FIFA Formations

Best formation to use in FIFA 14

The best formation in FIFA14 depends on your style of play and the players you have need to really fit that formation. Having this knowledge will help you win more games of FIFA. We recommend 4-2-3-1 as the most balanced formation across all platforms and game modes. However for PS4 XboxOne Head to Head we recommend 4-1-3-2 and for Ultimate Team 3-5-2. We prefer 2 strikers in NextGen to work 1-2 play and use small lob through balls. To combat all the Lob through balls 3 centre backs help stop more of them. Unfortunately EA have failed with FIFA14 even on nextgen for the gameplay abuse.

Below is our FIFA formation guide. There are lots of formations in FIFA but not all are available on Ultimate Team.

Check the tactics section on how to set attack and defence strategies such as chance creation mentioned for each below. These are very important and need to match your style of play.


The classic formation of English teams and used by many around the world to be attacking and defensive. Rather than focusing on a creative player who can freely move about the pitch it is a more organised structure of defenders and midfielders moving as a line up and down the pitch. If creating custom tactics use Organised chance creation so the strikers stay as the threat.

Advantages- Solid and good for attack through the middle or on the wings. Fullbacks can support wingers. Two strikers.

Disadvantages- No designated defensive midfielder. Some midfielders might be set to low defence work rate and not defend.


Almost same as 4-4-2 to use on FIFA but not as good. If you have a very creative forward who likes to dictate the game and roam around like Cantona famously did then this is the formation for you. Better for a passing team and less direct. Try attacking with Freeform chance creation.

Advantages- Solid and slightly more defensive than 4-4-2. The CF can be used to break up play or be the creative force.

Disadvantages- No designated defensive midfielder. Some midfielders might be set to low defence work rate and not defend.


Our favourite on FIFA 13 but not in FIFA 14. Because wings give so much space now due to defensive intelligence being weak. Can use Cam or wings to attack holes. Set custom tactics to Freeform chance creation to enable your CAM to influence the game and move around the pitch in attacks.

Advantages- Has the CDM and CAM for fast build up down the middle. CAM can link the two strikers playing 1-2s to slice through defences. The CDM gives great cover at the back.

Disadvantages- Slightly predictable as most attacks will be down the middle.


Made famous over the last few seasons by Barcelona this is an attacking formation which relies on good passing between the front 6. More for experienced FIFA players who know how to create fast attacks. If using this the middle CM needs to be a defensive player. You also need wingers with stamina to help out the midfield. Best using Organised chance creation unless wingers are great finishers.

Advantages- Has close midfielders for triangle passes with high wingers to stretch the play.

Disadvantages- Not strong in midfield and only one main striker.


Similar to the 4-3-3 but the left and right forwards are tucked inside rather than to the wings. If you have a passing team with creative forwards can work well or if using a target man as the main striker. The forwards will run ahead of knock downs and through balls. Difficult tactic to use but more effective if using Freeform chance creation.

Advantages- A close forward three can work short balls to find gaps often 2 v 1 against a centre back.

Disadvantages- Not strong in midfield and no wide players. Very narrow formation.


Again a very narrow formation this time revolving around the CF. This player is key to creating the chances and players should look for him as often as possible. Chance creation again on Freeform to allow CF to roam around.

Advantages- CF is in the hole so hard to mark. Two strikers and the CF can create lots of through ball situations.

Disadvantages- Hard for midfield three to get up and down pitch to create width.


A favourite of many FIFA players as it is very attacking but uses two defensive midfielders. If those two are strong attacks can be made via longer balls or through them on the counter. If set to Freeform or Organised chance creation any back four will struggle to know how to defend against them.

Advantages- Three different types of attacker all high up the pitch. Long ball down middle works well.

Disadvantages- Two CDMs will become tired if a team attacks wide often.


A creative formation designed for slick passing. Depending on the opponent strengths and weaknesses the CAMs can attack inside or outside working 1-2s round defenders and lobbed balls over the top. Use Organised chance creation to keep strikers up top.

Advantages- Very attacking with freedom for the CAMs to influence. Excellent for ball position and 1-2 passing.

Disadvantages- CAMs not naturally good wingers for crossing. Takes a while to get used to the positioning.


This is very hard to break down in FIFA. The sitting CM can hold with the right and left midfielders allowing the top three to create damage. Or the two wide players can push forward to cross. Try custom tactic set to Organised chance creation to keep the players in best positions.

Advantages- Packs midfield when defending . Good with top attacking midfielders.

Disadvantages- Not good for direct play and long ball styles. More for patient build ups.


A defensive tactic relying on wing backs to boost the midfield. Can be used as a counter attack tactic with pacey left and right forwards. Can also join wingbacks into attacks. This tactic works best with a big target man as striker to knock the balls onto the two forwards. Best to use Freeform chance creation.

Advantages- Lots of defensive cover and good if have excellent left and right forwards.

Disadvantages- Hard to play possession game in midfield. Forwards need to help midfielders.


Same as above but this time two strikers with a more creative CF option. This can be a really good formation especially if only two of you in pro clubs as it gives the strong defence with two strikers and attacks through the middle. Turn crossing to low for this formation in custom tactics. Organised chance creation and play through the middle direct or passing.

Advantages- Strong defence with space for wingbacks to run into. CF with two Strikers can hurt teams on counter.

Disadvantages- Hard to build up play if CF weak or marked. Can be narrow attacking wise limiting options.


Because can’t edit formations this just becomes a defensive formation in FIFA. Options to attack on counter or direct with a target man. Chance creation on Organised for this one.

Advantages- Strong central attack. Solid defence and good if have attacking wingbacks.

Disadvantages- Lacks natural width for attack and no creative CAM or CF.


Good to stop . Freeform chance creation here lets go for that goal.

Advantages- Good for dominating midfield and lots of attacking options to outscore your opponent.

Disadvantages- Only three defenders leaving space down wings. Left and right mids need to have defensive skills.


This is very attacking if going all out for a goal. With a CF to pull the strings and two strikers and potential wingers you can really push forward with this formation. Found it better than 3-5-2 on FIFA 13. Keep the chance creation freeform to create havoc.

Advantages- Pushes opponent back. Great attacking options from various players.

Disadvantages- Gaps down wings, a big problem in FIFA 13.


With two CAMs this creates a christmas tree type attack. The sitting CM can hold with the right and left midfielders allowing the top three to create damage. Or the two wide players can push forward to cross. Try custom tactic set to Organised for defending and attacking to keep the shape.

Advantages- Packs midfield when defending but gives every option for attacking. Excellent with top attacking midfielders.

Disadvantages- Not good for direct play and long ball styles. More for patient build ups. Gaps down wings again


Good for going for goals and trying to score more than opponent. It is pretty much what Barcelona still use so if you want to attack this could be for you.

Advantages- 1 striker lets this down unless its Ronaldo or someone exceptional. Great for possession football but need very good players.

Disadvantages- If you aren’t good enough opponents will drop balls over the top into big spaces.

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