FIFA 19 Formations Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

FIFA 19 Formations Guide for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

 

There are thirty FIFA 19 Formations for Ultimate Team. They are all different and we will explain them here, one by one: their strong points, weaknesses, most similar formations, work rates, stats, how to counter and much more.

 


 
 
 

FIFA 19 Formations

All the thirty FIFA 19 formations used on Ultimate Team

As we already said, there are 30 formations in FIFA 19 Ultimate Team.

For each formation we indicate when it was introduced in Ultimate Team, explain how it works, identify the Most Similar Formation, show you the main advantages / disadvantages, pick the key player 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 and also the most suited style of play.


 
 

3-1-4-2

First introduced on FUT 19

FIFA 19 Formations Guide - 3-1-4-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
3-5-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚫ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
3-1-4-2 is a variation of 3-5-2 formation where a defender (preferably a sweeper) helps midfielders on attack and defence.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Very attacking formation.
✅ Many players in the middle.
❌ The RM and LM need to have winger attributes but also medium defensive work rate.
❌ Inadequate if the opponent plays with fast wingers.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
Like in 3-5-2, this formation is heavily reliant on the wing-backs providing width for the team. The wing players are more withdrawn in favour of one of the central midfielders being pushed further upfield into the playmaker position.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | Who should use this formation
Balanced, slow, possession play through the middle areas suits this formation best.
Suitable for the games you’re trying to win and you need to concede no or fewer goals at the same time.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
Most of your play will hinge on CDM and his ability to play good, sharp passes. The opposition might not see him as the danger man in this set-up too so you can use him as a foil really well and dictate play through this position.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
The trick to beat this formation is to play on the wings.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-5-1
2 4-1-3-2
3 4-3-1-2
4 4-3-3 (4)

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
CB RMediumHighPaceDefending
CB CLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
CDMMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM RMediumHighPassingDefending
CM LMediumHighDefendingPhysical
RMMediumMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
ST RHighMediumPhysicalShooting
ST LMediumLowShootingPace



 
 

3-4-1-2

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide - 3-4-1-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
3-5-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚫ | Defence ⚫⚪⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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”.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Very attacking formation.
❌ Defensively weak and susceptible to dangerous counter-attacks.
❌ Needs fast defenders and wingers with a medium defensive work rate.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
By using this formation, you will play with 3 in the back allowing you a more technical game in the midfield. That’s why they keep the ball so well. As there are no CDM’s to cover the 3 CB’s, you should use CM’s with high defensive work rates so they can fill the gap between the defence and midfield when necessary.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Quick, short, sharp passing in terms of build-up play with an attacking focus in particular.
Suitable for the games you are trying to win by keeping the ball in the middle and creating opportunities by your midfielders.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The 2 CM’s are crucial to this setup. They will have great options all around them so these two players are vital to the success of this formation. They need to be able to play a variety of passes and have good vision to be able to start attacks in numerous ways.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
There are two ways to overcome someone using this formation: Counter with pacey wingers but make sure they can cross well and you have a forward who has good finishing or Physical accuracy; or use one or two CDM to help contain the midfield. It’s fine if they have more possession, just catch them in the midfield and push the ball fast down the wing.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 4-3-3 (3)
3 4-1-2-1-2
4 4-5-1

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
CB RLowHighPaceDefending
CB CMediumHighDefendingPhysical
CB LLowHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM LLowHighDefendingPhysical
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CAMMediumMediumPassingShooting
ST RHighMediumPhysicalShooting
ST LMediumLowShootingPace



 
 
 

3-4-2-1

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide - 3-4-2-1

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
3-4-3

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚫ | Defence ⚫⚪⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
Similar to the 3-4-1-2 formation, with a change to the forward players. Even less popular than the previous one.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ 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.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
Similar to the 3-4-1-2, this formation has possession-based attacking element. However, it is more deadly because of the RF and LF behind the striker. The attacks come from wider areas, rather than through the middle, as there is no CAM in this formation. It also has the ability to score from distance. The ST is solely dependent on the LF and RF for a chemistry connection in this formation, meaning that you can play around with linking the ST in different ways. Have a play around and see what you come up with; there are so many possibilities.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Quick, short, sharp passing in terms of build-up play with an attacking focus in particular.
Suitable for the games where you are not only trying to win the game but also trying to score more than one goal.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The 2 CM’s are crucial to this setup. They will have great options all around them so these two players are vital to the success of this formation. They need to be able to play a variety of passes and have good vision to be able to start attacks in numerous ways.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
How to beat it? The goal is getting 2 CDM. Any formation with 2 CDM should be effective.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-3-3 (3)
2 4-2-2-2
3 4-5-1
4 4-2-3-1

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
CB RLowHighPaceDefending
CB CMediumHighDefendingPhysical
CB LLowHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM LLowHighDefendingPhysical
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
RFHighMediumPaceShooting
LFHighMediumPaceShooting
STHighLowShootingPassing



 
 
 

3-4-3

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide - 3-4-3

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
3-4-2-1

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚫ | Defence ⚫⚪⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
Similar to 3-4-2-1, with the change of forwards to wingers.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Attacking formation.
✅ It offers plenty of width in the 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.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
The 3-4-3 is by far the most balanced formation with 3 defenders. The LW and RW are great at swinging in crosses and running down the wing. They are heavily supported by the midfield that spreads out. This formation has a lot of triangles for easy, quick and effective passing. As this formation is even wider than the 3-4-2-1, your CM’s may become slightly isolated in the middle of the pitch when driving forward with possession. Using this formation, your midfielders are expected to split their time between attacking and defending. Having only 3 defenders means that if the opposing team breaks through the midfield, they will have a greater chance to score than with a more conventional defensive configuration, such as 4–5–1 or 4–4–2. However, your 3 forwards allow for a greater concentration on the attack.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Fast build-up play with a particular focus on attacking down the wide areas.
This formation is used by more offensive-minded teams.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The 2 CM’s are key but the RW and LW’s have a huge impact on the success of this particular set-up.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
Your team can be stretched easily and ultimately burn out quickly. To address that problem, playing 5 in the back will provide less stress for your team and you can easily take control of the game.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 5-3-2
2 5-2-2-1
3 4-3-1-2
4 4-2-3-1

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
CB RLowHighPaceDefending
CB CMediumHighDefendingPhysical
CB LLowHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM LLowHighDefendingPhysical
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
RWHighMediumPacePassing
LWHighMediumPacePassing
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

