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FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations Guide – Reviews and Work Rates

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations Guide - Reviews and Work Rates

 
 

Do you want to know which one is the best formation to bring more success to your FUT 14 club ? If so, you need to read this FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations Guide.

Even if you have made ​​that decision, be sure to read this article. You will find that the options are many and there is always room for improvement.

 
 


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How to Choose the Right FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formation for your Club

 

Before even starting to sign players, you should start by setting the formation that will implement on your squad. If you leave the decision for later, you will not equip your squad with players who really need and you will be penalized in the individual and squad chemistry. You can solve the problem by buying new players and, in certain cases, positioning cards but the investment will be very high.

 

There is not a better formation than other. All of them have strong and weak points. You should decide which one is better to you.

The most common question is: How do I decide the formation that I’ll use ?

There is no one exact answer, but you should consider a few factors:

 

  • What is your play style ?
  • Do you often attack by the wings ? Do you enjoy possession ? Do you have a patient style ? Do you often play in counter-attack ?

  • With which formation you are most familiar and which ones you like most ?
  • There is any formation that let’s you more comfortable ? Did you have better results with some formation ?

  • Into which formations the players that you think are essential fit ?
  • The attributes and skills of your essential players can be better used in some of the formations?

  • What are the formations best suited to the goals you set for your FUT 14 clubs?
  • Do you want to try to win all the matches even taking risks or do you will be happy even not winning all the matches ?

 

 

 
 
 

The twenty five FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations

 

There are 9 new formations in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team.

For each formation we will explain how it works and will bring you the main advantages, disadvantages and which popular clubs use it. But there’s more! We will suggest, for each position the work rates and attributes that we think are more important.

 

Click over the formation to learn more about it.

 
 

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations Guide

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3-4-1-2

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: –

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-1-2

One of the less popular formation. The key element of this squad is the CF. You should invest some coins on a really good player for this position.

Very attacking formation.

Defensively weak and susceptible to dangerous counter-attacks.
Needs pacy defenders and wingers with a medium defensive work rate.

OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 3-4-1-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Pace Defending
CB C Medium High Defending Heading
CB L Low High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM L Low High Defending Heading
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CF Medium Medium Passing Shooting
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 

 
 

3-4-2-1

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Napoles, Fiorentina.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-2-1

Similar to the 3-4-1-2 formation, with a change to the forward players. Even less popular than the previous one.

Very attacking formation with three players right in front.

Defensively weak and susceptible to dangerous counter-attacks.
Needs fast defenders and wingers with a medium defensive work rate.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 3-4-2-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Pace Defending
CB C Medium High Defending Heading
CB L Low High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM L Low High Defending Heading
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
RF High Medium Pace Shooting
LF High Medium Pace Shooting
ST High Low Shooting Passing


 

  

3-4-3

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Wigan.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-3

Similar to 3-4-2-1, with the change of forwards to wingers.

Attacking formation.
It offers plenty of width in attack which makes it suitable for those who love crossing.

Defensively weak and susceptible to dangerous counter-attacks.
Needs fast defenders and wingers with a medium defensive work rate.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 3-4-3 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Pace Defending
CB C Medium High Defending Heading
CB L Low High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM L Low High Defending Heading
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
RW High Medium Pace Passing
LW High Medium Pace Passing
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

3-5-2

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Juventus, Brescia, Pádova.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-5-2

One of the most solid formations. The key element of this squad is the CAM. You should invest some coins on a really good player for this position.

Very compact formation that provides 5 or even 7 elements to defend when you need to hold on a result.
Suitable for those who like to dominating.

The RM and LM need to have winger attributes but also medium defensive work rate.
Inadequate if the opponent plays with fast wingers.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 3-5-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Medium High Pace Defending
CB C Medium High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
CDM R Medium High Passing Defending
CDM L Low High Defending Heading
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CAM Medium Medium Passing Vision
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 

  

4-1-2-1-2

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: AC Milan, SL Benfica, Galatasaray, DC United, Columbus Crew.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-1-2-1-2

The most popular of all FUT 14 formations. Widely used in real football, this formation in diamond shape has the CAM as key element.

