John ValorI thought of this tactic while I was playing FIFA, and I realized that my team was too vulnerable off the break because I favor using my fullbacks to supplement attacking play, and my opponents keep exploiting the space left behind on the flanks, so I tried to devise a tactic that would allow me to use the fullbacks to attack without worrying about the side channels being marauded by a well-executed counterattack. I've been wanting to know if this sort of tactic would actually be useful in a real match.

Basically, this set up would employ 2 purely defensive holding midfielders, and a fluid back four. What's supposed to happen is that when one of the fullbacks moves up, the center back on his side moves to occupy a defensive position on the flank and the defensive midfielder in front of him would move down to take the place of the center back. This would ensure that there would still be a back four and a good, solid defensive line for when the team is caught off the break. Once the team regains possession, they revert to the normal formation until defensive cover is needed again. On an attacking standpoint, if the movement of the defenders were to be used going forward, it would result in the team effectively having 6 attackers and 4 defenders, thus crowding the final third of the pitch, and effectively giving the opposition defense a harder time. This tactic is supposed to emphasize fluidity and rotational play, somewhat similar to Total Football, and I think it would work best with a team that's comfortable with possession. Comments and suggestions on how this tactic could be improved are most welcome.


king1319Does the shape become disjoined?
Is there a large gap in the centre of the picth between the DM's and the number ten?

As much as I hate it (I have OCD and always seek symmetry) i think its bet to have one attacking fullback and one reserved one, one of the DMs less defensive. the shape wont be as natural though.

I think with your tactic you wont suffer counters much but it will be difficult reganing possesion quickly when you are attacking, because you are missing one of the central midfielders in a high position.


John ValorThe tactic doesn't necessarily require both fullbacks to move, so if an attacking play requires it, one of the two DM's can stay in the center of the pitch if required. It's all about moving around without compromising the back line, and different configurations for when a fullback moves up are possible, for example, if the left back moves up, only the left DM and left CB will shift into the back line, and the forward line would move to accommodate the fullback that moved up, leaving is with the following formation:

Again, it's all about positional interchange. And with regards to regaining possession, it might be something the opposition might capitalize on, but the concept of defending should both fullbacks move up is that if the opposition's final third is to be crowded, the opponent will have no choice but to put men back down to their own area in order to cope, meaning that they'd have less men to go forward should they try to counter, and as such, the waiting back line should be more than enough to handle any attacking moves if the opposition manages to get the ball.


Mr. KhalidSorry , but its very stupied


chicarooneyHow about playing a quick counter-attack? That always works for me, play long through balls to the strikers eg Carrick and Kagawa playing balls into Rooney and van Persie and don't hesitate and keep calm 1 on 1 with the keeper and score.


HumblebirthI can advise two things:

1- Attack with one back and let the other be the 3rd CB.

2- When you lose the ball press higher up to gain the possession back, don't let them pass the ball to forwards.


ej6rodriguezanother thing you can do is to have your most defensive minded midfielder drop in between your center backs and have them move wider leaving you with three in the back. they way you have it now leaves you vulnerable in the middle of the field and your number 10 would have to compensate for that and drop down deeper leaving you with one less creative outlet.