FIFA 20 – How to Defend Like a Pro

FIFA 20 – How to Defend Like a Pro

After playing Weekend League, we often ask ourselves how can we win the matches we are losing? It is often just small tweaks that are required that turn you from a gold weekend league player into an elite player. There are three main ways to defend in FIFA 20. Standing tackles,sliding tackles and Jockey movements. The best way to defend is to combine all these three together as well as using the right analogue stick to switch players. We will look at how you can implement these ways to defend like a pro in FIFA 20.

We have incorporated a few demonstration GIFS from pro FIFA players Krasi and Ovvy so you get to see the moves in practice!

How to Defend on FIFA 20?

The best way to visualise defending, is to see it as a mixture of passive and aggressive moves. When the opponent counter-attacks you, it is important to neutralise their advantage in numbers by taking hold of one of your centre backs and holding LT/L2 and RT/R2. This will perform the running jockey move. This is much more effective then just holding sprint, as your player will be on the balls of their feet and able to respond to your opponents movements much quicker.

They also become much more aggresive when you initiate LT/L2 so they will even take the ball back if you are close enough to your opponent. They get positioned in the stance you are taught as a defender in real life, which is the best way to take the ball off the opponent and hold up the opponent until you have more defenders than they have attackers. For example, a 3 vs 3 counter attack can quickly turn into a 6 vs 4 counter attack in your favour if you can hold up the opponent successfully. 

Sometimes it is not possible to hold up the opponent as they are able to pass the ball quickly. This is when you need to be aggressive when defending. The best way to defend against this is to switch to the player closest to the opponents AI player making the run. Switch to that player before the opponent is even able to release the pass and you will almost always intercept the ball or be close enough to the opponent to win the ball back with a standing tackle.

How to Perform a Standing Tackle in FIFA 20?

Standing tackles have become even more effective in FIFA 20. To perform a standing tackle, you just have to press circle/B once.

There is a new feature in FIFA 20 which is called the hard standing tackle and this allows you to hold the circle/B button down which makes the tackle more powerful. Effectively, the hard standing tackle is a lunge standing tackle, meaning the defender will stretch towards the ball and win the ball even from a few metres away. This is most effective with tall players, as they have longer legs. As with other new features introduced in past FIFA editions, the hard standing tackle is pretty overpowered.

In FIFA 20, how to defend like a pro is determined through making small adjustments to your game. Start using the hard standing tackle when you are a few meters away from your opponent. In situations where the opponent is about to get a shot away, this lunge can actually save you also. The only one downside is that it can be more risky to perform and lead to penalties for the opponent, so only apply it in your penalty box when it is safe to do so. Otherwise, apply it when it looks like a clear goal for your opponent without your intervention.

How to Perform a Sliding Tackle in FIFA 20?

Sliding tackles are performed by pressing square/X on your controller. Sliding tackles have improved massively as the game mechanics have made it more efficient in winning the ball back and regaining possession through a sliding tackle. The best occasions to apply sliding tackles are when the distance between your player and the opponent is around 2 to 3 metres away. This allows you time to time the tackle.

Try to only use sliding tackles when your opponent is running straight into your path or you are sure you can win the ball side on. Coming from behind is a big no-no with sliding tackles, you are bound to give away a foul or even a red card. The biggest improvement with sliding tackles in FIFA 20 is that you have a higher likelihood of regaining possession after making the tackle through the new mechanics.

 Just like with the hard standing tackle, it is good in risky situations where the opponent is extremely close to your goal and you want to block the shot. Be careful in applying sliding tackles to win the ball back in the penalty area; unless you are front on to the opponent there is a good chance that if you slightly mistime the tackle your opponent will win a penalty kick.  

High Pressure Defending on FIFA 20

It is vital that you defend as a team on FIFA 20. Defending with high pressure is incredibly important, just like top teams in real-life football such as Liverpool. You need your teammates in full support so that you can defend with high pressure.

You can do this by pressing and holding R1/RB, this will enable the support from one of your teammates and you will have a better chance to regain the ball. The best time to use R1/RB (team mate support) is when your opponent is around your penalty box. This is because the AI will help rush your opponent while you also make sure you keep some sort of rigidity. Do not use R1/RB when the opponent counter attacks or in the middle of the park, as gaps will open up and allow the opponent to run into empty space. You only want to use R1/RB when your team is in its formation and you have a solid shape. Then you can afford to press your opponent.