3-5-2

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide - 3-5-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
3-4-1-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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. The two wide full-backs act as wing-backs. It is their job to work their flank along the full length of the pitch, supporting both the defence and the attack.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ A 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 dominate.
❌ The RM and LM need to have winger attributes but also medium defensive work rate.
❌ Inadequate if the opponent plays with fast wingers.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
The 3-5-2 is essentially a more defensive version of the 3-4-1-2 formation, although it is still preferable that the LM and RM have at least medium defensive work rates in order to cover the 2 wider CB’s and help stop the opponent from exploiting the flanks in your own half.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Counter-attacking. Soaking up the pressure using the 5 defenders as well as the CDM’s and then attacking with fast, sharp passing.
Suitable for the games where you want to concentrate on attacks and score goals and same time concede no or less goal by keeping the ball possession.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The CDM’s are crucial to breaking up play as well as being the focal point for starting your attacks. If you have 2 weak CDM players in this formation you’re setting yourself up for a fall. The defence will be left exposed without two strong, disciplined CDM’s.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
Because this formation is so defensive, playing more attacking is perfectly fine.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-3-1-2
2 4-3-3 (4)
3 4-5-1
4 4-1-3-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
CB RMediumHighPaceDefending
CB CMediumHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
CDM RMediumHighPassingDefending
CDM LLowHighDefendingPhysical
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CAMMediumMediumPassingVision
ST RHighMediumPhysicalShooting
ST LMediumLowShootingPace



 
 
 

4-1-2-1-2

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-1-2-1-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-1-2-1-2 (2)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
One of the most popular FUT formations. This formation in diamond shape has the CAM as key element.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ A balanced formation that offers defensive security in midfield.
✅ Good defensively since sometimes CDM plays like a CB.
✅ Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.
❌ Vulnerable to teams using formations with a packed central midfield.
❌ Too narrow.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This is a very popular formation in FIFA. The central midfield arrangement offers a diamond shape behind the 2 ST’s. The balance comes from the fact that there is a CDM in front of the 2 CB’s to help out defensively and a CAM behind the 2 ST’s to help create attacking opportunities. This is very balanced and highlights a team that has strong pieces in every position. This formation also offers width with a LM and a RM.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Balanced, slow, possession play suits this formation best.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
Most of your play will hinge on the CAM and his ability to play good, sharp passes. The opposition will see him as the danger man in this set-up too so you can use him as a foil really well.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
This formation is even more effective than the 4-1-2-1-2 (2) because the LM and RM can also cover your players on the wing. As a consequence, this position can be exploited tremendously. Using a formation with wingbacks or clogging the midfield will give you more control of the game.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-5-1
2 3-4-2-1
3 3-5-2
4 4-4-1-1

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDMMediumHighDefendingPassing
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CAMHighMediumPassingBall Control
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
ST RHighMediumPhysicalShooting
ST LMediumLowShootingPace



 
 
 

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

First introduced on FUT 14

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-1-2-1-2 (2)

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-5-1

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.
✅ Suitable for those who like quick feet and passing style.
❌ Too narrow.
❌ Needs good fullbacks since the wings get very exposed.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
Similar to the 4-1-2-1-2 formation, it just has all the right ingredients: 2 strikers, 1 CDM, 2 CM, and a CAM. The major difference between the two is the CMs who push out wide to occupy LM and RM roles. The 4 central midfielders pack the middle of the pitch, making it easier to retain possession in this area, particularly in the opponent’s half. It will be more difficult to attack through the middle against teams using this formation, but easier to exploit the open space on each wing.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Balanced, slow, possession play suits this formation best.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The CDM is crucial to provide cover and someone with high stamina and pace is vital to add a bit more cover for when you don’t have the ball. The CAM is the opposite, they must be central to all attacking moves so the emphasis on them being a strong player in your team is again, vital.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
This formation goes attacks you straight up the middle. Your midfielders tend to wear out faster playing their type of ball game. A good adjustment that will help your gameplay is clogged the middle. Stretch their team so they come chasing you for the ball.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 3-4-2-1
2 3-5-2
3 4-4-1-1
4 5-3-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDMMediumHighPassingDefending
CMRHighMediumPassingDribbling
CAMHighMediumPassingDribbling
CMLHighMediumPassingDribbling
ST RHighMediumShootingPace
ST LMediumLowShootingPace



 
 
 

4-1-3-2

First introduced on FUT 19

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-1-3-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-4-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚪⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
Variation of 4-4-2 formation which was included in FUT this year for the first time ever.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Very balanced formation.
✅ Great passing options with good distances between most of the players.
❌ The CM and the ST are too far from each other.
❌ Wide players can’t have the wrong work rates.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This formation is one of the most balanced formations (as with most that are similar to 4-4-2) in the game and gives you a little bit of everything which is obviously a plus point.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Short, crisp passing mixed with occasional more direct route play suits this formation best.
Suitable for the games where you want to do attacks that managed by your midfielders.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
There are no key players in this formation.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
It won’t be easy to exploit this formation but your best chance is through the middle.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-5-1
2 4-3-3
3 4-3-3 (2)
4 4-4-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDMMediumHighPassingDefending
CMHighMediumPassingDribbling
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
ST RHighMediumShootingPace
ST LMediumLowShootingPace



 
 
 

4-1-4-1

First introduced on FUT 14

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-1-4-1

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-5-1 (2)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Very organised and solid midfield build up.
❌ Lacks a little attack
❌ The striker may needs support. CM’s should have high attacking work rate.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
If you want to dominate the midfield and sure up the defense, this is the formation people use. The CDM is the link between a seamless transition from defence to attack or a more controlled ballgame. It is very important to not try to play on the flanks using this formation. You will have to out muscle the midfield. 4-1-4-1 is a very solid formation that has strength when pushing forward but can be also very hard to break down. It is suited to players who prefer to build up the play, rather than hitting the opponent quickly on a counter attack.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Slow, methodical possession is needed to work the ball up to the pitch to ensure that when you do get the ball to your striker, he won’t be all alone up there at the top of the pitch.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
A striker who is physical has great speed as well as strength will need to be bought/used if you’re using this formation.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
The key against this formation is being patient because pace won’t work on it.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 4-3-3
3 4-5-1
4 3-4-3

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDMMediumHighDefendingPassing
CMRHighMediumPassingDribbling
CMLHighMediumPassingDribbling
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

4-2-2-2

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-2-2-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-1-2-1-2 (2)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
It is one of the most balanced formations. Similar to 4-4-2 but with players more qualified to defend and others to attack.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ 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.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This formation is very similar to the popular 4-4-2 and includes exactly the same links. The 2 attacking midfielders will position very similar to RM and LM when they do not have the ball but due to the generally lower Crossing rating in CAM’s compared to wide midfielders, this will mean that crossing within this formation will most often be less effective. Playing with this formation, the players can contain in the middle, yet spread the ball quickly out wide. There tends to be one particular CDM who is attacking minded, high stamina, who assists the attack. This role is pivotal because they transition from a 4-2-2-2 to a 4-1-3-2 and effortlessly. Using two strikers in this formation will allow you to create more goal scoring opportunities. Having two CAM players and two CDM players will help your team to be able to perform attacks and defenses with more players. Attacking using 4-2-2-2 formation will require to be more on the ground and using the central area of the field.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Medium to fast build-up play. Longer passes to get the ball into the front 4 as quick as possible as there is a lack of numbers in central areas.
Designed for the games where you want to score by ground passed.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
You can break this formation down into three sections. A front 4, a back 4 and 2 holding midfield men. Obviously, the 2 are down on numbers so it is pivotal that you have 2 strong players in that area of the pitch.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
The team is balanced, very balanced. The secret to overcoming the formation is stretching the CDM and attack head-on, so playing the ball wide and back inside is a good way to wear the team out. Also, don’t be afraid to shoot from distance (or take a finesse shot).

