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FIFA 23 skill moves list: Best 5-star players & new skills

Mastering skill moves in FIFA 23 will give you the upper hand against your opponents and here’s how to perform every trick in the game.

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Skill moves in FIFA 23 aren’t solely for style points and flair. Utilizing skill moves is a fantastic way to break down tough defenders as your trickery and range of movement will create openings across the pitch. Here’s how to perform all of the skill moves in FIFA 23.

Utilizing skill moves properly in FIFA 23 will allow you to leave your defenders in the dust. Given how many skill moves are available in FIFA 23, it may seem intimidating to grasp each and every one. However, adding a few to your arsenal of weapons and mastering them can prove a worthwhile task.

Depending on your style of play and the players at your disposal some skill moves will suit you more than others. Luckily, we’ve compiled all of the skill moves in FIFA 23 as well as the best 5-star players to perform top-tier tricks with ease.

Keep in mind that the directions of each input relate to which way the player is facing.

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FIFA 23 new skill moves

FIFA 23 delivered four new skill moves and three new fake shots that will disorient your opponents if used properly. Of course, each skill move comes with a minimum star rating requirement that a player must meet if they want to perform the move.

We’ve provided the PlayStation inputs, but Xbox players need only swap L1, L2, R1, and R2 with LB, LT, RB, and RT.

Here are the four new skill moves in FIFA 23 and the required star ratings for each one:

  • First Time Feint Turn (1-star, first touch only): Hold L1 + R1 + flick LS down
  • Stutter Feint (3-star): Hold L2 + flick RS left then right (or right then left)
  • Heel to Ball Roll (4-star): Hold L1 + flick RS up then down (direction determined by LS input)
  • Heel Fake (5-star): Hold L2 + flick RS left, then right (or right then left)

Fake shots are a great way to trick players into thinking you’re going for the goal in order to blow right by them. Here are the new fake shot skills that arrived with FIFA 23:

  • Stand Open Up Fake Shot (1 Star): L1 + Fake Shot + flick LS in the required direction (except down)
  • Jog Open Up Fake Shot (1 Star): L1 + Fake Shot + flick LS right or left (direction determined by LS input)
  • Explosive Fake Shot (4 Stars): Fake Shot + flick LS while running (player must have Acceleration and Sprint Speed Attributes at 85 or over)

FIFA 23 1-star skill moves

1-star skill moves can be performed by every single player in FIFA 23, including goalkeepers who are usually quite clumsy with the ball at their feet. While none of these skills are revolutionary, mastering the basics is the first step to understanding skill moves.

Skill MovePlayStation inputsXbox inputs
First Time Feint Turn (first touch only)Hold L1 + R1 + flick LS downHold LB + RB + flick LS down
Bridge SkillDouble tap R1Double tap RB
Directional NutmegHold L1 + R1 + RS in any directionHold LB + RB + RS in any direction
Ball Juggle (while standing)L2 + tap R1LT + tap RB
Open Up Fake Shot LeftHold L1 + Square or Circle then tap X + LS top left diagonallyHold LB + X or B then tap A + LS top left diagonally
Open Up Fake Shot RightHold L1 + Square or Circle then X + LS top right diagonallyHold LB + X or B then A + LS top right diagonally
Flick Up For VolleyHold R1 + click RSHold RB + click RS

FIFA 23 2-star skill moves

2-star skill moves are still far from reaching the glamour of 5-star skills, but they’re a massive step up from 1-star skills in terms of usefulness. At times, a simple ball roll is enough to make your opponents mistime their tackles.

Skill MovePlayStation inputsXbox inputs
Feint Forward and TurnFlick RS down twiceFlick RS down twice
Body Feint RightFlick RS rightFlick RS right
Body feint LeftFlick RS leftFlick RS left
Stepover RightRoll RS from top of stick to the rightRoll RS from top of stick to the right
Stepover LeftRoll RS from top of stick to the leftRoll RS from top of stick to the left
Reverse Stepover RightRoll RS from the right to the the top of the stickRoll RS from the right to the the top of the stick
Reverse Stepover LeftRoll RS from the left to the the top of the stickRoll RS from the left to the the top of the stick
Ball Roll LeftHold RS leftHold RS left
Ball Roll RightHold RS rightHold RS right
Drag BackL1 + R1 + flick LS downLB + RB + flick LS down
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FIFA 23 3-star skill moves

Here’s when things begin to get slightly more technical for players, as 3-star skills up the execution difficulty. Naturally, moves that are slightly more challenging to pull off will deliver greater results on the pitch. The Heel Chop is a great way to shift direction with ease.

