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FIFA 21 4-4-2 Formation & Tactics Guide - Detailed Breakdown Of Strengths & Analysis Of Gameplay

10/26/2020 11:21:35 AM

442 formation is one of the most popular formations in FIFA 21, and this article is going to explain in length how to use the 442 and breakdown on the 442 formations’ strengths and weaknesses, it might give you some clarity on the 442 formations.

FIFA 21 4-4-2 formation is simple, easy, yet overpowered. It's got a good strong back four or across the midfield two upfront. The more standard way is to start with the two wide midfielders, as they are the most important players in the 442 formations; wide midfielders are the ones that dictated by the midfielders and the fullbacks act, but ultimately those two wide midfielders are going to need to drift inside and link up with those two strikers because those two midfielders’ primary jobs are going to be holding up the play and making sure that you don't concede too many counter-attacks. So those wide midfielders going to have to get involved in the attacking positions and make sure it's easy for the strikers to get their chances and score goals.

FIFA 21 4-4-2 Formation - Best Custom Tactics and Instructions (All Positions)



        Defense style: press on possession loss 

        Width: 5

        Depth: 4


        Offense style: long ball

        Width: 6

        Player in box: 5

        Corners: 1

        Free kicks: 1


For defense tactics, as you can see above, first you can start with the Press On Possession Loss. In this formation, this defensive style works extremely well, because it does man-mark very well, makes it very difficult for your opponent, and its links up with your opposite number excellently, this is one of the most effective formations at using a press, it works beautifully, much better than Balanced, some might say. But if you don't like to open defensively, you can choose balance too.

Then in terms of offense tactics, Long Ball is the way to go. Long Ball is more effective than the style Fast Build Up, which also suits super well with this formation as well. Essentially, Long ball is the Getting In Behind in Instructions that you put on to some of your players in the Instruction Tab. So this will sort of negating necessarily the need for you to use the get in behind instruction when you do get there, which is something you will see in a little bit. Long Ball just very effective, and works extremely well if you have fast players and they are great at getting in behind into spaces. Also, if they are exceptionally good at making those run for you, then choosing Long ball as the offense style is the right choice for you!


Midfielders Instructions

    Attacking support: balance attacks[default]

    Support on crosses: stay on edge of box for cross

    Interceptions: conservative interceptions

    Position freedom: stick to position [default]

    Defensive position: cover center

Wingers Instructions

    Defensive support: basic defense support 

    Chance creation: cut inside 

    Support runs: balanced support[default]

    Support on crosses: get into the box for cross[default]

    Interceptions: aggressive interceptions

Full backs Instructions

    Attacking runs: stay back while attacking

    Interceptions: conservative interceptions

    Run type: overlap

Strikers Instructions *the most important ones*

    Support runs: stay central

    Attacking runs: mixed attack[default]

    Interceptions: aggressive interceptions

    Defensive support: stay forward


In support runs, Stay central is the most suitable for the two strikers in this formation. Because you'll find that there is a little bit of width in this formation as well as when you get on to with the full-backs and the wide midfielders.

In attacking runs, because as said before, in the tactics you were already choosing Long Ball as the Offense Style in Tactics which essentially Get In Behind. So you don't necessarily need to set up the get in behind, using the Mixed Attack[default] is just fine.

In Interceptions, If you are trying to win the ball back, then your attackers should be on Aggressive Interceptions. It works very well with the Press On Possession Loss. And Aggressive Interception works very well for two reasons: one is that it does drain a little bit of stamina on your opponents because they are constantly going to be under pressure with the Aggressive Interceptions and the Press On Possession Loss; And reason number two is that if you're pressing at the top end of the pitch when your players try and go in for a tackle or something and if they miss, it's not a big deal because you've got plenty of numbers behind you, like the four defenders. So being a little aggressive at the top end of the pitch is not a bad thing. But you don't want to be aggressive in defense, because if you in for a tackle, or if your midfielders lunging in for a tackle and they miss, it just makes counter-attack super overpowered.

In defensive support, it is recommended to use the stay forward, because it works well with fast players.

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