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    FAQ/Strategy Guide by TheMightyRoast

    Version: 1.0 | Updated: 06/17/13 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide


    FIFA 13

    FIFA 13 needs no introduction. I will provide one anyway.

    FIFA 13 is the most recent game in EA's FIFA series that started back in 1993-94 with FIFA International Soccer. It is a football (or soccer) game.

    This is a guide for that game. Use the contents to navigate to the parts that you want to read. And read the end section too.

    I have assumed that you already know the basics of soccer so have not explained them here.


    The game doesn't come with a physical manual. Instead there is a digital-only manual which is available at http://www.ea.com/uk/football/manuals/fifa13

    From there here are the full controls of the game, including all the skill moves:

    Note: The control instructions below refer to the Classic controller configuration. Once you've created your profile, select Customise FIFA>Settings>Controls>XBox 360 Controller to adjust your control preferences.


    Move player/Jog/DribbleLS
    SprintRT (hold)
    Precision dribbleLB (hold)
    Face up dribbleLT and RT (hold) + LS
    Stop ball (when unmarked)LS (release) + RT
    Stop ball and face goalLS (release) + LB
    Shield ball (when marked)LS (release) + RT
    Dummy (when receiving ball)RB (hold)
    Pace controlLT (hold)
    Send teammate on a runLB
    Knock onRS (flick)
    Drag back (assuming player is facing vertically upwards)LS down + LT (hold)
    Skill movesRS + LT (hold)
    Coaching Tip: Shielding

    To protect the ball from your marker, release LS and hold RT. Your player moves between his marker and the ball and tries to hold him off.

    Finesse/Placed shotRB + B
    Chip shotLB + B
    Flair shot (first time only)LT + B
    Choose direction of pass/crossLS
    Short pass/Header (hold to pass to further player)A
    Lobbed pass (hold to determine distance)X
    Through ball (hold to pass to further player)Y
    Bouncing lob pass (hold to determine distance)RB + X
    Lobbed through ball (hold to pass to further player)LB + Y
    Give and goLB + A
    Finesse passRB + A
    Coaching Tip: Give and Go

    To initiate a one-two pass, press A while holding LB to make your player pass to a nearby teammate, and move LS to continue his run. Then press A (ground pass), Y (through ball, X (lobbed pass) or LB + Y (lobbed through ball) to immediately return the ball to him, timing the pass perfectly to avoid conceding possession.

    Ball Control
    First touch (while receiving the ball) (hold for more distance)RS
    First touch to stopLT + LS
    Cancel pass/shotLT + RT
    Free MoveLT + RT (hold)
    Cross (hold to determine distance)X
    Low cross (within cross zone)X (double tap)
    Ground cross (within cross zone)X (triple tap)
    Early cross (outside cross zone)LB + X
    Early low cross (outside cross zone)LB + X (double tap)
    Early ground cross (outside cross zone)LB + X (triple tap)


    Move playerLS
    Switch playerLB
    Directional player switchRS
    SprintRT (hold)
    ContainA (hold)
    Teammate containRB (hold)
    Tackle/Push or pullB
    Sliding tackleX
    JockeyLT (hold)
    Running jockeyLT+RT (hold)
    Clearance (when in possession in own half)B

    (Also check out the Interactive Tutorials in the Skill Games section of the game which show you interactively how to do some of these.)

    ChargeY (hold)
    Move/Aim kick or throwLS
    Throw (hold to pass to the further of two players)A
    Drop kick (while holding ball)B/X
    Drop the ball (while holding ball)Y
    Pick up the ball (only when last played by an opponent)RB
    Switch to goalkeeperBack

    Set pieces

    Direct free kick
    AimLS left/LS right
    Curled shot (hold for increased power)B
    Driven shot (hold for increased power)LB + B
    High pass/Cross (hold for increased power)X
    Add spin to ball (while powering kick)LS
    Ground passA
    Change kick takerRT
    Call 2nd kick takerLT
    2nd kick taker curled shotLT + B
    2nd kick taker driven shotLT + LB + B
    2nd kick taker layoff passLT + A
    2nd kick taker layoff chipLT + X
    2nd kick taker run over ballLT + B, A
    Call 3rd kick takerRB
    3rd kick taker curled shotRB + B
    3rd kick taker driven shotRB + LB + B
    3rd kick taker layoff passRB + A
    3rd kick taker layoff chipRB + X
    3rd kick taker run over ballRB + B, A
    Jump wall (defence only)Y
    Move wall (defence only)LT/RT
    Wall charge (defence only)A
    Wall creep (defence only)RB
    Add/remove player to wall (defence only)LB (to select player, then LS)
    Coaching Tip: Adding Elevation and Spin

    To add elevation to your shot, power it up for longer (but beware of overpowering) and move LS to add sidespin, topspin, or backspin. Topspin can be employed to bring a ball down quickly (e.g. after it has cleared the wall).

    Indirect free kick/Goal kick
    High pass/Cross (hold for increased power)X
    Ground passA
    Call for a short free kickLT
    Aim throwLS
    Short throw (to nearest player)A
    Manual short throw (in direction you're facing)Y
    Long throwX
    Toggle receiver/thrower control (switch control to a receiver in the direction you're facing)LB
    Lob cross (hold for increased power)X
    Add spin to lob cross (while powering kick)LS
    Low crossX (double tap)
    Ground crossX (triple tap)
    Call for a short cornerLT
    Short cornerA
    Penalty kick
    Aim shot (hold to aim further in any direction)LS
    Finesse/Placed shotRB + B
    Chip shotLB + B
    Stutter shotB (hold), B
    Dive (goalkeeper only)RS
    Move along goal line (goalkeeper only)LS
    Coaching Tip: Penalties

    Aiming: By default, you start aiming at the middle of the goal. From the moment you start powering up for a shot, you can move LS to aim anywhere inside the goal. The longer you hold LS in any particular direction, the farther your shot goes in that direction. Be careful with how long you hold LS, as letting go too soon results in a shot closer to the middle of the goal, and holding it for too long causes you to miss the goal.

    Saving: Committing to a save direction early allows you to reach farther and save shots close to the corner of the goals. However, diving farther to the side makes it more difficult to save shots aimed toward the middle of the goal.

    If you think the kick taker is going for placement rather than power, you can try to react to the shot by holding RS in any direction after the ball has been kicked.

    Be a Pro: Goalkeeper

    Attacking off the ball
    Call for a suggested passA
    Suggest through passY
    Suggest shotB
    Toggle camera targetBack
    Defending own box
    DiveLS + direction (hold)/A + direction (hold)
    Auto positioningLB (hold)
    Slow movement facing the ballLT + LS
    Charge/punchY (hold)
    Dive at feetX
    Anticipation saveB
    2nd defender containRB
    Toggle camera targetBack
    Coaching Tip: Be a Goalkeeper

    Experiment with different levels of Save Assistance (Assisted, Semi-Assisted, and Manual) to find what is right for your play-style and skill level.

