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Formations Guide for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team

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To choose the right formation is very important to achieve success in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. We help you with our 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.


How to Choose the Formation for your FIFA 13 Ultimate Team 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 chemistry of the team. You can solve the problem by buying new players and formation cards but the investment will be very high.

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 playing style ?
  • with which formations you are most familiar and which ones you like most ?
  • your budget allows you to bet on more expensive formations ?
  • the players that you think are essential fit into in which formations ?
  • what are the formations best suited to the goals you set for your FUT 13 club ?



All the Formations for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team


The formations of FIFA 13 Ultimate Team remained the same as previous versions. Check out, one by one, the sixteen FUT 13 formations:

  • 3-4-1-2
  • 3-4-2-1
  • 3-4-3
  • 3-5-2
  • 4-1-2-1-2
  • 4-2-2-2
  • 4-2-3-1
  • 4-3-1-2
  • 4-3-2-1
  • 4-3-3
  • 4-4-1-1
  • 4-4-2
  • 4-5-1
  • 5-2-1-2
  • 5-2-2-1
  • 5-3-2

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FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations



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.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-1-2

Very attacking formation.

Defensively weak and susceptible to dangerous counter-attacks.

Needs pacy defenders and wingers with a medium defensive work rate.



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

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-2-1

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.



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

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-3

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.



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.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-5-2

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.



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

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-1-2-1-2

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.

Building a squad with good chemistry is very expensive in this formation



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

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-2-3-1

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.



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.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-2-2-2

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.



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

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-1-2

The CF 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.



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.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-2-1

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.



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

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3

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.



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.

Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-1-1

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.



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.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-2

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.



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.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-5-1

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.



Formation used by fewer FIFA 13 Ultimate Team players. Similar to 5-2-2-1 but with two ST with a more creative CF option.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-1-2

Strong defence with space for wingbacks 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.



One of less popular formations on FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. Similar to 5-2-1-2 but with 1 up top supported by a left and right forward either side.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-2-1

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.



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

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-3-2

Strong defence with space for wingbacks to run into.

Can be narrow attacking wise limiting options.

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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Nov 9, 2012 12:50 am

Great Site! So Helpful. Thank you.

Nov 9, 2012 4:35 pm

Good to know. Stay tuned. We will bring you very good articles soon.

Feb 24, 2013 10:16 pm

Can you name me so good defense formation that are good for me?

Feb 25, 2013 9:46 am

It is impossible to say which formation is better for you since we don’t kown anything about you: preferences, play style, etc…

Nov 14, 2012 12:06 pm

Where can we get some average prices for each formation.
For example, I have duplicate players (Macherano) with two formations that I will eventually change to build chemistry.
Which one is more valued.

4-2-2-2 or 4-5-1?



Nov 14, 2012 11:43 pm

Mascherano 4-2-2-2 is a bit expensive than 4-5-1.

Nov 15, 2012 5:45 am

Thank you….gr8 website..

Nov 15, 2012 10:45 pm


Nov 15, 2012 5:43 am

What is the best formation to play Ronaldo?
Hi fav position is either LW or LF.
He is a good header so he should be LF rather than LW.
Therefore only three formations fit.

But only one 4321 is uniform interms of attack and defence.
Why can’t we change LF or ST??
It would have solved the problem.


Nov 15, 2012 10:47 pm

Hi Aziz. You can put Ronaldo at striker but you will lose many chemistry points. I did it last year and I didn’t like it. I had the same problem that you have now and the only solution was to sell him.

Nov 26, 2012 11:49 am

This is crytasl clear. Thanks for taking the time!

Nov 18, 2012 10:06 am

Is robinho suitable to play as a ST ?

Nov 18, 2012 12:57 pm

Hi. First of all, you will lose many points on the team chemistry placing Robinho at striker. There is no training card to make a LW in a ST. He have some good qualities to play as a striker but he will play better as LW. You can try to play some matches with him to see if he does what you want but it will be a bit difficult.

Nov 22, 2012 6:34 pm

suggest good 11 player squad from laliga for 4-1-2-1-2 formation

Nov 22, 2012 8:54 pm

We already did. You can find what you are asking for on http://www.fifauteam.com/fifa-13-ultimate-team-liga-bbva-squad

Nov 28, 2012 4:02 pm

I have a mostly german team right now and love the 4-3-3… with bale at LW, aguero at ST and robben at RW with podolski, gotze, and reus at CM. I want to go to a 4-3-3 Attack formation (like i see in the regular seasons mode) but can’t seem to find it. Is there a way to default to move the middle CM up the pitch?


Nov 28, 2012 11:31 pm

You can change your tactic during the match with the select button.

Dec 13, 2012 2:20 pm

In the game you can select from 4 different strategies to play, Default, possession, counter attack, and pressing. Is the default for all teams the same? or does it depend on something like the coach you have, the badge or kit you have for that game, for example if you are wearing Liverpool kit, do you have Liverpool’s default strategy?

