FIFA SOCCER 2005 [First Touch Control Guide] Version 5.0 By: Chocolate Sushi 1. Intro 2. Button Definitions 3. Essential Knowledge 4. The Meat I. Basic Tricks II. Advanced Tricks a. THE RAINBOW III.Linked Tricks IV. Trapping and Flicks Extra: The Fake Shot, Backheel Pass, Chip Shot, & Low Cross 5. End, Copyrights, Contact, Version History etc. 1. INTRO Hello, thank you for the interest. This is my first FAQ, so not much flair, just the bare essentials needed to pull off those cool new tricks in FIFA Football 2005. Note that this guide also pertains to the PS2, PC, and GC versions of this game. I hope this aids anyone who enjoys football games and the new FIFA by EA Sports. Hopefully, this FAQ will allow you enjoy FIFA 2005 to the fullest. 2. BUTTON DEFINITIONS Left Stick: LS -Controls your playerís basic movement. Right Stick: RS -Controls your playerís First Touch Control. Left Trigger: LT -Secondary input. Calls in another defender when defending. Right Trigger: RT -Sprint. X- Lobbed Pass/Cross (hold LT and press X for Early Cross, double tap for Low Hard Cross) A- Regular Pass (hold LT and press A for a Manual Pass) B- Shoot (hold LT and press B for a Chip Shot) Y- Through Pass (hold LT and press Y for a Lobbed Through Pass) 3. ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE The most important thing is to focus on your basic movement with the LS. Your basic movement dictates the direction of where you are going to place your first touch and perform tricks. A lot of first touch controls can actually by done by just using the normal LS movement stick. For example; while moving forward, simply rotate on the LS and you will do a shield turn giving you space/protecting the ball from a chasing defender. Other moves can be done in similar fashion by just the LS that have no particular special input. Some players of high skill can even do First Touch Control automatically by just maneuvering the LS (spins, flicks, pull backs, etc). It is essential that you get fully acquainted with the feel of the movement system on the training pitch. That said, on to the moves. 4. THE MEAT Move in regular (dribbling) speed to perform skill moves BEFORE sprinting into the ball. Most of there moves are done while dribbling, not sprinting unless stated. The faster your going, the more difficult it is to perform the trick successfully. Also, you can release the movement stick to walk/edge the ball before you execute the maneuver and sprint into the ball. All moves done with the RS. Input depends on the DIRECTION YOU ARE FACING at the time. You can execute these moves traveling from any direction, So if you are moving to the right for instance, then BACK = Left on the RS, FORWARD = Right on the RS, UP = Up, DOWN = Down. Going left would be the opposite. Going up across field (towards the top of the screen) would have BACK = Down, Forward = Up, UP = Left, DOWN = Right with the same for going down across the screen. I suggest trying these out going right first. All advanced moves can be done directly or in quarter-circle fashion (Hadouken or Shoryuken input from Street Fighter) with exception of the Hop, Full Preki, and Pull Back. *NOTE*: '/' indicates an 'or'. For example, UP/DOWN means UP or DOWN. I. Basic Tricks: These are a good starting point for you to get aquainted. Often, they are very useful for toying with the opposition. They can also be directly linked right after you pull them to an advanced move, setting you up for a great fake. BACK = Lift Ball Application: Good for keeping the ball away from stealing legs when a defender is on your flank. While the ball is in the air, you can still move sideways while controlling it, and you can take an elevated shot right after lifting. FORWARD = Step-Over Application: Used when running and a man is pacing you from the flank. Can mess his tackle up and get you forward. UP/DOWN = Drag Roll Application: A useful move that gives you just enough space to make an oncoming defender run past you, or draw a defender in a direction for a linked fake. II. Advanced Tricks: These take a bit more composure and practice to pull off gloriously. Study and work hard on the training pitch to perfect them. BACK + FORWARD = Flick Hop Application: Good for out-pacing a incoming marker from the side, or going over one who is sliding in. You and the ball leave the ground and move forward. BACK + UP/DOWN = Lift and Control in a Direction Application: Can also be used to pass off if you are close to a team mate. This is good for putting the ball around an oncoming man or moving it away from a man on your side. FORWARD + BACK = Pull Back Reverse Application: Useful when moving at dribbling speed to get space from your marker who is on you from the side, or to quickly reverse direction. FORWARD + UP/DOWN = Scissors Application: A diagonal stepover movement that gets you in space or away from a chasing man. Also works for beating an oncoming man. UP/DOWN + BACK = Diagonal Flick Application: This lifts and pops the ball forward off to either side. Good for making space or shaking a defender coming in from the side. UP/DOWN + FORWARD = Maradona Turn Application: A spin while protecting the ball. Has to be timed right with the movement of the defender, but is very good for rolling off your man or just confusing the opposition. Works for oncoming men also. UP + DOWN/DOWN +UP = Full Preki Application: A great move for stepping around the ball and going opposite. Best used against oncoming defenders, but works for making space away from a man on your side. RT + FORWARD = Push Into Space Application: Probably the move most people know and exploit. Itís a sprint while pushing the ball ahead of you. Makes you loads of space and distance. Beware of men ahead of you though, as defenders will come out and steal the ball if you are too close. RT + UP/DOWN = Body Swerve Application: Like the Push into Space, this gives you distance but at an angle. Good for moving past a man in front of you when you fake going one way, and execute the Swerve the other. RT + BACK = Stop and Pull Back Reverse Application: Just like the regular pull back, but at sprinting speed. Excellent for faking the opposition, especially since if you are sprinting, theyíll be sprinting with you. This does just as the title suggests; slows down, kicks the ball back, and reverses. Just have to watch any lagging defenders behind you. a. THE RAINBOW (credit to Pno, Black Dragon, & FryX for getting the movement) FORWARD + BACK + FORWARD = The Rainbow Explanation: The king of tricks it seems, extremely difficult to pull let alone figure out. This one is complicated, hence a seperate section for it. First be traveling left or right in a straight line (up or down would work too, but not diagonal) regular speed. Timing is everything here. Let go of the LS and then immediately input the F + B + F movement. This has to be done in under a second I would say which is what makes it the most difficult move to pull off. After you flick the ball resume holding the LS (movement) stick in the direction you were going originally to complete the move. I suggest trying this with Del Piero or Ronaldinho on the training pitch. Application: Seems like bells and whistles, but would be a good move to beat a man coming in from the side or even in front of you since the ball goes from where he was just putting his foot, to over his head. III. Linked Tricks These are a list of some combination tricks. There are more than listed, but these are the most useful I have found. In a sense, they are more fakes than tricks as they are used to toy with the opposition first, then go past them. Note that the (x2) is meant to indicate the minimal number of times you should perform the first move. You can extend this to as many times as you please or need. FORWARD(x2) + UP/DOWN = Step-Over to Scissors Application: A glorified set of step-overs. If the first step-over(s) doesn't get you forward, cut off and run! Use when advancing on the wing or closing in on goal. FORWARD(x2) + BACK = Step-Over to Pull-Back Application: Make the man think you are going forward, but reverse direction on him. Use when on the wing close to goal. FORWARD(x4) + BACK + FORWARD = Step-Over to Rainbow Application: Lots of step-overs to dazzle and then more dazzle with a flick that goes over your head. Sort of just for fun this one as its hard to pull off. UP(x2) + DOWN / DOWN(x2) + UP = Drag-Roll to Full Preki Application: Beautifully draw the man in and then weasel past him with a well placed move into space. Use this when on the wing closing in on goal. UP/DOWN(x2) + BACK = Drag-Roll to Flick Application: Make your man come at you, then lift off after he trys to tackle. Use when moving on the wing. IV. Trapping and Flicks This section deals with controlling from a pass. There is no real defined moves to list, just general ones regarding the direction of your first touch and LS movement. In general, pressing the RS in the direction you want to go will put the ball off in that direction. Depending on the incoming ball, your position, and selected playerís skill, youíll perform the appropriate flick/trap. For instance, pressing back away from the direction of the ball might give you a neat kick over your head and down if all is right, or just a trap low and kick back. Pressing forward, might give you a chest down or a nod forward; sideways, a simple touch. It all depends on player skill, and positioning. The key thing is to watch the incoming defender and trap in the direction away from him, this can open up just enough room for you to get by. Try to watch and anticipate the marker that is pressing you and touch the ball into space around him, but be wary of other defenders ahead of you as the can intercept the ball even if you do beat the first man. Its best to play with first touch yourself on the training pitch using players