    Skill Moves

    Skills moves can be performed by all players. The type of skill your player can execute depends on his skill level. A player with the highest skill level can perform the most difficult and effective skills in the game, whereas a player with a lower skill level will attempt a simpler version of a trick or may altogether fail in his attempt of that skill. The speed at which a skill move is executed depends on your player's agility attribute. For example, an agile player like Cristiano Ronaldo can perform skills at a much quicker pace than a player with lower agility.

    All of the skills are broken down into five levels of difficulty. One-star moves are the most basic and can be performed by all players in the game. Two-, three-, and four-star moves can be done by players who are relatively skilful in real life. Five-star moves can only be performed by the most skilled footballers such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. These players are able to do the most impressive skills and tricks in FIFA 13.

    Note: The controls listed below assume that the controlled player is moving vertically upwards and should be amended depending on your player's direction.

    Skill Moves
    Directional fake shotA while shot/lob power bar is ramping up (hold LS in any direction)1 Star
    Directional scoop turnA while shot/lob power bar is ramping up (hold LS in any direction)4 and 5 Star
    Fake shot to stopA while shot/lob power bar is ramping up + release LS1 Star
    Directional heel chopLT (hold) + A while shot/lob power bar is ramping up (hold LS in any direction)4 and 5 Star

    The following moves can be executed when holding LT and while a player is standing or jogging.

    Standing or Jogging Moves
    Body feint rightRS right (flick)2 star
    Body feint leftRS left (flick)2 star
    Body feint exitsLS (hold in any direction after a body feint)2 star
    Stepover rightRS up, RS diagonally up and right, RS right2 star
    Stepover leftRS up, RS diagonally up and left, RS left2 star
    Stepover exitsLS (hold in any direction after a stepover)2 star
    Double touch stepover exitsLS diagonally up and left/LS diagonally up and right (hold after a stepover)5 star
    Reverse stepover leftRS right, RS diagonally up and right, RS up2 star
    Reverse stepover rightRS left, RS diagonally up and left, RS up2 star
    Reverse stepover exitsLS (hold in any direction after a reverse stepover)2 star
    Roulette rightRS down, RS diagonally down and left, RS left, RS diagonally up and left, RS up, RS diagonally up and right, RS right3 star
    Roulette leftRS down, RS diagonally down and right, RS right, RS diagonally up and right, RS up, RS diagonally up and left, RS left3 star
    Drag back (standing only)LS down (flick)2 star
    Drag back exits (standing only)LS (hold in any direction after a drag back)2 star
    Drag back fake + exit left (standing only)LS down, LS diagonally down and right, LS right, LS diagonally down and right, LS down, LS diagonally down and left, LS left5 star
    Drag back fake + exit right (standing only)LS down, LS diagonally down and left, LS left, LS diagonally down and left, LS down, LS diagonally down and right, LS right5 star
    Flick ball upRS up, RS up, RS up3 star
    Ball roll leftRS left (hold)2 star
    Ball roll rightRS right (hold)2 star
    ElasticoRS right, RS diagonally down and right, RS down, RS diagonally down and left, RS left5 star
    Reverse elasticoRS left, RS diagonally down and left, RS down, RS diagonally down and right, RS right5 star
    Ball hop (standing only)RS (tap)4 and 5 star
    Heel chop left (jogging only)RS diagonally down and left (flick), RS diagonally down and left (flick)4 and 5 star
    Heel chop right (jogging only)RS diagonally down and right (flick), RS diagonally down and right (flick)4 and 5 star
    Scoop turn left (standing only)RS diagonally down and left (flick), RS diagonally down and left (flick)4 and 5 star
    Scoop turn right (standing only)RS diagonally down and right (flick), RS diagonally down and right (flick)4 and 5 star
    Simple rainbowRS down (flick), RS up, RS up (timed)4 and 5 star
    Advanced rainbowRS down, RS up (hold), RS up (timed)4 and 5 star
    Heel to heel flickRS up (flick), RS down4 and 5 star
    Hocus pocusRS down, RS diagonally down and left, RS left, RS diagonally down and left, RS down, RS diagonally down and right, RS right5 star
    Triple elasticoRS down, RS diagonally down and right, RS right, RS diagonally down and right, RS down, RS diagonally down and left, RS left5 star
    Ball roll flick left (jogging only)RS right (hold), RS up (flick)5 star
    Ball roll flick right (jogging only)RS left (hold), RS up (flick)5 star
    Ball roll fake left (standing only)RS left (hold) + RS right (flick)5 star
    Ball roll fake right (standing only)RS right (hold) + RS left (flick)5 star
    Ball roll cut leftRS left (hold) + LS right (hold)4 and 5 star
    Ball roll cut rightRS right (hold) + LS left (hold)4 and 5 star
    Quick ball rolls (standing only)RS down (hold)5 star
    Sombrero flick (standing only)RS up (flick), RS up, RS down5 star
    Turn and spin leftRS up (flick), RS left (flick)5 star
    Turn and spin rightRS up (flick), RS right (flick)5 star
    Stop and turn left (jogging only)RS up (flick), RS left (flick)4 and 5 star
    Stop and turn right (jogging only)RS up (flick), RS right (flick)5 star
    Rabona fake (jogging only)B/X + A + LS down (hold)5 star
    First time flick up (standing only)LT (hold) + RB (hold)1 star
    Elastico chop leftRS down (flick), RS left (flick)5 star
    Elastico chop rightRS down (flick), RS right (flick)5 star
    Juggling (Standing Only)
    Advanced flick upRB (tap)5 star
    Laces clock upRB (hold)5 star
    JugglingRB (tap repeatedly)1 star
    Sombrero flick backLS down (hold) + RB5 star
    Sombrero flick back simpleLS down (gold) + RB1, 2, 3, and 4 star
    Around the worldRS down, RS diagonally down and left, RS left, RS diagonally up and left, RS up, RS diagonally up and right, RS right5 star
    Alternate around the worldRS down, RS diagonally down and right, RS right, RS diagonally up and right, RS up, RS diagonally up and left, RS left, RS diagonally down and left5 star
    In air elasticoRS right (flick), RS left5 star
    Reverse in air elasticoRS left (flick), RS right5 star
    Sombrero flick leftLS left (hold) + RB1 star
    Sombrero flick rightLS right (hold) + RB1 star
    Flick up for a volleyLS up (hold) + RB1 star
    Chest flick (only after flicking ball up for a volleyLS (hold) + RS (tap three times)5 star
    Hop the world right footLS (hold) + RS down, RS diagonally down and right, RS right, RS diagonally up and right, RS up, RS diagonally up and left, RS left, RS diagonally down and left5 star
    Alternate T. around the world right footLS (hold) + RS down, RS diagonally down and left, RS left, RS diagonally up and left, RS up, RS diagonally up and right, RS right5 star
    Juggling rainbowRS down (flick), RS up (flick)5 star
    Double around the worldRS down, RS diagonally down and left, RS left, RS diagonally up and left, RS up, RS diagonally up and right, RS right, RS diagonally down and right, RS down, RS down and left, RS left, RS diagonally up and left, RS up, RS diagonally up and right, RS right, RS diagonally down and right, RS down5 star
    Toe bounce leftRS left (hold)5 star
    Toe bounce rightRS right (hold)5 star

    To perform a signature celebration press A, or hold LT + RT + A to perform a pay respect celebration. You can skip UCC by pressing RB + LB.

