The first thing you must do is find yourself a specialist for your club or team and this can be done via the main menu and then you go to the customise tab. From there, go to team sheets and select any team you want to look up players in to see if they’re specialists.
To find them, you need to look out for a few important statistics such as the distance shooter specialtie, the long shot taker trait and in general stats their curve, longshots and shot power. If they’ve got distance shooter then they’re a specialist, also if their longshots and shot power are above 86 they are also good enough. The curve/swerve stat is literally if you want a player that can perform finesse longshots.
Shot Power & Aim
Now as for the all-important shot power for 20 to 25 yards out which is just outside the opponents penalty area you want around 2 to 2 and a half bars of power for standard longshots and 2 and a half to 3 bars of power for the finesse. Further out at 30 to 35 yard which is in-between the opponents penalty area and the halfway line you want to generate 3 bars of power for the standard longshot and 3 to 3 and a half for finesse efforts.
As for the aim you want to direct your strikes into the top corners if possible so the top left or right and even the low rockets seem to work a treat as well. Only aim for the middle of the goal if you see the goalkeeper slightly off his line as this can then open up the opportunity to chip him with a beautiful long shot.
Another factor you will want to take into consideration is lining up your player for the strike. Just simply move your player with the left analogue stick central as you never want to be at an angle and that increase the chances of conversion by more than 50%.
This is arguably the most important part of the formula and the final piece of the puzzle to make sure you score your longshots at every opportunity. There are three main ways you can gain momentum and they are showcased as the following.
- Running A Few Strides
- Skill Moves
- Passing Rhythm
Now as for running you simply want to just run with the ball at your feet just using the sprint button and run for about 4 seconds or more and then hit a cracker. This works because the game engine that EA have put in see it as the player gaining momentum and is on a bit of a roll.
The other way is to use skill moves and anyone will do from a simply sidestep/ball roll to no-touch dribbling it doesn’t really matter as long as straight afterwards you hit a beauty. The last way of gaining some momentum is to pass the ball and get a good rhythm going and i would say around 6 passes or more and you’re good to go with your longshot.