new complimentary kicks discussed: how to take and score complimentary kicks

For the very first time in a minimum of 3 years, FIFA 20’s complimentary kicks have actually correctly altered, generating a completely brand-new system. Most of the old kinds of complimentary kick stay, however the method you perform them is totally various. First up, we’ll discuss precisely how the brand-new complimentary kick system works.

Whereas in previous years complimentary kicks were a bit more natural-feeling, based upon normally considering up the line you’re choosing and utilizing the left stay with use spin much like you do from an open-play shot, there are now 3 phases to taking complimentary kicks in FIFA 20, along with an optional 4th.

First, you require to nail the intending, 2nd the power, 3rd the spin on the ball, and additionally 4th is the timed surface mechanic. Here’s a breakdown discussing each action.

How to take complimentary kicks in FIFA 20 action 1: intending

First, line up the little intending reticule – the white circle – according to kind of complimentary kick you’re choosing. If you desire leading spin the goal the reticule a bit greater than where you desire the ball to go, if you’re doing side spin goal a bit larger, and so on. More on that listed below, however understand that moving this circle is actively extremely challenging – you’ll discover that simply as it gets near where you desire it, it pings off even more away. Take your time and move the left ideal stick carefully to line it up.

How to take complimentary kicks in FIFA 20 action 2: shot power

Now, use the quantity of power that is suitable for that complimentary kick by holding down the shoot button as you usually would. Pressing this is what locks the intending reticule in location, too, validating where your gamer will intend the shot. Usually, you’ll desire in between 2 and 3 bars of power, depending upon the range, however once again more on that listed below.


How to take complimentary kicks in FIFA 20 action 3: ball spin

Now for the spin on the ball. This is done by moving the ideal analog stick in different methods. For up-and-down dipping shots, move the stick directly down, and after that directly, for example. This needs to be done while your player is running up, before they strike the ball. The speed at which you move the stick dictates the amount of spin, too. More on what spin to apply when in the section below.


How to take free kicks in FIFA 20 step 4: timed finishing

Finally, you can optionally use timed finishing – the mechanic where you press the shoot button for a second time just as your player strikes the ball – to get an even sweeter hit, increasing your chances of scoring. You don’t have to do this though, and timed finishing can be turned off in the menus altogether (which is what we prefer to do) too. If you do want to do it, tap the shoot button just as your player’s shooting foot starts to come down towards the ball. Too early or too late, though, and they’ll shank it high and wide.


How to take every type of free kick in FIFA 20, including the knuckleball, trivela, power, curl, and dipping free kicks

From experimenting, we’ve found YouTuber Krasi to have the most reliable methods for free kicks so far, which we detail below. Here’s his video explaining them – the specific ones start around 3 minutes in:

Here’s a breakdown of every free kick type, when to use them, and how to pull them off.

Free kick type Optimum Range Strong foot side Required attributes Description
Curl free kick Short (Under 25yards) Right on right side of goal
Left on left side of goal
High Curve Aim around a metre outside of the near post max. 2-3 bars of power. Move R sideways, in direction of player’s back, then around towards their running direction, like you’re wrapping it around the wall.
Dipping free kick Short Right on right
Left on left
High FKA
Lower Curve
Reticule above the top corner behind the wall or in line with the crossbar. 1.5-2 bars of power. Flick R directly down then directly up. Move R quickly for more spin.
Trivela free kick Short Right on left
Left on right
High FKA
High Curve
Use LS to aim for one metre outside of near post as with Curl free kicks. Use a straight run up. 2-3 bars of power. Move R down, from gamer’s back, up and around towards their runnig direction. Same as Curl free kicks, just opposite feet!
Mixed spin free kick Short or Long Either High Power and FKA Aim for near side of goal with LS, around the top corner behind the wall. 2-3 bars of power depening on distance. Move R straight down, but then around, like a mix of the dipping free kick and the curl free kick.
Kuckleball free kick Long (Over 25yards) Right on right
Left on left.
High Power and FKA Aim at top corner on near side behind the wall, around crossbar height. Load 2-3 bars of power depending on distance. Flight R straight down, then up, then back down again quickly.
Dummy pass free kick Very Short Either Any Call both players with L2+R1. Perform ‘fake shot’ skill move with X + Square / A + X. Press Through Ball button Triangle / Y and point LS at the runner they step over the ball.

How to take penalties in FIFA 20

Penalties, like free kicks, have finally changed, and are arguably even harder to score than ever. Spin doesn’t come into it, but a tricky aiming reticule and your shot power do.


How to take penalties in FIFA 19:

  • Aim the reticule and try your best to hold it as still as possible in one place.
  • Hold down the shoot button to get the right quantity of shot power – we recommend no more than about 2.5 bars.
  • Keep holding the reticule in place – if you move it, the shaded circle around the reticule will get larger, meaning your shot go do in a larger range of directions around it, becoming less accurate and increasing your chances of missing.
  • When you first take penalties, the direction indicator will be visible – note that if you’re playing locally that means your pal can see where you’re aiming, too. Turn it off by pressing ‘Up’ on the D-pad (we recommend practicing with it on, until you get the muscle memory, then turning it off to hone it).

How to take other set pieces like corners, throw-ins and goal kicks in FIFA 20

Corners and throw-ins are more or less identical in FIFA 20 to what they were in 10, although different destinations for your cross, like the near post, seem to be slightly less successful than in last year’s version. You have plenty of control still, so here’s how to get the most out of each of them.


How to take corners in FIFA 20

  • Select a player – choose the player you’d like to get the ball to (disgregarding their position for now) by pressing L1/LB until you reach the player of choice.
  • Place the corner – now, with that player selected, move the yellow cursor on the ground with LS to where you’d like the delivery to go. To place the corner, load up the delivery with your desired amount of power by pressing Square/X (less is floaty, more is driven) and the cursor will then be locked in place.
  • Get your player in position – next, move your previously-selected player into position, ideally giving yourself a couple of yards of clear run-up space behind the cursor on the floor.
  • Take the corner – finally, take the corner by pressing the Square/X button again.

The best corners, from our experience so far, still tend to be front-post or back-post, where there’s generally more space for a run up, and more of an opportunity to get an angle on your headers, although they’re much harder to score than the corners of FIFA 19, we’ve found

How to take throw-ins and do fake dummy throws in FIFA 20:

Once again, no change here from FIFA 19, with dummy throws still possible, still very useful, and still perfomed in the same way.

Here’s how to perform the fake or dummy throw-in:

  • Decide which player you’d like to throw to, and which to fake to – our advice is to bear in mind players’ standard positions – defenders taking throws will look to move back towards the back four, strikers and wingers will burst forward, whilst midfielders will move forward or back, towards their central starting position. Think about that as you decide how you’re going to pull the opponent out of position and make yourself some space.
  • Now simply perform the dummy throw– The controls for this are exactly the same as the fake shot: Square or Circle then X on PlayStation, or X or B then A on Xbox. When you push the second button (X / A) be sure to point LS towards your desired target to throw it to them.

Finally, there’s objective kicks, which remain the same as last year again.


As with 19, you can’t move the camera, and you can do a driven objective kick by holding down R1 as you charge it up, like with other driven passes. That’s it!