Formations Guide for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team

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To choose the right formation is very important to achieve success in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. We help you with our guide. Even if you have made ​​that decision, be sure to read this article. You will find that the options are many and there is always room for improvement.


How to Choose the Formation for your FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Club


Before even starting to sign players, you should start by setting the formation that will implement on your squad. If you leave the decision for later, you will not equip your squad with players who really need and you will be penalized in the chemistry of the team. You can solve the problem by buying new players and formation cards but the investment will be very high.

The most common question is: How do I decide the formation that I’ll use ?

There is no one exact answer, but you should consider a few factors:

  • what is your playing style ?
  • with which formations you are most familiar and which ones you like most ?
  • your budget allows you to bet on more expensive formations ?
  • the players that you think are essential fit into in which formations ?
  • what are the formations best suited to the goals you set for your FUT 13 club ?



All the Formations for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team


The formations of FIFA 13 Ultimate Team remained the same as previous versions. Check out, one by one, the sixteen FUT 13 formations:

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

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FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations



One of the less popular formation. The key element of this squad is the CF. You should invest some coins on a really good player for this position.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-1-2

Very attacking formation.

Defensively weak and susceptible to dangerous counter-attacks.

Needs pacy defenders and wingers with a medium defensive work rate.



Similar to the 3-4-1-2 formation, with a change to the forward players. Even less popular than the previous one.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-2-1

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.



Similar to 3-4-2-1, with the change of forwards to wingers.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-4-3

Attacking formation.

It offers plenty of width in attack which makes it suitable for those who love crossing.

Defensively weak and susceptible to dangerous counter-attacks.

Needs fast defenders and wingers with a medium defensive work rate.



One of the most solid formations. The key element of this squad is the CAM. You should invest some coins on a really good player for this position.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 3-5-2

Very compact formation that provides 5 or even 7 elements to defend when you need to hold on a result.

Suitable for those who like to dominating.

The RM and LM need to have winger attributes but also medium defensive work rate.

Inadequate if the opponent plays with fast wingers.



The most popular and most expensive of all formations. Widely used in real football, this formation in diamond shape has the CAM as key element.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-1-2-1-2

Good defensively since sometimes CDM plays like a CB. Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.

Balanced formation that offers defensive security in midfield.

Too narrow.

Building a squad with good chemistry is very expensive in this formation



Formation much appreciated by the FUT 13 players. Allows multiple offensive options but with the security of two CDM in defence.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-2-3-1

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.



It is one of the most balanced formations. Similar to 4-4-2 but with players more qualified to defend and others to to attack.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-2-2-2

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.



One of the formations most recommended for those who like to play through the middle. The key element of this squad is the CF. You should invest some coins on a really good player for this position.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-1-2

The CF and the two ST make this formation extremely dangerous in attack.

Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.

Very narrow formation. Crossings hardly happen.



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.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-2-1

It is wider in the attack than 4-3-1-2.

Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.

A bit narrow formation, specially on the midfield.



One of most famous formations on FUT 13. Earned greater notoriety for having been adapted by Barcelona in last years.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-3-3

The closeness and the balance of the six men from the front allows safe passing game between them.

Chance of fast attacks on the wings.

Only one ST may be insufficient.

Insufficient players that help the back four.



Widely used in the world of football and in the Barclays PL in particular. Similar to 4-4-2 but one of ST backs for CF.

Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-1-1

Better for a passing team and less direct.

The CF can be used to be the creative force or to break up play.

The CF drops too deep and leaves you isolated up top.

Some of the mid fielders should have good defensive attributes to help the back four.



The classic formation. Widely used in the world of football and the second most used in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. Organised structure of defenders and mid fielders moving as a line up and down the pitch.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-4-2

The safest option for those players not too sure on what formation to go with.

Solid and good for attack through the middle or on the wings. Fullbacks can support wingers.

Formation a bit predictable for opponents.

Some of the mid fielders should have good defensive attributes to help the back four.



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.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 4-5-1

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 used by fewer FIFA 13 Ultimate Team players. Similar to 5-2-2-1 but with two ST with a more creative CF option.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-1-2

Strong defence with space for wingbacks 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 CF so he must be really good.



One of less popular formations on FIFA 13 Ultimate Team. Similar to 5-2-1-2 but with 1 up top supported by a left and right forward either side.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-2-2-1

Probably the formation more solid defensively.

Suitable for who likes to play in counter-attacks.

Very weak if the opponents put many players in the midfield.

The RF/LF’s may have to help the CM’s.



The most solid and balanced formation of 5 defences. Although seemingly defensive formation can become a very offensive.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Formations - 5-3-2

Strong defence with space for wingbacks to run into.

Can be narrow attacking wise limiting options.

To choose a formation is a step much more important than many gamers think. It can make the difference between winning and losing many matches. Choose well …

577 thoughts on “Formations Guide for FIFA 13 Ultimate Team”

  1. Do you think this is a good 4-1-2-1-2 squad? Around 70k budget.
    GK: Adler
    CB: David Luiz
    CB: Santana
    RB: Pisczek
    LB: Cole
    CDM: Gustavo
    LM: Sterling
    RM: Blaszczykowski
    CAM: Gundogan
    ST: Aubameyang
    ST: Sturridge

  2. hey,thank you for replying me but i tried the formation but i didn’t suit me well so i sold the whole squad and built a whole new 3-5-2 squad and i felt comfortable with it…anyway thank u

  3. hey guys i have a Bundesliga team with 3-4-3 formation with GK:weidenfeller
    CB:hummels,felipe santana,and subotic
    CM:gundogan and holtby (thinkng of replacing holtby with a CAM reus) chem still the same
    ST:reus (CF) with only 5 chem
    but i want to change the formation to a 4 at the back i love a pacey team and a skillful one and i play a lot of through and crossover passes (tiki taka style) and i use the wingers’ cut backs to surpass the defenders or to make space for a shot…any suggestions for a good formation???

  4. Congratulations for this great guide. I wanted to know if u guys could help me choose the best formation. My players are Júlio César, Kaboul, Vemaelen, Cole, Maicon, David Silva, Juan Mata, Nasri, Young, Jesus Navas and Fernando Torres.

    1. Thank you.
      It depends of your play style and not your players.
      You can try 4-5-1 but you should have a CM with good defensive skills to help the back four. Touré, for example.

      1. Sorry I didn’t know. I like to play with through passes either in the middle or in the wings. And I enjoy crossing and playing on the counter attack too.

  5. Hey I play a shorter possession based, high pressing game, but also like to cross the ball from the byline, (I don’t usually play wide) what formation do u suggest?

      1. R u serious that changing the formation when playing a match wouldn’t change the chemistry?

    1. Hi Andy.
      This is a classic question.
      There are many formations that would be great against 41212 (you can try the same formation, for example). The most important thing is to understand how people play with this formation. They usually attack by the middle and throw the ball by the air to the back of the CB’s. It is important to know how to play in offside trap and to have fast CB’s on a narrow defensive line.

      1. Thanks. Would a 352 work with e.g dede, Santana etc and two defensive cdm’s like felipe melo and luiz gustavo who also are quite quick. Thanks.

  6. This is my team: 4-2-3-1
    Juao Pereria(RB)

    I can attack good and score at least 2-3 goals a game but the problem is that I somehow cant hold possession and end up conceding a lot. Please help me with any alternatives in any position or formation. Thankyou

    1. Hi.
      It happens with most of the players: almost everyone are better on the attack than on defence.
      In your case, we do not have many suggestions. You have a good formation, and your two CDM’s have enough stamina (important in this formation). You have great players. All you need to do is to change a bit the way you play. Try to make a passing game with security in the back.
      The only suggetsion that we have is to try to change Busquests by Touré. See if he gets a good chemistry. He is a monster in that position.

