FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations Guide

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations Guide

 
 

Do you want to know which formation is right for your team ? If so, you need to read this FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations Guide.

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.

 
 
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Introduction to Formations in FUT 15

 

Modern football is more tactical than ever. That’s why formations are so important in Ultimate Team mode. In fact, they always were. A good player with a top team may lose a game if he is playing in a non-suitable formation.

Unlike what happens with other game modes, in Ultimate Team there are only 25 formations and you have to pick one of them. If you want to change it, just go to your active squad screen and access the formations box pressing your LT/L2 button. If you are not completely happy with your formation, you can adjust it to your play style and needs by using a custom tactic or changing the players’ mentality.

FUT has started with 17 formations. Then 5-4-1 has dropped and last year, in FUT 14, nine new formations were added to the 16:

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″]4-2-3-1 (2)
4-4-2 (2)
4-1-2-1-2 (2)
[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]4-1-4-1
4-5-1 (2)
4-3-3 (2) “Hold”
[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]4-3-3 (3) “Defend”
4-3-3 (4) “Attack”
4-3-3 (5) “False 9”[/vc_column][/vc_row]
 

In the same year, EA decided to remove the formations cards which means that players and managers no longer had to play in the right formation in order to keep chemistry high.

The biggest change in FUT 15 were the links of some formations. A few ones were removed which was a bonus especially for those who love to build hybrid squads. Now it is easier to build teams with high chemistry, since there are less links. Here are the links that were removed:

FORMATIONOLD LINKS
3-4-1-2CM to CBR and CBL
3-4-2-1CM to CBR and CBL
3-4-3CM to CBR and CBL
3-5-2
4-1-2-1-2RM and LM to CB
4-1-2-1-2 (2)CM to CB
4-1-4-1
4-2-2-2
4-2-3-1
4-2-3-1 (2)CAM to CB
4-3-1-2CAM to CMR and CML
4-3-2-1CMC to CB
4-3-3CMR and CML to CB
4-3-3 (2)
4-3-3 (3)CM to CB
4-3-3 (4)
4-3-3 (5)CM to CB
4-4-1-1
4-4-2
4-4-2 (2)
4-5-1CM to RM and LM
4-5-1 (2)
5-2-1-2CM to CBR and CBL
5-2-2-1CM to CBR and CBL
5-3-2CMC to CBR and CBL


 
 

 
 
 
 
 

How to Choose the Right FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formation

 

There is no better formation than another. All of them have strong and weak points. You should decide which one is better to you.

Before you even start to sign players, you should start by setting the formation that you will implement on 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 penalized in the individual and squad chemistry. You can solve the problem by buying new players and, in certain cases, positioning cards but the investment will be very high.

 

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:

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

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

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

  • What are the formations best suited to the goals you set for your FUT 15 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 ?

 

 
 

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations Guide

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Best FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations

 

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

 
 

Most Used FIFA 15 Ultimate Team 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:

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

From most used to least used


 
 

Most Attacking FIFA 15 Ultimate Team 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:

3-4-2-1
3-4-1-2
3-4-3
3-5-2
4-3-3 (4)

From most attacking to least attacking


 
 

Most Defensive FIFA 15 Ultimate Team 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:

5-3-2
5-2-1-2
5-2-2-1
4-3-3 (3)
4-2-3-1

From most defensive to least defensive


 
 

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team 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:

5-2-1-2
5-2-2-1
4-3-3 (2)
4-4-2 (2)
4-2-3-1 (2)

From best to worst counter attack style


 
 

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team 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:

4-5-1
4-5-1 (2)
4-1-2-1-2 (2)
4-2-2-2
4-3-3 (5)

From best to worst possession style


 
 

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team 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:

3-4-3
4-4-2
4-4-2 (2)
4-3-3
3-4-1-2

From best to worst crossing style


 
 

Our TOP 5 FIFA 15 Ultimate Team 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:

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

From best to worst


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

All FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations

 

As we already said, there are 25 formations in FIFA 15 Ultimate Team.

For each formation we 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.

