Dribbling is crucial when playing a match in FIFA 21. Without carrying the ball and passing your opponent, you won’t be able to score in FIFA 21. The better you are at dribbling, the easier you can control the game.
The Active Touch system in FIFA 21 will help you to control the ball a way better. This tutorial will teach you how to get better at dribbling at controlling the ball at FIFA 21.
Basic Dribbling Controls
Before getting to any advanced stages, you need to know the dribbling controls of FIFA 21. Below is the list of these control buttons. Memorise the buttons and get familiar with them. The Practice Arena is a good place to try them and do some dribbling exercise.
|Action||PlayStation Buttons||Xbox / PC Buttons|
|Move / Dribble / Carry the ball||L||L|
|Simple Skill Moves (VOLTA Football only)||L2 + R2 + L + Direction||LT + RT + L + Direction|
|Simple Flicks (VOLTA FOOTBALL only)||R3 + L + Direction||R3 + L + Direction|
|Taunts (VOLTA FOOTBALL only)||L + no direction + R2 Hold Down||L + no direction + R2 Hold Down|
|Sprint / Fast Dribble||R2 Hold Down + Direction||RT Hold Down + Direction|
|Slow Dribble (11v11 Only)||L2 + R2 + L + Direction||LT + RT + L + Direction|
|Face Up Dribbling||L2 + R2||LT + RT|
|Strafe Dribble||L1 + L||LB + L|
|Strafe Dribble (Lock Face Angle)||L1 + R1 + L||LB + RB + L|
|Let Ball Run||R1 Press and Hold + L (Away From Ball)||RB Press and Hold + L (Away From Ball)|
|Shield/Jockey||L2 Hold Down + Direction||LT Hold Down + Direction|
|First Touch/Knock-On||R2 + R + Direction||RT + R + Direction|
|Stop Ball||R2 + no direction||RT + no direction|
|Jostle (Ball In Air)||L2||LT|
|Stop and Face Goal||L + no direction + L1||L + no direction + LB|
|Disguised First Touch||R1 Press and Hold + L (Towards Ball)||RB Press and Hold + L (Towards Ball)|
|Set Up Touch||R1 + R + Direction (Hold)||RB + R + Direction (Hold)|
|Fake Pass||▢ then X + direction||X then A + direction|
|Fake Shot||◯ then X + direction||B then A + direction|
|Time Your Shot||◯ + ◯ [Timed]||B + B [Timed]|
|Dummy a Pass||L + no direction + R1 Press and Hold||L + no direction + RB Press and Hold|
|Call for Support||R1||RB|
|Cancel||L2 + R2||LT + RT|
As for basic dribbling, you need to be good at these moves:
- Carrying the Ball (L stick)
- Skill Moves (R stick)
- Protecting the Ball (L2/LT)
- Fast Dribbling (Holding R2/RT)
- Slow Dribbling (Holding L2+R2/LT+RT)
To carry the ball and pass your opponent you can just use the L stick. Using the R stick will also help you to do skill moves. Getting familiar with the skill moves will also help you a lot to perform the dribbling very well.
The first thing you need to do for dribbling is to protect the ball (Using L2/LT button). Sprinting (Holding R2/RT button when moving) will also assist you to pass your opponents. Sometimes you need to do slow dribbling (By holding L1/LB button) in order to make more space for yourself to take a shot or pass the ball.
More Advanced Moves
To move on, you need to do more advanced dribbling techniques:
- Face up Dribbling (L2/LT + R2/RT)
- Drag Back (R1/RB + L Flick ⇩)
- Strafe Dribbling (L1 + L / (LB + L)
- Fake Pass (▢ then X + direction) / (X then A + direction)
- Fake Shot (◯ then X + direction) / (B then A + direction)
Face Up Dribbling will help you to the most control of the ball while facing the goal. To perform this technique, use L2/LT + R2/RT buttons. Drag Back technique (R1/RB + L Flick ⇩) allows you to quickly switch to opposite directions when there is no open space for you to move into, which is way faster than manually turning around.
Strafe Dribbling (L1 + L / (LB + L) is a new dribbling technique in FIFA 21 and a very effective method for dribbling.
Do More Skill Moves
Performing more skill moves is crucial for dribbling in FIFA 21. Get familiar with all the skill moves and make your fingers comfortable with using them. Take note that the skill moves are categorised based on the players Star Moves.
Have More Dribblers in Your Team
Player with higher DRI (dribbling) attribute will perform better dribbling. Try to have at least two players with high dribbling rate in your team if you are playing FUT 21. Otherwise, choose your best available dribblers in your team for the positions that you need to dribble the ball more often.