FIFA 21 Gameplay Change : New Controls

Besides all of the features and improvements already mentioned, EA added even more mechanics and innovations to give you more control both on and off the pitch. Call Players into the Box on Goal Kicks, Instant Hard Tackles, Cancel Foul Advantage, and more.

Cancel Foul Advantage

- L2/LT + R2/RT
Allows the player to ask for the foul instead of keeping the advantage of the play, providing you with more agency to decide which option is better suited for each moment. This is important because sometimes the game gives you an advantage of play when is not a real advantage.

Instant Hard Tackles

- R1/RB + O/B
The ability to perform Hard Tackles instantly, without having to hold and power up the tackle button. Currently, you have to press the tackle button for a long time to try a hard tackle. Anyway, the chance of fouling your opponent will be greater.

Call Players into Box on Goal Kicks

- R1/RB to call for support
This rule was, incredibly, not present in FIFA 20. Of course, this allows teams to start the build-up play in a safer and more controlled approach. Some teams may have defenders in the box by default as this is based on tactics. For example, this happens when playing with teams that use the Possession tactic.

Improved Finesse Shots

- R1/RB + O/B
The Curve Attribute will now have significantly more influence over a Finesse Shot’s ball curl. There has also been a focus on using Player Personality for these shots, along with a cleanup and rebalance of all Finesse Shot animations. Let´s hope this work because Finesse Shots were not balanced since their introduction in FIFA 19.

Skill Moves Cancel

- L2/LT + R2/RT
Allows the user to cancel specific skill moves during the move, more info on which moves can be canceled in the Skill Moves Improvements section below.

  Skill Moves Cancel

Other controls changes announced

Hard Super Cancel
- L2/LT + R2/RT + L1/LB + R1/RB
Allows players to go into free move in any situation, except when dribbling with the ball. The previous Super Cancel still exists but is more restricted due to button conflicts.

Pass/Shot Cancel
- L2/LT + R2/RT
Allows you to cancel any pass or shot request, and continue dribbling with the ball.  Another way to cancel a shot or lob is by pressing X/A similarly to a fake shot, but after the passing animation has started.


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