If you have played FIFA for a while, chances are that you have had a bit of experience in defending, controlling the ball in the midfield, completing difficult passes, attacking, and even scoring goals. However, one of the positions that we as regular FIFA players don’t get the chance to practice is playing as a goalkeeper.
And yes, while we certainly do have some control over our goalkeeper, besides bringing him out of the goal line by pressing Y on Xbox One or Triangle on Play Station 4, there isn’t much more than that.
With this minimal experience using a goalkeeper, anyone that decides to hop on pro clubs with their friends will struggle immensely, and most often than not be blamed for every single goal conceded (regardless of whether it was the keeper’s fault or not).
So, if you want to learn how to become a true beast in goal and have more clean sheets on your record than you can count, keep reading as in this how-to guide, I will teach you everything you need to know.
First and foremost, let’s take a look at the goalkeeper controls. Those are important to learn because you will only have a split second to make a decision as a goalkeeper what your next action should be. And, as you may already know, a single mistake or a misclick can lead to a goal for the opposing team. So, below, you can find a table with all PS4 & Xbox One controls that you must learn off by heart.
|Goalkeeper Action||Playstation 4||Xbox One|
|Drop Kick||◯ or ▢||B or X|
|Pick Up Ball||R1||RB|
|Driven Throw||R1 + X||RB + A|
|Driven Kick||R1 + ▢||RB + X|
|Move Goalkeeper||Hold R3 + R in any direction||Hold RS + R in any direction|
|Cover Far Post||Hold R3||Hold RS|
|Switch To Goalkeeper||TouchPad Button||View Button|
Note: If you are only just starting out as a goalkeeper, keep in mind that you will make mistakes until you get the hang of the mechanics behind playing as the final man in defense. The best way to learn is by completing drills in the arena & playing actual games.
Mistakes That You Should Avoid
I have been playing pro clubs pretty much since FIFA 16, and to be honest, the goalkeeping position is by far my favorite. I am not quite sure why, it just has a special place in my heart.
So, with all that experience behind my back, I will give you a couple of very simple mistakes that you should try and avoid at all costs as most often than not, they lead to a goal in your net.
- Don’t make your player too short or heavy: This one is a no brainer. If your player is too short, there is literally zero chance for you to be able to save any shots towards your goal that are not directly aiming at you or are in close proximity to you unless you can predict where each shot will go.
Likewise, if your player is too heavy, your reaction time and movement speed will be impacted so much that you might as well have an outfield player play as a goalkeeper.
- Don’t try to guess: As a keeper, one mistake can lead to a goal. It is just as simple as that. So, rather than guessing where your opponent will shoot, wait for them to shoot. If it’s from further out, chances are that you will catch/save the ball with ease. If you are in a 1v1 situation, what I would recommend you to do is press Y on Xbox One or Triangle on PS4 to bring your keeper out.
This will not only close down the angle but will limit your opponents shooting options, which in turn will increase your chances of making a successful save.
- Don’t come out of your goal-line too much: On Pro Clubs specifically, in the higher divisions, you will come across some really good players. Chances are that they know exactly what your abilities are as a goalkeeper and if you are too far out of the goal-line, they might attempt a shot from an unrealistic distance.
Besides that, this tip also applies to corners and 1v1s. If you are too far of your line, head-ins or tap-ins will become extremely easy. Likewise, in a 1v1, your opponent can very easily chip your goalkeeper if you bring the keeper too far out in an attempt to make yourself big and close down the angle.