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3xx Formations

3-4-1-2
3-4-2-1
3-4-3
3-5-2
[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]
4xx Formations

4-1-2-1-2
4-1-2-1-2 (2)
4-1-4-1
4-2-2-2
4-2-3-1
4-2-3-1 (2)
4-3-1-2
4-3-2-1
4-3-3
4-3-3 (2)
4-3-3 (3)
4-3-3 (4)
4-3-3 (5)
4-4-1-1
4-4-2
4-4-2 (2)
4-5-1
4-5-1 (2)
[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]
5xx Formations

5-2-1-2
5-2-2-1
5-3-2

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3-4-1-2

 

Most Similar Formation: 3-5-2
Best formation to play against 3-4-1-2: 4-1-2-1-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
CB RLowHighPaceDefending
CB CMediumHighDefendingHeading
CB LLowHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM LLowHighDefendingHeading
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CFMediumMediumPassingShooting
ST RHighMediumHeadingShooting
ST LMediumLowShootingPace


 

 
 
 
 

3-4-2-1

 

Most Similar Formation: 3-4-3
Best formation to play against 3-4-2-1: 4-5-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-2-1

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

Very attacking formation with three players right in front.

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 3-4-2-1 TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
CB RLowHighPaceDefending
CB CMediumHighDefendingHeading
CB LLowHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM LLowHighDefendingHeading
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
RFHighMediumPaceShooting
LFHighMediumPaceShooting
STHighLowShootingPassing


 

  
 
 

3-4-3

 

Most Similar Formation: 3-4-2-1
Best formation to play against 3-4-3: 4-2-2-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-3

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

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

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 3-4-3 TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
CB RLowHighPaceDefending
CB CMediumHighDefendingHeading
CB LLowHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM LLowHighDefendingHeading
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
RWHighMediumPacePassing
LWHighMediumPacePassing
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

 
 
 
 

3-5-2

 

Most Similar Formation: 3-4-1-2
Best formation to play against 3-5-2: 4-3-2-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-5-2

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

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

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 3-5-2 TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
CB RMediumHighPaceDefending
CB CMediumHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
CDM RMediumHighPassingDefending
CDM LLowHighDefendingHeading
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CAMMediumMediumPassingVision
ST RHighMediumHeadingShooting
ST LMediumLowShootingPace


 
 
 

  

4-1-2-1-2

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-1-2-1-2 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-1-2-1-2: 4-5-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-1-2-1-2

The most popular of all FUT 15 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDMMediumHighDefendingPassing
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CAMHighMediumPassingBall Control
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
ST RHighMediumHeadingShooting
ST LMediumLowShootingPace


 

  
 
 

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

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-1-2-1-2
Best formation to play against 4-1-2-1-2 (2): 4-5-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-1-2-1-2 (2)

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

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

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-1-2-1-2 (2) TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATADEF
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDMMediumHighPasseDefending
CMRHighMediumPasseDribbling
CAMHighMediumPasseDribbling
CMLHighMediumPasseDribbling
ST RHighMediumShootingPace
ST LMediumLowShootingPace


 

  
 
 

4-1-4-1

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-5-1 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-1-4-1: 3-4-3

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATADEF
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDMMediumHighDefendingPasse
CMRHighMediumPasseDribbling
CMLHighMediumPasseDribbling
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

4-2-2-2

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-1-2-1-2 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-2-2-2: 3-4-1-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-2-2-2

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

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

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-2-2-2 TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDM RMediumHighDefendingPassing
CDM LHighMediumPassingPace
CAM RHighLowPassingDribbling
CAM LMediumMediumPassingPace
ST RHighMediumShootingPace
ST LMediumLowPassingShooting


 

  
 
 

4-2-3-1

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-2-3-1 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-2-3-1: 3-5-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-2-3-1

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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDM RMediumHighDefendingPassing
CDM LHighMediumPassingPace
CAM RHighLowPassingDribbling
CAM LMediumMediumPassingPace
CFHighMediumPassingShooting
STHighLowShootingPace


 

  
 
 

4-2-3-1 (2)

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-2-3-1
Best formation to play against 4-2-3-1 (2): 4-4-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATADEF
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDM RMediumHighDefendingPasse
CDM LHighMediumPassePace
CAMHighMediumPasseDribbling
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

4-3-1-2

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-2-1-2 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-3-1-2: 4-3-2-1/p>

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-1-2

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

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

Very narrow formation. Crossing of the ball hardly happens.

