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Also, make sure you have a CDM to contain the opponent’s CAM and let your CBs worry about the striker. Ideally, play with 4 in the defenders.
Use these formations to counter: 4-1-2-1-2, 4-1-2-1-2 wide (for fast wingers/RM/LM), 4-3-2-1 or 4-3-1-2
Alright, Italian teams like to play with 3 in the back because they play a more technical game in the midfield. As you have realized, there games are not high scoring. They keep the ball very well. There are two ways I suggest to overcome them: (1) Counter with pacey wingers. Make sure they can cross well and you have a forward who has good finishing or heading accuracy. (2) Use one or two CDM to help contain the midfield. It’s fine if they have more possession, just catch them in the midfield and push the ball fast down the wing.
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 (defensive), 4-2-2-2
Similar to the 3-4-1-2, this formation has possession based attacking element. However, I think this formation is more deadly because of the RF and LF behind the striker. It is one of my favorite formations because I put fast players right behind the striker who stretch the defense wide, but also have the ability to score from distance. Now how to beat it? The goal is having 2 CDM. Any alternative formation with 2 CDM should be affective in my opinion, one will work perfect against this formation as well as gives you great goal scoring opportunities, 4-3-3 (defensive).
Use these formations to counter: 4-3-3 (defensive), 4-2-3-1 (wide), 4-2-2-2
The 3-4-3 is the most balanced formation with 3 defenders. The LW and RW are great at swinging in crosses and running down the wing. They are heavily supported by the midfield that spreads out. This formation has a lot of triangles for easy, quick and effective passing. Your team can be stretched easily and ultimately burn out quickly. To address that problem, playing 5 in the back will provide less stress for your team and you can easily take control of the game.
Use these formations to counter: 5-3-2 (best because you have 3 CM), 5-2-2-1, 4-3-3 (attacking – if you can defend well, you can score a lot of goals and easily), 4-3-3, 4-4-2 (flat)
I personally hate this formation. It tends to kill your midfield game because there are so many players hovering around the center circle. However, this bodes well for counterattacking down the wings. The most important player to use against this formation is a CAM with excellent vision and passing. They can distribute the ball out wide and provide excellent through passes to your striker. Because this formation is so defensive, playing more attacking is perfectly fine.
Use these formations to counter: 4-3-1-2, 4-2-4, 4-3-3 (attacking), 4-3-2-1, 4-4-2
This is a very popular formation in FIFA. It just has all the right ingredients, 2 strikers, 1 CDM, 2 CM, and a CAM. This formations goes attacks you straight up the middle. Your midfielders tend to wear out faster playing their type of ball game. A good adjustment that will help your gameplay is clog the middle. Stretch their team so they come chasing you for the ball.
Use these formations to counter: 4-5-1, 4-4-2 (flat), 4-4-1-1, 4-2-2-2
4-1-2-1-2 (Diamond Wide)
Similar to the 4-1-2-1-2 formation, this is very balanced and highlights a team that has strong pieces in every position. The major difference of the two is the CMs who push out wide to occupy LM and RM roles. This allows a team with fast mids to maximize their passing in the middle, but moreso to create attacking opportunities on the wings. This formation is even more effective because the LM and RM can also cover your players on the wing. As a consequence, this position can be exploited greatly. Using a formation with wingbacks or clogging the midfield will give you more control of the game.
Use these formations to counter: 5-3-2, 3-4-3, 4-3-2-1
If you want to dominate the midfield and sure up the defense, this is the formation people use. The CDM is the link between a seamless transition from defense to attack or a more controlled ballgame. It is very important to not try to play on the flanks using this formation. You will have to out muscle the midfield. The striker can be of serious threat if they are strong or fast. This formation thrives at counters, so have medium to quick players on the wings. The key against this formation is being patient because pace won’t work on it.
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-3-1, 4-5-1 (one extra man in the middle will make a world of difference, trust me), 3-4-1-2
Manchester City has perfected the art of playing counterattacking football. They can contain in the middle, yet spread the ball quickly out wide. There tends to be one CDM who is attacking minded, high stamina, who assists the attack i.e. Yay Toure. This role is pivotal because they transition from a 4-2-2-2 to a 4-1-3-2 and effortlessly. The team is balanced, very balanced. The secret to overcoming the formation is stretching the CDM and attack head on, so playing the ball wide and back inside is a good way to wear the team out. Also, don’t be afraid to shoot from distance (or take a finesse shot).
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-3-1, 3-4-2-1, 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 4-1-2-1-2 (wide)
Unlike the regular 4-2-3-1, this formation is more defensive and controlling. Using this formation may not result in a lot of goal scoring opportunities, but it is great for patient players. It can really frustrate you because passes are intricate and the team dynamic allows for quick counters down the wing or just to drop the ball if they are being pressured a lot. The key player here is the CAM. They have good vision and can pass out wide or link up with the striker exceptionally well. Moreso, the player can score like a CF can. In my opinion, to be effective against this formation you have to constantly press the ball carrier. This will force you to win the ball in a good attacking position. You need a lot of players in your attacking half.
