4 of 5 stars
Name 352
Base Formation 352
Attacking Score 2 /3
Defending Score 2 /3
Counter Score 1 /3
Popularity High
Availability FC | UT
FIFA/FC Editions FC 24 | FC 25 | FIFA 09 | FIFA 10 | FIFA 11 | FIFA 12 | FIFA 13 | FIFA 14 | FIFA 15 | FIFA 16 | FIFA 17 | FIFA 18 | FIFA 19 | FIFA 20 | FIFA 21 | FIFA 22 | FIFA 23
Features 3xx
Fast Build-Up


One of the most solid formations. It has 3 central defenders (possibly with one acting as a sweeper). This system is heavily reliant on the wing-backs providing width for the team. The two wide full-backs act as wing-backs. It is their job to work their flank along the full length of the pitch, supporting both the defence and the attack.

A Very compact formation that provides 5 or even 7 elements to defend when you need to hold on a result.
Suitable for those who like to dominate.
The RM and LM need to have winger attributes but also medium defensive work rate.
Inadequate if the opponent plays with fast wingers.

Pos Att WR Def WR Important Attributes
CB R M H Pac Def
CB C M H Def Phy
CB L M H Pac Def
CDM R M H Pas Def
CDM L L H Def Phy
RM H M Pac Dri
LM H M Pac Dri
CAM M M Pas Vis
ST R H M Phy Sho
ST L M L Sho Pac
Key Player
CDM | The CDM’s are crucial to breaking up play as well as being the focal point for starting your attacks. If you have 2 weak CDM players in this formation you’re setting yourself up for a fall. The defence will be left exposed without two strong, disciplined CDM’s.

Play Styles

Quick, short, sharp passing in terms of build-up play with an attacking focus in particular. Suitable for the games you are trying to win by keeping the ball in the middle and creating opportunities by your midfielders.

How to Use this Formation

The 352 is essentially a more defensive version of the 3412 formation, although it is still preferable that the LM and RM have at least medium defensive work rates in order to cover the 2 wider CB’s and help stop the opponent from exploiting the flanks in your own half.

How to Counter this Formation

Because this formation is so defensive, playing more attacking is perfectly fine.

Formations you should use to beat this one (by descending order):
4312, 433 (4), 451, 4132.