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All controls and best settings for FIFA 22

Learning the basics is key to success in FIFA 22.
FIFA 22 is right around the corner, with some players already enjoying what EA has in store for them via Early Access, many new football fans will dabble in the world of the most successful sports simulator in the world.

Knowing the control schemes of a game with different aspects of gameplay, all intertwined and at play at the same time due to the fast-paced nature of football, can be daunting for a newcomer.

It can get confusing having to memorise controls for when you're attacking, defending, when are you looking to counter-press or fallback, retain the ball or counterattack. Fear not, as we're here to help.

While we've talked about more advanced techniques before like how to pressure the ball, how to perform fake shots, or control the goalkeeper, let's go back to basics, giving you all the essential controls you need to know in FIFA 22.

FIFA 22 - All controls

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FIFA 22 has complex controls. (Picture: EA Sports)

There are plenty of controls and systems in place even at a basic level within FIFA 22, both in terms of attacking and defending, and general movement controls.

We have divided all the controls down below for your convenience.

Movement

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
Move Player L L
Sprint R2 Hold Down + Direction RT Hold Down + Direction
Shield/Jockey L2 Hold Down + Direction LT Hold Down + Direction
First Touch / Knock-On R2 + R + Direction RT + R + Direction
Stop and Face Goal L + no direction + L1 L + no direction + LB
Face Up Dribbling L2 + R2 LT + RT
Strafe Dribble L1+ L LB+ L
Strafe Dribble (Lock Face Angle) L1 + R1 + L LB + RB + L
Stop Ball R2 + no direction RT + no direction
Jostle (Ball In Air) L2 LT
Skill Moves R R
Slow Dribble (11v11 Only) L2 + R2 + L + Direction LT + RT + L + Direction
Simple Skill Moves (VOLTA Football only) L2 + R2 + L + Direction LT + RT + L + Direction
Simple Flicks (VOLTA FOOTBALL only) R3 + L + Direction R3 + L + Direction
Taunts (VOLTA FOOTBALL only) L + no direction + R2 Hold Down L + no direction + R2 Hold Down

 

Attacking - Simple

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
Ground Pass/Header X A
Lob Pass / Cross / Header X
Through Pass Y
Shoot / Volley / Header B
Time Your Shot ◯ + ◯ (Timed) B + B (Timed)
Chip Shot L1 + ◯ LB + B
Finesse Shot R1 + ◯ RB + B
Low Shot / Downward Header L1 + R1 + ◯ LB + RB + B
Fake Shot ◯ then X + Direction B then A + Direction
Fake Pass ▢ then X + Direction X then A + Direction
Threaded Through Pass R1 + △ RB + Y
Rewind and Try Again (Kick-Off Only) L2 + R2 Option LT + R2 Start

 

Attacking - Advanced

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
Protect Ball L2 LT
Driven Ground Pass R1 + X RB + A
Lofted Ground Pass X + X A + A
Lofted Through Pass △ + △ Y + Y
Lobbed Through Pass L1 + △ LB + Y
Driven Lobbed Through Pass L1 + R1 + △ LB + RB + Y
Driven Lob Pass / Driven Cross R1 + ▢ RB + X
High Lob / High Cross L1 + ▢ LB + X
Ground Cross ▢ + ▢ X + X
Whipped Cross L1 + R1 + ▢ LB + RB + X
Driven Ground Cross R1 + ▢ + ▢ RB + X + X
Trigger Run L1 LB
Call for Support R1 RB
Dummy a Pass L + no direction + R1 Press and Hold L + no direction + RB Press and Hold
Cancel L2 + R2 LT + RT
Flair Pass L2 + X LT + A
Flair Shot L2 + ◯ LT + B
Flair Lob L2 + ▢ LT + X
Let Ball Run R1 Press and Hold + L (Away From Ball) RB Press and Hold + L (Away From Ball)
Flick Up For Volley R3 R3
Disguised First Touch R1 Press and Hold + L (Towards Ball) RB Press and Hold + L (Towards Ball)
Set Up Touch R1 + R + Direction (Hold) RB + R + Direction (Hold)
Pass and Go L1 + X LB + A
Pass and Move X + R + Direction (Hold) A + R + Direction (Hold)
Directional Runs Tap L1 + R (Flick in any Direction) Tap LB + R (Flick in any Direction)
Player Lock L + R L + R
Switching (Player Lock) L (Flick in any Direction) L (Flick in any Direction)
Hard Super Cancel L1 + R1 + L2 + R2 LB + RB + LT + RT
Cancel Foul Advantage L2 + R2 LT + RT
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FIFA 22 will feel familiar for veterans. (Picture: EA Sports)

Tactics

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
DISPLAY ATTACKING TACTICS D-PAD: UP D-PAD: UP
Display Attacking Tactics D-Pad: UP D-Pad: UP
Get In The Box D-Pad: UP then UP D-Pad: UP then UP
Attacking Full Backs D-Pad: UP then RIGHT D-Pad: UP then RIGHT
Hug Sideline D-Pad: UP then LEFT D-Pad: UP then LEFT
Extra Striker D-Pad: UP then DOWN D-Pad: UP then DOWN
Display Defending Tactics D-Pad: DOWN D-Pad: DOWN
Striker Drop Back D-Pad: DOWN then UP D-Pad: DOWN then UP
Team Press D-Pad: DOWN then RIGHT D-Pad: DOWN then RIGHT
Overload Ball Side D-Pad: DOWN then LEFT D-Pad: DOWN then LEFT
Offside Trap D-Pad: DOWN then DOWN D-Pad: DOWN then DOWN
Change Game Plan D-Pad: RIGHT or LEFT D-Pad: RIGHT or LEFT
Quick Substitutes R2 RT
Change Mentality (VOLTA FOOTBALL only) D-Pad: RIGHT or LEFT D-Pad: RIGHT or LEFT