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-3-1-2 TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM CMediumHighPassingDefending
CM LMediumMediumDefendingPace
CFMediumMediumPassingDribbling
ST RHighLowShootingPace
ST LHighMediumShootingPace


 

  
 
 

4-3-2-1

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3
Best formation play against 4-3-2-1: 4-4-1-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-2-1

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

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

A bit narrow formation, specially on the midfield.

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-3-2-1 TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
RBMediumHighDefendingPace
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighDefendingPace
CM RHighMediumPaceDribbling
CM CLowHighDefendingPassing
CM LHighMediumPaceDribbling
RFHighLowPassingPace
LFHighLowPassingPace
STHighLowShootingPace


 

  
 
 

4-3-3

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3 (2) and 4-3-3 (4)
Best formation to play against 4-3-3: 4-1-4-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RHighMediumPaceDribbling
CM CLowHighPassingDefending
CM LHighMediumPaceDribbling
RWHighLowPassingPace
LWHighLowPassingPace
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (2) HOLD

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3 (5)
Best formation to play against 4-3-3 (2): 4-1-4-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATADEF
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RHighMediumPassePace
CDMLowMediumPasseDefending
CM LHighMediumPassePace
RWHighMediumPacePasse
LWHighMediumPacePasse
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (3) DEFEND

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-3-3 (3): 4-1-4-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3 (3)

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

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

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-3-3 (3) TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATADEF
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CDM RMediumMediumPasseDefending
CMHighMediumPassePace
CDM LMediumMediumPasseDefending
RWHighMediumPaceStamina
LWHighMediumPaceStamina
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (4) ATTACK

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3
Best formation to play against 4-3-3 (4): 4-4-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3 (4)

The one of the most attacking of all FUT 15 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATADEF
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPasseDefending
CAMHighMediumPasseDribbling
CM LLowHighDefendingHeading
RWHighMediumPacePasse
LWHighMediumPacePasse
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (5) FALSE 9

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-3-3 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-3-3 (5): 4-4-1-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3 (5)

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

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

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-3-3 (5) TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATADEF
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CM RHighMediumPassePace
CDMLowMediumDefendingHeading
CM LHighMediumPassePace
RWHighMediumPaceShooting
LWHighMediumPaceShooting
CFHighLowPaceShooting


 

  
 
 

4-4-1-1

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-4-2
Best formation to play against 4-4-1-1: 4-5-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-1-1

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

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

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-4-1-1 TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CM RMediumMediumPassingVision
CM LHighHighStaminaDefending
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CFHighMediumPassingShooting
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

4-4-2

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-4-2 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-4-2: 4-5-1

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-2

The classic formation. Widely used in the world of football and the second most used in FIFA 14 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
RMHighMediumPaceDrible
CM RMediumMediumPassingVision
CM LHighHighStaminaDefending
LMHighMediumPaceDrible
ST RHighMediumHeadingShooting
ST LMediumLowPaceShooting


 

  
 
 

4-4-2 (2)

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-4-2
Best formation to play against 4-4-2 (2): 3-5-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-2 (2)

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

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

Lacks creative play in the midfield.
Needs fast wingers.

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-4-2 (2) TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATADEF
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
RMHighMediumPacePasse
CDM RMediumHighDefendingPasse
CDM LHighMediumPassePace
LMHighMediumPacePasse
ST RHighMediumHeadingShooting
ST LMediumMediumShootingPace


 

  
 
 

4-5-1

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-5-1 (2)
Best formation to play against 4-5-1: 4-3-3 (2)

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-5-1

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

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

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-5-1 TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CMMediumHighPassingDefending
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CAM RMediumMediumPassingDribbling
CAM LHighMediumPassingShooting
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

4-5-1 (2)

 

Most Similar Formation: 4-5-1
Best formation to play against 4-5-1 (2): 3-5-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-5-1 (2)

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

Suitable for those who wants to keep the ball.

