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All changes to skill moves coming to FIFA 21 – full list

Published: 2/Sep/2020 18:52

by Bill Cooney


Some of the most anticipated new features when a new FIFA game comes out are the updates to skill moves, and EA has finally revealed all the changes coming for FIFA 21.

Skill moves are beloved by FIFA players, as they allow you to score some fantastic goals and make opponents look like fools. They also present a nice challenge to time and execute just right for more experienced players.


The big news, of course, is that there are three new ones we’ll be seeing added to FIFA 21 alongside all of the ones we already know and love.

Besides the fresh options, EA has also increased the number of certain types you can chain without penalty, All-Access improvements, and the ability to cancel certain ones as well.

EA has promised a hefty overhaul of attacking and defending systems in FIFA 21.
Three new skill moves will be available for players in FIFA 21.

New skill moves in FIFA 21

As we mentioned there are three brand new skill moves coming with the new game this fall, giving us new ways to show off our skills and embarrass opponents on the pitch.

These are all listed below, along with the required button combinations, though you can’t start practicing the timing just yet.

  • Feint Forward and Turn (RS back + RS back)
  • Drag to Heel (L1/LB + RS back then RS left/right)
  • Ball Roll Fake Turn (hold L2/LT + RS forward then RS left/right)
FIFA 21 on goal
The penalty for messing up while chaining skill moves has been reduced.

Along with the new options, EA has also reduced the penalty and error for chaining Skill Moves. Easy ones will still carry no risk of penalty if you fail to do them in quick succession. But, you can now safely try up to 6 normal moves in a row, much more than the limit of 3 in FIFA 20.


The number of complex skill moves, like ElasticoDrag Back and La Croquetta, that you can chain without the ball getting away has also gone up to three instead of just two.

This does change if you mix up the difficulty levels of the moves you’re pulling off, so you can chain up to six normals, but if you throw a complex one in there that will no longer apply.

Virgil Van Dijk and Vinicius jr tackle in FIFA
Certain skill moves can be canceled entirely in FIFA 21.

All-Access Skill Moves

More “easy-mode” skill moves can now be pulled off with the right joystick as well, but their effectiveness depends directly on their Skill Move Rating and Attributes. This means lower-rated players will perform slower and more error-prone versions of them. These include:

  • Low-Skill Roulette
  • Low-Skill Heel to Heel
  • Low-Skill Feint and Exit
  • Low-Skill Stop and Turn
  • Low-Skill Drag Back Spin
  • Low-Skill Simple Rainbow

Finally, some skill moves can now be canceled entirely, whether things aren’t going your way, or you want to play some 4D chess with your opponent. Either way, hitting (L2/LT + R2/RT) will halt fake shots, three touch roulettes, turns, spins and scoops.

Allan Saint-Maximin could get the best Storylines card we see all FIFA 20.
Being able to cancel skill moves will bring a whole new level of mind games to FIFA 21.

While it’s good to see one of our favorite mechanics getting a good look from EA ahead of FIFA 21’s October 6 release date later this fall, there are still plenty of details we’re waiting to get news on.

To keep up to date on all things FIFA, including the latest updates on the new game as they happen, be sure to follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK.


FIFA 21 Ones to Watch Team 1 countdown: OTW release time & players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 13:17

by Jacob Hale


With the launch of FIFA 21 seeing millions of football fans across the globe start competing to try and become the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, the first Ones to Watch promo team is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about it.

Ones to Watch follows players that have transferred to other teams, promising them upgrades for every time they make a new promo such as Team of the Week, Team of the Tournament and more.


As such, OTW cards are highly desirable, and if you get a decent one at the start of the year, you could see a lot of improvements as the season unravels.

So, here’s everything we know about Ones to Watch in FIFA 21, including release dates and times, the players included and more.

Nathan Ake Manchester City FIFA 21
Nathan Ake is a confirmed OTW player after his transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch release date & time

We now know that the Ones to Watch is going to be up and running soon, with its first availability on the weekend of launch. Here are the dates for the cards being released:

  • October 9-16: OTW Team 1
  • October 16-21: OTW Team 2
  • October 21 onwards: OTW Teams 1 and 2

It’s worth noting that you will get a Guaranteed OTW Item if you preordered the game before August 14, and the card you receive will be based on which date you open the pack, in correspondence with the dates above.

Most FIFA promos drop at 6pm BST (11am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5am AEDT), so expect packs to be available from that time starting October 9.


Confirmed OTW players

So far, a small selection of players have been confirmed as Ones to Watch cards, though we expect more to be announced over time.

AC Milan FIFA 21
A number of players and clubs are featured in the first OTW team of FIFA 21.

Here are the confirmed players that will feature in the opening weeks of FIFA 21 Ones to Watch:

  • Timo Werner – 85 – RB Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Gareth Bale – 83 – Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Hakim Ziyech – 85 – Ajax to Chelsea
  • Thiago – 85 – Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Martin Odegaard – 83 – Real Madrid
  • Achraf Hakimi – 83 – Real Madrid to Inter Milan
  • Allan – 83 – Napoli to Everton
  • Nathan Ake – 79 – AFC Bournemouth to Manchester City
  • Luis Suarez — 87 — Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
  • Kai Havertz — 85 — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Tonali OTW SBC

As well as these, Sandro Tonali (77 OVR, on loan from Brescia to AC Milan) is the first OTW SBC in FIFA 21.


We’ve written up a guide on the cheapest way to complete the SBC if you’re looking to get Tonali in your squad.

Ones to Watch predictions

On top of the confirmed players above, there are several we expect to see have their OTW cards announced soon.


Here’s who we’re expecting to see included:

  • Leroy Sane – 85 – Manchester City to Bayern Munich
  • Ferran Torres – 81 – Valencia to Manchester City
  • James Rodriguez – 82 – Real Madrid to Everton
  • Blaise Matuidi – 83 – Juventus to Inter Miami
  • Ben Chilwell – 81 – Leicester City to Chelsea
  • Jude Bellingham – 69 – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund
  • Gabriel – 78 – Lille to Arsenal
  • Victor Osimhen – 79 – Lille to Napoli
  • Willian – 82 – Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Rodrigo – 82 – Valencia to Leeds
  • Donny van de Beek – 83 – Ajax to Manchester United
  • Miralem Pjanic – 85 – Juventus to FC Barcelona
  • Arthur – 84 – FC Barcelona to Juventus
  • Jonathan David – 79 – Gent to Lille
  • Dani Parejo – 85 – Valencia to Villarreal
  • Reiner Jesus – 71 – Loan, Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund
  • Everton – 81 – Gremio to Benfica

As these are only our predictions, don’t put too much stock into that list, but we would be surprised if at least a few of these players don’t get OTW cards.

In the meantime, you can check out @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest news and updates regarding FIFA 21.