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

We've listed ALL the goalkeeper, defence, attacking, penalties, free kicks, corner, timed finishing and new on-the-fly tactic controls and tips on PS4 and Xbox One.


A new FIFA, and you’re expecting to grab up the controller and pick up from where you left off just a few months ago. Well, you’re in for a surprise on FIFA 19 with the game having the biggest redevelopment we’ve seen since the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

So, where do you start? It may seem a bit simple but looking through the controls can give you an upper hand when learning the game, so we’ve done the hard work for you at RealSport. Here are ALL the controls for the game, as we detail what’s new for FIFA 19. 

FIFA 19 Movement Controls

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Move player

Move L stick

Move L stick

Sprint

Hold R2

Hold RT

Change player (defence)

L1

LB

Change player (manual)

R stick

R stick

Shield ball (attack)/jockey or grab & hold (defence)/jockey (ball in air)

Hold L2

Hold LT

First touch/knock-on (with ball)

R2 + move R stick

RT + move R stick

Skill moves (with ball)

R stick

R stick

Stop and face goal (with ball)

L1 + no direction

LB + no direction

Face up dribbling

L2 + R2

LT + RT

Stop ball

R2 + no direction

RT + no direction

No touch feints

R1 + L

RB + L

Call for teammate runL1LB

Call for support

R1

RB

Let ball run

R1 press and hold + L away from ball

RB press and hold + L away from ball

Slow dribble

L1 + L + direction

LB + L + direction

Disguised first touch

R1 press and hold + L towards ball

RB press and hold + L towards ball

There a few subtle things on the ball that can give you the edge over your mates on FIFA 19. The biggest one is shielding the ball (hold L2/LT), whether you have the ball or challenging for it, make sure you have this on. If your opponent doesn’t, the ball will be yours. Timing is important however, as using this while sprinting can cause you to lose balance. 

Call for support (R1/RB) is fantastic if you find yourself isolated high up the field, and can even be used for a smart give and go to spin in behind the defence.

As for dribbling, there are various ways to get half a yard on your opponent, with face up dribbling (L2 + R2/LT + RT) giving you greater control and no touch feints (R1 + L/RB + L) there to trick the defender.

Disguised first touch (R1/RB press and hold + L towards ball) can surprise your marker and get you past him when receiving the ball, with the added bonus of plenty of flair.

Disguised first touch

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Hold down R1/RB and hold the L stick towards the ball when receiving a pass.

FIFA 19 Passing Controls

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Ground pass/header

X

A

Lob pass/cross/header

X

Through ball

Y

Shoot/volley/header

O

B

Timed finish

O + O (timed)

B + B (timed)

Chip shot

L1 + O

LB + B

Finesse shot

R1 + O

RB + B

Low shot/downward header

L1 + R1 + O

LB + RB + B

Fake shot/pass

O/X then X + L direction

B/X then A + L direction

Threaded through ball

R1 + △

RB + Y

Chipped through ball

L1 + △

LB + Y

Driven lob pass/cross

R1 + ▢

RB + X

High lob/cross

L1 + ▢

LB + X

Low cross

▢ + ▢

X + X

Scoop lob

L2 + ▢

LT + X

Dummy a pass

Press and hold R1

Press and hold RB

Cancel action

L2 + R2

LT + RT

Flair pass

L2 + X

LT + A

Flair shot

L2 + O

LT + B

Driven ground pass

R1 + X

RB + A

Manual ground pass

L1+ R1 + X

LB + RB + A

Flick up for volley

Click R3

Click R stick

The massive new feature in attack is the timed finish (O/B + O/B (timed)). In order to pull it off, you must push shoot again as the player strikes the ball to unleash a stunning strike. This can be used in all kinds of shots, but works well with finesse shots around the edge of the box and with headers. If you’re struggling with the timing, it is better to be too late than too early, with a late attempt just resulting in a normal shot.

The introduction of the timed shot has seen the low shot (L1 + R1 + O/LB + RB + B) control change, but it is still a finish you should use often. If you don’t have much space in the box, use this to fire low and hard towards the goal when you get half a yard. Even low shots close to the goalkeeper can end up hitting the net.

