When it comes down to the best formations to use in FIFA Ultimate Team, there are a variety of things that you’re going to want to consider beforehand. All of the formations listed in this article will depend entirely on your style of play, preferences, and level of competition. However, we believe these five formations in FIFA Ultimate Team are optimal for success with all things considered. Let’s take a look at the best FUT formations in FIFA 21.
Best FUT Formations in FIFA 21
There are numerous formations within FIFA 21, and while it’s going to depend heavily on the individual, we believe there to be five formations that will give you more success on the pitch. Here are the five best FUT formations in FIFA 21:
- 4-2-3-1 (Wide)
- 4-3-3 (Attack)
- 4-2-2-24-1-2-1-2 (wide)
Installing this formation will enable you to spread out the middle of the field, allowing you to stretch the play and avoid negative formations that can clutter the midfield.
This wider 4-2-3-1 formation is perfect for those who like to spread the field, and has the potential to transform into some dangerous arrangements depending on your Player instructions. This lineup carries the flexibility to switch over to a 4-3-3 to overload the one side of the field or the 4-4-1-1 to tighten up the middle of the pitch, slowing down the pace of play. For this to work, you will need fast wingers that can be the focal point of your attacks. Since you only have one striker, you’re going to need players with stamina on the attack.
If you’re the type of player that loves to go on the counterattack and overwhelm the defense with speed, then this is the formation for you. This formation creates so many options depending on your style of play and in-game circumstances. If you notice the defense sitting back, and playing conservatively, then you can motion your LF and RF to stay forward, giving your striker more options to go on the counter. But you will need to keep the full-backs back to avoid leaving space in-behind. This is the ideal formation for those who do not play conservatively, as you’re essentially going to need speed all over the pitch and a tic-tac-toe system in place to score 3-4 goals a game.
This formation has been growing amongst the FUT community, emerging as an extremely dangerous attacking formation for even the best of defenses. Having two CDM’s removes the pressure faced from having just a single defending midfielder while allowing the CAM enough space to link up with the attacking striker. Keep in mind that for this formation to work, you’re going to need fast wingers with good dribbling abilities to stretch out the opponent’s defenses.
The 4-2-2-2 is the perfect formation for anyone who enjoys a more balanced style of play. With the ability to be flexible with the front four, and a balanced formation in midfield, the 4-2-2-2 is perfect for those who thrive on the counterattack but still want safety on the backend. Make sure you have two fast forwards that can help put pressure on the defense and have them roam free to help spread out the field. It is a popular formation with online play primarily due to the tremendous flexibility provided from cutting off passing lanes with your CDM’s and having two strikers on the counterattack.
This formation is a massive high-risk/high-reward style of play as you’re far more susceptible to the counterattack, but it’s also one of the most balanced lineups in FIFA 21. Since pace and through balls are so vital in FIFA 21, having a speedy front three that can link up quickly is essential. With the 4-1-2-1-2, not only do you have a dangerous arrangement at the front, but you still have the support from the two CMs, and a solid base on defense with four defenders and 1 CDM in the middle to break up attacks. One of the shining features of this formation is the fact that you won’t have to try and tweak the settings in the squad instructions menu and can rather thrive in this system right off the bat.