This is a thread for those who like to play a very physical and direct game which mainly relies on persistent crossing on FIFA. We can discuss and share tactics and teams that are working well or could potentially work well. This is also a thread to post your game clips of you putting nice crosses in or just some nice direct FIFA play.
The following is mainly just my opinion and how I operate whilst playing FIFA.
THE CROSSING FORMATIONS
When you want to put in good quality crosses, you ideally want 2 big skyscrapers waiting in the box ready to gobble up your delicious crosses(you can have bungalows, but they need to have high jumping). Therefore, the ideal formations are 352, 4411 and the beautiful 442. The reason I favour 2 striker formations is because crossing becomes easier when you have two big lads in the box to aim for and if you put in a terrible cross it can sometimes find the opposite winger.
Goalkeepers: This is not the most important position, you can generally use any type of goalkeeper, small or big, but if you are like me and like to intimidate your opponent, go for a big geezer like Fraser Forster.
Fullbacks: This is an important position, if your wingers aren't putting the crosses in, the fullbacks will be instead. Important attributes are crossing, height, pace and strength. I use Christian Fuchs and Michel Antonio because they both have the giant throw in trait, this causes mayhem for the opponent if you have big tall strong skyscrapers in the box.
Central Defenders: Pace is not the key here, instead we look for strength, height, and heading ability. Jumping and good pace is a bonus. I personally like Matip and Big Mert.
Wingers: These are your entertainers and your opponents worst nightmare. Important attributes are crossing, pace, curve and dribbling. Generally you want left footers on the left and right footers on the right unless your right footed left winger has 5 star weak foot and so on. If your winger has 5 star weak foot and good crossing, you can dazzle and confuse your opponent by whipping them in with both feet.
Central Midfielders: These are your warhorses, their job is to destroy your opponent and to basically work their bollocks off. If you go for small players, make sure they have high stamina and tackling. Think Kante and Naingolen. I personally prefer to have players like Matic, Cattermole and Fellaini in the middle of the park. I have one playing box to box and one just sitting in front of my defence breaking up the play and destroying my opponents.
Strikers: Not much needs to be said here, you want big strong strikers based on height, heading ability and strength and jumping. Think Big Sllim, Carroll and Mandzukik. Pace is NOT important. You will not be trying to dribble past your opponent with your strikers, their main job is to hold the ball up, wait for the winger to come along and then wait for the cross to come in. Rinse and repeat. I will now post a suggested team to start with, this is the team I currently use.
The following managers have styles that we should try to replicate in FIFA. They all like their teams to put as many crosses in as possible.
If you throw enough ****, eventually it will stick. This should be your mentality to crossing on FIFA. Basically just bombard your opponent with crosses, giant throw ins, set pieces etc. Eventually he will cave in to your aerial superiority. Now for some game clips which show best my play style.
(who said direct play can't be beautiful)
(the cross dazzles and confuses the goalkeeper)
(this highlights the importance of getting the ball back into the mixer ASAP)
(the benefit of two big skyscrapers in the box)