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Beginner's Guide & Tips

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Here is everything you need to know about the basics of FIFA 19: offense, defense, passing, & set pieces. Practice in game modes like Skill Challenges and Kick Off, & eventually play against other players online in FIFA Ultimate Team.


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Basic Movement In FIFA 19

Basic Movement In FIFA 19

You will be able to move around using the Left Stick. You can also execute dribble moves by using the Right Stick.


Sprinting is a very useful mechanic in the game. It allows you to speed up your player to get to a loose ball, dribble faster, and more. All you need to do is hold down R2 or RT!

Sprinting Requires Energy

Even though sprinting is useful, try not to sprint all the time as this will eat up your player's energy! Sprint only when it is absolutely necessary!

Check Out How To Perform Dribbling

Basic Offense In FIFA 19

Passing Moves The Ball Around

Basic Offense In FIFA 19

Passing the ball is one of the main ways to move the ball around the field. One player holding the ball for too long may allow opponents to close in on you and steal the ball! Don't be greedy and share the ball!

Use The "Teammate Run" Action Before A Through Pass

The Teammate Run will make one of your teammates run towards the goal. This can be done by R1 / RB. Use the Teammate Run to set up teammates for through ball passes!

Basic Passes Table

NameWhat Is It?How To ExecuteWhen To Use
Short PassA pass to another player close by."X" / "A"Use when moving the ball up and down the field.
Driven Ground PassA fast pass that covers lots of ground."X" / "A" + R1 / RBUse to pass to further away teammates.
Lob PassA pass that throws the ball up in the air."Square" / "X"Use to clear the ball from your area.
CrossA lob pass to a teammate near the goal from the side of the pitch."Square" / "X"Use to set up teammates for goals.
Through Ball PassA lead pass for a teammate that is running towards the goal."Triangle" / "Y"Use to set up your teammate for a goal.
Lobbed Through PassA short lob pass that covers a shorter distance.L1 + "Square" / LB + "X"Use to pass to a teammate running towards the goal.
1-2 PassA pass that will make the passer run toward the goal.L1 + "X" / LB + "A"Use to set up your teammate for a through pass.

Learn The Different Types Of Shots To Score A Goal

Basic Offense In FIFA 19

There is no cookie-cutter way of scoring a goal. Learn the different type of shots that can help you edge out the competition!

Use Timed Finishing To Improve Your Shot

Basic Offense In FIFA 19

Pressing the "shoot" button for a second time will either improve or make your shot worse! After pressing "shoot", press the "shoot" button again when the gauge is just at the center to improve your shot!

Basic Offense Table

NameWhat Is ItHow To ExecuteWhen To Use
Regular ShotA normal shot attempt at scoring the goal."Shoot" buttonUse to quickly get shots off if needed.
Finesse ShotA shot that favors accuracy over power. The ball curves towards the target."Shoot" button + R1 / RBUse when the keeper is directly in front of you to curve the ball around the keeper.
Chip ShotA shot that slowly arcs above the defender."Shoot" button + L1 / LBUse on one-on-one situations when the keeper is close in front of you.
Low ShotA shot that will not go airborne.Double tap "Shoot" buttonUse to make sure that the shot will not fly above the goal.
Header / VolleyA goal attempt from mid-air."Shoot" buttonUse when a ball is crossed to your player.
Check Out How To Attack

Basic Defense In FIFA 19

Defense Will Prevent The Enemy From Scoring

Basic Defense In FIFA 19

Having a good sense of defense will prevent your enemy from turning their possessions into goals! Here are the basic ways to defend your goal against opponents!

Defending Aggressively Will Lead To Violations

Remember to not be overly aggressive when defending. Ill-timed tackles could lead to yellow or red cards, and may give the opponent a chance to score!

Basic Defense Table

MoveWhat Is ItHow To ExecuteWhen To Use
Switch DefendersTake control of a new player to defend against the opponent with the ballL1 / LBUse to switch into another player to defend against the enemy.
Standing TackleAn attempt to steal the ball from the opponent's possession by putting one of your feet in the way"O" / "B"Use to attempt to steal the ball from the opponent.
Sliding TackleA dangerous sliding attempt to steal the ball from the opponent. Can cause yellow or red cards if done wrong."Square" / "X"Use to attempt to steal the ball from the opponent.
JockeyA stance that makes you face your opponent. This will allow for easier opportunities to tackle.R2 / RTUse to defend when the opponent is close to your goal.
Check Out How To Defend Like A Pro

Set Pieces Can Result In Goals

Set Pieces are moments in Football that brings the ball back into play following a stoppage. Here are some Set Pieces that are included in the game.

Free Kicks

Set Pieces In FIFA 19

Free Kicks happen when gameplay is resumed at the point where the ball was when the game was stopped. You can either pass to a teammate or shoot the ball into the goal if you are near enough!

