FIFA 21: Skill Moves List & Guide

A guide on how to pull off all the different skill moves in FIFA 21.

Do you want to feel that you own the pitch in FIFA 21? Every inch of it? Then learning all the skill moves will help you do just that. Wanting to get past those pesky defenders? Use a skill move. Are your midfielders feeling the heat? Use a skill a move! Knowing the right moves, doing them at the right time can make all the difference between winning and losing. If you want to brilliantly score goals in clutch moments, skill moves are for you! Here's our guide on all of the skill moves in FIFA 21.

How to do skill moves?

First off, not all players can pull off a skill move, as some require you to be a certain star rating to use them. Don't go expecting a 3 Star player to pull off a 5 Star move. That just isn't going to happen! You can check what star rating a player has by going into the individual player information. Defenders will also be on the lower star rating, and of course, midfielders to strikers will be on the higher star ratings.

For the sake of this guide, we'll only be incorporating one controller set up, which will be the PlayStation controls. But we will explain what the different buttons are for each controller here:

  • PlayStation=Xbox
  • R1=RB
  • R2=RT
  • L1=LB
  • L2-LT
  • X=A
  • Square=X
  • Triangle=Y
  • Circle=B
  • Right/left = Either left or right
  • RS = Right stick

Skill Moves List

1 Star Skill Moves

These are moves anyone on your team can pull off. Anyone at all. Even if Dave from the crowd came out onto the field, they'd be able to do these moves!

  • Bridge - Tap R1 twice
  • Directional Nutmeg - Hold L1+R1+RS Direction
  • Flick Up - Hold L1 and Tap R3
  • Open Up Fake Shot - Hold L1 + Tap Square, then Tap X and move LS top left/right
  • Standing Ball Juggle - L2 and Tap R1

2 Star Skill Moves

It's sporadic to find a player in FIFA that can't pull of 2 Star moves. It's very much in the 1% of all players in the game.

  • Ball Roll Right/Left - Hold RS right/left
  • Body Feint Right/Left - Flick RS right/left
  • Drag Back - L1 + R1 + LS flick down
  • Feint Forward and Turn - Flick RS down twice
  • Reverse Stepover Right/Left - Roll RS front to right/left
  • Stepover Right/Left - Roll RS front to right/left

3 Star Skill Moves

Only up from here! Now we're starting to get into the decent player moves. However, from now on, it's improbable that your defenders will be able to pull off these moves. Certainly not your goalkeeper!

  • Hell Flick - Flick RS up then down
  • Fake Left & Go Right - Roll RS along the bottom from left to right
  • Fake Right & Go Left - Roll RS along the bottom from right to left
  • Heel Chop Right/Left - Hold L2 and Square then X + LS hold right/left
  • Roulette Left - Roll RS anticlockwise from bottom to left
  • Roulette Right - Roll RS clockwise from bottom to right

4 Star Skill Moves

There's a lot of 4 Star moves to learn! But this is where your skill comes into play, and your moves start to look like a majestic dance.

  • Ball Hop (while standing) - Hold L1 and press L3
  • Ball Roll Cut Right - Hold RS left and LS hold right
  • Ball Roll Cut Left - Hold RS right, and LS hold left
  • Drag Back Spin Right/Left - Flick RS down then flick right/left
  • Drag To Heel - Hold L1 and flick RS down then flick right/left
  • Fake Pass (while standing) - Hold R2 and Square then X
  • Fake Pass Exit Right/Left (while standing) - Hold R2 and Square then X and LS top right/left
  • Heel To Heel Flick - Flick RS up then down
  • Lane Change Right/Left - Hold R1 and RS hold right/left
  • Quick Ball Rolls - Hold RS down
  • Simple Rainbow - Flick RS down then up twice
  • Spin Left - Hold R1 and roll RS anticlockwise from bottom to left
  • Spin Right - Hold R1 and roll RS clockwise from bottom to right
  • Stop and Turn Right/Left (while running) - Flick RS up then right/left
  • Three Touch Roulette Right/Left - Hold L2 and flick RS down then flick right/left

5 Star Skill Moves

The top tiers of players can only pull these moves off; no one else can achieve these epic moves. Don't worry; there's a lot of them to learn!

  • Advanced Rainbow - Flick RS Down, hold up, then flick down again
  • Ball Roll Fake Right/Left (while standing) - Hold RS right/left then flick right/left
  • Ball Roll Fake Turn - Hold L2 and Flick RS up, then flick left/right
  • Ball Roll & Flick Right/Left (while running) - Hold RS right/left then flick up
  • Elastico - Roll RS along the bottom from right to left
  • Elastico Chop Left - Hold R1 and roll RS along the bottom from right to left
  • Elastico Chop Right - Hold R1 and roll RS along the bottom from left to right
  • Flick Over - Hold R1 and Hold RS up
  • Heel Flick Turn - Hold R1 and flick RS up then down
  • Hocus Pocus - Roll RS from down to left, then back to right
  • Rabona Fake (while jogging) - Hold L2 and flick RS up, then flick right/left
  • Reverse Elastico - Rolls RS along the bottom from left to right
  • Sombrero Flick (while standing) - Flick RS up, up, down
  • Spin Flick Right/Left - Hold R1 and roll RS along the bottom left to right
  • Triple Elastico - Roll RS from down to right, then back to left
  • Tornado Spin Right/Left - Hold L1 and flick RS up, then flick right/left
  • Turn and Spin Right/Left - Flick RS up then right/left

5 Star Juggling Skills

Out on the field, 5 Star players can juggle the ball, which means they can do these special moves while in the air!

  • Around The World - Rotate RS 360 degrees clockwise/anticlockwise
  • Chest Flick - Hold L2 and press R2 twice
  • Flick Up For Volley - Hold LS up
  • In Air Elastico - Flick RS right then left
  • Laces Flick Up - L2 and hold R1
  • Reverse In Air Elastico - Flick RS left then right
  • Sombrero Flick Backwards/Right/Left - Hold LS down/right/left
  • T. Around The World - Rotate RS clockwise 360 degrees then flick up
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