FIFA 18: Complete controls guide (goalkeeper, defence & attack) on PS4 & Xbox One

We've listed ALL the goalkeeper, defence, attacking, penalties, free kicks and corner controls and tips on PS4 and Xbox One to give you the edge.


Every FIFA game is the same right? Wrong. There are always a couple of new features that come into the game, which can mean some new controls. This is the case on FIFA 18, with some new sneaky little moves which can make a big difference on the pitch.

READ: FIFA 19: Complete controls guide (goalkeeper, defence & attack) on PS4 & Xbox One

Whether you’re new to FIFA games or looking for that extra edge on FIFA 18, we’ve got all the controls for you, and an explanation on the subtle moves that can help you up your game. 

Movement

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Move Player

Move L stick

Move L stick

Sprint

R2

RT

Change player (defence)

L1

LB

Switch player (manual)

R stick

R stick

Protect ball (attack)/jockey (defence)

L2 (hold)

LT (hold)

First touch/knock-on (with ball)

R2 + R stick

RT + R stick

Stop and face goal (with ball)

L stick (release) + L1

L stick (release) + LB

Face up dribbling

L2 + R2

LT + RT

Stop ball

L stick (release) + R2

L stick (release) + RT

No touch small feints

R1

RB

Dummy ball (when receiving)

Hold R1

Hold RB

Let ball run

R1 + L stick (first time)

RB + L stick (first time)

Slow dribble

L1 + L stick

LB + L stick

Last years game saw a change in the moves you can do with your feet, with the ability to let the ball run to deceive your opponent. Using the no touch small feints (R1/RB) and let ball run (R1/RB + L stick) controls can entice the defender to dive in, and you can then dribble past him. Similarly, if you have your back to the defender and he isn’t directly behind you, using dummy ball (hold R1/RB) can allow you to spin in behind. 

To be successful on FIFA 18, you must protect the ball (hold L2/LT). Without holding this down when under pressure from a defender, you will consistently lose the ball, but you must time this when sprinting otherwise you will be knocked off balance. Equally, using the function in defence can help you shrug the attacker off the ball. 

Face up dribbling (L2 + R2/LT + RT) can be another game changer, especially if you’re looking to hold the ball up before bursting past your opponent. Practice using first touch/knock-on (R2/RT + R stick) and if you get the timing right, you can leave the defender for dust or set yourself up for a volley. 

Let ball run

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Hold down R1/RB and move the L stick forward to let the ball run and roll your defender.

Attack

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Short pass/header

X

A

Lob pass/cross/header

X

Through ball

Y

Shoot/volley/header

O

B

Chip shot

L1 + O

LB + B

Finesse shot

R1 + O

RB + B

Low shot/downward header

O then tap O

B + tap B

Fake shot

O then X

B then A

Fake pass

■ then X

X then A

Lobbed through ball

L1 + ▲

LB + Y

Threaded through ball

R1 + ▲

RB + Y

Threaded lobbed through ball

R1 + L1 + ▲

RB + LB + Y

Driven ground pass

R1 + X

RB + A

Driven lob pass/cross

R1 + ■

RB + X

High lob/cross

L1 + ■

LB + X

Ground cross

■ then tap ■

X then tap X

Call for support

Tap R1

Tap RB

Dummy ball (when receiving)

Hold R1

Hold RB

Flair pass

L2 + X

L2 + A

Flair shot

L2 + O

L2 + B

Cancel

L2 + R2

LT + RT

You should be familiar with most of the controls in attack, but there are few little tricks that can help you bang in more goals. 

The threaded through ball (R1 + ▲/RB + Y) is another game changer on FIFA 18, allowing you to put the ball beyond the defence and enabling your attackers to run on to the ball at pace. 

If you are looking to knock the ball around longer or at a quicker pace, using driven ground pass (R1 + X/RB + A) can help you zip the ball between your midfielders and full backs.

Finesse shot and chip shot have become FIFA staples, but mastering the low shot/downward header (O + tap O/B + tap B) is much more tricky. You must power up your shot and then tap shoot again to pull it off, so it may take you some time in arena mode to master it.

