Madden 22: Complete Controls Guide (Pass Rush, Offense, Defense, Running, Catching, and Intercept) for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X & Xbox One

Here’s ALL the Madden 22 controls for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS5 and PS4 including the pass rush controls.


Madden 22 has arrived on our consoles and there is plenty to explore across Xbox and PlayStation.

If you’re new to the game, or an experienced veteran, here are the controls for Madden 21 and Madden 22 across offense and defense, with subtle changes bringing dramatic effects in the title’s gameplay.


Big changes in last year’s edition came via ball-carrying controls, as well as configurations both at the line and in the secondary on the defensive side of the ball.

In this Madden 22 controls guide, RS and LS refer to the right and left analogue on either console controller. The buttons R3 and L3 refer to the pressing of the right or left analogue to trigger the action.

Ball Carrier Controls

Madden 22 Ball Carrier Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Stiff ArmXA
DiveX
SpinO or rotate RSB or rotate RS
HurdleY
Jurdle*▲+LSY+LS
PitchL1LB
SprintR2RT
Protect BallR1RB
TruckRS UpRS Up
Dead LegRS DownRS Down
Juke LeftRS LeftRS Left
Juke RightRS RightRS Right
QB SlideX
Give UpX

Note that with the ball, changes have been made with the L2/LT button. Used as a precision modifier in previous editions, it’s now the taunt/celebration button.

So, make sure not to use it when attempting to beat defenders this year; otherwise, you’ll be turning the ball over time and time again by fumbling.


New to last year’s game was the Dead Leg (replacing the stop juke), and the ‘Jurdle’ – a hurdle that goes over and to the side of an opponent, rather than all the way over a defender.

Passing Controls

Madden 22 Passing Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Low PassReceiver Icon + Hold L2Receiver Icon + Hold LT
High PassReceiver Icon + Hold L1Receiver Icon + Hold LB
Bullet PassHold Receiver IconHold Receiver Icon
Touch PassPress Receiver IconPress Receiver Icon
Lob PassTap Receiver IconTap Receiver Icon
ScrambleLS + R2LS + RT
Pump FakeDouble Tap Receiver IconDouble Tap Receiver Icon
Throw AwayR3R3
Throw (Receiver 1)XA
Throw (Receiver 2)OB
Throw (Receiver 3)X
Throw (Receiver 4)Y
Throw (Receiver 5)R1RB

Catching Controls

Madden 22 Catching Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
SprintR2RT
StrafeL2LT
Aggressive CatchY
Run After CatchX
Switch PlayerOB
Possession CatchXA

Passing and receiving controls remain largely untouched from previous versions of the game. Learning the advanced passing and catching controls may seem subtle, but doing so can lead to devastating results.

Defensive Pursuit Controls

Madden 22 Defensive Pursuit Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
StrafeL2LT
SprintR2RT
Defensive AssistL1LB
Strip BallR1RB
Breakdown TackleXA
Aggressive / Dive TackleX
Switch PlayerOB
Hit StickRS UpRS Up
Cut StickRS DownRS Down
Blow-Up BlockerRS FlickRS Flick

Open-field defending has been mostly left unchanged from Madden 20, where the safe bet one-on-one is to use the breakdown tackle.


Ball in the Air Offense Controls

Madden 22 Ball in the Air Offense Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Possession CatchXA
Switch PlayerOB
RAC CatchX
Aggressive CatchY
Auto Play / Defensive AssistL1LB
StraftL2LT
SprintR2RT

Ball in Air Defense Controls

Madden 22 Ball in Air Defense Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
SprintR2RT
StrafeL2LT
Defensive AssistL1LB
Ball HawkY
SwatX
Switch PlayerOB
Play ReceiverXA

As above, defensive play when the ball in the air is unchanged from the ball-hawking additions brought in a few seasons ago. For new players, it’s safer to defend at the line of scrimmage.

