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5 new formations FIFA 21 needs to add

Published: 13/Sep/2020 17:00

by Joe Craven

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We’ve picked five new formations that, while certainly unorthodox, would spice up FIFA 21’s gameplay in a way we’ve not seen from the series for some time. What do you make of the formations we’ve chosen? 

When it comes to new FIFA games and anticipated features, the inclusion of new formations is not particularly high on the list. Some fans have long been asking for completely customizable formations, but this still seems some way off. 

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The list of formations, too, has not changed for some time in FIFA. Formations arguably became less important as formation-specific cards were removed from Ultimate Team, but fans still place a lot of stock in how their team lines up in game. 

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These formations could feature in Ultimate Team, as well as other game modes.

We’ve chosen five formations that we think would make worthy additions to FIFA’s list of formations. Some have been inspired by real life coaches, while others are inspired by the desperation we’ve felt while trailing 2-1 in the 90th minute of an Elite III decider. 

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1: 4-3-2-1 (3 CMs, 2 CAMs and 1 ST)

The first formation on our list is inspired by Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti and his apparent affinity for Christmas trees. All jokes aside, we’ve seen Ancelotti bring in three impressive midfielders and not a single wide player yet this season. 

This formation would see a conventional back four, with 3 CMs in front of them. In front of them would be two central CAMs, and then a ST in front of them. 

Attacking centrality would be key for this formation, as well as pacey midfielders to overlap and compensate for the lack of out and out wide men. Whether FIFA 21’s crossing and heading will be as poor as FIFA 20’s remains to be seen, but this pyramid formation is one we want regardless. 

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2: 3-5-1-1 (flat midfield five, 1 CF, 1 ST) 

It’s quite a surprise that a 3-5-1-1 formation is not available in all of FIFA. It’s of course similar to the existing 3-5-2, but would feature a flat midfield five rather than 2 CDMs and a CAM. Players can use it in some game modes but, for whatever reason, not in Ultimate Team. 

On either side would be a LM and RM, with a CF and ST just in front. This would, in many ways, be a more conservative three-at-the-back formation. 

A lot of FIFA’s existing three-at-the-back formations leave players exposed defensively, but the tightly packed midfield would make playing through this XI much more difficult for opponents. 

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Aneclotti’s 4-3-2-1 and 3-5-1-1 could work in FIFA 21.

3: 3-3-1-3 (3 CBs, RWB, LWB, CM, CAM, RW, LW, CF) 

Another formation taken from real life, this confusing amalgamation of positions stems from Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa. It is similar to some five-at-the-back formations that currently feature in FIFA, but anyone who’s watched a Bielsa side play knows about his chaotic and attacking style. 

Three CBs are protected by a CM, while wide areas are marshalled by a LWB and RWB. Tradition would dictate this being classed as 5-1-1-3, but the wing-backs in a Bielsa system spend more time up the pitch than they do in their own half. 

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In front of this second line of three is one CAM, who bridges the gap to the front three, made up of a RW, LW, and CF. It sounds complex, and that’s because it is. But Marcelo Bielsa’s trademark formation has had more than enough success to warrant an inclusion in FIFA 21.

4: 3-2-3-2 (2 CDMs, 3 CAMs, 2 ST)

We’ve noted previously how a lot of three-at-the-back formations leave players a bit short at the back. Well, this formation accepts that and steers into it. Similar to the 4-2-3-1 narrow formation that FIFA already features, this simply swaps out a defender for a ST, forming a back three in the process. 

It would make users undoubtedly vulnerable to wide attacks, but would give oppositions an absolute nightmare when defending centrally. One for the more competent defenders, we’d wager. Either that, or get ready to concede 5 goals per game. Although, if you’re scoring 6, who really cares?

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Marcelo Bielsa’s 3-3-1-3 or a more attacking 3-2-3-2 could also work.

5: 1-1-8 (CB, CM, RW, LW, RF, LF, CAM, CF, 2 STs)

Down in the final minutes of a must-win FUT Champs match? Already thrown caution to the wind and tried Ryan Kent and Wissam Ben Yedder? Then this is the formation for you. 

Needless to say, it’s a bit like football suicide, but if it gets you that last-minute equalizer then it’s all been worth it. We’d love to see this formation as a last-minute roll of the dice, but we’d warn all against starting a match with it. 

If you’ve got the ball then your front 8 has every chance of scoring, but if you don’t then you’re probably going to ship more goals than Chelsea did last season. Needless to say, that’s a lot. 


What do you make of our proposed formations for FIFA 21? What formation have we missed? Be sure to tweet us @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter to let us know, and to keep up with all the latest news, leaks and rumors from the world of FIFA. 