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 3-4-1-2
3 4-3-3
4 3-5-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDM RMediumHighDefendingPassing
CDM LHighMediumPassingPace
CAM RHighLowPassingDribbling
CAM LMediumMediumPassingPace
ST RHighMediumShootingPace
ST LMediumLowPassingShooting



 
 
 

4-2-3-1

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-2-3-1

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-2-3-1 (2)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
Formation much appreciated. Allows multiple offensive options but with the security of two CDM in defence.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ 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.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This is a very narrow formation, not for those who like crossing the ball. As you have 3 advanced CAM’s there are a few ways that you can approach attacking with this formation. Making the right choice about your attacking 4 players could be the difference between making a success or failure or using this formation. As long as you think out how your players will interact then you will find this very effective. The 4-2-3-1 (Narrow) formation seems to be defensive, but it is quite a flexible formation, as the wingers and the full-backs can both join the attack. The midfielders behind the single attacker are attacking midfielders (CAM) and the two midfielders behind them are defensive (CDM) which means they are helping the defenders.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Medium to short passing style. Use a free-form style of play to allow the 3 players in behind the striker to see the ball in as many dangerous areas as possible.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The 3 players who play in behind the lone ST are definitely key. If you have great chemistry between the three and they can interchange position playing 1-2 passes with each other the movement will be so hard for the defenders to contain.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
This formation provides balance and support in attacking, defending keeping possession in the midfield. The key is to clog the midfield and out pass your opponent. Try to use formations that have two strikers and at least a single quick 1 at that for counters. Playing formations with wingers may help crossing the ball in, but if your opponent has two great CBs it’s pretty much pointless. Pass the ball through the seams in the midfield. Also, make sure you have a CDM to contain the opponent’s CAM and let your CBs worry about the striker. Ideally, play with 4 in the defenders.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-1-2-1-2
2 4-1-2-1-2 (2)
3 4-5-1
4 4-4-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDM RMediumHighDefendingPassing
CDM LHighMediumPassingPace
CAM RHighLowPassingDribbling
CAM LMediumMediumPassingPace
CAM CHighMediumPassingShooting
STHighLowShootingPace



 
 
 

4-2-3-1 (2)

First introduced on FUT 14

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-2-3-1 (2)

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-2-3-1

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚫

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
A more attacking wider variation of the 4-2-3-1, that converted the wide CAM’s into natural wingers.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Suitable for short passing style as well as fast counters
✅ Two CDM’s give plenty of cover at the back.
❌ Needs a really good player to play as a CAM, the key position.
❌ A lone striker can often be outnumbered, especially against formations will 3 CB’s.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
Unlike the regular 4-2-3-1, this formation is more defensive and controlling. Using this formation may not result in a lot of goal scoring opportunities, but it is great for patient players. This is a great formation for those who are not as confident about defending as they are attacking. The back 4 and 2 CDM’s will mean that you shouldn’t be caught on the counter easily and so will generally have more than enough defensive support. Instead of having two CAM players, using this formation you will have a RM and a LM, which could assist your sole striker from the sides and also using the long aero balls.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Medium to short passing style. Use a free-form style of play to allow the CAM, RM and LM players, behind the striker, to see the ball in as many dangerous areas as possible.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The two CDM’s need to keep the ball moving and protect the back 4. It’s also crucial to have a strong, fast ST who is capable of playing the lone role.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
It can really frustrate you because passes are intricate and the team dynamic allows for quick counters down the wing or just to drop the ball if they are being pressured a lot. The key player here is the CAM. They have good vision and can pass out wide or link up with the striker exceptionally well. To be effective against this formation you have to constantly press the ball carrier. This will force you to win the ball in a good attacking position. You need a lot of players in your attacking half.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-2-2
2 4-4-2
3 4-5-1
4 5-2-1-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CDM RMediumHighDefendingPassing
CDM LHighMediumPassingPace
CAMHighMediumPassingDribbling
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

4-2-4

First introduced on FUT 19

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-2-4

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-4-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚫ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
The 4–2–4 formation attempts to combine a strong attack with a strong defence.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Very attacking formation
❌ Unbalanced formation.
❌ The two CM’s are too isolated.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This is the probably the most unbalanced formation in FUT 19. Its main strength lies in the huge attacking threat that this can pose, whilst still having a flat back four to keep you protected at the back. However, there is lack of players in the midfield. If the two CM’s aren’t players of the very highest quality as well as the elite footballing athletes, then you are most likely fighting a losing battle, right from the off. They have to be athletic to get around the pitch and have to sit in the middle area of the field.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Fast direct play with a focus on playing and attacking in wide-areas suits this formation best.
Suitable for the games where you need to win by scoring more goals.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
There is no doubt that the 2 CM’s are the key to this formation working for you. Ideal players would be like Kante, Vidal or Nainggolan. If you don’t have players of this quality, then don’t use it.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
Placing many players in the midfield is the key to counter this formation.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 4-3-3
3 5-3-2
4 4-4-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPhysicalDefending
CM LMediumMediumPassingPhysical
RWHighMediumPassingPace
LWHighMediumPassingPace
ST RHighMediumShootingPhysical
ST LHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

4-3-1-2

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-3-1-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-2-1-2 (2)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ 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.
❌ Without wide players, this formation lacks the variety in attacking opportunities.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This formation is suitable for players who prefer intricate passing in the center of the pitch. If you don’t like using wide players, or use Strikers that don’t have good heading then this is a great formation for you. Even in formations with 5 midfielders, there are usually only 3 central ones. This formation gives you 4 central midfielders (one being a CAM) and should, therefore, give you control and confidence in possession.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Medium build-up play with lots of options in terms of passing for the player in possession. Sharp 1-2 passing in central areas is key to the success with this formation.
Suitable for the games where you want to attack based on moves managed by attacking midfielders.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The CAM is the link up man for most of your attacks, especially because of the lack of natural width. He should find space off of the front men and a player here with good creativity and vision can be extremely beneficial to your team.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
The 4-3-1-2 parallels the 4-3-3 (flat) in the midfield and the defense, nevertheless it adds a more direct approach in attacking. The CAM is the key man here. He is able to coordinate with the 3 CMs and be able to do distribute to the strikers. The strikers can run at the CB’s or draw them wide. This allows for the CAM to open the game or even take a shot. You need to zone out the CAM in order to be effective here. If you can stop his assistance in the middle then you can win easily. Having 2 CDMs will control this CAM, so use formations that have both 2 CDMs and wingers to stretch out the 3 in the middle.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 4-2-3-1 (2)
3 5-3-2
4 3-4-3