Good defensively since sometimes CDM plays like a CB. Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.
Balanced formation that offers defensive security in midfield.

Too narrow.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 4-1-2-1-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM Medium High Defending Passing
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CAM High Medium Passing Ball Control
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 

  

4-1-2-1-2 (2)

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: –

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-1-2-1-2 (2)

Variation of the very popular 4-1-2-1-2 that let players control the midfield. It is even more narrow than the original, giving them a much tighter diamond.

Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.
Suitable for those who like quick feet and passing style.

Too narrow.
Needs good full backs since the wings get very exposed.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-1-2-1-2 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM Medium High Passe Defending
CMR High Medium Passe Dribbling
CAM High Medium Passe Dribbling
CML High Medium Passe Dribbling
ST R High Medium Shooting Pace
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 

  

4-1-4-1

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: FC Bayern

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-1-4-1

The only completely new formation on FUT 14. It is very similar with the 4-5-1 (2) but the CDM in front of the back four gives more security on the defence.

Very organised and solid midfield build up.

Lacks a little attack
The striker may needs support. CM’s should have high attacking work rate.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-1-4-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM Medium High Defending Passe
CMR High Medium Passe Dribbling
CML High Medium Passe Dribbling
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

4-2-2-2

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: São Paulo, Anzhi, América, Monterrey, Nantes, FC Seoul.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-2-2-2

It is one of the most balanced formations. Similar to 4-4-2 but with players more qualified to defend and others to to attack.

Have enough players when defending or attacking.
Suitable for anyone who likes to have possession of the ball and to anyone who likes to give freedom to CAM’s.

The CAM’s play on the wings and may not have the required attributes.
Requires some practice time to become familiar with the formation.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 4-2-2-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM R Medium High Defending Passing
CDM L High Medium Passing Pace
CAM R High Low Passing Dribbling
CAM L Medium Medium Passing Pace
ST R High Medium Shooting Pace
ST L Medium Low Passing Shooting


 

  

4-2-3-1

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Real Madrid, Chelsea, Spurs, Schalke 04, O.Lyon.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-2-3-1

Formation much appreciated by the FUT 13 players. Allows multiple offensive options but with the security of two CDM in defence.

It has three types of attacking players increasing the range of offensive possibilities.
Two CDM’s give plenty of cover at the back.

The CAM’s play on the wings and may not have the required attributes.
The CDM’s can become very tired because they are forced to defend and to fill empty midfield.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 4-2-3-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM R Medium High Defending Passing
CDM L High Medium Passing Pace
CAM R High Low Passing Dribbling
CAM L Medium Medium Passing Pace
CF High Medium Passing Shooting
ST High Low Shooting Pace


 

  

4-2-3-1 (2)

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: West Brom and Borussia Dortmund

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-2-3-1 (2)

The most requested of all FUT 14 formations. A more attacking wider variation of the 4-2-3-1, that converted the wide CAM’s into natural wingers.

Two CDM’s give plenty of cover at the back.
Suitable for short passing style as well as fast counters

Needs a really good player to play as a CAM, the key position.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-2-3-1 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM R Medium High Defending Passe
CDM L High Medium Passe Pace
CAM High Medium Passe Dribbling
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

4-3-1-2

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Aston Villa.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-1-2

One of the formations most recommended for those who like to play through the middle. The key element of this squad is the CAM. You should invest some coins on a really good player for this position.

The CAM and the two ST make this formation extremely dangerous in attack.
Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.

Very narrow formation. Crossings hardly happen.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 4-3-1-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM C Medium High Passing Defending
CM L Medium Medium Defending Pace
CF Medium Medium Passing Dribbling
ST R High Low Shooting Pace
ST L High Medium Shooting Pace


 

  

4-3-2-1

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Paris SG, Inter, Bayer Leverkusen.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-2-1

Similar to 4-3-1-2 but with two CF’s and only one ST or similar to 4-3-3 but the left and right forwards are tucked inside rather than to the wings.

