FIFA 21 Formation-Guide: The 4-4-2 System

The 4-4-2 is a real classic, also in FIFA 21 (Source: EA Sports)

The 4-4-2 is one of the most famous constellations in modern football and also marks an absolute meta formation in FIFA 21.

In our formation guide we provide you with strong tactics and instructions for the formation.

The 4-4-2 is one of the most popular formations and scores especially because of its flexibility. Compared to the 4-2-2-2, this formation offers two outer midfielders who are a bit more defensive, but with the right player settings, they almost feel like winger.

In addition, you have two central midfielders in front of your own defensive line here, which provide additional stability in the game back and front. Only one ZOM behind the seats is missing in this formation, so the game through the middle is a bit more difficult than in other formations.

The best tactics for the 4-4-2

The 4-4-2 has already been one of the most popular FIFA formations for several years and is also an absolute meta formation in the current series. One of the most important settings are the individual tactics. Try out the following settings:
  • Defensive style: Balanced
  • Width: 5-6
  • Depth: 5-6
  • Offensive style: Long ball
  • Width: 5
  • Players in penalty area: 8
  • Corners: 2
  • Free kicks: 2
We can recommend these tactics for the 4-4-2 (Source: EA Sports)
These settings are especially useful if you have two fast forwards. The outer midfielders should also have high speed and dribbling values. An alternative would also be the option “Fast build-up” for the offensive style – this provides even more chances of scoring on counterattacks.

The player instructions for the 4-4-2

Individual player instructions are also crucial in 4-4-2 formation. The main focus in this formation is also on the two central midfielders: Here you need a defensive CM with good defensive and passing scores and a more offensive midfielder with good scores in shooting and passing, who will join in the attacking game. This player should also have a high level of stamina, as he is on the move between the two penalty areas throughout the entire game. Also make the following player instructions in the menu:
  • Outside defender: stay back when attacking
  • Defensive CM: stay behind during attacks, cover the middle
  • Defensive CM (offensive): cover the center
  • Left and right midfielder: defensive overflow, for crosses into the penalty area
  • Striker: defense overflow, strengthen defense
With the “Reinforce Defense” option, both attackers retreat further and form an almost uniform line with the outer midfielders when the opponent has the ball. When switching to attack, you almost have a four-man line in the attack, and you have many different options.
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By Philipp Briel

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