Dec 13, 2012 6:53 pm

It is the same.

Dec 16, 2012 5:56 am

Hey. I’m using a 352 formation with Spanish league players works perfectly for me. Just a quick question on the cam and left mid postion.. Would it be better to have iniesta and xavi or stick with Pedro and modric??

Dec 16, 2012 8:57 pm

Hi. In our opinion Xavi + Iniesta is a much better option. But, if pace is really really important to you, you should chose Pedro + Modric.

Dec 18, 2012 5:35 pm

Hi! Great Site!!!
One question… The best formation for BPL team? A formation in wich every player gives best performance considering my team! At the moment i use 4-5-1 with Reina/Evra – Terry – Koscielny – Richardson – Enrique/Valencia – Cazorla – Tourè – Podolsky – Young/ Torres. Many thanks.

Dec 18, 2012 5:36 pm

oops! *not consider Richardson

Dec 19, 2012 12:04 pm

Sorry, but the best formation to us can be the worse to you. We use 4-4-2 but 4-1-2-1-2 stills the most wanted formation. With your players you can play with several formations. Try to see here, which one is the best to you.

Dec 18, 2012 9:03 pm

If I like speed and counteratacks which formation do you recommend? I have been trying but I just can´t completely like one

Dec 19, 2012 12:07 pm

In our opinion 5-2-1-2 and 5-2-2-1. You can try also 4-4-3.

Dec 19, 2012 10:38 pm

Hi, I’ve been trying many formations and can’t decide which one to use. I like to play direct football with pace and use Bpl squad containing Rooney. Can you suggest any formations that would sute my playing style?

Dec 19, 2012 11:23 pm

4-2-3-1 is an option but it’s up to you to decide.

Dec 20, 2012 4:56 pm

I like skilling and i am average at passing. My style of play is making space on wings-cut back in with skill moves(so i always use 4 * skillers on wings)-go past 1-2 defenders with skills-take a long shot or pass ..etc.Of course i do play down the middle at times.So, what formation should i use?

Dec 20, 2012 9:29 pm

You should try several formations and choose the one that suits best on you. In your case, we choose 4-3-3.

Dec 21, 2012 8:30 am

Thanks …gonna try 4-3-3…..lets see what happens….

Dec 21, 2012 12:07 pm

Give us feedback later please!

Dec 24, 2012 6:22 am

Thanks for such an wonderful suggestion ….this formation brought out another side of my gaming…PASSING….i am destroying teams just by passing(except occasional roulette ,stepovers..etc). And by passing i don’t mean lobbed trough balls…genuine 1-2 passing on the ground…Barcelona style!!!! Thanks once again……but i wont continue with this team very long coz then i will forget skilling!!!

Dec 24, 2012 9:20 am

Thanks for your feedback!!!
We are glad that things gone well with you.

Dec 28, 2012 7:03 pm


I´m new to Fifa overall. Currently I collect points and try to get better by playing FUT against the CPU. I´m not very good a defending and run into counter sometimes – so a more defensive formation would be great.
Most of my normal offensive-moves start from my defens outside playin in the middle. Do few space and get the ball to the outside or half outside and spirnt some meters – usually to the giht of the penalty-area. Do a quick stop and try to pass or flank the ball into the middle and try to get a free shot-corridor.
Counterplay I normally play over halffield by sending my offensive players with ~20m balls and turning back in into the middle running the last meters straight to the goal.
I think the most goals I score are by shots 15-20 away from the goal or short shots 1v1 against the goalkeeper in a counter.
Currently I play a 4-3-1-2 – I reallised 2 striker give me better chances to score. But most of my games end in a draw (0:0).

I can´t decide which formation to play – the only thing I can cross out is 3 defenders. Any tip?

Thanks and Regards from Germany

Dec 29, 2012 8:46 am

You describe your type of game very well but it is not easy advise you. 4-3-1-2 can be a good formation to you. If you already have solved the defense problem, the goals will come with practice. In fact, this is the best tip that we can give you: try a lot of formations before chose one. No one will chose better than you. Sometimes, formation x is the better but sometimes the better is formation y. If you start scoring goals with 4-3-1-2, you can try 4-3-2-1.

Dec 29, 2012 5:37 am

Hi, this is basically my first year playing much Ultimate Team. I’ve decided to use a 4-5-1 Bundesliga team. I enjoy the passing and structure of the team. However, the only problem is the lone CM. At first I was rotating between the Bender brothers. However with both of them having High/High workrates, they were often out of position and when I was attacking they would be storming into the box and I would be exposed on the counter. Therefore, decided to buy Gustavo who has a Medium Attk/High Def workrate. However he still seems to be running into the box at each attack and I am exposed on the counter a lot. Will all players basically do this in the 4-5-1 or am I missing something?

