Broken FIFA 20 goalkeeper animation glitch lets anything go in

Broken FIFA 20 goalkeeper animation glitch lets anything go in

Published: 26/Aug/2020 15:41

by David Purcell


Goalkeeper animations have been overhauled in FIFA 21, but that’s not really any help for FIFA 20 players experiencing big problems with the animations in-game. 

There should be nobody you trust more on the pitch than your goalkeeper. They could be the difference between a win, and a loss or draw.


Investing in a good set of hands between the sticks is important in just about any game mode you can think of: Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs, even Volta.

However, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve spent, whether it’s a big name keeper or a high-rated star – nothing can stop the ball from going in when a gameplay issue plagues the game.


FIFA 20 player shows just how bad keepers are

FIFA 20 ederson goalkeeper
It doesn’t matter how good your goalkeeper is, this bug hits hard.

Now, there is no real way of classifying this as a glitch or a bug in FIFA 20, although it’s certainly not supposed to happen. That’s for sure.

Reddit user TheClassicK, as well as a load of others in the comments, have flagged a problem that crops up in the 90th minute of matches. Instead of moving towards the ball to save it with their hands, a clip shows Marc-Andre ter Stegen not even stretching in the direction of the shot.

Instead, once it’s passed him and nestled in the net, an animation is triggered.


The poster said: “Probably one of the most annoying things about the game all year – GK avoiding shots like they’re bullets at the 90th minute.”

Probably one of the most annoying things about the game all year – GK avoiding shots like they’re bullets at the 90th minute. from FIFA

Long-standing issue, but FIFA 21 may fix it

This has been a frustration for some time now, with the community seemingly frustrated about the state of gameplay.

The post shot up to top spot on the FIFA subreddit on August 26, but really this has been happening for quite a while beforehand. The longer it goes on, the more vocal fans become.


One user in the comments said: “Never understood GK animations in FIFA. Like why won’t he stretch even a bit for this shot? Similarly, on countless other situations, the ball just flies by some inches from the keeper and he just decides not to make any effort whatsoever to save it.”

FIFA 21 Inter Milan team
EA SPORTS have promised goalkeeper changes in FIFA 21.

Another posted: “It’s understandable how difficult it is to get all the animations spot on considering how many interactions and movements there are in the game, but it’s unacceptable when you’re looking at a massive company that’s been making the same game for a decade and still doesn’t have it anywhere near an acceptable level.”


The scrutiny on developers may be intense for FIFA 20 gameplay, although all eyes will soon turn to the series’ next installment.

In FIFA 21, EA has confirmed goalkeeper will be given a big AI overhaul – something that has been promised before – as well as a whole host of other changes, laid out in the pitch notes. For more information on that, check out our FIFA 21 news hub.


How to snipe players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

Published: 17/Oct/2020 18:06 Updated: 17/Oct/2020 18:09

by Joe Craven


Over the years, ‘sniping’ has grown to be an excellent method of acquiring players for below their usual BIN price. Here’s everything you need to know to master it in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

The community dislike of Ultimate Team price ranges still hasn’t died away completely but, as you’d expect, FIFA’s fan base has figured out how trading can still be performed in the market’s conditions.


Acquiring players just before they enter a Team of the Week is as reliable as ever, but picking up true bargains has become more difficult as price ranges seek to inhibit the coin buying/selling trade.

FIFA 21 Transfer Market HUB
EA Sports
With millions of items on the market, bargains are there to be found.

One way around this is ‘sniping’ – the act of intentionally searching below a player’s typical buy it now (BIN) price, and then acting quickly to finalize the purchase. Here, we’re going to break down how to do it, and how it can benefit you and your Ultimate Team bank.


Step One: Pick your player and work out his usual price

First off, you need to pick the player you want. This can be for trading, or for use in your team. You won’t want to pick a player too expensive and rare, as there simply won’t be the quantity of that player on the market. Players will also be more careful to get their money’s worth when listing a better, rarer player. We’ve gone for Raphinha of Leeds United.

Rpahinha in FUT 21 Transfer Market
EA Sports
Raphinha is a steal for just a few thousand coins.

Step Two: Lower your price

As you can see, there are hundreds of cards available for 2,700 coins. We know off the bat, then, that this is too high. We’d recommend dropping the price search by about 10%, which in this case will take our searches down to about 2,400 coins.

Step Three: Buy it now

For this price, there are just a couple of options, both at the very beginning of their one hour on the market. These will sell very rapidly, so it’s up to you to act fast and ‘buy it now’. Internet will probably matter in this scenario, so if your console or PC is pretty slow, the web app might offer you more luck.


In terms of actually pushing the buttons quickly to buy the player, practice makes perfect. You’ll need to select the player, move down to Buy Now, then move up to ‘Yes’. The best way to do it is to practice.

Raphinha in FIFA 21 Transfer Market
EA Sports
Raphinha is available even cheaper.

However, we should stress that it’s not this simple. A lot of the time, searching below a player’s BIN price, you’ll be met with the message tell you there are no players available at that price.

Unfortunately, you cannot just spam the search button and be taken to the players available as they are listed – you have to alternate between a couple of prices. In this Raphinha example, you’ll probably need to alternate between about 2,300 and 2,400 coins. We even found one for 2,100 coins – 600 coins below the value we know he can sell for.

Raphinha BIN price in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team
EA Sports
Some bargains are available, even in players’ given price ranges.

What to bear in mind when sniping in FIFA Ultimate Team

If you’re sniping to trade, remember EA’s 5% tax. Buying a player at 2,900 coins and selling them for 3,000 is pointless, as you’ll only get 2,850 coins for the sale. This is why we recommend going about 10% below their standard BIN price, or lower.

Next, sniping is difficult with more valuable players. There are fewer of them, and players will be more cautious when listing a highly valuable player. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it’ll just require more patience.


Finally, remember players’ values change. Buying a Raphinha today for 2,400 coins might be a good deal, but tomorrow he could only be worth 2,200 coins. Be intelligent and work quickly.

Once you master sniping, it can be a seriously useful way of saving coins. Be realistic though, as price ranges means the days of finding a 100k player for 10k are long behind us.