FIFA 17 Formations Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team

FIFA 17 Formations Guide for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team

 
 

There are 25 FIFA 17 Formations. They are all different and we will explain them here, one by one.

 
 

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FIFA 17 Formations

All the 25 formations of FIFA 17 Ultimate Team
 

As we already said, there are 25 formations in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.

For each formation we indicate when it was introduced in Ultimate Team, explain how it works, identify the Most Similar Formation, show you the main advantages / disadvantages and suggest how to play against that formation. But there’s more! We suggest, for each position, the work rates and attributes that we think are the most important.

 

Click over the formation you want to learn more.

 


 
 


 
 
 

3-4-1-2

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 3-5-2
Best formation to play against 3-4-1-2: 4-1-2-1-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 3-4-1-2

One of the less popular formations. The key element of this squad is the CAM. 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 fast defenders and wingers with a medium defensive work rate.

 

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 3-4-1-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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
CAM Medium Medium Passing Shooting
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 

 
 
 
 

3-4-2-1

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 3-4-3
Best formation to play against 3-4-2-1: 4-5-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 3-4-2-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 3-4-2-1
Best formation to play against 3-4-3: 4-2-2-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 3-4-3 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 3-4-1-2
Best formation to play against 3-5-2: 4-3-2-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 3-5-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 4-1-2-1-2 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-1-2-1-2: 4-5-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 4-1-2-1-2

The most popular of all FUT 17 formations. 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 FOR A 4-1-2-1-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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)

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 14
Most Similar Formation: 4-1-2-1-2
Best formation to play against 4-1-2-1-2 (2): 4-5-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 4-1-2-1-2 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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 Passing Defending
CMR High Medium Passing Dribbling
CAM High Medium Passing Dribbling
CML High Medium Passing Dribbling
ST R High Medium Shooting Pace
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 

  
 
 

4-1-4-1

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 14
Most Similar Formation: 4-5-1 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-1-4-1: 3-4-3

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 4-1-4-1

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 FOR A 4-1-4-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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 Passing
CMR High Medium Passing Dribbling
CML High Medium Passing Dribbling
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 
 

  
 
 

4-2-2-2

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 4-1-2-1-2 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-2-2-2: 3-4-1-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 4-2-2-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 4-2-3-1 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-2-3-1: 3-5-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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Formation much appreciated. 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 FOR A 4-2-3-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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)

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 14
Most Similar Formation: 4-2-3-1
Best formation to play against 4-2-3-1 (2): 4-4-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 4-2-3-1 (2)

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 FOR A 4-2-3-1 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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 Passing
CDM L High Medium Passing Pace
CAM High Medium Passing Dribbling
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-3-1-2

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 4-2-1-2 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-3-1-2: 4-3-2-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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. Crossing of the ball hardly happens.

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-3-1-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3
Best formation play against 4-3-2-1: 4-4-1-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 4-3-2-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3 (2) and 4-3-3 (4)
Best formation play against 4-3-3: 4-1-4-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 4-3-3

One of most famous formations. Earned greater notoriety for having been adapted by Barcelona in last few 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 FOR A 4-3-3 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 14
Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3 (5)
Best formation to play against 4-3-3 (2): 4-1-4-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 4-3-3 (2)

The first of 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 FOR A 4-3-3 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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 Passing Pace
CDM Low Medium Passing Defending
CM L High Medium Passing Pace
RW High Medium Pace Passing
LW High Medium Pace Passing
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (3) DEFEND

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 14
Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-3-3 (3): 4-1-4-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 4-3-3 (3) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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 Passing Defending
CM High Medium Passing Pace
CDM L Medium Medium Passing Defending
RW High Medium Pace Stamina
LW High Medium Pace Stamina
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (4) ATTACK

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 14
Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3
Best formation to play against 4-3-3 (4): 4-4-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 4-3-3 (4)

