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FIFA 21 meta custom tactics and formations for FUT Champs

Published: 27/Oct/2020 10:57 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 11:00

by David Purcell

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The dust is settling on the FIFA 21 meta and with that comes a whole load of new tactical tips. Following FUT Champions Weekend League’s second week of online competition, players have been sharing their best custom tactics and formations for Ultimate Team. 

Now, at the start of every weekend there’s a clear path to rewards for those who sign up for FUT Champs. People will eye up a specific amount of wins and try to get there, like breaking into Gold or Elite ranks, while others may aim for less.

One thing is for certain, though, and that’s during these 30 games people want to be using the best formations and custom tactics to compete. Playing a system that’s not part of the meta isn’t a bad thing, but using one can make a real difference.

Here, we’re going to run through a few of the best tactical plans following Week 2 of Weekend League games.

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

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The 4-2-3-1 is a very popular formation in FIFA 21, and here’s some really effective custom tactics for it.

Not all four at the back formations give you lots of security at the back, but with two sitting midfielders the 4-2-3-1 has emerged as an early favorite for some members of the community. It’s a defensive way to play, so it should be good for people looking to defend leads.

Player Instructions

All three CAMs and the striker should be told to come back on defence, while the deeper midfielders cut passing lanes – covering center – and full backs told not go forward as well.

That combination will see a packed midfield that’s hard to break down without pushing the opponent wide. Conservative interceptions is also good to have on the full-backs, too.

Defending

  • Defensive style: Balanced
  • Width: 4 bars
  • Depth: 3 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive style: Balanced
  • Width: 4 bars
  • Players in the box: 5 bars
  • Corners: 1 bar
  • Free kicks: 1 bar

FIFA 21 custom tactics: 4-1-2-1-2 (2)

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Here’s how to set up with the 4-1-2-1-2 (2) formation in FIFA 21.

Unlike the first formation, this is a very attacking formation that should probably be reserved for ‘attacking’ custom tactics. When you want the team to press forward and really go at the opposition, this is the type of system that can work well for you.

Player Instructions

Strikers will be set to stay central, but with the CAM set to stay forward. Either of the left or right-sided midfielders behind the CAM should be a creative player with pace, like a Frenkie De Jong or Federico Valverde, who can join the attack.

They will be set to get forward, and cover the wing – along with the other sided midfielder. The central defensive mid should cover center, stay back while attacking, and cut passing lanes. Full backs, again, told to stay back during attacks.

Defending

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

Attacking

  • Offensive style: Long Ball
  • Width: 7 bars
  • Players in the box: 5 bars
  • Corners: 2 bars
  • Free kicks: 2 bars

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

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Let’s run through some FIFA 21 3-4-1-2 custom tactics.

Now, this one isn’t just attacking. It’s all-out pressing and forward play. If you’re getting beat by a decent margin late in the game, this is the type of playstyle you may need to get back into it.

Player Instructions

Have one defensive mid on cover wing and the other on cover center – one staying back while attacking, with the other told to get forward. The wide players need to stay forward, get in behind, and the same goes for the strikers.

Defending

  • Defensive style: Constant Pressure
  • Width: 6 bars
  • Depth: 7 bars

Attacking

  • Offensive style: Fast Build Up
  • Width: 7 bars
  • Players in the box: 8 bars
  • Corners: 5 bars
  • Free kicks: 5 bars

More FIFA 21 custom tactics and formations

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We also have another guide that may be super helpful for FIFA 21 players, especially if you want to try new custom tactics.

Now, these three systems were being used a lot in FUT Champions Weekend League Week 2, but that doesn’t mean to say they are the only ones working for people.

We also have a very handy FIFA 21 custom tactics guide, with five different systems in there for you to try out.

These include the following:

  • 4-2-3-1
  • 3-5-2
  • 4-3-3 (4)
  • 4-4-2
  • 4-2-2-2

If you ever find something that works very well and would like to share it, tweet us @UltimateTeamUK. 

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FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Season 2: start date, Storyline cards, Icon Swaps

Published: 17/Nov/2020 5:48 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 6:32

by Isaac McIntyre

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FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Season 2 is just around the corner, and that means there’s a whole stack of new rewards, objectives, and Storyline cards to unlock. This time around, the new FUT season will bring something else too: Icon Swaps.

The first season of FIFA 21 is nearly up, with the expiry coming at the end of the week. That means Ultimate Team Season 2 should be firing up soon after.

Every new FIFA season brings with it Storyline cards, club rewards, untradeable packs, coin boosts, and plenty more. Season 2 will also add a little spice to the mix; Ultimate Team fans are expecting Icon Swaps 1 to launch in mid-December as well.

Here’s everything we know about FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Season 2 so far.

When will FIFA 21 Season 2 begin?

FIFA 21’s second season is set to arrive at the end of this week, following the conclusion of the 2020 title’s launch season. EA SPORTS has confirmed the new slate of rewards and FUT  objectives will begin on Friday, November 20.

The last season began in early October, meaning Season 2 should run for a similar length of time. That means Ultimate Team fans have until around early January to unlock the Storyline Cards, and work their way through all of Icon Swaps 1.

Every new FIFA season brings with it plenty of fancy club rewards.
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Every new FIFA season brings with it plenty of fancy club rewards.

Icon Swaps Set 1

There’s been no official confirmation from EA SPORTS that Icon Swaps 1 will be linked to the second Ultimate Team season, but considering they have confirmed it will be arriving in early December, it stands to reason they should be connected.

Icon Swaps should work the same as they did in FIFA 20; there’ll be a number of untradeable Icon cards available to unlock, for a price ⁠— unique “Icon Swap Token” puzzle cards.

These Icon Swap cards will be earned through SBCs, daily challenges, and long-standing objectives across Season 2. The higher-rated Icons will, of course, require more of the swap cards; some may even take the whole season to unlock.

We’ll make sure to update you when the Icon Swap picks have been confirmed.

The first batch of Icon Swaps are expected to arrive in FUT Season 2.
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The first batch of Icon Swaps are expected to arrive in FUT Season 2.

Ultimate Team Season 2 Storyline cards

FIFA 21’s second Ultimate Team second will also bring three new Level 30 ‘Storyline’ players, ultra-boosted FUT cards available to unlock through objective experience.

Predicting which players EA SPORTS will actually choose to become Storyline upgrades is a little tricky. There’s sure to be a Premier League player ⁠— it’s the game’s most popular league by a considerable length ⁠— and two more top-flight leagues besides.

Last time around, in Season 1, we had Marcel Sabitzer (Bundesliga) and Juan Bernat (Ligue 1) to pick from. Expect new La Liga and Serie A cards alongside the Prem in Season 2.

Here are our three Season 2 predictions:

  • Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan)
  • Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wolves)
  • Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid)
Lacazette got one of three Storyline cards last season... who will be next?
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Lacazette got one of three Storyline cards last season… who will be next?

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA 21 Ultimate Team’s second season, including all the Icon Swap 1 details, ahead of its release later this week.

Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter @UltimateTeamUK; once the season goes live we’ll make sure our followers know. We’ll also update this article with all Storyline cards, rewards, boosts, and objectives once they’re confirmed too.