However, if you do find yourself controlling a player in the backfield, holding triangle/Y will not only act as an attempted intercept but likely an incompletion, should your player be unable to pick off the pass

Preplay Offense Controls

Madden 22 Preplay Offense Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Motion PlayerLS Left or Right (Hold)LS Left or Right (Hold)
Player LockDouble Press L3Double Press L3
Pass ProtectionL1LB
Show Play ArtL2LT
Fake SnapR1RB
X-Factor VisionR2RT
Hot RouteY
AudibleX
Switch PlayerOB
Snap BallXA
Pre-Play MenuR3R3
TimeoutTouchpadView
Camera Zoom InD-pad downD-pad down
Camera Zoom OutD-pad upD-pad up
Momentum FactorsR2RT

Preplay Defense Controls

Madden 22 Preplay Defense Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Defensive KeysR1RB
X-Factor VisionR2RT
Show Play ArtL2 (Hold)LT (Hold)
Linebacker AudibleRight D-PadRight D-Pad
Defensive Line AudibleLeft D-PadLeft D-Pad
Camera Zoom OutUp D-PadUp D-Pad
Camera Zoom InDown D-PadDown D-Pad
Coverage AudibleY
AudibleX
Switch PlayerOB
Defensive Hot RouteXA
Pre-Play MenuR3R3
TimeoutTouchpadView
Show / Weak Side Gap AssignmentR2 + X + ORT + A + B
Pump Up CrowdRS UpRS Up
Momentum FactorsR2RT

Defensive Engaged Controls (New Pass Rush Controls)

Madden 22 Defensive Engaged Controls (New Pass Rush Controls)
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Reach TackleLS Left or Right + ■LS Left or Right + X
SwatY
Bull RushRS DownRS Down
Switch PlayerOB
Club/Swim MoveRS Left or RightRS Left or Right
Rip MoveRS UpRS Up
Speed RushR2RT
ContainL2LT

Defensive line play was re-written in Madden 21 and continue to be the same in Madden 22, with beating offensive linemen via engagement now dependent on your skills with the right analogue.

For the new pass rush controls, flicking up on the right analogue and swimming by moving the stick laterally is the key. Still, your miserliness is crucial: too many attempts of the right stick will deplete your lineman of stamina, so use in moderation.

In Early Access, the swim move seems hugely effective.

Defensive Coverage Controls

Madden 22 Defensive Coverage Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Press / Chuck ReceiverX + LSA + LS
Switch PlayerOB
Player MovementLSLS
StrafeL2LT
Defensive AssistL1LB

For new players, it’s strongly recommended that you control linemen or blitzing players when on the defensive side of the ball.

Blocking Controls

Madden 22 Blocking Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Player MovementLSLS
Switch PlayerOB
Aggressive Impact BlockRS UpRS Up
Aggressive Cut BlockRS DownRS Down
Block on CollisionLSLS

Player Locked Receiver Controls

Madden 22 Player Locked Receiver Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Individual Play ArtL2LT
Just-Go ReleaseR2RT
Player LockDouble Press L3Double Press L3
Route Running/Move PlayerLSLS
Change up (on the line)Flick RSFlick RS
Foot Fire (on the line)Hold RSHold RS
Conservative Change-up ReleaseXA
Cut Out of Press (off the line)Flick RSFlick RS

While these controls will be most useful when switching to a wide receiver in Face of the Franchise, it might be worth refining these skills in practice modes.

Special Teams Offense Controls

Madden 22 Special Teams Offense Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Snap / Kick Power / AccuracyXA
Switch PlayerOB
AudibleX
Flip Play■ + R2X + RT
Fake SnapR1RB

Special Teams Defense Controls

Madden 22 Special Teams Defense Controls
ActionPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X Controls
Jumping Block AttemptY
Switch PlayerOB
AudibleX
Diving Block AttemptX
Flip Play■ + R2X + RT
Show Play Art / Jump SnapR2RT

Now that you know all of the controls for Madden 22, it’s time to hit the gridiron and dominate your NFL counterparts.

How to fair catch in Madden 22

To perform a fair catch all you need to do is press O/B to switch to the target receiver, and then press Triangle/Y after the opposition hits an airborne scrimmage kick, and the camera switches to your receiving players.

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