FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Formations Guide

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Formations Guide

 
 

There are 25 FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Formations and we will explain all of them, one by one.

 
 

You can find our FIFA 17 Formations Guide here

 
 
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Introduction to Formations in FUT 16

 

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 in FUT 14 nine new formations were added to the 16:

4-2-3-1 (2)
4-4-2 (2)
4-1-2-1-2 (2)
4-1-4-1
4-5-1 (2)
4-3-3 (2) “Hold”
4-3-3 (3) “Defend”
4-3-3 (4) “Attack”
4-3-3 (5) “False 9”

 

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. However, in EA Sports FIFA (aka FIFA 16 Mobile), formation cards still exist.

Almost nothing has changed in FIFA 16 regarding FUT formations.

 

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Formations Guide

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All FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Formations

 

As we already said, there are 25 formations in FIFA 16 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.


 
 

 
 
 

3-4-1-2

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Pace Defending
CB C Medium High Defending Heading
CB L Low High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM L Low High Defending Heading
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CF Medium Medium Passing Shooting
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 

 
 
 
 

3-4-2-1

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Pace Defending
CB C Medium High Defending Heading
CB L Low High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM L Low High Defending Heading
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
RF High Medium Pace Shooting
LF High Medium Pace Shooting
ST High Low Shooting Passing


 

  
 
 

3-4-3

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Pace Defending
CB C Medium High Defending Heading
CB L Low High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM L Low High Defending Heading
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
RW High Medium Pace Passing
LW High Medium Pace Passing
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

 
 
 
 

3-5-2

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Medium High Pace Defending
CB C Medium High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
CDM R Medium High Passing Defending
CDM L Low High Defending Heading
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CAM Medium Medium Passing Vision
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 
 
 

  

4-1-2-1-2

 

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-1-2-1-2

The most popular of all FUT 16 formations. This formation in diamond shape has the CAM as key element.

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

Too narrow.

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


 

  
 
 

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

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM Medium High Passe Defending
CMR High Medium Passe Dribbling
CAM High Medium Passe Dribbling
CML High Medium Passe Dribbling
ST R High Medium Shooting Pace
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 

  
 
 

4-1-4-1

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM Medium High Defending Passe
CMR High Medium Passe Dribbling
CML High Medium Passe Dribbling
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 
 

  
 
 

4-2-2-2

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM R Medium High Defending Passing
CDM L High Medium Passing Pace
CAM R High Low Passing Dribbling
CAM L Medium Medium Passing Pace
ST R High Medium Shooting Pace
ST L Medium Low Passing Shooting


 

  
 
 

4-2-3-1

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM R Medium High Defending Passing
CDM L High Medium Passing Pace
CAM R High Low Passing Dribbling
CAM L Medium Medium Passing Pace
CF High Medium Passing Shooting
ST High Low Shooting Pace


 

  
 
 

4-2-3-1 (2)

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CDM R Medium High Defending Passe
CDM L High Medium Passe Pace
CAM High Medium Passe Dribbling
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-3-1-2

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM C Medium High Passing Defending
CM L Medium Medium Defending Pace
CF Medium Medium Passing Dribbling
ST R High Low Shooting Pace
ST L High Medium Shooting Pace


 

  
 
 

4-3-2-1

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Defending Pace
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Defending Pace
CM R High Medium Pace Dribbling
CM C Low High Defending Passing
CM L High Medium Pace Dribbling
RF High Low Passing Pace
LF High Low Passing Pace
ST High Low Shooting Pace


 

  
 
 

4-3-3

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CM R High Medium Pace Dribbling
CM C Low High Passing Defending
CM L High Medium Pace Dribbling
RW High Low Passing Pace
LW High Low Passing Pace
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (2) HOLD

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CM R High Medium Passe Pace
CDM Low Medium Passe Defending
CM L High Medium Passe Pace
RW High Medium Pace Passe
LW High Medium Pace Passe
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (3) DEFEND

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CDM R Medium Medium Passe Defending
CM High Medium Passe Pace
CDM L Medium Medium Passe Defending
RW High Medium Pace Stamina
LW High Medium Pace Stamina
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (4) ATTACK

 

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3 (4)

The one of the most attacking of all FUT 16 formations is a variant of the 4-3-3 that turns one of the midfielders into an attacking midfielder to support the front three.

