In FIFA 22, it’s sometimes tough to break down those stubborn defenses. Throwing in some skills can be the perfect way to open up space and look impressive while doing it. Here’s a full guide on all the skill moves in FIFA 22 and the ones you need to learn.
Defending in FIFA 22 has seen a bit of a revamp, and players are much keener to stay in formation and make life difficult for the attacking team. This means it can be difficult to create chances for your strikers.
Skills are a vital weapon in your FIFA arsenal and can be the secret to unlocking those tightly packed defenses. There’s plenty of flicks and tricks to choose from in FIFA 22, so here’s every single one – as well the ones you should learn first.
It’s worth noting that the directions in each input relate to which way the player is facing.
Table of contents
- New skills in FIFA 22
- 1-star skill moves
- 2-star skill moves
- 3-star skill moves
- 4-star skill moves
- 5-star skill moves
- 5-star juggling skills
- Best 5-star skill players
FIFA 22 new skills
Every year, EA throws some new fancy skills into the mix to keep cocky full-backs on their toes. For FIFA 22, four more have been added and they’re all on the more advanced side of the scale.
Surely you’ve seen these show up in plenty of FUT Champions games throughout the course of the season.
- Skilled Bridge (4-star): Hold L2/LT + Double Tap R1/RB
- Four Touch Turn (4-star): Hold L2/LT + Flick RS Back + Flick RS Back
- Scoop Turn Fake (4-star): Hold LS the opposite way after doing a forward Scoop Turn (see 4-star skills)
- First Time Spin (5-star): Hold L1/LB + R1/RB as the ball comes towards the player
FIFA 22 1-star skill moves
These are the basic selection of skills that can be pulled off by any player on the pitch all the way down to the goalkeepers.
While none of these are revolutionary, the Bridge, in particular, is still a great way to quickly get around an unsuspecting defender.
|Bridge||Tap R1 twice||Tap RB twice|
|Directional Nutmeg||Hold L1 + R1 + Flick RS||Hold LB + R1 + Flick RS|
|Flick Up||Hold L1 + Click R3||Hold LT + Click RS|
|Open Up Fake Shot||Hold L1 + Tap shoot then tap pass and move LS up then left or right||Hold LB + Tap shoot then tap pass and move LS up then left or right|
|Standing Ball Juggle||Hold L2 + Tap R1||Hold LT + Tap RB|
FIFA 22 2-star skill moves
The tricks in the next rank-up are still relatively easy to perform and can be used by nearly every player in the game with the exception of keepers.
Skills like Stepovers might not be the most glamorous, but they’re still handy to keep in mind. In fact, as the game’s meta progresses, occasionally using simpler inputs could catch your opponent off guard.
|Ball Roll||Hold RS left or right||Hold RS left or right|
|Body Feint||Flick RS left or right||Flick RS left or right|
|Drag Back||Hold L1 + R1 + Flick LS down||Hold LB + RB + Flick LS down|
|Feint Forward and Turn||Flick RS down twice||Flick RS down twice|
|Reverse Stepover||Roll RS from left or right to forward||Roll RS from left or right to forward|
|Stepover||Roll RS from forward to left or right||Roll RS from forward to left or right|
FIFA 22 3-star skill moves
Now we’re getting to the much more useful commands. The Roulette is particularly useful in the middle park for quickly breaking through the lines and bypassing the opponent’s midfielders.
The Heel Chop helps create space in the penalty area and confuses any defenders hoping to put in a block.
|Fake Left and Go Right||Roll RS down from left to right||Roll RS down from left to right|
|Fake Right and Go Left||Roll RS down from right to left||Roll RS down from right to left|
|Heel Chop||Hold L2 + shoot, then Tap pass and roll left stick from right to left||Hold LT + shoot, then Tap pass and roll left stick from right to left|
|Heel Flick||Flick RS up then down||Flick RS up then down|
|Roulette Left||Roll RS clockwise from bottom to left||Roll RS clockwise from bottom to left|
|Roulette Right||Roll RS clockwise from bottom to right||Roll RS clockwise from bottom to right|
FIFA 22 4-star skill moves
With 4-star skills, you’re starting to hit the more advanced moves that only the more gifted players can pull off.
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These can usually be used by wide players or attacking midfielders who are known to be good on the ball.
|Ball Hop||Hold L1 + Click R3 (while stood still)||Hold LB + Click RS (while stood still)|
|Ball Roll Cut Left||Hold RS right + Hold LS left||Hold RS right + Hold LS left|
|Ball Roll Cut Right||Hold RS left + Hold LS right||Hold RS left + Hold LS right|
|Drag Back Spin||Flick RS down then left or right||Flick RS down then left or right|
|Drag to Heel||Hold L1 + flick RS down then left or right||Hold LB + flick RS down then left or right|
|Fake Pass||Hold R2 + Tap shoot then pass (while stood still)||Hold RT + Tap shoot then pass (while stood still)|
|Fake Pass Exit||Hold R2 + Tap shoot then pass + Hold LS left or right (while stood still)||Hold RT + Tap shoot then pass + Hold LS left or right (while stood still)|
|Four Touch Turn||Hold L2 + Flick RS Back twice||Hold LT + Flick RS Back twice|
|Heel to Heel Flick||Flick RS down then up||Flick RS down then up|
|Lane Change||Hold L1 + RS right or left||Hold LB + RS right or left|
|Quick Ball Rolls||Click + Hold R3||Click + Hold RS|
|Scoop Turn Fake||Tap shoot then pass and hold LS up diagonally, then flick to other side||Tap shoot then pass and hold LS up diagonally, then flick to other side|
|Simple Rainbow||Flick RS down then up twice||Flick RS down then up twice|
|Skilled Bridge||Hold L2 + Tap R1 twice||Hold L2 + Tap R1 twice|
|Spin Left||Hold R1 + Roll RS from bottom to left||Hold RB + Roll RS from bottom to left|
|Spin Right||Hold R1 + Roll RS from bottom to right||Hold RB + Roll RS from bottom to right|
|Stop and Turn||Flick RS up then left or right (while running)||Flick RS up then left or right (while running)|
|Three Touch Roulette||Hold L2 + Flick RS down then right or left||Hold LT + Flick RS down then right or left|
FIFA 22 5-star skill moves
These are the most complex skills that can only be carried out by the most notoriously tricky players in world football, like Neymar Jr or Jadon Sancho.
