Best Formations

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These attacking formation tips for FIFA 17 will help you get your team playing a lovely attacking brand of football across all game modes.

One of the most popular formations, on FIFA, is always variations of the 4-3-3. You’ll come up against this formation probably 50% of the time on FUT and the reasons are obvious. It’s a good way to get your team playing quick, attacking football, you’re rarely going to be outnumbered in the midfield and you’ve got great width to create problems for their full backs, if they’re playing with them.

What the 4-3-3 offers, is a good way to combat most other formations which is another reason for it’s popularity. Our Tactical guide goes into greater detail about 21 different formations on FIFA 17.

See example below for a little snippet.

This is an example of a formation breakdown from our FIFA 17 tactical guide, which is a purchasable PDF/Ebook file available for a very reasonable price (£3.99).

It features 21 full formation breakdowns, as well as custom tactics tips, player instructions, AND vintage team set-ups!


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FIFA Expert’s Recommended work rates:
Right Back – Med / High
Left Back – Med /High
Right CB – Low / High
Left CB – Low / High
Right CDM – Low / High
Left CDM – Low / High
Right CAM – High / Low
Left CAM – High / Low
Right Striker – Med or High / Low
Left Striker – Med or High /Low

Strengths: A huge variety of attacking options with, in effect, a front 4. A very balanced formation and you’ll always find that you have good numbers of players when defending or attacking. This obviously leads to you having lots of viable options when attacking. The 2 CDM’s provide great cover and with 2 hard working full-backs you’re going to be defending with 6 players (plus your GK) which will make you extremely hard to break down.

Weaknesses: The 2 CAM’s will tend to be positioned in wider areas where they more often than not are not suited. They favour central areas which can leave a lack of wide options. Couple this problem with 2 low attacking work rate full-backs and you’re really going to struggle getting any wide play going. If you’re someone who likes to cross the ball in lots then I would suggest avoiding this formation. Another potential problem will be getting caught shot defensively, this is a huge problem if you have CDM’s with high attacking work rates and can lead to a cluster of players in the CAM position which is obviously easier to defend against.

Key player/position: The 2 CDM’s. You can break this formation down into three sections. A front 4, a back 4 and 2 holding midfield men. Obviously the 2 are down on numbers so it is pivotal that you have 2 strong players in that area of the pitch.

Most suited style of play: Medium to fast build-up play. Longer passes to get the ball into the front 4 as quick as possible as there are a lack of numbers in central areas.

Comprehensive individual player instructions are also provided with our guide for our top 5 formations that were voted for by you. The guide features 150 pages of tactical advise to get you playing exactly the way you want. Combine with our two other guides (Gameplay & Game Modes) to get a lovely discount on all 3 guides for FIFA 17.

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