FIFA 22 tips: 6 easy ways to improve your defending
In the newest edition of the FIFA franchise, there seems to be goals flying in at both ends of the pitch, but defending mechanics have remained very similar to FIFA 21. With that being said, there are still a number of key areas that you need to have nailed down to help make sure you’re keeping it tight at the back, whether that’s in Ultimate Team, Career Mode or any other game mode.
Prevent through balls
There was a lot of talk ahead of FIFA 22’s release about how pace and through balls in behind would no longer be the META. Now that the game has arrived, we can confirm that that couldn’t be further from the truth! Those through balls have remained an important weapon in the arsenal of any attacker, which means if you want any chance of keeping a clean sheet you need to learn how to stop them.
The most effective way of intercepting through balls is by switching to control the defender that is closest to the runner. That way, your AI defender can deal with the ball carrier and you can take care of the more threatening run. But if you want to be able to take care of through balls, you first need to get to grips with…
Right stick switching
This has been a staple of FIFA gameplay for some time now, and it isn’t going anywhere! If you’re new to the game, then it may take a little time to master, but it’ll help your FIFA 22 defending come on in leaps and bounds. To pull this off, you’ll need to try and read your opponent’s next move and then switch to one of your players to close them down quickly.
It’s worth noting that you should mainly switch to your midfielders, rather than your defenders, as you don’t want to be dragging your defenders out of position and breaking your defensive line.
Cut passing lanes
For this one, you’re going to need to switch to a player that is facing the oncoming attacker, then you’ll manoeuvre that defender between the ball carrier and any potential receiver. Make sure you remain within a stride or two of the player on the ball (just enough distance to still make a tackle) as this will increase your chances of making interceptions.
Bonus tip: press O/B for a standing tackle when the pass is made and you’re a bit further away – your player will lunge to make the interception.
One on one defending
EA Sports seems to love giving us ineffective tackling options, and this year is no different. In 1v1s, you should avoid standing tackles and instead opt to hold L2/LT to jockey your opponent and run at the ball to dispossess them. It’s important to close the opponent down quickly, but slow down and hold the jockey button when you get close.
In FIFA 21, you may have been used to using the slide tackle to good effect, but in this year’s game, the slide has been nerfed. You should mostly avoid sliding as your chances of fouling or letting your opponent through on goal are much higher.
Second man press
One thing which has definitely improved from FIFA 21 to FIFA 22 is the second man press; the AI defender is much more active and will stay tighter to the ball holder and sometimes even make tackles. This year, it is an effective way to overpower an attacker and win the ball, so it should be used as often as possible! Simply hold R1/RB to bring a second defender into action – you’ll know when you’ve activated the press because a green arrow will appear above the second player’s head.
Last chance saloon
When the chips are down and you have no defenders left to help you, your goalkeeper can still save the day! Move your keeper by pressing the right stick and moving in the direction you think the attacker will shoot. This is a difficult skill to master, but it’s definitely a great way to defend in FIFA.
Bonus: it’s also useful to use when facing crosses and corners!