It is wider in the attack than 4-3-1-2.
Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.

A bit narrow formation, specially on the midfield.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 4-3-2-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Defending Pace
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Defending Pace
CM R High Medium Pace Dribbling
CM C Low High Defending Passing
CM L High Medium Pace Dribbling
RF High Low Passing Pace
LF High Low Passing Pace
ST High Low Shooting Pace


 

  

4-3-3

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Arsenal, Ajax, FC Porto and Santos.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3

One of most famous formations on FUT 13. Earned greater notoriety for having been adapted by Barcelona in last years.

The closeness and the balance of the six men from the front allows safe passing game between them.
Chance of fast attacks on the wings.

Only one ST may be insufficient.
Insufficient players that help the back four.



OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 4-3-3 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CM R High Medium Pace Dribbling
CM C Low High Passing Defending
CM L High Medium Pace Dribbling
RW High Low Passing Pace
LW High Low Passing Pace
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

4-3-3 (2) HOLD

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: –

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3 (2)

The first of the new 4-3-3 variations offers a holding defensive midfielder anchor in the midfield.

Chance of fast attacks on the wings.
Good defensively since sometimes CDM plays like a CB.

Only one ST may be insufficient.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-3-3 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CM R High Medium Passe Pace
CDM Low Medium Passe Defending
CM L High Medium Passe Pace
RW High Medium Pace Passe
LW High Medium Pace Passe
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

4-3-3 (3) DEFEND

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: –

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3 (3)

This defensive-minded 4-3-3 variation offers two holding defensive midfielders and one centre midfielder in the midfield

Two CDM’s give plenty of cover at the back.

The three attackers get too lonely.
Wingers need to cover more field. Midfield is too isolated.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-3-3 (3) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CDM R Medium Medium Passe Defending
CM High Medium Passe Pace
CDM L Medium Medium Passe Defending
RW High Medium Pace Stamina
LW High Medium Pace Stamina
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

4-3-3 (4) ATTACK

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: -.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3 (4)

The probably most attacking of all FUT 14 formations is a variant of the 4-3-3 that turns one of the midfielders into an attacking midfielder to support the front three.

Suitable for those who want a very attacking formation.
The closeness and the balance of the six men from the front allows safe passing game between them.
Chance of fast attacks on the wings.

Too attacking formation for most of the players.
Huge empty space between midfield and the defence.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-3-3 (4) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passe Defending
CAM High Medium Passe Dribbling
CM L Low High Defending Heading
RW High Medium Pace Passe
LW High Medium Pace Passe
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

4-3-3 (5) FALSE 9

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Barcelona, AS Roma, Liverpool and Swansea

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3 (5)

The final 4-3-3 variant offers a deeper-lying center forward position to hold possession and help build-up the attacking play.

Balanced formation that is suitable for those who like to run at defenders.
Good defensively since sometimes CDM plays like a CB.

Wingers need to be able to cut inside and look to get at goal.
Not a good formation for crosses.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-3-3 (5) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CM R High Medium Passe Pace
CDM Low Medium Defending Heading
CM L High Medium Passe Pace
RW High Medium Pace Shooting
LW High Medium Pace Shooting
CF High Low Pace Shooting


 

  

4-4-1-1

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Manchester United, Atlético de Madrid, Valencia, Queens Park Rangers, Málaga.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-1-1

Widely used in the world of football and in the Barclays PL in particular. Similar to 4-4-2 but one of ST backs for CF.

Better for a passing team and less direct.
The CF can be used to be the creative force or to break up play.

