FIFA 21 best custom tactics, formations & players instructions
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FIFA 21 best custom tactics, formations & players instructions

Published: 6/Oct/2020 13:50

by David Purcell

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EA SPORTS have given FIFA 21 custom tactics another reset for the new game, but if you’re looking to become familiar with the early meta, we’ve got you covered. Here, we’ll run through the best custom tactics, including formations, and instructions. 

With EA Play and the Web App now behind us, in terms of the only way to play, thousands of players are diving into FIFA 21. Many may be asking one question as well: what’s the best way to play this year?

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Just like other years, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players can choose from a wide selection of formations.

Some will be better than others. Knowing what custom tactics work with each of them will be the key to success, though, so let’s run through a few systems that are very popular already.

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FIFA 21 custom tactics guide

FIFA 21 custom tactics for 4-2-3-1

If you’re looking for a team where there’s a lot of effective runs being made, press high, and really make the most of new passing/movement features, this might be the one for you. With a strong onus being on space and exploiting it this season, having three attacking midfielders will allow you to break teams down with quick passes.

As ever, fast build up might mean you don’t see a lot of the ball, but that does two things. One, your defence can reset continually throughout the game, making it harder for counter attacks. Two, when you do get it, all three of those CAMs will likely be taking up positions in the pockets of space left by opposition defenders.

It’s a steady system to try out. Here’s how it shapes up in-game.

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The first system we’re going to run through is the 4-2-3-1.

Defending

  • Defensive style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 4 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive style: Fast Build Up
  • Width: 7 bars
  • Players in the box: 4 bars
  • Corners: 2 bars
  • Free kicks: 2 bars

FIFA 21 custom tactics for 4-4-2

Looking for a rigid system that will keep your defenders in a nice shape? 4-4-2 might be what you’re looking for in FIFA 21.

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Here, you’re going to need your fullbacks to be given the “Stay Back While Attacking” instruction. The midfielders also need to have “Cover Center” selected, while just one will be “Stay Back While Attacking.” This way, both will be very present in the middle, while just one will often venture forward. Also, keep an eye on work rates here, because it could impact how they operate in that role.

Set wingers to cut inside and get in behind, too. Strikers will need to stay forward and get in behind.

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Two banks of four is a good move, defensively, so let’s jump into the FIFA 21 custom tactics that are best for it.

Defending

  • Defensive style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 3 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 6 bars
  • Corners: 2 bars
  • Free kicks: 2 bars

FIFA 21 custom tactics for 4-2-2-2

Last on our FIFA 21 custom tactics list is the 4-2-2-2, which has them two attacking midfielders to support the forward line.

The good thing about this one is that you have a lot of firepower going forward, it’s expansive, and you still have a back line of four. Often, to get so many attacking players in a team you have have to switch into three at the back, but not this time.

Fullbacks will, again, be set to stay back while attacking. You don’t need to do the same with the two CDMs, although selecting Cover Center is a must. Both strikers will be getting in behind, and no instructions selected for the CAMs. It’s just not needed.

FIFA 21 4-2-2-2 formation
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The 4-2-2-2 is once again a popular system in FIFA 21.

Defending

  • Defensive style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Depth: 3 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive style: Balanced
  • Width: 5 bars
  • Players in the box: 6 bars
  • Corners: 2 bars
  • Free kicks: 2 bars

So, there you have it! Those are the best formation, custom tactics, and instruction combinations that players have been using so far.

There are likely more as well, so if you have found a masterplan do share it with us @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter – we may update our list in the future.

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FIFA 21 Ones to Watch Team 1 countdown: OTW release time & players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 13:17

by Jacob Hale

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With the launch of FIFA 21 seeing millions of football fans across the globe start competing to try and become the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, the first Ones to Watch promo team is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about it.

Ones to Watch follows players that have transferred to other teams, promising them upgrades for every time they make a new promo such as Team of the Week, Team of the Tournament and more.

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As such, OTW cards are highly desirable, and if you get a decent one at the start of the year, you could see a lot of improvements as the season unravels.

So, here’s everything we know about Ones to Watch in FIFA 21, including release dates and times, the players included and more.

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Nathan Ake is a confirmed OTW player after his transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch release date & time

We now know that the Ones to Watch is going to be up and running soon, with its first availability on the weekend of launch. Here are the dates for the cards being released:

  • October 9-16: OTW Team 1
  • October 16-21: OTW Team 2
  • October 21 onwards: OTW Teams 1 and 2

It’s worth noting that you will get a Guaranteed OTW Item if you preordered the game before August 14, and the card you receive will be based on which date you open the pack, in correspondence with the dates above.

Most FIFA promos drop at 6pm BST (11am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5am AEDT), so expect packs to be available from that time starting October 9.

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Confirmed OTW players

So far, a small selection of players have been confirmed as Ones to Watch cards, though we expect more to be announced over time.

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A number of players and clubs are featured in the first OTW team of FIFA 21.

Here are the confirmed players that will feature in the opening weeks of FIFA 21 Ones to Watch:

  • Timo Werner – 85 – RB Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Gareth Bale – 83 – Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Hakim Ziyech – 85 – Ajax to Chelsea
  • Thiago – 85 – Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Martin Odegaard – 83 – Real Madrid
  • Achraf Hakimi – 83 – Real Madrid to Inter Milan
  • Allan – 83 – Napoli to Everton
  • Nathan Ake – 79 – AFC Bournemouth to Manchester City
  • Luis Suarez — 87 — Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
  • Kai Havertz — 85 — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Tonali OTW SBC

As well as these, Sandro Tonali (77 OVR, on loan from Brescia to AC Milan) is the first OTW SBC in FIFA 21.

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We’ve written up a guide on the cheapest way to complete the SBC if you’re looking to get Tonali in your squad.

Ones to Watch predictions

On top of the confirmed players above, there are several we expect to see have their OTW cards announced soon.

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Here’s who we’re expecting to see included:

  • Leroy Sane – 85 – Manchester City to Bayern Munich
  • Ferran Torres – 81 – Valencia to Manchester City
  • James Rodriguez – 82 – Real Madrid to Everton
  • Blaise Matuidi – 83 – Juventus to Inter Miami
  • Ben Chilwell – 81 – Leicester City to Chelsea
  • Jude Bellingham – 69 – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund
  • Gabriel – 78 – Lille to Arsenal
  • Victor Osimhen – 79 – Lille to Napoli
  • Willian – 82 – Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Rodrigo – 82 – Valencia to Leeds
  • Donny van de Beek – 83 – Ajax to Manchester United
  • Miralem Pjanic – 85 – Juventus to FC Barcelona
  • Arthur – 84 – FC Barcelona to Juventus
  • Jonathan David – 79 – Gent to Lille
  • Dani Parejo – 85 – Valencia to Villarreal
  • Reiner Jesus – 71 – Loan, Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund
  • Everton – 81 – Gremio to Benfica

As these are only our predictions, don’t put too much stock into that list, but we would be surprised if at least a few of these players don’t get OTW cards.


In the meantime, you can check out @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest news and updates regarding FIFA 21.