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What are the best formations in FIFA 21?

Are you looking for the best FIFA 21 formations to dominate in FUT Champions or do you just want to be the best FIFA player in your friend group? Well you are in the right place, here we will be taking an in depth look at all the FIFA 21 formations and giving you an honest opinion on which is the best formation for you. Thats right for you because there is no best formations the game it al depends on your play-style which formation you should choose so stay tuned and get ready to become a FIFA tactics expert.


3-1-4-2 is a formation in FIFA 21 best used when your trying to win a match by a few goals while conceding few or no goals. It is a fairly conservative formation where you rely on a defender to push up and and assist midfielders on Attack and Defense. The Right midfielder and Left midfielder act as wingbacks in this formation and provide the width for crosses into the box where the two power forwards can header finish. 


3-4-1-2 is a FIFA 21 formation that is Especially useful in matches where you are attempting to win by keeping the possession of the ball in the center of the pitch and looking for attacking opportunities with piercing through balls to the 2 forwards up front. You should use this formation if you have a creative "number 10" that can make accurate passes at shorts range and leverage the double striker partnership up front.


3-4-2-1 is a FIFA 21 formation that is essentially an attacking focussed variety of of the 3-4-1-2. However, the 3-4-2-1 has more strikers (A Number 9 and two Central forwards) and is intended for the games where you are attempting to dominate the match and win by scoring more than one goal. This Formation sacrifices defense for offense so beware not to be caught on the counter when playing this formation.


3-4-3 Diamond is a FIFA 21 Formation that is for matches where you need to focus on a balance between and attacking and defending. The formation is essentially the same as the 3-4-3 Flat, yet in 3-4-3 Diamond you have a CAM and a CDM rather than two CM players, so it assists you have faster link up play and box to box counter attacks.

3-4-3 FLAT

3-4-3 Flat is a FIFA 21 Formation best used in games where you need to focus on attacking and scoring goals. In this offense focussed formation, your midfielders are required to support the attack but also come back on defense to prevent the 3 centre backs from getting overloaded. Having just 3 safeguards implies that if the rival group gets through the midfield, they will have a more prominent opportunity to score than with a more standard formation, like 4–3–3 or 4–4–2. This formation should be used by players who want to focus on outscoring their opposition and dont mind conceding a few goals in the process.


3-5-1-1 is a FIFA 21 Formation that is perfect the matches where you need to focus on scoring lots of goals. Similar to the 3-5-2, however in 3-5-1-1 formation you have two CF at your disposal instead of having a striking pair playing side by side. The alignement of the Forward players helps create penetrating through-balls and generating fast counter attack momentum. This formation works best for players who like to put lots of crosses in the box or play straight down the middle in fast counter play.


3-5-2 is a popular FIFA 21 formation that is best used in the games where you want to focus on possession football and building progressive attacks to siege your opponents in the their own half of the pitch. This is a well balanced formation that relies heavily on the wing-backs providing width and passing options to ensure a high percentage of possession throughout the game. Make sure to use custom tactics to instruct the Wingbacks to join the attack and comeback on defense. Playing in this formation is likely to make your opponents rage and throw their brand new controller straight at the TV.

4-1-2-1-2 NARROW

4-1-2-1-2 Narrow is a formation in FIFA 21 that is essentially a variation of the 4-1-2-1-2 Wide where the wingers are brought in towards the inside to play the role of Midfielders (CM). This formation is a popular choice if you want a strong counter attack while remaining very compact in the midfield to stop any piercing through balls. You should play this formation if you dont mind sacrificing ball possession in exchange for a stable defense and excellent counter attack potential.

4-1-2-1-2 WIDE

4-1-2-1-2 Wide is a formation in FIFA 21 that is basically a variety of the 4-1-2-1-2 Narrow with much more width since the two midfielders are replaced by wingers respectively. Due to the additional width from the RM and LM this formation has a stronger counter attack potential than its Narrower variation however it does leave you more open in the midfield to quick one two passes or piercing through balls. 


4-1-3-2 is a Formation in FIFA 21 that is essentially another variation of 4-1-2-1-2, yet in this arrangement there is no wings in the midfield, which implies the flank midfielders could be focal midfielders (CM) as their jobs are more amassed in the focal point of the field and they stay nearer to one another in contrast with 4-1-2-1-2 Narrow. This is a great formation to choose if you like the counter attack potential of the 4-1-2-1-2 Wide but you want to have a stronger presence in the midfield.