Dec 29, 2012 11:11 am

No matters who you put as CM you always will have this problem. CM often tends to get lost and caught out of position. Of course, it will work better if you put a high/low Work Rate player in that position.

Dec 30, 2012 6:58 am

Ah bit of a shame, but cheers for the reply.

Dec 29, 2012 11:46 pm

Hi I think I want to try a 442 with hooper and Rooney as my strikers. Who would you recommend as my midfielders? Can afford anyone

Jan 1, 2013 4:18 pm

Hi. Sorry for the delayed answer but we were moving our server.
You should try to take a look to our BPL guide. Maybe David Silva or/and Toure but the decision it’s up to you.
If you can afford anyone why Hooper and not other better striker?

Sam Johnson
Dec 30, 2012 10:53 am

I am really confused with what formations to go with I have played with most of them but what would your recommend I don’t like to play a passing game I am more of a defensive player and for most of the match I make sure the opposition doesn’t score and attack when he least not excepting it usually with a lob pass or overhead pass I always use pacey player what formation would you recommend

Jan 1, 2013 4:53 pm

You can try again the 5-2-1-2 or the 5-2-2-1.

Jan 2, 2013 8:55 am

hi im indecisive with formations can u help me decide im thinkin 4411 i like to play in the middle then switch ball to side and put in a ground cross i like i also hit shoots if thbe chance comes otherwise i pass. i like the idea of playin through cf but also like a cdm am thinkin of mata as cf any help thx in advance .

Jan 2, 2013 11:41 pm

4-4-1-1 can be a good formation to you if you choose CM’s with good defensive work rates. If you do that, you do not need a CDM and you can play with Mata as CF.

Jan 2, 2013 9:04 am

sry i forgot to add i play direct ball and a like gd pass and move clever movement also like to have wingers thx

Jan 3, 2013 2:52 am

Hi, I built a squad with Spanish/la liga players with a 4-2-3-1 formation de gea- arbeloa, puyol, piqué, alba – xabi Alonso/j.martinez, song/busquets – silva, fabregas/kaká, modric/cazorla – Torres/agüero. I don’t know if I have the wrong formation but most if the time when I play, 75% of the players are lost they change positions and it gets irritating because I see agüero 30 yards away from goal and cesc in the goal box and my cdms get lost all the time and they leave the opponent mids all open to counter. Can you give me some advice I could really use one

Jan 3, 2013 10:43 pm

Hi. If you are having problems with the players positions, you should pay more attention to their work rates. If it persists, you can try another formation. On 4-2-3-1, the CDM’s can become very tired because they are forced to defend and to fill empty midfield.

steven gerrard pique
Jan 5, 2013 12:27 am

I really appreciate this nice project.
I have one question to ask you, because as I’ve been playing lots of formations to choose, I’ve made up the decision to 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1
But it is really hard to choose between the two
could you give me some advise or recommend one?
such as the one to use when I become better?

Jan 5, 2013 1:41 am

It is very hard to advice you because it depends of many factors, like your play style.
The best thing to do is to try both. Only you can choose the right formation to you.
We prefer the classic 4-4-2.

steven gerrard pique
Jan 5, 2013 3:19 am

oh and how can you see how much the player attacks and defends?

Jan 8, 2013 10:06 pm

You need to look to their defence work rate and their attack work rate. You can find these informations pausing a match and going to team menu as you do when you want to make a subs.

James Freyne
Jan 5, 2013 1:13 am

What is the best formation to use with a target-man/men up front?

Jan 5, 2013 1:44 am

Maybe 4-2-3-1…

Jan 8, 2013 6:29 pm

what is the difference of 4-3-3 and 4-3-2-1?

Jan 8, 2013 10:26 pm

The main difference is that 4-3-2-1 is a lot more narrow formation. 4-3-3 is wider.

Jan 8, 2013 6:34 pm

and what is the best formation for a Chelsea team

Jan 8, 2013 10:28 pm

In our opinion you should choose your formation first and your players after. It’s up to you…

Jan 10, 2013 6:13 am

i play the formation 4-3-2-1, i usually like to dominate midfield and keep possession. 90% of the goals i concede are counter-attack goals. Is there a way to prevent this rather than changing formation so i wont need to spend formation cards?

Jan 10, 2013 1:00 pm

Hi. If you do not want to change formation (and we understand you) the only solution is to change your players. You need fast defenders and midfielders with high defensive work rate.

Jan 14, 2013 2:10 am

First of all, I’m having trouble figuring out what formation to use. I need a strong defense. I need something that won’t leave open gaps. And so my striker can get right through the defense on break aways with no problem. I also am going to be changing up my team. I need help on which nationalities I should use. Currently I bough Podolski and Lewandowski for a Bundesliga team.

