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What is the best formation for FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

Updated: Sep 23, 2022 5:29 pm


With the new chemistry systems that have been introduced into FIFA 23, there are now some different options with what you can do with players.

Certain central players can now be pushed out wide and vice versa, and there are many other options too unique to individual players. 

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With that in mind we take a look at the best formations in the game, especially when you will be starting out in FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team for the first time. 

The meta may change as the game releases, causing formations to go in and out of fashion but these are what we think will be the staples of FIFA 23:

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team Best Formations: 4-3-3 (False 9)

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The 4-3-3 is one of the most standard formations in the modern game. If you have the right midfielders you can smother teams in the middle of the park, whilst still having options out wide too. The striker dropping into midfield also helps keep the position. 

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We have opted for the version of this formation that has a defensive midfielder so you can have a bit more cover in defence, allowing for your fullbacks to push up the pitch. In this formation, going forward you can create overloads with overlapping wing backs so you always have a player in plenty of space. 

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team Best Formations: 5-2-1-2

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This formation has plenty of width provided by wingbacks, whilst also allowing for plenty of options in the middle of the park. Two strikers will give you something to aim up, as well as letting you completely outnumber opposition defences when you attack. 

It is a formation that may take a bit of getting used to but it also allows you to use slightly more attacking midfielders because of the extra defender. The extra defender also gives you a lot of cover at the back, and an extra option when trying to consolidate possession. 

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team Best Formations: 3-4-3

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 3-4-3 offers plenty of width, you have wingers as well as wingbacks pushing up the pitch. With this formation in particular, you are best off using full backs/wing backs in the left and right midfield positions, as they will offer you something offensively and defensively.

With the 3-4-3 you will always have a spare man in order to keep possession, but when you recover the ball it is the best formation to counter with. This shape ensures you have plenty of players surging up the pitch when you counter, and it will often leave the opposition very outnumbered. 

Admittedly, this formation does leave you quite light in the middle of the pitch, so having your striker set to false nine will help prevent you from being smothered in the middle of the pitch. 

 FIFA 23 Ultimate Team Best Formations: 4-1-2-1-2 (narrow)

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Where the 3-4-3 leaves you with little in the middle, but plenty of width, the 4-1-2-1-2 does the opposite. You will always have plenty of players in the middle of the park, so if you’re tidy in possession and good at picking out a pass, this formation is for you. 

The only downside to the 4-1-2-1-2 is your width. All of the width comes from your fullbacks so it is worth trying to ensure they are back at all times, otherwise you could get caught out on the counter. Used effectively, this formation is one of the best for keeping possession across the 90 minutes. 

 FIFA 23 Ultimate Team Best Formations: 4-4-2

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4-4-2 is the classic, the Sean Dyche, the lower league formation. Despite that, it is still incredibly effective in FIFA. You have players everywhere you need them, it’s easily customisable using player instructions and you’re strong both offensively and defensively. 

This is also one of the few formations that allows for you to cross the ball effectively because you will often have man left over when you’re attacking. Sometimes, you just can’t knock a classic.

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