29 Sep 2021 1:41 PM +00:00

eFootball 2022 Controls: All the tricks you need on PlayStation, Xbox & Mobile

The biggest free football game EVER eFootball 2022 is on the way, and with an abundance of platforms available to play on.

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Many players will be new to the franchise, which was formerly known as PES - so we're here to help you out on the controls.

Standard Attacking Controls

Action Stand. PS Alt. PS Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox Class. Mob. Adv. Mob
Player movementLSLSLSLSDirectional StickSlide on L side
Change playerL1L1LBLBSwitch buttonTap on R side
Dash (sprint)R1R2RBRTDash buttonHold on R side when dribbling
ShootOXBShoot buttonDouble tap R side
Low passXXAATap Pass buttonFlick R side
Lofted pass/crossOBXHold down Pass buttonDraw back and flick on R side
Through ballYYThrough buttonSlide & hold on R side
Special controlsR2R1RTRBFlick Directional StickFlick on L side
Manual controlsL2L2LTLTn/an/a
Super cancel (cancel action)R1 + R2R1 + R2RB + RTRB + RTn/an/a

PES fans will know that default controls are "flipped" from what you will see on EA Sports' franchise FIFA 22.

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HEADSTART - Get the controls down to get off to a flier in eFootball

Don't underestimate the use of "super cancel", to be used if you change your mind from making a pass or shot.

If you really fancy yourself as a top player, you could try to use manual controls to make your passing and finishing more precise.

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Standard Defensive Controls

Action Stand. PS Alt. PS Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox Class. Mob Adv. Mob
Pressure (press the ball)XXAAPressure ButtonHold R side while moving
Standing tackleDouble tap XDouble tap XDouble tap ADouble tap ATackle buttonContinue Holding R side
Sliding tackleOBXTackle buttonFlick L side
COM teammates pressure (teammates press ball)Hold ▢Hold OHold XHold BSlide Pressure upHold R side and slide while pressing
Bring out goalkeeperYYSlide Pressure downDraw back and slide on R side

Winning the ball back on eFootball is incredibly difficult, and for first-timers, you must recognise the standing tackle control.

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CHALLENGE - There's a different technique in eFootball compared to FIFA

Tackling is still very difficult to time, so look to find a balance between pressing your opponent and using your teammates to steal the ball back.

Dribbling Controls

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Action Stand. PS Alt. PS Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox Class. Mob Adv. Mob
Close controlR2 + LSR1 + LSRT + LSRB + LSFlick stick upFlick on L side
Dash dribbleLS + R1LS + RTLS + RBLS + RTHold DashHold R side
Speed burstDouble tap R1 + LSDouble tap R2 + L2Double tap RB + LSDouble tap RT + LSFlick stickFlick on L side
Knock on (when stationary)R2 + RS in any directionR1 + RS in any directionRT + RS in any directionRB + RS in any directionn/an/a
Quick stopRelease LS + R1Release LS + R2Release LS + RBRelease LS + RTn/aTap on L side
Quick stop then face opposition goalRelease LS + R2Release LS + R1Release LS + RTRelease LS + RBn/an/a
DiveClick L3 + Click R3 + L1 + L2Click L3 + Click R3 + L1 + L2Click LS + Click RS + LB + LTClick LS + Click RS + LB + LTn/an/a

What you can do with the ball at your feet will separate the men from the boys on eFootball.

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CLOSE CONTROL - Crack the meta to beat players with ease

You need to understand what kind of dribbles can be performed when sprinting, allowing you to burst past your opponent and open up the defence.

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Trap Controls

Action Stand. PS Alt. PS Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox
FlickClick and hold R3 as you receive the ballClick and hold R3 as you receive the ballClick and hold RS as you receive the ballClick and hold RS as you receive the ball
Control and face opposition goalPush then release LS + start holding R2 before player controls ballPush then release LS + start holding R1 before player controls ballPush then release LS + start holding RT before player controls ballPush then release LS + start holding RB before player controls ball
Through feintLet go LS and before trapping the ball hold R1Let go LS and before trapping the ball hold R2Let go LS and before trapping the ball hold RBLet go LS and before trapping the ball hold RT
Trap feintLet go LS and before trapping the ball hold R1Let go LS and before trapping the ball hold R2Let go LS and before trapping the ball hold RBLet go LS and before trapping the ball hold RT

Trap controls just apply when receiving the ball.