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-4, 4-5-1 (attack), 5-2-1-2
In years gone by this was a beloved formation – fast paced, quick passing and tons of goals. But now, world football has become more technical, creative and tactical. I tend to only use this when I’m in a crunch and I wand a lot of players up front. This formation prides itself in a system of triangles and great support from the midfield up to the front line. With the right formation that contains the 4-3-3, you can easily pressure the opponents goal because there is no protection for the back line.
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-3-1, 4-1-4-1, 4-4-2, 5-2-1-2
This is a great formation but lacks a key component. It provides great balance in defending and attacking, but the midfield tends to be lacking bite going forward.The CM links the play from behind to the wingers and striker. Simple strategy, make the CM life a living hell by chasing the ball a lot. There is a lot of space on the wings to maneuver and create opportunities. Spreading the ball will pull the CDM out wide and you already have a useless CM, unless he is the Engine specialty (most likely not). Make sure you have pacey wingers/good crossers of the ball and 2 strikers. That should do the trick.
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-2-2, 4-3-3 (Attack), 4-3-1-2, 4-1-2-1-2 (Wide), 3-4-1-2 (a bit risky, but worth a try)
Unlike the other listed 4-3-3 alternatives, the 3 CMs try to contain the ball and distribute effectively. This formation begs the help of the RB and LB moreso. This is rarely used in online game play because there is so much space to get around the midfield – play the ball wide or behind the midfielders. Overlapping full backs can be exploited quite easily. Having a lot of players in the attacking third will cause this formation a lot of trouble. Try to have more midfielders to make your job even easier.
Use these formations to counter: 4-5-1, 4-4-1-1, 4-2-3-1, 5-2-2-1
4-3-3 (False 9)
Barcelona walked over Europe with one of the most effective formations in the last decade. The CF is the most pivotal piece because they have excellent vision, passing and scoring ability. This player has a knack for scoring – they drop deeper to help out then find the spaces behind a defense or know when to take that all important shot. The wingers have to be fairly quick and possess excellent dribbling to beat a player one on one or cut inside for one-twos with the CF. Let’s just say they are the sneaky part of this formation.
The strength of the team lies with the CDM and the CF; they form a diamond with the CM’s providing quick passes and a heavily possession based game. What would happen if you put a line through that diamond? Exactly! You would cut the strength of that diamond. The formation which emerged in most recent years that totally annihilated Barca was the 4-2-3-1.
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-3-1, 4-3-1-2, 4-1-2-1-2, 5-2-2-1
The 4-3-1-2 parallels the 4-3-3 (flat) in the midfield and the defense, however it adds a more direct approach in attacking. The CAM is the key man here. He is able to coordinate with the 3 CMs and be able to do distribute to the strikers. The strikers can run at the CBs or draw them wide. This allows for the CAM to open the game or even take a shot. You need to zone out the CAM in order to be effective here. If you can stop his assistance in the middle then you can win easily. Having 2 CDMs will control this CAM, so use formations that have have both 2 CDMs and wingers to stretch out the 3 in the middle.
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-3-1, 4-2-3-1 (wide),4-3-3 (Defending), 3-5-2, 4-2-2-2,
Ok, let me not dwell too long here, but this is easily one of my favorite formations. It has all the key ingredients to score goals effectively. The target man at strike is a very good finisher or strong, and the RF and LF can stretch the back line with blistering pace. This formation relies less on crossing and more on shooting and through balls. The two forwards are the most important players here, so I suggest the same tactical counter to stop the attacking force – 2 CDM!
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-3-1, 4-2-3-1 (wide), 4-3-3 (Defending), 4-2-2-2
Note: I wouldn’t use the 3-5-2 here with fast forwards because they can easily run wide and stretch your team. Having the cover on the wings (LB and RB) will be far more effective against this formation. Also, playing 5 in the back is not very effective because the forwards will rip the CBs apart (trust me).
The 4-4-1-1 formation was heavily used around a decade or so ago, much like the 4-4-2. It is quickly dying out because world football has been enriched by a more tactical game and not just long balls for counterattacking plays. However, if you were to find someone using this formation, beat them in the midfield. Any formation with numbers in the middle will quench the attacking approach by the CAM and the striker. The midfield doesn’t support as well because they are lying deep in the middle and trusting the LM and RM to press down the flanks. If you stifle the passers in the middle, you take control of the game. I prefer using 2 forwards against this formation.
Use these formations to counter: 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2, 5-3-2
You are much more likely to see someone use this formation than the 4-4-1-1 because of the supporting striker roles. The additional striker can present a problem depending on the trait or specialty they may have. I would recommend using at least 1 CDM and have a midfield that is spread wide to cover the LM and RM. The formation is fairly flat so any formation that can maximize passing behind the midfield. The CMs are pass first midfielders (not so defensive minded) so having midfielders with strength will pay huge dividends.
