Being a goalkeeper on FIFA isn’t for the faint of heart. This vital role asks for a lot in return for a possible victory.
The goalkeeper is the final barrier of a team, protecting the game’s current score. In Pro Clubs, this role keeps getting modern and smoother after each yearly FIFA release. Strategical leads are still rooted in the basics, but gameplay mechanisms change.
On FIFA 23 Pro Clubs, a good goalkeeper is a versatile one. So, to improve your team’s chances of winning, you need to have some fundamentals running in the back of your mind as you play; these can be technical decisions, gameplay tips, and even player build.
Let’s cut right into business and discuss all the goalkeeper tips for FIFA 23 Pro Clubs.
Best GK Build for FIFA 23 Pro Clubs
In Pro Clubs, a game mode where each player fills a role in the team, the goalkeeper can play any style — you’re free to explore what fits you best. For instance, you can go full Neuer and sprint out of the goal to join the action in the offense, or play it safe, steering away any unlucky bold move.
First, you’ll need to create your Pro Clubs avatar, though. In this process, you can mess with your player’s athletic features to optimize them for the goalkeeper role. Let’s see how to do that.
The goalkeeper needs to be tall and slim. You’ll need to have an avatar that can stretch greatly between the goal crossbars. Plus, by being somewhat thin, your character will be slightly faster and more agile.
In short, you’ll want it to be roughly 6’6” in height and about 99 lbs. in weight. The resulting goalkeeper will be conveniently tall and light. You can track the attributes’ enhancement by checking the side panel adjacent to the display of the physical adjustment.
Ideally, once you reach a higher level and can implement three perks into your avatar’s GK slot, you’ll benefit from having these perks:
- Quick Reflex
- GK One on One
- GK Far Reach
Combining those three, you’ll have a quick, skillful, and stretchy goalie.
However, during your first in-game days, you’re still stuck on lower-level perks. In this case, you’ll benefit from starting with perks like “Clutch Save” and “Set Piece Expert.”
Skill points are a bit tricky; you’ll need to get them as you evolve, which might take a while. Still, you can start gradually by focusing on the GK skill segment. Your main goal here is to unlock the entire goalkeeper section.
Keep your focus on the Goalkeeper skills, but don’t turn a blind eye to the “Pace” section. In this segment, you’ll benefit from having a few “Sprint Speed” points. There’s no need to overdo it; you can unlock about 3-4 sprint speed panels.
In the shooting section, spend a few points to enhance your shooting power and trail a path to the “weak foot” skill. Your avatar needs to have full mastery of both legs since the keeper needs to react quickly to attempts from any side.
Passes are also vital for a goalkeeper. So, focus on delivering high-quality short passes and enhancing your GK’s vision. Don’t need to overspend by assigning long passes, though.
You can’t miss out on physical skills. Be sure to spend a few points on stamina and jumping. Upgrade jumping until you get bonus points on “reaction.” Still, you don’t need to overspend; jumping should stay below 70.
Also, you can skip “defending” and “dribbling.”
In addition, this type of skill distribution is essential for other game styles, like the career mode. So, if you’re scouting for a GK player in career mode, remember the skills we’ve just discussed.
FIFA 23 Pro Clubs Goalkeeper Tips
First, let’s go through the basic controls.
|Action||PlayStation 4/5 Controls||Xbox One/ Series S/X Controls|
|Pick Up Ball||R1||RB|
|Driven Throw||R1 + X||RB + A|
|Driven Kick||R1 + ▢||RB + X|
|Drop Kick||◯ or ▢||B or X|
|Dive Defense||Right Analog||Right Analog|
You’ll need these controls to play as a goalkeeper in Pro Clubs. But, these commands are also useful to other game modes. For example, after grasping the basics of FIFA 23 UT, you can start perfecting your goalkeeper skills there.
Now, let’s begin with diving. Do not move the right analog too early; you’ll need to hit the perfect timing when the ball is already propelling toward you. Also, hold the analog for longer when the opponent is shooting point-blank. A flick on the analog does the trick if it’s a long shot.
You must direct the analog without pressing any other command to dive. You need to move the cursor and press the right mouse button to dive when playing on a PC.
In short, you’ll need to prioritize manual positioning. Use the L1 command only a few times to centralize yourself.
Additionally, you can use △ (or Y) to chase after the ball, which is vital when intercepting the opponent’s long through balls. However, do not rely on it 100%; many players can strike long shots after realizing you’re holding this command.
Still, using the command above on corners can be highly efficient.
For crosses, try to move toward the receiving player to intercept the throw beforehand. You can use L1 (or LB) to assist you.
Finally, after catching the ball, the best approach is to kick it to the middle of the field. Pro Clubs’ AI or players might slip up if you throw the ball at them, even if it goes in the perfect direction; keep it safe.
This brief tutorial should be enough to help you get the ball rolling; ensure to have fun with your teammates and focus on learning through experience.
Now that you know what the best GK build is, you can also learn how to create the best CB build. Who knows, maybe that’ll be an even more exciting proposition for you.