New FIFA 18 update patch to fix the kick-off glitch

"The defending team will be more compact" to avoid these silly goals from kick-off.

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Have you ever been hit by a rival exploiting the infamous "Kick-off glitch" in FIFA 18? Or do you use it yourself to your advantage? Well, in both cases things are luckily about to change, as it was becoming both boring and frustrating for many players. Until now, there was a combination by which it was rather easy (and repetitive) to score a goal from the kick-off, no matter if it was the very start of a time, or after letting a goal in.

If you haven't already, give it a try: Use the new rule to pass the ball directly back to your first midfielder after the whistle. Then pass it to your fullback. From there, choose a side and send it to either your left or right back. Then send a pass through to your winger, which you ordered to run right before by pressing L1. At this point, you only have to run a bit more and make a cross for the header. Goal!

It took long enough, but now EA has decided to patch the defending team's behaviour to avoid this exploit. As made clear in the official notes:

After kickoff, the defending team will be more compact in defense

  • Their attacking players will be less aggressive in pushing up the field.

  • Their defensive players will close the space between them and their attacking players to reduce the gap and limit the attacking team's space.

The full patch notes address a couple of additional issues, but the meat of the update refers to the FIFA Ultimate Team mode, both in terms of contract and setup.

The fix can now be downloaded on PC, and will soon be available on consoles.

Have you suffered/enjoyed this FIFA 18 kick-off exploit yourself? Leave a comment below.


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