Ensure you have the silky skills to outplay your friends in the downloadable demo of EA SPORTS FIFA 12 from PlayStation Store.
Strap your boots on - EA SPORTS FIFA 12 is ready for a big kick-off on PlayStation 3 and you can make sure you're pitch perfect for the new season with the free PlayStation Store demo. Here are some top tips to get you warmed up.
Train to win
When you start FIFA 12 you'll be introduced to the basics of defending. While experienced players should be able to do these drills in their sleep, it's worth paying attention if you're new or unfamiliar to the techniques at your disposal.
You won't just learn how to tackle, you'll also pick up the ability to push and pull effectively. This is a tactic more important than ever before with FIFA 12's Player Impact Engine, which increases the variety of contact between players. Fighting for possession has never been so intense, so be aware of how to use this to your advantage.
With the new Player Impact Engine it's even more tempting to lunge in with a sliding tackle instead of risking a weak physical challenge. Resist this urge unless you like to collect dreaded yellow or red cards. Use the ability to jockey and contain instead, to help keep your opponent away from dangerous positions.
If you must commit yourself to a sliding tackle, make sure your timing is spot on - or some of your players will end up having an early bath. Mistime your sliding tackle and you may be punished by a rival goal because you've left your man out of position.
Dare to dribble
Another addition to FIFA 12's kitbag is Precision Dribbling. This gives you plenty of options to fend off opponents when you're on the ball, with the ability to make more room to run into tight areas and dictate your attacks with extra control.
Make sure you get the ball to midfield maestros such as Lionel Messi for Barcelona or Manchester City's David Silva to give the opposition a footballing lesson they'll never forget.
Attack, attack, attack
Don't be afraid to attack the ball when your opponents have possession. Containing isn't just useful for defending, it's also great for pressing the opposition backwards and forcing them into making mistakes. The best players know how to keep pushing and applying the pressure until an opening emerges.
Teamwork makes the dream work
Even Brazilian football legend Pele needed his talented teammates alongside him to ensure victory - and you should be just as aware of the other ten men on your side. If a player is signalling for the ball by raising his hand, it indicates he'll run into space if you try a pass.
It's always wise to assess the situation before you make that vital play, however. If your rivals read the pass, they can easily intercept it, potentially leaving you at a disadvantage. It's best not to wait too long to make the pass, either - the pace of the game is very quick and a promising attack can quickly break down and turn into a problem for an over-exposed defence.
Stick the boot in early
There are only around six minutes per match in the demo, so don't be shy to make your players sprint for every ball. There is no extra time and even if you go straight into a rematch they'll be fresh for the next game, so give it your all and push your team to the limit. If you're desperate to hold on to a hard-fought lead, use your substitutions wisely and play keep ball to frustrate your opponent.
Download the EA SPORTS FIFA 12 demo from PlayStation Store now and prepare to pass your friends off the pitch.