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After more than two months of EA FC 24, two clear favorites among the formations have emerged for the professionals. While one tactic is suitable for a more controlled build-up of play, the other formation promises absolute offensive football. We will introduce you to the formations with the corresponding tactical instructions.

What formations are we talking about? The controlled option is the 4-2-3-1 tactic with three central attacking midfielders (ZOM). This formation shines with its balance between defense and offense.

The more offensive formation is the 4-3-2-1, which visually promises concentrated offensive power with three strikers. But this formation also knows how to impress defensively with a certain tactical trick.

The two best formations with tactics and instructions

What characterizes these formations? Both formations are suitable for playing on the wings. In EA FC 24, playing from the outside is essential to scoring goals.

Below we will show you which tactics and instructions you should apply to the formations in order to make the best possible use of them in the game. You can transfer the tactics to both formations. There are small differences in the instructions.

Tactical settings

Here are the tactics you should choose: In theory, you only need to adjust a few things. One of the most important tactics is to use “direct passes” offensively to create chances. With these instructions, your players will run free more easily and start into the open spaces.

If you like it a little quieter from the back and like to rely on possession of the ball, you can also choose “Slow build-up” instead of “Balanced” to build up the game. This means your players are better positioned in their own half and make fewer advances.

Defensive depth in particular is a crucial factor this year and should therefore be adjusted according to your needs. we reported on how effective pressing with an automatic offside trap is this year from a depth of “71”. However, good opponents know how to overcome this pressing. That’s why we would recommend a depth of “45-70”.

You don't have to change anything in terms of defensive and offensive width. The same applies to the number of players in the penalty area. Once you've become familiar with the tactics, feel free to experiment and see if a particular setting works for you.

If you don't want to counterattack after corners or free kicks, you should reduce the number of players at corners and free kicks in the instructions to one or a maximum of two players.


What instructions should you give your players? You can change a lot of things in the instructions, for example how the players should behave during the build-up or when creating chances. But you can do most of it by using the tactics shown above. In the instructions you only need to fine-tune your game.

The instructions are almost identical because you simply don't need many additional instructions.

Common instructions for the 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-2-1

Let's start in the goal. Your keeper should have the instructions “Cross Catcher” and “TW-Libero”. While the cross catcher ensures that your goalie snatches the ball away from the strikers' noses when the cross is too close to the goal, the goalkeeper in TW-Libero anticipates passes that are too long and intercepts them even outside the penalty area.

In defense, it is the full-backs (AV) who are of enormous importance this year. Many pros let at least one of their full-backs run forward at all times. If you want to protect yourself defensively, give an AV the instruction “stay behind during attacks” during offensive runs. It is important that the outside runners actually run along the outside line. Therefore, you should choose the “overarching running style” for both full-backs.

If you like it even more offensive, simply avoid leaving one of the two full-backs behind.

Special defensive instructions for the 4-3-2-1

There are several important additional instructions for the 4-3-2-1 with regard to defensive stability. So you should give the middle of the three central midfielders (ZM) the instruction “Stay back during attacks”. This means you always have a player who stays in front of your defensive line and stabilizes the defense. This also makes it an important starting point in the center.

The most important thing with such an offensive orientation is that defensive behavior is not neglected. To take this to heart, convert the 4-3-2-1 defensively into a 4-4-2 formation. You can do this by giving the middle CM and one of the two outer CMs the instruction “Cover the middle” in the “defensive position”. You do not give any instructions to the remaining outer CM.

In order to finally establish a four-man chain in defense, you must, depending on which outer ZM you have the wing defend, give the diagonally opposite winger the instruction “Strengthen defense”.

Or to put it another way: On the side of the CM who moves inwards to cover the middle, the winger has to reinforce the defensive position that has become vacant. If the ball is lost, the winger drops to the position of a wing midfielder.

In doing so, you have transformed the already offensive 4-3-2-1 into a stable defensive formation. Give yourself and the formations time to internalize the instructions and tactics. If you have both tactics down, you can switch back and forth as you wish in the game to challenge your opponent and remain variable.