      1. How about IF medel…..i heard he’s good…also is cazorla good enough at that position?

  7. Hi,
    I had a quick question,
    I used to play witha 3-4-3 formation, but having a weak defence i changed toa a 4-3-3, this worked OKAY, now im thinking of changing to a 4-1-2-1-2

    I will have The following,

    Cassilas (GK)
    Marcelo (LB)
    Sergio Ramos (CB)
    Pique (CB)
    Dani Alves (RB)
    CDM, Not sure, i think Xavi (90 rated) but stuck on who i should put,
    Iniesta (LM)
    Di Maria (RM
    CAM, Also not sure, think David Silva (87 rated) but any recommendations open for both CDM AND CAM,
    Neymar (ST)
    Falcao (ST) 89 rated one

    So im just stuck on the CDM and the CAM
    Is Xavi good enough for CDM
    And is David Silva good enough for CAM?

    1. Hi.
      Great team!
      In our opinion Pepe is better than Pique but it is only our opinion.
      David Silva seems perfetc as CAM but we are not sure about using Xavi as CDM. He is a great player but CDM is not the best position to him. He has a poor heading and his defensive attributes are not so great. In fact, there are no great CDM’s in BBVA. Did you look for Gary Medel IF ? He looks great: box to box player thanks to his high-high, great defending (84), heading (75) and pace (77). If your problem is to concending too many goals, he can be the solution for your problems.

  8. Hi, I’ve used every formation in the book, and I’m not sure which to base my BPL squad upon. I like the support of having two strikers up front and I like pinging in crosses to my forwards. I also like long shots and bombing forward with my full backs. For this reason, I have chosen 4-4-2 as a provisional formation, but what do you think I should use given my style of play.

    P.S. I am not a huge fan of the ‘tiki-taka’ style of play

    1. The only difference is the CDM/CAM in 41212 and CM/CM in 442.
      In our opinion, 41212 is better to top BPL squad, since this league has better CDM’s (Touré, for example) and CAM’s (David Silva, for example).

  9. Just wondering, why hasn’t anyone mentioned the 4-1-4-1? I’ve been using it with Liverpool and I like it.

  10. Hi I recently bought Lucas deliberately in 3-4-3 CAM and I have a 4-1-2-1-2 card but its not getting applied please help like when I do apply consumables then there is no card there and the formation card is in Club were where I have checked

    1. Hi.
      You are saying that 41212 card is on club consumables but when you try to apply to a player you can’t find it?! Strange.
      Did you try do it on FUT Web App and on the console? You can try to send the card to the trade pile and there choose “apply”.

  11. if I like playing through the middle with through passess and need four defenders which formation would you suggest.

  12. Hi I have my Eredivisie/Dutch team with 352 formation
    I was new to this formation and i was struggling because there is no rb/lb
    Do you think that it is a good formation and I should keep going and I will have no issues playing with it or should I change the formation to another one?
    P.S.:I was thinking of 451 formation, do you think it is good/

    1. Hi.
      There’s no better formations than others. All of the 16 formations have good and bad things. It depends of your play style.
      In our opinion 3-5-2 is a good formation. Don’t forget to find RM and LM with good defensive work rates.

      1. Ok thank you
        I have got tots moisander to replace dinsdag
        what do you think of my team?

  13. hi there , i don’t have really a playstyle i think? i have alot of bal possesion en try to build up an attack fast. Is there a formation that has a good defence stability? Beceause my defenders always go way to high (midfield). i play currently 4-2-3-1 with real madrid on seasons. is the 5-2-1-2 the best for it?
    ps: sorry for the bad english

    1. Hi.
      You should have very careful with the work rates of your defenders to be sure that they will not be out of position too often.
      5212 is a more defensive formation that the one you are currently playing. However, if you like to have possession maybe you should think on a 5-3-2.

  14. Hi, which formation should i use if i want to play offensiv but still have a strong and solid defense?
    Great website by the way

    1. Thank you.
      What you are asking is the perfect formation. All the formations have strong and weak points.
      Maybe you can try 4-2-2-2 or 4-2-3-1. Both are attacking formations with solid defence.

  15. Hi there I am a very attackive person not very defenceive at all I love to pass and counter attack and just constantly make counter attacks what is the best formation for me there’s a few I have in mind but what would you use for my style of play?

      1. i am very attackive and i love to keep possesion and dominate is 4-3-3 the formation i should play and what team would suit my style of play

        1. Yes, 433 may be the right formation to you.
          It’s impossible to suggest a team without knowing several things: budget, preferences, leagues, etc
          Take a look to our League Guides. You have there enough information to know which players to chose.

  16. Thanks for the reply!! I have changed my formation on ur advise and now I have a 4321 Italian squad.
    Gk Frey
    Cb barzagli bonnuci
    Rb lichtsteiner
    Lb de ceglie
    Cm marchisio nocierno montolivio
    Lf el shaarawy
    Rf lamela
    St luis Muriel
    Can u suggest any better players for this team

  17. Hi… Great guide .I have a 352 bundesliga squad .

    Weindenfeller badstuber Dante höwedes javi Martinez Sven bender andre schürrle farfan götze esswein and lewandowski .should I change the formation or any player to improve . I was also thinking to Change the formation what would u recommend .

    1. Hi. Thanks for your comment.
      We didn’t test many of those players, so we can not give you quality suggestions.
      We believe that you should choose the formation by your play style and not by the players you have. To know which formation is better to you we need to know your play style.

      1. Many Thanks for your reply!!
        I like to play through the middle dominate midfield and play long balls over the top. Do you think that a 4-2-3-1 formation would be a good one..

  18. Hi I’ve played a few matches with my friend over the last while and he has a team which I just can’t seem to beat no matter what formation I use. His team is GK-TOTS artur moraes, CB’s- dede, Santana RB- maicon LB- marcelo CM’s- lucas, ramires, Wellington nem LF- Neymar RF- hulk ST- welliton. As you can see it is a VERY, VERY sweaty brazilian team. Which formation would be the best to defend against this formation. I’ve noticed that only one of his defence and only one of his midfield have a high defensive workrate so maybe there is a formation which I can exploit this in some way? Great guide by the way and thanks for the help

    1. In our opinion, any formation with lots of players on the midfield should work. If he is playing with a 4-3-3 you need to win the midfield. 4-4-1-1 seems fine to us, since you at least one CM with high defensive work rate.

  19. Hi ! I have a bpl team 4-2-3-1 with degea-evra-vermaelen-david luiz-rafael-wilshere-fellaini-nasri-kagawa-podolski as CF and torres (100 chemistry) but I’m not happy because they play very poorly actually and want to change my team any advices ? Thank You 😀

    1. Hi. It depends of your play style, preferences and budget.
      Anyway, we can try to give you some suggestions.
      First of all, both your CB’s have high/medium work rates. It is too dangerous. Maybe you can change one of them by other player with better work rates, as Kaboul or Koscielny.
      You can also try to change your ST if you are not happy with him. Tévez is a very good choice.