of varying skill to get the feel. There is one rule about controlling the ball from a lob; its easier to do a more advanced touch if the ball bounces before you touch it, or a man is near you. Sometimes, it is not always best to use the RS. Simply manuevering the LS is faster that placing a touch with the RS if you are in a situation where you already have plenty of space or are unmarked. Players with lower skill also have a slower first touch. Extra: The Fake Shot, Backheel Pass, Chip Shot, & Low Cross These aren't really First Touch Controls, but I list and explain them here because I feel they are special manuevers and something most players won't know how to use right away, but will add to your enjoyment. THE FAKE SHOT: The fake shot is executed by pressing the BLACK BUTTON. It is a handy move in vein of the chip shot that helps you beat the goalkeeper. When executing, make sure your distance is not so close to the keeper as he can just smother you, but not so far as he can have time to watch the ball. Iíve found that it works every time when the goalkeeper rushes you, but youíve got to watch your distance and not be too close if he does. It works even if he doesn't rush, but you have to get close in without him coming out of goal. Also, be aware that the direction you are facing will dictate the direction of the fake; a fake that looks like its going away from goal will not trick the keeper into reacting. The approximate distance for a good fake is illustrated in the diagrams below. ------------ ! ! X O ------------ ! ! X O ------------ ! ! X O O = You X = Keeper After a successful fake, the keeper will drop, leaving you time to run around him or simply put the ball in the net! THE BACKHEEL PASS: The Backheel Pass is something not every player in the game can execute. It is dependent upon a high skill level in the player, so you won't see it alot or be able to do it if you play against or with smaller clubs. Try doing it on the training pitch with a club like Liverpool or Barcelona. To perform the manuever, move at dribbling speed and tap back on the RS to direct the pass. Then press the A button to pass off. You must have a player behind you in that direction for the pass to execute, and he has to be somewhat close, about the distance for a fake shot. Its handy for doing a lay-off to your teammate while drawing the defender; giving him space for a shot. THE CHIP SHOT: The Chip Shot, like the Fake Shot is a move designed to beat the goal keeper. It has less power than a regular shot, but has elevation which is used to rise the ball over the keeper. Like the Fake Shot, it takes some explaining. Execute the move by holding the LT and pressing the A button. Depressing the A button longer will, as a regular shot, give you more power. The move will only beat the keeper if he is out of goal and even then he can still save the shot if you are too close, or don't shoot with enough power. The appropriate distance for a good chip is slightly more that the illustration in the Fake Shot diagram, but with the keeper out of goal. As with all the moves, play with this on the training pitch to master the timing, distance, and power. THE LOW CROSS: Execute this by double tapping the X button. Its a powerfull drive that can be used to whip the ball across the goal mouth. It works best when you are just outside the box on the left or right of goal, and an unmarked man is popping up in the center behind the keeper. With a clear space, all it will take is a slight tap of the B button after if you find the man and its a goal. 5. END Thatís it! Thanks for reading. Now get to the training pitch and try these moves yourself. Practice, practice, practice. Master them, and youíll have some potent stuff to unleash on the opposition. Good foot-balling, and I hope to play you on LIVE! Copyright: For informational use solely by GameFaqs.com and its affiliates. All information is that of the writer and shall not be reproduced in any other work without expressed given permission. This work is not for public display or for profit. This FAQ is free for personal reproduction. [Oct 2004-2005 Terrence Young] Version History: 5.0 10/24/04 The First Edition 1.0 10/26/04 Revisions 1.5 10/27/04 Fake Shot diagram 2.0 10/27/04 Clarifications, graphical adjustments 2.5 10/30/04 Trick names 3.0 12/04/04 Clarifications 3.5 12/10/04 Linked Tricks section and graphical adustments 4.0 1/05/05 Backheel Pass, Chip Shot, & Low Cross sections 4.5 1/08/05 Minor adjustments to wording 4.5 5/1/05 THE RAINBOW section added 5.0 Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org (please read the FAQ before you ask any niggling questions.) Thanks: To all the people who gave good input for the FAQ on the GameFaqs message board and have helped make the FAQ better, Strongsoccer.com, Pno, Black Dragon, and FryX for finding the infamous rainbow, and to Bolton fans everywhere :) A Chocolate Sushi Work (c) 2004-2005.