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 4-5-1 (2) TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATADEF
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPasseDribbling
CMMediumHighPasseDefending
CM LMediumMediumPasseDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

5-2-1-2

 

Most Similar Formation: 5-3-2
Best formation to play against 5-2-1-2: 3-5-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-1-2

Formation used by fewer FIFA FUT 15 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB CLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
RWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
LWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
CM RMediumMediumPassingVision
CM LHighHighStaminaDefending
CFHighMediumPassingShooting
ST RHighMediumShootingHeading
ST LMediumLowShootingPace


 

  
 
 

5-2-2-1

 

Most Similar Formation: 5-2-1-2
Best formation to play against 5-2-2-1: 4-2-2-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-2-1

One of less popular formations on FIFA 15 Ultimate Team. Similar to 5-2-1-2 but with 1 up top supported by a left and right forward either side.

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

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

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 5-2-2-1 TEAM
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB CLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
RWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
LWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
CM RMediumMediumPassingVision
CM LHighHighStaminaDefending
RFHighMediumPaceShooting
LFHighMediumPaceDribbling
STHighLowShootingHeading


 

  
 
 

5-3-2

 

Most Similar Formation: 5-2-1-2
Best formation to play against 5-3-2: 4-4-2

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Formations - 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
POSITIONWORK RATESMOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATTDEF
CB RLowHighDefendingHeading
CB CLowHighDefendingHeading
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
RWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
LWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
CM RHighMediumPassingPace
CM CMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM LHighMediumPassingPace
ST RHighMediumShootingHeading
ST LMediumLowShootingPace


 
 
 

 
 
 

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 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

288 COMMENTS

  1. I am using 4-4-2 formation currently and the team chemistry is 100%,so my concern is that my players are not moving faster in the field and losing the ball while playing with professional and world class team’s. Then I thought of applying individual chemistry style for each player .so could you suggest me of which style to apply on which player. If I change my formation, I am losing chemistry

  2. After trying out a lot based on this guides I still prefer a Striker with a Medium/Low Work rate (like Hernandez, Morata, Amrabat) and full backs with High attacking WR

  3. Hi Rodrigo,
    I need to adjust my custom tactics every single match ! do you have any suggestion to save them or even easily retrieve ?
    In addition, when I change the supporting style of my CDM during the match it returns back to its default status during the same match !

  4. Hi Rodrigo, I need help choosing a permanent formation. I’ve tried a lot of formations and from my experience I prefer formations with 4xx. I like to build up my play with pacey wingers on the sides with at least one CDM because CM players mostly tend to be out of their position when I need them. I like to play a passing, crossing and fast paced games while having possession. I’ve played with 4-1-2-2 a lot, but now I’m looking for another formation. 4-2-3-1 is a good formation but the two CDM’s get tired too quickly.
    Any help will be appreciated, thx.

  5. Hi Rodrigo,

    Amazing article mate so much thought and time gone into it, really interesting reading.

    I was doing well with 4-2-3-1 (first season online and got to div 1 and went on 12 game win streak then I lost it got relegated and can’t buy a win 🙁

    I like to be solid and play on the counter attacking as I often get caught out by pacey strikers on the counter, I also like crossing and am finding the 1 up front is a bit lacking against the top guys, what do you suggest mabye I should change it up? What would suit me best?

  6. Hey was just looking this over trying to find a good formation.
    I’m looking to build a squad around striker walcott and striker aubamayang. I was wondering what you think would be the best formation to have these two use their pace the best. I’m not really into the 3 or 5 at the back formations as I dont suck at defending but im not amazing at defending. Thanks.

  7. Thanks Man!!! The 4-3-2-1… If you use the custom tactic on possesion,You think it would be any better??? Also i don’t like to cross…. (Is this for Non-Crossers like the False 9)

  8. What’s your view on 4-3-3(5) vs 4-3-2-1?? Which out of the 2 is better for passing/possession…
    (And for the forwards or wingers!!! Do you have to use pace , or can you use someone like Isco/Ozil??)

  9. What’s your verdict on these Formations Rodrigo?!?! How would you Rank them yourself??
    .4-2-3-1 (1) / 4-2-2-2 / 4-3-1-2 / 4-1-4-1 / 4-4-1-1 & 4-5-1 (2)

    Love passing gameplay

  10. Rodrigo,

    I will use a Serie A squad. The thing is that I love to play on the wings with players like if mertens, if candreva, if jose callejon and cuadrado. However the quality of the midfielders in the Serie A is very good with pogba, marchisio, vidal, motm hamsik, if hernanes, if guarin etc. So I don’t know which formation it’s best to chose, because the defenders in the Serie A are not that good and that fast for only 3 defenders without lb or rb. Thanks for the support and succes with reading my bad English.