      1. Many thanks for your reply! I’ll go for tevez but I didn’t understand the work rate thing? Great website by the way, very helpful

        1. We will explain work rates later in a article that we are writing.
          Until then you can read this:
          Work Rate is something really important in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team players. It says to you how often a player goes to defend or to attack.
          Every player has two different types of work rates: defensive and attacking. In both, defensive and attacking, you can have High, Medium or Low levels. Knowing the work rates of the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team players could be more important than most of gamers thinks.
          To understand better what we are talking about, let’s look at three examples of how a player with the wrong work rates should make you get him off the team:
          Imagine that you have a formation with 2 CB’s. If both CB’s have high attacking work rates it will means that sometimes nobody will be in your defence.
          – Imagine that you have a formation with only one ST. If he has low attacking work rate and high defensive work rate, it means that no one will be in the right place to shoot at goal.
          – Imagine that you have a formation with two CM’s and you want that one of them helps the defence. You probably will need a player with high defensive work rate. If that player has high attacking work rate too, you should ensure that he has good stamina. Otherwise, in the end of the match he will be tired compromising the result of your match.
          The right work rate depends of the formation you are using, the players’ attributes, their positions and even your play style. In FUT 14 you can not change the work rates. That’s why you should look carefully to work rates when you are choosing a player to your team.

  20. Hi. Could you please give me some feedback on my team? I play a 4312 formation. GK Adler
    RB Lahm, CBs Boateng and Santana, LB Marcelo
    3CMs are Alberto Costa, Pastore, Lucas Moura
    CF Moralez
    2STs are Zarate and Balotelli

    I have used your help before and used your guides which are both very helpful! Thanks!

    1. Hi. Thanks for your comment.
      We can not help you because we didn’t test some of the players you got. We can only give feedback about Brazilians, Serie A, BBVA and BPL.
      It seems OK but we don’t know how some of these players play.

  21. Thanks! I’ve heard people saying that diego Alves is terrible but they couldn’t be more wrong. Is there any other goalkeepers other than casillas that you would reccommend? Don’t worry about the cost as I actually have quite a lot of coins (despite what my team suggests lol)

  22. Hi could you please give me some feedback on this team? My formation is 5212 gk-sirigu cb’s bocchetti, ogbonna, gamberini LWB-de ceglie RWB-caceras CM’s-nainggolan,marchisio cf-ibarbo st’s Muriel,pato. As you can see this team is quite cheap but it is also quite fast. Is it good for my wing backs to have a high defensive work rate rather than a high attacking because if they don’t then I’m afraid that they’ll be too far up the pitch and then I’ll be prone to counter attacks. Also, I know that this is a bit off topic but which goalkeepers have you found out to be the best that you have used because I’m having trouble finding finding the better ones. I’ve had neuer, 2nd IF Adler, 2nd IF mandanda, 2nd IF handanovic, IF sirigu, IF marchetti, Buffon just to name a few. But they’ve all been so bad! I know that this I gonna sound weird but the best goalkeeper I’ve ever used is diego Alves! He’s actually so overpowered don’t you agree? Sorry for the long questions but I’m just having a few problems with the game and I’m grateful that you have these awesome guides to help people like me. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi.
      Let’s start by the goalkeepers. We were reading all the GK you already used and we were thinking “Diego Alves, Diego Alves”. For us, he is one of the best bargains. Casillas is probably better but Diego Alves is really amazing. Most of the IF cards are worthless. We will explaining why in an article we are writing.
      You team seams Ok to us. By that budget you can nt improve it much more.

  23. Hi I’m thinking of making a 5212 squad. Although I’m not sure who to get for my CM’s. as there are only two of them I have no idea what qualities they should have. Should they be fast, defensive, great long ball passers, good dribblers, good at longshots or something else. Thanks for this awesome guide and I use it every time I go to build a new team so this is a fantastic use for me 🙂

    1. OUR  SUGGESTIONS  TO A 5-2-2-1 TEAM
      ATT DEF
      CB R Low High Defending Heading
      CB C Low High Defending Heading
      CB L Medium High Pace Defending
      RWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
      LWB Medium Medium Pace Dribbling
      CM R Medium Medium Passing Vision
      CM L High High Stamina Defending
      RF High Medium Pace Shooting
      LF High Medium Pace Dribbling
      ST High Low Shooting Heading

      1. Wow! That’s basically my whole team sorted. Thanks for going to so much effort! But seeing as my formation is 5212 should I match the LF and RF criteria to my CF and then just get a pacey striker up front?

  24. Hi I have been finding fifa quite difficult lately as I am conceding too many goals. What formations are the most defensive so that I could maybe solve this problem? Thanks

  25. Hi was just wondering what is the best formation for a long ball style of play? Thanks 🙂

  26. im unsure in what formation to chose so I’m choosing 4-4-2 so what is the best style of play for 442 thanks.

    1. 4-4-2 is probably the best choice to start.
      The RB/LB can attack by the wings, helping the RM/LM. They can cross to the strikers or cut into the area.
      One of the CM’s should have high defending work rate (at least medium and good defensive attributes) since the 2 CB’s may need help. There is a gap between CB’s and CM, so take carefull with goal kicks, for example.
      It is a good formation to attack by the wings but you also attack by the middle.

  27. I have a question regarding subbing on players in UT. I’ve never subbed on any players in UT except for injury purposes. I know the chemistry you have before the game starts is what you have throughout the whole game regardless of what subs you make. So basically, I’d want to bring in a player who doesn’t normally play CAM, such as christian benitez. Will he play any worse if i sub him in? or can i only sub him in for positions that he’s listed as in-game?

  28. I really like playing 5 at the back but i dont know which one out of the three that im gonna chose for my new squad. i like 5221 and 5212 coz they have got three players up top but the fact that they only have two cm’s is really pushing me away from these two as id get slaughtered by the likes of 451 etc. also there is 532 which is also good coz your wide cm’s are sort of like cam’s so are quite attacking which leaves room for some defensive giant in the middle but i think that it would be quite hard to score with this formation. could you please give your opinions on these formations and reccommend one for me possibly.Thanks for this website because it has helped me a lot 🙂

    1. We agree with you. Which means that every formation has advantages and disadvantages. It’s up to you to choose the one that fits better on your play style.
      5221 and 5212 is more for who wants to play in counter attacks. 532 is more balanced.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply 🙂 I think I’ll go with 532 because as you say, it’s more balanced. I think I’m gonna make it a bpl/brazilian hybrid. Would you recommend players like Tevez and sessegnon in the wide cm positions as they have good speed/dribbling and they’re defensive stats are ok. Also they have good work rates e.g Tevez has high/high. Apart from that I think I have my team sorted so please get back to me soon. Thanks 🙂

  29. I am currently playing a 352 with this team:
    Chiellini Naldo. Luiz.
    RM Pepe(from juventus). CDM marchisio. Gustavo. ROBINHO
    Welliton Emineke

    Any possible improvements?

        1. Hi.
          We spent more than 15 minutes trying to improve it but it is not easy. You built it very well. Every player we move, ruins the chemistry.
          Try to save for Di Natale instea of Emenike.

  30. These are the players I have
    Juao Pereria

    I’m currently using 4231 and play a posession based counter attacking gameplay….which dosent seem to be working great with my current formation. Can you advice me any particular formation for my gameplay. I am willing to buy players like Hazard etc if required

  31. Hi, I am having difficulty chosing which formation to use and I found this article and I think it has given me some ideas which draw me closer to the right one. But anyways I thought maybe you could help me as well just to be sure. I like playing defensively although I also like having players capable of keeping the ball and giving it on very quickly. I would also like having something that can send the odd lobbed through ball to my strikers. I was thinking about 5212 but I would like your opinion also. Great article by the way and I reall appreciate what you do as it benefits a lot of people so well done!