Timed finish

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Press O/B to shoot and then press it again as the attacker kicks the ball. The timing bar doesn't appear in normal gameplay, but your player icon will turn green and the controller will vibrate if you execute it perfectly.

FIFA 19 Defence Controls

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Tackle/push or pull (when chasing)

O

B

Slide tackle

X

Quick get up (after slide tackle)

X

Clearance (with ball)

O

B

Contain/press

Hold X

Hold A

Teammate contain/press

Hold R1

Hold RB

Running jockey

Hold both L2 + R2

Hold both LT + RT

Pull and hold (when chasing)

Press and hold O

Press and hold B

Engage shielding opponent

L2 + L towards shielding dribbler

LT + L towards shielding dribbler

Rush goalkeeper out

Press and hold △

Press and hold Y

Move goalkeeper

Click and hold R3 + move R

Click and hold R stick + move R

GK cover far post

Click and hold R3

Click and hold R stick

Switch to GK

Press Touch pad

Press View button

Much is the same in defence for FIFA 19, but there are still a few tips and tricks to help you out when you don’t have the ball. Quick get up (▢/X) can help you take possession of the ball after a slide tackle or enable you to rush back into position if you miss both man and ball. 

Teammate contain (hold R1/RB) is a real asset if you don’t want to commit one of your central defenders, as you can tell your full back to press the ball and therefore not losing your shape. 

There are a couple of small adjustments you can make with your goalkeeper to increase the chances of a save. When the ball moves in to wide areas, you can either tell your goalkeeper to cover the far post (click and hold R3/R stick) or for further control you can move him (click and hold R3/R stick + move R) to intercept the ball if there is a clear target in the box.

Teammate contain/press

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Hold down R1/RB to press with the second defender. The player with the grey icon will press the attacker. 

FIFA 19 Goalkeeper Controls (with ball)

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Drop kick

O/▢

B/X

Throw/pass

X

A

Drop ball

Y

Pick up ball

R1

RB

Driven throw

R1 + X

RB + A

Driven kick

R1 + ▢

RB + X

You should be familiar with all the goalkeeper controls for when they have the ball. With both the driven throw (R1 + X/RB + A) and driven kick (R1 + ▢/RB + X) enabling you to start counter-attacks quickly. It can be risky, but worth it if you get the ball wide and run at the defence.

Driven throw

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Hold down R1/RB + X/A to perform a flatter, faster throw with the goalkeeper.

Set pieces

In tight games, set pieces can be the key. Knowing how to execute them can be the difference between winning and losing, with very few FIFA players able to strike from deal ball scenarios.

Free kicks

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Adjust run up

R stick

R stick

Aim/move camera

L stick

L stick

Select kick taker

Hold R2

Hold RT

Call 2nd kick taker

L2

LT

Call 3rd kick taker

R1

RB

2nd/3rd kick taker curled shot

L2/R1 + O

LT/RB + B

2nd kick taker layoff pass

L2 + X

LT + A

2nd kick taker layoff chip

L2 + ▢

LT + X

2nd/3rd kick taker run over ball

L2/R1 + O then X

LT/RB + B then A

Ground pass

X

A

High pass/cross

X

Curled shot

O

B

Driven shot

L1 + O

LB + B

Apply shot power

Hold O

Hold B

Apply curl during run up

L stick

L stick

Wall jump (defence)

Y

Wall charge (defence)

X

A

Move wall (defence)

L2/R2

LT/RT

Wall creep (defence)

R1

RB

Move goalkeeper (defence)

▢/O

X/B

Switch to receiver

L1

LB

Free kicks are much the same from FIFA 18, meaning it is still very difficult to score directly. It is worth heading into the practice arena to work out which type of free kicks work for you on the game, and which players are best equipped to execute them. 

For a classic curled shot (O/B) it is all about how you use the L stick to apply curl. It’s not like in the FIFAs of old when you could just apply the bend for the entire length of your run-up, as the taker can end up shanking the shot. Look to hold the stick down for just a second before releasing it.