These can be used to gain a yard or two on the defender, or to slow the game down to suck them into a challenge. Master these and the tempo of the game will be in the palm of your hand.

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Advanced Movement Control

Action Stand. PS4 Alt. PS4 Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox
Jockey (in defence)R2 + LSR1 + LSRT + LSRB + LS
Manual cursor change (change player)RSRSRSRS
Positioning for high ballsR2 + LSR1 + LSRT + LSRB + LS

These advanced controls are rarely used, but they can give you an extra edge.

Want to change to a specific player? Simply flick the right stick in the direction of the player you want.

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TAKE CONTROL - Know which movements can get you that extra yard

Getting your positioning right for high balls is also useful and increases the odds of you winning an aerial battle.

As for jockeying in defence, with defending as hard as it is, and the inability to sprint whilst jockeying, this is a hard control to master.

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Advanced Passing Controls

Action Stand. PS Alt. PS Stand. Xbox One Alt. Xbox Class. Mob Adv. Mob.
High passRB + ORB + ▢RB + BRB + XFlick PassDraw back on R side & flick
Chipped through ballLB + △LB + △LB + YLB + YFlick ThroughDraw back on R side, slide & stop
Low crossDouble tap ODouble tap ▢Double tap BDouble tap Xn/aFlick on R side
Early crossL1 + any type of crossL1 + any type of crossLB + any type of crossLB + any type of crossn/an/a
One-two passLB + X then △LB + X then △LB + A then YLB + A then Yn/an/a
Dynamic one-twoLB + X then hold LB + RS in direction you want player to make runLB + X then hold LB + RS in direction you want player to make runLB + A then hold LB + RS in direction you want player to make runLB + A then hold LB + RS in direction you want player to make runn/an/a
Pass and moveX or △ then R2 before player kicks ballX or △ then R1 before player kicks ballA or Y then RT before player kicks ballA or Y then RB before player kicks ballFlick after passF on L side during pass
Call for the ball (co-op match an fixed only)Double tap R2Double tap R1Double tap RTDouble tap RBn/an/a
Teammate forward runL1 + RS then release RSL1 + RS then release RSLB + RS then release RSLB + RS then release RSn/an/a

A great way to break down the defence on eFootball is with short, sharp passing. If you can throw in here a sweet final through ball, then few opponents have a chance against you.

The one-two moves or the pass and move should be heavily used with the opponent often struggling to track the runners.

And, if you really want to cut the defence in two, get the teammate forward run going so you can play balls forward when you want.

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Advanced Shooting Controls

Action Stand. PS Alt. PS4 Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox Class. Mob Adv. Mob
Controlled shotR2 + ▢R1 + ORT + XRB + BFlick Shoot downTap R side & flick
Chip shotLB + XLB + OLB + XLB + BFlick shoot upTap R side & draw arc

These two shooting controls will be vital when you get in and around the box.

The controlled shot is to be used when you are looking to bend the ball into the corner and opting for placement rather than power.

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TEAMWORK - Get the passes flowing and you'll be rewarded with easy opportunities

As for the chip shot, it can be difficult to know when to use, with goalkeepers on eFootball reluctant to rush out from goal.

If you do come within inches of the goalkeeper, use the chip shot and see the ball dink over him as the 'keeper drops to the ground.

