The Best FIFA 19 Formation for FIFA Ultimate Team

The Best FIFA 19 Formation for FIFA Ultimate Team

 

Which one is the best FIFA 19 formation to play? Do you want to know which formation is the best one for your team? If so, you need to read this guide that shows you how to pick the best FIFA 19 formation to you. Even if you already know which formation to use, be sure to read this article. You will find that there are many options and there is always room for improvement.

 

If you want to know every single FIFA 19 formation in depth, click here

 
 

How to Pick the Best FIFA 19 Formation

What you should keep in mind before picking the best FIFA 19 formation

Before you even start to sign players, you should start by setting the best FIFA 19 formation that you will implement in your squad. If you leave the decision for later, you will not equip your squad with players who you really need and you will be penalised 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.

It is also important to notice that there is no better formation than another. All of them have strong and weak points. You should decide which one is better for you.

 

The most common question is: How do I decide the formation that I will use?
There is no exact answer, but you should consider a few factors:

✔️ PLAY STYLE
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?

✔️ PREFERENCES
With which formation do 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 any formation?

✔️ PLAYERS
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?

✔️ OBJECTIVES
What are the formations best suited to the goals you set for your FUT 19 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 Best FIFA 19 Formation

The most used and the best FIFA 19 formations for defending, attacking, possession, crossing and counter styles

If you want to know which one is the best FIFA 19 formation to you, you should analyse carefully every single formation here. However, if you are too lazy to do that, take a look to the top formation we have gathered for you.

 
 

Top 5 Most Used FIFA 19 Formations

The most used and the most popular formations are almost the same. This doesn’t mean that they are the best ones. However, if you don’t know from where to start, these ones are good suggestions:

1 41212 (2)
Variation of the 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.

The Best FIFA 19 Formation for FIFA Ultimate Team

2 4231
Formation much appreciated. Allows multiple offensive options but with the security of two CDM in defence.

3 4321
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.

4 433
One of most famous FIFA 19 formations. Earned greater notoriety for having been adapted by Guardiola.

5 41212
This popular formation in diamond shape has the CAM as key element.

 
 
 

Top 5 Most Attacking FIFA 19 Formations

Please note that the most used attacking formation doesn’t mean it is the best attacking formation. If you are looking for a formation setup for an attacking style, please take a look to this TOP 5:

1 3412
One of the less popular FIFA 19 formations. This formation is a variation of 3-5-2 where the wing players are more withdrawn in favour of one of the central midfielders being pushed further upfield into the playmaker position, the “number 10”.

The Best FIFA 19 Formation for FIFA Ultimate Team

2 3421
Similar to the 3-4-1-2 formation, with a change to the forward players. Even less popular than the previous one.

3 343
Similar to 3-4-2-1, with the change of forwards to wingers.

4 3142
Similar to 3-5-2, where a defender (preferably a sweeper) helps midfielders on attack and defence.

5 433 (4)
Similar to 4-3-3, that turns one of the midfielders into an attacking midfielder to support the front three.

 
 
 

Top 5 Most Defensive FIFA 19 Formations

Please, note that the most popular defensive formation doesn’t mean it is the best defensive formation. If you are looking for a formation good for a defensive style, please take a look to this TOP 5:

1 5221
One of less popular FIFA 19 formations for Ultimate Team. Similar to 5-2-1-2 but with 1 up top supported by a left and right forward either side.

The Best FIFA 19 Formation for FIFA Ultimate Team

5 541
One of the most solid of the 5 at the back formations in terms of defensive set-up and overall structure.

2 5212
Formation used by fewer FIFA FUT 19 players. Similar to 5-2-2-1 but with two ST with a more creative CAM option.

3 532
The most solid and balanced formation of 5 defenders. Although seemingly defensive formation can become a very offensive.

4 433 (3)
This defensive-minded 4-3-3 variation offers two holding defensive midfielders and one centre midfielder in the midfield.

 
 
 

Top 5 Best FIFA 19 Formations for a Counter Attack Style

There are formations more suitable to be used in a counter attack style. If you identify yourself with this playing style, please take a look at the TOP 5 formations for you:

1 5212
Formation used by fewer FIFA FUT 19 players. Similar to 5-2-2-1 but with two ST with a more creative CAM option.

