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The ultimate FIFA 21 defending guide

Published: 30/Sep/2020 15:55

by David Purcell

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Defending is an art, no doubt about it. In FIFA 21, whether you play Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Seasons or Pro Clubs, knowing how to protect your goal like a pro is key. In this ultimate defending guide, we run through everything that Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC players need to know about to have their sides defending like a Jose Mourinho team. 

At times in FIFA 20, the game might have felt like a game of chess. The players were too deep by default and EA SPORTS’ dev team have been working to rectify those issues in their next installment. Time will only tell if the community approves.

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What do we know is that there are a variety of manual controls to get to grips with.

This includes controlled tackling, player personality, standing tackle changes, defensive awareness, and aggression attributes. When playing, you’re going to have to master each of these if you want to play at a high level. Blocking has also been tweaked.

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Using your defense to hold off FIFA 21’s top strikers should be your priority.

How to defend in FIFA 21

In this section we are going to break down different features and control options available in FIFA 21. This includes standing tackles, instant hard tackles, and more.

Standing tackles

With this type of tackle, previous games have been quite inconsistent. Sometimes you can use a defender to push a player wider on the pitch, or step ahead of them and start shielding the ball. This is a big change FIFA 21 has introduced.

As seen below, we can now use defenders to really assert their physical dominance. This, as well as other details on defending, were all confirmed by EA previously.

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Because gameplay is not available, as of August 2020, we do not have information on how this is executed in-game. A quick guess would tell you that the controls would be similar to that of a jockey, which is done by pressing L2/LT Hold Down + Direction. From there, the regular tackle button of B or Circle should take the ball under your control.

You should feel the benefit of this out wide. When a speedy winger pushes the ball in front of them, to use speed to beat your defense, now the defenders have a counter punch of their own. Use standing tackles to your benefit and it should allow your central defenders, and potentially even midfielders, to take control.

Instant hard tackles

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Getting close to people is all well and good, but nothing beats a strong tackle to swipe the ball.

If you would like to ruffle some feathers early in the game, this is the feature for you. That’s for sure.

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Instant hard tackles have been added to FIFA 21. These allow players the ability to knock others off the ball with some serious force, and at speed.

To do this, simply click R1/RB + O/B. This will perform Hard Tackles instantly, without having to hold and power up the tackle button as you needed to previously.

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Blocking

Blocks have been changed, making use of each player’s controlled tackling AI. The best footballers will have enhanced abilities here, with the new player personality system.

A statement from the gameplay pitch notes reads: “A player’s attributes will determine the effectiveness of a block, how far away from the ball a player can block, how long it takes to start the block animation, how well you can react and transition into a different block animation if something changes, and how long it takes to recover from a block.”

EA has also confirmed that handling the ball has been completely eliminated from the game. Previously, handballs were a feature in offline modes like Career Mode. There, you could get penalties for a player handling the ball out of your control. However, across all modes, this has been removed – which should save some frustration.

Quick Tactics and Offside Trap

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There’s a lot you need to know about defending before you walk out onto the pitch in FIFA 21.

If you’re thinking Quick Tactics will be a useful way to waste time in FIFA 21, think again.

Following the feedback of the community, EA realized they had to change the “unrealistic” ways people were using Quick Tactics. Developers revealed: “It was difficult for the defending team to try to get the ball back in these situations.”

“To address this, we revamped the Team Press Quick Tactic to no longer result in a Constant Pressure defensive tactic. It now triggers a temporary Auto Press behavior on-demand and with a cooldown timer that prevents it from being overused.”

For Offside Traps, a new manual switch feature will allow you to control players that are creating the trap. This should add another string to your bow defensively, as sometimes the Offside Trap itself can catch out the defense trying to execute it. Now, you have a Plan B.

Chemistry styles

A number of chemistry styles have been confirmed for the game and the following can be used on defenders, with the goalkeepers coming up right after it.

The table also shows how each of these impacts the attributes, when selected.

Defender chemistry styles

Name Distributions Stats
Anchor PAC+2
DEF+2
PHY+2
+10 Acceleration, +5 Spring Speed, +5 Interceptions, +10 Heading, +10 Marking, +10 Standing Tackle, +10 Sliding Tackle, +10 Jumping, +10 Strength, +10 Aggression
Backbone PAS +2
DEF+2
PHY+2
+5 Vision, +5 Crossing, +5 Long Passing, +10 Short Passing, +5 Curve, +5 Interceptions, +5 Heading, +10 Marking, +10 Standing Tackle, +10 Sliding Tackle, +5 Jumping, +10 Strength, +5 Aggression
Gladiator SHO +3
DEF +3
+15 Positioning, +5 Finishing, +10 Shot Power, +5 Long Shots, +10 Interceptions, +15 Heading, +5 Marking, +10 Standing Tackle, +15 Sliding Tackle
Guardian DRI +3
DEF +3
+5 Agility, +10 Balance, +5 Reactions, +5 Ball Control, +15 Dribbling, +10 Interceptions, +5 Heading, +15 Marking, +10 Standing Tackle, +10 Sliding Tackle
Sentinel DEF +3
PHY +3
+5 Interceptions, +10 Heading, +15 Marking, +15 Standing Tackle, +15 Sliding Tackle, +5 Jumping, +15 Strength, +10 Aggression
Shadow PAC +3
DEF +3
+15 Acceleration, +10 Sprint Speed, +10 Interceptions, +10 Heading, +15 Marking, +15 Standing Tackle, +15 Sliding Tackle

Goalkeeper chemistry styles in FIFA 21

Name Distributions Stats
Cat REF +2
SPD +2
POS +2
+10 Reflex, +10 Speed, +10 Positioning
Glove DIV +2
HAN +2
POS +2
+10 Diving, +10 Handling, + 10 Positioning
Shield KIC +2
REF +2
SPD +2
+10 Kicking, +10 Reflex, +10 Speed
Wall DIV +2
HAN +2
KIC +2
+10 Diving, +10 Handling, +10 Kicking

Other FIFA 21 defending changes you need to be aware of

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Defending is important in any FIFA game.