      1. Thanks. Any recommendations for the CF position? I’m gonna make a brazilian squad and the players I was thinking of were Lucas, Wellington nem, IF coutinho, IF vagner love, pato. Out of those which one would you pick or if you have any other suggestions please tell me as I am eager to start building my squad. Thanks again for the help 🙂

          1. Thanks. And what about the CM’s? I’m not really sure who to pick or which attributes they should be strongest in.

  32. Hi, I was wondering what formation you think would be best for me, generally I use 4-5-1 as all my friends do but I’m not too fond of it. Normally I am far better at attacking than defending and enjoy playing through the middle.

  33. i have 7 teams that i thought you might have opinion on so that i can make improvements

    1st Team BPL 3-5-2

    Torres TOTS RVP
    Juan Mata
    Hazard Walcott
    Fellaini Toure
    Kaboul Kompany IF Figeroua

    2nd Team 3-5-2 Brazil

    Emenike welliton


    Robinho Hulk

    Ramirez Rafael Carcioca

    Felipe Santana Naldo Dede

    Manuel Neur

    3rd 4-3-3 Portugese

    Rodriguez Rodrigo Jeffren

    João Moutinho defour gonzales

    Alex sandro Rodriguez Tots Mangala Pereira

    tots Artur Morales

    4th silver hybrid 3-5-2

    Afobe sordell


    Zuber cassarini

    Toko Fernandez

    Gonther Avevor Ariaudo


    5th 3-5-2 pace team

    Esswein Reus


    Bale Biabiany

    Sissoko Pogba

    Kaboul Barzagli Ogbonna


    6th BPL sweat Team 5-2-2-1

    assaidi ben arfa

    TOTS arteta Cabaye

    jose enrique david Luiz Koscielny M’bia Walker

    Pepe Reina

    7th Silver Npower Champ 4-1-2-1-2

    Colin Kazim Richards Emnes


    Peszko Zaha


    White Zakuani Keogh De Laet


    thanks, and sorry for the longness

  34. Dean jackson

    Hi I have been playing for about four months was doing alright winning a lot then over the last three weeks al of sudden I was getting hammered didn’t matter what formation I used I have had 3.5.2 /41212/3412/442nothing seems to be working all of a sudden I am conceding loads my players don’t seem to want to go forward , struggling to defend I would have loads of possesion my team is keepers lloris,check,company,Louis,vermaelen,colshelny,mbia,Kabul,silva,nasri,mata,toure,Gerard,Ramirez,Walcott,nani,young,Lennon,Torres,Suarez,remy,podolsky. I was thinking of going 4312, I used to win the first division but now I am rarely in it does rotating players make a difference,as I do it all the time for fitness have all coaches and managers my main manager is fergy,and I will be playing teams and its like my team have been out drinking all night seem slow passes going astray need som e advice
    And sorry my morale is always very high
    please cheers

    1. Hi. Thanks for your message.
      We are sorry but we have not any recommendation to you.
      If you are doing everything right (morale, fitness, chemistry, etc), there is no reason to happen what you said.
      It is hard to answer why it is happening but we can try: 1) the other players are better now, have better players and it is more difficult to win (it really happens!); 2) your players are with morale high but you not; 3) something called “momentum” or “scripting” that we do not know it it exists or not. We are not saying that is this but we have no more suggestions.

      1. Dean jackson

        Thank you for the advice will just have to carryon and try but if I can ask what is thebestway to defend and how and how to make all my other players press the opposition team when they have possesion and would 4312 be a good formation for me to try and is there a way of setting up custom tactics on ultimate team cheers

        1. Dean jackson

          Sorry to be a nuisance the other thing is when I lose my team will lose a lot of morale and my subs will lose at least 12 of Morale and if I Win the morale stays on 0 And does rotating them cause any problems cause I rotate them each match sorry to be a bother just want to enjoy playing again sorry

  35. Hey I play 5221. My team is GK- Diego Alves, CB’s- dede, Miranda, Santana, LWB- junior Cesar, RWB-Jonathan, CM’s-xavi,pirlo, LF-Tello, RF- Simone pepe, ST-di natale. I built this hybrid around xavi and pirlo as they are superb long passers but I sometimes find that they are the ones who make the runs instead of my forwards and inevitably they don’t get very far as they are a bit slow. Should I get quicker CM’s like ramires or de Marcos or should I keep xavi and pirlo. But if i do keep these two is there any way to stop this while still playing long ball football?Brilliant guide by the way keep up the good work!

    1. Hi. Thanks!
      You have a great hybrid team. It is you who have to decide if you keep with them or not. In our opinion, they are really great players and you should keep with them instead of buying players like Ramires or De Marcos. But if you are having problems with them, maybe you should try another ones.
      There is no way to change what you ask. Work rates are not customizables in FUT 13. You can not change them.

      1. Thanks for the advice. I’ll try them out anyway but if they’re not as good then I can always switch back as I have about 40k to spend on improvements. Is there any CM’s with at least 80 pace and passing to maybe solve my problem?

    1. It isn’t easy.
      The attack of the Bundesliga team is better, specially if you often cross to the head. But we still prefer the BBVA team, since midfield and defenders are a bit better.

  36. This is my squad (4-2-3-1) BPL/BBVA hybrid
    ST- Aguero
    RCAM- Mata
    LCDM-Sergio Busquets
    RCDM-Xabi Alonso
    LB-Jordi Alba

    I’m comfortable with attack…I score about 3 goals every game…but I also concede atleast 2 goals a game………
    I mean I’m not defensively strong I guess….
    I have about 130K…Could you please suggest Defence improvements

    1. Hi.
      We love hybrid squads. Nice team.
      About your defence, you need a GK. That’s your problem. 🙂
      We suggest to replace Mascherano by Ramos. You will see a big difference. You can also try to buy João Pereira to Juanfran place. The Portuguese is a bit better in our opinion. Finally, after these two hires, you probably will have enough to buy Marcelo to Alba place. Try it.

      1. I’m currently using Deigo Lopez……Should I use that Brazilian GK Deigo alves….He’s got very mixed reviews or should I opt for Victor Valdes who also has mixed reviews………btw Is there anyone I can use instead of Ramos….as I jst have 130k

  37. Hi, I was wondering which formation would be best for a lot of open longshots? I was looking into the italian league, as they have many good longshot specialist midfielders. Perhaps a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-2-2-2?

      1. thanks. I’m leaning more towards the 4-2-3-1. I’m getting a little worried though, as I’m reading that the CAMS on the left and right side of the pitch basically play as wingers. Would Montolivo and Hernanes be okay, even though they are a little slow?

  38. are you allowed to have the same players,but with different formations coz i have vermaelen and vertonghen in my bpl n a 352 formation but i want to create a belgium squad with them in in a 4312 formation but im not sure if i can get them

  39. Hi guys, I used to use a 4-1-2-1-2 formation and like you said, can be very narrow, but I also found it very poor at getting numbers forward into good spaces, particularly the lm/rm for rebounds etc; I have since switched to a 5-2-2-1 formation and I find it gives better flexibility between crossing and narrow play which surprised me (pleasantly), anyway what do you guys believe is the most over-rated/ under-rated formations in FUT? Great article btw 🙂

      1. Yeah, sorry it was a difficult one but just wanted to see your opinion 🙂 couldn’t agree more though about the over-ratedness of 4-1-2-1-2. Keep up the good work, love this website 🙂

  40. Hi i really want to use IF David Villa and Iniesta on the same team and I have been using 3-4-2-1 but lately been feeling that 3 in the back keeps getting burned by pacey players. I there any way to have them both with 4 in the back and keep chemistry up?

