In many instances, you will see man-to-man, or 1v1 games being played out. Being able to defend yourself during these instances is the most important factor to win. For the best defense, press Triangle or Y before the round starts. You can press either to gain additional options. It is then possible to choose the defenses you want to use against the attacking players.
Another effective trick is shade coverage . Simply press Y/Triangle then point the right hand towards an area of the field. This is a defense technique in 1v1 scenarios. The most appropriate flicks are for protecting the exterior and left flicks can be used to protect the inside. Top flicks can provide shade in the upper areas while flicking downwards covers the lower parts.