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YouTuber Kazooie94 shows how to perform and master FIFA 21 skill moves

Whether you're looking to improve your game or just show off with some fancy shots, Kazooie reveals the new skill moves you'll need to master in this year's iteration of FIFA
Written by Dom Peppiatt
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If you want to improve your FIFA 21 game, there are few things better you can learn how to do than skill moves. Whether you want to opening up new passing opportunities, feigning your way past your opponent's back line or just showing off, you'll need to know how to trick.
So, if you want to get ahead of your mates and impress strangers online, you need to check out Kazooie94's YouTube channel. The EA Game Changer and erstwhile skills mentor has uploaded 8 new skills tutorials to his channel since the launch of FIFA 21, and every single one of them can help you fend off the competition in-game. Though the tricks may look quite simple to pull off, it can be tricky to get consistent with them in the heat of a match. So, study the videos below, commit the tricks to memory, and you'll have all the tools you need to dominate your next game of FIFA.

1. Feint Forward And Turn

How to do it: Flick RS back twice
When to use it: If you're very close to your opponent and you need to make a short turn and get away from a pursuing player quickly, this is the best trick to use. A smooth, quick skill move, this trick also allows you to set up other players with ease.

2. Drag to Heel

How to do it: L1/LB + flick RS back then left/right
When to use it: If you need to completely change your position and start moving to the left or right to throw an opponent pressuring you off your trail, this is the ideal trick. With the right timing, you can even cause a pursing or marking player to trip. If your player has 4-star skill moves or above, you will be able to do this trick.

3. Ball Roll Fake Turn

How to do it: L2/LT + flick RS forward then left/right
When to use it: This skill move is most useful when the player you're controlling has their back towards the goal, since you end up turning around. Handy for passing back when you're running towards goa, or for setting up a cross after facing away from a defender that another striker can head in. When you pull this move off, your opponent may run past you, too – giving you more breathing space. Only players with 5-star skill can pull this one off, though.

4. Directional Nutmeg

How to do it: Hold L1/LB + R1/RB and flick RS in any direction
When to use it: A very versatile and essential trick that every player should practice, this skill move can be employed by any player in the game. Simply move the RS in the direction you want to go in order to pull this off. If you've got space in front of you, this is ideal for gaining speed. If you want to knock the ball past defenders or fake out forwards pushing on your goal it's also a key skill to utilise.

5. Bridge Skill

How to do it: Double tap R1/RB
When to use it: Similar to the Directional Nutmeg in its animation, the Bridge only lets you knock the ball to the right-hand side of your chosen player. Bear that in mind, even if your player is left-footed. This skill does offer a sprint boost, and is most commonly employed when your forward is trying to beat the goalkeeper.

6. Rabona Shot

How to do it: Hold L2/LT + aim LS diagonally forward then press O/B
When to use it: Since your opponent may not always expect this shot, it's a good trick to 'ambush' enemy players with. If you're running into the box and pull off a Ball Roll as you approach the goal, the Rabona Shot follows on nicely from that and allows you to pick up some decent momentum. Definitely a trick that benefits from experimentation and creativity when being applied to an actual game.