It’s important to be aware of changes, to learn how to defend in FIFA 21. Defending like you did in a previous game is a good starting point, but it will only take you so far.

EA SPORTS have confirmed a short list of other defensive changes. These include the following:

  • Shoulder Challenges have been re-worked to create better contact between players, and avoid the defender overshooting their opponent.
  • Seal Outs are when a defender puts themselves between the attacker and the ball to take back possession or shepherd the ball out of play, and they have also been re-engineered to create a better positioning between the player and their opponent.
  • To perform a Shoulder Challenge or Seal Out, tap the L2/LT button whilst side by side with your opponent when defending.

As of August 2020, the game is yet to be released. Once we get our hands on it, we’ll update this page to make it a deep dive on how to defend in FIFA 21. For more news, follow @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter.

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How to complete FIFA 21 Hybrid Leagues & Hybrid Nations SBCs

Published: 1/Oct/2020 13:44

by David Purcell

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EA SPORTS have rolled out a few FIFA 21 Advanced SBCs to kick things off and if you want to complete them, you have come to the right place. Here, we will run through the requirements, cost and solutions for Hybrid Leagues, Hybrid Nations, and League & Nations Hybrid. 

Squad Building Challenges can be tough to complete if you’re just a beginner, but for experienced players this is their bread and butter. It’s an incredibly useful way to build up coins fast at the beginning of the game, and beyond.

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So, let’s run through the requirements for each of the starter Advanced SBCs for FIFA 21, as well as how much they cost, and solutions possible to use for each.

FIFA 21 Advanced SBC guide

FIFA 21 Advanced SBCs in EA Play
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The FIFA 21 Advanced SBCs (Hybrid Leagues, Hybrid Nations, League and Nation Hybrid) have some great rewards to kick things off.

FIFA 21 Hybrid Leagues SBC

Rewards

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  • Prime Mixed Players Pack (Give Me Five)
  • Prime Electrum Players Pack (Seven-League Boots)
  • Mega Pack (The Whole Nine Yards)
  • Rare Players Pack (First XI)

(1) Give Me Five

Requirements

  •  Leagues: Exactly 5
  •  Same League Count: Max 4
  •  Same Club Count: Max 4
  •  UCL Common or Rare: Min 6
  •  Squad Rating: Min 69
  •  Team Chemistry: Min 80
  •  Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

According to FUTBIN, this one costs between 7,000 to 9,000 coins.

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Solution

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FIFA 21 Give Me Five SBC solution.

(2) Seven-League Boots

Requirements

  • Leagues: Exactly 7
  • Same League Count: Max 3
  • Same Club Count: Max 3
  • Squad Rating: Min 78
  • Team Chemistry: Min 85
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

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This costs between 6,500 to 9,000 coins.

Solution

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FIFA 21 Seven-League Boots SBC solution
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FIFA 21 Seven-League Boots SBC solution.

(3) The Whole Nine Yards

Requirements 

  • Leagues: Exactly 9
  • Same League Count: Max 2
  • Same Club Count: Max 2
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 6
  • Squad Rating: Min 80
  • Team Chemistry: Min 99
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost 

This one costs between 13,000 and 16,000 coins to complete.

Solution

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FIFA 21 The Whole Nine Yards SBC solution.

(4) First XI

Requirements

  • Leagues: Exactly 11
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 8
  • Player Level: Exactly Gold 
  • Team Chemistry: Exactly 100
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 16,500 to 20,000 coins, requiring some loyalty.

Solution

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FIFA 21 First XI SBC solution.

FIFA 21 Hybrid Nations SBC

Rewards

  • Electrum Players Pack (The Final Four)
  • Gold Players Pack (Six of the Best)
  • Prime Gold Players Pack (Elite Eight)
  • Rare Players Pack (Around the World)

(1) The Final Four

Requirements

  • Nationalities: Exactly 4
  • Same Nation Count: Max 4
  • Same Club Count: Max 4
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 4
  • Squad Rating: Min 70
  • Team Chemistry: Min 80
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 3,500 and 6,000 coins.

Solution

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FIFA 21 The Final Four SBC solution.

(2) Six of the Best

Requirements 

  • Nationalities: Exactly 6
  • Same Nation Count: Max 3
  • Same Club Count: Max 3
  • Squad Rating: Min 75
  • Team Chemistry: Min 85
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 5,000 to 7,000 coins.

Solution 

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FIFA 21 Six of the Best SBC solution.

(3) Elite Eight

Requirements 

  • Nationalities: Exactly 8
  • Same Nation Count: Max 2
  • Same Club Count: Max 3
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 5
  • Player Level: Exactly Gold 
  • Team Chemistry: Min 88
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 8,000 to 10,000 coins.

Solution 

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FIFA 21 Elite Eight SBC solution.

(4) Around the World

Requirements 

  • Nationalities: Exactly 10
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 8
  • Squad Rating: Min 81
  • Team Chemistry: Exactly 100
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 16,000 to 20,000 coins.

Solution 

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FIFA 21 Around the World SBC solution.

FIFA 21 League and Nation Hybrid SBC information to be added shortly…


For more FIFA 21 news, SBC guides, leaks, and more head over to @UltimateTeamUK. There, we regularly post all of the latest.