20 Aug 2021 4:44 PM +00:00

Check out this in-depth Controls Guide to Madden 22

One of the toughest parts of learning a new game is getting familiar with the controls. Madden 22 is no exception, even if you were familiar with last year's title.

An area where new players especially need help is learning the passing controls, which have somewhat been updated this year.

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To help you get a feel for the game without spending hours learning the controls, we put together this Madden 22 controls guide for you!

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LATEST - A guide to passing in Madden 22

Moving the ball down the field with elite-level passing is going to be essential in Madden 22, and we're here to help.

There are five different types of passes, each of which you'll have to master to become a dangerous passer in this year's game.

For instance, when planning to throw a low pass this is what you'll do:

  • Xbox: Receiver Icon + Hold LT
  • PlayStation: Receiver Icon + Hold L2
  • PC: Receiver Icon + Hold CTRL
Travis Kelce catches a pass in Madden 22
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PURE PASSING: Make sure you're throwing the right pass in Madden 22

By using these controls you can make sure you throw a pass that's less likely to be intercepted. Using these controls instead of just pressing the receivers button ensures the exact pass you'd like to throw.

For an in-depth look at our passing guide in Madden 22, follow this link!

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Madden 22 Controls: Offense

Here's the truth, you don't want to be the player confused about which button is spin, sprint, or celebration right? The last thing you would want is to drop back for a pass and throw the ball away instead of activating your playmaker.

We've found a way to remedy some of the confusion. Although it could take some time getting used to.

Here are all the controls you'll need to know on offense for both the PS4 & PS5 and the Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S.

Ball Carrier Controls

When carrying the ball down the field you don't want to accidentally slide and wind up fumbling the football. Here's what you'll need to know when you're the ball carrier.

PS4 / PS5

The Ball Carrier controller layout for PS4 in Madden 22
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JUKE: Shift your way through the defense in Madden 22
  • Stiff Arm - X
  • Dive - ■
  • Spin - O or Rotate RS
  • Hurdle - ▲
  • Jurdle* - ▲+LS
  • Pitch - L1
  • Sprint - R2
  • Protect Ball - R1
  • Truck - RS Up
  • Dead Leg - RS Down
  • Juke Left - RS Left
  • Juke Right - RS Right
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The Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S are quite similar, aside from the different button map, of course.

Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The Ball Carrier layout for Xbox in Madden 22
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SPIN: Take control of the field in Madden 22
  • Stiff Arm - A
  • Dive - X
  • Spin - B or rotate RS
  • Hurdle - Y
  • Jurdle* - Y+LS
  • Pitch - LB
  • Sprint - RT
  • Protect Ball - RB
  • Truck - RS Up
  • Dead Leg - RS Down
  • Juke Left - RS Left
  • Juke Right - RS Right
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Blocking Controls

You've got to be sure to lay key blocks in Madden 22 this year, wouldn't want to whiff and lose a big run!

PS4 / PS5

The blocking layout for PS4 in Madden 22
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PANCAKES: Lay some clean blocks in Madden 22
  • Player Movement - LS
  • Switch Player - O
  • Aggressive Impact Block - RS Up
  • Aggressive Cut Block - RS Down
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The Blocking layout for Xbox in Madden 22
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CUT BLOCKS: Make open lanes for your runners with good blocking
  • Player Movement - LS
  • Switch Player - B
  • Aggressive Impact Block - RS Up
  • Aggressive Cut Block - RS Down
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Catching Controls

It seems like the catching controls will be more responsive this year after plenty of complaints through the last Madden title. It isn't a long list but still some useful information in there for you!

PS4 / PS5

The catching layout for PS4 in Madden 22
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MAKE THE CATCH: Focus on using aggressive catches in Madden 22
  • Sprint - R2
  • Strafe - L2
  • Aggressive Catch - ▲
  • Run After Catch - ■
  • Switch Player - O
  • Possession Catch - X
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The ball in the air guide for Xbox on Madden 22
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IN THE AIR: Come down with the pass in Madden 22
  • Sprint - RT
  • Strafe - LT
  • Aggressive Catch - Y
  • Run After Catch - X
  • Switch Player - B
  • Possession Catch - A
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Passing Controls

As the passer, you'll need to be sure you're throwing to the right target, and make sure you don't leave the pocket too quickly!