The CF drops too deep and leaves you isolated up top.
Some of the mid fielders should have good defensive attributes to help the back four.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 4-4-1-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CM R Medium Medium Passing Vision
CM L High High Stamina Defending
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CF High Medium Passing Shooting
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

4-4-2

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Manchester City, Newcastle United, Borussia Monchengladbach, Basel, Mónaco, Celtic.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-2

The classic formation. Widely used in the world of football and the second most used in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. Organised structure of defenders and mid fielders moving as a line up and down the pitch.

The safest option for those players not too sure on what formation to go with.
Solid and good for attack through the middle or on the wings. Fullbacks can support wingers.

Formation a bit predictable for opponents.
Some of the mid fielders should have good defensive attributes to help the back four.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-4-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
RM High Medium Pace Drible
CM R Medium Medium Passing Vision
CM L High High Stamina Defending
LM High Medium Pace Drible
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Low Pace Shooting


 

  

4-4-2 (2)

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: –

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-2 (2)

A more defensive variation of the classic 4-4-2 with two defensive midfielders in place of the usual centre midfielders.

Two CDM’s give plenty of cover at the back.
Suitable for those who like wide counter attacks.

Lacks creative play in the midfield.
Needs fast wingers.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-4-2 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
RM High Medium Pace Passe
CDM R Medium High Defending Passe
CDM L High Medium Passe Pace
LM High Medium Pace Passe
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Medium Shooting Pace


 

  

4-5-1

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Southampton, Lazio, West Ham.

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-5-1

Formation that puts 5 players in midfield, two of them supporting the striker. For many years, it was the favourite formation of many European teams.

Suited to players who prefer to build play patiently.
Probably the best formation for who wants to keep the ball.

Not good for direct play and long ball styles.
CM often tends to get lost and caught out of position.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 4-5-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CM Medium High Passing Defending
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CAM R Medium Medium Passing Dribbling
CAM L High Medium Passing Shooting
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

4-5-1 (2)

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: –

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-5-1 (2)

The 4-5-1 variation adds more midfield steel. The three centre midfielders make it harder to break down on the counter and leaves less gaps for the attack.

Suitable for those who wants to keep the ball.

Only one ST may be insufficient.
CM’s may need to help the back four.


OUR SUGGESTIONS TO A 4-5-1 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passe Dribbling
CM Medium High Passe Defending
CM L Medium Medium Passe Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

5-2-1-2

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: –

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-1-2

Formation used by fewer FIFA 14 Ultimate Team players. Similar to 5-2-2-1 but with two ST with a more creative CF option.

Strong defence with space for wing backs to run into.
The best formation for who likes to play in counter-attack.

Can be narrow attacking wise limiting options.
It depends too much on CF so he must be really good.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 5-2-1-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB C Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
RWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
LWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
CM R Medium Medium Passing Vision
CM L High High Stamina Defending
CF High Medium Passing Shooting
ST R High Medium Shooting Heading
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 

  

5-2-2-1

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: Monarcas Morelia

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-2-1

One of less popular formations on FIFA 14 Ultimate Team. Similar to 5-2-1-2 but with 1 up top supported by a left and right forward either side.

Probably the formation more solid defensively.
Suitable for who likes to play in counter-attacks.

Very weak if the opponents put many players in the midfield.
The RF/LF’s may have to help the CM’s.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 5-2-2-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB C Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
RWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
LWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
CM R Medium Medium Passing Vision
CM L High High Stamina Defending
RF High Medium Pace Shooting
LF High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  

5-3-2

Popular clubs that usually use this formation: –

FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-3-2

The most solid and balanced formation of 5 defences. Although seemingly defensive formation can become a very offensive.

Strong defence with space for wing backs to run into.

Can be narrow attacking wise limiting options.


OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 5-3-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB C Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
RWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
LWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
CM R High Medium Passing Pace
CM C Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM L High Medium Passing Pace
ST R High Medium Shooting Heading
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 
  

To choose a formation is a step much more important than many gamers think. It can make the difference between winning and losing many matches. Choose well …

 
 
 

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Joel Jackson
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Joel Jackson
Oct 21, 2013 5:22 pm

Hey Rodrigo

am a fan of your work and research into the game, am currently playing a Prem 41212 wide and am using your tips and they are a great help so thanks for that, but i want to make a la liga team what formation do you thinks best ?

