Madden 22 Sliders Explained: Guide for a Realistic Experience

Here, you can find the best slider adjustments to make Madden 22 a true simulation game.


Madden 22 is, first and foremost, an NFL simulation game. This is achieved by recreating players’ iconic motions and adding stats that reflect their athleticism and talent.

Despite this, Madden 22, by default, is far from being an accurate depiction of the sport of football. A good way to change this is to modify the game sliders.


Here, we present to you the ultimate guide for getting a realistic football experience in Madden 22.

What are Madden 22 sliders and how do they work?

Madden 22 sliders are modifiers that have an impact on the game engine’s mechanics, altering accuracies, blocking, catching, fumble rate, and all of the other actions and scenarios that comprise a game of football. By default, each modifier is set at 50, making 100 the maximum and one the minimum.

How to change the sliders in Madden 22

Head to the NFL icon on the right side of the screen and either select Player Skills, CPU Skills, or Game Options. These pages will allow you to change the user sliders, the game’s CPU sliders, and the game set-up. When you’ve located the slider that you’d like to change, move the bar to the left to reduce the value or to the right to increase the value.

Realistic Madden 22 game set-up and sliders

Madden 22 offers many simulation advantages, making the game run at a quicker pace than a real-life NFL game. It also means that there are some disparities between the two, especially when it comes to time management. To make it more realistic, these are the ideal clock settings for Madden 22


  • Quarter Length: 10 Minutes
  • Play Clock: On
  • Accelerated Clock: Off
  • Minimum Play Clock Time: 20 Seconds

Madden 22 improved a lot in terms of players getting randomly injured in Franchise Mode. In fact, the default setting for the injury sliders reflects pretty well on how players suffer injuries after repeated hits or plays that demand high athleticism. So, you can leave the Madden 22 injury sliders as they are in the default settings.

Realistic Madden 22 skill sliders

These sliders affect how users and CPU play the game, making Madden more challenging and realistic by comparison to the modern NFL.

  • QB Accuracy – Player: 35, CPU: 10
  • Pass blocking – Player: 15, CPU: 35
  • WR Catching – Player: 55, CPU: 45
  • Run Blocking – Player: 40, CPU: 70
  • Fumbles – Player: 77, CPU: 65
  • Pass Defense Reaction Time – Player: 70, CPU: 70
  • Interceptions – Player: 15, CPU: 60
  • Pass Coverage – Player: 60, CPU: 60
  • Tackling – Player: 55, CPU: 55

Realistic Madden 22 kicking and punting sliders

There is certainly a big difference between NFL kickers and how Madden 22 kickers perform. Madden 22 sets kicking up as being far too easy, which doesn’t reflect how difficult it truly is to consistently hit field goals – especially from long distances. 


  • FG Power – Player: 30, CPU: 50
  • FG Accuracy – Player: 25, CPU: 35
  • Punt Power – Player: 50, CPU: 50
  • Punt Accuracy – Player: 40, CPU: 70
  • Kickoff Power – Player: 30, CPU: 30

Realistic Madden 22 penalty settings sliders

Penalties are a big part of the NFL: there was an average of 11.2 penalties per game last season. This does not translate to Madden 22, where penalties are rare and only happen because of user mistakes. These sliders help to bring the game more in line with real football.

  • Offside: 80
  • False start: 60
  • Offensive Holding: 70
  • Defensive holding: 70
  • Face mask: 40
  • Defensive pass interference: 60
  • Illegal block in the back: 70
  • Roughing the passer: 40

Recommended Madden 22 Franchise Mode settings

Madden 22 made several improvements to Franchise Mode, bringing more control to the user. By setting each of the settings to manual, you can control coaching and coordinator adjustments, as well as player progression. The following are the ideal settings to simulate an NFL season in Madden 22’s Franchise Mode:

  • Quarter Length: 10 minutes
  • Accelerated Clock: Off
  • Skill Level: All-Pro
  • League Type: All
  • Instant Starter: Off
  • Trade Deadline: On
  • Trade Type: Enable All
  • Coach Firing: On
  • Salary Cap: On
  • Relocation Settings: Everyone Can Relocate
  • Injury: On
  • Pre Existing Injury: Off
  • Practice Squad Stealing: On
  • Fill Roster: Off
  • Season Experience: Full Control
  • Re-Sign Players: Off
  • Progress Players: Off
  • Sign Off-Season Free Agents: Off
  • Tutorial Pop-Ups: Off

By setting everything else to manual, you will also be able to control player XP by going through training each week and progressing specific players to fit your team’s needs.

Do sliders affect simulation in Madden?

Yes, altering the sliders in Madden 22 does affect simulation. Simulation takes into account CPU sliders to determine how the game’s mechanics work. By setting CPU sliders to the settings that we recommend, you are able to sit back and watch an accurate depiction of an NFL game in Madden 22.

So, these are the sliders and settings to bring the NFL experience closer to the virtual world in Madden 22.

Do you have your own preferred sliders for Madden 22? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Madden 22: How to Stiff Arm, Tips, and Players with the Highest Stiff Arm Rating

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