Best Defensive Formations

It’s hard to defend on FIFA 17 so use these formation tips to help you get better at defending and stop conceding as many goals.

5-3-2
This set-up might be frowned upon by a lot of FIFA players and you may get some stick for it but, the truth is, it’s extremely useful, especially on FIFA 17. Use this formation as well as pressing left on your direction pad to make your team defensive what this will do is force your wing backs to hold their position and will encourage your midfield 3 to drop in to defensive midfield positions also.

We use this from time-to-time to close out games in the final 10/15 minutes. When you get the ball you have so many options because of how compact your team will be that keeping possession should also become easier and help you see out the game.

Below is another 5 at the back formation and this, again might be frowned upon but, if you’re conceding goals and really struggling defensively, then use these tips. We have 21 formation samples and explanations like the one below in our Tactical Guide which can be bought through the site today.

Please note: Individual player instructions are also provided with the guide for our top 5 formations.

5-2-1-2

Recommended work rates
Right Wing Back – Med / High
Left Wing Back – Med / High
Right CB – Low / High
Left CB – Low / High
Central CB – Med / High
Right CM – Med / Med
Left CM – Med / Med
Right Forward – High / Low
Left Forward – High / Low
Striker – High / Low

Strengths: As with any 5 at the back formation you’re strengths are going to be a solid defensive set-up. This is probably one of the best counter attacking formation in the game. The reason for this is the 5 defenders allow for your midfielders to push on a support the front 3 and forget about their defensive responsibilities as such. The CF can work brilliantly by dropping into ‘the hole’ behind the 2 STs which would hopefully see the defensive structure of the other team fragment a bit so you can then use the CFs passing ability to get one of your STs a good chance on goal.

Weaknesses: This formation can leave you chasing the ball for the vast majority of the game if you come up against a good passing player. It is very weak against teams that pass about the midfield because you will likely be outnumbered 2 against 3 sometimes even against 4 or 5. If you aren’t comfortable soaking up pressure and like to be on the ball more than your opponent then avoid using this formation.

Key player/position: We have selected the CF for this particular formation for one very good reason. Pick a CF with a medium/high defensive work rate as well as a high attacking work rate and they’re going to be a real asset to your team. If they can drop in to help the 2 CMs but also work forward to find space in behind the two STs then you’re going to have a very difficult CF to contain. Bad news for your opponents.

Most suited style of play: Defensive set-up with strong possibilities for counter attacking.



We hope you found these FIFA 17 formation tips useful and, as we said before, if you want even more of our best detailed tips, these are all available in our 3 FIFA 17 guides which you can find more information about by clicking the picture below.

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