PS4 / PS5

The PS4 passer layout for Madden 22
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PUMP FAKE: Make sure you get the ball down the field as a passer in Madden 22
  • Low Pass - Receiver Icon + Hold L2
  • High Pass - Receiver Icon + Hold L1
  • Bullet Pass - Hold Receiver Icon
  • Touch Pass - Press Receiver Icon
  • Lob Pass -Tap Receiver Icon
  • Scramble - LS + R2
  • Pump Fake - Double Tap Receiver Icon
  • Throw Away - R3
  • Throw (Receiver 1) - X
  • Throw (Receiver 2) - O
  • Throw (Receiver 3) - ■
  • Throw (Receiver 4) - ▲
  • Throw (Receiver 5) - R1
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The XBOX passing controls layout for Madden 22
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MODIFIERS: Pay close attention to the Low Pass and High Pass modifiers in Madden 22
  • Low Pass - Receiver Icon + Hold LT
  • High Pass - Receiver Icon + Hold LB
  • Bullet Pass - Hold Receiver Icon
  • Touch Pass - Press Receiver Icon
  • Lob Pass - Tap Receiver Icon
  • Scramble - LS + RT
  • Pump Fake - Double Tap Receiver Icon
  • Throw Away - R3
  • Throw (Receiver 1) - A
  • Throw (Receiver 2) - B
  • Throw (Receiver 3) - X
  • Throw (Receiver 4) - Y
  • Throw (Receiver 5) - RB
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Player Locked Receiver Controls

This will be important when playing online in Madden Ultimate Team and as a wide receiver, or if you need to help a friend who is.

PS4 / PS5

The player locked receiver controls for PS4 in Madden 22
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LOCKED IN: Make moves off the line as a receiver in Madden 22
  • Individual Play Art - L2
  • Just-Go Release - R2
  • Player Lock - Double Press L3
  • Route Running/Move Player - LS
  • Change up (on the line) - Flick RS
  • Foot Fire (on the line) - Hold RS
  • Conservative Change-up Release - X
  • Cut Out of Press (off the line) - Flick RS
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The player locked receiving controls for Xbox
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JUST-GO: Release off the line in a hurry with this release
  • Individual Play Art - LT
  • Just-Go Release - RT
  • Player Lock - Double Press L3
  • Route Running/Move Player - LS
  • Change up (on the line) - Flick RS
  • Foot Fire (on the line) - Hold RS
  • Conservative Change-up Release - A
  • Cut Out of Press (off the line) - Flick RS
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Preplay Offense Controls

Whether using it to hot-route a receiver or audible the entire play, you're going to make sure you have a good handle on these controls. You'll use these a lot in MUT 22 this year.

PS4 / PS5

The guide to preplay offense for PS4 in Madden 22
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HOT ROUTE: Make sure you change the right players route in Madden 22
  • Motion Player - LS Left or Right (Hold)
  • Player Lock - Double Press L3
  • Pass Protection - L1
  • Show Play Art - L2
  • Fake Snap - R1
  • X-Factor Vision - R2
  • Hot Route - ▲
  • Audible - ■
  • Switch Player - O
  • Snap Ball - X
  • Pre-Play Menu - R3
  • Timeout - Touchpad
  • Camera Zoom In - D-pad down
  • Camera Zoom Out - D-pad up
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The preplay offense controller layout for Xbox on Madden 22
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AUDIBLE: Check which button applies to your console when using an audible!
  • Motion Player - LS Left or Right (Hold)
  • Player Lock Double Press - L3
  • Pass Protection - LB
  • Show Play Art - LT
  • Fake Snap - RB
  • X-Factor Vision - RT
  • Hot Route - Y
  • Audible - X
  • Switch Player - B
  • Snap Ball - A
  • Pre-Play Menu - R3
  • Timeout Touchpad - Menu Button
  • Camera Zoom In - D-pad down
  • Camera Zoom Out - D-pad up
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Madden 22 Controls: Defense

Defense, the unsung hero of every championship team, saw significant upgrades and features to their controls this year. These controls will especially be important in the Face of the Franchise mode.

This is really great to see considering in most previous games, the defense was essentially an afterthought. Let's get you updated on the new controls for both consoles in Madden 22!

Ball in the Air Defense Controls

The layout is identical to the catching layout so a keen eye will be needed to keep track of which button applies to what.

PS4 / PS5

Ball in the Air controls for PS4 in Madden 22
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BALL HAWK: Snag key interceptions in Madden 22 this year
  • Sprint - R2
  • Strafe - L2
  • Defensive Assist - L1
  • Ball Hawk - ▲
  • Swat - ■
  • Switch Player - O
  • Play Receiver - X
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The Ball in the Air controls for Xbox in Madden 22
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SWAT: Knock those passes out of the air!
  • Sprint - RT
  • Strafe - LT
  • Defensive Assist - LB
  • Ball Hawk - Y
  • Swat - X
  • Switch Player - B
  • Play Receiver - A
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Defensive Coverage Controls

When playing a defensive back, each of these keys and the layout as a whole will be vital to your success on defense. Keep a close eye on how to use these controls during the game.

PS4 / PS5

The Defensive Coverage Controls for Ps4 in Madden 22
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PRESS: Stop the receiver at the line of scrimmage!
  • Press / Chuck Receiver - X + LS
  • Switch Player - O
  • Player Movement - LS
  • Strafe - L2
  • Defensive Assist - L1
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

Defensive Coverage Controls for Xbox in Madden 22
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DOUBLE TEAM: Press the defensive assists button to get help over the top!
  • Press / Chuck Receiver - A + LS
  • Switch Player - B
  • Player Movement - LS
  • Strafe - LT
  • Defensive Assist - LB
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Defensive Engaged Controls

Here you have to be especially careful, as there are new features and pass-rushing controls that can help or keep you from the quarterback.

