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FIFA 21 best formations: 4 systems you need to try

Published: 4/Oct/2020 15:46

by Connor Bennett


There are plenty of formation options in FIFA 21, but what’s going to work best all year? Well, we’ve got four formations that you should try out. 

When it comes to setting yourself up for a successful year in Ultimate Team, there are a few key decisions you’ve got to make. What league or nation is going to be key? What custom tactics are you going to use? And how will you mold the team through the year?


On top of those, you’ve also got to pick a formation. This can easily be something that works for you, something that follows the meta of everyone, or something unconventional that no one will see coming.

Well, in FIFA 21, no one has yet nailed down a formation that is going to be dominant over the next year. So, we’ve got four formations that you could experiment with moving forward.


4-2-3-1 Wide

We’ll kick things off with an old favorite – the 4-2-3-1 wide formation. It’s not quite 4-3-3, but it’s been an Ultimate Team classic forever.

It gives you the option to play with a flat back four, while also having at least one midfielder who plays as a shield. The other is typically a box-to-box player, but can also be changed to fit your tactics.

In attack, it’s always made for quick movements – especially if you’ve got a top-class attacking midfielder. With plenty of mobile attacking mids in FIFA 21, it could become the most-used formation in the game.

The 4231 wide formation in FIFA 21
Screenshot via EA Sports
4231 is a classic FIFA Ultimate Team formation.

4-4-1-1 Attack

In a similar vein, you could also choose the 4-4-1-1 formation to give yourself a bit more midfield balance. However, you’ll need to change things going forward with this compared to the 4-2-3-1 wide.

For the 4-4-1-1 to work, you essentially need a striker who is rapid and a CAM who can break through the lines while also having top-notch passing stats. It’s definitely a serviceable choice for certain leagues, but don’t expect to see everyone using it.

The 4411 attack formation in fifa 21
Screenshot via EA Sports
You’ll need a fast striker to make 4411 work to its full potential.

4-5-1 Attack

Now, if you really want to win the midfield battle, then why not pack it with five midfielders. That’s right, we’re talking about 4-5-1 attack.


In this formation, you’ll need a striker who can be the focal point, a central midfielder who is mobile enough to help in both attack and defense, as well as quick wingers who aren’t averse to working a bit like attacking wing-backs.

In the early days of Ultimate Team, when some of the best cards are extinct, you might have some trouble getting the 4-5-1 attack working to its potential but its definitely worth a try at some point.

The 451 formation in FIFA 21
Screenshot via EA Sports
451 will pack the midfield in FIFA, but you will need mobile players.

5-2-3 base

Last, if you don’t care about winning the midfield battle but still want an attacking outlet while defending, the 5-2-3 might be for you.

The formation looks unconventional but it’s got plenty of width and you can make the midfield work if you get two holding players who both have pace. It’s also an option if you want to shut up shop in the last ten minutes of a game, its worth experimenting with.

The 523 formation in FIFA 21
Screenshot via EA Sports
Five at the back is a great way to kill games off.

At the end of the day, you set your team up in a way that works best for you, but if you want to break out and try something else, you can do much worse than these four formations.

If you give them a try and get some success, be sure to let us know how you get on, or just tweet us your favorite formation over at @UltimateTeamUK.


FIFA 21 Global Series & eWorld Cup: Schedule, start dates, how to qualify

Published: 13/Oct/2020 9:57

by Jacob Hale


With FIFA 21 now officially launched, and millions of players across the world looking to create the best squad possible on Ultimate Team, we take a look at this season’s schedule for the FIFA 21 Global Series and, the pinnacle of FIFA esports, the eWorld Cup.

This year, EA SPORTS will be providing $3 million to competitors across multiple regions, with the biggest winners taking home the lion share of the cash at FIFA majors and, of course, the eWorld Cup.


There are many different leagues, tournaments and events that players can compete in throughout the season, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know.

