As with any game, regardless of whether it is a sports game or not, having the controls to suit the player is vital. This is where FIFA players may get thrown off as the control systems are very different. We composed a little guide as to how to configure your controls to suit you.
Before starting up any game you should go and edit your personal data. What this means is that you can configure your controls to how you want it for easy selection in the future. To do this, you have to go to the 'Extras' tab in the home menu, select 'Options' and then select 'Edit Personal Data'. You can also do this during a match by choosing 'Select Sides' and then pressing Square or X, for PS4 and Xbox One respectively.
These are all the options that should appear once you select 'Edit Personal Data':
Personal Data Name: This customises the name of the data so you can easily identify which control scheme is yours. Especially useful for consoles with multiple users.
Command Configuration: For FIFA players, the Type 2 Command Configuration is loosely what you need, although for certain controls this may need a bit of tweaking, so Custom options might be necessarily to swap sprint from R1/RB to R2/RT should you require that or anything else.
Cursor Change: How the cursor switches between players in-game. Can be assisted for those who need the help.
Cursor Type: For those who need to see the player's name under the cursor when playing.
Pass Support Level: Different grades of how the game assists you with passing.
Through Ball Type: Customise how through balls are made in the game.
Shot Type: Customise how shots are made in the game.
Free Kick Controls: It will automatically be on reverse, although it can be switched to normal depending on preference. Reverse means the ball spins away from the direction you press on the analogue stick.
Directional Guide: Indicates where to pass to.
Target Guide: Helps with targeting the ball in-game.
Positioning Guide: Helps with positioning in-game.
Auto-Feint: Flourishes and feints occur naturally in-game with technical players. This looks quite cool in-game though, so we'd recommend leaving it on.
Auto-Sliding: Determine if players can slide tackle without your direct permission.
Teammate controls: Assisted is recommended as it determines how your teammates move when you're controlling another player.
After this is all set up and you step onto the pitch, take some time to familiarise yourself with the contents of the 'Help' option on the pause menu. These give a run-down of commands to learn, although not all of these are essential.
A couple of things to point out that will become immediately useful are, firstly, that double-tapping the sprint button (R1/RB unless you configure it otherwise) knocks the ball in front and allows for more speed. Secondly, holding X/A will close down the player with the ball when defending, which is very useful.
Other than that, we would certainly recommend playing through all of the Training games (an explanation of which will be given later in this guide) to get to grips not only with the controls but with how to execute things effectively, ranging from defending to attacking and much more.