By Ken Allsop
1. Play the tutorials, both regular and advanced. Not only do these introduce the gameplay of Rocket League but what the cars are capable of with their acrobatic abilities.
2. Don't always just rush straight at the ball. While it may look fun having a massive pile up, it isn't very beneficial to the match itself. Just because everyone else does, doesn't mean you have to.
3. If you're at the back for kick-off, get in goal. The ball is very unpredictable, especially when everyone crashes together at the start. Having someone in goal at least after the initial coming together has saved my team many cheap goals.
4. Make sure to keep your boost filled. The boosts around the edge will give you a full 100%, so go grab them often. Even if it means a slight detour from chasing the ball; you never know when you need full speed at a moment's notice.
5. If you don't have control, get back between the ball and your goal. This is the golden rule with Rocket League. If your not actively attacking or preparing to strike, get back and defend. Better still, try not to hit it back towards your own goal.
6.You can pick up speed without boost by using flips. This also works when travelling backwards, making it a fairly useful way to travel while saving that boost.
7. Learning basic aerial techniques makes a ton of difference. Jump, tilt back slightly, then boost. Boosting before tilting will ruin your chances of getting airborne and being able to hit balls that are hanging in the air will give you a huge advantage over players who wait for them to drop down.
8. Set up your controls and camera settings. You can crank up your field of view to see more of the game at once, which will make your life easier. Also switching the camera angles to suit your actions, crashing into team mates because you're stuck on 'ball cam' is not good.
9. Aerials are great fun, but they aren't always the best option. Sometimes it's better to keep the ball on the ground and under closer control.
10. Once players get decent, a lot of your goals will come from rebounds. One player forces a save, then another capitalises on the opportunity. Keep this in mind both when attacking (if your teammate is pushing in, hang back and look for where the rebound might fall) and when defending (try to knock balls out as far as possible to give you time to recover).