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FIFA 21: guide player attributes, what they do and when they are needed

A fundamental aspect in FIFA 21 certainly concerns the skills of the players who play in their team. So let's find out what all the individual player attributes present in FIFA 21 do and what they are for

Attributes are what determine the quality of a player and knowing them well can give you the opportunity to choose your team more effectively. From Acceleration to Shooting, without forgetting the Coldness and all other player attributes of FIFA 21, you will find in this guide a full explanation of what they are and how they can help you.



FIFA 21: guide player attributes, what they do and when they are needed

One of the good things about the game is that you can choose the players that best suit yours team. This is thanks to the presence of the attributes of each one.

Many of the gamers pay attention to the six main attributes: Speed, Shooting, Passing, Dribbling, Defense and Physical. But that's not enough: these aspects only show what the player is, in general, as a summary of his qualities. To choose the right player you have to take a look at each of the 30 attributes that each player presents.

ACCELERATION - Player attributes in FIFA 21

Acceleration is the increase in a player's running speed. The higher the value, the shorter the time it takes to reach maximum speed, regardless of the value of the latter. This value goes hand in hand with Sprint Speed ​​stats. For a player with high acceleration but low sprint speed the sprint of the race will evolve very well, but its maximum speed remains quite low. In this case, the acceleration is almost irrelevant: it is not recommended to reach the maximum speed quickly if this value is not so high. On the other hand, a player who has a high sprint speed but low acceleration is capable of running fast, even if it will take longer to reach his maximum speed.



SPEED SPEED - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Sprint Speed ​​measures how fast the player runs once full speed is reached, as explained above for acceleration. In any case, to better understand the difference here is a good example: in a race between a man, a car and a plane, who wins? It depends. If it comes to running 30 meters, the man wins and it would take him only 4 seconds to get to the finish line. But if the race were longer, say on 150-200 meters, the car would win while the plane would win on any longer leg.

This is because a man's acceleration is greater than both the car and the plane, but when it comes to reaching maximum speed he naturally loses.

POS. ATTACK - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

The Pos. Attack indicates the player's ability to take the right positions on the field during the game. The higher the value, the more likely it is for the player to create enough space to receive the ball in dangerous areas.

This attribute has to do with the player's ability to spot an open space and move into good positions that offer advantages on offense.

FINALIZATION - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Finishing is the accuracy of the shots with the feet inside the penalty area. Not everyone knows that finishing does not affect shots outside the area. Being a good finisher doesn't necessarily mean being able to beat the goalkeeper, but rather hitting the target more easily.


SHOT POWER - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Shot power measures how forcefully the player hits the ball while making a shot on goal. It affects how fast the ball travels when hit from any distance. A player with a low Shooting Power can still throw the ball into the net, but the longer you hold B or O, the more likely it is that the player will miss the goal.


LONG SHOT - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

This attribute measures the accuracy of shots outside the penalty area. This is a great attribute for midfielders to consider.

FLIGHT SHOOTING - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

The latter attribute measures the accuracy and power of volley shots. It affects the technique and accuracy of shots made when the ball is in the air. The Volleyball attribute is responsible for some of the best goals.

PENALTIES - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

This attribute measures the accuracy of penalty area shots.

VISION - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Vision calculates how much the player pays attention to the position of his teammates and opponents around him. It is an attribute that increases (or decreases) the chances of a long pass being successful.

CROSS - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

This attribute measures the player's accuracy in crossing the ball during both running and set kicks.

PREV PUNIZ. - Player attributes in FIFA 21

Prev. Punishment is a FIFA attribute used to measure a player's accuracy in taking a set-piece. The higher the value, the higher the accuracy of the conclusions.


SHORT PASS - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

This attribute indicates how well the player makes a pass to his teammates.

LONG PASS - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

This value is used to rank how well a player makes a long pass to his teammates. It does not affect long low pass passes. The higher the value, the faster and more accurate the pass will be.

EFFECT - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Effect is used to measure the player's ability to effect the ball when passing or shooting on goal. The higher the value, the more the player will be able to make spin shots.


It's a good attribute for studied moves: Curved corners are a nightmare for the opposing defense, and precision shots can be hard to save.

AGILITY - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Agility measures how agile the player is when moving or turning. In other words, how fast and how adept he is at controlling the ball.

Players with high agility can do acrobatic shots more easily. Agility also has an effect on dribbling. If you are a player who likes to run with the ball, agility is one of those stats to watch out for.

BALANCE - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Balance is the ability to maintain balance after a physical challenge. 

This is one of those attributes that affects a player's ability to dribble and, more generally, respond to your commands. If you have high stats in agility and balance it is easier to move smoothly and you will be able to get in or out of tight spaces more easily. Also, even if the player has 95 or more in acceleration and sprint speed, they may still be slow and less responsive if they lack agility and balance. 

REACTIVITY - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Responsiveness measures how quickly a player responds to situations around him.

It has nothing to do with speed. A player can be very fast but at the same time have a low reactivity. It is the time between the moment he sees where the ball is and the moment he positions himself to receive it. Many people think that this attribute only has relevance to computer controlled players because the responsiveness of the players you control depends solely on your responsiveness in using the controls, but this is not always true. In several situations, the player you control may or may not have control over the ball or catch it. When he receives a pass it is not necessary to have a high reactivity, he will expect to receive it, but when there is a possibility that it will rebound, for example, or that changes will occur, some players are simply hit by the ball. However, players with high responsiveness have a better chance of maintaining control even in difficult situations. Suppose that the opposing goalkeeper has just made a save from a strong shot: you will have a rebound, you will press "shoot" but the player does not shoot, he simply hits the ball. This is because that player does not have enough reactivity to place his feet and body in the right position to shoot. Reactivity also affects dribbling: while this does not make a player a very good or bad dribbler, it allows him to have the right reactivity when the opponent tries a standing tackle, steals the ball from you and gives your player the ability to jump. beyond the attempted slip.