Jan 14, 2013 9:25 am

Hi. You are asking us to help you in something that must be you to decide.
If you want a solid defence you should use one of the formations with 5 defences. The best thing to do it’s to try some different formations before taking a decision.
To choose a nationality depends of many factors as your preferences, your budget, etc… If you already have Podolski and Lewandowski you can try to make a Bundesliga team.

Jan 14, 2013 6:40 am

I am currently using a 3-5-2 fromation with a german squad
I haven’t got any good forwards and am thinking of Gomez but i think he is a bit expensive as I just started.
My current cam is van der vart if that helps
could you please tell me any other strikers that i could get or just say if i should save for gomez.

Jan 14, 2013 9:53 am

Gomez is your right choice and you should save for him. It isn’t so difficult to save 5 or 6k coins.
If you want to try another one you can buy Huntelaar or Lewandowski for less than 1.5k.

Jan 14, 2013 12:55 pm

I have ronaldo and messi on the same team, along with most of the toty players. For some reson they do no play well in the same team. Does anyone know a good formation that might improve their play and my game play.

Jan 14, 2013 2:39 pm

Hi, Chris.
It depends of how you like to play. Without that information, we can’t suggest a formation to you.
We think that everyone should choose the formation first and only then the players.

Jan 14, 2013 2:49 pm

Well i like to hold the ball midfield and play over head through balls to attackers. so a strong attacking formation would be ideal….

Jan 14, 2013 3:46 pm

You can try 3-4-1-2 or 3-4-3.

Paul Hayes
Jan 14, 2013 10:12 pm

I have started to build a Barclays Premiership Squad and have a few decent players, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Podolski, Torres, Mata, Gerrard, Wilshire, Lampard, and more. I have been playing a 5-2-1-2 formation and seem to be doing ok up until the 1st division. Now i seem to be getting beaten 5 – 0 and more. I have noticed that my midfield seem to be very distanced from my defenders and as such i am having situations that see all my players bar my 3 CB’s in the opposition’s half. Any suggestions on maybe a new formation or is there a way to make 2 of my midfielders hold. so they can help support the defence. Any advice would be welcomed.

Jan 14, 2013 10:44 pm

Hi Paul.
5-2-1-2 is a defensive formation. What you need are CM’s with high defensive work rate. It seems that you already have Toure that is perfect for that position. If you are playing with him, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Remember that division 1 is more difficult but if you are getting this problem with this formation and with these players, the best thing to do is to try another formation. Maybe 3-5-2 or 4-2-3-1. We can’t promise anything since you already have a good formation and good players.

Paul Hayes
Jan 14, 2013 11:07 pm

Thanks for the really fast responce. Do you have any suggestions for a partner in midfield with Youre ? I have Ramirez (Chelsea) . I am kind of resigned to the fact that Nasri is maybe to attack minded and thus not going to help with my defending.

Jan 15, 2013 2:55 pm

Hi again. Your don’t need to have two midfielders with a high defensive work rate in a formation with 5 defences. One is enough. Toure is perfect for that position. The other one can be Mata, Gerrard, Nasri or David Silva (our favourite).

Jan 15, 2013 2:53 pm

Hi there. I recently just built a Bundesliga team. 4-5-1. Weidenfeller/ alaba – santana – boateng – piszczek/ schurrle- gotze – gundogan – reus – blaszczykwoski/ podolski.

I like to play 1 2 football and lob passes to beat the offside trap. What is the recommended formation. It seems tt when I play 4 5 1 the goals are hard to come by. Are there any players which u would recommend to add into the squad too?

Jan 15, 2013 3:08 pm

If you like to play 1 2 football and lob passes to beat the offside trap you are playing in the right formation.
There are many good players that can improve your team but they can be a bit expensive for your wallet (or not?). Mario Gomez, Ozil and Schweinsteiger are three of our favourites.

Jan 16, 2013 3:54 pm

Hi, I have really hard to find a formation and stick to it I always change.
I can`t choose one. I don´t really know my play still maybe passing. I can´t choose a ligue either. So what formation and what ligue do you recommend to somone that don´t know he´s play ?
What do you prefer?
thanks in advance :)
ps sry for bad English

Jan 16, 2013 6:47 pm

We can like one thing, you like another one.
With 200k you can build a good BBVA team. We don’t recommend to build a BPL team because it is too expensive. You have other good cheap leagues like Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A.
4-4-2 is safest option for those players not too sure on what formation to go with.
Our favourite formation is 4-4-2. Our squad is this one.

Jan 16, 2013 10:07 pm

Ok thx I will try it out :)
How should i have as LM doesn´t find anyone i like?

Jan 17, 2013 2:08 am

Bale is good. OK, he is BPL.
And Lavezzi ?

Team of Failure
Jan 17, 2013 4:46 pm


I’m currently playing 3-5-2 with a La Liga and a Premier League team.

