We’re probably a little late on this one but here goes. It’s been a few days since FIFA 11 has been released and from the amount of E-mails we’ve received over the past couples of days two things are clear; 1. FIFA 11 is a very popular game. 2. A lot of PC users seem to be pissed off about the keyboard control scheme (or how controls are mapped). This 19th installment in EA’s popular football video game is considered to be a major release for the PC as gamers now get to enjoy the same next generation graphics engine used in XBOX and PS3 versions of the game. Anyways here’s a mini troubleshooting article for FIFA 11- this post mainly addresses console woes and settings issues a number of folks seem to be experiencing.

How do I change game settings?

Although you might not see it at first, FIFA 11 includes a separate configuration utility application through which you can change display settings, video resolution, map keyboard keys, controller and audio settings. This can be accessed from the start menu (Games –> FIFA11-> Game Settings) – in case you didn’t get the start menu entry, follow the steps below to launch the configuration utility.

  1. Navigate to FIFA 11 installation directory on your hard disk.
  2. Go inside the ‘Game’ folder.
  3. Find and run the file fifaconfig.exe

Cannot run FIFA 11 configuration/settings application

If you followed the steps above and the configuration utility did not launch (or gave an error), it could be something to do with not having the proper version of Microsoft .NET framework installed. FIFA 11 requires Microsoft .NET framework 3.5 – you can download this (free) from this location. Note that having a higher version installed (ex. v4.0) does not solve this issue.

How do I change keyboard key bindings in FIFA 11?

This is perhaps the most asked question related to this game. Although the PC version of FIFA 2011 is ‘allegedly’ optimized for the PC, it’s keyboard control scheme is mapped based on the XBOX360 gamepad. That is, a keyboard key is mapped for each function available in a X360 gamepad. Refer to screenshot below for more information:

FIFA 2011 Keyboard

You can change the key bindings by running the configuration utility (fifaconfig.exe – see above) and switching to the In-Game Keyboard tab. This is obviously a very user-unfriendly approach and some people might not be aware what exactly those XBOX360 buttons do.  Here are some of the common functions served by X360 buttons:

  • A - Lob, Cross, Sliding tackle
  • S - Pass. Standing Tackle
  • D – Shot
  • W - Switch player, Trigger Run
  • E – Sprint
  • X - Throw ball
  • C - Stop the ball, Pace control

Above was based on this EA forum entry.

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23 Comments

  1. ruudy // 10/01/2010 04:58:00 AM  

    I have Question.

    I tried to install so many games Fifa 10. PES 10, Cricket 2007, Ashes 2009, GTA-San Andreas on my Laptop and many others. All of them could be installed but none would ever play or run at all.

    I get the feeling because I installed .Net 4.0 they weren't able to run. So I will install .Net 3.5 but for that I may have uninstall .Net 4.0, IS IT?

    Or maybe I have this all wrong? And I just can't play Games on my Laptop, even though I used to before upgrading my Laptop (Increased RAM and HDD)

  2. pcnw // 10/03/2010 03:42:00 AM  

    I have another keyboard related question. Why with specific keyboards (especially Logitech's) can't move or pass or shoot diagonal left and down ?

    I had the same problem with fifa 09 and fifa 10.

  3. kavneet rekhi // 10/03/2010 04:13:00 PM  

    By default it is
    S – Pass and Standing Tackle
    q-switch player
    but i want S as pass and switch player
    and D as shoot and standing tackle
    HOW CAN I CHANGE, I REALLY CANT FIND OUT THE WAY

  4. Subham // 10/06/2010 10:07:00 PM  

    I have installed fifa 11 in my laptop.But,when i am trying to start the game,it's not starting.Instead,it's saying-"fifa 11 has stopped working."
    What may be the problem?
    My system configuration: 4gb ram,ati radeon hd 5470,core i3

  5. Muhammad // 10/09/2010 12:31:00 PM  

    Can someone help me? I cant seem 2 download Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. It says Setup error

  6. GK // 10/11/2010 09:25:00 AM  

    I have changed it to match FIFA 08 keyboard keys.

    http://www.crazykartblog.com/2010/10/fifa-11-keyboard-settings-like-old-versions.html

  7. mr T // 10/15/2010 10:27:00 AM  

    hii i installed fifa 11 it works great on my laptop ..............hii did u put your laptop on high performance while playing game..........and email me i can help you out if any body have problem in keys sukhan.1989@gmail.com

  8. Daniel // 10/19/2010 11:18:00 PM  

    i have installed fifa 11 on my laptop but cannot get it ti start. it just says E0001 error

    i am running this on my asus notebook. does it meet the requirements?

  9. amit // 10/21/2010 09:07:00 PM  

    thanx man...it helped a lot.

  10. Nelson Alberto // 11/02/2010 03:01:00 AM  

    i have a problem when i install net 3.5 at the end of setup it says setup error please help

  11. Rafiq // 11/16/2010 06:35:00 PM  

    hello, i have done install Fifa 11.but cannot play...anybody can help me in this case???

  12. Ryan // 11/25/2010 08:31:00 PM  

    ANy Idea on how i can save my replay??? there is NO such option in the instant replay menu

  13. richard // 1/12/2011 03:44:00 AM  

    i have installed fifa 11 on my pc but my pc controller isnt mapped to the game how do i do this

  14. 康仔 // 2/10/2011 05:56:00 PM  

    I want to set the controller like this:
    Pass=s
    shot=d
    sprint=w
    long pass=a
    through pass=e
    standing tacle=r
    change players=a
    tacle=space bar

  15. 康仔 // 2/10/2011 05:58:00 PM  

    I want to set my fifa 11 controller like this:
    Pass=s
    shot=d
    sprint=w
    long pass=a
    through pass=e
    tacle=r
    change player=a
    tacle=space bar

  16. SaurabhSehrawat(SRV) // 3/14/2011 03:29:00 PM  

    @Subham: which windows are you using?
    did you installed patch 1.01 too?you cracked the software?
    for any query, drop me a mail at saurabh.sehrawat87@gmail.com

  17. akankhya // 4/12/2011 07:35:00 AM  

    I WANT TO KNOW WHICH XBOX CONTROLLER KEY DOES WHAT SO THAT I CAN CHANGE THEM INTO MY KEYBOARD KEYS ACCORDINGLY

  18. Arnab // 6/02/2011 03:47:00 AM  

    When i changed the 'LB' key into 'W' as sprint run it does not work....all d other changes do work except dis 1..sum1 pls help me out

  19. adeev // 6/14/2011 06:58:00 PM  

    Go to your install folder -> Game\fifasetup and you need fifaconfig.exe. That's where all video options can be set up.

  20. nobeldhar // 7/18/2011 10:28:00 AM  

    i want
    s=short pass and switch player
    a=lob,cross and sliding tackle
    d=shot and standing tackle
    w=gk charge
    q=trigger run
    f=pace control
    z=dummy move
    can any 1 help me out...

  21. tilakpranesh // 8/15/2011 02:05:00 AM  
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  22. tilakpranesh // 8/15/2011 08:48:00 AM  

    All you need is to know what keys are for what. You can get all those detail from the game itself but since you've asked, here is the link that gives the info.
    How to configure fifa 11 keyboard settings

  23. John Tracker // 12/20/2012 06:48:00 AM