Skill MovePlayStation inputsXbox inputs
Stutter FeintHold L2 + flick RS left then right (or right then left)Hold LT + flick RS left then right (or right then left)
Heel FlickFlick RS up then downFlick RS up then down
Roulette RightRoll RS from the bottom and clockwise to the rightRoll RS from the bottom and clockwise to the right
Roulette LeftRoll RS from the bottom and anti-clockwise to the leftRoll RS from the bottom and anti-clockwise to the left
Fake Left and Go RightRoll RS from the left anti-clockwise to the rightRoll RS from the left anti-clockwise to the right
Fake Right and Go LeftRoll RS from the right and clockwise to the leftRoll RS from the right and clockwise to the left
Heel Chop Left (while running)Hold L2 + Square or Circle then X + hold LS leftHold LT + X or B then A + hold LS left
Heel Chop Right (while running)Hold L2 + Square or Circle then X + hold LS rightHold LT + X or B then A + hold LS right

FIFA 23 4-star skill moves

With 4-star skill moves, we’re entering the exclusive section of moves that only certain players with 4-star skills or above can complete.

Mastering these moves will prove the most worthwhile as they’re the best tools for the wide range of 4-star skill players available in FIFA 23.

Skill MovePlayStation inputsXbox inputs
Heel to Ball RollHold L1 + flick RS up then down (direction determined by LS input)Hold LB + flick RS up then down (direction determined by LS input)
Ball Hop (While Standing)Hold L1 + click RSHold LB + click RS
Heel To Heel FlickFlick RS up then downFlick RS up then down
Simple RainbowFlick RS down, up, upFlick RS down, up, up
Spin LeftHold R1 + roll RS from bottom anti-clockwise to leftHold RB + roll RS from bottom anti-clockwise to left
Spin RightHold R1 + roll RS from bottom clockwise to rightHold RB + roll RS from bottom clockwise to right
Stop and Turn Left (while running)Flick RS up then leftFlick RS up then left
Stop and Turn Right (while running)Flick RS up then rightFlick RS up then right
Ball Roll Cut RightHold RS left then hold L rightHold RS left then hold L right
Ball Roll Cut LeftHold RS right then hold L leftHold RS right then hold L left
Fake Pass (while standing)Hold R2 + Square or Circle then XHold RT + X or B then A
Fake Pass Exit Left (while standing)Hold R2 + Square or Circle then X + flick LS top left diagonallyHold RT + X or B then A + flick LS top left diagonally
Fake Pass Exit Right (while standing)Hold R2 + Square or Circle then X + flick LS top right diagonallyHold RT + X or B then A + flick LS top right diagonally
Quick Ball RollsHold RS downHold RS down
Drag To HeelHold L1 + flick RS down, then left or rightHold LB + flick RS down, then left or right
Lane Change LeftHold L1 + hold RS leftHold LB + hold RS left
Lane Change RightHold L1 + hold RS rightHold LB + hold RS right
Three Touch Roulette LeftHold L1 + flick RS down then leftHold LB + flick RS down then left
Three Touch Roulette RightHold L1 + flick RS down then rightHold LB + flick RS down then right
Drag Back Spin LeftFlick RS down then leftFlick RS down then left
Drag Back Spin RightFlick RS down then rightFlick RS down then right

FIFA 23 5-star skill moves

We’ve finally reached the cream of the crop with the list of 5-star skill moves in FIFA 23. In order to perform these eye-catching techniques, you’ll need to utilize sought-after 5-star skill players.

If you’re looking to reach a top level in Division Rivals and maximize your rewards in the competitive FUT Champions, you’ll want to include a few 5-star skill players in your squad.