    Regards,

    The dutchboy

  11. Your thoughts on 4-4-1-1 formation Rodrigo?

    I have played with it some matches and when I score early, it s amazing as the opponent doesn’t t know where the attackers are coming from plus it s excellent in passing and dominating the game. My ST is Aguero.

    Only problem is when I am conceading, it isn t a good formation to attack with especially if the opponent is parking the bus.

  12. Hi mate.
    Nice work on this guide, i found it helpful!
    I just want to hear your suggestion on what formation i should use.
    I like to play fast build-up/counter attacks, i do not want wingers RW/LW or RF/LF, but i would like to have RM/LM. And 4 defenders 🙂
    Btw it is Liga BBVA.
    I hope you can help. 😀

  13. Hi Rodrigo!!!!

    What for you is the Best Possesion/Tikki Takka Formation??? As i’m not really a fan of the Whole..Using 90 pace wingers 🙂
    Like to play the Barcelona way!!!

  14. Which one do to utilize now? I agree with you but to tackle that, I play with high pressure tactic and tend to finish off matches early on so I can switch to 4-5-1 and cotton the midfield during the game.

    Now, when I do conceed, I find myself confused – what do you think is the best formation if you want to attack and that s close to 442? I tend to choose btw 4-3-3 (5) or 4-3-3 (attack) or 4-1-2-1-2.

    Please advise

  15. Rodrigo, the best formation that I enjoy playing with is 4-4-2. I can cross, counter, tiki taka pass, everything! I just love it! The defensive version though is very bad and I can t attack with!

    1-4-4-2

    2- 4-1-2-1-2

    3-4-3-3 false 9

  16. I’m looking for a good possession formation, but one that is good defensively too? I score lots of goals, but concede just as many. Don’t mind if it doesn’t have wide players/wingers

    Thanks

  17. Hi, I want to build a La Liga / Bundesliga hybrid team. I am pretty poor at defending and keeping possession, but I’m decent at building up play (when I have the ball) and good at counter-attacks. So what formation and players should I get?

  18. Hi, I wanted to build a team and I also have an old team and I’m not sure if I should switch or not. Right now I have a 4-3-2-1 with Handanovic-Clichy, Chiellini, Barzagli, Konko-Fernandinho, Ramires, Pogba-Schurrle, Doumbia, Ibarbo. I made it to Division 1 once but got relegated. I’m usually in Division 2 or 3. So I’m not sure if I should switch to this team 4-4-1-1 Buffon- Eliseu, Chiellini, Otamendi, Joao Periera- Nani, Pogba, Enzo Perez, Quaresma- Tevez- Jackson Martinez. Would really appreciate advice

  19. I agree with you regarding the strikers. I love 4-4-2 but I guess there is no cover in the midfield, when I play high line defense to tackle this, I risk conceding if the opponent has good strikers. 4-4-2 (2) variant also is very defensive and I hardly score with it. I now play with 4-1-2-1-2 and it s giving good results.

  20. If u mean 4-2-2-2, I am bored of it as I mentioned before, that used to be my fav formation when I was playing PES and FIFA 13. Now I am playing 4-1-2-1-2 and loving it! Else it s 4-3-3 (5) or 4-4-2.

    Anyways, I got Sanchez, and he is no way near Cuadrado! You were right man, Cuadrado is the best winger. Waiting to sell Sanchez and get Reus instead.

    • I only mentioned 4222 because among the formations you suggested, it is the only one that is not good for crosses, something that you don’t use.
      To me 442 is better. You have good strikers and in that case it is a waste to use 433 (5).

  21. Thanks for the reply Rodrigo. Apart from the fact that I used to play 4-2-2-2 formation and it was my fav one at PES and winning eleven, it s kinda tight especially when the opponent scored and is parking the bus. Also I would like to hear your thoughts on 4-3-3 (5) as well as 4-1-4-1.

    I like to be unpredictable and score with MDs coming from behind unoticed. Also I tend to play with 4-1-2-1-2 formation but I exposed easily. Your thoughts?