    Running Moves
    Ear twistY (hold)
    Thumb suckX (hold)
    One arm raisedB (hold)
    Wrist flickY (tap) Y (hold)
    Arms outX (tap) X (hold)
    Finger pointsB (tap) B (hold)
    Point to skyRS up (hold)
    Shhhhhh!RS right (hold)
    TelephoneRS down (hold)
    Can you hear meRS left (hold)
    Fist pumpRS right (flick), RS left (hold)
    Come onRS left (flick), RS right (hold)
    Blow kissesRS down (flick), RS up (hold)
    Double arm swingRS up (flick), RS down (hold)
    Flying birdRS right (flick), RS right (hold)
    Hand on headRS left (flick), RS left (hold)
    Heart SymbolRS down (flick), RS down (hold)
    Arms pointing upRS up (flick), RS up (hold)
    WindmillRS up, RS right, RS down, RS left
    AirplaneRS (hold)
    Finishing Moves
    Knee slide to fist pumpLB (hold) + B
    Jump punch to fist pumpLB (hold) + X
    Big fist pumpLB (hold) + Y
    Shoulder dustLB (hold) + B (double tap)
    Bottom danceLB (hold) + X (double tap)
    Point to crowdLB (hold) + Y (double tap)
    Standing and point to skyLB (hold) + RS up (hold)
    Standing archerLB (hold) + RS right (hold)
    Knee slide fall on backLB (hold) + RS down (hold)
    Punch and dodgeLB (hold) + RS left (hold)
    Chest slideLB (hold) + RS down (flick), RS up (flick)
    BowLB (hold) + RS up (flick), RS down (flick)
    Head shakeLB (hold) + RS left (flick), RS right (flick)
    Standing arm sweepLB (hold) + RS right (flick), RS left (flick)
    Arms to crowdLB (hold) + RS up (flick), RS up (flick)
    Walking back flip (agile UCC)LB (hold) + RS up (flick), RS up (flick)
    One knee fist pumpLB (hold) + RS right (flick), RS right (flick)
    Kneel and point to heavensLB (hold) + RS down (flick), RS down (flick)
    Fall to kneesLB (hold) + RS left (flick), RS left (flick)
    Roll and punchLB (hold) + RS up, RS right, RS down, RS left
    Hand spring (agile UCC)LB (hold) + RS up, RS right, RS down, RS left
    RollLB (hold) + RS up, RS left, RS down, RS right
    Double back flip (agile UCC)LB (hold) + RS up, RS left, RS down, RS right
    Uppercut jump punchLB (hold) + RS
    Shoe shineLT (hold) + B
    ViolinistLT (hold) + X
    Spanish archerLT (hold) + Y
    Knee slide spinLT (hold) + B (double tap)
    Hands on earsLT (hold) + X (double tap)
    Heel tapsLT (hold) + Y (double tap)
    Knee slide arms outLT (hold) + RS up (hold)
    I can't hear youLT (hold) + RS right (hold)
    Side slideLT (hold) + RS down (hold)
    Brick fallLT (hold) + RS left (hold)
    Fall to knees and hold faceLT (hold) + RS down (flick), RS up (flick)
    Knee slideLT (hold) + RS up (flick), RS down (flick)
    Samba danceLT (hold) + RS left (flick), RS right (flick)
    Who am ILT (hold) + RS right (flick), RS left (flick)
    ToreroLT (hold) + RS up (flick), RS up (flick)
    Front flip (agile UCC)LT (hold) + RS up (flick), RS up (flick)
    Thigh pointLT (hold) + RS right (flick), RS right (flick)
    Knee slide to sitLT (hold) + RS down (flick), RS down (flick)
    Bird walkLT (hold) + RS left (flick), RS left (flick)
    Cart wheelLT (hold) + RS up, RS right, RS down, RS left
    Flip (agile UCC)LT (hold) + RS up, RS right, RS down, RS left
    Cartwheel and rollLT (hold) + RS up, RS left, RS down, RS right
    Twist flip (agile UCC)LT (hold) + RS up, RS left, RS down, RS right
    RobotLT (hold) + RS
    Career and Online Pro Unlockable Finishing Moves
    Slide on backRB (hold) + X (double tap)
    Flying diveRB (hold) + RS up (hold)
    Karate kicksRB (hold) + RS right (hold)
    Jump kickRB (hold) + RS down (hold)
    Ice skatingRB (hold) + RS down (flick), RS up (flick)
    Golf swingRB (hold) + RS left (flick), RS right (flick)
    River danceRB (hold) + RS up (flick), RS up (flick)
    Break danceRB (hold) + RS right (flick), RS right (flick)
    Backwards wormRB (hold) + RS up, RS left, RS down, RS right
    CockroachRB (hold) + RS
    Knee walkRT (hold) + X
    Cradle swingRT (hold) + Y
    Back flipsRT (hold) + X (double tap)
    BabyRT (hold) + Y (double tap)
    Many bowsRT (hold) + RS up (hold)
    PardonRT (hold) + RS right (hold)
    Fall to knees and begRT (hold) + RS down (hold)
    Praise on kneesRT (hold) + RS left (hold)
    Dance 1RT (hold) + RS down (flick), RS up (flick)
    Dance 2RT (hold) + RS up (flick), RS down (flick)
    Dance 3RT (hold) + RS left (flick), RS right (flick)
    Dance 4RT (hold) + RS right (flick), RS left (flick)
    Spin and fallRT (hold) + RS up (flick), RS up (flick)
    Rowing on kneesRT (hold) + RS left (flick), RS left (flick)
    Seated rowingRT (hold) + RS right (flick), RS right (flick)
    Uncontrolled back flipRT (hold) + RS up, RS right, RS down, RS left
    HandstandRT (hold) + RS up, RS left, RS down, RS right
    EA Sports(TM) Football Club Unlockable Finishing Moves
    If I catch youRT (hold) + RS
    Why always meRB (hold) + Y (double tap)
    SurferRB (hold) + RS left (hold)
    Muscle flexRB (hold) + RS up (flick), RS down (flick)
    Push upsRB (hold) + RS right (flick), RS left (flick)
    Kiss the pitchRT (hold) + B (double tap)
    Pit bullRB (hold) + B
    The saluteRB (hold) + Y
    Water hoseRT (hold) + RS down (flick), RS down (flick)
    Prancing birdRB (hold) + X
    PeacockRB (hold) + B (double tap)
    Telling offRT (hold) + B
    MoonwalkRB (hold) + RS left (flick), RS left (flick)
    Forwards wormRB (hold) + RS up, RS right, RS down, RS left
    DanceRB (hold) + RS down (flick), RS down (flick)

    Kinect voice recognition technology changes the way you play FIFA 13 on the Xbox 360. Gaming with Kinect is available in every offline mode, including specific commands present in Career Mode, Be A Pro: Player, and Be A Pro: Goalkeeper. You cannot use Kinect in online modes.



    Kinect voice setup and calibration instructions are available through the Xbox 360 Dashboard.