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM CMediumHighPassingDefending
CM LMediumMediumDefendingPace
CAMMediumMediumPassingDribbling
ST RHighLowShootingPace
ST LHighMediumShootingPace



 
 
 

4-3-2-1

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-3-2-1

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-3-3

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ 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, especially on the midfield.
❌ Requires fullbacks to have at least medium work rates

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This formation has all the key ingredients to score goals effectively. The target man as striker is a very good finisher or strong, and the RF and LF can stretch the back line with blistering pace. This formation relies less on crossing and more on shooting and through balls. If used effectively, the front three in this formation can cause havoc on counter-attacks by outnumbering opposing defenders. Also known as “Christmas Tree” formation, the 4-3-2-1 is the ultra-attacking version of 4-3-1-2. Using this formation you will have three attackers, which means you are supposed to create more goal opportunities.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Focus play through central areas when in midfield and look to play sharp, quick passing into the front 3 as soon as possible from the CM areas. Can also suit counter attack style.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
For this formation, it is strongly recommended that you have two pacey, skilful wide forwards, preferably who are decent at jumping and heading. Another side-note tip for this is to try having the wide men play on the same side that their weaker foot is.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
The two forwards are the most important players here, so you should use the same tactical counter to stop the attacking force: 2 CDMs.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 4-3-1-2
3 5-2-2-1
4 5-3-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighDefendingPace
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighDefendingPace
CM RHighMediumPaceDribbling
CM CLowHighDefendingPassing
CM LHighMediumPaceDribbling
RFHighLowPassingPace
LFHighLowPassingPace
STHighLowShootingPace



 
 
 

4-3-3

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-3-3

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-3-3 (2) and 4-3-3 (4)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚪⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
One of most famous FIFA 19 formations. Earned greater notoriety for having been adapted by Guardiola.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ The closeness and the balance of the six men from the front allow 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.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
4-3-3 Flat is considered as a safe attacking formation where you have three attackers and a flat defensive line. This formation utilises wingers and allows them to play right up close to the touchline. The 4-3-3 is fantastic for those players who prefer to make use of crossing the ball from these positions. You are not limited to this style of play however, the wide players also have the option of cutting in and causing problems, particularly if their strong foot is the opposite side to the wing that they are playing on.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Wide areas are a crucial part of the success criteria for this formation. Again, focus play initially through the CM areas before distributing to wider players. Also suits a counter-attacking style of play.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
In this set-up, it is vital that the 3 midfielders are all comfortable on the ball but also have a bit of steel about them to win the ball back. If you have 3 attacking CM’s then the likelihood of you getting overrun at the back becomes a high possibility. Choose these 3 players wisely and build your team around them.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
Unlike the other listed 4-3-3 alternatives, the 3 CMs try to contain the ball and distribute effectively. This formation begs the help of the RB and LB. This is rarely used in online gameplay because there is so much space to get around the midfield – play the ball wide or behind the midfielders. Overlapping complete backs can be exploited quite easily. Possessing a lot of players in the attacking third will cause this formation a lot of trouble. Try to have more midfielders to make your job even easier.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-5-1
2 4-4-1-1
3 3-4-2-1
4 3-5-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RHighMediumPaceDribbling
CM CLowHighPassingDefending
CM LHighMediumPaceDribbling
RWHighLowPassingPace
LWHighLowPassingPace
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

4-3-3 (2) Hold

First introduced on FUT 14

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-3-3 (2)

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-3-3 (5)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚫

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
The first of 4-3-3 variations offers a holding defensive midfielder anchor in the midfield.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Good defensively since sometimes CDM plays like a CB.
✅ Chance of fast attacks on the wings.
❌ Only one ST may be insufficient.
❌ Users who prefer shorter passing may struggle if players have poor work rates.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
Almost identical to a 4-3-3, this formation has a slightly more defensive emphasis. Instead of having three midfielders across the middle of the pitch in a horizontal line, the central player will drop into the CDM position and ‘pull the strings’ from a deeper role. This anchor player becomes a focal point in this formation and requires high defensive and passing stats. He will support both CB’s when your opponent has possession and look to create counter-attacks as soon as you will the ball back.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Quick, sharp passing play suits this formation best with a focus on wide play to create chances.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The two CM’s must be able to join attacks and influence the play as well as not leaving the CDM exposed.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
There are different ways of playing with this formation, as it is very balanced. It is based on possession. If you want to counter, you will need to be sharp and have a lot of patient waiting an opponent fail.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 3-4-2-1
2 3-5-2
3 4-1-4-1
4 4-4-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RHighMediumPassingPace
CDMLowMediumPassingDefending
CM LHighMediumPassingPace
RWHighMediumPacePassing
LWHighMediumPacePassing
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

4-3-3 (3) Defend

First introduced on FUT 14

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-3-3 (3)

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-3-3 (2)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚫ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
This defensive-minded 4-3-3 variation offers two holding defensive midfielders and one centre midfielder in the midfield

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Two CDM’s give plenty of cover at the back.
✅ Work well if you are comfortable in possession
❌ The three attackers get too lonely.
❌ Wingers need to cover more field. Midfield is too isolated.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
Instead of having one CDM, the two wider central midfield players will drop creating a more defensive formation. This style of play works well if you find yourself being overrun more than you’d like, but this won’t help things when going forward. The left and right wingers will be able to exploit your opponents from wide attacking areas, but getting the ball to these players may become more of a challenge in the first place. This formation can work well if you are comfortable in possession and possess players with the ability to play accurate long balls.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Wide areas are a crucial part of the success criteria for this formation. Again, focus play initially through the central areas before distributing to wider players. Also suits a counter-attacking style of play.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
In this set-up, it is vital that you choose your wide men wisely. They need to have pace, be comfortable on the ball, good dribbling and crossing stats as well as able to score a goal. Having wingers whose strong foot is on the opposite side is advisable to give you the option to go both ways.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
This is a great formation but lacks a key component. It provides great balance in defending and attacking, but the midfield tends to be lacking bite going forward. The CM links the play from behind to the wingers and striker. Simple strategy, make the CM life a living hell by chasing the ball a lot. There is a lot of space on the wings to manoeuvre and create opportunities. Spreading the ball will pull the CDM out wide and you already have a useless CM. Make sure you have pacey wingers/good crossers of the ball and 2 strikers. That should do the trick.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-2-2
2 4-3-3 (4)
3 3-4-2-1
4 3-5-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CDM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CMHighMediumPassingPace
CDM LMediumMediumPassingDefending
RWHighMediumPaceStamina
LWHighMediumPaceStamina
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

4-3-3 (4) Attack

First introduced on FUT 14

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-3-3 (4)

