FIFA 21 meta custom tactics and formations for FUT Champs

David Purcell
FIFA 21 custom tactics

The dust is settling on the FIFA 21 meta and with that comes a whole load of new tactical tips. For the FUT Champions Weekend League’s latest week of online competition, we’ve got a list of the 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.17

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

FIFA 21 4231 custom tactics
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.


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


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

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

FIFA 21 3412 custom tactics
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.


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


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

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

FIFA 21 41212 custom tactics
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.


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


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

More FIFA 21 custom tactics and formations

FIFA 21 custom tactics
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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