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.

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

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


PS4 controls

Xbox One controls

Move player

Move L stick

Move L stick


Hold R2

Hold RT

Change player (defence)



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


Stop ball

R2 + no direction

RT + no direction

No touch feints

R1 + L

RB + L

Call for teammate runL1LB

Call for support



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.


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