If you’re hoping to hunt for the top rewards in FUT Champs or play Career Mode on the hardest difficulty, then you’ll need to have a mastery of most of these skills.
|Advanced Rainbow||Flick RS down then hold RS up then flick RS up||Flick RS down then hold RS up then flick RS up|
|Ball Roll and Flick||Hold RS right or left then flick up (while running)||Hold RS right or left then flick up (while running)|
|Ball Roll Fake||Hold RS left or right then flick in opposite direction (while stood still)||Hold RS left or right then flick in opposite direction (while stood still)|
|Ball Roll Fake Turn||Hold L2 + Roll RS up then left or right||Hold LT + Roll RS up then left or right|
|Elastico||Roll RS on bottom from right to left||Roll RS on bottom from right to left|
|Elastico Chop Right||Hold R1 + Roll RS across bottom from left to right||Hold RB + Roll RS across bottom from left to right|
|First Time Turn||Hold L1 + R1 (when taking first touch)||Hold LB + RB (when taking first touch)|
|Flick Over||Hold L1 + RS up||Hold LB + RS up|
|Heel Flick Turn||Hold R1 + Flick RS up then down||Hold RB + Flick RS up then down|
|Hocus Pocus||Roll RS from bottom to left then right||Roll RS from bottom to left then right|
|Rabona Fake||Hold L2 + shoot then Tap pass and Flick LS down (while jogging)||Hold LT + shoot then Tap pass and Flick LS down (while jogging)|
|Reverse Elastico||Roll RS on bottom from left to right||Roll RS on bottom from left to right|
|Sombrero Flick||Flick RS up, up, then down (while stood still)||Flick RS up, up, then down (while stood still)|
|Spin Flick||Hold R1 + Roll RS up then left or right||Hold RB + Roll RS up then left or right|
|Tornado Spin||Hold L1 + Flick RS up then left or right||Hold LB + Flick RS up then left or right|
|Triple Elastico||Roll RS from bottom to right then left||Roll RS from bottom to right then left|
|Turn and Spin||Flick RS up then right or left||Flick RS up then right or left|
FIFA 22 5-star juggling skills
In FIFA 22 skills do have plenty of practical uses, but sometimes we just want to show off, right?
That’s where juggling tricks come in. They’re not the most efficient way of going past a defender, but they’re definitely the most satisfying.
Standard kick-ups can be started by any player by holding L2/LT and repeatedly tapping R1/RB when stood still.
|Around the World||Rotate RS 360 degrees||Rotate RS 360 degrees|
|Chest Flick||Hold L2 + Click R3 twice||Hold LT + Click RS twice|
|Flick Up for Volley||Hold LS up||Hold LS up|
|In Air Elastico||Flick RS right then left||Flick RS right then left|
|Laces Flick Up||Press L2 + R3, then Press R2 + Flick LS up||Press LT + RB, then Press RT + Flick LS up|
|Reverse In Air Elastico||Flick RS left then right||Flick RS left then right|
|Sombrero Flick Backwards||Hold LS down, right, or left||Hold LS down, right, or left|
|T.Around the World||Rotate RS 360 degrees then flick RS up||Rotate RS 360 degrees then flick RS up|
FIFA 22 best 5-star skill players
As we mentioned earlier, the most advanced skill can only be done by players with the precious 5-star skills stat.
There are just over 70 players that have been awarded this status, some of which are ICONS, and many that are playing in lower leagues that won’t be used as often.
With that in mind, we’ve picked out the best 5-star skill players you should consider adding to your team.
|Kylian Mbappe||Paris Saint-Germain||ST||91|
|Neymar Jr||Paris Saint-Germain||LW||91|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||ST||91|
|Angel Di Maria||Paris Saint-Germain||RW||87|
|Paul Pogba||Manchester United||CM||87|
|Jadon Sancho||Manchester United||RM||87|
|Riyad Mahrez||Manchester City||RW||86|
|Juan Cuadrado||Piemonte Calcio||RB||83|
|Vinicius Jr||Real Madrid||LW||80|
|Allan Saint-Maximin||Newcastle United||LM||79|
That was our extensive guide on how to pull off every skill move in FIFA 22. Be aware that some of these take a lot of practice to master, so head into the arena rather than risk practicing them in a competitive match.
For more on FIFA 22, be sure to check out our FUT promotion calendar with every Ultimate Team promo set to hit FIFA.
Image credits: EA
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