FIFA 20 Attack Formations Guide – All Formations, Useful Tips

A comprehensive guide for FIFFA 20 and FIFA Ultimate Team attack formations. It gives an insight into the strengths, weaknesses, and counters to each formation. We also cover the more balanced formations in this guide as well as the variants for all of them. The ones with major changes are a separate entry while the ones with minor differences have been mentioned with the base formations.

FIFA 20 Attack Formations

3-1-4-2
An attack formation available in available in FIFA. Variation of the 3-5-2, this is best suited for a game where the game plan is to win while trying not to concede little to no goals.

A CDM provides assistance to both the attack and defensive line. In addition, the wing-backs must be closed in a bit to provide better defensive support to the team. Overall, this powerful FIFA 20 attack formation gives an upper hand with a strong middle for the players.

Counters: 4-5-1 or 4-1-3-2, It might fall short if your opponent has fast wingers to attack you.

3-4-1-2
Available in both, FIFA 20 and FIFA Ultimate Team. The base formation is 3-5-2, and focuses on keeping the ball in and attacking with the midfield. This gives an opportunity for swift, short passing style of play with a focus on attacking.

The tactic involved is to pull in the wingers with the CDMs pushed upfield into the playmaking positions. This formation denies any unwanted guest attacking from the middle while ensuring your attack would be powerful. However, it is weaker in terms of defense and requires defenders quick on their feet and at least a medium defensive work rate.

Counters 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 (3), 4-1-2-1-2 and the 4-5-1. Two fast wingers and a forward that can provide a good finisher. That, or use a couple of CDMs to counter the midfield. Possession does not matter, just capture the ball and go full attack on the wing.

3-4-2-1
Available in both FIFA 20 and FUT (FIFA Ultimate Team).A variation of 3-4-1-2 with a base formation of 3-4-3. With three attackers, the main player backed by an LF and RF. The attack formation is much more distributed rather than being localized in the midfield, due to lack of a CAM. Can also be used to shoot from distance. Requires chemistry between the ST, LF and RF to work.

This formation Provides a strong attacking line and variations in line of attack due to the three players however, it has the possibility of a counter-attack from the wings by opponents. Defenders and wingers should have medium defensive work rate.

Counters: 4-3-3 (3), 2 4-2-2-2, 3 4-5-1 and 4-2-3-1.

3-4-3
It’s a FIFA 20 Attack formation in FUT. The three forwards/midfielders ensure that the enemy defensive line is on their toes all the time. Another strategy with a strong charge. Known as 3-4-3 Diamond, this variation swaps a CAM and a CDM for two CM players which helps balance the defense as well.

Counters: 4-3-1-2, 4-2-3-1, 5-3-2, 5-2-2-1. A team using conventional defense such as the 4-5-1 or 4-4-2, base formations, might prove to be a challenge when using this strat.

3-5-2
This is available in both FIFA and FUT. The formation revolves around attack with a focus on possession. It provides an increased number of players for defense and is well suited for those that want to control the field of play.

Useful when you want to keep the enemy under pressure and score goals. A bit more defensive version of the 3-4-1-2, having the LM and RM stop the opponent’s CB. This covers you flank in your own half. It is their job to support on the offense and defense.

RM and LM need to have winger attributes alongside medium defensive work rate. The variation, 3-5-1-1, is that the CF on the frontline are swapped for two ST. This boosts the attack from the mid while also helping out in crosses.

Counters: 4-3-1-2, 2 4-3-3 (4), 3 4-5-1, 4 4-1-3-2. You can come under fire if the opponent’s attacks are swift with the wingers.

4-1-2-1-2
Available in FUT, this formation has both defense and offense in mind. It balances using CDM and two CB which help defense and the two STs create the main attack force. Very balanced indeed and is reflective of the strong heads in the team.

Quite balanced, this form allows the CMD to double as a CB and is best suited to the players that like attacking from the center. Might prove to be too narrow and useless against a team with a strong midfield.

Counters: 4-5-1, 3-4-2-1, 3-5-2 and 4-4-1-1.

4-1-3-2
Available in FIFA this is another attacking formation. A variant of 4-1-3-2, this is by far the most balanced formation in the game. With a strong CDM, the three midfielders can go all out and still have a strong link with the defense when retiring back.

Counters: 4-5-1, 4-3-3, 4-3-3 (2) and 4-4-2.

4-2-2-2
Available in both FUT and FIFA. The attacking midfielders also play as the RM and LM. The middle can be strengthened while also passing it back out.

