Custom Tactics Tips and Guide

FIFA 16 attacking custom tactics and getting them right is a great way to get your team set-up and playing exactly how you want them. Many of the experienced players who play online seasons, FUT and Pro Clubs will use these tactics to their advantage. It only takes a couple of minutes to set them up then you can easily change the whole strategy of your entire team to suit whichever style of play you suits you or the game scenario you find yourself in best.

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There are 3 main items here which are build-up play, chance creation and your defensive settings. You can set these sliders to whichever level you want depending how you want your team to play. You get to choose a number between 1-100 for numerous different items within the 3 categories we listed above.

For attacking play your main focus will be on the build-up play and the chance creation settings.

Build-up play lets you select settings such as speed, passing style and player positioning.

Chance creation lets you select settings such as passing, crossing, shooting and player positioning.

Defence lets you select items such as pressure, aggression, team width and organisation.

So, as you can see, you get a wide variety of choices to set your teams up a certain way. By adjusting these slider settings you can get your team defending deep and breaking quickly when in possession to achieve that counter attacking style to perfection. If you want to pressure the ball high up the pitch to try and win the ball back quickly as teams like Dortmund and Barcelona do this can also be achieved. The options are limitless.

We have fully explained several different styles of play you can adopt with slider settings for EVERY category available in our FIFA 16 guide (available to purchase through the site). That means you can just simply copy these styles to get your team playing a certain way.

FIFA 16 custom tactics allow you to have one style assigned which you can put on before you kick-off, or in game, via team management and then tactics tab.

We hope you can use these basic FIFA 16 custom tactics tips to get more success from the game and really take control of your team on the pitch.

26 Responses to Custom Tactics Tips and Guide

  1. Alan Evans says:

    Why am I getting dominated all over the pitch in fut with a good team against crap. My fast defenders can’t keep up with slow players and my fast forwards get caught easily by slow players. It lags like mad as well, so far I’m not impressed at all

    • Sam Ward says:

      Snap am through on goal again defaults am sprinting and they catch me and tackle me yet at other end when there through my defaults don’t catch them and this is in pro club its as if there set to catch me. And shielding the ball when there not going for in 10 foot away is a free kick its obstruction but fifa deem it to be okay. Also you can set handballs on or off on your setting but online there off? Whats point in having them?

      • FIFA Expert says:

        Sam, we agree that it is rather frustrating, they have obviously pumped most of their resources into FUT this year (which makes them so much money it’s scary). Understandable, but frustrating for the people who love and play PC, us included.

        Regarding Handballs, they occur so frequently offline when they are switched on it is very unrealistic and annoying. Doing this online would result in 3 or 4 penalties per game we’d imagine.

      • u can set hand ball on or off at game setting by sticking to game rules

    • Medi says:

      It is called handicap mate

  2. Nelson Escada says:

    Hi Fifa Expert! I purchased the FIFA Expert’s FIFA 14 Guide Bundle yesterday evening and I havnt received my copy yet. I have your confirmation email but no copy of the guide. Can you please forward it to this email? Also please can you forward it with the messi theme? Thank you

  3. Wez says:

    Hi Fifa Expert, I was wondering if you could help me out, I have difficulty creating chances in the final-third of the field (I play world-class difficulty), I find that either the middle of the pitch is crowded or there is very little support so I am either forced to go out wide and cross the ball to score (Crossing is far too over-powered imo) or I lose the ball. My tactics in the final third are:

    Passing: 55
    Crossing: 30
    Shooting: 60

    I want to play intricate; 1-touch; defence splitting passing, but I cant seem to do it. Any suggestions?

    • FIFA Expert says:

      Move the ball around quickly in the final third, this will open up gaps in the opposition defence, play slow and patient and then strike when you see the gap. Use lots of 1-2’s to keep the opposition moving and trying to guess when you’re going to play that killer ball.


  4. trevor says:

    i cant seem to attack with the 4321 formation ever time i try go down the wing i get stop are run into a defender

  5. martin says:

    when i try to go forward my striker wont come forward he stays in the middle or goes to the wingers or I wont be able to pass the ball because of his postioning.

  6. Alex says:

    Is there anyway to get your team to play better when you sim game? Because even with the better players I hardly win. I change custom tactics and formation but im not sure if it makes a difference!

  7. Lazarus says:

    Hi Fifa Expert,
    I play online games a lot. (Fifa 15) though I must admit I’m not very good at it!
    What I’ve commented below is not a complaint, but what I’ve experienced so far.
    I bought your guide 2 weeks ago.and changed the control’s (PS3) configurations according to your settings. But it hasn’t changed or improved my game.
    Still losing matches by 4-0, 5-0. Since you don’t mention the benefits/reasons of changing the settings, I’ve reverted to the normal settings – more used to that.
    Opponent’s players always run faster, tackle harder and are quicker on the ball than mine. Even Bale cannot outrun the defender who always catches up to him and tackles the ball away! And the number of sliding tackles every online player makes without getting fouled is unbelievable! ( nothing to do with your guide by the way).. just my observations.
    None of the Custom Tactics settings seem to help.
    Your guide is very informative and in-depth, but sadly it hasn’t helped me much so far in winning games.
    So I’ve come to the simple conclusion that I’m Just a Bad Player.
    Hoping your guide will eventually improve my game in the long run..

    • jimbo says:

      Basically just stick your agression bar up to 100, shooting up to 77, passing to 67, build up speed to 65-70 and passing up to 65-66 and you shoukd find that your players will perform a lot better but bare in mind these are customtatics for 4312 formation with 2 90+ paced strikers

    • tony says:

      first off, if your just running with R1 your making a huge mistake you should sprint with the right analog stick while you simultaneously hold the R1 button then use the 4-3-3 formation its basically the best in fifa 15. Then this is the serious part the custom tactics is the key, this is a pandoras box so be very careful. your build up play should be 75 this makes your players ping the ball around faster and your passing should 30 make it short and simple it confuses opponents when combined with the build up speed at 75 next is the chance creation this should be at 75 the crossing is entirely useless but i use it once in a while so i keep it 40 the shooting should be at 80 this makes the player almost ready quickly to get a shot in. the pressure should be 20 so your defenders can sit in deep this distrust aerial balls of which is the easiest means of getting through on goal next is aggression i suggest you make this 40 as anytin less than 33 will make your defenders reluctant to tackle an opponent and anytin above 66 will make them charging into every pass your opponents make there by making it easy to create a space in your defensive line and also any tackle made in the 18 yard you giving away a cheap penalty next is the team width i make this 65 so my entire team coverage on the pitch will not be loose and makes me get the ball back easily when ever i loose it last one choose cover not offside trap hope these help your all out there to improve your technique.

  8. DAN DAVIES says:

    Anyone have a guide for 352 for custom tactics? Not sure what to put
    Many thanks

  9. Mark says:

    FIFA 16 is so boring. I have been playing it since day one only in career mode on legendary level and it’s driving me crazy the cpu is so negative. I’m on ps4 and I like a traditional English game that’s fast open and attacking. I don’t want ping pong passing for the match. I’ve just about given up with this game. It is so frustrating, but above all its boring.

  10. Antonio says:

    How do limit or stop your goalkeeper from coming out of the box to get a ball? 9 out of 10 time it fails and it gives the opponent a free goal.

  11. johngreenan1984 says:

    Hi there ive got an 85 rated spanish team but when i tell my full backs alba and alves to stay back when attacking then always end up half way up the pitch

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