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-3-3

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚫ | Defence ⚫⚪⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
The one of the most attacking of all FUT 19 formations is a variant of the 4-3-3 that turns one of the midfielders into an attacking midfielder to support the front three.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Suitable for those who want a very attacking formation.
✅ The closeness and the balance of the six men from the front allow 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.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
A more attacking variation of the 4-3-3, this formation utilises a CAM just ahead of both the wide CM’s and offers more support for the lone ST. It is more suitable for users who like to go on the offensive more often and not only offers attacking options from either wing but also through the middle via the CAM. Although you may find success offensively with the 4-3-3 (4), you will have to time your tackles and make sure you don’t become overrun when the opponent is countering.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Wide areas are a crucial part of the success criteria for this formation. Again, focus play initially through the central areas before distributing to wider players. Also suits a counter-attacking style of play.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
CM’s must have great stamina. They will hold their runs so you’re not leaving your back four completely exposed.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
This formation is based on fast-paced, quick passing and tons of goals, lacking in creative and tactical skills. It prides itself in a system of triangles and great support from the midfield up to the front line. With the right formation that contains the 4-3-3, you can easily pressure the opponent’s goal because there is no protection for the back line.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 4-4-2
3 4-1-4-1
4 3-4-2-1

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDefending
CAMHighMediumPassingDribbling
CM LLowHighDefendingPhysical
RWHighMediumPacePassing
LWHighMediumPacePassing
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

4-3-3 (5) False 9

First introduced on FUT 14

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-3-3 (8)

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-3-3 (2)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
The final 4-3-3 variant offers a deeper-lying center forward position to hold possession and help build-up the attacking play.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ A 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.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This formation has gained popularity in recent years. It doesn’t actually use a striker. Instead, it utilises a CF. The CF is required to play deeper than a conventional striker and become more involved in the play in the final third. The False 9 is incredibly possession oriented and requires that you have the capability to keep the ball. There are also chemistry links between the fullbacks and wingers in this formation and as you can see the central midfield player drops to a CDM.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Wide areas are a crucial part of the success criteria for this formation. Again, focus play initially through the central areas before distributing to wider players. Also suits a counter-attacking style of play as well as patient build-up due to the flexibility of your CF/CAM.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
In this set-up, it is vital that you choose your wide men wisely. They need to have pace, be comfortable on the ball, good dribbling and crossing stats as well as able to score a goal. Having wingers whose strong foot is on the opposite side is advisable to give you the option to go both ways.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
In this formation, the CF is the most pivotal piece because they have excellent vision, passing and scoring ability. This player has a knack for scoring – they drop deeper to help out then find the spaces behind a defense or know when to take that all important shot. The wingers have to be fairly quick and possess excellent dribbling to beat a player 1 on 1 or cut inside for one-twos with the CF. The strength of the team lies with the CDM and the CF; they form a diamond with the CM’s providing quick passes and a heavily possession-based game. What would happen if you put a line through that diamond? Exactly. You would cut the strength of that diamond.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 4-3-1-2
3 4-1-2-1-2
4 3-5-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CM RHighMediumPassingPace
CDMLowMediumDefendingPhysical
CM LHighMediumPassingPace
RWHighMediumPaceShooting
LWHighMediumPaceShooting
CFHighLowPaceShooting



 
 
 

4-4-1-1

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-4-1-1

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-4-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ 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 midfielders should have good defensive attributes to help the back four.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This formation is a variation of the basic 4-4-2 formation but, with a CF instead of a second ST, it allows much greater control over the midfield without sacrificing a well-organised defence. Unfortunately, as CF as less common as base positions, it is highly likely that your CF will be a modified ST or CAM, this can also have a big effect.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Possession play and a slow paced build-up passing style.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
It is important with this formation to have 2 players of high quality as CF and as ST. They need to be both quick and strong to hold up play when needed to allow support from deeper lying players on the pitch.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
The 4-4-1-1 formation was heavily used around a decade or so ago, much like the 4-4-2. It is quickly dying out because world football has been enriched by a more tactical game and not just long balls for counter-attacking plays. Having said that, if you were to find someone using this formation, beat them in the midfield. Any formation with numbers in the middle will quench the attacking approach by the CAM and the striker. The midfield doesn’t support as well because they are lying deep in the middle and trusting the LM and RM to press down the flanks. If you stifle the passers in the middle, you take control of the game.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-5-1
2 4-2-3-1
3 4-3-3
4 5-3-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CM RMediumMediumPassingVision
CM LHighHighStaminaDefending
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CFHighMediumPaceShooting
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

4-4-1-1 (2)

First introduced on FUT 19

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-4-1-1 (

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-4-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Better for a passing team and less direct.
✅ The CAM can be used to be the creative force or to break up play.
❌ CAM can’t have a medium or high defensive work rate.
❌ Some of the midfielders should have good defensive attributes to help the back four.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This formation is a variation of the basic 4-4-2 formation but, with a CAM instead of a second ST, it allows much greater control over the midfield without sacrificing a well-organised defence.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Possession play and a slow paced build-up passing style.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
It is important with this formation to have 2 players of high quality as CAM and as ST. They need to be both quick and strong to hold up play when needed to allow support from deeper lying players on the pitch.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
You can beat this formation in the midfield. Any formation with numbers in the middle will quench the attacking approach by the CAM and the striker. The midfield doesn’t support as well because they are lying deep in the middle and trusting the LM and RM to press down the flanks. If you stifle the passers in the middle, you take control of the game.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-5-1
2 4-3-3
3 4-4-2
4 3-1-4-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CM RMediumMediumPassingVision
CM LHighHighStaminaDefending
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CAMHighLowPaceShooting
STHighLowShootingPhysical


 
 
 

4-4-2

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-4-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-4-2 (2)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚪⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
The classic formation. Widely used in the world of football and the second most used in FIFA 19 Ultimate Team. Organised structure of defenders and midfielders moving as a lineup and down the pitch.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ The safest option for those players not too sure on what formation to go with.
✅ Solid and good for the attack through the middle or on the wings. Fullbacks can support wingers.
❌ Formation a bit predictable for opponents.
❌ Some of the midfielders should have good defensive attributes to help the back four.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This is a formation for those wishing to try new players/teams or for those that are unsure of their own gameplay strengths. Due to this formation have no bias to either attack or defence it is worth noting that gamers should show no particular bias when selecting players. For example, you may find yourself exposed if you pick two attacking CM’s, and vice versa you may find yourself lacking attacking players should you choose two defensive CM’s. It is best that you either choose all-round players in this formation or try to compensate with players surrounding them.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Possession play with medium range passing and speed of play. Long balls into ST’s can work too if played accurately and quickly from deeper areas in your own half.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The 2 ST’s play a key role in this formation. At times they can become a tad isolated especially if you have 2 defensive minded midfielders or even more so, if the wide midfielders are quite conservative in their forward runs as well. Therefore, it is important they can work together to create chances for themselves.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
You are much more likely to see someone use this formation than the 4-4-1-1 because of the supporting striker roles. The additional striker can present a problem depending on the trait or specialty they may have. Use at least 1 CDM and have a midfield that is spread wide to cover the LM and RM. The formation is fairly flat so any formation that can maximize passing behind the midfield. The CMs are pass first midfielders (not so defensive minded) so obtaining midfielders with strength will pay huge dividends.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 3-5-2
3 3-4-3
4 3-4-2-1