 

Defending

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
Change Player L1 LB
Change Player (Manual) R + Direction R + Direction
Tackle / Push or Pull (when chasing) B
Hard Tackle ◯ Press and Hold B Press and Hold
Instant Hard Tackle R1 + ◯ RB + ◯
Sliding Tackle X
Hard Tackle (VOLTA FOOTBALL only) X
Clearance B
Shoulder Challenge/Sealout L2 Tap LT Tap
Jockey / Grab & hold L2 Hold Down LT Hold Down
Contain X Press and Hold A Press and Hold
Teammate Contain R1 Press and Hold RB Press and Hold
Running Jockey L2 + R2 Hold Down LT + RT Hold Down
Pull and Hold (when chasing) ◯ Press and Hold B Press and Hold
Quick Get Up (after slide tackle) X
Engage Shielding Opponent L2 + L Towards Shielding Dribbler LT + L Towards Shielding Dribbler
Rush Goalkeeper Out △ Press and Hold Y Press and Hold
Goalkeeper Cross Intercept △ + △ Press and Hold Y + Y Press and Hold

 

Goalkeeper

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
Drop Kick ◯ or ▢ B or X
Throw/Pass X A
Drop Ball Y
Pick Up Ball R1 RB
Driven Throw R1 + X RB + A
Driven Kick R1 + ▢ RB + X
Move Goalkeeper R3 Press and Hold + R R3 Press and Hold + R
GK Cover Far Post R3 Press and Hold R3 Press and Hold
Switch to GK Press Touchpad Press Touchpad

 

Set pieces - Free Kicks

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
Aim L L
Move Kick Taker R R
Time Your Shot ◯ + ◯ (Timed) B + B (Timed)
Curled Shot ◯ or R Hold ⇩ B or R Hold ⇩
Apply Curl During Run Up R R
Driven Shot R1 + ◯ then L1 RB + B then LB
Ground Pass X A
Lob Pass / Cross X
Wall Jump Y
Wall Charge X A
Move Wall L2 or R2 LT or RT
Select Kick Taker R2 RT
Add Kick Taker R1 or L2 RB or LT
Move Goalkeeper ▢ or ◯ X or B

 

Set pieces - Free Kicks Advanced

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
Call 2nd Kick Taker L2 LT
2nd Kick Taker Curled Shot L2 + ◯ LT + B
2nd Kick Taker Layoff Pass L2 + X LT + A
2nd Kick Taker Layoff Chip L2 + ▢ LT + X
2nd Kick Taker Run Over Ball L2 + ◯ then X LT + B then A
Call 3rd Kick Taker R1 RB
3rd Kick Taker Curled Shot R1 + ◯ RB + B
3rd Kick Taker Run Over Ball R1 + ◯ then X RB + B then A
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Time to dominate the pitch. (Picture: EA Sports)

Set pieces – Corners and Throw Ins

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
Corners – Lob Cross X
Corners – Pass X A
Aim Kick L L
Apply Kick Power X
Turn Aim Indicator On/Off D-Pad: UP D-Pad: UP
Display Corner Tactics D-Pad: DOWN D-Pad: DOWN
Run Far Post D-Pad: UP then DOWN D-Pad: UP then DOWN
Edge Of Box Run D-Pad: DOWN then LEFT D-Pad: DOWN then LEFT
Crowd the Goalkeeper D-Pad: DOWN then LEFT D-Pad: DOWN then LEFT
Run Near Post D-Pad: DOWN then DOWN D-Pad: DOWN then DOWN
Move Along Live (Throw In) L L
Short Throw In X A
Short Throw In (Manual) Y
Long Throw In ▢ Or X Press and Hold X Or A Press and Hold
Fake Throw ▢ + X Or X + ▢ A + X Or A + X

 

Set pieces – Penalties

ACTION PLAYSTATION CONTROLS XBOX CONTROLS
Aim L L
Shoot B
Move Kick Taker R R
Stutter L2 LT
Sprint R2 RT
Apply Kick Power B
Finesse Shot R1 + ◯ RB + B
Chip Shot L1 + ◯ LB + B
Select Kick Taker R2 RT
Turn Air Indicator On/Off D-Pad: UP D-Pad: UP
Goalkeeper Move Side to Side L + Direction L + Direction
Goalkeeper Dive R + Direction R + Direction
Goalkeeper Gestures X Or ◯ Or ▢ Or △ A Or B Or X Or Y

 

FIFA 22 Best controller settings

We'll keep it simple here, unless you are a veteran of the series who has developed a unique style or found their perfect controller scheme, the default button settings are perfectly designed to execute everything you need to succeed in FIFA 22.

EA Sports has created a layout that doesn't require too many motions, and even when you need to take your hands off the sticks to use the D-Pad, you'll often be doing so during downtimes of a match.

We'll be continuing with more FIFA 22 content and advanced play guides as the season unfolds. Make sure to stay tuned to our official page for all the latest breaking news and information.

 

Featured image courtesy of EA Sports.