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

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

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


 

  
 
 

4-3-3 (5) FALSE 9

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CM R High Medium Passe Pace
CDM Low Medium Defending Heading
CM L High Medium Passe Pace
RW High Medium Pace Shooting
LW High Medium Pace Shooting
CF High Low Pace Shooting


 

  
 
 

4-4-1-1

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CM R Medium Medium Passing Vision
CM L High High Stamina Defending
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CF High Medium Passing Shooting
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-4-2

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
RM High Medium Pace Drible
CM R Medium Medium Passing Vision
CM L High High Stamina Defending
LM High Medium Pace Drible
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Low Pace Shooting


 

  
 
 

4-4-2 (2)

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium Medium Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium Medium Pace Defending
RM High Medium Pace Passe
CDM R Medium High Defending Passe
CDM L High Medium Passe Pace
LM High Medium Pace Passe
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Medium Shooting Pace


 

  
 
 

4-5-1

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CM Medium High Passing Defending
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
CAM R Medium Medium Passing Dribbling
CAM L High Medium Passing Shooting
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

4-5-1 (2)

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATA DEF
RB Medium High Pace Defending
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
LB Medium High Pace Defending
CM R Medium Medium Passe Dribbling
CM Medium High Passe Defending
CM L Medium Medium Passe Dribbling
LM High Medium Pace Dribbling
RM High Medium Pace Dribbling
ST High Low Shooting Heading


 

  
 
 

5-2-1-2

 

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-1-2

Formation used by fewer FIFA FUT 16 players. Similar to 5-2-2-1 but with two ST with a more creative CAM option.

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

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

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


 

  
 
 

5-2-2-1

 

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-2-1

One of less popular formations on FIFA 16 Ultimate Team. Similar to 5-2-1-2 but with 1 up top supported by a left and right forward either side.

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

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

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


 

  
 
 

5-3-2

 

FIFA 16 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
POSITION WORK RATES MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
ATT DEF
CB R Low High Defending Heading
CB C Low High Defending Heading
CB L Medium High Pace Defending
RWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
LWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
CM R High Medium Passing Pace
CM C Medium Medium Passing Defending
CM L High Medium Passing Pace
ST R High Medium Shooting Heading
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace


 
 
 

 
 
 

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 15 >> FUT 16

  • There are no changes

 

FUT 14 >> FUT 15

  • Many links were removed

 

FUT 13 >> FUT 14

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

To choose a formation is a step much more important than many gamers think. It can make the difference between winning and losing many matches. This guide gives you all the tools you need to decide well.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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bekas
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This is the first time i play ultimate team.what would be best formation for fifa 16 ?

AK
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Rodrigo, can you tell me why have you specified the 4-1-2-1-2 (2) formation for FUT16?

What is your rationale?

Also, I am awaiting the FUT guides for leagues and their consecutive players

Sammer
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Hi can you reccomend two leagues i can base my squads around with each costing 35k (i have 70k I PACKED STERLING)

AK
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Here is my Serie a lineup – would like to hear your thoughts on how to improve in terms of quality and chemistry – only missing piece is the CAM

Perin

B.pires Murillo/Rugider Zapata Zuniga

Melo/kondogbia/De young

Iturbe Kovacic/can’t find a decent CAM except for pricey Mertens F.Anderson/Perisic

Palacio jovetic

I also have a hybrid 4-4-2 or 4-1-2-1-2

Alves

Mario gaspar Santos Murillo/Zapata Telles/Zuniga

Melo/Javi fuego
Orellana/Iturbe Kovacic perisic

Rodrigo/Correa Palacio/Jovetic

Please advise for which CAM to get from Italy and omit Insigne please Cz I didn’t like him.

And advise in general

Best,
Ahmed

AK
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Update – replaced Perin by Diego Lopez as a Gk

And Bruma by Fegouli

AK
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Sure Rodrgio, and thanks for getting back to me!

That being said, you will publish the first guide for BPL – when will you do so for Serie A or Liga?

AK
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Why start with BPL when it a the most expensive alongside liga though?

Max
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Hello! I have a question. Wonder if you can help. In FIFA 15 i played Robben striker with a rf card he got 7 in chemistry. It worked good. I wonder if you know if the player chemistry is the same or different in fut 16 compared to fut 15? Very grateful for answer.