James
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James
Oct 23, 2013 7:15 am

Hey Rodrigo, what would be some good strikers (15k n under) to use in a 4231 (2) formation

Wtek
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Wtek
Jan 31, 2014 9:37 pm

Hey, man I’m building a bayern team with lewandowski, gotze, kroos if, schwienstiger, ribery, robben, lahm, boateng, dante, alaba, and neuer. What’s the best formation for them? I’m thinking 4-2-3-1 (2), but also 4-3-3 (4), or 4-1-4-1. Out of those three which ones the best, or do you suggest another formation? Reply soon please!

Chris
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Chris
Oct 23, 2013 5:09 pm

Thanks for writing this up. It’s extremely detailed and useful. I have a question though. I am evaluating a few different formations and creating some different squads with them to test them out. Vertonghen and Kompany are normally my CB’s of choice in most of my squads but they don’t have the particular work rates that you recommend? I am wondering what you think is most important, using beastly players like Vert and Kompany or using a lesser player with the correct work rate? 4-1-2-1-2 is the one I’m currently playing with.

Thanks.

Raul Civiski
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Raul Civiski
Oct 24, 2013 4:53 pm

Dude your site is unbelievable. About the formations i have a question about the in game formation.

In this version, unlinke the FUT 13, its possible to change/edit the formations when in game, and for these changes to take effect is necessary to save the formation. However next day when i’m going to play the formation is not saved. This is normal ? And if it isn’t, there is something i can do to change that ?

Just one more thing, about that quick formations do you have any tutorial?

Thanks

Gerardo soto
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Gerardo soto
Oct 30, 2013 3:37 am

Hey rodrigo What is the main formation toluca (mexican team) ue

Cuma Dekis
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Cuma Dekis
Oct 30, 2013 10:10 pm

Hey Rodrigo,

first I’d like to thank you for this epic formation guide. It helped me a lot !
Now I would like to ask you something else.
In the part to the 4-1-2-1-2 ( with LM and RM ) you wrote the formation is narrow. Can you explain that a bit closer please, because isn’t it quite wide through the LM and the RM. I’m just asking because I wasn’t sure. And do you have any other negative aspects for this formation?
And another question would be :
My squad is quite ok ( in my opinion ) with the 4-1-2-1-2 formation which is one of my favourite formations. But it ( my squad ) is a bit better when I use the 3-5-2 formation. Now, I’m insecure that with the 3-5-2 formation my defense is too weak. What would you say to that?
And very last question ( 😀 ) what is your favourite formation of all 25? So the formation you play with. Which one would you prefer in general?

So, these are my questions to you and I hope you have time to answer them. If not, already thanks for reading!

All in all this is a very good guide. Thumbs up!

Greats from Germany! ( I think you already realized it through my language writing skills 😛 )

Dekis

Asim
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Oct 31, 2013 5:01 pm

Hi I don’t know which formation to use 4-1-2-1-2 or the 3-5-2 both work just as well for me but I’m want to make a Bundelisga team and my budget in fifa 14 ultimate team is 35000 which formation would work well with a Bundelisga team with a 35000 coins and also you have to think about the work rate too which is why I need your help

Elber
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Elber
Oct 31, 2013 5:14 pm

Great article
What formation you use ?

