Formation Guide

When entering the game, your default formation is 4–2–3–1 which is the one of the mainstream formations. At the same time, the system will recommend a formation based on your cards. The recommended formation can maximize the number of cards with high combat power to be chosen. You can also decide the right formation based on your player’s skills and/or the tactics you want to play. Putting high-power cards in the most suitable positions will greatly improve your winning rate. Meanwhile, the recommended formation is not static. For instance, when you buy a new card and its combat power is relatively strong or when some of your cards are running out of stamina, the recommended formation will change accordingly.

Here are some formation examples, you can refer to it according to your current situation.

When you have multiple FW cards

A formation with three FW’s is recommended, like 3–4–3 or 4–3–3. Both formations have three FW’s in the front court. The two wing forwards can break through the defense from the wing. Wing forwards with “Break Through” or “Calm Finish” skill suit this formation most. Of course, a player with both is most preferred, like this one below:

When you have two FW cards

The more preferred formations are 4–4–2 and 3–5–2. It is better for the two FW’s to have different shooting skills to meet different tactics, like “Calm Finish” for one and “Powerful Header” for the other. For example, Jesus in the picture below has “Calm Finish” skill, and Lukaku has “Powerful Header” skill.

If you have only one FW card

You can choose a single FW formation such as 4–2–3–1. This formation has high requirements on the single FW who serves as the attacking arrow. It is best for the card to have multiple shooting skills or both shooting and dribbling skills. For example, Ibrahimovic in the picture below has both “Volley Shot” and “Calm Finish” skills. The first can meet the ground short pass and penetration tactics; the second can meet the long pass and rushing tactics.

When you have many DF cards

It is recommended to have a five DF formation, like 5–3–2 or 5–4–1. Yet defense is less a matter of number of DF’s, but a matter of their skills, rarity, relative rankings, and where you put them. The ideal situation for a number of central defenders in front of the last line of defense is that their skills can complement each other and try to gather more defensive skills such as “Slide Tackle”, “Aerial Defense”, “Accurate Anticipation” and etc. In this way, no matter what attacking methods the opponent uses, you can have enough counter methods. For example, Van Dijk in the picture below is excellent in interception attributes and has “Accurate Anticipation” skill, while Ramos is relatively good at stealing attributes and has “Slide Tackle” skill.

The formations, which are suitable for beginners

Are mainly composed of 4 defenders including 4–2–3–1, 4–4–2, 4–3–3, etc. These formations are more balanced in attack and defense. The difference is that 4–2–3–1 has more solid defense in the middle, while 4–4–2 and 4–3–3 formations have more attacking options. For example, wing cross + header is a more suitable attack approach for the 4–4–2 formation. By choosing this formation, you can match wingers with passing skills or “Pinpoint Cross” and attack from the side, and you can choose the two forwards with “Powerful Hearder” skill to improve the success rate of shooting.

If you want to try three central defender formations

You can choose 3–5–2 formation to maximize the use of the defender cards in your collection.

In addition

players can further filter by checking {need winger} and {need wing back} options. When you want to play on the wing, you can tick the {need winger}, so that the system will help you filter the formation suitable for the wingers. When you need to strengthen the wing defense, you can tick {need wing back}, so that the system will help you to filter the formation suitable for wing backs.

Even the same formation may have different staffing due to different deployment details. Taking the 4–2–3–1 formation as an example, there are 4–2–3–1 and 4–2–3–1 Defensive formations.

4–2–3–1 Defensive:


When the 4–2–3–1 Defensive formation is selected, the midfield position is more backward and more defensive. The regular 4–2–3–1 formation with as many as six players up front is more suitable for managers who want to win by attacking their opponents.

What kind of formation to choose mainly depends on the players you have and what positions are suitable for the players. Using the most powerful cards in the most suitable positions can significantly increase your win rate.

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