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Heading for Defenders

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Is it useful to counteract strikers with good Heading? Or that would be countered also by Tackling?
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[FSSMZ]
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Useless. Rarely do defenders head the ball. And this only happens when an opposition player misses a long pass or a cross played to a striker. Then, your defender will sometimes head the ball as if it were a pass to another player in your team, but the heading skill doesn't seem to make a difference in this specific situation.

To put it another way, when a long pass or a cross is played to a striker, if the long pass or cross coming from the opposition team is accurate and reaches the striker, the only way to win the ball back is by tackling your opponent. See, your only hope is the opposition player missing the pass or winning the ball back through a tackle (alternatively, you can use a very defensive tactic with 5 defenders to overwhelm the winger and stop most of the crosses and long passes).

So, the heading skill is presumably useless for defenders, as far as is known.

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[FSSMZ]
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Note that sometimes the cross will be perfect and there is no way to stop the striker from heading the ball. In this case, you would need to not let the cross happen in the first place. No tackling skills would help you, let alone heading skills! The answer above covers the situations in which a striker receives a long pass without heading the ball.

Well, that's a lot of text for a very simple answer. Sorry. The fact is that heading makes no difference for defenders.

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My wingbacks actually interupts crosses to wingers with headers back to midfield. Is it thanks to ball control or heading. Atleast getting it to my midfield is thanks to heading right? I would actually highly disagree with claim that heading is useless with defenders. Wingers probably aren't trained with heading and what manual says about it

Heading: A player with good Heading skills is comfortable when dealing with aerial balls.

Thats why I break those passes early with headers as my oppoments dont have heading with their wingers and i have with my wingbacks? Why target mans probably score that much from crosses is The lack of heading with central defenders and what makes me think that wingplay has been so op before is that people havent valued heading as much se they should have.

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Jere, I see where you are coming from. I notice that my wingbacks do intercept some passes with headers too. You have a point.

But the thing is that their heading skill is not trained at all in my case (I'm talking about my U18 and U21 defenders here). Yet, they never miss any headers. Those passes are always "perfect". They always land at my players (and what happens next is random). Therefore, I just assume the heading skill is useless in those situations, because the players seem to not miss any headers directed to another player no matter how good or how bad they are at heading.

I've also never seen a defender heading the ball to stop a striker from heading the ball. So, what is heading for? You could be right about heading not being totally useless, but I've never seen it playing a important role.

I mean, what do I know about this game? Lots of misteries out there. This is just theory.
 
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