  41. i used 4231 formation for 2 years
    it suited me plus it was cheap , only problem was CAM as there are hardly any fast CAM , plus i wanted 2 strikers
    4231 was excellent for crossing game , and i take long shots too
    i win mostly in 4231 formation now i wanted to try something diff.
    i play long balls , crosses , short passes
    so is 442 formation good
    as i get 2 strikers????

  42. Hi guys, amazing posts! anyway I was wondering, what sort of formation would you play zlatan in? I absolutely love playing with him, but I can simply not decide which formation would suit him the best.

    kind regards nick

      1. Well I love having wingers (or winger like cams) and then try to run down the wing and cross it in. So I was thinking either 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 or maybe even 4-5-1 🙂 just really cant determine which would be best

        and thanks for the quick reply 🙂

  43. I want to build a new squad. I like to play direct and possession have any ideas for what formation and squad to build
    I already have a BPL in 4222 and a serie a in 4321.

  44. Hi, what formation is the best to dominate the midfield? I enjoy keeping possession and playing tiki-taka style like Barcelona. Will 4-3-3 be good? Or 4-5-1?

    1. Hi. 4-3-3 was adapted by Barcelona in last years to their tiki-taka style. But we think that there are other good formations to do it: 3-5-2, 4-5-1 and 4-4-1-1. The best one depends of how you play with them (how much are you familiar, if the players fit on them, cost, etc…).

      1. Thanks, I’m currently using 3-5-2 but I always concede TOO many counter-attacking goals. I will switch to 4-5-1 because apparently it’s quite hard to break down and I play some triangle passing between the two CAM’s and the CM.

  45. Hello. I have a 4-5-1 team, and recently got SIF Vertonghen in a pack so have 230k to spend 🙂

    Joao Perriera- Pepe Piqué – jordi Alba
    Di Maria – Ozil (CAM) – Benzema ( CAM )- Pedro

    With 230k what improvements could be made? I like attacking football with possession. I was thinking maybe investing in Ramos, what are your ideas? Thanks.

    1. Hello. So sorry for wasting your time, but I have gone for a change and made my first ever hybrid 😀


      Joao Perreria- Piqué Pepe – Jordi Alba
      Xavi- David Silva- Mata
      Di Maria- Aguero- Hazard

      100 team chem, with lowest individual 7, with just Pepe/ jordi alba/ Perreia the only ones at 7. My style is still the same but with now a budget of 55k.

      Any improvements ?

      1. Hi.
        We really really really love your squad. Brilliant hybrid.
        To be perfect you just need Sergio Ramos. We know… He is quite expensive.
        If you swap Pepe with Piqué, don’t you get individual chemistry 9 to Pepe and Pereira?
        In our opinion, with that coins you should invest on Marcelo. He is the best BBVA LB and he will help the Pepe Chemistry and himself will get 9. Thinks about it…

  46. Hey there!

    I´m aiming to improve my Serie A 3.4.3 Team.
    Currently I´m thinking about exchanging the ST

    These are my attackers:

    Giovinco – Milito – Palacio
    Lulic – Pirlo – Nocerino – Maggio

    I think that Klose (Heading) and Jovetic (Ball Control, Long shots) have andvantages over Milito. But regarding the stats they also have disadvantages…

    Since I expect many people to use the Giovinco- Palacio- Duo on the wings, I´m curious what your opinions are on the striker position…
    I would swap Vidic and Kompany for Pace and Heading reasons.

    Thanks in advance!!


  47. Hi, what formation is best for La Liga BBVA, other than 4-1-2-1-2 or 3-5-2. My favourite formation is 4-1-2-1-2 but it’s too expensive..any formations similar to that, that’s good for BBVA? Please 🙂 Thanks 🙂
    An also I like playing through the middle, and sometimes own the wong but not too often, and also it would be good if there was a CAM or CF in there… Thanks 🙂

  48. Hi.
    I have been using using 4-2-3-1 but i realise that it is not suitable for me.I like to dribble the ball forward and if a striker is free,i would perform a high through ball to him,but if he is blocked by many defenders,i will keep passing close to the outside of the penalty box until i find a player who is free and can turn around when receiving the ball and run a bit before trying to shoot.Because of this,i feel that the 4-2-3-1 formation isnt suitable for me and i feel like two strikers is suitable for me but will still be ok if the formation has 1 striker and would fit perfectly for me so il consider every formation.Which formation would be good for me in 1.ultimate team(and can u reccomend a league to choose from which is very good for my style but is not too expensive,e.g.around 200,000 for starting lineup.
    And 2. For general fifa such as career,as they are many formations which were not placed in ultimate team and u can also create formations.If u have any formations you have made up that is suitable for me,i would love to hear it.

    Thank you vey much for all your help.

      1. Thabks very much.After looking through serie a,i have generally but not finally picked a squad in the formation 4-1-2-1-2 that you have reccomended.

        Gk is buffon(or marchetti if im short on money)
        Defenders are abate,chellini,ogbonna,armero(not too sure with him as he is not so good defensively,any suggestions?maybe from another league?)
        CDM is vidal,LM and RM is giovoncco and palacio,CAM is sneijder.
        Strikers are cavani and miccoli.

        I dont feel that this squad might be the best i can buy with my money.In terms of the team all being from serie A,is it ok?In terms of making a hybrid team,any suggestions?Thank you very much.

        1. Hi.
          Your team seems well to us. Probably you can improve a bit more with the same money.
          We will publish a Serie A Guide tomorrow. Check it out and, if you need suggestions, ask us on the new article comments.

    1. It’s a wonderful squad. Bale and Hazard on the same team is like being in heaven. 🙂
      The only thing that we don’t like it is Torres but changing him will affect the individual chemistry.

  49. BrAziL SqUaD

    Hello guys I heave one big problem in me squad…so this is the situation..I play on pc platform,I heave a Brazil Squad 4321 :
    Ok the problem is next :on the actions from corners I take goals in 65% from the all actions and when i heave a corners I give goal in only 10% from the actions. this problem is only with this Brazil Squad, I had a BP Squad and only 15% actions on cournes i take goal and and i gave on 70% goals from me actions from coarners… and me squad BP it was :
    Say that there is no central defenders on me brazil squad… no silva no dede… where i can make a change i heave now 400.000 coins i whana buy Dante IF is better option for me defend …with Dante IF and T. Silva as CB?any solutions?or David Luiz CM IF?what can i change? to solve this problem? thanks

      1. i allredy changeit dede with sergio ramos and the gk alves with casilias 😀

        1. Casillas and Ramos get a Hyper link (same club+same nationality). So doesn’t matter who play around them. They will get individual chemistry 9.
          You can take a look HERE to get some tips to build hybrid squads.

  50. Hi what’s a good formation for a serie a team preferably a formation with no wingers because there’s only one winger robinho. Thnx and I dnt really have a style btw
    Sorry jus found out there r quite a few wingers instead jus any formation for serie a thnx

    1. Hi Bob.
      Bad news and good news to you.
      We can’t say to you which is the right formation to Serie A since we don’t know your budget and we don’t know your play style (yes, you have but probably you don’t know that you have). This is the bad news.
      The good news is that next Friday (by the way our premium articles are out every Friday’s) we will publish a Serie A guide that will help you to build your team.

      1. thanks a lot lot lot was really doing my head in 1 mor quick question is marchisio a cam or cdm

    1. It depends of your play style but for us the Aguero’s team is much better.
      That team is better in all sectors: goal, defenders, mid and attack. Casillas is the best GK, Ramos is better than Dante, Silva is better than Ramires, Di Maria is better than Danilinho and Aguero is better than Welliton. It has only one problem: Silva as CCM is a bit dangerous since he has high attacking work rate and low defending work rate. In a 4-3-3 it can be a bad decision but if you defends well with the back four, maybe it isn’t a problem for you.

