Throughout FIFA, there are a number of different ways that you can play. However, one formation has become the META within FIFA 21 Ultimate Team as time has progressed throughout the year. The 5-3-2 is now the best formation to play in FIFA 21, in this blog post, MuleFactory will be providing you with the most effective tactics that you can use right now in FIFA 21.
The 5-3-2 whilst on first impression may appear a defensive formation for FIFA 21, with the right Custom Tactics, this formation can become one of the most powerful formations in the game as it can quite easily overwhelm the opponent with the use of your Wing-Backs, an aspect of which not seen typically from a standard 4 at-the-back formation.
Many FIFA players are currently playing with this formation due to its popularity throughout social media and it’s easy to see why. Not only can you overwhelm your opponent on the attack, with the extra personnel in defense, you can assure not to be caught out with any long through balls from your opponent which are usually very effective against other formations in FIFA.
As mentioned in all of our other guides, that you can find on the MuleFactory wiki, Custom Tactics play a vital role in FIFA 21 and if you fail to utilize them, your opponents will be able to take advantage of this. Almost every formation in FIFA 21 should be accompanied by Custom Tactics as without Custom Tactics applied, the formation will not play to its full potential.
You must ensure that you set up 3 different sets of Custom Tactics. One for any time of the game, one when you want to hold onto a lead, and one to regain the lead. As mentioned, the 5-3-2 is currently one of the best formations in the game and, as a result, many users have set up counters to this formation so it’s vital that you have options if things don’t work out.
Starting with your Defense Tactic, you’ll ideally want to set your Defensive Style to Balanced. We start with a Balanced Defensive Style as in the early stages of a game, it’s important to read your opponent and move into other options once you’ve established their style of play.
Set your Defensive Width to 5 and your Defensive Depth to 5. We don’t really need to change the Width of this tactic as this formation is naturally wide utilizing the Left and Right Wing-Back who will offer extra options when moving forward with the ball. We’ll leave the Depth on 5 as we will want to first establish our opponent's style of play and it may not be necessary to play a higher or lower depth.
Moving over to your Offense Tactic, you’ll want to set your Offense Style to Balanced as a different Offense Style may cause your players to be out of position when you lose possession of the ball. Width should be set to 5 with Players In Box set to 5 also. You should set Corners to 2 so you don’t get caught on the Counter-Attack and Free Kicks should also be set to 2. Due to the nature of this formation, you’ll usually want to use the wide-areas as much as possible and due to the fact that you are playing 3 players in central positions, it is not necessary to increase the Width of this tactic. This is something we’ll come back to later. You should set your Offensive Style to Fast Build Up as you will want to play as direct as possible when in possession, due to the overwhelming nature of the 5-3-2, you don’t have to change much about how you move forward with the ball as the AI will naturally make runs for you.
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All of your Forward players should consist of high Pace Stat players as well as high Shooting Stat players. These will be the players we aim for once we regain possession in the wide-areas and will predominantly be responsible for putting balls in the back of the net.
When using any formation in FIFA 21, you must set individual Instructions for your players. Instructions tell your players what to do when defending or attacking and are a crucial part of FIFA 21.
You don’t need to set any Instructions to your central Defenders. However, moving into your wide Defenders, you’ll want to set one Instruction. Change the Run Type of this player to Overlap and the Attacking Runs to Join The Attack. As mentioned, we’re going to use these wide players as much as we can, with these Instructions, this will ensure that your Wing-Backs are involved as much as possible.
In the Center Midfield position, you’ll want to change quite a few of your Instructions on all of these players. For the Left Center Midfielder, ensure that the Attacking Support is set to Get Forward and Defensive Position to Cover Center. Your Right Center Midfielder should have their Instructions set to default except for the Defensive Position which should be set to Cover Center. And finally, your Central Central Midfielder should have their Attacking Support to Stay Back While Attacking, Interceptions set to Conservative Interceptions and Defensive Position set to Cover Center.
Finally, your two Strikers should both have the same Instructions set. Support Runs should be set to Stay Central.
How To Use the 5-3-2 in FIFA 21
When playing with the 5-3-2 you should focus on controlling the game. You will have to be patient whilst both in the possession and out of it. If you drag too many players out of position, this formation will crumble as your opponent will be able to pass through your team as the trick with this formation is to pack the middle area.
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