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FIFA 18: EA Sports add ‘new tackling’ function that will improve your game

The gap between conservative tackles and slide tackles will now be filled with a 'halfway house' challenge

Don’t you hate it on FIFA when you don’t trust a conservative tackle to do the job, but don’t want to risk a sliding challenge?

Well, those days will soon be over.

EA Sports have announced a new method of tackling will be included in the upcoming FIFA 18 release, and it will vastly improve how you approach defending in the game.

The new ‘hard tackle’ will be a halfway house between the traditional conservative standing tackle, and a full-blown sliding challenge.


Often a slide tackle will result in a player being unable to recover in time to get a second challenge in on an attacker, while a standing tackle is sometimes ineffective and the opponent can find ways to dance around the challenge.

So the latest addition will be music to the ears of those players who have struggled to time their defending well.

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How will it work? Players will now be able to hold down the tackle button on their controller, and the player will perform the challenge.

The issue will all be about timing however – having played a preview of the latest game, we noticed that you have to be better at timing challenges to ensure the hard tackle is performed, and we found that you would have to start holding the button down by about half a second to ensure a challenge was made.


The benefits of the tackle is that you are now much more likely to win the physical battle, without having to recover from getting up off the ground, like you do when you perform a sliding challenge.

FIFA 18 Associate Producer Sam Rivera said at the EA Sports preview event: “We have added the ‘hard tackle’, which is halfway between a sliding tackle and a standing tackle.

“There’s now much more personality in defending – in the same way that we’re adding personality to dribbling, we’re adding it for defending so it matters more that you have a good defender and a good tackler because they will have more chances to get to the ball,” Rivera added.