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
RMHighMediumPaceDrible
CM RMediumMediumPassingVision
CM LHighHighStaminaDefending
LMHighMediumPaceDrible
ST RHighMediumPhysicalShooting
ST LMediumLowPaceShooting



 
 
 

4-4-2 (2)

First introduced on FUT 14

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-4-2 (2)

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-4-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚫

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
Also known as 4-4-2 Holding, it’s a more defensive variation of the classic 4-4-2 with two defensive midfielders in place of the usual centre midfielders.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ 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.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
As you will be most likely attack down the wing or playing a long ball forward it is essential that at least one of the strikers operates as a target man and can challenge, if not win, most aerial balls.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Possession play with medium range passing and speed of play. Long balls into ST’s can work too if played accurately and quickly from deeper areas in your own half from CDM’s with high passing stats.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The 2 ST’s play a key role in this formation. At times they can become a tad isolated especially with having the have 2 defensive minded midfielders or even more so, if the wide midfielders are quite conservative in their forward runs as well. Therefore, it is important they can work together to create chances for themselves as having wingers who want to join attacks.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
This formation is a good one for players that want to counter the oppositions chipped through balls, the 2 CDMs give good coverage in front of the defence and if chosen well should be able to close down any of the opposition looking to play in their strikers. Having 2 CDMs will mean that the space for CFs and CAMs will be minimal, allowing you to mark them out of the game for more effectively. But the formation also gets the disadvantage. With no attacking central midfielders, your attacking play will most likely be limited to long balls forward or wing play. So it has to mention that as you will be most likely attack down the wing or playing a long ball forward it is essential that at least one of the strikers operates as a target man and can challenge.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 3-5-2
2 5-3-2
3 4-2-3-1
4 4-4-1-1

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumMediumPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumMediumPaceDefending
RMHighMediumPacePassing
CDM RMediumHighDefendingPassing
CDM LHighMediumPassingPace
LMHighMediumPacePassing
ST RHighMediumPhysicalShooting
ST LMediumMediumShootingPace



 
 
 

4-5-1

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-5-1

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-5-1 (2)

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Suited to players who prefer to build play patiently.
✅ Probably the best formation for who wants to keep the ball.
❌ Not good for direct play and long ball styles.
❌ CM often tends to get lost and caught out of position.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This formation is originally a defensive formation, however, if the two midfield wingers play a more attacking role, it can be likened to 4–3–3. The formation can be used to tie up or preserve a lead, as the packing of the centre midfield makes it difficult for the opposition to build up play. This formation is suitable for players who are very confident in their defence and possession-based tactics. The single CM means that it is probably best to have a big strong player that is able to perform the job of winning the ball and also able to move the ball onto the wide players or one of the 2 CAM’s. This formation is strongly centred around the 2 CAM’s and so it would be advisable to choose more defensive wide players as any target man strikers will likely lack the ball control and finishing to be fully utilized by the 2 CAM’s. Anyone using this formation will need to focus on keeping the ball, the lack of defensive players will mean that should the opposition get the ball, it’s likely you will be outnumbered.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Possession play and a slow paced build-up passing style.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
If used correctly and taken full advantage of you will be able to work plenty of room for your 2 CAM’s to cause lots of problems for the opposition defence. Unless there are 2 CDM’s on the opposite team (not many formations will have this) then the 2 CAM’s are going to find lots of open space to play in which in turn can be very beneficial for your team and the attacking opportunities this will provide.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
Conceptually, this formation has the right idea, but it has too many gaps why not a lot of people use it. World football is more tactical and having only 1 natural CM is a disaster waiting to happen. Having said that, this formation has merit. The LM and RM can stretch ballgame quite easily. The formation relies heavily on triangle passes. By nullifying their passes, the formation falls apart quite easily. Because you only have one particular CM, additional midfielders will overwhelm that person. Using 2 CDM is a must and 2+ CMs will put the game right in your hands.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-2-3-1
2 4-4-2
3 3-4-3
4 5-3-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CMMediumHighPassingDefending
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
CAM RMediumMediumPassingDribbling
CAM LHighMediumPassingShooting
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

4-5-1 (2)

First introduced on FUT 14

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 4-5-1 (2)

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
4-5-1

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚪ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Suitable for those who want to keep the ball.
✅ Difficult to break down.
❌ Only one ST may be insufficient.
❌ CM’s may need to help the back four.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This is another popular formation which utilises a lone striker. This player must have the ability to hold up the ball and bring teammates into play, this can be done via overlaps or by simply playing the ball back to midfield player’s feet. This formation is generally considered more defensive than the 4-4-2, but with a strong/tall target man, it can work very well. The extra midfielder works well for users who like to keep the ball in the middle of the park and creates a strong horizontal line which can be difficult to play against.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Possession play and a slow paced build-up passing style.
This formation is usually used to gain a win or a draw in a safe mode.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
If used correctly and taken full advantage of you will be able to zip the ball between the 3 close CM’s and unless the opposition has the exact same formation, they’re going to see plenty of the ball. The ST is vital and he needs to be big and strong.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
This formation has so many people spread across the midfield that it becomes tedious to track down the ball. It can beat you in a few ways: the 3 CM can pass well to the striker, out wide or among themselves; the LM and RM drop to support the midfield but are itching to push the ball wing, or you tend to forget that there is a striker up top. He only links up for the final touches or shot at goal. This can easily become a possession-based game. There’s not much you can do about that. You should focus on the 3 CM and let your LB and RB worry about the LM and RM. This formation is really flat, so have players that can score up top. You may only get a few good chances.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 3-5-2
2 4-2-2-2
3 4-3-3 (3)
4 5-3-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RBMediumHighPaceDefending
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
LBMediumHighPaceDefending
CM RMediumMediumPassingDribbling
CMMediumHighPassingDefending
CM LMediumMediumPassingDribbling
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
RMHighMediumPaceDribbling
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

5-2-1-2

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 5-2-1-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
5-3-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚫ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚫

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
Formation used by fewer FIFA FUT 19 players. Similar to 5-2-2-1 but with two ST with a more creative CAM option.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ 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.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
In this formation, you will have 5 defenders including 3 central defenders (CB) one of them is a sweeper and 2 wide full-backs acting as wing-backs, who will be helping the midfielders and strikers on attacks -, especially on counter attacks. The wing backs will be required to get up each flank in order to support attacks and also fulfil their defensive responsibilities. Much of the play will go through the middle and the CAM will have to pull the strings and be a creative spark. This is a very solid formation defensively, as long as the LWB and RWB fill in when they can.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
Defensive set-up with strong possibilities for counter attacking.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
Pick a CF with a medium/high defensive work rate as well as a high attacking work rate and they’re going to be a real asset to your team. If they can drop in to help the 2 CM’s but also work forward to find space in behind the two ST’s then you’re going to have a very difficult CF to contain.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
This formation plays similar to the 4-1-2-1-2(2) and the 3-5-2. This allows for passing options at almost any time of the game. If you want to play narrow through the central midfield, it allows that. If you want to spread your opponent’s defense out and play wide, it can also do that. Sometimes the best thing to do is to counter with the same weapons.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 5-2-1-2
2 5-2-2-1
3 4-4-2
4 4-3-3