Dan
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Dan
Nov 1, 2013 2:22 pm

Really good guide – thank you ! im struggling with my back four in 442. Ive followed your suggested work rates for 442 however would it still work if i used MED/MED fulbacks with one pacey MED/MED CB too and one MED/HIGH CB to cover ? essentialy the same as the rates you have outlined but would probably sit not quite so deep ?
Thank you

Mike
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Mike
Nov 3, 2013 6:58 pm

Every 4 or 5 atb using med-med workrates…some of the best off the ball runs and players are high med..especially 5 atb u need a high med

Erwin
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Erwin
Nov 3, 2013 7:28 pm

Hi,

You are doing a realy Nice Job with your tips.
I have a question, i only play with barca but i dont like the 433 formation.
I want a more solid one and i was thinking about the 442 formation.
Do you think it will work or do you have a alternative formation with 2 st and a solid formation what could work with Barça?
Last question, i dont like the tactics off Barça either because when i play for example against real i get 2 many trough balls and bale and cr”7 killin me, how can i stop that by chanching tactics.

Thank for your time, sorry for the english i am from Holland and i did not finish college.

Thank u greetz Erwin

lars
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lars
Nov 4, 2013 1:14 pm

Hey, im gonna build me a BPL squad, but i dont know what formation. What formation should i go for? 4-4-2, 4-1-2-1-2, 4-2-3-1 or one of the 4-3-3?? What the difference of this formations?

Ove
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Ove
Nov 4, 2013 8:31 pm

Im in 4. Division in online seasons. I have 100 k to build a team. Whats playing style is 4-3-3 (2) and playing style for 4-4-2? And what legane should i go for if i choose 4-3-3(2) and what league if i choose 4-4-2?

lars
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lars
Nov 4, 2013 9:57 pm

Whats league is best with 4-4-2 ?
Please answer as fast as possible. Tnx

Emirhan
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Emirhan
Nov 5, 2013 2:32 am

Hi rodrigo, thanks for all the effort you’ve put in for great formations in FIFA 14. I’ve made a team with the 4-2-3-1 (2) formation in Seria A. I play on ps3, if you can, can you make improvements to the team? Good strengths, workrates, and you know all the other stuff. Maximum 30k.. Have a look at my team and reply asap pls! 🙂 + have a look at my bench and decide who’s in the starting 11.. http://www.futhead.com/14/squads/2076932/

Vokr
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Vokr
Nov 5, 2013 8:22 am
Hello Thanks a lot for your analysis and your website. I have difficulties to find my formation. For the moment I play a 4-5-1 with Argentina Higuain/Milito Palacio Tevez Gaitan Zanetti/Salvio/Pastore Lucho Ansaldi Garay Coloccini Zabaleta Caballero And one thing i like the most in this team is to forward pass from RM into the run of Palacio behind defenders or Tevez who is everywhere (but not enough in an dangerous position). The striker is there in order to be a control tower for headshot on a cross or pass in the run of a CAM and the same in Ligue 1 Gomis Valbuena Cabella/Gourcuff Alessandrini/Ayew Lucas Joao Maxwell Alex Nkoulou Marino Ruffier I think I play the 2 teams in the same way but i have more difficulties with this one. So, i am not sure that this is the best formation for me I like to make forward pass behind defenders I like to have the choice to cross with wingers or to cut inside and goal I like to have a solid defense I hate to see 2 ST look at each other (I prefer to have only one) I have difficulties when the play is stopped to dribble defender, i need to have the ball always on movement. I like to have to BIG shoot from outside the box Maybe you can help me to help me choose a better formation? (if i am not requested the perfect formation :p ) Or maybe to tell me what is wrong in my actual teams Thx a lot
adrian
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adrian
Nov 5, 2013 10:59 am

Hi…nice website
I am really struggling to find a formation to suit me. I am in div 3 (online seasons). I am a very impatient player….and want quick counter attacks. I don’t usually win in possession. I have a pretty solid epl team feat. Van persie..What 3 formatioms would u recommend for me (in order plz)
Thanks

seppo1000
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seppo1000
Nov 5, 2013 12:07 pm

Very nice article, thank you. I have a question for you, my build-up play happens through the wings, what formations would you suggest for me to try?

adrian
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adrian
Nov 5, 2013 9:24 pm

What about a 2 striker formation?

james
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james
Nov 6, 2013 6:14 am

HI! Im looking for a formation for me. I am very attacking, pretty impatient and like to play down the middle! any suggestions?????

