FIFA 17 Best Team Formations

Knowing the different formations you can use when playing FIFA is important. If you want to be successful, then you’ll need to know what the best ones are. The last thing you want is having your opponent score goal after goal and leaving you trailing behind.

So if you have little to no idea on what formation to utilize in the game, here are the best ones you can try.

Let’s take a look:


Introduced in FUT 9, the 3-5-2 formation is very similar to the 3-4-1-2 formation. It’s considered one of the most solid formations using the CAM key element. Which means you’ll need elite players for this position. Otherwise you’ll come up short if your opponent has fast wingers. So your RM and LM need to have winger attributes with at least medium defensive work rate. The best formation to play against this? The counterpart 3-5-2 and 4-3-2-1.


This formation is very similar to 4-5-1 (2). The only difference is that the CDM in front of the back four gives more security on your defense. Introduced in FUT 14, this formation lacks a little attack, but provides a solid midfield build-up and is very organized. Although with this formation, you may find your striker needing support. Which means your CM’s should be equipped with high attacking work rate. Use it against 4-1-4-1 and 3-4-3.


A less popular formation but nonetheless effective, 5-2-2-1 was first introduced in FUT 9. Although not popular, it offers a more solid defense. In fact, this formation is fit for someone who prefers to play in counter-attacks. It’s quite similar to 5-2-1-2, but this one has a one up top supported by both a left and right forward on either side – the RW/LW’s may be needed to help the CM’s. Best formation to play against? 5-2-2-1 and 4-2-2-2.


Like the other formation, the 5-3-2 formation was launched in FUT 9. Now you may have heard that this formation is not really a good one. But that’s not at all the case. It’s actually very useful. In fact when it comes to a formation with five defenders, this one is the most solid and balanced. It has a strong defense with enough space for wing backs to run into. As such, it can become offensive as well. A similar formation to this is the 5-2-1-2. And you can use it against the opponent’s 5-3-2 as well as the 4-4-2.


The 5-2-1-2 formation is probably one of the best counter attacking formation in FIFA. It is a defensive set-up with strong probabilities for counter attacks. Like the 5-3-2, which is its similar formation, this one offers a strong defense with space for wing backs to squeeze into. You’ll need to have a really good CAM for this formation though as it depends too much on him.

4-3-3 (2)

This formation has quite many pros. For one, it gives you a good chance of fast attacks on the wings. It also offers a good defense as it sometimes allows the CDM to play like a CB, especially if forward options are not available. What’s more, the sufficient midfield concentration lets you easily counter narrow formations. The most similar formation to this is the 4-3-3 (5), while the best formation to use it against are 4-3-3 (2) and 4-1-4-1.


This formation belongs to the top four for a reason. The 4-2-3-1 provides three types of attacking players, which allows for multiple offensive options. On the other hand, the two CDMs give plenty of cover at the back, acting as the first line of protection for the defensive line. Solid defense right there. 4-2-3-1 (2) is the most similar formation while 4-2-3-1 and 3-5-2 are the best formation to play it against.


Not to be confused with the 4-2-3-1 formation, the 4-3-2-1 is quite similar to the 4-3-1-2. But only the left and right forwards are tucked inside and not to the wings as well as being wider in the attack compared to the latter. As such, this formation is great for counter attacks and great for someone who prefers to play through the middle. The recommended opponent formations for this are the 4-3-2-1 counterpart and the 4-4-1-1.

4-3-3 (4)

Introduced in FUT 14, the 4-3-3 (4) formation is definitely one of the best. In fact, as a high-pressure formation, it can lead to awesome counter attacks. A variant of the 4-3-3, it can turn a midfielder into an attacking one in order to support the front three. It also gives you a chance of fast attacks on the wings as well as an opportunity to mix up your attacking patterns. Indeed, this formation is great for someone who prefers a very competent attacking formation. Use it against 4-3-3 (4) and 4-4-2, and you’ll be good to go.

4-1-2-1-2 (2)

Definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to the best FUT formation. Offering a variation of the popular 4-1-2-1-2 formation, it lets the players control the midfield. Which gives you a great pressure formation to overload the midfield with players. It provides easy counter attack as well as a good link-up between the defense, midfield, and strikers. Best formation to play it against would be 4-1-2-1-2 (2) and 4-5-1.

Our final thoughts

Well, there you have it – the best formation you can use while playing FIFA. Now you know the best ones to use for solid attack or defense – and which one will give you an advantage on both.

Now try them out to see if they will work for you and help you strengthen your squad. Good luck!