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB CLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
RWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
LWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
CM RMediumMediumPassingVision
CM LHighHighStaminaDefending
CFHighMediumPassingShooting
ST RHighMediumShootingPhysical
ST LMediumLowShootingPace



 
 
 

5-2-2-1

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 5-2-2-1

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
5-2-1-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚫ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚫

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
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.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ 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.
❌ Possession based teams can play through the middle with quick passing

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
This formation includes 5 defenders including 3 central defenders (CB) – one of them could be a sweeper, and 2 wide full-backs acting as wing-backs, who will be backing the strikers on quick counter-attacks. With 3 attackers (LW, RW and ST), you will be able to perform counter-attack from the wings as well as the center. It is fantastic at making the most of the width of the pitch. The wing-backs don’t need exceptionally high stamina for this to work, as both wingers will do the flank work when going forward. This shape generally works well against narrow formations, as they tend to struggle to close down your wide players quick enough.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
A brilliant counter-attacking formation if utilised correctly with custom tactics. Also great for pressuring teams high up the pitch with ultra attacking tactics selected.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
RWB and LWB have a huge responsibility to provide swift counter-attacks but also provide necessary support for the 3 CB’s in defence. You need quick, athletic players in these positions with high work rates if you are to make this formation as lethal as it can be.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
With a strong backline of defenders, and two well-rounded center midfielders, you will invite a lot of pressure from your opponent; however, with the back 5, it won’t be an issue. Even if you suck at defending on FIFA, having five bodies, six if you include the keeper, defender becomes easy enough. To counter this formation, just put many players in the midfield.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-4-1-1
2 4-2-3-1
3 4-3-3
4 3-5-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB CLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
RWBHighHighPaceDribbling
LWBHighHighPaceDribbling
CM RMediumMediumPassingVision
CM LHighHighStaminaDefending
RWHighMediumPaceShooting
LWHighMediumPaceDribbling
STHighLowShootingPhysical



 
 
 

5-3-2

First introduced on FUT 09

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 5-3-2

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
5-2-1-2

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚫⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚫ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚪⚪

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
The most solid and balanced formation of 5 defenders. Although seemingly defensive formation can become a very offensive.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Strong defence with space for wing backs to run into.
❌ Can be narrow attacking wise limiting options.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
The style of play with this shape is perhaps narrower than usual, but with hard-working wing backs, it doesn’t have to be. There is a slight separation between the midfield and defence which can be exploited at times, however, when in possession it can be difficult for opponents to defend against. Slick passing and good movement are required when going forward with the ball, but accurate long balls will work if you have a set of strikes who are decent in the air. This system is reliant on the wing-backs providing width for the team. The two wide full-backs act as wing-backs. It is their job to work their flank along the full length of the pitch, supporting both the defence and the attack.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
A very rigid set-up allows for patient build-up in terms of passing with focus through the CM positions.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The CB’s are the spine and core of the team. At least two of the centre-backs need to be comfortable in possession of the ball to start your attacks as well as being tall, strong, athletic and quick. There are only a handful of players who fit this criterion so if using the 5-3-2 makes sure you select your CB’s carefully and build the team around them.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
This formation is very solid and well built. It’s not easy to counter if no one is pushed up. Nice build-up play and smooth, but precise passes will find you into his box.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-3-2-1
2 4-3-3 (4)
3 4-3-3
4 4-3-1-2

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
CB RMediumHighDefendingPhysical
CB CLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
RWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
LWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
CM RHighMediumPassingPace
CM CMediumMediumPassingDefending
CM LHighMediumPassingPace
ST RHighMediumShootingPhysical
ST LMediumLowShootingPace



 
 
 

5-4-1

First introduced on FUT 19

FIFA 19 Formations Guide – 5-4-1

MOST SIMILAR FORMATION | The formation that looks more with this one
5-2-2-1

STYLE | How good is this formation for an attacking, defensive or counter-attacking style
Attack ⚫⚪⚪ | Defence ⚫⚫⚫ | Counter-Attack ⚫⚫⚫

SHORT DESCRIPTION | How this formation can be described
One of the most solid of the 5 at the back formations in terms of defensive set-up and overall structure.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS | The best and the worst about this formation
✅ Strong defence.
✅ Two players on either wing.
❌ The ST gets too lonely.

FORMATION’S ANALYSIS | How to use this formation
The 5-4-1 formation is a particularly defensive formation, with an isolated forward and a packed defence. The lone striker is usually looking to receiving the ball for scoring on counter-strikes.

MOST SUITED STYLE OF PLAY | How to use this formation
A very rigid set-up allows for patient build-up in terms of passing with focus through the CM positions to allow runners from other areas to join in attacks so you don’t constantly lose possession.

KEY PLAYER | The crucial position on this formation
The two wide players are absolutely the most important in this formation. They have to be able to provide quality from wide areas and provide crucial support to the lone ST.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
To counter this formation, just put many players in the midfield.

FORMATIONS TO COUNTER | Which FIFA 19 formations you should use to beat this one
1 4-3-2-1
2 4-3-3 (4)
3 3-5-2
4 4-5-1

OUR SUGGESTION | The most important attributes and the best work rates for each position

POSITION
ATTACKING WR
DEFENSIVE WR
MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
CB RLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB CLowHighDefendingPhysical
CB LMediumHighPaceDefending
RWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
LWBMediumMediumPaceDribbling
CM RHighMediumPassingPace
CM LHighMediumPassingPace
RMHighMediumPaceShooting
LMHighMediumPaceDribbling
STHighLowShootingPhysical


 
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  1. Have you even tested teams with these work rates and key stats? The pacey, med/med workrates, LB/RB wich you suggest in many of the fromations there is only theo hernandez and nelson semedo. And there aren’t many ST partnerships with high/med shooting physicality, med/low pace shooting that can connect to the rest of the team… non icob pacey med/low is pretty much only auba and he is hard to link to semedo and hernandez….

  2. With your 4-3-1-2 analysis, you state:
    HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION | How to play against someone using this formation
    The two forwards are the most important players here, so you should use the same tactical counter to stop the attacking force: 2 CDMs.

    Can you expand on that a little? You only mention 1 formation that even uses a CDM to counter. Are you mostly just suggesting to use mid field players with more defensive stats in those positions using those formations?
    Thanks!

  3. Very good guide but I can‘t decide which formation I should choose. I have a seria team and i want to use 4 defenders dybala as cam, douglas costa, Nainggolan and Mertens as ST.

  4. A great breakdown of formations and I enjoyed reading. My question is: right now I am losing rivals games 6-5, 5-4, and 4-3 for the most part right now. Attacking is not my issue right now obviously I need help in the back. 85 rated 100 chem so players aren’t the issue for my PL squad. When attacking I like variety- pace down the wings to get crosses or cut inside but I also like threading through balls and building attacks through the middle. Which formation?