Vokr
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Vokr
Nov 6, 2013 10:20 am

Not sure we will see my reply, so i repost here :
So, i try 2 formations yesterday
– 4411 : not fan of it, results were good but not really fun. Too slow and a lack of run into the box
– 433 (2) : i know that you advice me to take 433 (3), but 2 CDM is too much for me. Very fun too play, i can cross or i can use wingers to cut inside… I have always the choice to do what i want. I put Valbuena in CM with Cabaye and they are awesome.

I need to change some things to use it with my team from Argentina.
Is it silly ST or CF (Tevez, Messi…) as Wingers? Because i will lost a lot in chemistry?
My LW with best foot Left and my RW with best foot Right, with the 2 with 4 stars in Weak Foot, is it better to change side or to keep them in their right side? (hope EA will add side change cards)

Thx in advance

lars
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lars
Nov 6, 2013 2:37 pm

I like to attack trough the middle and on the winger. I like to cross and score on crosses. What formation?

lars
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lars
Nov 6, 2013 2:37 pm

How is the 3-5-2?

lars
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lars
Nov 6, 2013 8:21 pm

Now im gonna build me a 4-2-3-1 (2) BPL squad! I have to use much money on a CAM, is Kagawa good enough??

Ove Green
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Ove Green
Nov 7, 2013 2:12 pm

Hey, I like to attack trough the middle and on the winger, and i like to cross and score on crosses. What formation?

Diogo Silva
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Diogo Silva
Nov 7, 2013 7:14 pm

Ola Rodrigo saudações benfiquistas
Tenho uma equipa da BBVA um 433(4)
EE:Guardado
ED:Alexis
PL:Diego Costa
MCO:Isco
MC:Koke e Modric
DE:Jordi Alba
DD:João pereira
DC: Miranda e Pepe
GR:Courtois
estou a ter muitos impates que achas que deva mudar?

JANUZAJ auuu beast
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JANUZAJ auuu beast
Nov 7, 2013 9:08 pm

Om gonna build me a squad. But i dont know what i gonna choose, 4-1-4-1 or 4-3-3 (2) HOLD?? Can you tell me little about this formations?

Steve
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Steve
Nov 8, 2013 2:34 am

Hello I need epic help! Right so I made a full Bor Dortmond team with some BM players but I always seem to struggle in defence no matter what. My attacking play is the only thing that is winning me games but I think it’s down to formation. Iv sold that team and have around 140k coins or so and I’m going to make a EPL team what formation and players would you recommend me? Bare in mind I love passing and build up play but my defence needs work.

Damien
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Damien
Nov 8, 2013 10:17 pm

Hi, I was looking for a formation. My play style; counter attacking, attacking player and am impatient and don’t really like do build up my play. I would prefer a 2 striker formation, but whatever’s best plz recommend 😀

Doug
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Doug
Nov 8, 2013 10:20 pm

Hello, nice guide! Would u recommend a 442 or 442(2) in general for a player who has more of a counter attacking play style??

sukh
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sukh
Nov 9, 2013 1:08 am

hi, I’m a bit confused as to what formation to use, hope you can help me.

I like to have lots of the ball and give the opponent little chances if possible. I prefer to pass and score but also like to score heading goals.

Im currently using 4-1-2-1-2, and is working well but i feel a little bored with this formation because i only counter attack and dont have much possession.

finally, if you know, how do you get the players to press the other team like barca or bayern, my players never do it!

Thanks

james
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james
Nov 9, 2013 5:23 am

top 5 formations in fifa 14?

Gib
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Gib
Nov 9, 2013 6:35 pm

i like to play with through ball and cross from the wing side, is there any formation that suit to do passing offence??

Ove Green
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Ove Green
Nov 9, 2013 11:00 pm

can you say some formations that are amazing in defence and amazing in attack?

Thomas
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Thomas
Nov 10, 2013 12:26 pm

Hey Rodrigo! Very good analysis, really usefull..