Use The Right Analogue Stick To Intercept Passes

Switching between players with the right analogue stick will enable you to intercept passes and prevent one-on-one opportunities for your opponent.

Intercepting your opponents passes is incredibly important in FIFA 20 as it was in FIFA 19. This is one of the most important techniques that you need to master to become a pro defender. Try to get into the habit of flicking the right analogue stick as opposed to using L1/LB.

The reason is because if you use L1/LB to switch your player, it will use the closest player to you you. Whereas, in most cases you’ll want to prevent the AI opponent players making a successful run on goal. So you want to switch to one of your players close to the AI player making the run with the right stick. It is very precise and will allow you to cover that run and intercept the ball before they even make the pass. If you do this, you will able to think one step ahead of the opponent and actually dictate the game.

You will start winning the ball back before the opponent even has a chance to shoot or get through on goal. This will completely revolutionise your gameplay and make it much harder to get easy opportunities against you. Start to learn to use right analogue stick switching for all situations, even the ones where your player is close to you. This will get you in the habit of defending correctly, as you will intercept more passes and prevent one-on-one opportunities for your opponent.

FIFA 20 Right Analogue Stick For Positioning

The right analogue stick switching also enables you to position your team successfully. For example, in a formation such as 4-2-3-1, you have four defenders and also two central defensive midfielders (CDMs), so you are able to cover gaps and centrally defend with 6 or more players. Meaning, it will be hard for the opponent to break your team down the middle which is the most common place to concede goals. Always bring your central midfielders back manually on the counter attack unless the opponent is very near to your goal.

You can then defend in a block of four, which is easiest to do by putting the player instructions on your central midfielders to stay back while attacking. Always make sure to have stay back while attacking for all your defenders as you want a block of 4 at the back to prevent easy goals for your opponent. In FIFA 20, most goals are conceded down the middle so being able to have two strong CDMs help your 4 defenders will greatly improve your defensive displays.

What Separates a FIFA 20 Gold Player From Elite?

What separates gold weekend League players to elite or top 100 players is the ability to win the close calls such as 50/50 battles. Make sure that you understand when your player is stronger than your opponents, as you can hold L2/LT and R2/RT and your player will most likely win the duel. E.g. Kyle Walker vs Eden Hazard. However, if your player is weaker than the opponents you need to be able to take a risk such as tapping the circle button a few times consecutively to try to win the 50/50 battle. E.g. Lingard vs Ndombele.

 

However, you are likely to give away fouls, so make sure to limit the use of this technique only in safe areas of the pitch. Such as when you lose the ball in your opponent’s penalty box, or when they begin counter attacking you. Using this technique in your own penalty box is very risky and we have actually given away quite a few penalties by this technique.

Ultimately, in FIFA 20 how to defend is through correctly understanding when to be passive through jockeying and using the right analogue stick to switch players. While, also knowing when to apply high pressure and defend with your team mates by applying R1/RB when your opponent is near your penalty box. Make sure to always keep your players in your formation and to apply the player instructions we recommend as it will help you prevent leaking goals. If you can think a step ahead of your opponent and start positioning your players to be proactive and operate before the opponent even presses pass, you will start seeing great rewards. Pro FIFA 20 players are so good at defending because they are flexible and able to adjust their style to the opponent and can read the opponents style of play and prevent their attack before it even matures.

Summary of How to Defend Like a Pro in FIFA 20

Ultimately, in FIFA 20 how to defend is through correctly understanding when to be passive through jockeying and using the right analogue stick to switch players. While, also knowing when to apply high pressure and defend with your team mates by applying R1/RB when your opponent is near your penalty box. 

Make sure to always keep your players in your formation and to apply the player instructions we recommend as it will help you prevent leaking goals. If you can think a step ahead of your opponent and start positioning your players to be proactive and operate before the opponent even presses pass, you will start seeing great rewards. Professional FIFA 20 players are so good at defending because they are flexible and able to adjust their style to the opponent. They can also read the opponents style of play and prevent their attack before it even matures.

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