Chipped Through Ball

Completely over powered in FIFA 13, chipped through balls are an awesome way to split open your opponents defence. I’m going to break it down and teach you how to use it properly.

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A lot, and I mean a LOT of people use this online. Some use it, a lot abuse it. To be honest I prefer it when people abuse it, they tend to be very easy to read and defend against because you aren’t thinking about which way they’re going to pass it, all I’m doing is checking where their striker is and waiting for the run.

People think that because they have fast strikers, if they keep on trying it, eventually it will work. It’s not like that..

So how do I do it?

Chipped/lobbed through balls are dead simple, just press LB + Y / L2 + ▲. You have to be holding LB / L1 while pressing Y / ▲, you don’t just press them at the same time.

When should I use it?

The key to making the most of the chipped through ball is knowing how to use it in different situations. Like I said, ton’s of people just abuse it and do it every other pass, this is NOT the way to do it because you become extremely predictable.

Defensive Third

When in your defensive third, a chipped through ball is a great way of playing a ball out to a teammate without risking getting the pass intercepted. If you check out the image below, you’ll see what I mean. If I made the normal ground pass (red arrow) then my opponent might intercept it. To avoid that, I simply do a chipped through ball, this totally eliminates my opponent.

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If you’re trying this, be sure that there is a bit of space in front of the player so that you don’t get tackled straight away. You can use the lobbed pass (X / □) to make this pass, but it can be a bit of a pain to do perfectly. You can easily over hit the pass resulting in the ball going out for a throw in or straight to your opponent, or under hit it and your opponent intercepting it.

I wouldn’t recommend doing this in to midfielders unless they have a lot of space around them. This is because it can be quite crowded in the midfield so if you play a chipped through ball in to someone, it’s likely that there will be a lot of players close by.


Most often used by midfielders playing the ball over the top to strikers. This is the ideal place to play chipped through balls for a few reasons:

  • You usually have more time in midfield to pick out a pass.
  • If you mess up, you aren’t leaving your defence exposed.
  • You often have 2-3 options – Wingers and strikers.
  • There is a lot of space for the striker to run in to.

Chipped Through Ball

One thing I like to do, is play a normal ground bass in to my striker, then quickly do the “one two pass” (click here for tutorial) with the same midfielder. This then sets the striker off on a run and gives the ball to a midfielder, I can then do a chipped through ball in to his path. If they’re a quick striker then there’s a good chance of scoring if I time the pass right.

Tip – If you are able to, try and angle the ball over the top, this gives the goalkeeper less of a chance to get to the ball before your striker because they have to come out further to get the ball.

Final Third

To be honest, I don’t really use the chipped through ball in the final third, it’s both too crowded, and too close to the keeper to be effective. Although sometimes it’s really the only option and if your teammate is making a great run, you may as well give it go!

Check out the image below. As you can see, my striker is making a great run in to the box and is unmarked. If I was to play the ball along the floor (red arrow), the defenders would easily intercept my pass, so the only available option is a ball over the top. If the ball is played with the right power, my striker will have just enough space to take a shot.

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So there we go! I hope that’s helped you out a lot! And if you have ANY questions whatsoever, leave them below and I’ll answer as fast as I can! 🙂

Rob – FIFA Beast Owner

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