Using STs at the front would increase the scoring chances and an additional two CAMs and CDMs would buff up the defense as well as attack. However, the learning curve for this is steep. CAM’s play on the wings and may lack required attributes.

Counters: 4-2-3-1, 3-4-1-2, 4-3-3, 3-5-2.

4-2-4
Available in both FUT and FIFA. By far the most unbalanced formation in the game, the huge attack power sets it apart. That while still having a strong defense. The two CMs in the midfield may not be of the highest quality which would end up making you lose.

Counters: 4-2-3-1, 5-3-2, 4-3-3, 4-4-2.

4-4-2
Although only available in FUT, this classic formation is the most famous and commonly used. This is for the gamers that want to test new players or teams and want to play it safe.

It is best for testing when you are uncertain of your gameplay strengths. It is well balanced and you should try to choose unbiased players. A good combination of attacking and defending players is required to successfully pull this one off. You may go choosing all round players, or use other’s abilities to support those that lack.

Midfielders should have good defensive attributes to back up the other four. It may be too predictable for regular players.

4-4-2 (HOLD), needs an ST that can win most aerial balls as you would be dealing with long shots.

Counters: 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2, 3-4-3, 3-4-2-1.

4-2-3-1 (2)
A variant of the 4-2-3-1, with a base 4-4-2, this formation is for those who want to be defensive and dominating. Although you may not score a lot of goals but the patient one would certainly reap the rewards. It offers a safer bet to those who are doubtful in their defending abilities.

RM and LM would guarantee an assist to the striker from the sides. While the defenders and CDMs would guard against any counters.

Potential Weaknesses: A lone striker can be overwhelmed by opposing CBs and the CAM, the key position, need to be a good player.

Counters: 4-2-2-2, 4-4-2, 4-5-1, 5-2-1-2.

4-3-1-2
With a base attack formation of 4-4-2, this formation is suited to those into passing and forcing their way through the midfield. It is the go-to thing if you do not like attacking from the wings or have STs that are lacking good heading. The four CAMs provide an extra edge for possessing the ball and controlling it with confidence.

Promotes play through the midfield. The CAM and STs ensure a solid attack however, crossing is hard due to the narrow formations and without wide players the attacking options are limited.

Counters: 4-2-3-1, 5-3-2, 3-4-3, 4-2-3-1 (2)

4-4-1-1
Having the base 4-4-2, but using a CF instead of another ST. It provides more control on the midfield without compromising on the defense. Although it is possible that an ST or CAM would double as the CF.

4-3-2-1
Known as the “Christmas Tree”, this is an Ultra-Attacking formation in FIFA 20.

This formation focuses on scoring goals. The target man should be a ST which would provide good finish, while the LF and Rf continue to support him. It relies on shooting and if used correctly can cause devastation to the other team’s counters but outnumbering their defenders.

Counters: 4-3-1-2, 4-2-3-1, 5-2-2-1 and 5-3-2.

4-3-3 (FLAT)
Only in FUT and is considered to be the choice if you want a safe attacking line and still be defensive. It allows wingers to play closer and crossing the ball Is another added edge of this formation.

However, one striker is insufficient attack power as well as the lack for support to the back four.

4-3-3 (Attack)- This uses a CAM just ahead of the CMs for an additional support to the ST. Suitable for a more offensive play from the mid and the wings but do not be overrun by a counter.

4-3-3 (False 9)-Has a CF instead of an ST to go deep into enemy ranks. Possession oriented and requires you to have the ability to capture the ball and keep in control. CDM may also play as CB.

Counters: 4-5-1, 4-4-1-1, 3-4-2-1 and 3-5-2.

4-5-1
The midfielders change an originally defensive formation to a more attacking one. The midfield makes it difficult to build momentum for the opponent. Best for players with strong possession and defense capabilities. Need a strong CM as well as defensive wide players from the CAM position.

But, one striker is insufficient attack power as well as the lack for support to the back four.

Counters: 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2, 3-4-3, 5-3-2

4-2-3-1
A narrow formation, a variant of 4-4-2, not good for crosses. Make an educated choice on the attack line as it can mean the difference between wing and losing. It is quite flexible despite being narrow despite coming across as defensive at first glance.

Keep in mind though that the CDMs can tire out quick due to two roles. CAMs on the wings may lack attributes.

Counters: 4-1-2-1-2, 4-1-2-1-2 (2), 4-5-1 and 4-4-2.