Discover the best formations and tactics to win in FIFA 18

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In football, formations are essential to win. In FIFA 18, you have to change team formations and tactics to find the ideal style of play. There are several details you need to learn to get everything right on the lawn.

As a good coach, you must tweak the formation to get the most out of your team. Have you ever thought that there are several very good squads in FIFA 18, but with the wrong formation? Check out the best formations and tactics to play on the counterattack, possession of the ball or high pressure.



You can change your tactics before matches in the formation menu or even during matches.

4-2-3-1 Counterattack

The 4-2-3-1 is a very balanced formation that distributes its players very well on the pitch. It is the ideal formation for those who like to play on the counterattack. With two defensive midfielders, you'll be able to withstand the opponent's pressure well and manage to go on the attack quickly with the three attacking midfielders.

In midfield, you can play with two central midfielders or switch to a central midfielder and a defensive midfielder to help more in defence. Up front, you can also change attacking midfielder to second striker if you need to attack more.

The tactic of playing on the counterattack is to let your opponent have more possession of the ball and attack without putting too much pressure. But once you get the ball back, the game build speed is very high. Having fast players, you will catch opposing players out of their defensive positions. Check out the characteristics of the counterattack tactic:

Game Building

  • Speed: 95
  • Passes: 50
  • Positioning: Organized

Opportunity Creation



  • Passes: 50
  • Crossings: 50
  • Finishes: 50
  • Positioning: Organized

Defense

  • pressure: 10
  • Aggressiveness: 50
  • Width: 60
  • Defensive Line: Coverage

Other formations to play in Counterattack:

  • 5-2-1-2
  • 4-3-3
  • 4-4-2

4-5-1 Ball Possession

This is the ideal formation for fans of the famous tiki-taka of Barcelona and the Spanish national team. With this formation, all the power is in midfield so players have plenty of options to keep possession of the ball.

There is no rush to build the game or create opportunities, allowing players to position themselves freely. Those who play tiki-taka have to be very patient until they find an opportunity to score. The strong point of this tactic is that your opponent will have the ball for a very short time.

To play with this tactic, you need players with good passing quality in midfield. Never make long passes and always have a lot of patience in attack. Check out the characteristics of the ball possession tactic:

Game Building

  • Speed: 20
  • Passes: 20
  • Positioning: Free

Opportunity Creation

  • Passes: 25
  • Crossings: 25
  • Finishes: 25
  • Positioning: Free

Defense


  • pressure: 50
  • Aggressiveness: 25
  • Width: 50
  • Defensive Line: Covered

Other formations to play in possession of the ball:


  • 4-2-2-2
  • +4-1-2-1-2
  • 4-3-3

3-5-2 High Blood Pressure

Within the more offensive formations, the 3-5-2 is an excellent option for those who need to score goals very quickly, but taking some risks. Using the high pressure tactic, you will be very aggressive to get the ball back and your players will always be looking to create scoring opportunities.


Some argue that this formation is no longer efficient in modern football because it is weak defensively. But to take down the most solid defenses, or if you need to turn the score around, this can be the ideal tactic. Check out the characteristics of the high pressure tactic:

Game Building

  • Speed: 50
  • Passes: 50
  • Positioning: Organized

Opportunity Creation

  • Passes: 75
  • Crossings: 50
  • Finishes: 75
  • Positioning: Organized

Defense

  • pressure: 85
  • Aggressiveness: 75
  • Width: 25
  • Defensive Line: In Line (put offside)

Other formations to play in High Pressure:

  • 4-3-3 (3)
  • 5-2-1-2
  • 4-2-3-1

5-3-2 Long Ball


This formation is suitable for those who like more direct football. If you play with two strong forwards who are good in the air, you can cause a lot of problems for the opponent's defense. In the center, you will always have players available, however, the sides will be more fragile.

Regarding the defense, you will feel very safe with three defenders. Make good use of corners and free kicks to score headed goals. Check out the characteristics of the long ball tactic:

Game Building

  • Speed: 90
  • Passes: 90
  • Positioning: Organized

Opportunity Creation

  • Passes: 75
  • Crossings: 75
  • Finishes: 75
  • Positioning: Organized

Defense

  • pressure: 50
  • Aggressiveness: 75
  • Width: 50
  • Defensive Line: Coverage

Other Formations to play in Long Ball:

  • 3-5-1-1
  • 4-4-2
  • 3-1-4-2

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