    Within the pause menu, you can pre-set your Kinect settings: Basic Settings, Combo Settings, Custom Settings, and Formation Settings.

    Kinect microphone icon

    A Kinect microphone icon is displayed onscreen and whenever you see this icon, you can use Kinect. This icon varies in color, showing the outcome of your voice command. The icon also displays the word it matched to your input.

    • Uncolored (black-grey): Static. This indicates that Kinect is waiting for input.
    • Red/Animated: Listening. This indicates that Kinect is picking up noise.
    • Green check mark: Recognized. This indicates that Kinect has recognized and implemented the input.
    • Yellow: Almost recognized. This indicates that Kinect has heard and implemented your input but not with maximum confidence.
    • Red question mark: Unrecognized. This indicates that Kinect has not been able to recognize the input.


    Team management commands

    These commands let you make substitution, formation, tactics, and mentality changes without having to pause the game and navigate menus. This keeps you engaged in gameplay as you instruct your team like a coach. Whenever you trigger an in-game overlay with a voice command, you can choose an option by saying the word(s) in the overlay.


    Basic substitution commands.

    • Substitution (this initiates the substitution flow)
    • Striker
    • Midfielder
    • Defender
    • Sub one
    • Sub two
    • Sub three
    • Sub four

    Substitution shortcuts

    Saying the below commands is a shortcut to calling a substitution for that particular position.

    NOTE: With these steps, you are only able to sub a player for a player of the same position.

    • Sub striker
    • Sub midfielder
    • Sub defender
    • Sub goalkeeper


    Basic formation commands.

    • Formations (this initiates the formation flow)
    • Formation one
    • Formation two
    • Formation three
    • Formation four
    • Formation five


    Basic mentality commands.

    NOTE: You can shortcut directly to a mentality by simply saying the command. For example, "Defensive."

    • Mentality (this initiates the formation flow)
    • Ultra defensive
    • Defensive
    • Balanced
    • Attacking
    • Ultra attacking


    Basic tactics commands.

    NOTE: You can shortcut to the tactic you want by simply saying the command. For example, "Offside trap."

    • Tactics (this initiates the tactics flow)
    • Swap wings
    • Team pressing
    • CB joins attack
    • Offside trap

    Quick tactics

    Quick Tactics can be set up in the Team Management menu. When you create your own Tactics and save it to one of the Quick Tactics slots, it appears in the game as a voice command option. Say, "Quick tactics" in game to try it out!

    • Quick tactics (this initiates the quick tactics flow)
    • Custom tactic one
    • Custom tactic two
    • Custom tactic three
    • Custom tactic four

    Combo commands

    Combo Commands let you set up multiple changes to be made with one voice command. You can make a formations, tactics, and mentality change all at once by saying one simple phrase.

    • Take it to the corners
    • Step it up
    • We need the win
    • Look after the ball
    • Ease off a little

    Custom commands

    You can give an individual tactic, mentality, or formations change a specific command. In the Kinect Settings, enter the Custom Commands menu, and choose which tactics, mentality, and formations setting you would like, as well as what voice command you want to give each. You can also use each phase for more than one setting. For example, you could have one phrase that calls two actions (a tactic and mentality) and one phrase that calls a single action (formation).

    There are Custom Phrases to choose from:

    • Hard five minutes
    • Pressure on the ball
    • Go all out now
    • Route one now boys
    • Shoot from anywhere
    • Everybody back
    • Shut up shop
    • Let's slow it down
    • Get tight on them
    • Watch for the long ball

    In-game, you say the Custom Phrase and the overlay displays the action(s) you've just called. If you do not set one of the choices, then the overlay displays None.


    Camera commands

    With camera commands, you can change camera angles via voice command. Say "Change camera," and then one of the camera names to make the change:

    • Camera (this command plus a camera name changes the camera angle)
    • Change Camera (this command plus a camera name change the camera angle)
    • Tele
    • Tele broadcast
    • Broadcast
    • Pro
    • Coop
    • Dynamic
    • End to end


    CB joins attackD-Pad up then right
    Swap wingsD-Pad up then left
    Offside trapD-Pad up then up
    Team pressD-Pad up then down
    Decrease attacking mentalityD-Pad left
    Increase attacking mentalityD-Pad right
    Practice arena
    Free-kick (outside the box)D-Pad
    Penalty (inside the box)D-Pad
    Practice optionsBack
    Complete Dribbling

    While facing up to an opponent, you can make precise dribble touches with 360 degree directional mobility. Your player contextually faces up while dribbling in order to keep you better oriented to take on defenders in one-on-one battles. To manually face up while dribbling, hold LT and RT to make your player face up to the nearest goal-side defender. Performing the action manually allows you to change direction quicker at lower speeds and explode past defenders.

    1st Touch Control

    With more realistic control over difficult passes, your player's first touch is now more important than ever. Opponent pressure, incoming ball speed, player skill, and many other factors, all contribute to the success of your player's first touch. Control the ball while moving at slower speeds to keep the first touch closer. For an even more refined touch, hold LT as your player receives a difficult pass to control the ball at a slow speed.

    Tactical Free Kicks

    You can now call a second and third kick taker during a free kick. Each kick taker can pass, shoot, or run over the ball. Utilize dummy runs and lay off passes to create dangerous and unpredictable free kicks. Opponents can counter by adding or subtracting players to the wall, creeping the wall forward, or sending a bullet man to intercept the pass or block the shot. For free kicks that are farther away, you also have the ability to call a second player to come short by pressing LT.

    Lateral Contain

    You now have more freedom and lateral mobility while containing an opponent. Use Contain to place your defender in front of the opposing team's attacker by holding A. Move your defender left or right while containing in order to shepherd an opponent to less dangerous areas of the field or onto his weaker foot.

    Seal Outs

    While defending, you now have the ability to dispossess an opponent by using your defender's body to win back possession of the ball. With good anticipation, you can use your defender's size and strength to seal out an opponent who attempts to dribble past him. In situations where there is separation between the dribbler and the ball, press B to launch a Seal Out and use your player's body to step in front of your opponent.

    Leagues and team ratings

    There are 579 teams (including one unlockable one via a pre-order code, and one you can purchase in the EAS FC Catalogue) in FIFA 13. These are listed below in alphabetical order by league.

    Making up these teams are over 15,000 players so please forgive me for not including a complete player listing but it would have taken an extremely long time to do and would have clogged up printers around the world when everyone printed my guide.

    Please note the star listings may change as you progress through career mode, say, and may also be different when squads are updated, via online connectivity, to take into account the current form of players in real life.

    The best teams in each league are bolded. The Saudi Pro League is new to FIFA 13, a league we have all been looking forward to for many years.