Free Kick Control Table

WhatHow To ExecuteWhen To Use
Pass"X" / "A"Pass to a teammate when the free kick is far from the goal.
Shoot"O" / "B"Use to attempt a goal in a free kick.
Finesse ShotR1 + "O"/ RB + "B"Use to curve the ball around opponents into the goal.
Check Out How To Finish Free Kicks

Corner Kicks

Set Pieces In FIFA 19

Corner Kicks happen when the ball goes out of bounds behind the opponent's keeper and you retain possession. You can choose to pass to a nearby player, or risk a cross for a goal.

Corner Kick Control Table

WhatHow To ExecuteWhen To Use
Pass"X" / "A"Pass to a teammate to reset your offensive strategy.
Cross"Square"/ "X"Use to set up a teammate for a goal from a corner kick.


Set Pieces In FIFA 19

Penalties rewards you with a free shot at the opponent's goal. This puts one of your players against the opponents keeper. Plan your shots carefully to convert this into a goal!

Penalty Kick Control Table

WhatHow To ExecuteWhen To Use
Adjust Player PositionRight StickUse to change where your player is when attempting a penalty kick.
AimLeft StickUse to aim where you want your shot to go in the penalty kick.
Shoot"O" / "B"Use to shoot the ball in penalty kicks.

Basic Goalkeeper Controls

Golakeeper Controls

The Goalkeeper is the last line of defense before the opponent will be able to score a goal. You will be able to switch to the goalkeeper by pressing the "Track Pad" or "Back" button.

Basic Goalkeeper Controls

WhatHow To ExecuteWhen To Use
Switch To Goalkeeper"Trackpad"/ "Back" buttonUse when you want to manually defend the ball.
Drop Kick"O or Square" / "B or X"Use to clear the ball from your area.
Throw Pass"X" / "A"Throw the ball to a nearby teammate.
Charge"Triangle" / "Y" when defendingWin possession of a loose ball and quickly pass to a teammate.

Goalkeeper Controls - Penalty Kick

WhatHow To ExecuteWhen To Use
MoveL Stick + DirectionHorizontal Move to dictate your position before the ball kicked.
DiveL Stick + DirectionDiving to Direction when the ball is kicked.

Essential Beginner Tips

Keep The Ball Moving

Essential Beginner Tips

Maintaining constant ball movement will work in your favor since it will make it harder for the enemy to steal the ball from you. Keep on moving the ball, and eventually opportunities for a goal will show themselves to you!

Pass The Ball

Essential Beginner Tips

If you find yourself trapped in a situation where you don't know where to go, just pass the ball to another teammate. It doesn't matter who receives it as long as the enemy will not gain possession!

Sprint Sparingly

Essential Beginner Tips

Sprinting will shift your player's momentum into the direction they are facing. It will lessen the control you have over the ball and at the same time, over the player. Only sprint when you have enough space in front of you.

Maintain Ball Possession

Essential Beginner Tips

Having the ball most of the time will allow you to dictate the flow of the match! You will be able to set the pace, direct your opponent's movements and more. Make ball possession one of your top priorities during a match!

How To Maintain Ball Possession

  • Pass To Teammates
  • Move The Ball Where There Are A Few Opponents
  • Shield The Ball
  • Dribble The Ball

Take Your Time With The Ball

Rushing towards the goal will make you face lots of defenders even before you can get close to the keeper! Take time to set up your offense before mounting an attack!

Tackle Smart

Essential Beginner Tips

Blindly tackling most of the time will leave your players immobile for a few moments, this gives the opponent enough time to leave you behind and create space! Only tackle when you are absolutely sure, you can get the ball!

Get To Know Your Favorite Team

Getting to know one of your favorite teams is also a great way of learning how to play FIFA. These teams will teach you a thing or two about deeper mechanics in the game.

Learn Their Formations

Essential Beginner Tips

A team's formation will tell you their main play style during the match. Getting to know a few of these formations may let you recognize similar formations and predict strategies!

Check Out How To Use Best Formations

Read Up On Roles

Essential Beginner Tips

A team must work together to win against their opponents. To make the most out of your team, learn their roles and adjust your play style when controlling those players!

Learn Their Tactics

Essential Beginner Tips

The tactics of a team will dictate how their players move around the field. Each player will have different priorities according to your tactic such as ball possession, constant pressure, long ball and more.

Learn From Playing

Step 1: Practice In Skill Games

Learn From Playing

Skill Games are mini-games that you can play to improve your skills on a certain aspect of the game. Here, you can practice your shooting, dribbling, passing, defense, and more!

Step 2: Practice In The Kick Off Mode

Practice your game in different situations in FIFA 19's new Kick Off Mode! Here you can choose different scenarios that changes some of the game's rules and see how you can adapt!

Classic Match

Test out your skills against AI controlled opponents in a classic matche. Here you can set the difficulty to suit your skill level and raise the difficulty once you're comfortable!

Check Out Kick Off Mode

Step 3: Take Your Skills Online In FIFA Ultimate Team

Learn From Playing

Once you are ready, you can try facing-off against other players around the world in FIFA Ultimate Team! This game mode will let you build a team from scratch and play against other players of FUT!

Check Out FIFA Ultimate Team Game Mode

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