La liga line-up:
Casillas – Alba Pepe Mascherano/Puyol/Pique – Alonso Busquets/Song – lavezzi navas – benzema miccoli

Premier League line-up:
Mandanda – Vermalaen/Kaboul Kompany Richards – Yaya Toure Tiote/Parker – Bale Walcott – Balotelli Van Persie

My questions are:
1) Why do I perform so much better with the Premiership side than the La Liga side? Team chemistry is at 100 for both teams, both have strong CDMs and fast wingers. la liga is 86 overall, PL 84.

2) Where are my weak spots?

3) Which players should I buy to improve my team?

4) and most importantly, do the same attributes and skills for players found in other game modes apply to Ultimate team? If so, how do you know this for sure? =)

Thanks in advance!

Forgot my CAMs:

Cesc Fabregas and Podolski/Sessegnon.

Jan 17, 2013 8:57 pm

1) There’s something that is important and you’re ignoring: individual chemistry is more important than team chemistry! We know that no one say this anywhere but it is true.
You have both team chemistry 100 but individual chemistries are lower on La Liga team. This help to explain why you play better with the team that have lower rating. This is one of your weak spots.
2) In our opinion you have balanced teams.
3) In BBVA you can try Sergio Ramos and Xavi if you have enough money. These two players will replace Mascherano/Puyol/Pique (slow CB’s) and Busquets/Song. But it will be important to replace all the players with less than 7 in individual chemistry. To Miccoli place you can try Falcão.
In BPL you can try to buy Hart and David Silva. If you are unhappy with RVP or Balotelli, try Tévez.
4) You can do it yourself. We don’t play other game modes but if you pause a match you can go to squad menu and see the attributes and skills. Including some “hidden skills”.

Team of Failure
Jan 17, 2013 9:58 pm

Thanks for the quick response.

– Hart? Wouldn’t Lloris be a better choice for BPL?
– Been looking at Tevez as a replacement for Van Persie – or as an CAM perhaps?
– I found Aguero to be an excellent forward when I played regular online seasons, would he be one of the better options for my BPL team as well alongside Balotelli?
– You prefer Silva over Nasri, Sessegnon and Podolski?
– Guess I will go with Falcao again, instead of Miccoli
– would you use a fast left/right-back instead of Vermalaen or is his pace good enough (70)?

Thanks for your tips, it’s appreciated!

Jan 18, 2013 1:07 am

Hi again.
Lloris is better but I’m trying to save your wallet.
Tevez play well in both positions. Tevez/RVP is probably better than Tevez/Balotelli.
Aguero is one of the best ST of FUT 13. He will play well with any player.
We love Silva. His ball control is fantastic. But, if pace is more important than anything to you, we suggest to try Nasri.
You should try to find a replacement to Lavezzi too. We know that he is very good player but he has a very low individual chemistry on your team. If he link to Tevez or Aguero, his chemistry will improve a bit.
Pace 70 is enough.
Good games!

Jan 22, 2013 12:50 am

hey also looking for some advice, although i wont be playing for a while lol.
i like to be very possesive, with through balls and overhead balls, but i need a good back four and usually with a defensive midfielder. i seem to be leveled in performance with 4-1-2-1-2, 4-3-1-2, 4-2-3-1 and 4-2-2-2… can never work out my best. any advice/suggestions. i feel like i should give 4-5-1 a try but i feel to weak defending with that midfilder, i wish it was a CDM

Jan 22, 2013 10:31 am

We can try give you some suggestions but the best way to find YOUR right formation is to try some of them.
With the information that you provided us, we have almost sure that you should try 4-5-1. It is probably the best formation for who wants to keep the ball. It’s true that you don’t have a CDM on this formation but you can put as CM a player with high defensive work rate, like Touré for example. Try it!

Jan 23, 2013 2:03 am

Hey Guys, really great Site you have here. I was wondering if you might help me. I have two teams, one is a 3-5-2 silver team with which I win in the 1st division nearly every game. My second team is (I am trying 3-4-3 atm) a BPL, Serie A, LigaBBVA. I want to play 3 Guys at Front with Hazard, Aguero, Di Maria because I love them. In CM I have Gerrard and Vidal. LM is Bale and RM is Sanchez. My three CB’s are Chiellini, Diakite and Kaboul. GK is Marchetti. I shoot a lot of goals but I also receive nearly as much. Maybe a 5-2-2-1 (Clichy and Abate instead of Bale and Sanchez?) would be better? Or something else? But with which players? I play a lot of counter attacks, as well as coming through the middle with a lot of short passes, but i don’t take time for my attacks. Maybe you could give me some advice, i spent so many coins on Formation cards and players and every time I try something it doesn’t feels right for me. I love my 3-5-2 silver team (with Huseklepp and Elyounussi) but for my Gold team I want those three players (Hazard, Aguero, Di Maria) up front. thank you in advance 😀

Jan 23, 2013 11:41 am

If you won the 1ts division with your silver squad, you will do it again with your gold squad.
3-4-3 is a very offensive formation. If you are conceding many goals, you should try another one.
In our opinion, if you has success with 3-5-2, why not using it for your gold team ?! It’s a good formation for short passes as you like, more compact (less goals conceded) and also good for fast wingers as Di Maria and Hazard.
You can keep almost all the players you have, putting LW/RW on LM/RM and adding another good striker. One importatnt thing: your CAM is a key-element. Pay attention to Gerrard and if he is good enough to this position.