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How to complete FIFA 21 Hybrid Leagues & Hybrid Nations SBCs

Published: 1/Oct/2020 13:44

by David Purcell

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EA SPORTS have rolled out a few FIFA 21 Advanced SBCs to kick things off and if you want to complete them, you have come to the right place. Here, we will run through the requirements, cost and solutions for Hybrid Leagues, Hybrid Nations, and League & Nations Hybrid. 

Squad Building Challenges can be tough to complete if you’re just a beginner, but for experienced players this is their bread and butter. It’s an incredibly useful way to build up coins fast at the beginning of the game, and beyond.

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So, let’s run through the requirements for each of the starter Advanced SBCs for FIFA 21, as well as how much they cost, and solutions possible to use for each.

FIFA 21 Advanced SBC guide

FIFA 21 Advanced SBCs in EA Play
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The FIFA 21 Advanced SBCs (Hybrid Leagues, Hybrid Nations, League and Nation Hybrid) have some great rewards to kick things off.

FIFA 21 Hybrid Leagues SBC

Rewards

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  • Prime Mixed Players Pack (Give Me Five)
  • Prime Electrum Players Pack (Seven-League Boots)
  • Mega Pack (The Whole Nine Yards)
  • Rare Players Pack (First XI)

(1) Give Me Five

Requirements

  •  Leagues: Exactly 5
  •  Same League Count: Max 4
  •  Same Club Count: Max 4
  •  UCL Common or Rare: Min 6
  •  Squad Rating: Min 69
  •  Team Chemistry: Min 80
  •  Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

According to FUTBIN, this one costs between 7,000 to 9,000 coins.

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Solution

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FIFA 21 Give Me Five SBC solution.

(2) Seven-League Boots

Requirements

  • Leagues: Exactly 7
  • Same League Count: Max 3
  • Same Club Count: Max 3
  • Squad Rating: Min 78
  • Team Chemistry: Min 85
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

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This costs between 6,500 to 9,000 coins.

Solution

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FIFA 21 Seven-League Boots SBC solution
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FIFA 21 Seven-League Boots SBC solution.

(3) The Whole Nine Yards

Requirements 

  • Leagues: Exactly 9
  • Same League Count: Max 2
  • Same Club Count: Max 2
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 6
  • Squad Rating: Min 80
  • Team Chemistry: Min 99
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost 

This one costs between 13,000 and 16,000 coins to complete.

Solution

FIFA 21 The Whole Nine Yards SBC
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FIFA 21 The Whole Nine Yards SBC solution.

(4) First XI

Requirements

  • Leagues: Exactly 11
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 8
  • Player Level: Exactly Gold 
  • Team Chemistry: Exactly 100
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 16,500 to 20,000 coins, requiring some loyalty.

Solution

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FIFA 21 First XI SBC solution.

FIFA 21 Hybrid Nations SBC

Rewards

  • Electrum Players Pack (The Final Four)
  • Gold Players Pack (Six of the Best)
  • Prime Gold Players Pack (Elite Eight)
  • Rare Players Pack (Around the World)

(1) The Final Four

Requirements

  • Nationalities: Exactly 4
  • Same Nation Count: Max 4
  • Same Club Count: Max 4
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 4
  • Squad Rating: Min 70
  • Team Chemistry: Min 80
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 3,500 and 6,000 coins.

Solution

FIFA 21 Final Four SBC solution
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FIFA 21 The Final Four SBC solution.

(2) Six of the Best

Requirements 

  • Nationalities: Exactly 6
  • Same Nation Count: Max 3
  • Same Club Count: Max 3
  • Squad Rating: Min 75
  • Team Chemistry: Min 85
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 5,000 to 7,000 coins.

Solution 

FIFA 21 Six of the Best SBC
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FIFA 21 Six of the Best SBC solution.

(3) Elite Eight

Requirements 

  • Nationalities: Exactly 8
  • Same Nation Count: Max 2
  • Same Club Count: Max 3
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 5
  • Player Level: Exactly Gold 
  • Team Chemistry: Min 88
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 8,000 to 10,000 coins.

Solution 

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FIFA 21 Elite Eight SBC solution.

(4) Around the World

Requirements 

  • Nationalities: Exactly 10
  • UCL Common or Rare: Min 8
  • Squad Rating: Min 81
  • Team Chemistry: Exactly 100
  • Players in the Squad: 11

Cost

Costs between 16,000 to 20,000 coins.

Solution 

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FIFA 21 Around the World SBC solution.

FIFA 21 League and Nation Hybrid SBC information to be added shortly…


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