FIFA 21 Dribbling Guide

FIFA 21 Dribbling Tutorial

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.

DRIBBLING CONTROLS

Action PlayStation Buttons Xbox / PC Buttons
Move / Dribble / Carry the ball L L
Protect Ball L2 LT
Skill Moves R R
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
Trigger Run L1 LB
Call for Support R1 RB
Cancel L2 + R2 LT + RT

Basic Moves

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.

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