Jan 23, 2013 2:00 pm

Thank you for your fast reply. I already tried 3-5-2 with my players and Da Silva as CAM and Podolski second striker, but it’s not working so well, because Di Maria and Hazard aren’t that good Defenders, Bale instead of Hazard was my option but then i lose Hazard and Di Maria is still a Problem on RM.

Jan 23, 2013 4:37 pm

OK. It’s true. Bale, for example, defends much better than Hazard. Silva should be a very good CAM but if it didn’t work, you should try another formation. 5-2-2-1 can be a good option. You should try it.

Jan 24, 2013 3:05 am

I tried it and i absolutely like it. Now I replaced Hazard with Lavezzi (Lavezzi-Aguero-Di maria) and Yaya and Prilo CM. CBs are Kompany, chiellini and Ogbonny and I absolutely love it. Why is it that no one likes this formations 5-2-2-1 or 5-2-1-2. While attacking Clichy and Abate are acting like LM and RM and theyre always here when i need them in defense. Thanks and very good Site again :)

Jan 24, 2013 10:14 pm

Thanks for your reply.
We love when we know that we helped.
You have a great team.
People don’t like 5-2-2-1 or 5-2-1-2 because most of them are used with the most popular 4 defences formations.

Feb 25, 2013 2:06 pm

Hi mat who is your GK, was thinking of making a similar squad to yours on PC so just wondering who i could use :)

Jan 24, 2013 3:16 pm

Hey guys,

I really want to mix my Bpl team up a bit with maybe some brazilians or spaniarda like neymar or falcao.

Currently all my players are 4-1-2-1-2

I’m not very good in possesion and defend a lot. Score most goals on the break. I like having hazard in my team but don’t think I get the best out of him.

Here’s the line up.


Hazard (bale/nani). Valencia (di Maria)
Silva (mata)
Rooney. Aguero

Also have eto, rvp and a few others.
Got about 50k available.

Can you please offer me any suggestions on how to hybrid this team?

Many Thanks!

Ps tried lloris recently and didn’t get on at all well with him! He was fast but just seemed to let in a lot more than hart. Also love playing with luiz.


Jan 24, 2013 10:45 pm

You gave us lots of details. It makes easier to advice you.
You have a wonderful team and you are thinking well. If you want to improve it, you need to transform it on a hybrid team.
You said that you are not having the best of Hazard and you are probably right. Lots of people reported us that Hazard is a great player as LW but not so good as LM. It may be your problem with him. You can apply him a LW-LM card (very expensive) or try Bale for that position.
In our opinion, your weakest positions are CB and RM. You can try something like Casillas-Pepe-João Pereira-Di Maria-Falcão but you probably won’t get 9 individual chemistry to all (Falcão is the most difficult one). You can even put Xabi as CDM but we don’t recommended because Touré is simply fantastic. With 50k and selling some players (Maicon-Hart-etc) you will be able to do it. But first you should try them. Take a look to our Hybrid BBVA-BPL team.

Jan 24, 2013 3:17 pm

Usually in division 1 and won once.

Jan 25, 2013 10:34 am

Here is my team which I spent 75k on;

Sturridge (ST)

I haven’t a lot of coins left to spend (Approx 50k)
Could you reccomend Improvements? I use 4-4-2

Jan 25, 2013 10:44 pm

In our opinion, you have a nice team for your budget but with 50k you can improve it.
Sagna, Clichy and Touré will be great improvements.

Jan 26, 2013 2:26 pm


I play 352, and I want to use Ronaldo as a striker. When I build the team on the web app the chemistry is 5, i have Messi (ST)and Mesut (CAM) connected to him. When i look at the team before starting a game his chemistry is 3, there is difference for the same team on web app and regular game play. Because of the the low chem he is always lost, I used to play better with Benzema. Is there no hope, should I sell him and get Falcao 94 or the only way I can use him is as RM?

I cannot play with 2 cb’s therefore 4321 is not a good option for me.

Jan 27, 2013 12:17 am

Individual chemistry is very important. It’s more important than team chemistry. If Ronaldo have less than 7, you should forget it. With right formation and wrong position, the higher you will get is 5. He can play well as LW, LF and LM, applying him training position cards. Not as ST.