The Best FIFA 19 Formation for FIFA Ultimate Team

2 5221
Similar to 5-2-1-2 but with 1 up top supported by a left and right forward either side.

3 424
It attempts to combine a strong attack with a strong defence.

4 433 (2)
The first of 4-3-3 variations offers a holding defensive midfielder anchor in the midfield.

5 442 (2)
A more defensive variation of the classic 4-4-2 with two defensive midfielders in place of the usual centre midfielders.

 
 
 

Top 5 Best FIFA 19 Formations for Possession

FIFA isn’t played the same way by everyone. If you prefer a passing and possession style, keeping the ball with you and building up your game patiently, you should look to the following TOP 5 formations:

1 451
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.

The Best FIFA 19 Formation for FIFA Ultimate Team

2 451 (2)
The 4-5-1 variation adds more midfield steel. The three center midfielders make it harder to break down on the counter and leaves less gaps for the attack.

3 41212 (2)
The 4-1-2-1-2 variation let players control the midfield. It is even more narrow than the original, giving them a much tighter diamond.

4 4411 (2)
A variation of 4-4-2 formation with one of the strikers playing in the front line and is supported by an attacking midfielder (CAM) behind him.

5 4411
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.

 
 
 

Top 5 Best FIFA 19 Formations for Crossing

FIFA isn’t played in the same way by everyone. If you prefer a crossing style, taking advantage of the wings, you should look to the following TOP 5 formations:

1 343
Similar to 3-4-2-1, with the change of forwards to wingers.

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2 442
The classic formation. Widely used in the world of football. Organised structure of defenders and midfielders moving as a lineup and down the pitch.

3 442 (2)
A more defensive variation of the classic 4-4-2 with two defensive midfielders in place of the usual centre midfielders.

4 433
One of most famous FIFA 19 formations. Earned greater notoriety for having been adapted by Guardiola.

5 3412
This formation is a variation of 3-5-2 where the wing players are more withdrawn in favour of one of the central midfielders being pushed further upfield into the playmaker position, the “number 10”.

 
 
 

Our Top 5 FIFA 19 Formations

You already have chosen your formation, right ? Maybe not. Most of the time, even if you have your very own playing style, the best formation is not the most attacking or defensive one but the most balanced one. Take a look to our personal selection of the best five formations to be used in this game:

1 532
The most solid and balanced formation of 5 defenders. Although seemingly defensive formation can become a very offensive.

The Best FIFA 19 Formation for FIFA Ultimate Team

2 41212 (2)
Variation of 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.

3 433
One of most famous FIFA 19 formations. Earned greater notoriety for having been adapted by Guardiola.

4 442
The classic formation. Widely used in the world of football.Organised structure of defenders and midfielders moving as a lineup and down the pitch.

5 352
One of the most solid formations. It has 3 central defenders (possibly with one acting as a sweeper). This system is heavily reliant on the wing-backs providing width for the team.

 
 

We shared with you the required know-how to choose the best formations. Now, it’s up to you.

 

Born in the late 70s, Rodrigo Lopes is a video game enthusiast. He started on the old ZX Spectrum 48k and has played every FIFA game to present day. He is an engineer, that also writes about FIFA games on another popular website. Rodrigo is an Ultimate Team expert, he loves football and is a huge Benfica fan. He has influenced thousands of FIFA gaming fans with his cutting edge insights and scientific level approach to writing about FIFA gaming modes. Join him on Google Plus.

31 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Rod whats up.

    Im not sure what formation i should use i feel i’m strongest when i have players in midfield and CAM seems to be a crucial position for me. Last week i played 4-3-1-2
    1.donnaroma totw 89
    2. carvijal totw 87
    3.ramos MOTM 92
    3.chielleni 90
    4.sandro 86
    5.tiago carnival 90
    6. roy keane 90
    7. pjanic totw or fernandino totw 88
    8.mata flash back 89
    10.lukaku
    11. van bastian

    I’m not sure if i should switch back to my 4-3-3 attack or not as statistically my wingers don’t produce alot but i seem to get more out of the team when i play this formation.

    Just sold keano and van b so 1m burning a hole in my pocket. Any advice?