4-1-4-1 is a formation in FIFA 21 is a defensive variety of 4-4-2 and requires a solid CDM. This permits the excess 2 midfielders to play farther forward and all the more forcefully, and furthermore permits them to pass back to their cautious mid when setting up a play or recuperating from a counterattack. The 4–1–4-1 gives a solid presence in the center of the pitch and is viewed as a defensive formation due to overload in the mid and compact structure of the defensive line. You should play this formation if you want to concede few or no goals while still having a solid foundation for attack through the midfield and down the wings with crosses to the center forward.


4-2-2-2 is a formation in FIFA 21 that provides a balanced offense and solid defensive options with two CDMs linking the play or playing a box to box depending on how you want to utilize them. This is a very flexible formation that creates lots of goal scoring opportunities through the middle of the field and is well suited to players who want a good balance of offense and defense. 

4-2-3-1 NARROW

4-2-3-1 Narrow is a Formation in FIFA 21 that is very well balanced in attack, midfield and defense. Although the formation appears to be very defensive at first it is also very flexible in attack because the Full backs can join the attack and provide overlapping attacking options or crosses into the box. This is one of the best formations in FIFA 21 because it is so difficult to break down yet it still has significant threat upfront due to the overlaps on the wings. 

4-2-3-1 WIDE

4-2-3-1 Wide is a popular Formation in FIFA 21 that is a more defensive alternative to the 4-2-3-1 Narrow. You will use this formation in games where you need a solid defense and the ability to score on fast transitions or good hold up play from the center forward. The extra wingers midfielders provide a more compact midfield that is hard to breakdown, making this formation the ideal choice if you want to play conservative football or are just trying to hold out a 1-0 lead for an entire second half. 


4-2-4 is a Formation in FIFA 21 that focuses on offence over defence and is perfect for players who want to score lots of goals and don't mind sacrificing midfield control. Using this formation, you will have plenty of attacking option; however, you can easily be caught on the counter-attack if your finishing is not clinical enough. This formation used to be very popular however these days with the FIFA meta being all about Pace, 4-2-4 just leaves too much space for fast players like Mbappe to squeeze through the defenses and get in behind on long balls. 


4-3-1-2 is a formation in FIFA 21 that emphasises relentless attack through the middle via 3 offensive-minded midfielders. This formation is truly one of the best in the game at the moment because it offers plenty of attacking options going forward while retaining a solid compact midfield and defence to swiftly dissolve any counter-attacks your opponents throw at you. The strong presence in the attacking third of the field is constantly applying pressure to your opponent's defence, making it difficult for them to generate any momentum or build attacks. While this formation does excel due to the high press tactics, you will still be vulnerable to long balls out to the wings where a pacey player can cause all sorts of problems with all that unmarked space.


4-3-2-1 is a formation in FIFA 21 that is also commonly called the "Christmas Tree" formation due to its funky shape. Essentially the formation is an attacking variation of the 4-3-1-2 this time with two CF and a central striker providing even more goal-scoring threat going forward but also leaving you open to counter attacks on the wings. Great formation to switch to at half-time if you are 2 or 3 goals down and you really need to get a goal on the scoreboard. 

4-3-3 ATTACK

4-3-3 Attack is a Formation in FIFA 21 that focuses on maximizing the attacking potential by having 3 players in the final third of the field, an ST, RW and LW. The special factor and what distinguishes this formation from the standard 4-3-3 flat is that you have a CAM that will help create more scoring opportunities at the cost of sacrificing some defensive stability. Overall this formation is a good variant if you want to score lots of goals and don't mind conceding a few goals as well. 

What is the Best FIFA 21 Formation?

The complete guide of all the FIFA 21 formations. All accessible formations in FIFA 21 Online Friendlies and Kick Off, including our ratings on their effectiveness on Offense and Defense. If you are looking for the best FIFA 21 formation in the game or the current meta Ultimate team formation you are in the right place. The chart below sums up our ratings on how these formations perform once you are on the pitch. Choose the formation that suits your play-style.

 3-1-4-2 ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 3-4-1-2 ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 3-4-2-1 ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
 3-4-3 Diamond ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
 3-4-3 Flat ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
 3-5-1-1 ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 3-5-2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 4-1-2-1-2 Narrow ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 4-1-2-1-2 Wide ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 4-1-3-2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 4-1-4-1 ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 4-2-2-2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 4-2-3-1 Narrow ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 4-2-3-1 Wide ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 4-2-4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 4-3-1-2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 4-3-2-1 ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 4-3-3 Attack ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
 4-3-3 Defend ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
 4-3-3 False 9 ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
 4-3-3 Flat ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
 4-3-3 Holding ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 4-4-1-1 Attack ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 4-4-1-1 Midfield ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 4-4-2 Flat ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 4-4-2 Holding ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 4-5-1 Flat ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐
 4-5-1 Attack ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 5-2-1-2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 5-2-3 ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
 5-3-2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
 5-4-1 Diamond ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐

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