Jan 29, 2013 8:16 pm

I have a very cheap team. currently 4312. do ok with them.
Mandanda (gk)
Ansaldi (lb)
lescott (cb)
Benatia (cb)
Caceeres (cb)
Farfan (cm)
Khedira (cm)
Lampard (cm)
Cassano (cf)
Miccoli (ls)
Klose (rs)

1) my chem is only 69. every body likes their pos except mids, who all have orange foot.

Only one guy doesn’t like formation- trying to get card.

All generally have good links.

Also have milito on bench, he makes chem go up 2, but prefer klose.

ps. have manager. sell team for about 32k and have 5k now- but i can gett 10k in one night.

can you tell me ways to improve chem?

2) Miccoli has an amazing shot, but always gets the ball in bad place- unable to score. As does lampard.

any ways to prevent this?

3) Cassano has an amazing dribble, pass and shot but he’s slow. klose and miccoli are fast but i still think this affects my game. Got any suggestion under 10k. Pace, dribble, pass and shot high please.

thanks, great website :) really helped

Jan 29, 2013 10:22 pm

You have a great problem: chemistry. The main problem isn’t to have team chemistry 69. The main problem is the individual chemistry. It should be as close as possible from 9. It’s probably why Miccoli and Lampard is out of position so many times.
It is not easy to improve your chemistry because your players are from different leagues and different nationalities. Your team need a deep transformation in order to improve your chemistry. You should try to have, ate least, 90 of team chemistry and 7 of individual chemistry. Try to build a team based on a league, for example.
You can try Milito to the take place that you asked. He connects well with Miccoli and Cassano.

Jan 29, 2013 9:12 pm

im not sure wich striker to select.
my team is mainly ligue 1
pastore nene
I play a lot with crosses and skill moves on the wings
but i dont have the finances for anything more than 8000 wich strikers or other players do you suggest

Jan 29, 2013 10:26 pm

From League 1 and with that budget, Lisandro López can be the right man.

Jan 30, 2013 3:02 pm

thanks for the advice I just got him cheap

Feb 2, 2013 12:09 pm

Hi, i like to play with pacey players and like to score counter attacking goals. I also take a variety of longshots and i need to have solid defenders, what formation do you advise and what centre backs do you advise, preferably strong, and fast.
I’m also good at scoring, i can score 3+ goals a game in a 3-5-2 with a 20k team but i need help because i find the 3-5-2 can be exploited to easy and it frustrates me when i concede goals. What formation is easy to score with and is easy to defend with? And what are the best CDM’s or CM’s with defensive work rate, price isn’t a problem i have around 800k to build a team

Feb 3, 2013 12:45 am

5-2-1-2 should work well with you: solid defence with 5 players, space for wingbacks run, suitable for fast counter-attacks…
You may not score so many goals but you will also concede fewer goals.
Good CB’s ? In our opinion, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Thiago Silva. CDM/CM with good defensive Work Rate ? Touré!

Feb 2, 2013 11:01 pm

Hi,im going to do a Serie A team,and i don’t know the formation that im going to use…I like that someone can help me. Thanks 😉

Feb 3, 2013 1:00 am

No one besides you can take this decision. Only you know how you like to play, with which formations you are familiar or which preferences do you have.

Feb 2, 2013 11:24 pm

I play a possession style soccer using the 4-1-2-1-2 with primarily German/Bundesliga players and generally start out my attacks from the back and usually playe most of the game on my opponents end of the field and on counter attacks use lob balls or quick succession of passes since I have very fast midfielders, when I play possession my team relies heavily on CAM’s such as Götze or Müller but I found out that I am very vulnerable to counter attacks since my left and right backs tend to move up and my CDM’s tend to be useless when it comes to being counter attacked and I primarily use CDM’s to win headers on goal kicks should I switch to a 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2 what formation is best for possession?

Feb 2, 2013 11:35 pm

Players are ST are Gomez, Mandzukic, Reus Lewandowski
CAMs Müller Götze
LM Affelay Schürlle
RM Blazczykowski Farfán
CDM L. Bender Javier Martinez
CB Hummels Badstuber Naldo Felipe Santana
LB Alaba Felipe Luis
RB Pizczek Selassie

Feb 3, 2013 1:21 am

As we said, you should pay attention to your players. Javier Martinez defends better than Bender and has better rating but Bender is much faster and have high defensive work rate.
None of your RB/LB have high DWR. This would help.

Feb 3, 2013 1:15 am

4-1-2-1-2 is one of the most popular formations in FUT 13. If you are having problems with it, we suggest you to try something else first, before spending lots of coins on formation cards. You should try to look to the defensive work rates of your CDM and your RB/LB. For example: Javi Martinez is one of the best CDM’s of Bundesliga but his DWR is medium, not high as it should be. Before changing your formation try the easy way: change your players.
If you really need to change the formation, 4-4-2 is not the solution. You will get the same problem that you have on 4-1-2-1-2. 4-2-2-2 seems a better solution for what you want. 4-5-1 is the best one for possession.