    A-League (10 teams):

    Adelaide United2.0 stars
    Brisbane Roar2.5 stars
    Central Coast2.5 stars
    Melb. Victory2.0 stars
    Melbourne Heart2.0 stars
    Newcastle Jets1.5 stars
    Perth Glory2.0 stars
    Sydney FC1.5 stars
    Wanderers FC1.5 stars
    Well. Phoenix2.0 stars


    A. Bundesliga (10 teams):

    Admira1.5 stars
    FK Austria3.0 stars
    Innsbruck2.0 stars
    RB Salzburg3.0 stars
    SK Rapid Wien3.0 stars
    SK Sturm Graz3.0 stars
    SV Mattersburg2.0 stars
    SV Ried2.5 stars
    Wiener Neustadt1.0 stars
    Wolfsberger AC1.0 stars


    Pro League (16 teams):

    Beerschot AC3.0 stars
    Cercle Brugge3.0 stars
    Club Brugge3.5 stars
    KAA Gent3.0 stars
    KRC Genk3.0 stars
    KV Kortrijk3.0 stars
    KV Mechelen3.0 stars
    Lierse SK2.5 stars
    OHL2.5 stars
    RAEC Mons3.0 stars
    RSC Anderlecht3.5 stars
    Sp. Charleroi1.5 stars
    Sport. Lokeren3.0 stars
    Standard Liege3.5 stars
    Waasl.-Brveren2.5 stars
    Zulte-Waregem2.0 stars


    Liga do Brasil (20 teams):

    A. Goiania3.0 stars
    Atl. Mineiro4.0 stars
    Bahia3.5 stars
    Botafogo 4.0 stars
    Corinthians 4.0 stars
    Coritiba3.5 stars
    Cruzeiro3.5 stars
    Flamengo 4.0 stars
    Fluminense 4.0 stars
    Gremio 4.0 stars
    I. Porto Alegre4.0 stars
    N. Recife3.0 stars
    P. Campinas3.0 stars
    Palmeiras3.5 stars
    Portugnesa3.5 stars
    S. Recife3.0 stars
    Santa Catarina3.0 stars
    Santos 4.0 stars
    Sao Paulo4.0 stars
    Vasco da Gama3.5 stars


    Superliga (12 teams):

    AC Horsens2.5 stars
    Aalborg BK3.0 stars
    Aarhus GF3.0 stars
    Brondby IF2.0 stars
    Esbjerg fB1.5 stars
    FC Kobenhavn3.5 stars
    FC Midtjylland2.5 stars
    FC Nordsjalland2.5 stars
    Odense Boldklub3.0 stars
    Randers FC2.0 stars
    Silkeborg IF2.0 stars
    SonderjyskE2.0 stars


    Barclays PL (20 teams):

    Arsenal4.5 stars
    Aston Villa4.0 stars
    Chelsea 5.0 stars
    Everton4.5 stars
    Fulham4.5 stars
    Liverpool4.5 stars
    Manchester City5.0 stars
    Manchester Utd5.0 stars
    Newcastle Utd4.5 stars
    Norwich City3.5 stars
    QPR4.0 stars
    Reading3.5 stars
    Southampton3.5 stars
    Spurs4.5 stars
    Stoke City4.0 stars
    Sunderland4.0 stars
    Swansea City4.0 stars
    West Brom4.0 stars
    West Ham United3.5 stars
    Wigan Athletic4.0 stars

    npower Champ. (24 teams):

    Barnsley2.5 stars
    Birmingham City3.5 stars
    Blackburn Rvrs3.5 stars
    Blackpool3.5 stars
    Bolton3.5 stars
    Brighton3.0 stars
    Bristol City3.0 stars
    Burnley3.0 stars
    Cardiff City3.5 stars
    Charlton Ath2.5 stars
    Crystal Palace3.0 stars
    Derby County3.0 stars
    Huddersfield3.0 stars
    Hull City3.0 stars
    Ipswich Town3.0 stars
    Leeds United3.0 stars
    Leicester City3.0 stars
    Middlesbrough3.0 stars
    Millwall3.0 stars
    Nott'm Forest3.0 stars
    Peterborough2.5 stars
    Sheffield Wed3.0 stars
    Watford3.0 stars
    Wolverhampton3.5 stars

    npower League 1 (24 teams):

    Bournemouth 2.0 stars
    Brentford2.0 stars
    Bury1.5 stars
    Carlisle United2.0 stars
    Colchester 2.0 stars
    Coventry City2.0 stars
    Crawley Town1.5 stars
    Crewe Alexandra1.0 stars
    Doncaster2.0 stars
    Hartlepool1.5 stars
    Leyton Orient2.0 stars
    MK Dons2.0 stars
    Notts County2.0 stars
    Oldham Athletic1.5 stars
    Portsmouth2.0 stars
    Preston 2.0 stars
    Scunthorpe Utd2.0 stars
    Sheffield Utd2.0 stars
    Shrewsbury1.5 stars
    Stevenage2.0 stars
    Swindon Town2.0 stars
    Tranmere Rovers2.0 stars
    Walsall1.5 stars
    Yeovil Town1.5 stars

    npower League 2 (24 teams):

    AFC Wimbledon1.0 stars
    Accrington1.0 stars
    Aldershot Town1.0 stars
    Barnet0.5 stars
    Bradford City2.0 stars
    Bristol Rovers1.0 stars
    Burton Albion1.0 stars
    Cheltenham Town1.5 stars
    Chesterfield1.5 stars
    Dagenham1.0 stars
    Exeter City1.5 stars
    Fleetwood Town1.0 stars
    Gillingham1.0 stars
    Morecambe1.0 stars
    Northampton1.0 stars
    Oxford United1.5 stars
    Plymouth Argyle1.5 stars
    Port Vale1.0 stars
    Rochdale1.0 stars
    Rotherham Utd1.5 stars
    Southend United1.0 stars
    Torquay United1.0 stars
    Wycombe1.5 stars
    York City0.5 stars


    Ligue 1 (20 teams):

    AC Ajaccio3.0 stars
    AS Nancy3.5 stars
    Bordeaux4.0 stars
    ES Troyes3.0 stars
    Evian Thonon FC3.5 stars
    FC Lorient3.5 stars
    FC Sochaux3.5 stars
    LOSC Lille4.5 stars
    Marseille4.0 stars
    Montpellier HSC4.0 stars
    OGC Nice3.5 stars
    Olympique Lyon4.0 stars
    PSG5.0 stars
    SC Bastia3.0 stars
    Saint-Etienne4.0 stars
    Stade Brest3.5 stars
    Stade Reims3.0 stars
    Stade Rennais4.0 stars
    Toulouse FC4.0 stars
    Valenciennes FC3.5 stars

    Ligue 2 (20 teams):

    AC Aries2.0 stars
    AJ Auxerre3.0 stars
    AS Monaco3.0 stars
    Angers SCO2.0 stars
    CS Sedan2.0 stars
    Cham. Niortais1.5 stars
    Clermont Foot2.5 stars
    Dijon FCO2.5 stars
    EA Guingamp2.0 stars
    FC Istres2.0 stars
    FC Nantes3.0 stars
    Gazelec Ajaccio1.0 stars
    LB Chateauroux2.0 stars
    Le Harve AC2.0 stars
    Le Mans FC2.0 stars
    Nimes Olympique1.5 stars
    RC Lens2.0 stars
    SM Caen2.5 stars
    Stade Lavallois2.0 stars
    Tours FC1.5 stars


    Bundesliga (18 teams):