  51. I’m struggling A LOT recently with fifa which is unlike me, and it’s been for around a month. I can’t seem to find the right formation and the right players. I like to play one touch quick counter attacking football with goals but i also don’t like to cross. I’m good on the wings but i usually cut in. I love playing with 2 pacey strikers and 1-2ing it between them. I also concede a lot which REALLY frustrates me in a 3-5-2. I’m good at longshots and score a lot, and i like to be the dominant side. I usually concede from crosses which really annoys me because it seems that’s how i always lose. Which formation do you think is the right one? and what team do you reccomend?

    1. Hi Adam.
      Why you don’t play with 4-1-2-1-2 ? It seems one good formation for your play style. Two ST, wingers but a bit more defensive than 3-5-2.
      With side defenders you will be able to avoid opponent crosses.

      1. Does 4-1-2-1-2 not play a really high line? I’ve heard that it does and i haven’t risked to spend the coins to use it yet.

  52. what formation should i play with my brazilian team, i like using the wings and crossing the ball. I play short and direct football. I need a formation both solid when going foward and defending. I was thinking 4-2-3-1 but what do you think?

  53. who is better in 4-3-3 in attack LW-Lavezzi /ST- Aguero /RW-Di maria or LW-Neymar / ST-Wellinton or Patto / RW-Hulk

    1. It isn’t easy. It depends of your play style.
      Aguero and Di Maria are better than Pato and Hulk. But Neymar is better than Lavezzi, specially if you use the 5 star skills.
      To us, the first one is better.

  54. hello ,who is better in attack couple Aguero and wellition or Aguero and edin dezko

    1. Great team! We love it.
      The best GK, the best CB’s, probably the best RB and LB. On the midfield and on the attack the players are great too. For us, Fábregas is the weakest since he is not fast enough for this position in this formation.

        1. It isn’t easy…
          We thought that Tévez would be an option since he plays very well in that position. he links to Di Maria and Silva but probably it will affect Ramos and Alves chemistry. So, he isn’t a good suggestion. But we don’t have any other.

          1. For who knows to play with him, Xavi is better. But he is not for everyone. He is ONLY the player with best vision and best short passing with whole FUT 13. You know how to take advantage of this, Xavi can be a good option to your team.

  55. Hi. I am really struggling with Fifa UT lately. I was playing a Premier League squad using 5-2-1-2 formation and doing OK with it. Haven’t won division 1 yet but was going up and down from 2 – 1 and staying in 1 for a few seasons. But now I am losing loads of matches and have even failed to stay in division 2 :O . I haven’t changed my squad much but i was going to try a 4-2-1-2 but am finding it a little expensive to build. I don’t have much in the line of coins and i have a bare minimum of players. My squad is :
    GK Hart/Cesar
    LB Evra/Cole
    RB Richards/Maicon
    CB Kompany/Terry/Vermhalen/Lescott/Cahill/Agger
    CM Nasri/Yaya Toure/Ramires/Tiote/Mata/Silva
    CF Van Persie/Suarez
    S Remy/Cisse/Aguero/Hernandez

    I have decided to change my plan of a 4-1-2-1-2 and maybe try a 5-3-2 instead. I do have Hazard LM , Walcott RM and Valencia RM but I am not using them at the moment as i already said that i am using 5-2-1-2 at the moment so not using the wide men. I will probably sell them to finance the players i need. So my question finally is, What players should i look to get into my 5-3-2 squad and who should i get rid of ? I like to play a passing game with lots of 1-2’s and balls over the top of the defence. So aguero is great but i have to say i am not to keen on Van Persie. Any help to get a solid defence and a more stable team would be appreciated.

    1. Hi.
      You have great players.
      In our opinion, players that you can sell: Terry, Agger or Cahill; Tiote; RVP, Suarez and Cisse.
      In our opinion, players that you can buy: Tévez.
      You have a good team. You just need to check if the morale and fitness of your players are high and stay focus.

      1. Just A quick note. I have tried playing a 3-5-2 with Kompany, Vermahlen and Vertonghen as my 3 CD’s. I know I already said i was going to do a 5-3-2 but I actually am winning a few games with this formation I have also used Fellani and Toure as my CDM’s Any suggestions on how to get a team of 9 Chemistry for all my players in this formation without breaking the bank 😀 I have used Lennon on the RM position, but i am not to impressed with his passing. Sorry for the confusion but I really am finding it hard to get 9 chemistry through the team.

    1. Great teams.
      On the first one our only suggestion is to buy CAM-CM card to David Silva in order to get individual chemistry 9.
      In the second one, we just don’t like Torres. But it is our personal preference.

  56. hello ,who is better in attack couple
    Aguero and Walcott IF or
    Aguero and R V Persie? thanks and if you can explain me why 😀

    1. For us, Aguero and RVP. For many reasons. First by the price. IF cards are not good value for money. Then, because the most important in a striker is to have good shooting and good heading. Walcott doesn’t have shooting or heading. RVP has the second best shooting of whole FUT 13. The only thing that Walcott is really great is his pace. But you can not play just with pace…

    1. 4-3-1-2 is one of the formations most recommended for those who like to play through the middle. The key element of this squad is the CF. You should invest some coins on a really good player for this position.
      Pros: The CF and the two ST make this formation extremely dangerous in attack. Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.
      Cons: Very narrow formation. Crossings hardly happen.

  57. hey i play for manchester city and i have been using 4-2-3-1.but i want to put play into good itposition,but \some of the positions there on 4-2-3-1 are rdm ldm but they cant play can you help me?

    1. Sorry. You need to explain it better. We didn’t understand.
      On rdm and ldm positions you need a CDM. You can put there any player that plays as ST, CF, CAM or CM if you apply them the formation card.

  58. Hi
    I’m trying to find out a new formation to play with, actually i’m trying the 451 but i don’t like it cause i rarely find the wingers and cm is always out of position confusing my gameplay.
    I like to play on the wings ,drible and cut inside the box to try a finesse or passing to the striker or someone that can try a shot or drible inside and make the goalie. I like the 1-2 passing and making runs with the striker as well.
    Which formation should i pick ?

  59. Hi there,

    I have three teams that I play 442 with. I am relatively new to FUT 13 however I do have some good players. I have also won Division 1 2/3 times however now I seem to be failing quite a lot, I mean a hell of a lot.

    My BPL Squad:
    GK Hart
    RB Richards/Maicon
    CB IF Skrtel/Kaboul
    CB Kompany/Vermaelen
    LB Clichy/Jose Enrique
    LM Bale/Hazard
    CM Rooney/Nasri
    CM Fellaini/Toure
    RM Walcott/Ben Arfa/Valencia/Johnson
    ST Ballotelli/Podolski/Hernandez
    ST Aguero/IF Defoe/Remy

    Serie A Squad
    GK Marchetti
    LB Amero
    CB Chielleini
    CB Ogbonna
    RB Abate
    LM Giovinco/Vargas/Robinho
    CM Hamsik/Marchisio/Pirlo
    CM Boateng/De Rossi
    ST IF Cavani/Klose/Pato
    ST Di Natale/Muriel

    Brazilian Squad
    GK Julio Cesar
    LB Marcelo
    CB Santana/Dede
    CB David Luiz
    RB Maicon/Jonathon
    LM Robinho
    CM Luiz Gustavo/Ramieres
    CM Ronaldinho/lucas/carlos eduardo
    RM Hulk
    ST Welliton/Eto/Doumbia
    ST Pato

    I really like pacey sweaty players, i like playing down the wings but I also like to try and play football passing the ball etc and shooting form long distance.