Samuel Platt
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It’s better if anything. Robben would still get 7 chem at striker if he had Lewandowski and Thiago/Alonso linked to him for example.

AnonG
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Are the working rates that are recommended in this guide very important to use in game? I have tried this guide before with sucess, but in fut 16 I can’t seem to get the players to play the way I want.

Jay
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Hello!
What formation would you recommend for someone who likes to skill and takes long shots?

Aditya
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Hi rodrigo
i play on ios fifa 16 ultimate team mobile on ipad air
i like to play SWEATY and all out attack
tottaly dominate in the match by attack
sprint with my attackers a lot
tricking the opponent by back passing and double passing past the goalie
get long shots by mid fielders
have good defense playable defense
can do good through balls to attackers who have pace
JUST PURE PACE , SKILLS , DRIBBLES , RUNS , SWEATY GOALS and LONG PASSING AND LONG SHOTS

please suggest me a good formation on these points and also leagues which have good players fit for this formation
even if you dont suggest for fifa 16 mobile , please suggest me for console

thanks

Gianfranco
Guest

hi Rodrigo I want to ask you a suggestion I’m currently running a 4-2-3-1(2) with Lavezzi, Pastore and Salvio and I want to ask who do you think is better as solo striker Vietto or Icardi? Vietto have the better WR but Icardi have a better height and heading. Thanks in advance.

Alber
Guest

Hello Rodrigo! I was wondering if you can recomend a formation with a team for 100k? (Ps4)

I have problem scoring goals and my central backs are so bad….

Alber
Guest

Hehe i bought a serie a team! I like it:) but i have one problem…. I can’t score 🙁 very time i play against some1 i their goalkeeper gets man of the match …

Can you recomend a striker who can play good with morata? I have higuain but i hate him…

Chris
Guest

I have now made the best team for me in this ultimate team season, following this guide to some point.

I play 4-3-3 (2) Holding, which i find good for counter attacking and organised at the back.

GK – Buffon
LB – Jordi Alba High/medium WR, but very pacey. Since other defenders has high defensive work rate, I can allow him to go forward, offering great help to my left winger on the overlap and on quick counters.
CBL – Chiellini – Low-High – can cover for Alba when he is up. Amazing defending and decent pace. Also good in the air.
CBR – Manolas. Med/High. 81 Pace! good stopper.
RB – Liechsteiner HIgh/High – Good physics and passing ability combined with decent pace.
CML – Iniesta – High/med – pure class, but weak in challanges
CDM – De Rossi – Med/high – A real fighter. Rarely loses 50/50 challanges.
CMR – Marchisio – High/High – Box to box, good in both ends.
LW – Pedro -High/Med – My assist king, good with both legs – can go inside and outside.
RW – Candreva – High/Medium – 4-star weak foot. Shoots well and has good crossing. Can go both ways.
ST – Morata – medium/low – no stress, dribbles good, good finisher, speed dribbler.

I have few alternatives in terms of chemistry. But i need a set-piece specialist, as Candreva is my current best FK-taker.

Any tips on replacements?

Alber
Guest

Hey rodrigo! thanks anyway 🙂

i would recommend the formation 4222 in a seria Team it is so op in fifa 16.
and the players i use is : Dybala Morata
Mertens Pereyra
Guarin De rossi
Alex sandro Castán manolas Montoya
Handanovic

Chris
Guest

Hey Rodrigo,

Amazing guide! I want to play a false 9 as in the past I have excelled with cutting inside with wingers and scoring, i love to have open space to run into on the counter but also build up so i think false 9 is great. Any recommendations on a good cf? Budget 20k

Neil
Guest

What player instructions you suggest for the 4-1-2-1-2 (2)? Thanks a lot!

Furore910
Guest

what is passe?

Ahmed
Guest

Hey Rodrigo ….
1/ best formation for heading( crossing< and the best custom tactic for crossing ?

2/ best formation for high presser ?
3/increase the effectiveness of the wings R/L M . RAW. LAW?
Thanx …

Shravan
Guest

Hi Rodrigo,
I’m having difficulty choosing between a one striker or two striker formation.
I play a lot of possession football and counter attack towards the end when i need to defend a lead.
What formation would you recommend for me?

