FIFA 14 Tips: Squad Formations

FIFA 14 Tips: Squad Formations


You can find here some FIFA 14 tips about squad formations.


FIFA 14 Tips: Squad Formations


Formations are a key part of any team and should be the first thing that is considered when starting a team.

A good starting point is the 4-5-1 as it provides a solid defensive line whilst also supporting your lone striker on the counter-attack. If you are finding it difficult with a single striker, then the 3-5-2 might be a better choice. The extra striker means you have a number of attacking options, though you will be more exposed at the back with just three defenders.

A formation that will cover all positions is the 4-1-2-1-2. There are two versions of this formation, one with wingers and one with central midfield players. Either way, you have several options going forward as it can be played out wide, through the centre or across the midfield. In defence, you have a solid back four with one supporting midfielder which makes it difficult for other teams to get through on a counter-attack.

For a player who can manage with a lone striker but needs numbers in both defence and midfield, the 4-2-3-1 ensures that you have numbers where it counts. The two CDMs will add numbers in both defence and midfield to crowd out the opponent. This works well with inverted wingers, which involves switching your LM and RM to support a lone striker. If the more unusual formations aren’t working, then going back to the classic 4-3-3 can give you the best opportunity to experiment with tactics. It works with a big striker who can win crosses or use the numbers to string a number of passes together.


FIFA 14 Squad Formations Video


This week tips on The Boot Room, Darren Cross from Match Magazine shares in a video how to set Squad Formations in FIFA 14.



We will publish more FIFA 14 tips to help you to improve your game play. Stay alert and good games!


8 thoughts on “FIFA 14 Tips: Squad Formations”

  1. Hi Rodrigo,

    First of all, great site mate!

    I like playing with the 442(2) and have El Sharaawy Vidal Gerrard and Sanchez as midfielders because of their high work rates. Just wondering if you think Yaya and De Rossi would be better options since their attacking work rates are medium.

    I don’t have that many coins and don’t concede many goals so haven’t really thought about changing my team. I would appreciate your opinion.


  2. Which formation would you recommend me to use for FUT14? I sometimes attack by the wings but much often attack through the middle. I don’t have a patient style. I sometimes play in counter attack. I’m most familiar with the 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 4-1-2-1-2 and 4-4-2. I feel more comfortable with 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-2-1-2. I had better results with 4-1-2-1-2 and 4-5-1. I think that the players are essentially fit with the 4-1-2-1-2. I want to try to win all the matches even taking risks when it comes to tournaments but I will be happy even not winning all the matches when it comes to seasons. I have used the 4-1-2-1-2 in FUT13 and 14 for my bronze team. But I have recently played the 4-5-1 for my gold team and it goes like this. GK: Diego Lopez, LB: Jordi Alba, CB: Puyol, CB: Pique, RB: Juanfran, CM: Sergio Busquets, LM: David Villa, RM: Joaquin, CAM: Santi Cazorla, CAM: Isco, ST: Cavani.

    1. Formation depends on personal preference, the 4-1-2-1-2 offers variety in both defending and attacking. In general a formation depends on your personal play style but also on what formations a oppenent uses. If the oppenent uses a formation with loads of midfield players, you midght feel under represented in the midfield.

  3. Does a cdm need good shooting and does it need good shooting in 433(2) thinking about changing xabi alonso for song but the shooting made me think twice

  4. After spending some time with most of the formations I have found I prefer playing 4-1-2-1-2 (with LM/RM) for online opponents and 3-5-2 for single player. Human opponents will exploit a 3 back defense whereas the AI opponent does not and a more attacking formation is useful. I like 3 CBs too as i makes creating a rotation to rest players easier as you only need to keep 1 extra CB (for four players total) vs a 4 back where you need and extra CB, RB, and LB (for 7 players total)

    1. Great analyses. We agree with you in everything: the way how CPU and humans play is different, so using different formations makes sense; the rotation system is much easier in a 3xx.

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