FIFA 21 Guide & tips for the 4-2-2-2

FIFA 21 is here and you have no idea how to line up your team? This year there are many strong formations that lead to victory, the 4-2-2 is one of them. In our FIFA 21 formation guide we will tell you what makes this formation so special.

FIFa21 4-2-2-2 foramtion guide

The 4-2-2 in FIFA 21 is a more offensive variant of the classic 4-4-2. The difference is that instead of a left and right midfielder, you use two attacking midfielders who serve the outer lanes behind the two strikers.

This formation is particularly strong in the transition game and enables quick counterattacks. However, since you don’t have a classic cam behind the strikers, it creates a gap between the defense and the offense. Nevertheless, the 4-2-2-2 is one of the most flexible formations of all, if you set up your team correctly.

the tactics for the 4-2-2

The individual tactics are crucial for the 4-2-2-2. Here you determine how your team should act offensively and defensively. However, it is important to find exactly the values that you are most comfortable with.

We recommend an offensive tactic, which makes particularly high demands on the players:

Defensive style: pressing after possession loss
width: 6-7
Depth: 5
Offensive style: Fast build-up
width: 6-7
Players in the penalty area: 5
Corners: 3
Free kicks: 2-3

While your defenders quickly try to regain possession, you counter inattentive opponents in a matter of seconds thanks to the “fast build-up” option.

However, this tactic only works if your players have high stamina values – especially the two CAMs and CDMs are challenged. If this is not the case, you should choose “balanced” for the offensive style.

the right player instructions

However, the player instructions are just as crucial. The most important position in the 4-2-2-2 is the two CAMs. They are the linchpin of your offense.

Since we give the CAMs free roam in our tactics, they either occupy the outer lanes or move into the middle depending on the situation. In this way, the formation shifts dynamically in the course of the game.

The two wing-backs should stay at the back during attacks, while one striker gets “get in behind” and the second “mixed attack” – so he serves more as a face-off station and should have good short passing skills.

Both CAMs get basic defensive support and free roam – if they lack stamina, you can also give the midfielders “stay forwrad”. However, the CDMs are similarly important.

The defensive-minded midfielder should stay back and cover the center during attacks, while the more offensive CDM may also join the attack. Cutting passing lanes, balanced attack, normal interception, cover center are your options here.

The 4-2-2 in FIFA 21 is not necessarily easy to play, but it offers a lot of flexibility. The dynamic CAMs make it hard for your opponent to read where they will move next. If they are also strong with their weak foot and have the abillity to do skill moves, you are guaranteed to come throug any defense.

With the help of the player instructions, you allow the CAMs with “free roam” to develop freely in the attack. The two CAMs will therefore either occupy the wings or force the game through the middle.

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By Philipp Briel

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