The one of the most attacking of all FUT 17 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 FOR A 4-3-3 (4) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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 Passing Defending
CAM High Medium Passing Dribbling
CM L Low High Defending Heading
RW High Medium Pace Passing
LW High Medium Pace Passing
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (5) FALSE 9

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 14
Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-3-3 (5): 4-4-1-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 4-3-3 (5) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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 Passing Pace
CDM Low Medium Defending Heading
CM L High Medium Passing Pace
RW High Medium Pace Shooting
LW High Medium Pace Shooting
CF High Low Pace Shooting


 

  
 
 

4-4-1-1

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 4-4-2
Best formation to play against 4-4-1-1: 4-5-1

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 4-4-1-1

Widely used in the world of football and in the Premier League 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 FOR A 4-4-1-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 4-4-2 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-4-2: 4-5-1

Attack
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Defence
⚫⚪⚪
Counter-Attack
⚫⚫⚪

 
FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 4-4-2

The classic formation. Widely used in the world of football and the second most used in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team. Organised structure of defenders and midfielders 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 FOR A 4-4-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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)

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 14
Most Similar Formation: 4-4-2
Best formation to play against 4-4-2 (2): 3-5-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 4-4-2 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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 Passing
CDM R Medium High Defending Passing
CDM L High Medium Passing Pace
LM High Medium Pace Passing
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Medium Shooting Pace


 

  
 
 

4-5-1

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 4-5-1 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-5-1: 4-3-3 (2)

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide - 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 FOR A 4-5-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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)

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 14
Most Similar Formation: 4-5-1
Best formation to play against 4-5-1 (2): 3-5-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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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 FOR A 4-5-1 (2) TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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 Passing Dribbling
CM Medium High Passing Defending
CM L Medium Medium Passing Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

5-2-1-2

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 5-3-2
Best formation to play against 5-2-1-2: 3-5-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
⚫⚫⚫

 
FIFA 17 Formations Guide – 5-2-1-2

Formation used by fewer FIFA FUT 17 players. Similar to 5-2-2-1 but with two ST with a more creative CAM 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 CAM so he must be really good.

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 5-2-1-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 5-2-1-2
Best formation to play against 5-2-2-1: 4-2-2-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide – 5-2-2-1

One of less popular formations on FIFA 17 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 RW/LW’s may have to help the CM’s.

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 5-2-2-1 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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
RW High Medium Pace Shooting
LW High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

5-3-2

 

Introduced in Ultimate Team: FUT 09
Most Similar Formation: 5-2-1-2
Best formation to play against 5-3-2: 4-4-2

Attack
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Defence
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Counter-Attack
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FIFA 17 Formations Guide -  5-3-2

The most solid and balanced formation of 5 defenders. 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 FOR A 5-3-2 TEAM
POSITION WORK RATES (1) 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


 
 
(1) The work rates are merely indicatives because they depend of your preferences and play style.

 
 
 

New Stuff

 

For experienced Ultimate Team gamers, most of what we have published here isn’t new. In that way, we have created this short chapter to show what has changed with formations:

 

FUT 16 >> FUT 17

  • There are no changes

 

FUT 15 >> FUT 16

  • There are no changes

 

FUT 14 >> FUT 15

  • Many links were removed

 

FUT 13 >> FUT 14

  • Added 9 new formations
  • Player’s formation cards were removed
  • Manager’s formation cards were removed
  • Formation no longer has impact in chemistry

 
 
 
 
 
 

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. This guide gives you all the tools you need to decide well.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ramon
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Bom dia! Estou usando a 3-5-2 e tem dado certo. Fiz 4-0 na minha estréia online. Este é o meu time: http://www.futhead.com/17/squads/610722/
No banco coloquei algumas opções mais em conta para quem não tiver muitas coins.
Desde já vos parabenizo pelo excelente trabalho no site. Abraço!

Kareken
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What’s the biggest difference between 4-1-2-1-2(narrow) and 4-3-1-2? I mean i know it’s a CDM for a CM. But is there anything else to it?