As for additional free-kick moves, using the 2nd and 3rd kick taker (L2,R1/LT,RB) can help you get the jump on your opponents.

Curled free kick

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Hold O/B to shoot and as your player runs up apply the curl with the L stick for around a second.

Penalties

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Aim

L stick

L stick

Adjust run up

Move R stick

Move R stick

Select kick taker

Hold R2

Hold RT

Shoot

O

B

Stutter

L2

LT

Sprint

R2

RT

Apply shot power

Hold O

Hold B

Finesse shot

R1 + O

RB +B

Chip shot

L1 + O

LB + B

Aim indicator on/off

D-pad up

D-pad up

Goalkeeper move side to side (defence)

L + direction

L + direction

Goalkeeper dive (defence)

R + direction

R + direction

Goalkeeper gestures (defence)

X/O/▢/△

A/B/X/Y

With penalties, just make sure you hit the target. Few people have mastered the new spot-kick system since it came in on FIFA 18, so take some time in the arena to get it locked down. Don’t be scared to leave the aim indicator on (D-pad up) to double-bluff your opponent.

Stutter penalty with aim indicator on

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Turn the aim indicator on and off by pressing up on the D-pad. Hold down L2 to stutter towards the ball and then let go to speed up.

Corners

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Aim kick

L stick

L stick

Lob cross

X

Pass

X

A

Apply kick power

Hold ▢

Hold X

Aim indicator on/off

D-pad up

D-pad up

Display corner tactics

D-pad down

D-pad down

Run far post

D-pad down then up

D-pad down then up

Edge of box run

D-pad down then right

D-pad down then right

Crowd the goalkeepers

D-pad down then left

D-pad down then left

Run near post

D-pad down then down

D-pad down then down

Corners are still overpowered for FIFA 19, so make sure you know which moves work. The run near post (D-pad down then down) is still ultra-effective, with a ball with two-and-a-half bars of power to the near stick often resulting in a free header.

Near post corner

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Push down twice on the D-pad to select the run near post corner tactic, then whip the ball in with two-and-a-half bars of power. 

Throw ins

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Move along line

Move L stick

Move L stick

Short throw in

X

A

Short throw in (manual)

Y

Long throw in

▢/press + hold X

X/press + hold A

Fake throw

▢ + X or X + ▢

X then A or A then X

Switch to receiver

R stick

R stick

Not much needs to be said for throw ins, but try to take them as quickly as possible. A quick pass back to the thrower will ensure you keep possession, but if the opportunity isn’t there use the switch to receiver action (L1/LB) to move away from the defender.

switch to receiver

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Flick the R stick to the player you want to control and then tap X/A when you want to make the throw.

Tactics

Action

PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Quick substitutes

Hold R2 then X

Hold RT then A

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

Tactics has had a huge overhaul for FIFA 19, so make sure you are away what each of the new tools do. If you find yourself lacking width, you can get your wide men to "hug the sideline" (D-pad up then left), allowing you to get round the back of your opponents. 

Need a goal? Try the "extra striker" (D-pad up then down) tactic to get an extra body in the box, whilst "get into the box" (D-pad up then up) will flood the area with your midfielders.

Defensively, you can get the "striker to drop back" (D-pad down then up) to tighten up your midfield. If you want to close your opponents down, use "team press" (D-pad down then right) with "overload ball side" (D-pad down then left) to smother your opponents on the flank.

Hug sideline tactic

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Press the D-pad down then right to apply the hug sideline tactic. Your wide players will then push even wider.

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Alastair Pusinelli

I am RealSport's Editor-in-Chief having covered almost everything across the board on the platform. Starting with content on football and the Chinese Super League, I have expanded into esports and gaming, via a stint as rugby editor.

With RS now focused on gaming and working alongside Gfinity, I led the site's coverage on the football titles of FIFA, Football Manager and PES. This has enabled me to cover official esports events such as the FIFA eWorld Cup, FUT Champions Cups and the Gfinity FIFA Series.

Elsewhere, I have been published in The Sunday Times and Variety magazine, as well as working in the offices of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Hampshire CCC.

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