Crossing has been updated for FIFA 18, so you must identify which type of delivery is best in different scenarios. If you have men arriving late, use the high cross (L1 + ■ /LB + X) so they have more time to run on to the ball. If your forward is in-line or ahead of the defence, use driven cross (R1 + ■ /RB + X)or ground cross (■+ tap ■ /X + tap X). 

Pass and move + threaded through ball

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L1 + X/LB + A will cause your player to pass and move, with the threaded through ball (R1 + ▲/RB + Y) giving your teammate more yards to run onto the ball.

Defence

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Tackle/push or pull

O

B

Pull and hold (when chasing)

Hold O

Hold B

Sliding tackle

X

Clearance (with ball)

O

B

Physical tackle/push/pull/jockey

Hold L2

Hold LT

Contain

Hold X

Hold A

Teammate contain

Hold R1

Hold RB

Jockey

L2

LT

Quick get up (after slide tackle)

X

Hard tackle

Hold O

Hold B

A common mistake by FIFA players is to push the tackle button too often. You must wait for the opportunity to tackle, so the rest of the time you must use the other available controls in defence. Contain (X/A) will press the attacker, and if you want to double up or mark someone else whilst sending a teammate to the ball, use teammate contain (hold R1/RB). 

If you need to slide tackle, using quick get up (■ /X)will come in handy whether you win the ball or not. When you're defending in wide areas, using jockey (L2/LT) will ensure your player will face up to the attacker, giving you a better chance of nicking the ball or blocking a cross. 

Jockey

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Holding down L2/LT with cause your defender to face up to your opponent in the wide areas.

Goalkeeper

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Punt (with ball)

O or ■

B or X

Throw (with ball)

X

A

Charge/drop ball

Y

Manually switch to GK

Touch pad

‘View’ button

Goalkeeper dive

R stick

R stick

Auto positioning

Hold L1

Hold LB

Driven throw

R1 + X

RB + A

Driven kick

R1 + ■

RB + X

Cover far post

Hold R3

Click + hold R stick

Knowing how to use your goalkeeper can get you out of a hole at the back, with timing your charge the vital component. If you're feeling brave, you can manually switch to GK (touch pad/'view' button) but judging when to dive is very difficult. As for crosses, if the ball is likely to go over the ‘keeper’s head, use cover far post (hold R3/click + hold R stick).

To quick-start counter-attacks with your goalkeeper, use driven throw (R1 + X/RB + A) and driven kick (R1 + ■ /RB + X), and if you use them right you can quickly play the ball into space.

Driven kick

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Use driven kick (R1 + ■ /RB + X) to spread the play quickly, so look at the radar to hit players in space.

Set pieces

Set pieces can be the difference during close games, but with a slight reform for FIFA 18 they are tough to master.

Free kicks

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Adjust run up

R stick

R stick

Ground pass

X

A

High pass/cross

X

Shoot

O

B

Driven shot

L1 + O

LB + B

Wall jump (defending)

Y

Wall charge (defending)

X

A

Move wall (defending)

L2 (left)/R2 (right)

LT (left)/RT (right)

Wall creep forward (defending)

R1

RB

Apply curl during run up

L stick

L stick

Select kick taker

Hold R2

Hold RT

Call 2nd kick taker

L2

LT

2nd kick taker shoot

L2 + O

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 + X then A

Call 3rd kick taker

R1

RB

3rd kick taker shoot

R1 + O

RB + B

3rd kick taker run over ball

R1 + ■ then X

RB + X then A

There are plenty of free kick variations on FIFA 18, with players holding various stats and the ability to adjust the player’s run up. A nice trick from direct free-kicks is to run over the ball (R1 + ■ then X/RB + X then A) with the various kick takers. Often they will run into space, leading to a goal scoring opportunity. 

Run over ball

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Catch the defence out using the run over ball (R1 + ■ then X/RB + X then A) move with any of the three kick takers, quickly push pass to play them in on goal.

