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D-PAD TACTICS

FIFA 20 D-Pad Tactics give you more control over your team while in-game, allowing you to modify certain aspects of your playstyle without having to pause a match.

FIFA 20 D-PAD TACTICS

While in-game, you can change your game plan moving your D-Pad to the left or to the right. However, there are a few quick tactics that you can use moving your D-Pad up or down. They will help you to change your playstyle in crucial moments. Before anything else, it is important to make it clear that Quick Tactics, as D-Pad Tactics are also known, are not one-time actions (except offside traps). In other words, once activated, they stay until the end of the game. FIFA 20 D-Pad Tactics are a good option to quickly react to the current game situation and to give you more options of firepower. They can be very useful to adapt specifically to your opponent or when you don’t have a game plan of the dynamic tactics prepared which is suitable for the current situation. You should also realize that, when you make a decision, you are adding good things to your team but at the expense of something bad. It’s also important to notice that FIFA 20 D-Pad Tactics have a higher priority than custom tactics and player instructions.
FIFA 20 D-Pad Tactics are divided into two groups. Depending on what you plan to do, you can choose between Attacking or Defending Tactics via the UP or DOWN Buttons respectively. As soon as the menu is opened, you have four options to choose from. It closes automatically after a few seconds. Every quick tactic is one of the four directions of the D-Pad. You can mix and match any of the D-Pad Tactics to best suit your play style and preference. An activated tactic is highlighted in green, remaining grey if it is not. To deactivate a quick tactic, you have to perform the same input used to activate it.
FIFA 20 D-Pad Tactics Guide
Playstation 4 UP on D-Pad to display attacking tactics and then UP again
XBox One UP on D-Pad to display attacking tactics and then UP again
Origin UP arrow to display attacking tactics and then UP again
This quick tactic will make more players get into the box for crosses. When selected, the players who are at the edge of the box will be going to get into the box for a cross but also the players back in the midfield will going to join the attack and will get to the edge of the box.

  You can use this tactic if you love crossing or if you need to score a goal. ‘Get in the Box’ will make you have a higher chance to find a player in a good position to convert a cross and score a goal. Obviously, when this tactic is selected, you lose the defensive back up and you are more vulnerable to counter attacks.
Get In The Box can have a significant impact on your attacking play, but keep in mind that it could leave you exposed to counter attacks when losing possession.
Playstation 4 UP on D-Pad to display attacking tactics and then RIGHT
XBox One UP on D-Pad to display attacking tactics and then RIGHT
Origin UP arrow to display attacking tactics and then RIGHT arrow
This quick tactic makes your Full Back Players go on the offensive to add more threats against your opponent. They move to a more advanced position until you lose possession. They push forward similarly to how a Wing Back can push forward in some 5 defender formations. Remember to have Full Backs with good offensive skills if you are planning to use this tactic. You can also use this at a corner kick chance.

You can use this tactic to have more option on the attack but, on the other hand, your full-backs won’t be in a defensive position anymore and your opponent will have an easier time to be successful in the counter-attack.
Having Attacking Full Backs can add extra width when you’re in control of the ball, leading to different attacking opportunities. Just keep in mind that Attacking Full Backs can leave a lot of space open behind them, meaning that you could get exposed to quick counter attacks down the wings.
Playstation 4 UP on D-Pad to display attacking tactics and then LEFT
XBox One UP on D-Pad to display attacking tactics and then LEFT
Origin UP arrow to display attacking tactics and then LEFT arrow
This quick tactic changes the way how your outside players (full backs, wing backs and wingers, including right and left midfielders), are going to position themselves. This strategy will make them stay close to the sideline when attacking. This offers you new ways to switch the side with a lob pass.

  Want to send your goal kick wide but your players are narrowly positioned? Activate the Hug Sideline D-Pad Tactic before taking your kick, and your wide players will instantly try to spread out. Note that your players might already position themselves as wide as possible, depending on your formation and custom tactics.
You can use this tactic when you plan on doing a side attack for your offence. If your opponent is pressing, it can help to play in such wide positions because it will be very hard for him to cover all the ground. However, sometimes it is also hard to play such long low passes.
Playstation 4 UP on D-Pad to display attacking tactics and then DOWN
XBox One UP on D-Pad to display attacking tactics and then DOWN
Origin UP arrow to display attacking tactics and then DOWN arrow
This quick tactic, like the name suggests, makes another player take on the role as striker, giving the opponent more things to worry about. The Extra Attacker tactic considers the attacking attributes and instructions of your players before determining which player should act as the Extra Attacker. It weighs these factors during player selection, meaning that it will try to follow your player instructions in most cases. Usually, it is one of the midfielders with the best shooting stats who starts acting as another striker. For instance, if you have your CDM set to Stay Back When Attacking, it’s highly unlikely that they will be chosen as the Extra Attacker.