FIFA 21 Global Series schedule

The FIFA 21 Global Series is the circuit in which all aspiring competitors can try to make a name for themselves and qualify for the major tournaments.

FIFA 21 Global Series schedule
The FIFA 21 Global Series schedule.

Between November 2020 to June 2021, every major region will have a number of qualifying spots up for grabs to reach playoffs.

Each region will have the following number of qualifiers, though no more than 1024 entrants can take part in one qualifying tournament.

  • Europe: 5 Qualifiers each on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • North America: 5 Qualifiers each on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • South America: 5 Qualifiers each on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • East Asia: 3 Qualifiers on PlayStation 4
  • West Asia: 3 Qualifiers on PlayStation 4
  • Oceania: 3 Qualifiers on PlayStation 4
  • South Africa: 3 Qualifiers on PlayStation 4

All qualifiers will be double elimination, and players will be seeded based on Global Series Points — you can scroll down this page to find out how to compete in Global Series events and earn more points.


Here are the dates that Global Series qualifiers will take place, so see which weekends are available in your region and make sure you’re free to put your best foot forward.

Europe North America South America East Asia West Asia & South Africa Oceania
November 28-29, 2020 December 12-13, 2020 November 21-22, 2020 December 12-13, 2020 November 21-22, 2020 December 12-13, 2020
January 9-10, 2021 January 23-24, 2021 December 12-13, 2020 February 20-21, 2021 January 23-24, 2021 January 23-24, 2021
February 6-7, 2021 February 20-21, 2021 January 23-24, 2021 March 27-28, 2021 March 27-28, 2021 February 20-21, 2021
March 6-7, 2021 March 27-28, 2021 February 20-21, 2021
April 10-11, 2021 April 17-18, 2021 March 27-28, 2021

FIFA 21 eWorld Cup

The eWorld Cup is the pinnacle of the competitive FIFA season, where competitors can become stars and make themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars.

As of yet, there is no set date announced for the eWorld Cup, but it typically takes place in August each year with 32 players — 16 on Xbox, 16 on PS4 — competing to be crowned FIFA world champion.


How to compete in the FIFA 21 Global Series

FIFA 21 Global Series teams and players
The Global Series brings together some of the biggest names in FIFA esports.

To take part in the FIFA 21 Global Series and kickstart your esports career, there are six key steps that EA have laid out to help you know what you need to do.

Here’s what they are:

  1. Register to compete in the FIFA 21 Global Series between October 9, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
  2. Achieve FUT Champions Verification by reaching Elite 1 in a single Weekend League before December 31.
  3. Earn points in FUT Champions based on your best Weekend League performance each month. For example, if you get 30 wins out of 30 one weekend and 29 in the rest of the month, you will get 30 Global Series points.
  4. Earn points in Online Qualifiers, as detailed above, with regional qualifiers being the primary way to earn a spot in regional playoffs.
  5. Represent a football club in domestic leagues, each of which will have automatic qualification spots into regional playoffs — this is where you can expect to find some of the top competition.
  6. Qualify for the regional playoffs, facing off against the best of the best in your region, for hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize pool and a chance to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup. Here’s how many players will qualify for playoffs in each region:
    • Europe, PlayStation 4 – 64 Players
    • Europe, Xbox One – 64 Players
    • North America, PlayStation 4 – 16 Players
    • North America, Xbox One – 16 Players
    • South America, PlayStation 4 – 32 Players
    • South America, Xbox One – 16 Players
    • West Asia & South Africa, PlayStation 4 – 16 Players
    • East Asia, PlayStation 4 – 8 Players
    • Oceania, PlayStation 4 – 8 Players
MoAuba FIFA eWorld Cup
MoAuba lifted the eWorld Cup during the FIFA 20 season in 2019.

So, that’s everything we know so far about the FIFA 21 Global Series and the eWorld Cup.

You best get building your Ultimate Team now, as qualifiers will be popping up before you know it, and you want to give yourself the best chance to be in the money when the eWorld Cup finally rolls around.