Skill MovePlayStation inputsXbox inputs
Heel Fake (standing position only)Hold L2 + flick RS left, then right (or right then left)Hold LT + flick RS left, then right (or right then left)
ElasticoRoll RS from right clockwise to leftRoll RS from right clockwise to left
Reverse ElasticoRoll RS from left anti-clockwise to rightRoll RS from left anti-clockwise to right
Advanced RainbowFlick RS down, hold up, then flick upFlick RS down, hold up, then flick up
Hocus PocusRoll RS from bottom clockwise to left, then roll anti-clockwise to rightRoll RS from bottom clockwise to left, then roll anti-clockwise to right
Triple ElasticoRoll RS from bottom anti-clockwise to right, then roll clockwise to leftRoll RS from bottom anti-clockwise to right, then roll clockwise to left
Ball Roll and Flick Left (while running)Hold RS right then flick upHold RS right then flick up
Ball Roll and Flick Right (while running)Hold RS left then flick upHold RS left then flick up
Heel Flick TurnHold R1 + flick RS up then downHold RB + flick RS up then down
Sombrero Flick (while standing)Flick RS up, up, downFlick RS up, up, down
Turn and Spin LeftFlick RS up then leftFlick RS up then left
Turn and Spin RightFlick RS up then rightFlick RS up then right
Ball Roll Fake Left (while standing)Hold RS left then flick RS rightHold RS left then flick RS right
Ball Roll Fake Right (while standing)Hold RS right then flick RS leftHold RS right then flick RS left
Ball Roll Fake TurnHold LT + flick RS up then flick RS either left or rightHold LT + flick RS up then flick RS either left or right
Elastico Chop LeftHold R1 + roll RS from right clockwise to leftHold RB + roll RS from right clockwise to left
Elastico Chop RightHold R1 + roll RS from left ant-clockwise to rightHold RB + roll RS from left ant-clockwise to right
Spin Flick LeftHold R1 +flick RS up then leftHold RB +flick RS up then left
Spin Flick RightHold RB +flick RS up then rightHold RB +flick RS up then right
Flick OverHold L1 + hold RS upHold LB + hold RS up
Tornado Spin LeftHold L1 + flick RS up then leftHold LB + flick RS up then left
Tornado Spin RightHold L1 + flick RS up then rightHold LB + flick RS up then right
Rabona Fake (while jogging)Hold L1 + Square or Circle then X + LS downHold LT + X or B then A + LS down
Laces Flick UpL2 + hold R1LT + hold RB
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FIFA 23 5-star juggling skills

While skill moves combine flair with practicality, juggling skills are primarily for showing off. These moves sacrifice efficiency to crank up the style points in FIFA 23.

To complete any of these 5-star juggling skills you’ll have to get standard kick-ups started by holding L2/LT and repeatedly tapping R1/RB when standing still.

Skill MovePlayStation inputsXbox inputs
Sombrero Flick Backwards (while juggling)Hold LS downHold LS down
Sombrero Flick Left (while juggling)Hold LS leftHold LS left
Sombrero Flick Right (while juggling)Hold LS rightHold LS right
Around the World (while juggling)Roll RS all the way clockwise or anti-clockwiseRoll RS all the way clockwise or anti-clockwise
In Air Elastico (while juggling)Flick RS right then leftFlick RS right then left
Reverse In Air Elastico (while juggling)Flick RS left then rightFlick RS left then right
Flick Up For Volley (while juggling)Hold LS upHold LS up
Chest Flick (while juggling)Hold L2 + click RS twiceHold LT + click RS twice
T. Around the World (while juggling)Roll RS all the way clockwise from top then flick RS upRoll RS all the way clockwise from top then flick RS up

FIFA 23 best 5-star skill players

There are 40 gold cards in FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team that boast a 5-star skill rating. This number is expected to grow with TOTW and promo cards added to the game each week, which should give players more opportunities than ever to secure 5-star skill players.

Unfortunately, not all FIFA 23 players with 5-star skills are well rounded and some could prove to be a liability on the pitch. With that being said, we’ve compiled a list of the best 5-star skill players you could utilize in FIFA 23.

PlayerTeamPositionRating
Kylian MbappeParis Saint-GermainST91
Cristiano RonaldoManchester UnitedST90
Neymar JrParis Saint-GermainLW89
Vinicius JuniorReal MadridLW86
Christopher NkunkuRB LeipzigCF86
Kingsley ComanBayern MunichLM86
ThiagoLiverpoolCM86
Riyad MahrezManchester CityRW86
Memphis DepayBarcelonaCF85
Joao FelixAtletico MadridCF84
Juan CuadradoJuventusRB83
Ousmane DembeleBarcelonaRW83
Roberto FirminoLiverpoolCF83
Allan Saint-MaximinNewcastle UnitedLM81
Marcus RashfordManchester UnitedLW81

With this extensive guide, your ability to pull off skill moves in FIFA 23 should skyrocket. You’ll want to practice these moves repeatedly, and there’s no better way to do so than playing around in the arena.

For more FIFA 23, check out our predictions for the upcoming TOTW squad that will bring brand-new boosted cards to Ultimate Team players.

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