FIFA 20: How to Defend with Manual defending, jockeying, tactics & more
Defending has changed, with a switch to manual controls and timing of tackles harder than ever.
From the moment FIFA 20 was released, players have realised just how difficult defending has been to previous years.
With a switch to manual defending, players will have to take control of their own back line as opposed to relying on the AI.
But don’t worry, here at RealSport we have all the tips and tricks you need to get your defending skills up to scratch.
Get your tactics right
In order to gain an advantage over your opponent, it’s crucial you get your tactics right. While you should of course experiment and get a feel for what suits your style of play, there are a few specific player instructions that will immediately tidy up your defence:
Using two defensive midfielders really useful for protecting your backline, and you can make your midfielders more effective in doing so by instructing them to ‘cut passing lanes’.
Quick passing moves in FIFA 20 are more difficult, so interceptions will be especially important. It’s also recommended that you keep your wing-backs back when you’re attacking as changes to pace has made counter-attacking really overpowered in this edition of FIFA.
AI will not save you
In FIFA 19, defending was a breeze. You could hold down X/A to contain the play, or R1/RB to have one of your other players press the opponent on the ball.
This year, mindlessly charging with your defenders is not as effective. You have to be in patient, smart and in control with your defending. In fact, you hardly want to use the second man press at all so you will need to learn how to jockey (L2/LT) effectively instead.
Learn to jockey effectively
Being able to jockey is what will separate good from great on FIFA 20. Holding down L2/LT will cause your defender to hold their ground, enabling them to either sniff out a pass or simply stop a striker from advancing.
If you hold down R2/RT with L2/LT, your player will begin to fast jockey; this makes your defender move around quicker and speeds up their lateral movements.
Holding down both triggers allows you to cover a lot of ground which is great when looking for an interception, but if you want to tackle, you should move toward the attacker and let go of sprint when within range for a more accurate tackle.
The key to defending well is selecting the right player and being able to switch effectively. Rather than rely on the automatic switch, try to use the right-stick (RS) to manually select the player you want to control, especially when blocking strikers from getting in behind.
However, if you’re looking to close down a player quickly, you should use L1/LB to switch players. To help you with this, there is a new setting in player controls called ‘ball relative right stick switching‘ which will focus your auto-switching to players closer to the ball.
Making the most of hard tackles
In FIFA 20, you can determine the power of your tackle by holding down the standing tackle button (O/B) or slide tackle button (Square/X).
A full power hard tackle will send your player lunging forward, which can be great for closing big gaps, but will leave your defender completely out of position if you miss.
Usually, two bars of power will make your tackle strong enough to prevent the shot but retain some accuracy and positioning.
READ MORE: FIFA 20 complete Controls guide