FIFA 23 Controls Guide: Master these skills & DOMINATE your opponent


The release of FIFA 23 is edging closer, so, you'll need to know which buttons to press in order to control your players effectively.

We've gathered all the controls (Classic Configuration) you'll need to learn on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One in order to become a FIFA pro.

The list is vast, so be sure to master the basic controls before moving on to the more complex combinations.

Player Movement

Here you can get to grips with the very basics. Getting your players to move is probably the most important thing you can do.

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
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
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 run
L1
LB
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
Slow Dribble
L2 + R2 + L direction
LT + RT + L direction

L2 / LT is often one of the most under-used controls and it can give you a real advantage when jostling for the ball or position.

Attacking

Mastering the attacking controls can give you an edge when it comes to finding that final pass and putting the ball in the back of the net.

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
Ground 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
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
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
Lofted Ground Pass
Double tap X
Double tap A
Lofted Ground Through Pass
Double tap △
Double tap Y
Driven Lobbed Through Pass
L1 + R1 + △
LB + RB + Y

Threading a lofted ground through pass can confuse the defenders and ensure the ball is not intercepted.

Defending

Defending is not always easy on FIFA 23, so understanding the ins and outs can give you a boost.

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
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
Jockey
Hold L2
Hold LT
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
Goalkeeper Cross Interceptions
△+ △ (hold)
Y + Y (hold)
Engage Shielding Opponent
L2 + L towards shielding opponent
LT + L towards shielding opponent
Hard Tackle
O (hold)
B ( hold)

Jockeying your opponent in 1v1 scenarios is essential in halting the opponent's attacks, even if you don't win the ball.

Goalkeeping

Over the past few years, we have seen more of an emphasis placed on goalkeepers being able to distribute the ball.

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
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
Cross Interception
△ + △ (hold)
Y + Y (hold)

Sending a driven kick can start your counterattack effectively by launching the ball into the opponent's half with one action.

Free Kicks

Free kicks are a leveller in football, no matter the situation of the game.

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
Adjust run up
R stick
R stick
Aim
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
Driven shot
L1 + O
LB + B
Apply shot power
Hold O
Hold B
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
Apply Curl During Run Up
R
R

Making the most of your chances to shoot can bag you those crucial goals in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team during competitive competitions like FUT Champs.

Penalties 

It is seen as a crime to miss from 12 yards, so make sure you are converting your penalties.

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
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

If you are really bold, you may dare to Panenka (chip shot) your opponent's 'keeper.

Corners

The back post cross became the norm last season with most of us countering it by moving the goalkeeper.

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
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

New corner routines will no doubt emerge this year once players get used to the game mechanics.

Throw-ins

So basic, yet how many of us just throw the ball to the opposition in a hurry. 

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
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

Take your time, control the receiver and secure possession.

Tactics

Quickly switching your tactics in-game can alter the pattern of play in your favour.

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
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

If you can get these switches nailed then your opponent doesn't stand a chance.

VOLTA (specifics)

Taunts, tricks, and tackles, VOLTA football really is all-action fun.

Action
PlayStation
Xbox
Simple Skill Moves
L2 + R2 + L direction
LT + RT + L direction
Simple Flicks
Click R3 + L Direction
Click right stick + L Direction
Taunts
Stand by ball + L1 or R2
Stand by ball + LB or RT
Hard Tackle 
X

There is nothing better than humiliating your mates, so make sure you know how to do it properly.

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