    • Thank you. First of all, let’s look at what you are doing right: you are scoring a lot of goals. It’s important to keep doing that. Probably it will be easier to not move to other formation and just make a few adjustments in your back line. The first thing you should try to do is analyze how you are opponents are scoring so many goals and make the respective adjustments on the defensive tactics. Follow our guide to know how to do it.

  5. Hey.
    I always use 4-3-3 (4) Attack formation in competitions many boys use 4-1-2-1 and they beat me mostly i lose in semi finals can you please tell me 4-1-2-1-2 instructions just please

  6. Hi.
    I always used 3-5-1 in Fifa 18, but this year when i defend the wings fall back and acts as fullbacks..which im used to. But the CAM falls all the way back to and usually ends up running along side one of the wings. Which completely destroys my build up to attacks. How can i change that?

    I ended up changing to 4-3-3(2) with one of the CM coming forward in attack to “act as a CAM”, its ok but i really miss the second ST. 🙁

  7. I like to play one-two pass and fast triangle short passes without control.
    4-1-2-1-2 (2) doesn’t work well this year.
    What do you think?
    Thanks

  8. Hi, I like formations with CAMs and medium to short passing style, the 4-1-2-1–2 (2) is to narrow, And im not good at crossing, what formation would you recommend.

  9. Hi. I like to play on the counter, yet I also like keeping possession on the edge of my opponents box and looking for an opening. I’m not confident in my defensive skills so I used to use 4231 narrow. I also want to be able to press my opponent with my team. What formation would you recommend for this type of play?

  10. Hi I have great full-backs in team. Alba + Juanfran (sbc card) which I would like to use them as advantage. What formation you reccomend me?

    My team:
    Rodrigo
    Vinicus – Arthur – Rafinha – Dembele (Aspas)
    Alba – Paulista – Lenglet – Juanfra (sbc)

    • Hi. Full backs are not the best game changers. The coins you spent on them would make much more difference in other positions.
      A formation with 5 defenders can take the best from fullbacks. I would try 532.

  11. Fifa 19 is more dependent on custom tactics it seems this year. I really like 4-1-2-1-2 and i tried playing it this year as usual but end up having more space open up in defence. I like to play fast but keep possession at the same time, what do you think of playing 4-4-2(2), keeping one of the ST’s as false 9 and one CDM as get Forward, giving more passing options in the middle of the park and one of the CDM’s popping up in the attacking half, rather than sending long balls now and then? or do you have any suggestions?

  12. I like to play with a lot of pace with through balls mainly
    Is 424 a good enough formation to use for this or would you recommend something else

  13. Sorry for duplicate replies , i thought i cant send reply thats why i wrote same triple accidentally

  14. Hi Rodrigo,

    i like to playwith 3 defenders but always being countered. I was very succesful with H/M work rates for centre backs,whatdo you suggest not to be countered on this formation.Is it impossible with 3 defenders ?

    Thanks.

  15. I am liking the 451(2) and use a Bundesliga squad seem to have trouble against the 424 what would you recommend use as a tactical change of formation to use, i like to have good ball retention/possession and run the wings not a pace whore player any help would be nice

    • You are using a formation that looks suitable to your play style. So, my suggestion is to make a few adjustments on tactics according to the weaknesses you have identified (that I don’t know which ones they are)

  16. Can I also ask a question about Coutinho?

    I want to play him at CAM.. if I brought him on as a sub will chemistry affect him? I think he will have max 4 Chem if I start him

  17. Hello. I currently use the 4-2-4, and i have also used the 4-5-1. I am ok at defending, and i also get decent chances to score, but not enough. I dont use my wingers to cross that much. I like to just play the ball around and then score when the chance is there. Which formation do you think will work best for me. 🙂

  18. Hi
    Like your guide <3 but i got a question regarding the 4-4-1-1 and its counter formation. It says that it can counter the 4-3-3 but if i go further down on the page I can see that the 4-3-3 also can counter the 4-4-1-1. So which formation would be the most decent to use between these??

  19. Hello,

    Amazing article by the way, it was a great read! If I went for a 4-2-3-1 with the two CDM’s do my LM and RM have to do really fast? Or could I use like Thomas Lemar or Son?

    Furthermore what’s the best counterattacking formation that still has a strong defence?

  20. Hello, what’s best formation for crossing ? Also for crossing should I go fast build up or balanced ? What about the instruction with the formation ?

  21. i like cross & head gameplay, prefer 2 STs. also i want my defence to be strong. which formation and what tactics should i use?

  22. I like the good old 4-4-2 with its wide variations, defending deep and playing on the counter. I want to try a more possessive and attacking formation, which one should I go for? BTW, have u thought of getting a coaching? Gr8 work!

  23. I’ve always had problems with defending but not with scoring. Should i try the 5-4-1? I noticed you gave it 7/9
    which is quite a good rating and only one negative side with two positive ones.

  24. Hello,
    I like the game with lots of quick passes so I can play fast or play the possesion but this year I can not seem to create opportunities.
    What do you advise me.
    Thank you
    Ps:I’am French it’s a google traduction. Sorry.

  25. Hey need some help creating a formation. I like to play a passing kind of attack but w 2 strikers. Lots of through balls. Also need a formation that can defend against wingers. Thanks

  26. I would like to use a formation with 2 strikers but I also like to play down the wings. What formation would you recommend?

  27. Hey need help I can’t defebd or attack I have tried 541 but wasn’t enough players up even with all out attack and I got counter attacked I have cb unitincb Ramos lb Alba rb carv cm Modric Isco kroos lw countino raw Malcom st Messi please help me

  28. Very Nice Read! I like counter attacks and Dont have a lot posession needed to win matches. What formation Would you Tell me to use? I love speedy counters!

    • Generally Premier League is a Popular choice because it usually has the best low rated talents/young talents

      The Bundesliga however is looking very strong this fifa, and it’ll be getting its own POTM so that will boost its usability

      The Serie A has a lot of great later game options but early game it doesn’t really shape up to the other leagues, I would rather go for La Liga early game than Serie A

      La Liga though isnt a very fast league early game, and considering pace dominates the game that makes it a bit more unpopular, however La Liga has probably the best late game players in the game, with Premier league also competing there

  29. Hello, I am good with short passing and possesion controll. I don’t conter attack. And I am not good at defense nor shooting. I prefer formations with 2 central strikers. What would you recommand for formation?

  30. i like to play with a balanced formation that helps me press, keep possession, and isn’t too narrow, 4-2-3-1 isn’t working for me anymore, any suggestions?

  31. I love pacey players but i don’t counter attack. I like short to medium passing and through balls. What formation do you recommend. Is the 4231 narrow a good formation for style? I like the defense but worried about the offense.

  32. I am not confident defending and I enjoy possession play running down with wingers, crossing has always been my style. what would you recommend

  33. I play quick counter attacking football with quick passing, but occasionally like to play more direct. What formation is best for this.

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