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FIFA 17: Complete Skill Moves Guide

Sometime you need that extra edge to win you matches on FIFA 17, and knowing what skills to use can be exactly that.


On FIFA 17, matches often come down to fine margins, especially online and even more so in Ultimate Team. When you are looking for the decisive edge in a game, skill moves may be your best bet, and swatting up on how to beat a man for dead can only be a good decision. If perfected you won’t need to pass the ball around, you can just give the ball to a 5 Star Skill Move player and be on your way. We give you all the moves there are in FIFA 17.

1 Star moves

These can be performed by any player, even goalkeepers, on FIFA 17.

  • Hold L2/LT and tap R1/RB – Ball Juggle (while standing) (keepy ups)
  • Hold L1/LB and R1/RB – Foot Fake (while standing)
  • Press square/X or O/B, then X/A – Fake Cross/Shot
  • Hold L1/LB and move left analogue stick in any direction – No Touch Dribbling

2 Star moves

If you are playing in a top division, most players should have at least 2 star skill moves, but still don’t take your chances with centre backs.

  • Flick right analogue stick to the right – Body Feint Right
  • Flick right analogue stick to the left – Body Feint Left
  • Roll right analogue stick from top to right – Stepover Right
  • Roll right analogue stick from top to left – Stepover Left
  • Roll right analogue stick from right to top – Reverse Stepover Right
  • Roll right analogue stick from left to top – Reverse Stepover Left
  • Hold right analogue stick to the left – Ball Roll Left
  • Hold right analogue stick to the right – Ball Roll Right
  • R1/RB and flick left analogue stick down – Drag Back (while standing)

3 star moves

Your more creative players will have 3 star skills, but it may be wise to start looking up which players you can use the following moves with.

  • Flick right analogue stick up then down – Heel Flick
  • Fick right analogue up three times – Flick Up
  • Roll right analogue stick clockwise from down to right – Roulette Right
  • Roll right analogue stick anti-clockwise from down to left – Roulette Left
  • Roll right analogue stick anti-clockwise from left to right – Fake Left & Go Right
  • Roll right analogue stick clockwise from right to left – Fake Right & Go Left

4 star moves

4 star is when things start getting serious, if you are a bottom half or lower division side, having a four star skiller can be very destructive for opposition defences.

  • Click right analogue stick (R3) – Ball Hop (while standing)
  • Flick right analogue stick up then down – Heel to Heel Flick
  • Flick right analogue stick down then up then up – Simple Rainbow
  • Flick right analogue stick down then hold up then flick up – Advanced Rainbow
  • Roll right analogue stick anti-clockwise from left to right – Feint Left & Exit Right
  • Roll right analogue stick clockwise from right to left – Feint Right & Exit Left
  • Flick right analogue stick diagonally down left twice – Spin Left (Sideways Roulette)
  • Flick right analogue stick diagonally down right twice – Spin Right (Sideways Roulette)
  • Flick right analogue stick up then left – Stop and Turn Left (while running) (Berbatov Spin)
  • Flick right analogue stick up then right – Stop and Turn Right (while running) (Berbatov Spin)
  • Hold right analogue stick left and hold left analogue stick right – Ball Roll Cut Right
  • Hold right analogue stick right and hold left analogue stick left – Ball Roll Cut Left
  • Press square/X or O/B, then X/A and move the left analogue stick in any direction – Scoop Turn (standing)
  • L2/LT and square/X or O/B then X/A – Ronaldo Chop
  • Hold R2/RT and square/X then X/A – Fake Pass

5 Star moves

The best of the best. Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Paul Pogba, Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Jesus and Yannick Bolasie are amongst the tricksters that can perform any trick in the book.

  • Roll right analogue stick clockwise from right to left – Elastico
  • Roll right analogue stick anti-clockwise from left to right – Reverse Elastico
  • Hold right analogue stick down – Quick Bal Rolls
  • Roll right analogue stick from bottom to left and then anti-clockwise from left to right – Hocus Pocus
  • Roll right analogue stick from bottom to right and then clockwise from right to left – Triple Elastico
  • Hold right analogue stick right then flick up – Ball Roll & Flick Left (while running)
  • Hold right analogue stick left the flick up – Ball Roll & Flick Right (while running)
  • Flick right analogue stick up, up then down – Sombrero Flick (while standing) (Jay-Jay Okocha)
  • Flick right analogue stick up then left – Turn & Spin Left (McGeady Spin)
  • Flick right analogue stick up then right – Turn & Spin Right (McGeady Spin)
  • Hold right analogue stick left then flick right – Ball Roll Fake Left (while standing)
  • Hold right analogue stick right then flick left – Ball Roll Fake Right (while standing)
  • Hold L2/LT and square/X or O/B, then X/A and push left analogue stick down – Rabona Fake (while jogging)
  • Flick right analogue stick down then left – Elastico Chop Left
  • Flick right analogue stick down then right – Elastico Chop Right
  • Hold L2/LT and square/X or O/B, then X/A and hold left analogue stick down – Rabona Fake
  • Hold R1/RB and flick right analogue stick up then right – Bolasie Flick

5 Star Juggling Tricks

More for showboating than anything else, but they can be used to beat opponents if you have it all in your locker.

  • L2/LT and hold R1/RB – Laces Flick Up
  • Hold left analogue stick down – Sombrero Flick Backwards
  • Hold left analogue stick left – Sombrero Flick Left
  • Hold left analogue stick right – Sombrero Flick Right
  • Spin right analogue stick in either direction – Around the World
  • Flick right analogue stick right then left – In Air Elastico
  • Flick right analogue stick left then right – Reverse In Air Elastico
  • Hold left analogue stick up – Flick Up for Volley
  • Push left analogue stick up then click the left analogue stick (L3) and click the right analogue stick (R3) three times – Chest Flick
  • Spin the right analogue stick clockwise then flick up – T. Around the World

‘Flair’ trait moves

Players possessing the trait can perform the following passes, crosses and shots. Ronaldo, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and many, many more are the showmen for these moves.

  • Hold L2/LT and hold left analogue stick diagonally up left and O/B – Rabona Shot
  • Hold L2/LT and press square/X – Rabona Cross
  • Hold L2/LT and hold left analogue stick diagonally up left and X/A – Henry Pass
  • Hold L2/LT and press X/A – Hocus Pocus Pass
  • Hold L2/LT and hold left analogue stick down and press X/A – Scoop Pass (standing)
  • Hold L2/LT and hold left analogue stick up and press X/A – Fancy Pass
  • Hold L2/LT and hold left analogue stick right and press X/A – Spin Pass

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FIFA 17: Complete Skill Moves Guide

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