  2. Hi Rodrigo, I just wanted to know your opinion on my team:
    I play a 4-1-2-1-2 Narrow
    Keeper: 89 Ter Stegen
    Defenders: 85 Alaba, 85 Kimmich, 84 Sule, and 89 Hummels
    Midfielders: 90 Kroos, 87 Thiago, 85 OTW Goretzka, and 88 James
    Strikers: 90 Lewandowski and 86 TOTW Jovic

  3. Hey Rodrigo

    I’m currently flipping between two teams 4-1-2-1-2 wide. more looking for tactical advice but open to lineup suggestions
    GK Ederson
    RB Valencia
    CB sokratis
    CB Sanchez
    LB Mendy
    RM Mahrez
    CDM jorginho
    LM martial
    CAM mhykitarian (that guy from arsenal)
    ST Gabriel Jesus
    ST Lukaku

    GK Allison
    RB trippier
    CB alderwiereld
    CB vertonghen
    LB Robertson
    RM sterling
    CDM fabinho
    LM rashford
    CAM Alli
    ST firmino
    ST lacazette

    Still building towards better quality teams but any advice would be great

  4. Hi rodrigo,
    I currently have the following team,

    De gea(91)
    Carvajal (Headliner 87)
    Sokratis(86 uefa)
    VvD (85)
    Baines(87 flashback)
    David silva (93)
    Arnautovic (Headliner 87)used in CM
    Lingard(86 ucl live)
    Hazard (91)
    Owen (91 prime)
    Salah (88)

    Do you have any suggestions on a decent formation which offers both attack and defence, i currently use 4321.
    Any help would be appreciated i keep leaking to many goals

  5. Hi Rodrigo, great to follow your advice’s and see people enjoying the game!

    I have the following formation and set of players:

    4-1-2-1-2

    Handanovic
    Koulibaly
    Chiellini
    Alex Sandro
    Florenzi
    Naingolan
    Cuadrado
    Douglas Costa
    Dybala
    Mertens
    Icardi

    I enjoy playing with these players but it somehow seems that I’m not able to overcome teams above Legenday mode in single player. Very hard to defend and control the midfield as well as have sufficient attacking speed or space around the flanks and attacking center…should I change formation or mingle around the dynamics/style?

    Thanks in advance!
    José

    • Hi. Nice to meet you, José.
      I believe that the first thing to do is to play with the custom tactics and instructions configurations. If it doesn’t work, then you will have to try another formation. In that case, I suggest you the 532. Cheers

  6. Leno
    Walker hummels boateng alaba
    Sterling eriksen kroos sane
    Lukaku jesus
    No more coins to change Jesus

    Leno
    Walker hummels boateng alaba
    Dembele kroos
    Eriksen
    Sterling/mahrez. Lukaku. Sane

  7. hi rodrigo and greetings from italy, as you can imagine I’m playing with a serie a formation although I miss some top players (alex sandro, chiellini, dybala and, of course, ronaldo) I think I have an excellent roster, now my doubt is between 433 (handanovic, cancelo, koulibaly, manolas, dalbert, pjanic, nainggolan, hamsik, al three as CM, cuadrado, immobile, douglas costa) or 41212 (2) (handanovic, cancelo, koulibaly, manolas, dalbert, pjanic, nainggolan as CDM, hamsik, milinkovic savic as CAM, immobile, mertens), although as I’m not so excellent in defense I was also thinking about the 532, what could be the best formation, in your opinion, right now?

    • Hi. Nice to meet you. Formations should be chosen according to our playstyle. The best for me may not be for you. If it was to me, I would choose the first one because I like to play with wingers. However, the second team is probably better because Mertens scores much more goals than Immobile. In that case, I would put Matuidi as CDM, Nainggolan and Pjanic as CM and Hamsik as CAM.

  8. Hey Rodrigo,

    I am having a bit of a dilemma atm, l have relatively good players but I am just not sure the formation is right for them. I love the formation l am playing with but l just don’t think it is suits the players l have. This is my current team:

    GK: David De Gea (91)
    LB: Lucas Digne (82 IF)
    LCB: Virgil Van Dijk (85)
    RCB: Davinson Sanchez (84)
    RB: Sergie Aurier (86 RTTF)
    LCDM: Fabinho (85)
    RCDM: Lucas Torriera (82 FUTmas)
    LM: Son (85 CL)
    RM: Riyad Mahrez (86 IF)
    CAM: Jesse Lingard (86 RTTF)
    ST: Sergio Aguero (89)

    My issue is that my team doesn’t seem to be able to set up chances, and get themselves into the opportunity to score. Most of my goals come from either headers off corners, 1vs1 or the occasional good play. Defensively l am great, but in attack there seems to be something missing. They don’t seem to convert their passes. Should l change up formations or should l maybe look at my tactics and adjust? I was looking at the following formations:

    4-3-3 (Attack)
    4-1-2-1-2 (Wide)
    4-2-2 (both Holding and Flat)
    3-5-2
    or stay with the 4-2-3-1

    I don’t really want to replace or lose most of my players, so any advice on how to help me here?

