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Best Formations in EA FC 24

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Whether you are playing Career Mode or the Ultimate Team, formation is one of the most important things in leading your team to victory in EA Sports FC 24. Will your team play Tiki-taka or perhaps more defensively, with four players in defense and a defensive midfielder? That is entirely up to you.

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What Formations to Use in EA FC 24?

In this article, we will present the most effective tactics and formations that will lead you to victory. Before deciding on tactics, it is very important to know the strengths and weaknesses of your team, such as whether the defenders in your team prefer to play only defense or are capable of helping the attack and covering the entire left or right side of the field.

Some of the most popular formations in the game are:

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


If you belong to the old school of football or simply want to stick to proven methods, then 4-4-2 is the right formation for you. It proved to be very effective in older versions of the game, and its popularity continues in EA FC 24.

When playing against a team that has players with better ratings than yours, it is wisest to opt for a more defensive option, which primarily means that the defenders have more defensive tasks. This means that the right and left backs stay behind when your team attacks, while the midfield players cover the middle of the field and also stand slightly more defensively when you attack.

Attacks are patiently built, with offensive players lurking from the back, while the fastest striker attacks the empty space through which he can reach the ball with a well-timed pass.

The goalkeeper actively participates in the game in the role of sweeper keeper. Make sure that your first choice for a goalie is a goalkeeper who can play with his feet, as in this tactic, defenders often choose to return the ball to their goalkeeper when under pressure from the opposition.


Many players claim that this is the best formation in EA FC 24. The main characteristic of this formation is that both players in the midfield are defensive midfielders, which means that they are a wall in front of the last line, and that makes it much more difficult for the opponent to organize a counterattack. However, keep in mind that this kind of tactic also reduces your chances of quickly organizing an attack, but it opens up the possibility of a faster transition through precise passes and gradual conquest of the field.

With the 4-2-3-1 formation, you get more options in attack. The attacking midfielder stands just behind the striker, while the wingers stay in the opponent’s half of the field all the time and try to be as close as possible to the penalty area so that, when they receive the ball, they cross the ball.

The defensive concept is quite similar to the 4-4-2 formation. Fullbacks are more focused on defense and stay behind even when their team is attacking, so here too it is advisable to opt for fullbacks with more defensive attributes.


If you prefer to have more players in midfield, that has its advantages. It gives you more options to organize your attack while at the same time making it difficult for the opposition to gain space in the middle and control possession.

The defense stays behind in all cases, and the defensive midfielder helps them. Midfielders have a more attacking role; they enter the penalty area to wait for a cross and tend to be closer to the opponent’s goal.

The attacking midfielder stands right behind the striker, responsible for creating play in the opponent’s half. Of the two attackers, one is mainly a target man, while the other one stands a little behind him and waits for his chance to threaten the goalkeeper.


If you prefer formations with three players in defense, then 3-5-2 is the right choice for you. The ideal attribute for a defender in this tactic is to be able to play equally with both feet since, in a setup with more offensive backs, it often happens that they have to cover a larger part of the field.

Fullbacks in this kind of tactic are more wingbacks, and their task is to be useful both in attack and in defense. Make sure you have a defender on both sides who has the speed and strength to get back into defense but also has high crossing and passing attributes. Examples of such players are Achraf Hakimi from PSG and Theo Hernandez from AC Milan.

Midfielders cover the center of the field and stay in their half of the pitch at all times. The attacking midfielder and the striker are in charge of the attacking tasks. Striker lurks his opportunity from the shadows and tries to sneak behind the opposing defensive line.

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Nenad Milićević

Nenad Milićević (Nenad Milicevic) has been a staff writer at Gamer Journalist since late 2023. He has a BA in Journalism and more than seven years of professional experience in journalism and writing behind him, with recent focus on gaming niche. As a passionate sports fan and enjoyer of single player open world games, his expertise includes Assassin's Creed franchise, Football Manager, GTA.
In his free time, he likes to watch sports for countless hours, read books and spend lazy days watching TV shows and movies.

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