Use these formations to counter: 4-1-3-2, 4-2-3-1 (Wide), 3-5-2, 3-4-3
You want to frustrate your opponent? Here’s the formation! It has so many people spread across the midfield it becomes tedious to track down the ball. It can beat you in a few ways: (1) The 3 CM can pass well to the striker, out wide or among themselves (2) The LM and RM drop to support the midfield but are itching to push the ball wing (3) You tend to forget that there is a striker up top. He only links up for the final touches or shot at goal.
This can easily become a possession based game. There’s not much you can do about that. I suggest focusing on the 3 CM and let your LB and RB worry about the LM and RM. I want to also remind you that the formation is really flat, so have players that can score up top! You may only get a few good chances.
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 (flat), 3-4-3, 5-3-2
Conceptually, this formation has the right idea, but it has too many gaps why not a lot of people use it. World football is more tactical and having only 1 natural CM is a disaster waiting to happen. However, this formation has merit. The LM and RM can stretch ball game quite easily and link up with the RF or LF. The formation relies heavily on triangle passes. By nullifying their passes, the formation falls apart quite easily. Because you only have one CM, additional midfielders will overwhelm that person, but don’t forget the LF and RF – they are the true danger. Using 2 CDM is a must and 2+ CMs will put the game right in your hands.
Use these formations to counter: 4-3-3 (Defensive), 4-2-3-1, 4-2-2-2, 4-1-2-1-2 (Wide)
With a wide and potent array of attacking options in FIFA (i.e. REAL MADRID), it is only natural that you would want to use 5 if not 6 defenders. The formation has great defensive shape in the LWB and RWB being able to support the defense but also are able to trigger a counter attack down the wings. They are great at tackling and cross very well. The effortless transition for the wingbacks and support of the CM makes this formation very deadly. This is basically a defensive-minded 3-4-2-1, but perhaps even more deadly.
Playing against 5 defenders isn’t easy, I agree. Here’s a few tips.
Find out how to defend the most apparent attacking threat – the CAM and two strikers. Having at least 1 CDM is a must to keep your GK from working too much.
Cover the wings against counterattacks.
Get players behind the opponents CMs
Use these formations to counter: 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2, 4-2-2-2, 4-1-4-1
This formation offers the same attacking explosion as other formations with 2 wingers and a striker. This formation is even more deadly on the counter than a 5-2-1-2 because the forwards can link up with the wingbacks, CMs or striker very easily. Please note that the wingers don’t play as wide as in other formations; they are a little closer to the striker in order to provide support.
If you can ostracize the CAM in the 5-2-1-2 then you don’t have to really worry about the striker, but this formation has two deadly weapons that can stretch your defense and score. Since the wingers are wide out just focus on the midfield game. If you have 4 defenders you should be more than equipped to win the ball from your opponent.
Use these formations to counter: 4-1-3-2, 4-3-3 (Attack), 4-3-1-2, 4-3-2-1
Understanding how to circumvent this formation takes a little know-how. Alright, the formation is ALMOST the ultimate defense. It clogs the middle with 3 CMs and has the 5 defenders right ahead of the keeper. What is remarkable using this formation is your opponent switch between a 5-3-2 to a 3-5-2 (flat) when going from defending to attacking. If you’ve gotten this far through the “full guide” you know that the weak point in the formation is the wings, right?
The wingback position is the most vulnerable and must be exploited at all costs to win. Any formation that has a flat middle or wingers will be suitable to overcome the 5-3-2.
Use these formations to counter: 3-4-3 (best to pressure the wings), 4-5-1, 4-4-2 (Flat)
Last, let’s talk about the newest formation in FIFA, the 5-4-1. This is by far the most compact formation in the defense and midfield. This formation is similar to 4-5-1 in some aspects. The midfield is clogged and your have a lone striker up top.
Of the two, the 5-4-1 is more defensive however it can be even more so deadly. The LWB and RWB play directly behind the RM and LM providing excellent support. This allows the team to build easier moving up the pitch with out allowing a lot of space. You will also see a lot of overlapping runs. The two CMs are also very dangerous. They are great distributors and have great vision to spring the forward into a goal scoring opportunity or playing the ball over on the wings. The greatest struggle is that CBs don’t push up the field.
So, how can we defeat this defensive struggle? Don’t park the bus! With all the advice I’ve given above, there is one clear gaping hole to exploit – the middle! The lone striker can be controlled by the CBs. You need to put enough players (4) in the middle to tire your opponents midfield. An easy way to find a lot of space is passing the ball out wide behind the wingbacks who may be further up the field slowly tracking back. pass out wide whenever you have space and back in to stretch their back line. Final advice, take a lot of shots!
Use these formations to counter: 3-4-1-2 (I believe this is the best to counter this formations strengths), 3-4-3, 4-4-2 (flat)