4 of 5 stars
Name 4321
Base Formation 4321
Attacking Score 2 /3
Defending Score 2 /3
Counter Score 2 /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 4xx
Slow Build-Up


Similar to 4312 but with two CF’s and only one ST or similar to 4-3-3 but the left and right forwards are tucked inside rather than to the wings.

It is wider in the attack than 4312.
Suitable for those who like to play through the middle.
A bit narrow formation, especially on the midfield.
Requires fullbacks to have at least medium work rates.

Pos Att WR Def WR Important Attributes
RB M H Def Pac
CB R L H Def Phy
CB L M H Pac Def
LB M H Def Pac
CM R H M Pac Dri
CM C L H Def Pa
CM L H M Pac Dri
CF H L Pas Pac
CF H L Pas Pac
ST H L Sho Pac
Key Player
CF | Focus play through central areas when in midfield and look to play sharp, quick passing into the front 3 as soon as possible from the CM areas. Can also suit counter attack style.

Play Styles

Balanced, slow, possession play suits this formation best.

How to Use this Formation

This formation has all the key ingredients to score goals effectively. The target man as striker is a very good finisher or strong, and the CFs can stretch the back line with blistering pace. This formation relies less on crossing and more on shooting and through balls. If used effectively, the front three in this formation can cause havoc on counter-attacks by outnumbering opposing defenders. Also known as “Christmas Tree” formation, the 4321 is the ultra-attacking version of 4312. Using this formation you will have three attackers, which means you are supposed to create more goal opportunities.

How to Counter this Formation

The two forwards are the most important players here, so you should use the same tactical counter to stop the attacking force: 2 CDMs.

Formations you should use to beat this one (by descending order):
4231, 4312, 5221, 532.