Badman1
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really nice guidem i’m not that good at the but i enjoy it. i don’t really know what playing style i have still trying to figure it out. i enjoy trading and made some coins. i tried many formations but i’ve made my best squad yet, what do you think? 41212(2) De Gea, Alba, Ramos, Smalling, Walking, Rakitic, Turan, Modric, IF Gameiro, Suarez, and Greizmann. The team feels so good! Hunter on Suarez and Greizmann, Engine on Gameiro, Shadow on Turan, Modric, Ramos, Smalling and Walker, Anchor on Alba and Glove on De Gea.

Badman1
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hey Rodrigo my team is nice i’m having a hard time in build up. also it’s. hard to keep control of the ball. i pass pretty good and have about 55 to 60 possession but when i get close or in the box i lose the ball. i either pass it to my opponent and don’t get a shot off. i’m not a skiller but i can do a few…. stop and turn, fake shot, body feint….. i love possession and passing and pace lots of pace. if i can get by the defense. i will most likely score. what advice can you give me also what team (players) and formation would you recommend. please please. can you help? i’m so frustraded having a gr8 team but still sub standard!

Badman1
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p.s. i have a untradeable Martial and Hummel, i also have Kante, Toure. i’m willing to sell and start from scratch

Barry
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YUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-4-2 TEAM
Rb and LB with medium/high workrates? LIKE RLY? please tell me what RB and LB should i use with that workrates.. for my BPL team.. fokin Holgate? 😀

Anthony
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I like playing 4-4-1-1 I like the defensive structure of a 4-4-2 with a narrow team width custom tactic. I like using the CF as a pivot in the half space between the ST but I have question would you play a target man in CF to win the balls in the air to support the striker and play it like a inverted 4-4-2 or play with a attacking midfielder in the CF role and play it like a 4-2-3-1. Great guide by the way helped me find the best formation for my play style.

RMCG
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Olá Rodrigo,

Obrigado pelo teu guia. Está 5* 🙂

Estou a utilizar a formação 4-3-3, Serie A. Tenho algumas questões para as quais gostaria de obter o teu feedbackopinião:

1) Pretendo alterar o LW para LF e o RW para RF. Vale a pena fazê-lo usando jogadores como Mertens e Cuadrado?

2) Sempre gostei de trocar os alas para poder flectir para o meio e mais facilmente conseguir disparos de qualidade (LF para a direita e RF para a esquerda). Actualmente e tendo em conta os alas referidos vale a pena fazê-lo em troca da chemistry perdida?

3) Que tipo de roles devo dar aos jogadores nesta formação?
– LB e RB devem ter indicação para nunca subir?
– LWLF e RWRF devem ter indicação para entrar nas costas?
– Os 3 CM’s (CML, CMC, CMR) devem ter que tipo de comportamento?

4) Relativamente à custom tatic podes pf recomendar algo que se funcione bem com esta formação? O meu estilo de jogo é bastante ofensivo, mais pelo meio com muito passe e corte.

Se ajudar de alguma forma fica abaixo o meu plantel actual:

GR Joe Hart
RB Alessandro Florenzi
CBR Kostas Manolas
CBL Kalidou Koulibaly
LB Patrice Evra
CMR Allan
CMC Sami Khedira
CML Kwadwo Asamoah
RW Juan Cuadrado
LW Dries Mertens
ST Carlos Bacca

Subs e Reservas

GR Perin
RB Basta
CB Rudiger
CB Astori
LB Stefan Radu
CM Borja Valero
CM Gary Medel
CM Éver Banega
RW Antonio Candreva
LW Gomez
ST Manolo Gabbiadini

Muito Obrigado pela ajuda e se tiveres mais algum input que possa ajudar pf não hesites!

Cumprimentos,

Malik Faiq
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Hi Rodrigo.. What is Passe?

Dominic C
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Need a op great fut champs squad I have 750,000 coins please help terrible at making squads

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