  9. Hi Rodrigo,

    I’ve been struggling to find a formation that fits my fast counter attacking style for my team! Currently I have in a 451 or 433(4).

    451:

    GK: Courtois
    LB: Marcos Alonso
    CB: Alderweireld (OTW)
    CB: Vertonghen
    RB: Alexander-Arnold (IF)
    LM: Alexis Sanchez (UCL Live)
    RM: Mohamed Salah (IF)
    CM: Ilkay Gundogan (IF)
    CAM: Marco Reus (POTM (88))
    CAM: Timo Werner (TIF)
    ST:Robert Lewandowski (IF)

    433(4):
    GK: Courtois
    LB: Marcos Alonso
    CB: Alderweireld (OTW)
    CB: Vertonghen
    RB: Alexander-Arnold (IF)
    LM: Alexis Sanchez (UCL Live)
    RM: Mohamed Salah (IF)
    CM: Ilkay Gundogan (IF)
    CM: Christian Eriksen
    CAM: Marco Reus (POTM (88))
    ST:Robert Lewandowski (IF)

    The issue is, I’m able to score but I get scored ON way more! Pls help!

  10. Hi Rodrigo,

    One more time thanks, I have been following your advice for many years now.

    I have created a decent Premier League team using a typical 442 formation:

    GK lloris / ederson
    RB walker / valencia
    CB sanchez / sokratis
    CB azpilicueta / bailly
    LB mendy / robertson
    MD willian / mahrez
    CM dembele / kovacic
    CM gundogan / fred
    LM sane / mane
    ST lukaku / firmino
    ST kane / jesus

    I know the improvements there require an amount of coins I don’t own (de gea, van dijk, pogba, aguero, aubameyang, kante or de bruyne).

    I have currently around 50k, so my question is if Fabinho or Silva are good choices to be moved as CM, or if I should not focus on anyone else than the top ones?

  11. Hi,
    In FUT, with PL players I use 4222.
    For chem I ‘m starting with 4321, and after I switch to 4222 .
    De GEA
    Aurier ( UCL), Van Dijk (SIF), Azpilicueta , Jordi Alba ( TOTGS )
    Kante , Pogba (IF )
    De Bruyne , David Silva (IF)
    Salah (IF) Hazard (IF)
    This 4222 is not in your rewiew. I like playing in counter-attacks, but I’m not so good at defending . U think this 4222 need an upgrade , to a new formation or with new players ?

  12. Hey Rodrigo,

    I love reading the insights you provide. I have a quick question regarding players.
    Currently running the below (433)
    Mendy(UCL) – Azpilicueta – Sokratis (OTW) – Futmas Valencia
    IF Wijnaldum – UCL Dele Alli – OTW Fred
    Futmas Son – Jesus – Willian

    Any suggestion to improve on? I am at a lost!!

  13. hi Rodrigo… I really love to use the wings and want my defence right and tight … I lost 5 matches to a 4-2-4 formation if am right.. Can u plss help me

  14. Hi Rodrigo, the best guide!!! Could you please tell which clubs can easily use these formations? Like the clubs, not in ultimate team. THANKS. LOVE YOUR GUIDES. HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU SINCE 3+YEARS NOW. GREAT JOB.

  15. Hi Rodrigo,

    To get the chemistry high I’m starting with a formation 4-2-3-1 (Wide), but once the game starts I want to bring the wide mid closer, 4-2-3-1 (Narrow).

    Do I have to pause the game to change the formation? In that case I need to set up the player instructions and tactics again. (or) I start the game with wide formation as default, then change to other formation using D-Pad? but in that case, I would be losing one of the presets, right? I’m confused about this.

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