Basil
Guest

Hi Rodrigo

For a player like myself that is a fan of pace and has many pacy players, would a 4-3-2-1, 4-3-3 or a 4-1-2-1-2 (2) work best?
thanks

Christopher Robin
Guest

Ive made plenty teams by this guidelines, but I often struggle to get fullbacks to have medium/high or medium/medium work rate as most good full-backs has High/medium work rate.

I would like a description of why this work rates are important. Why are no formations recommended with such full backs?

LukeRB
Guest

Hi Rodrigo!!!!!

What formation is good for Passing & Long shots…..

Tommm
Guest

This helped me alot thnx man! 😀

Rashid
Guest

Hey! Do you know what the best formation for crossing is?

Hana
Guest

4-1-2-1-2
Suggestion:-
ST R High Medium Heading Shooting
ST L Medium Low Shooting Pace

base on ur suggestion, i wanted to pair sturridge with benteke but the thing is sturridge having 2 stars weak foot, if i were to put him on the LS i worry he will shoot the ball to holland.

So do u recommend me to put benteke on LS and sturridge on the right? any negative on that?

Ryan
Guest

Hi Rodrigo,

4-2-2-2 is my formation
BPL Squad: http://s15.postimg.org/rvh1srd4p/Screen_Shot_2015_12_22_at_11_00_28_am.png
Serie A TIM Squad: http://s8.postimg.org/5oc5y6efn/Screen_Shot_2015_12_21_at_8_03_05_pm.png

I haven’t been winning much games recently I like to play with through balls and long balls. Is this the right formation for me or should I change a few players.

Abbe
Guest

Hey Rodrigo! can you help me with a team for like 250k ? i have big problems after the new patch… I was in div 1 before the patch and now i have porblem staying in div 3… do you have any tips please help

Strontboer
Guest

Hi,

Nice tutorial, but i dont know and i can’t find on the internet what passe is

DonJon
Guest

Hi Rodrigo, I’ve been playing FIFA for years but mostly as a casual player with friends etc. I’ve given FUT a go this year and it’s great fun. But because I’m a fairly casual player, I’m building a full Valencia team as it’s cheaper and chemistry is great.

Anyway, my online results have been fairly consistent with scores more or less always being 2-1 or 1-1. The common theme is that I concede that one goal VERY EARLY. Do you have suggestions, Valencia players in mind, on what the best formation is? Constantly crossing to Negredo is working decently but I was hoping for more..

harry
Guest

Rodrigo,

What are your thoughts on this team including WR’s?

4-3-1-2

GK: 86 Cech

LB: Clichy
CB: SIF Koscielny
CB: Chiellini
RB: Abate

LCM: De Bruyne
CM: Marchisio
RCM: SIF Pjanic
CAM: Pogba

ST: 88 Aguero
ST: TIF Higuain

I like to play a lot of short passing to draw out defenders and make gaps for through balls and driven passes from generally a central position.

I would normally use the 4-3-3 2/5, do you think this formation is still suitable?

Thanks

jettero
Guest

Your picture for the “5-3-2” formation is incorrect. Otherwise, damn-fine guide! Thanks a bunch!

ChrisFUT
Guest

Hi Rodrigo!
First of all I really appriciate this guide made by you with all your experience.
I have made countless teams in various formations, and many are based on your guidelines. I have also tried to mix it a bit, and I guess there are no blueprint set-up that is the best for everyone.

I am a huge fan of the 4-3-3 formations. Especially 433(2) for the defensive responsibility on the CDM, making the other two as “inner runners” as we term them in Norway. In recent times I have abolished players with high defensive work rate. It has had excellent results for my performance, and I intercept more than before. They don’t seem too work too much and stick to their positions, leaving me with a compact team with more control of movement with my stick and teammate contain(R1). I’ve got up to the 1st division with back to back titles in 3rd and 2nd division after months in the 3rd and 4th. Maybe it is the fact that I have aquired more suitable players, and that is more important than work rate? Or maybe myself has improved a lot. It is difficult to know why for sure.

