FIFA 22: Complete Goalkeeper Guide, Controls, Tips and Tricks

We’ve put together this guide to walk you through how to get the best out of keepers in FIFA 22.


With goalkeepers dominating headlines regarding FIFA gameplay, it’s imperative you master the art of goalkeeping if you want to succeed in this year’s game.

Over the last couple of years, manually controlling goalkeepers has become more popular as more elite players attempt to outsmart their opponents and win one-on-one situations using this high-risk, high-reward strategy. In general, having a confident command of keeper controls is crucial in order to diversify your gameplay, strengthen your defence, and improve your ability to play out from the back.


Full FIFA 22 goalkeeper controls for PlayStation (PS4/PS5) and Xbox (Xbox One and Series X|S)

Below we’ve listed all the goalkeeper controls on PlayStation and Xbox.

Goalkeeper Movement Controls on FIFA 22

Movement Controls PlayStation Xbox
Switch to GKTouchPadView
Drop BallTriangleY
Pick Up BallR1RB
Move PlayerLL
SprintR2 Hold Down + DirectionRT Hold Down + Direction
Move GKR3 (Press and Hold) + RR3 (Press and Hold) + R
GK Cover Far PostR3 (Press and Hold)R3 (Press and Hold)

Goalkeeper Distribution Controls on FIFA 22

Distribution ControlsPlayStation Xbox
Throw/PassXA
Driven Throw/PassR1 + XRB + A
Drop KickO or SquareB or X
Driven KickR1 + SquareR1 + X
Move GKR3 (Press and Hold) + RR3 (Press and Hold) + R
GK Cover Far PostR3 (Press and Hold)R3 (Press and Hold)

Goalkeeper Penalty Controls on FIFA 22

Penalty ControlsPlayStationXbox
Goalkeeper Move Side to SideL (Direction)L (Direction)
Goalkeeper DiveR (Direction)R (Direction)
Goalkeeper TauntsX /O /Square / TriangleA / B / X / Y

Be a Pro/Pro Clubs Goalkeeper Controls on FIFA 22

Be a Pro/Pro Clubs ControlsPlayStationXbox
DiveR (Direction)R (Direction)
Auto PositioningL1 (Press + Hold)LB (Press + Hold)
2nd Defender ContainR1 (Press + Hold)RB (Press + Hold)

How to control the keeper in FIFA 22

In-game it’s important to use these controls in the correct manner, if you perform certain actions at the wrong time, it could be disastrous with the keeper offering the very last line of defence.

To make the best out of manually controlling the goalkeeper, when your opponent has the ball and is closing down on goal, switch on to him/her (Touchpad/View), move towards the ball carrier slightly (L + Direction) whilst being aware that you could get chipped, and position yourself marginally towards either the near or far post just as the opponent looks set to shoot. At which point, dive (R + Direction) once the ballcarrier shoots to give yourself a better chance of saving the oncoming shot. This process will take time to master, so if you do want to elevate your shot stopping game, you’ll need to practice a lot.

If you want to take more control of the keeper, or if you’re controlling the keeper in Pro Clubs, I’d recommend using the auto positioning function as much as possible to reduce positioning errors – as this is the most common error you’ll experience, and often the most costly as it makes goalscoring particularly easy for the opposition.


How to save and dive for penalties in FIFA 22

To save and dive for penalties in FIFA 22 you need to flick the right stick (R) in the direction you want to dive. You can move the goalkeeper side to side using the left stick (L).

Below we have some handy tips and tricks to help you to make saves.

1. Positioning

Positioning the keeper, both in open play and penalties, is absolutely crucial. In open play, if the ball is positioned wider than where the goalpost is, you should position yourself at the post nearest to the ball. However, if the ball is more central, like in a penalty scenario, you should stand centrally to force the attacker to place the ball either side of you.


2. Closing down attackers

In open gameplay, if you’re controlling the entire team, if you hold Triangle/Y, the goalkeeper will run towards the opponent’s ball carrier. This is a great function to use because it reduces the opponent’s angle when shooting, often making lateral saves much easier, and goalscoring much harder. Be careful though, coming out too far or too early leaves you susceptible to chips.

3. Timing your save

The best timing for saving shots either for penalties or in open play is to dive (R + direction) just before the opponent is about to shoot. During penalty shoot-outs, this is the optimum time to dive as it will give you an animation that covers the most amount of distance and makes scoring the penalty very difficult. Watch out for penalty takers stuttering though, as this may make you mistime your save and reduce your chances of keeping the ball out of the net.

4. Watch the penalty takers head

It’s hard to guess where the opponent is placing their penalty, but the best sign is often where the penalty takers head is facing. Some players can trick you by faking head movement, although usually this is a great indication of where you can expect the ball to go. It’s worth looking out for at the very least. 

5. Don’t be scared of not diving

Timing dives and watching head movement are key to saving penalties, however, don’t forget that with Panenka (chipped) penalties and centrally placed penalties you might want to just stay central and not dive at all. This can be a risky strategy if the penalty is placed to either side as you won’t be able to stop it going in, but this is still a very legitimate save technique that you shouldn’t forget about.

What are the best goalkeeper traits in FIFA 22?

Saves with Feet is considered one of the most overpowered traits in FIFA 22 due to the special range of save animations that gives the goalkeepers. Especially against low/driven shots, this trait is very useful as it reduces the scoring chances of opponents when, against keepers without the trait, they’d ordinarily score. It’s definitely a trait to look out for in this year’s game. 

Who is the best goalkeeper in FIFA 22?

Atlético Madrid’s Jan Oblak is the best goalkeeper in FIFA 22 as his 91 overall rating eclipses other elite goalkeepers such as Neuer (90) and Marc-André ter Stegen (90).

Who is the best wonderkid goalkeeper in FIFA 22?

In FIFA 22, Maarten Vandervoordt is the best wonderkid goalkeeper with the 19-year-old boasting a very impressive 87 potential rating.

Whilst these goalkeeper controls and techniques will require some practice, they can be very effective in-game and can help take your overall game to the next level. 

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