4 of 5 stars
Name 41212(2)
Base Formation 41212
Attacking Score 2 /3
Defending Score 2 /3
Counter Score 1 /3
Popularity High
Availability UT
FIFA/FC Editions FC 24 | FC 25 | FIFA 14 | FIFA 15 | FIFA 16 | FIFA 17 | FIFA 18 | FIFA 19 | FIFA 20 | FIFA 21 | FIFA 22 | FIFA 23
Features 4xx
Slow Build-Up


Variation of 4-1-2-1-2 that lets players control the midfield. It is even more narrow than the original, giving them a much tighter diamond.

Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.
Suitable for those who like quick feet and passing style.
Too narrow.
Needs good fullbacks since the wings get very exposed.

Pos Att WR Def WR Important Attributes
RB M M Pac Def
CB R L H Def Phy
CB L M H Pac Def
LB M M Pac Def
CDM M H Pas Def
CMR H M Pas Dri
CAM H M Pas Dri
CML H M Pas Dri
ST R H M Sho Pac
ST L M L Sho Pac
Key Player
CDM | The CDM is crucial to provide cover and someone with high stamina and pace is vital to add a bit more cover for when you don’t have the ball. The CAM is the opposite, they must be central to all attacking moves so the emphasis on them being a strong player in your team is again, vital.

Play Styles

Balanced, slow, possession play suits this formation best.

How to Use this Formation

Similar to the 41212 formation, it just has all the right ingredients: 2 strikers, 1 CDM, 2 CM, and a CAM. The major difference between the two is the CMs who push out wide to occupy LM and RM roles. The 4 central midfielders pack the middle of the pitch, making it easier to retain possession in this area, particularly in the opponent’s half. It will be more difficult to attack through the middle against teams using this formation, but easier to exploit the open space on each wing.

How to Counter this Formation

This formation goes attacks you straight up the middle. Your midfielders tend to wear out faster playing their type of ball game. A good adjustment that will help your gameplay is clogged the middle. Stretch their team so they come chasing you for the ball.

Formations you should use to beat this one (by descending order):
3421, 352, 4411, 532.