FIFA 21 Controls: Attacking, Defending & Goalkeeping on PlayStation, Xbox & PC

FIFA 21 ControlsGoal

Anyone who has played a FIFA game in recent years probably has gotten to grips with the basic controls by now, but even long-term fans of the game might not know every single move in FIFA 21.

Additionally, new controls such as Player Lock and improved off-the-ball movement have been added to FIFA 21, giving you greater control over your players.

People who move over to FIFA 21 from Pro Evolution Soccer might also take a while to get to grips with the controls, but you can change the button assignments from "Classic" to "Alternate" in the settings to make the shoot button the same on both games.

If you have a PlayStation or Xbox controller, you can use this to play FIFA 21 on PC and the controls will be the same as on the console.

To use your PlayStation controller on PC, you will need to install a small program called DS4Windows, while all you need to do to use your Xbox controller is to plug it into your PC USB port and it will install automatically.

FIFA 21: Movement Controls

FIFA 21 uses the same movement controls as previous versions but has added Agile Dribbling as one of the main gameplay improvements from last season.

CommandPlayStationXbox
Move PlayerLL
SprintHold R2Hold RT
Shield / JockeyHold L2Hold LT
First Touch / Knock-OnR2 + RRT + R
Stop and Face GoalLet go of L, L1Let go of L, LB
Face Up DribblingL2 + R2LT + RT
Strafe DribbleL1+ LLB+ L
Stop BallLet go of L, R2Let go of L, RT
Jostle (Ball In Air)L2LT

FIFA 21: Attacking Controls

Player Lock and new player run options have been added in FIFA 21, giving you greater control over your team-mates when in possession.

CommandPlayStationXbox
Ground Pass / HeaderXA
Lob Pass / Cross / HeaderSquareX
Through PassTriangleY
Shoot / Volley / HeaderCircleB
Timed FinishingCircle, CircleB, B
Chip ShotL1 + CircleLB + B
Finesse ShotR1 + CircleRB + B
Low Shot / Downward HeaderL1 + R1 + CircleLB + RB + B
Fake ShotCircle then X + DirectionB then A + Direction
Fake PassSquare then X + DirectionX then A + Direction
Threaded Through PassR1 + TriangleRB + Y
Protect BallL2LT
Driven Ground PassR1 + XRB + A
Lofted Ground PassX + XA + A
Lofted Through PassTriangle, TriangleY, Y
Lobbed Through PassL1 + TriangleLB + Y
Driven Lobbed Through PassL1 + R1 + TriangleLB + RB + Y
Driven Lob Pass/ Driven CrossR1 + SquareRB + X
High Lob / High CrossL1 + SquareLB + X
Ground CrossSquare, SquareX, X
Whipped CrossL1 + R1 + SquareLB + RB + X
Driven Ground CrossR1 + Square, SquareRB + X, X
Trigger RunL1LB
Call for SupportR1RB
DummyHold R1Hold RB
CancelL2 + R2LT + RT
Flair PassL2 + XLT + A
Flair ShotL2 + CircleLT + B
Flair LobL2 + SquareLT + X
Flick Up For VolleyR3R3
Pass and GoL1 + XLB + A
Directional RunsL1 + Flick RLB + Flick R
Player LockL3 + R3L3 + R3
Player Lock SwitchingFlick LFllick L
Super CancelL1 + R1 + L2 + R2LB + RB + LT + RT
Cancel AdvantageL2 + R2LT + RT

FIFA 21: Defending Controls

Defending has not really changed in FIFA 21, but the new Natural Collisions improvements mean that defensive controls are more responsive this year, with a well-timed standing tackle more effective in this year's game.

CommandPlayStationXbox
Switch PlayerL1LB
Manual Switch PlayerFlick RFlick R
TackleCircleB
Instant Hard TackleR1 + CircleRB + B
Sliding TackleSquareX
ClearanceCircleB
Shoulder Challenge/SealoutL2L2
Jockey/Grab & holdHold L2Hold L2
ContainHold XHold A
Teammate ContainHold R1Hold RB
Running JockeyL2 + R2LT & RT
Pull and Hold (when chasing)Hold CircleHold B
Get up after sliding tackleSquareX
Goalkeeper chargeHold TriangleHold Y

FIFA 21: Goalkeeping Controls

Most people use automatic goalkeeping and let the AI control the goalkeeper, but you can switch to the goalkeeper using the touchpad to allow you to pull off saves and charge at the ball.

CommandPlayStationXbox
Drop KickCircle or XB or X
Throw/PassXA
Drop BallTriangleY
Pick Up BallR1RB
Driven ThrowR1 + XRB + A
Driven KickR1 + SquareRB + X
Move GoalkeeperHold R3, RHold R3, R
Switch to GKPress TouchpadPress Touchpad