    I am struggling to create chances in FIFA, and the football i am playing at the minute is disgusting and too predictable. I have sold my Brazilian Squad to try out a 433 formation. Can you advise me futher please?

    1. Hi.
      On the beginning it was very easy to win division 1. Now it is more difficult.
      We don’t know exactly which advise you want. If winning division 1 is really important to you, maybe selling the other team can be a good choice. With a strong team you can win easily.
      You have a lot of good players. Maybe you can join Buffon and Chiellini to your BPL squad. They will keep with individual chemistry 9 and they will improve the weakest positions of your team. More one thing: we know that you love pacey players but Ashley Cole is much better than Enrique.

  60. Hi! Im going for a BPL team with a 433 formation. My budget is really really low since I suck at making coins in FUT. But its roughly about 80K, What players would you recommend for me to start with ? throughout the “game” I will ofc save up some coins to buy more expensive players, but just to have it said I never had over 80 k at once on this game :p So would be nice to be recommeded what players I should buy at first, and what players I should try to save up coins and get later. Cheers!

    1. Hi.
      You can get an idea from our BPL Guide.
      It depends of your play style and preferences but we can try to help you anyway:
      Júlio César, Glen Johnson (or Sagna), Vermaelen, Kaboul, Ashley Cole, Ramires, Touré, Jack Wilshere, Valencia, Ashely Cole and Tévez.
      Then, you can try Nani and Nasri.

  61. Brazil Squad

    I build one team..brazil squad..
    GK-D. Alves
    CB-Dede , CB-T. Silva
    RB-Dani Alves
    CM-Ramires , CM-Lucas Moura
    RM-Hulk?/Danilinho?/Kelvin?/Leite? who is better?
    ST-Pato , ST- Wellinton the formation is 4-4-2

    the next question is what player I need more?I need to replace something in the first 11?’ what do you think about this team and what changes would you make if this team is your..i hope you will help me with a good advice Thanks

  62. Who is the best brazil RM? you can help me ?…
    5. somone else?
    Plz give me a good answord and why is good on this position.

  63. I’m trying to decide which formation to go with. I like to start out of the back with passing and work my way down the field. Then when its there blast shots from the center, outside or around the 18. Some times this style of play levels the flanks open and I whip crosses in easily. I play with a standard 4-4-2 but was looking to try something new. Perhaps a 4-1-2-1-2 I know its pretty much the same but maybe it will give my CAM and CDM more defined roles. And suggestions for a Different formation to play? I just started my FUT13 team and use Mostly German born Bundisliga players.

    1. Hi.
      According your play style, we suggest you 3 formations:
      4-5-1 for a more defensive formation;
      4-4-1-1 with the careful of getting CM’s with high/medium defensive high work rate;
      4-1-2-1-2 that is similar to 4-4-2 but more narrow.

  64. Hi. First of all congrats by the site, the best i’ve seen. I’d like your opinion about a problem I’m having playing on FUT. I use a 352 formation with brazilian player. I’m very good with counter-attacks and creating attacks, but i’m losing many games to guys who just run with a fast winger like Walcott and cross the ball to my area for a CF like Falcao Garcia head it. You think I should play with formation in defensive mode to stop it or buy some faster players?

    My squad is:
    GK: Diego Alves ; CB: Dante, Felipe Santana, Dedé, CDM: Ramires, Paulinho; RM: Éder Luiz; LM: Michel Bastos; CAM: Lucas; ST: Alexandre Pato, Welliton.


    1. Hi Allan.
      Changing your formation may be a good option. You can also try to choose CB’s with better heading as Lúcio, Alex or Maicon.
      You can try to take a look to our Brazilian guide that will be available in few hours.
      Thanks for your support. You can join us on Facebook or Twitter if you want.

  65. Finaly i think i heave the dream team BPL: 4-3-3
    gk-loris/lb-cole;cb-vidic;cb-kompany;rb-maicon/cm-silva;cm-y toure;cm-rooney/lw-hazard;st-aguero;rw-bale
    on sub i heave:mata/nasri/nani/hart/remy/vermalen/clichy/wallcout/ben arfa/santi cazola/david luiz/ivanovic.
    I need another players from BPL? or is good and what opinion you heave about first 11 start players?thanks

  66. im thinking about switching my team to all man utd players.. and running a 3-4-1-2.
    with the defenders as evra -vidic- IF rafael
    the mid nani- carrick- IF cleverly- valencia
    the cf as rooney
    and the two strikers as RVP and Chicharito

    What do you think of that?
    How do you think evra and rafael would do those positions?

  67. Here are a few formations that I have shortlisted:


    Which of these are good to just run through the opponent’s defense?


      1. I am now changing from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2 but all my players are adapted to 4-5-1. This is causing a low team chemistry (36). I do not want to spend a lot buying formation changing cards so should I just sell my starting 11 and start all over again? I went to and found out that if I sell my whole squad I will have a total of around 18000. I don’t mind selling off all my players so should I?

        1. I did some fiddling with my team and made the players with the same nationality closer to each other. Although this decreased my team rating from 84 to 81, My chemistry increased to 51.

          1. I think I should try 4-1-2-1-2 because I am not very good at defending. It seems to be a nice formation. I will shift to this.

          1. I just realized that even 4-1-2-1-2 is nice. Is there a reason that you told me to choose 4-4-2 over 4-1-2-1-2? What does 4-1-2-1-2 lack that 4-4-2 does not have?

  68. Hi.
    I need help in deciding which formation I should use. Here are the things which I would like:
    1) More than 3 (4 or 5) defenders
    2) Either 1 striker and 2 wingers or 2 strikers
    3) I don’t want the one’s where the CAMS need to have winger attributes
    There are 3 ways in which I like to attack:
    1) Straight through the opponent’s defense
    2) Crossings
    3) Support play (with 2 strikers)
    I have shortlisted 6 formations but dont know which one will be best for me. Can you help me decide with the info I have given? If you need more info about the way I play then tell me.

      1. So you are saying that 4-4-2 is nice for running through defense right? But will there be crossings (I dont think so as there are no wingers)?

        Thanks anyways and great website! 😀

    1. So 4-4-2 will mean that there will be support play and good defense. As per you it is good for going through defense? And there will not be many crosses right (since there arent any wingers)?

      Also, I tried shifting from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2 but this caused the chemistry to be low (36) because all my players are adapted to 4-5-1. (I reduced my rating to 81 and could get chemistry 51 by making players with same nationality together). I do not want to spend a lot of money on formation changing cards and I do not mind selling off all my players. So should I sell my players? As per, I can get 18000 by selling my players so should I?

      Please answer all the questions in the reply.

      1. Hi.

        4-4-2: Lot’s of crosses. It is the formation that we usually play. And we cross a lot…

        Selling ou not: It’s up to you.
        To buy the same team you will need more money since 4-4-2 players are more expensive.

        Try to get, at least, chemistry 90.

      2. Which League do you recommend? I was thinking Liga BBVA Spanish players, is that OK? I already bought Fernando Llorente and I m looking at Soldado and Torres. Should I continue or do you recommend me to change league?

          1. I am looking for a team where in the starting eleven, each person has a minimum of 84/85. I already bought Fernando Llorente and Sergio Busquets. Below, I am going to ask which players I should get, but you should know that I don’t mind applying formation cards and position cards.