Feb 3, 2013 1:37 am


Feb 3, 2013 12:23 am

hi i am using 4-4-2

i have RVP aguero hernandez for strikers
bale/jarvis lm
fellaini/yaya/wilshire cm
walcott/lennon rm
lb cole
cb komany/pepe from madrid
rb lahm/richards
goal hart

i dont know if something is wrong with the team, get killed by pace teams with weliton etc.. by a lb+y even when on ultra defense mode, i feel like trying 5-2-2-1 but if its going to be the same i dont feel like wasting the cash on the switch-over any advice on what to improve? is 5-2-2-1 worth a shot? cheers

Feb 3, 2013 12:35 am

i was also thinking about 5212 would that help me on defense?

Feb 3, 2013 1:31 am

In our opinion 4-4-2 is enough to beat pace teams. It cost you lots of coins to change your formation. Moreover you’re already used to it.
You can change something on your team to improve it.
Our first suggestion is for LB. Cole is great but if you are having problems to stop pace opponents you should try Clichy.
The second problem that we see is your chemistry. You can get team chemistry 100 but it is more important to have 9 in individual chemistry (or close to it). We love Pepe and Lahm is very good player but, in this team, their individual chemistry is too low (6, we think). They will not play everything they know. And believe us: the difference between 6 and 9 on individual chemistry is too BIG. You should find a solution to this.
Final suggestion: Ramires on Fellaini place seems a good improvement. He is faster and has high defensive and attacking work rates.

Feb 3, 2013 1:57 pm

cheers ill give it a try, who would be the best to replace lahm and pepe?

Feb 3, 2013 3:33 pm

You can try keep with Pepe, putting Joao Pereira as RB, Diego López as GK and Di Maria as RM linking well with Aguero. Take a look to our team.

Help me please
Feb 3, 2013 4:56 pm

I am confused wether to pick a 4-4-2, 3-4-1-2, or 3-5-2 formation. I like good attacking and good defending and good midflied. So what is the best suited formation for a brazalian squad.
My squad are Dante, naldo, dede, luiz, hulk, robinho, Lucas, Ramires, kaka, ronaldinho, welliton, and Pato.

Feb 4, 2013 12:07 am

Our suggestion is 3-5-2 but it depends of your style of play.

Feb 3, 2013 9:52 pm

i dont know what formation to use
i want to rank up in divisions and win lots of trophies
i have a bpl team
which formation should i go with if i want to score lots of goals

Feb 4, 2013 12:48 am

It depends of your style of play, your preferences, etc… Only you can take this decision. You should try some formations to see which one you liked more.
To score lots of goals you can try 3-4-2-1, 3-4-1-2 and 3-4-3.

Feb 5, 2013 6:51 pm

would u consider building a bronze shiny or silver and with what formation

Feb 6, 2013 1:08 am

If you want to play a bronze our silver tournament or even if you want to fun with the challenge of building a bronze or silver squad, it may be a option.
It’s up to you to choose the best formation. It depends of your preferences and you style of play.

Feb 7, 2013 8:34 pm

Would you reccomend aany good strikers that can score with there head??

Feb 7, 2013 10:08 pm

Falcão is the best one. Klose and Aduriz have a great heading too.

Feb 3, 2013 10:22 pm

Hey i’m just wondering if 3-5-2 would be good for skilling? i’m making a Serie A team (notable skillers are IF lamela and robinho) and i recently played them in a 4-3-2-1, which was awesome; i loved the narrow positions for LF and RF because it was the perfect position to skill. My only problem with that team was that my striker almost never got the ball. Should i buy di natale and stick with 4321, or would the LM and RM positions in 3-5-2 be good for going on skillful runs?

Feb 4, 2013 12:53 am

In our opinion, when you find a formation that you enjoyed, you should keep with it. Changing formation is too expensive and it’s too dangerous.
Buy Di Natale and stick with 4-3-2-1. He is a good player to try since he has low defensive work rate. It means that he don’t will be caught out of position much times.

Feb 4, 2013 10:55 pm

cheers! I went with Balotelli and he’s beast enough to get the ball and score often!

Feb 6, 2013 12:43 am

Good to know.

Help me please
Feb 4, 2013 8:27 am

Hey I’m just wondering if I had a formation of 3-5-2 with only a Brazilian squad who should I use as CDM, kaka, Ramires,Ronaldinho, Paulinho, or Gustavo or are there a better player to pick.

And for my CAM who should I use kaka, Ronaldinho, or Lucas or are there a better player suited for CAM.
Thank you very much.

Feb 4, 2013 9:18 am

You should choose a player with good defence attribute and with high defensive work rate to CDM. In our opinion, Ramires is the best one.
You should choose a player with good dribbling and good passing to CAMM. In our opinion, Kaka is the best one. If pace isn’t a problem and you love skills, Ronaldinho can be your man. If pace is the most important thing to you, Lucas is the reight choice.