FIFA 18 Attacking Tips

Attacking Tutorial for FIFA 18

To win a game in FIFA 18 you need to score goals, and to score goals you need to be good at attacking. Using these attacking guide, you will be able to improve your attacking skills and score more goals when playing FIFA 18 matches offline and online.

Know the Controls

First off, you need to get familiar with all attacking controls in FIFA 18. Take note that there are two types of controls for attacking in FIFA 18: Simple and Advanced. Go through every single control and memorise which button does what action:


Action PlayStation Buttons Xbox Buttons
Short Pass/Header X A
Lob Pass/Cross/Header X
Through Ball Y
Shoot/Volley/Header B
No Touch Feints R1 + L RB + L
Chip Shot L1 + ◯ LB + B
Finesse Shot R1 + ◯ RB + B
Low Shot/Downward Header Shot ◯ + Tap ◯ B + Tap B
Fake Shot ◯ then X + direction B then A + direction
Fake Pass ▢ then X + direction X then A + direction
Threaded Through Pass R1 + △ RB + Y


Action PlayStation Buttons Xbox Buttons
Protect Ball L2 LT
Lobbed Through Ball L1 + △ LB + Y
Driven Lob Pass/Cross R1 + ▢ RB + X
High Lob / Cross L1 + ▢ LB + X
Low Cross ▢ + ▢ X + X
Scoop Lob L2 + ▢ LT + X
Call for Support R1 RB
Dummy a Pass R1 Press and Hold RB Press and Hold
Cancel L2 + R2 LT + RT
Flair Pass L2 + X LT + A
Flair Shot L2 + ◯ LT + B
Driven Ground Pass R1 + X RB + A
Let Ball Run R1 + direction RB + direction
Slow Dribble L1 + L LB + L


The dribbling mechanism has been revamped in FIFA 18, player are now more accurate, agile and responsive with the ball when dribbling. Using the left stick (L) without holding down sprint button will do more accurate dribbling, so you can read defender’s move and sharply change your dribbling direction when needed.

Use the sprint button (R2/RT) when you have enough space to move and push the ball into spaces. Pushing the right stick (R) in directions will help you to nudge the ball further ahead of you so you can pass on your opponents. Another good dribbling move to use is the stop and go, which you can engage it by using the L1/LB (no direction), left and right stick.

The new slow dribbling in FIFA 18 could be also very useful, this can be performed by holding L1 / LB while dribbling. Slow dribbling gives you more accuracy and allows your teammates to run into spaces when possible so you pass the ball to them.

Having good dribblers (players with high DRI rating) is also important in FIFA 18. Try to have your best dribbling players in your Starting 11. Your midfield line needs players with high dribbling skills, so fill up your midfield zone with your best dribblers.

Get familiar with dribbling and its controls. Play the dribbling drills in Skills Games mode which helps you improve your dribbling skills. Don’t forget that you need to be accurate, read your opponent’s move, don’t need to rush and then do your best when it comes to the dribbling.


Action PlayStation Buttons Xbox Buttons
Move Player

Skill Moves R R
Stop and Face Goal L1 + no direction LB + no direction
Stop Ball R2 + no direction RT + no direction
Sprint R2 + direction RT + direction
Protect / Slow Dribble L2 + direction LT + direction
Face Up Dribbling L2 + R2 LT + RT



Improve your passing skills. Play Skill Games if you’re not 100% good at it. Do short passes to keep the possession and dominate your opponent. Improve your long passing skills for crossing.

Use the through balls for nudging the ball into spaces so your attackers can run beyond the defenders and catch the ball. Have a quick dynamic plan in your mind for your passes, visualise a few scenarios before passing the ball.

Again, master the controls for passing and get familiar with every single passing skill. Use your best players with higher passing skills (with higher PAS rating) in your team.

Shooting and Finishing

Hitting the back of the net is a bit challenging in FIFA 18. You need to be good at attacking to improve your chances. Pick up your best strikers with the highest shooting and finishing attribute rating for your squad. Don’t forget to put them in their right positions by checking their preferred foot and their preferred positions.

Heading and jumping attributes are also the key factors for the strikers which can improve your chances for scoring from long passes.

Another important thing for shooting/finishing is the power of your shot. Powerful shots have more impact to hit the back of the net when they are taken from the far, but low powered and accurate shots are better when your attackers are closer to the goals and in one-on-one situations with the keeper. Talking about the one-on-one situations with the keeper, keep that in mind that moving the ball to the left or right just before shooting can help you create more of a gap to aim for. Using the right stick to perform skill moves also could help.

Practice for shooting and finishing in the Practice Arena and play the Skill Games. There are different types of shots you can take for finishing in FIFA 18, below is the list of them including their button guides:


Action PlayStation Buttons Xbox Buttons
Shoot/Volley/Header B
Chip Shot L1 + ◯ LB + B
Finesse Shot R1 + ◯ RB + B
Low Shot/Downward Header Shot ◯ + Tap ◯ B + Tap B
Flair Shot L2 + ◯ LT + B
Fake Shot ◯ then X + direction B then A + direction

Your Best Formation

It’s crucial how you form your team and which formation you use to win the game. You need to have good attacking players to score goals. Having more strikers doesn’t always mean that you can score more, it is more significant how your players are going to participate in attacking moves. Having good attacking midfielders and engaging the defenders with high attacking and finishing skills in your attacks can raise your chances for scoring.

Review the available formations in FIFA 18 and see which one is more suited to your style of play.

Learn as Much as You Can

Keep improving your attacking skills by learning and practicing. Here we have collected a bunch of tutorial videos from the web created by FIFA 18 experts. Watch there videos by clicking on them and improve your attacking abilities in FIFA 18:

FIFA 18 Defending

FIFA 18 Defending

FIFA 18 Defending

FIFA 18 Defending

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