            I am looking at Pique and Puyol as my CB. Who should I make LB & RB with a budget of around 1250 each?

            I have Busquets and I am looking for Fabregas. Who should be my other midfielders with the same budget?

            For strikers, although I have a BBVA team, I was looking for RVP. Is it fine if I do that? I already have Fernando Llorente but I am looking for someone better. Who do you recommend?

            Please answer with both the defenders, midfielders, and 1 or 2 strikers. If you have any change that I should make, please tell me now.

          2. Buying players by their rating is a big mistake. Don’t do it. I you pay attention to our BBVA guide you will know that Pepe is much better than Pique and Puyol.
            João Pereira and Filipe Luís to RB/LB. For abit more, Ozil to CM. For strikers, Benzema and Falcão are the best ones. Higuain the cheaper.
            We don’t recommend RVP since it will be too difficult to balance the chemistry.

  69. Hey guys,
    I was hoping to get a few tips on scoring with my main striker (Messi) and about my formation.
    My team is:
    GK-89 Casillas
    LB-IF 83 Jordi Alba CB-IF 92 Pique CB-87 Sergio Ramos RB-84 Dani Alves
    LM-IF 91 Iniesta CM-90 Xavi CM- IF 93 Xabi Alonso RM-IF 86 Pedro
    ST-IF 96 Messi and ST-89 Falcao

    So, I know my team is top quality but after about one goal per game with Messi totaling around 34 games/goals I can’t seem to score with him anymore for some reason. I used to use a 4-3-3 then decided to try a 4-4-1-1 and finally started using a 4-4-2 recently. All of my players except the defending four and my GK have a 4-4-2 fav formation, the back four and GK are still on 4-3-3 but they are still orange with formation and all of my guys are at 9 chemistry. I like to play quickly if possible mainly going down the wings and either crossing into the box or I try to work the ball into Messi on the ground. But the big problem is i just cant seem to make any progress with Messi.
    Thanks guys!

    1. Hi.
      Great great team.
      “all of my guys are at 9 chemistry” – it’s all that matters about chemistry.
      About Messi… are you sure his morale is high ? And his fitness ?
      By the way: are you sure that Pique is better than Pepe ?

      1. Messi’s morale and fitness are both good, I always keep my team with 85 or higher fitness and morale. With regards to pepe or pique, i have used the non in form pepe and he got a lot of red cards, but pique got a few too. After i switched to the TOTY 92 pique i found that he was a great defender, and scores a lot of headed goals from corners, but i have not used the in form pepe yet.
        I am planing to switch from 86 pedro to 87 in form Di Maria because pedro’s high/high workrate exhausts him early on and he is always in the wrong place, hopefully Di maria will prove to be a better support player for messi. I’ll be sure to report the results.
        Also, is there a different formation that you would recommend for my team and quick play style?

        1. Hi again.
          You forgot that your Piqué is IF 92.
          We think that you will enjoy Di Maria.
          4-4-2 seems fine to your players and your play style.
          About Messi, we don’t know what’s going on. There are better players for some gamers, but it isn’t the case since you already played well with him in past.

  70. Hi i heave Barclays PL squad:
    CM-Silva/CM-Y. Toure/CM-Rooney
    Formation is 4-3-3
    The question is next :what I can change in this squad what improvments i can make new players from Barclays PL?your opinion?thanks

    1. Hi.
      You already have the BPL dream team. 🙂
      If your play style allows counters to the opponents, Vidic can be too slow. Be attention to that.
      Your weakest player is Wallcot but, on BPL, there are no alternatives to him except Valencia.
      The only improvement hat you can make now is to turn it on a hydrid squad or to hire good players to the bench (Hart, Clichy, Vermaelen, Bale, Nasri and RVP, for example).
      Support us, please!

      1. I heave allredy on the bench Hart/Clichy/Nasri/Mata/Nani/Vermalen/David Luiz/Ivanovic/Ben Arfa/Santi Cazola and i need to buy one good ST :Tevez/Torres/R.V.P which is better?and what players you recomand me in the second squad 🙂
        and one option about wallcot is to make tevez –>CM and replace hem with Y toure or Rooney and now to replace Wallcout with Di maria….argentinian player and he will heave 9 chemestry becouse in right Aguero and back Tevez same argentina nationality

  71. I have a 433 form with bale Lw, balotelli st, Valencia and hazard RW,
    Yaya toure, Nasri, Ramirez, cm’s, Richard rb company, david liuz with sub in kaboul to match with my LB Marcelo who matches with Ramirez and Louiz. And Peter cech gk.. but I feel like my squad is not good and I’ve spent so much money on them so what should I really do? I love balotelli and wanna use him or even a ac Milan balo. Any suggestion or formations ?

  72. IM IN A NEW CLUB SO i was wondering this, like to get the ball down the wings, in order for my wide midfielders to deliver crosses into the box.So i was thinking if you can give me any formations?

  73. After much hard work trading and buying coins This is my team

    Casillas, gk
    Defence.. Alves, piqué, Ramos,Marcelo,
    Midfield.. Xavi, iniesta, ronaldo.
    Attack… Falcao, messi.

    I’m using 41212 formation they are at 100 chemistry. And 9 chemistry all players.

    Questions is I seem to be loseing most games the teams not playing like it should

    I lost to a silver team earlier?.

    Can you please help as to why my teams not playing well?


    What would be the best formation for this team

    1. Hi.
      What amazing team!
      Starting by the end. You should not choose a formation by the players you have. It is more important to choose a formation which you are familiar and which you made good results.
      About your team, it isn’t easy to win only with 10. 🙂
      We love your team but we suggest to try Pepe instead of Piqué. Just try. Most of people prefer Pepe after try him.
      You chemistry is great but what about your morale? Are you sure the morale of your team are high? And by the way, how is your fitness?

      1. Thank you glad you like my team Morel is very high. Fitness I always use fitness packs when players go under 80 so fitness. This team should be unstoppable but I’m not having much luck winning. I have lost to a 72 rated team earlier.

        I just wondering if you think 41212 is best formation for these players.

          1. But the formation may not be the problem. Sometimes we need to change our play style.
            We do not like to have great stars, like Ronaldo and MEssi, even when we can pay for them, because the burden of responsibility is high.

    1. Thanks guys. With that I won 5 games in a row in FIFA 13. Thanks. Good website.

  74. i like playing play through the middle,so which defense formation will be good for me.Also i am good at dribbling so answer there which formation is good for dribbling and answer this so which defense formation will be good for me.

  75. I want to make a defensive team for the premier league ,what formation should i choose?

    1. We think that the most important is: which formation are you more familiar ? in which formation you got the bet results ? what are your play style ?
      We can’t give a formation without these informations.

  76. hey i like playing down the middle.i like counter attacking style of play and also i send long balls forward at every opurtunity.what formation would you suggest me?

  77. I like to play a high intensity attacking football while keeping possession at the same time. What formation would you recommend for my playing style?

  78. Hello great website. I’ve got question.How can I win the max of coins in FUT 13 on ps3? Please answer as soon as possible. Thanks you. Andrew

    1. Thanks.
      Most of people never earn lots of coins because they think there are secrets about making coins. To be rich you will need to work a lot. It isn’t so easy like that. We are writing an article about that and it has, until now, 6.000 words. No one will teach you how to be rich quickly since it doesn’t exist. You can try to read some articles of our website that we publish that teach how to do it.

  79. In a 4-3-2-1 formation, for CM on the left, given the fact that the chemistry of the player will be exactly 9 in both cases, do you choose David Silva or Nasri? and why?