I was wondering if it is possible to play with two different formations in one team. I can hear you think: of course you can do this! But my question is actually if it possible to save your custom formation settings?

If i save it in the formations menu, it keeps on changing. For example: If i play Hazard with high att work rate and low def work rate in 3-5-2, this is also the case in my other formations…

I hope you understand my question…

Thanks!

JANUZAJ auuu beast
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JANUZAJ auuu beast
Nov 10, 2013 7:49 pm

Hey. I have 80k to build a team, im gonna use 4-4-2! What league is the best for 80k and 4-4-2?????

Counter attack
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Counter attack
Nov 11, 2013 1:34 pm

Hey, i have 80k and gonna build me a team! I like fast Counter attack! What league and what formation should i use?

Ove Green
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Ove Green
Nov 11, 2013 7:23 pm

what about a possesion formation? what formation can i use for possesion and counter attacks?

JANUZAJ auuu beast
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JANUZAJ auuu beast
Nov 11, 2013 8:50 pm

Hello. I think i go for 4-1-2-1-2! Can i keep possession with that formation? I just have 75k so i cant have Yaya Toure! So who can i use at CDM?

Please answer fast;-)
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Please answer fast;-)
Nov 12, 2013 2:34 pm

What formation is Jose Mourinho use in all the team he is coaching? I like hes playing style!

Christoffer Andersson
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Christoffer Andersson
Nov 12, 2013 3:02 pm

Hello Rodrigo!

Nice guide and I was just wondering which 4atb formation is best suited for me.
I can’t score on headers and I like to play through balls. I’m also very good at one two’s. What formation do you suggest could fit me best?

Jokke04
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Jokke04
Nov 12, 2013 3:28 pm

Hey, i like to play through the middle on counter attacks! What formation and what league?

haustein
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haustein
Nov 12, 2013 5:14 pm

Hi Rodeigo. Very nice article!!
I now is the lucky person to have both Neymar (ST) and Messi i the same squad. But I don’t know which formation is the “Best” to get most out of Messi??
Please help?

Haustein

Jokke04
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Jokke04
Nov 13, 2013 6:25 pm

why have you written that Real Madrid, Chelsea and Dortmund use 4-2-3-1?
they all use 4-2-3-1 (2)!! do i have right?

Serhan
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Serhan
Nov 14, 2013 8:46 am

hi rodrigo i have two team bblva and ligue 1 which formation work? ligue1? and bblva? thank you

municheast
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municheast
Nov 14, 2013 10:37 am

I like to play with fast counter attacks after I won the ball in the defense.
If I need to build up (e.g. after goal kick), I like to play over the wings.

What’s a good formation?

Jokke04
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Jokke04
Nov 14, 2013 7:59 pm

What playing style is 4-2-3-1 (2) and how is the 4-4-2? Difference?

Canaca
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Canaca
Nov 15, 2013 2:44 am

Have you ever tried a 3-2-3-2 formation lile this ? Because I have been using it in and is very good defensively and attacking is awesome, I have not received gols since I started using it.
The two cdm’s go back to defend as cb so it is a 5-3-2 when defending.
Please tell what do you think
#. St #St

#. Lm #. Cam #rm

#.Mcd #Mcd

#.Rb #. Cb #rb

Alex
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Alex
Nov 15, 2013 3:49 am

Hi Rodrigo!
How I can improve my team:
4-5-1

Neuer
Alaba-dante-hummels-pizchek ( anyone in 100k limit)
Reus-kroos-gundogan-schweinsteiger-blaszczykovski(subs: Draxler,Muller, Boateng, anyone in 100k limit)
Lewandovski(subs: Gomez, Aubumeyang)

I tried a lot of formations with different teams but didnt choose yet.
What’s the best formation for those players?
I like to play pass with possesion

Thanks

Alex
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Alex
Nov 15, 2013 4:15 am

What you think about 4411 with Prince Boateng on CF?

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