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There is a new defense in FIFA 12 known as 'contain'. What does it mean and how do you use it? I played the interactive tutorial, but I don't get the idea.

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Slightly related: How to defend in Fifa 12 –  atticae Oct 10 '11 at 6:25

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I don't have a copy of FIFA 12, but here's the meaning of "contain" in real-world soccer:

The idea is that a defender should "manage" an attacker and wait for the attacker to make the first move instead of rushing forward to tackle the ball.

A defender trying to contain an attacker will typically hang back a bit, move to one side or the other to try to force the attacker to go in a particular direction, etc. The theory is that once the attacker makes their move, the defender can react appropriately.

You would typically apply it when play is relatively slow around your net. If there is a lot of fast-paced passing going on, you're likely better off moving around quickly to keep up with it.

Far as FIFA 12 goes, it appears that you'd basically use it in similar situations. You shouldn't overdo it:

If you continuously contain your opponent is going to have all the time in the world on the ball! All contain does is track your opponents run at a set distance away. You’ll never put a foot in.

Also, whilst containing you’ll never be close enough to put a tackle in. In order to make the tackle you’ll need to let go of the contain button, close in on your opponent and manually make a tackle.

But it can be a useful tool in one-on-one situations:

If the passing is moving around quickly then jockey (L2) will be better suited for defensive cover but if you need to hold someone up, or Ronaldo is running at you with verve then Contain is the best tool for the job.

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In addition to Anna Lears great answer an answer more based on personal experience:

I found containing most useful in situations where you are following a winger towards the corner flag. Normally he will be sprinting, so you have to sprint as well to keep up. The winger usually has 3 options:

  • Cross the ball into the penalty area.
  • Try to dribble towards the goal close to the goal line.
  • Quickly change directions and dribble or pass into the middle.

It's very hard to anticipate which option he will choose, pressing contain helps you to cover all of them, because your defender reacts automatically to the movement of the attacker.

It's also a very good way to stop opponents focused on dribbling rather than passing. Without containing, you will have a hard time stopping someone who is using precision dribbling with Özil, because the manual reaction time normally isn't enough to counter the quick hooks an attacker can perform.

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