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The bedrock of any good team on Fifa, whether you are playing on the ultimate team mode, career mode or just playing against mates, being able to defend properly is going to be hugely helpful. It may not be the glamorous side of the game, but it sure can be effective, and many titles have been won on the strength of a solid back four or five. Many things impact your defensive abilities in real life and on Fifa 15, including the personnel, the system you deploy and the way you approach in game scenarios. We’ve put together our defending guide to help guide you through it.
Defensive Controls in Fifa 15
Y or Triangle – Keeper Rush Out
X or Square – Slide Tackle
B or Circle – Standing tackle (also push or pull when chasing an attacker)
A or X – Contain
LT or L2 – Jockey
RT or R2 – Jockey whilst running
RB or R1 – Teammate contain
These features aren’t necessarily new to you, but a good grasp of the controls is absolutely vital if you’re going to keep clean sheets. Organisation is key and you can’t stay organised without knowing what you’re doing.
Using the Contain Feature
A large chunk of defending on Fifa 15 is about being sensible and organised, and the ‘contain’ button is perfect for this. What does it do? Well, the button means that your players, especially defensive ones, will stick more rigidly to their positions, and stay organised at the back. Containing won’t win the ball back, and the downside is that it can invite pressure, but if you’re looking to do a Sam Allardyce, or even a Jose Mourinho style shutout, and stay organised and rigid whilst hitting your opponents on the break, be prepared to use the contain control.
Jockeying can be done either by pressing LT or L2 depending on your console when you are standing still, or RT/R2 when you’re running. If you weren’t aware, jockeying is basically remaining facing the ball and ready to pounce without attempting a tackle and committing yourself. Not only does this prevent wingers and strikers from easily skipping past you, it gives team mates a chance to flood back if you are getting hit on the counter attack. Jockeying is particularly useful for full backs or when playing against speedy players. “Stay on your feet” is a saying you hear over and over again in football, and with good reason, too.
Standing tackles should be your first port of call. They still need to be timed right, but the pressure on timing is less than that of a committed sliding tackle, as you can still recover and put in another challenge if you fail. A standing tackle can mean a quick turnaround of defence into attack if you manage to nick the ball.
They’ve got a somewhat bad rep, and are undeniably the risque option. A slide can easily end up in getting beaten, humiliated or even sent off, and should be used as a last resort, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not an amazing tool, and the best centre backs out there are able to get you out of some tough situations with their sliding ability. Judge this on a case by case basis, do you need to dive in? Is the player up to it? What are their tackling marks like?
Top 10 Defenders in Fifa 15
Having the right personnel is important, of course we all like to manage at, or at least start out at different levels, and there are some solid defenders about in the lower leagues, as well as some young talent to be snapped up, but for the very creme de la creme, it is these guys you need:
Gerard Pique – The Barcelona man is rated 84
Diego Godin – Also 84 though with a few more miles on the odometer
Medhi Benatia – A young player who is already one of the best in the world.
Javi Martinez – Another player with their prime ahead.
Jerome Boateng – And another
Vincent Kompany – The big Man City man had to make the list, rated 86
Thiago Silva – An incredible 88 rating
Sergio Ramos – The best defender on the game with an 87 rating.
Defending, just like many other areas of Fifa 15, is something you will have to tailor to your own team, and find what works for you, but following the principles above won’t see you go far wrong. Follow along and you’ll be keeping clean sheets in no time.