PS4 / PS5

The Defensive Engaged Controls for PS4 in Madden 22
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BULL RUSH: Get to the quarterback in an instant!
  • Reach Tackle - LS Left or Right + ■
  • Swat - ▲
  • Bull Rush - RS Down
  • Switch Player - O
  • Club/Swim Move - RS Left or Right
  • Rip Move - RS Up
  • Speed Rush - R2
  • Contain - L2
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The Defensive Engaged Controls for Xbox in Madden 22
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SPEED RUSH: Go quickly around the offensive line for an easy sack!
  • Reach Tackle - LS Left or Right + X
  • Swat - Y
  • Bull Rush - RS Down
  • Switch Player - B
  • Club/Swim Move - RS Left or Right
  • Rip Move - RS Up
  • Speed Rush - RT
  • Contain - LT
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Defensive Pursuit Controls

Tracking down a runner that's broken free will end up being important with all the offensive features added. Get familiar with these controls to tackle, and maybe produce a fumble while on defense.

PS4 / PS5

The Defensive Pursuit controls in Madden 22
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STRIP: Force a fumble to get your team back in the game!
  • Strafe - L2
  • Sprint - R2
  • Defensive Assist - L1
  • Strip Ball - R1
  • Breakdown Tackle - X
  • Aggressive / Dive Tackle - ■
  • Switch Player - O
  • Hit Stick - RS Up
  • Cut Stick - RS Down
  • Blow-Up Blocker - RS Flick
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The Defensive Pursuit Layout for Xbox in Madden 22
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HIT STICK: Lay a smack down on your opponent and maybe cause a fumble!
  • Strafe - LT
  • Sprint - RT
  • Defensive Assist - LB
  • Strip Ball - RB
  • Breakdown Tackle - A
  • Aggressive / Dive Tackle - X
  • Switch Player - B
  • Hit Stick - RS Up
  • Cut Stick - RS Down
  • Blow-Up Blocker - RS Flick
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Preplay Defense Controls

Making reads and adjustments on defense are just as, if not more important than making them on offense. Keep an eye on how to activate your X Factors!

Here's how you can keep your defense alert in Madden 22!

PS4 / PS5

The Preplay Defense Controls for PS4 in Madden 22
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COVERAGE AUDIBLE: Switch from zone defense to man to man with one button!
  • Defensive Keys - L1
  • X-Factor Vision - R2
  • Show Play Art - L2 (Hold)
  • Linebacker Audible - Right D-Pad
  • Defensive Line Audible - Left D-Pad
  • Camera Zoom Out - Up D-Pad
  • Camera Zoom In - Down D-Pad
  • Coverage Audible - ▲
  • Audible - ■
  • Switch Player - O
  • Defensive Hot Route - X
  • Pre-Play Menu - R3
  • Timeout - Touchpad
  • Show / Weak Side Gap Assignment - R2 + X + O
  • Pump Up Crowd - RS Up
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

The Preplay Defense Controls for Xbox on Madden 22
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X FACTOR: Activate the X Factor to make a big play on defense!
  • Defensive Keys -LB
  • X-Factor Vision - RT
  • Show Play Art - LT (Hold)
  • Linebacker Audible - Right D-Pad
  • Defensive Line Audible - Left D-Pad
  • Camera Zoom Out - Up D-Pad
  • Camera Zoom In - Down D-Pad
  • Coverage Audible - Y
  • Audible - X
  • Switch Player - B
  • Defensive Hot Route - A
  • Pre-Play Menu - R3
  • Timeout - Menu Button
  • Show / Weak Side Gap Assignment - RT + A + B
  • Pump Up Crowd - RS Up
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Madden 22 Controls: Special Teams

Don't forget, the Special Teams group is just as important to learn the controls on. Whether you'll need to call for a fair catch or audible to an onside kick could change the course of the game, especially with X Factors involved.

Special Teams Offense

PS4 / PS5

  • Snap / Kick Power / Accuracy - X
  • Switch Player - O
  • Audible - ■
  • Flip Play - ■ + R2
  • Fake Snap - R1
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

  • Snap / Kick Power / Accuracy - A
  • Switch Player - B
  • Audible - X
  • Flip Play - X + RT
  • Fake Snap - RB
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Special Teams Defense

You'll want to know how to block a field goal or jump a snap and successfully block a punt in Madden 22. Be sure to pay attention to these controls to make it easier on yourself.

PS4 / PS5

  • Jumping Block Attempt -▲
  • Switch Player - O
  • Audible - ■
  • Diving Block Attempt - ■
  • Flip Play - ■ + R2
  • Show Play Art / Jump Snap - R2
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Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

  • Jumping Block Attempt - Y
  • Switch Player - B
  • Audible - X
  • Diving Block Attempt - X
  • Flip Play - X + RT
  • Show Play Art / Jump Snap - RT
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That about sums up all you'll need to know about the new controls on Madden 22, so get out there and start winning games now with the EA Play trial!