    1.FC Nuremberg3.5 stars
    1. FSV Mainz 053.5 stars
    1899 Hoffenheim4.0 stars
    Bayer 044.5 stars
    Bor. Dortmund4.5 stars
    Bor. M'gladbach4.0 stars
    Eint. Frankfurt3.5 stars
    F. Dusseldorf3.0 stars
    FC Augsburg3.5 stars
    FC Bayern5.0 stars
    FC Schalke 044.5 stars
    Greuther Furth3.5 stars
    Hamburger SV4.0 stars
    Hannover 964.0 stars
    SC Freiburg3.5 stars
    VfB Stuttgart4.0 stars
    VfL Wolfsburg4.0 stars
    Werder Bremen4.0 stars

    Bundesliga 2 (18 teams):

    1.FC K'lautern3.5 stars
    1.FC Koln3.5 stars
    1860 Munich3.0 stars
    Braunschweig3.0 stars
    Dynamo Dresden3.0 stars
    Energie Cottbus3.0 stars
    Erzgebirge Aue2.5 stars
    FC Ingolstadt3.0 stars
    FC St. Pauli3.0 stars
    FSV Frankfurt2.5 stars
    Hertha BSC3.5 stars
    MSV Duisberg3.0 stars
    SC Paderborn2.5 stars
    SSV Jahn1.5 stars
    SV Sandhausen2.0 stars
    Union Berlin3.0 stars
    VfL Bochum3.0 stars
    VfR Aalen2.0 stars


    International (46 teams):

    Argentina5.0 stars
    Australia3.5 stars
    Austria4.0 stars
    Belgium4.5 stars
    Bolivia3.0 stars
    Brazil5.0 stars
    Bulgaria3.0 stars
    Cameroon4.5 stars
    Chile4.0 stars
    Columbia4.5 stars
    Cote d'Ivoire4.5 stars
    Czech Republic4.0 stars
    Denmark4.0 stars
    Ecuador3.5 stars
    Egypt3.0 stars
    England5.0 stars
    Finland3.5 stars
    France5.0 stars
    Germany5.0 stars
    Greece4.0 stars
    Hungary3.5 stars
    India1.0 stars
    Ireland4.0 stars
    Italy5.0 stars
    Korea Republic3.5 stars
    Mexico4.0 stars
    Netherlands4.5 stars
    New Zealand2.5 stars
    Northern Ireland3.5 stars
    Norway3.5 stars
    Paraguay4.0 stars
    Peru3.5 stars
    Poland4.0 stars
    Portugal4.5 stars
    Romania3.5 stars
    Russia4.5 stars
    Scotland4.0 stars
    Slovenia3.5 stars
    South Africa3.5 stars
    Spain5.0 stars
    Sweden4.0 stars
    Switzerland4.0 stars
    Turkey4.5 stars
    United States3.5 stars
    Uruguay4.5 stars
    Venezuela3.5 stars


    Serie A (20 teams):

    Atalanta4.0 stars
    Bologna3.5 stars
    Cagliari4.0 stars
    Catania4.0 stars
    Chievo Verona4.0 stars
    Fiorentina4.0 stars
    Genova4.0 stars
    Inter5.0 stars
    Juventus5.0 stars
    Lazio4.5 stars
    Milan4.5 stars
    Napoli4.5 stars
    Palermo4.0 stars
    Parma4.0 stars
    Pescara3.0 stars
    Roma4.5 stars
    Sampdoria4.0 stars
    Siena3.5 stars
    Torino4.0 stars
    Udinese4.5 stars

    Serie B (22 teams):

    Ascoli2.5 stars
    Bari2.5 stars
    Brescia3.0 stars
    C. Stabra2.5 stars
    Cesena2.0 stars
    Cittadella2.5 stars
    Crotone2.0 stars
    Empoli2.5 stars
    Grosseto2.0 stars
    H. Verona3.0 stars
    La Spezia3.0 stars
    Lanciano2.0 stars
    Livorno2.5 stars
    Modena3.0 stars
    Novara2.5 stars
    Padua2.5 stars
    Reggina2.5 stars
    Sassuolo2.5 stars
    Terni2.0 stars
    Varese2.5 stars
    Vercelli2.5 stars
    Vicenza2.0 stars

    Korea Republic

    K-League (16 teams):

    Busan I'Park2.0 stars
    Chunnam Dragons1.5 stars
    Daegu FC2.0 stars
    Daejeon Citizen1.5 stars
    FC Seoul3.0 stars
    Gangwon FC2.0 stars
    Gwangju FC1.5 stars
    Gyeongnam FC2.5 stars
    Incheon United2.0 stars
    Jeju United FC2.5 stars
    Jeonbuk FC3.0 stars
    Pohang Steelers2.5 stars
    SangJu Sangmu2.0 stars
    Seongnam Ilhwa2.5 stars
    Suwon Bluewings3.0 stars
    Ulsan Hyundai3.0 stars


    Liga MX (18 teams):

    America3.5 stars
    Atlante2.5 stars
    Atlas3.0 stars
    Chiapas3.0 stars
    Club Leon3.0 stars
    Cruz Azul3.5 stars
    Guadalajara3.0 stars
    Monarcas3.0 stars
    Monterrey3.5 stars
    Pachuca3.0 stars
    Puebla2.5 stars
    Queretaro2.5 stars
    San Luis2.5 stars
    Santos Laguna3.5 stars
    Tigres3.5 stars
    Tijuana3.0 stars
    Toluca3.5 stars
    U.N.A.M.3.5 stars


    Eredivisie (18 teams):

    ADO Den Haag3.0 stars
    AZ3.5 stars
    Ajax4.0 stars
    FC Groningen3.0 stars
    FC Twente4.0 stars
    FC Utrecht3.0 stars
    Feyenoord3.5 stars
    Heracles Almelo3.0 stars
    N.E.C.3.0 stars
    NAC Breda3.0 stars
    PEC Zwolle2.5 stars
    PSV4.0 stars
    RKC Waalwijk3.0 stars
    Roda JC3.0 stars
    VVV-Venlo2.5 stars
    Vitesse3.5 stars
    Willem II2.5 stars
    sc Heerenveen3.0 stars


    Tippeligaen (16 teams):

    Aalesunds FK2.5 stars
    FK Haugesund2.0 stars
    Fredrikstad FK1.0 stars
    Honefoss BK0.5 stars
    Lillestrom SK2.5 stars
    Molde FK3.5 stars
    ODD2.0 stars
    Rosenborg BK3.0 stars
    SK Brann3.0 stars
    Sandnes Ulf1.0 stars
    Sogndal1.0 stars
    Stabak Fotball1.0 stars
    Stromsgodset IF3.0 stars
    Tromso IL3.0 stars
    Viking FK2.5 stars
    Valerenga3.0 stars


    Polska Liga (16 teams)

    Bielsko- Biala1.5 stars
    G. Belchatow1.5 stars
    G. Zabrze2.5 stars
    Gdansk2.0 stars
    Gliwice1.5 stars
    J. Bialystok2.5 stars
    Kielce2.5 stars
    L. Poznan3.0 stars
    L. Warszawa3.0 stars
    Lubin2.5 stars
    P. Warszawa2.5 stars
    R. Chorzow2.5 stars
    Szczecin1.5 stars
    W. Krakow3.0 stars
    W. Lodz1.5 stars
    Wroclaw2.5 stars


