First Touch Control

The first touch in FIFA 13 seems to be one of the biggest changes that affects the gameplay. In previous editions of FIFA, first touch was never a problem, you didn’t even think about it. Oh, how things have changed!

In this post, I’m going to do my best to help you improve your first touch control, so that your controller can stay in one piece, and your Nan doesn’t accidentally get a controller to the noggin after you launch it out of rage!


On one hand, it’s a pain in the ass, yet on the other hand, it’s what 99% of FIFA players have been asking for… To be more realistic, so we have it – but now most of us just go crazy at it!

In my opinion it’s great that EA have decided to make the first touch more realistic, I don’t know how many times I got insanely annoyed with the fact that my opponent smashed a 10000000 MPH pass and it was perfectly controlled, it made the game seem so fake!

Anyway… whether you want it or not, it’s here to stay, so we may as well learn how to take as good a first touch as possible.

So How can I Improve my First Touch?

Okay, so here are some simple steps you can take that will help you improve your first touch:

Know your players, and be realistic

It may take a few games to truly get to know your players and their capabilities, but knowing them will help you a lot when it comes to taking a good first touch. For example, if you’re hitting a strong pass in to a 60 rated bronze player, it would be very unrealistic to try and turn on the first touch because it’s not very likely that they’ll have good technical abilities.


On the other hand, if you were to nail a pass in to Ronaldo, turning on your first touch is much more realistic because we know that Ronaldo has great technical ability so he’s less likely to mess up his first touch.

When it comes to using players with not-so-great first touches, the best thing you can do is focus on getting the ball under control with the first touch, instead of trying to burst in to space. What I usually do is point my joystick in the direction the ball is coming from WITHOUT using the sprint button. 9 times out of 10 this ends up with a decent first touch. This may seem like you’re slowing down your play, but wouldn’t you rather take a decent touch than give the ball away every time you go to receive a pass? 

Trap the Ball

Using LT or L2, you are able to stop the ball dead, this is often used by players who are gunning it down the wing and then stop on the spot. Although it’s extremely useful when taking a first touch, period. If you’re unsure that your player will take a good touch because the ball is coming in to them at an awkward angle, simple trap the ball and you will almost always take a great first touch, this saves you giving the ball away cheaply.

Trapping Ball

One bad thing about this though, is that if you’re on a quick attack, trapping the ball can slow the play down a bit because your player comes to a complete stand-still. But to be honest, I’d rather lose a bit of momentum than lose possession completely and I’m sure you agree! 🙂

Back the HEEEEEEEEELL off that Sprint Button!

This is the MAIN reason that players take a terrible first touch. If you’re receiving a pass in space, go nuts with the sprint button because you may have enough room to put right any mistakes you make. If you are in a tight space, don’t even think about touching that sprint button, you will most likely take a poor touch, resulting in you giving the ball away, when you could have kept it just by not pushing the sprint button.

Another huge NO-NO, is sprinting towards the ball, literally 90% of the time the ball will go miles ahead of you or spoon off to the side, so if you’re passing down the line, it’s extremely easy for the ball to go out of play pointlessly. I can’t even begin to think about how many times this has happened to me, it takes one lapse of concentration and you’ve lost the ball.

So simple, but it’s funny how many people I play that do these things, but when you think about it, people are buying copies of FIFA everyday, so some players won’t know this stuff. Also, some people get so worked up they try stuff they know isn’t going to work, but because they’re desperate to get back in to the game. It’s great for you, not so much for them!

Use the “Knock On”

When receiving a pass, something I love to do is use the right analogue stick to knock the ball in to the direction I want to go. For some strange reason, when you use the right stick instead of sprint, you take a much more controlled pass. So for example if you’re playing a pass in to your winger and a defender is quickly closing them down, you can either flick the right analogue stick to go down the line, or to cut inside.

This little trick works well because the player has a good burst of pace, so if your opponent doesn’t read you well, you can be off in to space in the blink of an eye!

Put your Fu*king Foot through it!

Excuse my French, but in some defensive situations, the only thing you should be thinking about is smashing the ball away from your goal to reduce your risk of conceding a goal.

Now, I know for sure this has happened to you.. The ball breaks lose in your defense, you go to take a touch and the defender messes up big time and takes a horrible touch and before you know it, your opponent is through on goal.

In situations like this, unless you’re in a good amount of space, make sure your first touch is either a pass or a clearance. I would definitely prefer to clear the ball than concede, and if you are messing about taking poor touches with your defenders, you will concede 9 times out of 10 because your opponent will be one on one with your keeper before you know it. Learn from your mistakes!

And remember, if in doubt, SMASH IT OUT! 😉

That’s it!

Well, I hope this has helped you out a lot! It’s definitely something a lot of people (including myself sometimes) struggle with. If you follow the information here, you’ll have no trouble keeping hold of the ball with a good first touch.

If you have ANY questions at all, put them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as I can! 🙂

Happy raging!

Rob – FIFA Beast Owner

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