Basic game play
Move (Arrow keys)
Makes the player you control move over the pitch. These are also used in some cases to move the aim, and or spin the ball - see below.
Increases the speed of the player for a limited time. When a player is sprinting you will see a status bar displaying how much "sprinting energy" he has left. Players recover energy when they no longer sprint.
Shoot/Tackle (D and Space)
Shoot: When you have the ball, your player will kick the ball. Keep the key pressed down for a short period of time to set the power of the shot. The longer you keep it pressed, the harder the shot. A "power bar" will be briefly displayed, allowing you to see how hard you are going to shoot. If your shot is hard accuracy will suffer. When shooting towards goal you will also be able to direct your shot. A small goal is displayed, and you can use the Move keys to determine where your player aims. This key can also be used to get the goalkeeper to kick the ball when he is holding it.
Tackle: When not in control of the ball, move up close to opponent player to attempt to steal the ball. Your player will automatically apply pressure and try to tackle the opponent.
Pass/Change player (S)
Pass: When in control of the ball this key allows you to make a short pass to a player near you in the direction you are facing. The goalkeeper will deliver the ball to a nearby player if you press pass when he has the ball.
Change player: When the opponent has the ball, or when the ball is free, this key allows you to change which player you control. You may switch between the two that are currently closest to the ball.
Long pass/Glide tackle (A)
Long pass: This key allows you to make a longer pass in the direction you are facing. Useful for quick counter attacks and for making crosses. The goalkeeper will make a longer delivery if you use the long pass key when he is holding the ball.
Glide tackle: Your player will make a sliding tackle to try and stop your opponent, and to win the ball. More effective than the Tackle, but may cause free kicks and penalties.
Allows you to try and avoid incoming tackles. Be sure to get the timing right.
There are a number of other keys you can use when playing, that aren't directly related to game play. These are:
Chat off/on (F5) Turns the chat option off or on. (Default on)
Player names (F6) displays or hides player names when you play. (Default hidden)
Sound (F7) Turns sound off/on. (Default on)
Chat (Back Space) Allows you to send messages. Hit Back Space to bring up the Chat line, and hit Enter to send your message.
In a Goal kick, Corner or Free kick you use the move keys to move your aim around. Then hit Shoot to kick the ball. In the free kick situation you must also decide on the power as with normal shoots on goal, and you can attempt to put some curve on the ball by hitting the move keys as you shoot it.
Penalties: You aim using the move keys. The defending player decides where his Goalie should go by moving the glove icon with his move keys.
Throw in: Select the player to throw to by hitting the change player key. Then press the pass or shoot key to throw the ball.