    Liga Portuguesa (16 teams):

    Academica3.0 stars
    C. Funchal3.5 stars
    CD Nacional3.0 stars
    Estoril2.5 stars
    FC Porto4.5 stars
    Moreira Conegos2.5 stars
    Pacos Ferreira3.0 stars
    Rio Ave FC3.0 stars
    S.C. Olhanense2.5 stars
    SC Beira Mar3.0 stars
    SC Braga4.0 stars
    SL Benfica4.0 stars
    Sporting CP4.0 stars
    V. Barcelos3.0 stars
    Vit. Guimaraes3.0 stars
    Vitoria FC3.0 stars

    Republic of Ireland

    Airtricity League (11 teams):

    Bohemians FC0.5 stars
    Bray Wanderers0.5 stars
    Cork City0.5 stars
    Derry City0.5 stars
    Drogheda Utd0.5 stars
    Dundalk0.5 stars
    Shamrock Rovers1.5 stars
    Shelbourne0.5 stars
    Sligo Rovers1.0 stars
    St. Pats1.0 stars
    UCD AFC0.5 stars

    Rest of World

    Rest of World (15 teams):

    AEK Athens (Hellas Liga, Greece)3.0 stars
    Boca Juniors (Primera Liga, Argentina)3.5 stars
    Galatasaray SK (TurkLig)4.5 stars
    Kaizer Chiefs (South African FL)3.0 stars
    MLS All-Stars (you can purchase this team in the EAS FC Catalogue for 750 FCC if you are at level 14 or above)3.5 stars
    Olympiacos CFP (Hellas Liga, Greece)4.0 stars
    Orlando Pirates (South African FL)3.0 stars
    Panathinkaikos (Hellas Liga, Greece)3.5 stars
    PAOK (Hellas Liga, Greece)3.5 stars
    Racing Club (Primera Liga, Argentina)3.5 stars
    Rangers (Scottish League)1.5 stars
    River Plate (Primera Liga, Argentina)3.5 stars
    Classic XI (can't be used in online matches)5.0 stars
    Adidas All Star Team (can't be used in online matches, available via a code if you pre-ordered FIFA 13 from selected retailers - or you can look online for codes)5.0 stars
    World XI (can't be used in online matches)5.0 stars


    Russian League (16 teams):

    A. Makhachkala4.0 stars
    A. Vladikavkaz3.0 stars
    Amkar Perm3.0 stars
    CSKA Moskva4.5 stars
    Dinamo Moskva3.5 stars
    FC Krasnodar3.0 stars
    FC Rostov3.0 stars
    Krylya Sovelov3.0 stars
    Kuban Krasnodar3.5 stars
    Lokomotiv4.0 stars
    Mordov. Saransk2.5 stars
    Rubin Kazan4.0 stars
    Spartak Moskva4.0 stars
    Terek Grozny3.0 stars
    Volga2.5 stars
    Zenit4.5 stars

    Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Pro League (14 teams):

    Al-Ahil3.0 stars
    Al-Ettifaq2.5 stars
    Al-Faisaly1.0 stars
    Al-Fateh2.5 stars
    Al-Hilal3.0 stars
    Al-Ittihad3.0 stars
    Al-Nassr3.0 stars
    Al-Raed1.5 stars
    Al-Shabab3.0 stars
    Al-Taawoun1.0 stars
    Al Wehdah0.5 stars
    Alshoulla1.0 stars
    Hajer1.0 stars
    Narjan1.0 stars


    SPL (12 teams):

    Aberdeen2.0 stars
    Celtic 3.5 stars
    Dundee FC1.5 stars
    Dundee United2.5 stars
    Heart of Midlothian2.5 stars
    Hibernian2.5 stars
    Inverness CT2.0 stars
    Kilmarnock2.5 stars
    Motherwell3.0 stars
    Ross County2.0 stars
    St. Johnstone2.0 stars
    St. Mirren2.0 stars


    Liga BBVA (18 teams):

    Athletic Bilbao4.0 stars
    Atletico Madrid4.5 stars
    CA Osasuna3.5 stars
    Celta Vigo3.5 stars
    FC Barcelona5.0 stars
    Getafe CF4.0 stars
    Granada CF3.5 stars
    Levante UD4.0 stars
    Malaga CF4.5 stars
    Rayo Vallecano3.5 stars
    RC Deportivo3.5 stars
    RCD Espanyol4.0 stars
    RCD Mallorca3.5 stars
    Real Betis4.0 stars
    Real Madrid5.0 stars
    Real Sociedad4.0 stars
    Real Valladolid3.5 stars
    Real Zaragoza3.5 stars
    Sevilla FC4.0 stars
    Valencia CF4.5 stars

    Liga Adelante (22 teams):

    AD Alcorcon3.0 stars
    CD Guadalajara2.0 stars
    CD Lugo2.5 stars
    CD Mirandees2.0 stars
    CD Numancia2.5 stars
    Cordoba CF3.0 stars
    Elche CF3.5 stars
    FC Barcelona B3.0 stars
    Girona CF3.0 stars
    Hercules CF2.5 stars
    Racing Santander2.5 stars
    RC Recreativo3.0 stars
    Real Murcia CF2.5 stars
    RM Castilla3.0 stars
    Sabadell FC2.5 stars
    SD Huesca2.5 stars
    SD Ponferradina3.0 stars
    Sporting Gijon3.0 stars
    UD Almeria3.0 stars
    UD Las Palmas3.0 stars
    Villarreal CF3.5 stars
    Xerez CD2.0 stars


    Allsvenskan (16 teams):

    AIK Fotboll3.0 stars
    Atvidabergs FF2.0 stars
    BK Hacken2.5 stars
    Djurgardens IF2.0 stars
    GAIS1.0 stars
    Gefle IF1.5 stars
    GIF Sunsvall1.0 stars
    Helsingborgs IF3.0 stars
    IF Elfsborg3.0 stars
    IFK Goteborg2.5 stars
    IFK Norrkoping2.0 stars
    Kalmar FF2.0 stars
    Malmo FF3.0 stars
    Mjallby AIF1.5 stars
    Orebro SK1.5 stars
    Syrianska1.5 stars


    Raiffeisen SL (10 teams):

    BSC Young Boys3.0 stars
    FC Basel3.5 stars
    FC Lausanne2.0 stars
    FC Luzern2.5 stars
    FC Sion3.0 stars
    FC St. Gallen1.5 stars
    FC Thun2.0 stars
    FC Zurich2.5 stars
    Grasshopper2.5 stars
    Servette FC1.5 stars

    United States

    Major League Soccer (19 teams):

    Chicago fire3.0 stars
    Chivas USA2.5 stars
    Colorado Rapids2.5 stars
    Columbus Crew2.5 stars
    D.C. United2.5 stars
    FC Dallas3.0 stars
    Houston Dynamo2.5 stars
    L.A. Galaxy3.0 stars
    Montreal Impact3.0 stars
    New England2.5 stars
    NY Red Bulls3.0 stars
    Philadelphia2.5 stars
    Portland3.0 stars
    Real Salt Lake3.0 stars
    SJ Earthquakes2.5 stars
    Sounders FC3.0 stars
    Sporting KC3.0 stars
    Toronto FC3.0 stars
    Whitecaps FC3.0 stars

    Main Menu

    There are ten selectable options across the bottom of the screen when you go past the loading screens into the game. You can scroll left or right to cycle through them, and you can select them by pressing A. The options are:

    Click on them for more info.

