How to Defend and Tackle in FIFA 18 – Defending Guide

Below we’ve broken down defending and tackling in FIFA 18 into a number of areas and delivered some key tips that should help you regain possession and prevent your opponent from scoring too many goals. Read on for a complete guide on how to defend in FIFA 18 and stop attackers from scoring. 

Update: Defending After the First FIFA 18 Patch 

Having played a lot of FIFA 18 after EA deployed the first patch, that made tweaks to goalkeepers and shooting, we’ve found that defending remains more or less as it was. As such the defending tips and tricks we’ve listed below are still the best way to break down attacks and stop strikers from getting in on goal. 

Get the Timing of Tackles Right – Don’t Spam the Tackle Button in FIFA 18

If you’re struggling to defend in FIFA 18 and finding yourself on the end of multi-goal thrashings, chances are you’re being over eager with the tackle button. Firstly, do not perform a slide tackle unless you have no other choice. More times than not you’ll fail and that player will be on the floor while the attack continues. 

Secondly, repeatedly tapping the tackle button isn’t a good tactic. As soon as you press the tackle button your defender will either win the ball or leave himself out of the game for a second. Make sure you’re pretty confident you’ll make the tackle before committing to it. Hold the contain button to get close to the attacker, and only commit to a tackle when have to. 

Try to Tackle Where the Ball is Going to be, Rather Than Where it is

This more or less means you need to sort out your positioning. To get good at making vital tackles and getting back control of the ball you need to learn to predict where the ball is going to go. There’s no point completely selling yourself with a kick of a leg, when the ball has already moved before your player makes the tackle animation. Often you can win the ball back without even making a tackle, simply because you got into the right position. 

Keep a Good Defensive Formation in FIFA 18

This is probably the most obvious statement of all time if you are into football in real life, but it’s worth remembering: do not drag all your defenders out of position. While playing FIFA 18 it’s easy to go looking for the ball. Don’t do this. By all means use a defender to step forward and take control of a loose ball (see player switching, below), but don’t repeatedly take defenders out of their formation to try and make a tackle. It’s tempting to switch from one defender to the next, each time charging at the attacker, but this will result in huge gaps appearing at the back that an average player can easily exploit.

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