In the real world of football and the virtual world of Fifa, keeping the ball is everything. Not only does it enable you to dictate the pace of play, but it’s naturally how you create opportunities, score goals and keep your opponent from doing the same. To keep the ball in Fifa, you need to know how to perform every type of pass, and when the best time is to utilise each of them. Join us at Gamelevate for our complete Fifa 23 passing guide!
How annoying is it when you make a pass, and the receiving player has to grind to a halt to bring it under control? In-Tempo passes are ones which don’t disrupt the flow of the game. They rely on good timing, accuracy and making sure the ball lands on a player’s stronger foot.
Easily the most common type of pass in Fifa, a ground pass (X / A) sees a player work the ball without it leaving the floor. These passes are largely straightforward, with the best tip we can offer by making sure the recipient is facing the ball and there aren’t any opponents in the way.
There is also the option of performing a stronger ground pass (R1+X / RB+A), which can be a great way of making up more yards quicker, though it comes with the risk of bouncing off a recipient if it’s done too close to them.
For getting the ball over an opponent who is attempting an interception or slide tackle, a lob pass (X*2 / A*2) is one of the best pass types to opt for.
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Overhead / Long Pass
Long passes (Square / X) are generally used by players to change where the focus of the game is, usually by switching the play to the other side of the pitch to activate a winger or forward on the shoulder.
The thing to remember with this type of pass is the time it will take for the ball to reach the recipient. If performed incorrectly, opponents will have the chance to hurry back into position and turn the ball over.
Remember the classic Tiki-Taka Barcelona days? Run-In passes (L1+X / LB+A) involve quick, one-touch passes between two or more players packed close together. Intricate and precise, these are the best passes for opening up space and getting the ball around opponents without having to risk a dribble.
When performed, the player that sends the pass will motion with their arm and run forward, indicating they want a ‘1-2’ into the space. A well-timed through ball is usually the best follow-up, especially when attempting to break forward at pace.
On through passes, what are they exactly? Through balls (Triangle / Y) revolve around passing into space, rather than a player.
A perpendicular pass (L1+Triangle / LB+Y) opens the chance to play the ball while avoiding one or even two defensive formations of the opponent and opening the way to the goal. However, be careful that the pass is not too strong.
In FIFA 23, you can also make a flat, overhead perpendicular pass (L1+R1+Triangle / RB+LB+Y) to send the ball to the player’s head.
Signature / Heel Pass
Looking to inject some flair into your passing in Fifa? Depending on their technical ability / any flair attributes, players can utilise flicks, backheels and heel passes (L2+X / LT+A) as a way of dumbfounding opponents and getting ahead of their man.
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