Are you trying to overwhelm your opponent’s defence? Activate Extra Attacker, Get In The Box, and Attacking Full Backs at the same time. These instructions help maximize your team’s attacking efforts. Just remember, this could leave you very open to counter attacks.
You can use this tactic when time is running out and you need to score. One more striker will improve your chances to score, but it will also lose one important player on the midfield making more difficult to recover possession.
FIFA 20 D-Pad Tactics Guide
Playstation 4 DOWN on D-Pad to display defending tactics and then UP
XBox One DOWN on D-Pad to display defending tactics and then UP
Origin DOWN arrow to display defending tactics and then UP
This quick tactic makes your Striker or Strikers provide assistance when you are defending against the opposition. They will be in a more defensive position that will cover more runs and this will increase your defensive stability. When you want to make your team super defensive, this is the option.

This tactic instructs your Striker to help your team out defensively by acting more like a midfielder. If you have more than 1 Striker in play, Striker Drop Back will consider defensive work rates and the marking attribute before selecting which player will drop back. The Striker Drop Back Tactic can reduce your offensive options, but the trade off is that your team can have more defensive support.  
You can use this tactic when you want to secure a lead in the last minutes of a game. However, it will be harder for you to counter-attack because you will be missing players up front.
Playstation 4 DOWN on D-Pad to display defending tactics and then RIGHT
XBox One DOWN on D-Pad to display defending tactics and then RIGHT
Origin DOWN arrow to display defending tactics and then RIGHT arrow
This quick tactic makes your team apply constant pressure to your opponent. It has the same effect of ‘Constant Pressure’ on defensive styles from custom tactics. When activated, your team will push up on the field and play pressing. This makes very hard for your opponent to find a secure way to pass it.

  Since your team will be covering a lot more ground with Team Press active, expect to be losing a lot more stamina than usual. Your defensive line will also be playing higher, increasing the risk of counter attacks.  
You can use this tactic when the time is running out and you need to put a pressure on your opponent to get to the ball. Be careful using it because it drains stamina. Besides that, when your opponent overcomes your team pressing, you are very vulnerable in the defence because you ‘re lacking defenders.
Playstation 4 DOWN on D-Pad to display defending tactics and then LEFT
XBox One DOWN on D-Pad to display defending tactics and then LEFT
Origin DOWN arrow to display defending tactics and then LEFT arrow
This quick tactic will position a lot of your players on the side of the pitch where the ball is located. This will tighten the space for your opponent and your defence will be more compact.

  When Overload Ball Side is active, your team shape will try to shift towards the ball, potentially ignoring defensive Player Instructions and marked opposition players. It can be beneficial for trying to control the middle area of your half, but it can leave you exposed to wide attacks.
You can use this tactic to defend against side attacks and to make your defence more solid. Be careful as this leaves the other side of the pitch open for a lob pass. When ‘Overload Ball Side’ is activated, it’s harder for you to defend on the other side of the ball.
Playstation 4 DOWN on D-Pad to display defending tactics and then DOWN again
XBox One DOWN on D-Pad to display defending tactics and then DOWN again
Origin DOWN arrow to display defending tactics and then DOWN arrow again
This quick tactic moves up your defenders along the pitch to turn through ball passes by the opponent to offsides. It tells your defenders to quickly push up as a unit, with the goal of catching an attacker offside. This is the only tactic that you don’t have to turn it off. Instead, when you activate it, it works immediately. When you do it, your defenders will push up for the offside trap and right after they will return to their normal position and behaviour. They won’t play an offside trap anymore unless you reactivate it.

Be extra careful when triggering an Offside Trap though, using it at the wrong moment can often lead to easy breakaways for the attacker.
You can use this tactic if you feel comfortable using it. The offside trap is relying on very good timing. Otherwise, there is a high risk that you give a very easy goal since you will leave your opponent with no defenders blocking them.