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Set Piece Controls

Action Stand. PS Alt. PS Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox Class. Mob Adv. Mob
Select set piece takerSelectSelectView buttonView button
Pass/shot directionLS ←/→LS ←/→LS ←/→LS ←/→Flick R side & draw arcFlick R side & draw arc
Adjust trajectory (whilst shooting or crossing)LS ↑/↓/←/→LS ↑/↓/←/→LS ↑/↓/←/→LS ↑/↓ /←/→Flick R side & draw arcFlick R side & draw arc
Position second free kick takerL1 + D-pad ↑L1 + D-pad ↑LB + D-pad ↑LB + D-pad ↑n/an/a
Line up both takersL1 + D-pad ↓L1 + D-pad ↓LB + D-pad ↓LB + D-pad ↓n/an/a
Pass/shoot with second takerHold L2Hold L2Hold LTHold LTn/an/a
Trick free kickO then X▢ then XB then AX then An/an/a
Short knock-onL1 + XL1 + XLB + ALB + An/an/a
Fix pass/shot direction and trajectory (offline only)R1R2RBRTn/an/a
Dash/ touchline strategyD-pad ↑D-pad ↑D-pad ↑D-pad ↑n/an/a
Far target/6-yard box/ runner from deep strategyD-pad ↓D-pad ↓D-pad ↓D-pad ↓n/an/a
Dash and hold/ two options strategyD-pad ←D-pad ←D-pad ←D-pad ←n/an/a
Target man strategyD-pad →D-pad →D-pad →D-pad →n/an/a
Switch camera angleClick R3Click R3Click RSClick RSSlide L sideSlide L side
Wall jump (when defending)OXBn/an/a
Prevent wall jump (when defending)Keep holding XKeep holding XKeep holding AKeep holding An/an/a
Charge down (when defending)O as opponent strikes ball▢ as opponent strikes ballB as opponent strikes ballX as opponent strikes balln/an/a
Goalkeeper near positioning (when defending)Keep holding △ until opponent takes kickKeep holding △ until opponent takes kickKeep holding Y until opponent takes kickKeep holding Y until opponent takes kickn/an/a
Mixed strategy (when defending)D-pad ← then ↑D-pad ← then ↑D-pad ← then ↑D-pad ← then ↑n/an/a
Man-to-man strategyD-pad ← then ←D-pad ← then ←D-pad ← then ←D-pad ← then ←n/an/a
Zonal strategyD-pad ← then →D-pad ← then →D-pad ← then →D-pad ← then →n/an/a

Set-pieces are difficult to master on PES 2021, so make sure you take the time in training to at least give yourself a chance of finding the net.

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There are plenty of options you can tinker with, so it is important to find what works, and at what range, for you.

When playing against the COM, fouls are at a premium, but when playing your mates the challenges may fly around; make sure you are prepared.

Penalty Controls

Action Stand. PS Alt. PS Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox Class. Mob Adv. Mob
ShootOXBFlick R sideFlick R side
Chipped penaltyL1 + ▢L1 + OLB + XLB + Bn/an/a
Display aiming guideR1R2RBRTn/an/a

With penalties, it's all about making sure you use the aiming guide.

Once you have a feel for this, you can go without it, as you won't want to telegraph your spot-kick to an offline opponent

The chipped penalty, or Panenka, can be used if you want the goalkeeper to look silly, but miss and you'll be the one with egg on your face.

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GK Controls (on the ball)

Action Stand. PS Alt. PS Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox Class. Mob Adv. Mob
Put ball down/ pick up ballRelease LS then R1Release LS then R2Release LS then RBRelease LS then RTn/a
ThrowXXAAPassFlick R side
Throw into spaceYYThroughSlide and hold R side
Drop kickOBXn/an/a
High punt kickR1 + OR2 + ▢RB + BRT + XHigh PuntDouble tap R side
Pass feintAny pass then XAny pass then XAny pass then AAny pass then AFlick after tapping DashDouble tap R side then flick L side

All fairly standard, but if you have a striker who is great in the air, it may be worth utilising the high punt kick to give the forward more time to get under the ball.

If you are about to throw the ball straight to an opponent, save your blushes with the pass feint control.

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Strategy Controls

Action Stand. PS Alt. PS Stand. Xbox Alt. Xbox
Switch preset tacticsHold D-pad ↑ or ↓Hold D-pad ↑ or ↓Hold D-pad ↑ or ↓Hold D-pad ↑ or ↓
Switch Attack1 strategy on/offL2 + D-pad ↑L2 + D-pad ↑LT + D-pad ↑LT + D-pad ↑
Switch Attack2 strategy on/offL2 + D-pad ↓L2 + D-pad ↓LT + D-pad ↓LT + D-pad ↓
Switch Defence1 strategy on/offL2 + D-pad ←L2 + D-pad ←LT + D-pad ←LT + D-pad ←
Switch Defence1 strategy on/offL2 + D-pad →L2 + D-pad →LT + D-pad →LT + D-pad →
Increase attack/defence levelDouble tap D-pad ↑Double tap D-pad ↑Double tap D-pad ↑Double tap D-pad ↑
Decrease attack/defence levelDouble tap D-pad ↓Double tap D-pad ↓Double tap D-pad ↓Double tap D-pad ↓
Quick substitution (when ball out of play)Select buttonSelect buttonView buttonView button

Knowing how and when to use strategies can put you in the ascendancy.

In attack, these can be attacking full backs or tiki-taka, whereas in defence you have the gegenpress and tight marking. Find the tactics that work for your side, and in your formation.