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Penalties

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Shoot

O

B

Aim

L stick

L stick

Adjust run up

R stick

R stick

Stutter/slow jog (during run up)

L2

LT

Sprint (during run up)

R2

RT

Turn aim indicator on/off

D-pad up

D-pad up

Select kick taker

Hold R2

Hold RT

Finesse shot

R1 + O

RB + B

Chip shot

L1 + O

LB + B

Goalkeeper dive

R stick

R stick

Goalkeeper move side to side

Move L stick

Move L stick

Goalkeeper gestures

■/▲/O/X

X/Y/B/A

Penalties have been adjusted for FIFA 18, making them surprisingly difficult. Get accustomed to how they work with the aim indicator (D-pad up), but in essence, you need to pick the direction of your shot during your run up. Without doing so, you will telegraph where you are aiming, making the penalty easier to save.

Aim indicator

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Using the indicator (D-pad up) can also help you fox your opponent if you move to the corner last minute.

Corners

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Cross

Square (hold down for flatter ball)

X (hold down for flatter ball)

Ground pass

X

A

Aim kick

L stick

L stick

Switch to receiver

L1

LB

Call player short

L2

LT

Set plays

D-pad up

D-pad up

Corners have also been adjusted, with the amount of power you put on the delivery controlling the ball’s trajectory. Experiment with the different set plays (D-pad up) to see which works best for you, with switching to the receiver (L1/LB) allowing you to pinpoint the ball to your most dangerous man in the air. 

Switch to receiver

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Press (L1/LB) to switch to receiver and play your cross. You can then move your receiver to where the cross is aimed, press ■/X to take the corner and then head the ball home when it comes in. 

Throw ins

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Change player

L1

LB

Switch to receiver

R stick

R stick

Movement along the line

L stick

L stick

Short throw in

X

A

Short throw in manual

Y

Long throw in

■ (hold down for more power)

X (hold down for more power)

Move thrown in receiver

L stick

L stick

Fake throw

■ then X

X then A

Throw ins haven’t changed, but there are a few tricks you should be familiar with. Switch to receiver (R stick) can help if you aren’t happy with your player’s movement, and a fake throw ( ■ then X/X then A) can buy you some extra time. If you have a long throw (hold ■/X) specialist in your side, you need to be hurling that ball into the box. 

Switch to receiver

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Similar to corners, switching to receiver with the R stick can allow your player to pull away from his marker and into space. 

Tactics

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Change mentality (more attacking/defensive)
D-pad right (attacking) or left (defensive)
D-pad right (attacking) or left (defensive)

Offside trap

D-pad up then up

D-pad up then up

Team press

D-pad up then down

D-pad up then down

Swap wings

D-pad up then left

D-pad up then left

CB joins attack

D-pad up then right

D-pad up then right

Counter attack

D-pad down then up

D-pad down then up

High pressure

D-pad down then down

D-pad down then down

Possession

D-pad down then left

D-pad down then left

Long ball

D-pad down then right

D-pad down then right

Lastly, we have the tactics. These can be used by using the Directional/D-pad buttons, and can make a difference if you need a change of philosophy in the match. You are most likely to use the mentality (D-pad right or left) options which vary from ‘Park the Bus’ to ‘All out Attack’. The more attacking you go, the higher your defensive line and the more your players push forward and join up with the attack.

The first four tactical options are one-off moves, i.e. if you switch them on, the move will occur just once. 

Offside trap (D-pad up then up) will rush your defence up to play the attack offside.

Team press (D-pad up then down) will push your team up on your opponents.

Swap wings (D-pad up then left) will cause your two wingers to switch flanks.

CB joins attack (D-pad up then right) will get one of your centre backs to play alongside your strikers.

The other four tactical options change your whole side's tactical set-up. 

Counter attack (D-pad down then up) will cause your side to sit deep and then throw players forward on the break.

High pressure (D-pad down then down) will create constant pressure on your opponents.

Possession (D-pad down then left) will bring your players closer together to keep the ball with less movement.

Long ball (D-pad then right) will get your strikers further forward and move men closer to the frontmen to feed off the knock downs. 

Possession

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Pressing down then left on the D-pad will cause your players to move closer together in a bid to retain more possession. Use this tactic if you are looking to protect a lead.

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