    There may also be an 11th item on the menu called Sign in to EA which is only available if you are offline or the EA servers are down. Without accessing the EA Servers you will not be able to play some game modes.

    EAS FC Match Day

    From the manual:

    EA Sports Football Club Match Day

    EA SPORTS Football Club Match Day introduces regular updates with real world data, stats, and stories to bring your single player game experience to life!

    Players' form in game reflects their real life form and teams have to cope without injured, suspended players, and those away on international duty. The league table positions, facts, and figures drive the commentary that you hear. So when your club has that vital top of the table clash or relegation battle, it is reflected in game.

    Live Fixtures

    The details of each team's next four real opponents are stored in-game. Use this option to short cut to an upcoming match and play out your anticipation for the big game.

    Games of the Week

    Each week, a small number of Live Fixtures become Games of the Week. Check out these massive encounters in this dedicated section.

    Turning EA SPORTS FC Match Day On/Off

    By default, the live data is used for your game as long as you are connected to EA Servers. If you wish to use your local customized database instead, then toggle EA SPORTS FC Match Day feature by pressing Y on the Select Teams screen.

    EAS FC Match Day gives the following options:

    • Kick Off
    • Live Fixtures
    • Games of the Week
    • View Form

    Kick off takes you into a normal kick off match. You can either turn match day on or off here by pressing Y. It only makes a difference to the commentary. For example the commentators will talk about the teams relative positions in their real-life tables.

    Live Fixtures allows you to play one or more of a team's next four real-life fixtures.

    Games of the Week will allow you to play the biggest, most important games of the real-life week. Typically there will be five to choose from and these will be based around games with a lot at stake in real-life such as relegation battles, fights for European places, big derby matches, etc.

    To cycle through the matches press LT/RT. You can also see the teams' stats as you do, including their form over the last five games, their top 5 scorers, the players that are unavailable because they are injured or suspended, and the players that unavailable because they are on international duty, by clicking LB/RB.

    View Form is where you get to see which players/teams have had their stats increased/decreased based on current real-life form in the last week or so. These amended player rankings will be applied to Match Day matches.

    Use LT/RT to cycle between viewing players and teams. Use LB/RB to cycle between viewing just those that are in form, just those who are out of form, or both.

    Typically the only players and teams in this section will be the big players and big teams from the big leagues, because EA would have a really tough job to cover all the little leagues too, and most people only play with the top teams anyway so it would not be of great benefit to the masses anyway.

    Ultimate Team

    From the manual:

    FIFA Ultimate Team

    Join the millions of fans who have built their club in FIFA Ultimate team. FIFA Ultimate Team is a massive online community of football fans from around the globe, building their own dream squads and competing in Tournaments, Seasons, and in our global Auction Market for players.

    Getting started

    When you first start FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) you are given a starter pack of players. This pack contains everything you need to start playing in Tournaments and earning coins. You'll receive 22 players from various leagues around the world, a manager, and some player contracts.

    Building Chemistry

    Having a team of star players is great, but having a team with excellent chemistry is what you're after. A squad with good team chemistry can play above their ratings, while great players with poor chemistry won't be at their best. To build chemistry, look at the links between players on the pitch.

    Building Chemistry Links

    Players gain chemistry when playing in the correct formation, playing in a position that they prefer, and linking to other players who come from the same country, league, or club.

    Formation bonuses are added when a player is in a formation they like. For example, a striker with a 4-4-2 preference gets the best bonus for playing in a 4-4-2, but if you put them in any formation with two strikers, such as a 5-3-2, they'll receive a partial bonus.

    A position bonus is earned by playing a player in the correct position on the pitch. Playing a center midfielder in a CM spot in a formation grants a full position bonus to a player. However, putting a center midfielder into a CDM (center defensive midfielder) or CAM (center attacking midfielder) spot yields a partial bonus. You even get a small bonus by playing them in LM (left midfielder) and RM (right midfielder) spots.

    Linking to other players is the way to get your team chemistry to maximum. Links between players are made by connecting players with the same nationality, players who play in the same league, and players who play at the same club. For example, if you put an Italian striker from the Serie A next to a Spanish striker from the same club, you would get a strong link for having two players who play in the same league and club side by side.

    There are many ways to reach high team chemistry, so experiment with different combinations of players and have fun creating unique squads. TIP: When building your squad, include Bronze players with good chemistry early on. This helps you earn more coins in the early completions and eventually get better players.

    Managing your Squads

    The Squad screen is where you manage your players, give players contracts, improve their fitness and morale, and optimize your teams' chemistry.


    In FIFA Ultimate Team, your players need contracts to play a match. Each player has seven contracts when they're found in a pack. Every time you play a match the contracts remaining for a player is reduced by one. A player loses one contract by coming on the pitch; if the player is in your subs but does not play they keep their contract for the match.

    A player contract can be Bronze, Silver, or Gold. Applying a contract to a player with the same quality rating is always the best value. So, when a Bronze player runs out of contracts picking up a Bronze pack or a Bronze contract on the trade market is your best bet. To apply a contract item to a player bring up the Actions menu and select Apply Consumable.


    To get the most out of your players in matches, make sure your squad is match fit and ready to play. Check your players for fitness and morale in the Squads screen by moving the RS and changing to the Status view.

    Ideally, fitness for players should be as high as possible (maximum 99) to ensure they can run for the full match. Fitness can be recovered two ways-resting the player for a match or playing a fitness recovery item. Try to keep your players above 75 fitness to get a full 90 minutes from them. To apply fitness items to a player bring up the Actions menu and select APPLY CONSUMABLE. Fitness items can be found in packs or on the Auction market.


    Morale for a player starts out neutral and goes up or down based on their performance in matches. A player with high morale gains benefits during gameplay, while a player with low morale has a small decrease to their performance during the match.

    Aim to keep your player morale at neutral or above when starting a match. A player's morale trends toward neutral naturally. If you find a player is not in good spirits, you can rest him in matches or play a morale training item on that player. To apply a morale item to a player, bring up the Actions menu and select Apply CONSUMABLE. Morale items can be found in packs or on the Auction market.

    TIP: To swap players, highlight one player, press A, and then highlight another player and press A again. To look at the players in your club, press X to open the Player Actions menu, and then select the Swap with Club option

    The first time you enter Ultimate Team you are played a tutorial video which explains the basics, which are also covered above in the blurb taken from the manual. Then you have the opportunity to play a tutorial match, before you are given your starter pack of cards so that you can build your own ultimate team.

    Once you are set up when you click into Ultimate Team you will see there are five tabs under which are the various Ultimate Team (or FUT, where F stands for FIFA) options:

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