FIFA 21: The best line-up, tactics and formation for the FIFA Ultimate Team and the career mode


Whether you play FIFA Ultimate Team or the career mode in the game FIFA 21, the right formation, lineup and tactics are an essential part of the game. Therefore, you should determine and set these factors early in the game. In modern football, there are a variety of different playing systems. You can successfully use the strengths of your team to compensate for the weaknesses. However, there are more points to consider: You have to pay attention to the player's loyalty, fitness and tactical instructions, as they are essential in achieving the player's full potential.


Below you will learn what options you have in the game FIFA 21.

The team in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT), the bonus for loyalty and fitness of the players

In FIFA Ultimate Team, it is essential to consider the nationalities when building the team. In FUT, the chemistry between players is fundamental, seen by the coloured lines between players. Nationality influences it.


At the beginning of the FIFA Ultimate Team, you can choose a starter set. The sets are meant to make the start of the game easier. Don't invest your coins in card packs initially because the packs' content is random, and the desire to draft your desired player is deficient. Instead, focus on the transfer market to be able to improve your team bit by bit.


How long does that take? This is hard to say and depends on which players you want to have in your team. The rarer and more exclusive the player is, the longer it takes to buy the player. In the beginning, you should always pay attention to the team chemistry and don't accept players just by their name.


Other factors for good team chemistry are the league and club of the player. For example, a perfect defence consists of players who play in the same club or league, while the players' nationality is still playing a role. To have excellent chemistry, you have to fulfil two of the three mentioned possibilities.


Putting the team together is not the end of the story. The manager also influences team chemistry. He can adjust imbalances within the group. The manager's preferred formation should match your formation. And what do I do if it doesn't? Then rearrange your formation or look for another manager who likes your formation. If none are available, mod cards are available to buy in-game to customise the manager's favourite formation. However, these cards may be expensive.

How do I get the loyalty bonus for players in Fifa 21?

You can get a loyalty bonus for the players. It becomes active when you have played ten games with a player. The respective player then receives a chemistry improvement of +1.

What role does fitness play in FIFA Ultimate Team 2021?

Fortunately, things are different in terms of player fitness this year. EA has taken out the fitness cards, so you don't have to worry about which players need to be substituted early to have them available for the next game. After every game played, all of your players are back at 100%!

Find the perfect team for the career mode in the game FIFA 21

In career mode, it's similar rules as in FIFA Ultimate Team. One small difference is that you don't have to pay attention to team chemistry. How you approach the game depends on your playing style. Do you prefer to play offensive or defensive football? Or do you prefer a more balanced style of play?


Once you've decided on your style of play, you'll need to fill your positions appropriately. If you want to play on the outside, you need to bring in fast wingers. If you don't have any, you should look for a different system of play. Keep in mind that every player has a favourite position where he can play to his full potential, when selecting a position in Team Management, press Triangle (Playstation) or Y (XBOX) to see which players play best in that position. Always make sure that a player fits the position you are using.


Once you change the team's formation, you should always check that everything still fits and that there are no players in positions where they do not match. As soon as you change your formation, you should always check if the players play in the position where they should play. It can help save different tactic templates and formations from changing your tactics at any time.

Which formation for which style of play?

It depends on your playing style to find the perfect formation for yourself. You have numerous formations at your disposal. Here are a few tips for specific formations.


Formation: 3-4-4, 4-3-3 4-3-3 and 3-4-4
Orientation: offensive with flank attacks
Hints: Here, you need quick and passable wingers who can serve the penalty area's strikers.


Formation: 4-2-2, 4-1-2-1-2
Alignment: Strong defensive play geared towards counter-attacking.
Hints: With this formation, you need fast players throughout the offence to quick playoff counters.


Formation: 4-4-1-1, 4-4-2
Alignment: For a balanced style of play
Hints: Either rely on a strong midfield or surprise the opponent with a cross or two via your fast wingers.


Formation: 5-3-2
Alignment: very defensive and hardly any chance for the opponent to get through
Hints: You play with strong and many defenders? Then this formation is perfect for you! Just make sure that the outfield players are fast so that they can quickly combine forward.


Formation: 3-5-2
Alignment: dominant midfield, but weak defence
Hints: When you have a well-staffed midfield, you often get outnumbered in the attack, but you are very vulnerable on the counterattack.


Formation: 3-4-1-2, 3-4-2-1, 3-4-3
Alignment: Strong offensive play, but with a lot of risks.
Hints: Formations should be used when trailing to be able to put pressure up front. However, you are very susceptible to counterattacks.


Formation: 4-5-1, 5-4-1
Alignment: Defensive bulwark
Hints: You should use these if you want to save the result over time

What do you get out of the tactical instructions?

Defence: Pressure: Sets the point at which your entire team applies pressure to the ball.

Aggressiveness: Determines the aggressiveness of your defenders towards the opponent with the ball

Shift: How much the team moves towards the ball Defence line: Decides if you want to play on offside

Working out chances

Passing: set how often you get help from runs forward and what risks to take with passes

Crosses: Decide how often crosses are brought into the penalty area

Shooting behaviour: How often you shoot on goal

Positional play: Tell your players how much they stick to their position or act more freely

Build-up play

Speed: How fast the players move forward

Passing: Influence on the distance of the passes and the support of your teammates

Position play: Determines to what extent the players can leave the position