BALL CONTROL - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Ball Control is a player's ability to control the ball as soon as he receives it. The higher the value, the less likely the ball is to bounce off the player while controlling it.

It is associated with the player's ability to feel comfortable with the ball, as if the ball sticks to his feet in a way that doesn't make him feel the need to look to know where it is. It is an important attribute for when receiving the ball but also for dribbling and dribbling without touching. It affects how the player takes possession of the ball during opposing tackles.

DRIBBLING - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Dribbling is the player's ability to carry the ball and overtake an opponent. A player with a high value will be able to hold possession of the ball while dribbling as he holds the ball closer to him, making it more difficult for the opponent to steal it.

COOLNESS - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

This attribute determines at what distance the player with the ball begins to feel the pressure of the opponents. This then affects the player's chances of making mistakes when shooting, passing and crossing the ball. The higher the value, the better the player will perform under pressure.

Coldness is not a new attribute, as many think. It has been used several times in past editions of FIFA and returned last year.

INTERCEPTIONS - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Interceptions determine the ability to interpret the game and intercept passes. It applies more to players controlled by the AI ​​rather than the player you will command. If you have noticed that players stretch their legs or do something unexpected to prevent a pass, they are likely to have a high Intercept rating.

HEAD ACCURACY - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

This value measures a player's head accuracy, whether they pass or shoot the ball. In fact, it indicates two things: firstly it affects your player's ability to hit the ball with his head, and secondly it measures how accurate he was in the header. It applies to both passes and shots on goal.

MARKING - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Marking is the ability to track and defend an opposing player. In other words, it is your player's job to stay close to an opponent attacker and prevent them from crossing or passing the ball to a teammate.

It also helps to track the race. AI-controlled players will do this on the ball, and when you have control of a defender their Marking value will affect how well they are capable of holding.

STANDING TACKLE - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

This value measures the player's ability to tackle while standing in order to take possession of the ball rather than give a foul. If the value is low, it is more likely that he will waste time or kick the ball away.

SLIP - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

This value measures the player's ability to slide in order to take possession of the ball rather than deliver a foul.

ELEVATION - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Elevation is the player's ability to rise to head shots. The higher the value, the higher the player will jump.

Like many others, this attribute is useless without its related attributes. For example, a player to be good at playing in the air must have high elevation, strong aggression and a high Heading Accuracy value. Of course, his height can be of great help. A very tall player does not need to have a high elevation value to touch the ball in the air.

ENDURANCE - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Stamina determines how tired the player is during the game. Evaluate how tired he gets as the game progresses.

Don't think your player gets tired only when he stops to catch his breath. When he gets to this point it actually means that he has stopped playing, and his performance suffers long before that happens. Stamina is also responsible for the ease with which the player injures himself during any taunt, not necessarily in the last minutes of the match. This attribute also determines how quickly the player recovers between matches, as well as the amount of time it takes a player to sprint before slowing down.

STRENGTH - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

Strength is about the quality or state of physical strength. The higher the value, the more likely it is for the player to win a physical challenge.

Your player's strength will dictate how they cope with any physical battle, so a good score in this area is important for anyone with defensive responsibilities. It is also advisable to have a good Strength value in at least two of your strikers, just to have 50-50 in attack.

AGGRESSIVITY - Player Attributes in FIFA 21

The level of aggression of a player measures the frequency and aggressiveness, in fact, of shoves, tackles and slips. It is the attribute that determines the player's power in regards to willingness and commitment in a match.

Players with high aggression pose a risk in the area as they can inflict many penalties without even pressing a button, which can lead to you destroying the controller, so be careful when choosing center backs like these.

FIFA 21: guide goalkeeper attributes, what they do and when they are needed

The defense of your own goal is also essential, so let's make sure of take into account the attributes of our goalkeeper. Let's find out together in detail!

DIP - Goalkeeper Attributes in FIFA 21

The Dive is the goalkeeper's ability to make a save while throwing himself at the ball. It is directly related to the height of the player.

GRIP - Goalkeeper Attributes in FIFA 21

Catch is an attribute exclusively of the goalkeeper that measures how clean the ball is caught. In other words, it is how often the goalkeeper blocks the ball rather than parrying it and pushing it back.

POSTPONEMENT - Goalkeeper Attributes in FIFA 21

Goalkeeping is another attribute exclusively for goalkeepers, used to measure the length and accuracy of quickdraws.

REFLECTIONS - Goalkeeper Attributes in FIFA 21

The Reflexes value indicates the goalkeeper's agility and alertness when making a sudden save. In other words, it determines how quickly the goalkeeper reacts to a shot on goal. If the value is low, he will move too late or miss the ball completely.

SPEED SPEED - Goalkeeper Attributes in FIFA 21

This is another unique value of goalkeepers. It is the ability to close the opponent in one-on-one situations. This is a particularly important attribute if you are using the offside trap to curb opponents.

PLACEMENT - Goalkeeper Attributes in FIFA 21

Positioning is the goalkeeper's ability to position himself correctly while making saves. It also affects how the goalkeeper reacts to crosses.

FIFA 21: guide to player attributes, what they do and when they are needed

That's all for this guide. Don't forget to also read our guide to the best modules and tactics in FIFA 21, for build a perfect team for your play style.

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