  22. which formation is better, 4-3-2-1 or 4-3-3
    this is my team
    Gervinho Doumbia Ibarbo
    Pjanic Guarin Nainggolan
    Evra Chiellini Castan Maicon
    Buffon

  23. For the team in 4-3-3 (5)

    Lioris,

    Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala/Kosicelny, Clichy/Moreno

    Kroos Pogba Iniesta

    Cuadrado James Pedro/Griezman

    I tend to get all French compatriots for the CBs, LB, GK and CDM to preserve chemistry. I also get Tevez and Schwensteiger to replace both Kroos or Pogba and Pedro in the 2nd half since their chemistry won t be affected being a sub.

  24. Thanks Ahmed. Now Rodrigo, I am torn between 4-3-3 (5) and either 4-4-2 (2) or 4-2-2-2. I love passing and dribbling against defenders – thus, found 4-3-3 (5) to be great. Only problem is unless it s Tevez which also plays out of position. I get James to play the False nine role. Now, here comes the issue: if I am conceding, I need to use strikers and attack not James or the like. But they are slow (falcao, RVP) unless it is Dturridge or Tevez.

    4-4-2 (2) is balanced and I enjoy playing with it. Sometimes though, the wingers are isolated from strikers and scoring goals become a hassle. I don t like to base my attack on (wingers only) in 4-3-3 (5) at the same time 4-4-2 (2) even though very balanced and I players see each other and pass to open spaces, is sometimes not sufficient to score goals.

    I like to pass, dribble , through passes and lastly cross. I like the fact of getting players unnoticed from the midfield to score and attack.

    What would be the ideal formation?

  25. Hello Rodrigo , thank you for this site , you and your advise are perfect.
    I want to ask you something ? I play ultimate team online season , I am in 3.division now , but I was in 2. division , generally I play 2 and 3 division 🙂
    I use 2 different tactics , sometimes 41212 sometimes 433(2)…. I was happy both of them but I cant prefer which one is good for me , I can win 85-86 ratings team but sometimes I can lose 80-81 ratings team…
    I have Lloris , Kompany ,Koscielny , Zabaleta, F.Luis , Yaya Toure , Fernandinho , Di Maria ,Gundogan , Reus , Aguero , Diego Costa , Lacezette , Willian , Aubumeyang , and some players from other leagues like these player’s quality.
    I want to play fast and through balls , sometimes from wings , but I want secure defence too…I can’t prefer one tactic ,
    What do you suggest for me ? , please help 🙂 if you suggest different tactic to me , its ok I will accept your advise…
    thank you very much for everything

    • Hi.
      Thank you for your support.
      433(2) and 41212 are very different. 433(2) is more suitable for a fast game, while 41212 is better for through balls. You have good players for both formations. Maybe better for 41212.
      The decision has to be yours. It all depends of how you feel playing with each formation.
      Forget the ratings. You can play against very good players with low ratings. Usually, the owners of top ratings squads are poor players.
      Regards

      • thank you for your reply..you made me very happy…thank you very much…I prefer 433(2)…
        Lloris
        Pizschek Kompany Koscielny F.Luis
        Y.Toure
        İ.Gundogan Di Maria
        Aubemenyang Reus
        Aguero

        My Team Chemistry is 95 like that…Sometimes I use Zabaleta * Fernandinho * Willian in right side and my team chemistry was 100…I won 5 in a row yesterday night in 3 divison… I had red card and Iwas losing 1-0 halft time and I won the match 3-2 🙂

        I want to ask you do you suggest any player for me ? for this tactic and this squad…I can buy…
        and I want to ask you how must be my custom tactics? game speed , defensive line , pressing , passing style etc. ???
        please help me again
        thank you very much for everything Rodrigo

  26. first / you have good work .. Thank Rodrigo …
    I play 433(3) DEF . i have some problem in CM . The empty space between the CM and the RW/LW /ST . I pay player for good stamina but still problem.
    may team (( Casillas . Piqe . Pepe . Alba . Marcos // Khedira. Busqu .** Modric** // Pitti IF . Benzema . Vela ))
    (( Handovic . Armero . Barzgli . Chillini . Konko . // Vidal . De Rossi . ** Bujinic ** // Shaarow . Doumbia . Ibarbio ))
    thanx …

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