7. Scorpion Kick

How to do it: Hold L2/LT + aim LS forward then press O/B
When to use it: More or less any player in the game (including the goalkeeper) can pull off this shot. But in order to attempt the shot on-goal, you need to pass the ball from behind to the player attempting the trick. A genuinely useful trick if you're attempting a 'Hail Mary' attempt on goal and you're eager to volley it in, this one is definitely more for showing off than it is for tactical play.
Check out Kazooie94's YouTube channel for more FIFA 21 content. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram
Here's an overview of all FIFA 21 skill moves and how to perform them:
1-Star Skill Moves in FIFA 21
Skill MovePlayStationXbox / PC gamepad
BridgeTap R1 x 2Tap RB x 2
Directional NutmegHold L1 + R1 + RS directionTap LB + RB + RS direction
Standing Ball JuggleL2 + Tap R1Hold LT + Tap RB
Open up fake shot L/RHold L1 + Tap Square then Tap X and move LS top L/RHold LB + Tap X then Tap A and move LS top L/R
Flick UpHold L1 + Tap R3Hold LB + Tap R3
2-Star Skill Moves in FIFA 21
SkillPlayStationXbox / PC gamepad
Feint Forward and TurnFlick RS down x 2Flick RS down x 2
Body Feint R/LFlick RS R/LFlick RS R/L
Stepover R/LRoll RS front to R/LRoll RS front to R/L
Reverse Stepover R/LRoll RS R/L to frontRoll RS R/L to front
Ball Roll R/LHold RS R/LHold RS R/L
Drag BackL1 + R1 + LS flick downLB + RB + LS flick down
3-Star Skill Moves in FIFA 21
Skill MovePlayStationXbox / PC gamepad
Heel FlickRS flick up then downRS flick up then down
Roulette RightRoll RS clockwise from bottom to RRoll RS clockwise from bottom to R
Roulette LeftRoll RS anti-clockwise from bottom to LRoll RS anti-clockwise from bottom to L
Fake Left and Go RightRotate RS across bottom from left to rightRotate RS across bottom from left to right
Fake Right and Go LeftRotate RS across bottom from right to leftRotate RS across bottom from right to leftt
Heel Chop R/LHold L2 + Square, then X + LS hold R to LHold LT + X, then A + LS hold R to L
4-Star Skill Moves in FIFA 21
Skill MovePlayStationXbox / PC gamepad
Ball hop (standing)Hold L1 + tap R3Hold LB + tap R3
Heel to Heel FlickFlick up RS then downFlick up RS then down
Simple RainbowFlick RS down then up twiceFlick RS down then up twice
Spin RightHold R1 + roll RS clockwise from bottom to RHold RB + roll RS clockwise from bottom to R
Spin LeftHold R1 + roll RS anti-clockwise from bottom to LHold RB + roll RS anti-clockwise from bottom to L
Stop and Turn R/L (running)Flick up RS then R/LFlick up RS then R/L
Ball Roll Cut RightRS Hold L + LS hold RRS Hold L + LS hold R
Ball Roll Cut LeftRS Hold R + LS hold LRS Hold R + LS hold L
Fake Pass (standing)Hold R2 + Square, then XHold RT + X, then A
Fake Pass Exit R/L (standing)Hold R2 + Square then X + LS top R/LHold RT + X then A + LS top R/L
Quick Ball RollsHold down RSHold down RS
Drag to HeelHold L1 + RS flick down then flick R/LHold LB + RS flick down then flick R/L
Lane Change R/LHold L1 + RS hold R/LHold LB + RS hold R/L
Three Touch Roulette R/LHold L2 + RS flick down, then flick R to LHold LT + RS flick down, then flick R to L
Drag Back Spin R/LRS flick down, then flick R to LRS flick down, then flick R to L
5-Star Skill Moves in FIFA 21
Skill MOVEPLAYSTATIONXBOX / PC GAMEPAD
ElasticoRoll RS on bottom from R to LRoll RS on bottom from R to L
Reverse ElasticoRoll RS on bottom from L to RRoll RS on bottom from L to R
Advanced RainbowRS flick down, hold up, then flick upRS flick down, hold up, then flick up
Hocus PocusRoll RS down to L, then back RRoll RS down to L, then back R
Triple ElasticoRoll RS down to R, then LRoll RS down to R, then L
Ball Roll and Flick R/L (running)Hold RS R/L, then flick upHold RS R/L, then flick up
Heel Flick TurnHold R1 + RS, flick up then downHold RB + RS, flick up then down
Sombrero Flick (standing)RS up, up, downRS up, up, down
Turn and Spin R/LFlick up RS, then R/LFlick up RS, then R/L
Ball Roll Fake R/L (standing)RS hold R/L, then flick L/RRS hold R/L, then flick L/R
Ball Roll Fake TurnHold L2 + RS - flick up, then L/RHold LT + RS - flick up, then L/R
Elastico Chop RightHold R1 + RS at bottom, move L to RHold RB + RS at bottom, move L to R
Spin Flick R/LHold R1 + RS, flick up then R/LHold RB + RS, flick up then R/L
Flick OverHold L1 + RS, hold upHold L1 + RS, hold up
Tornado Spin R/LHold L1 + RS, flick up, then flick R/LHold LB + RS, flick up, then flick R/L
Rabona Fake (jogging)Hold L2 + Square, then X + LS downHold LT + X, then A + LS down
5-Star Juggling Tricks in FIFA 21
SKILL MOVEPLAYSTATIONXBOX / PC GAMEPAD
Laces Flick upL2 + Hold R1LT + RB
Sombrero Flick Backwards/R/LHold LS down/right/leftHold LS down/right/left
Around the WorldRS 360 degrees clockwise / anti-clockwiseRS 360 degrees clockwise / anti-clockwise
In Air ElasticoFlick RS R then LFlick RS R then L
Reverse In Air ElasticoFlick RS L then RFlick RS L then R
Flick Up for VolleyHold LS upHold LS up
Chest FlickHold L2 + R3 x 2Hold LT + R3 x 2
T. Around The WorldRS 360 degrees, then flick RS upRS 360 degrees, then flick RS up