La Liga Lounge—the ultimate place where family and friends gather to watch football in Doha—will for sure be packed this Friday and Saturday as Red Bull is set to hold its deciding Back-2-Back E-Football match finals!
Born from players and for the players, Red Bull's Back-2-Back is a new eSport platform for e-Football on PlayStation 4 in Qatar. The format is to create a 2-player team and compete in offline qualifiers—which happened two weekends ago—leading to the national final happening this June 8-9!
The goal is really simple: In order to win, teams need to score 2 consecutive goals. We’re talking double or nothing! Double the numbers, double the opponents and, of course double the glory!
Out of the several teams who competed during the fun-filled qualifiers, only 16 teams are lucky to run it down to the final playoffs where up to 30,000 QAR in cash is at stake.
And since cash and glory are up for grabs for Qatar's latest Back-2-Back champs, we've listed the top tips that the 16 qualifying teams should keep in mind if they want to snag the most-coveted championship comes finals night!
You can always spot a FIFA rookie by how they attack. They either rush forward with just a couple of passes, or they take too long to move the ball around. You should into the habit of constantly passing the ball, even if you’re not fully confident in your attacking abilities. Moving the ball creates space on the pitch. It forces players to get into new positions, which means it forces your enemy to switch players, cut off new routes, mark various players, etc. The more actions you make the enemy defender take, the more likely they’ll be to make a mistake.
Sprinting messes up with your team's strategy. Not only will your touches be delayed because you push the ball forward, but it’s harder to be accurate with your passing, shooting, and movement. You’ll be a prime target for an easy tackle, you’ll lose the ball, and you’ll cry when the enemy scores an easy goal on you (and dabs). So don’t sprint unless you have space to sprint into, or if you need to catch up while you’re defending. Avoid sprinting in through the central areas of the pitch when they’re crowded, especially if your player doesn’t have great ball control. It’ll be super easy to take the ball off you, and losing the ball on the run like that will result in a swift counter-attack by the enemy.
Not every attack leads to a goal, so do your best to resist the urge to get the ball as far up the pitch as possible, in the shortest amount of time. Unless you’re countering or exploiting a mistake, blindly charging forward is the best way to run out of players and lose possession of the ball. Remember to keep the ball moving, even if it’s laterally or backwards. In fact, sometimes you need to pass backwards to give time and room for other players to move into good attacking positions.
You’re not guaranteed to win the game if you have more possession, but you sure as hell decrease the likelihood of getting scored on. If you find that your enemy is better than you or playing a very fast paced style, slow the tempo down and focus on retaining the ball. If you usually make 10 passes in a typical attack, go ahead and make 20. The longer you hold onto the ball for a continuous period, the more antsy the enemy becomes. And if you’ve got ants in your pants, you’re more likely to make a mistake.
Mistiming a tackle is one of the easiest ways to get scored on. You should tackle the ball carrier only if you’re 100% certain that you’ll get the ball, or if you need to extend your reach. Otherwise, simply positioning your player into the path of the attacker is more than enough. It’s similar to defending in real life in the sense that positioning is usually better than going for a tackle. Make no mistake though, but not to the point of avoiding tackling altogether. There will be plenty of times you’ll absolutely need to stop a player in or around your box. Just remember, tackle when you’re sure or when there’s no other option.
Other strategies to consider are correct formation, choosing the right players for your team as substitution is limited, avoiding violations by keeping an intact communication with your teammate, and of course—have loads of fun!
Red Bull Back-2-Back is held in partnership with Vodafone, Virtuocity, LaLiga Lounge and Shooters Gaming, I Love Qatar and Qatar Living.
For the Red Bull Back-2-Back finals teaser video, click here.
(Information source: https://www.fifauteam.com/fifa...)
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