How to defend in EA Sports FC 24

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EA Sports FC 24 Erling Haaland stretching for ball with Borussia Dortmund player in background
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September 28, 2023: Wondering how to defend in EA Sports FC 24? Check out some handy tips and tricks in our guide.

Knowing how to defend in EA Sports FC 24 makes all the difference when coming up against an EA Sports FC 24 team that might contain stronger players than your own squad.

Whether you prefer Career Mode or Ultimate Team, there are plenty of techniques capable of stopping the ball from troubling the keeper over the course of a match.

But, before we take a closer look at how to defend in EA Sports FC 24m take a look at our other guides revealing how to get coins fast and the best defenders to stop opposing strikers from making an impact.

How to defend in EA Sports FC 24

As with most things in EA Sports FC 24, practising defensive techniques is the best way to build some consistency. Once you've managed to master the basics, keeping the ball away from the feet of nearby forwards becomes much easier.

Here are some useful tips and tricks that are worth utilising to your advantage.


The jockeying action, performed by using the left trigger on your controller, allows the player you're controlling to keep the eyes of the player in possession facing in front of them. This allows you to move them into a tricky position, so you can win the ball and slow down their progress towards your penalty area.

Even if you manage to slow them and don't win the ball back, it can be enough to stop the ball from heading into the danger area.

EA Sports FC 24 Erling Haaland celebrating
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Stop Haaland scoring with these tips

The hard tackle

Although performing a hard tackle increases the risk of committing a foul, it's an excellent tool to use when timed correctly. For a hard standing tackle, simply hold down B/Circle and for a hard sliding tackle, hold down X/Square.

Timing hard tackles in EA Sports FC 24 may take some time to master, but it's definitely worth using when looking at how to defend effectively.

Player switching

In some cases, taking a chance with a last-ditch tackle isn't the best option. Switching defenders to move them into the path of the ball can be just as effective. Simply move a nearby defender in front of the striker and the ball will cannon off them out of play, or close a space the attacker otherwise would've run into.

Defensive tactics

Last and by no means least is using defensive team tactics you can use by holding Down on the D-Pad. Ranging from the offside trap to a team press, there are plenty of choices when it comes to regaining the ball and stopping the other team from moving any further into your half.

There you have it, that's how to defend in EA Sports FC 24. For more footballing intel, take a look at our guides showcasing the Bundesliga POTM and how to do a curved lob pass.

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