Here is my team:

GK – Casillas IF 86
LB – (H/M) – Gaya IF 81
LCB – (M/M) – Arribas IF 80
RCB – (H/M) – Ramos 87
RB – (H/M) – De Marcos IF 81
CDM – (M/M) – Busquets 86
CML – (H/M) – Iniesta 88
CMR – (M/M) Gabi 81
LW – (H/M) Morales 80
ST – (M/L) Morata 81
RW – (M/M) Tello 79

I use Iniesta as a main man in midfield to come through midfield with passing, turning the play to the less working right side if possible. I mix it up and sometimes play direct up to Morata as a classic target man.

I guess it comes down to my personal style, but I would love to see your views on my theory of WR and my team overall.

ChrisFUT
Guest
Elliott
Guest

Hi I like getting close shots at goal and passing wat is the best formation

Lewis
Guest

Hey Rodrigo! Great guide by the way! Anyway, I’m looking for a formation. I like to play passing football and I counter attack a lot. Only problem is, I never cross.

Skruknotter
Guest

I struggle to find a CB with L/H Work rate. For a PL side, there are few options.

Gabriel, Collins IF and Amat. Problem is I think Gabriel is not strong enough, and Collins is slow like a turtle, if not slower. Amat is also not one of the best defenders in the game.

Should I consider another CB with M/H WR? Or do you recommend a hybrid solution to this problem (Barzagli or maybe Mustafi)? Or should I stick with the slow, but strong Collins the ginger Pele?

Long Balls
Guest

What is the best formation for playing long balls and winning second balls?

I think a lone strong striker that wins in the air and aggressive ball-winning in opponents half.

Feed Valencia
Guest

In i 433(2) you recommend the CDM to have L/M WR, and I have found that work rate to be a very good advantage for a holding midfielder.

Why are you recommending the other two midfielders to have H/M WR? Is it not a good idea to have one with H/H?

I have tried a lot of midfielders, but now my trio is Carrick, Ki Sueng Yong and Mark Noble. Their stats dont shine, but I find their skills and traits unique.

Loppa
Guest

What is really the difference between 4-3-1-2 and 4-1-2-1-2 (2)?

Is it just different in terms of chemistry links with strikers and midfield?

John
Guest

What do you think of these 3 back formations, specifically 3-4-3 and 3-4-2-1. For the longest time I stayed away from using them, but have been using them with great success in career mode. I rather like having wide forwards or wingers with potentially overlapping wide mids. It allows me in my career mode to overwhelm the opponent with numbers. Although, I’m aware that career mode and UT have a very different game engine.

Perhaps it could work well with Jordi Alba and Di Marcos as wide mids and of course multiple CB’s who are good with their feet to play out the back, for example Boateng. What do you think?

Sahej
Guest

Hi , i play fifa 12 manger mode and here’s my squad :
(most players are the default players , while some are different bought from transfers)
Anyways , here are my players
CB- Raul albiol , sergio ramos , pepe , ricardo carvalho ,
RB- carvajal , arbeloa
LB- marcelo , coentrao ,
CM -granero , sahin, ,xabi alonso,
RM-altintop,pedro leon
LM-dossena
CAM- ozil,kaka,modric
CDM- khedira,l.diarra,gago
ST-dzeko,higuain,benzema,
CF- lucas podolski
RW- di maria
LW- cr7

I wasnt able to score goals using default 4231 formation of rm ,and i love playing speedy counter attacks using the full width of the pitch
So , i started using 433(4) one , against weak teams i totally destroy them( but without clean sheet) but struggle defensively against strong teams.
My starting lineup in 433(4) formation is as follows-
Rcb-raul albiol(86)
Lcb-sergio ramos (87)
Rb-carvajal(67)
Lb-coentrao(84)
Rcm- alonso(86)
Lcm-khedira(83)
Cam-modric(88)
St-banzema(87)
Rw-di maria(85)
Lw-cr7 (93)
I am deadly on counters , sometimes i make stupid mistakes and waste the counters , but otherwise i score many goals , but i cant defend properly
While defending i manually move my cm’s and cover the opposition teamates to cut passing lanes and then when the opponent is without support i take away the ball , but despite that i still concede goals although my defenders always cleanly take away the ball ,
So , what should i do ? Change formation, (but i like the kind of counterattacks this formation provides) or change squad , or adjust work rates or make some custom formation , i love the 433 system in football , how to produce counter attacks like carlo ancellotti did with flat 433 using rm ?? Pls help , i have to spend a lot of time trying to win against quality opposition teams ,
I play against ai

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