3 of 5 stars
Name 433(2)
Base Formation 433
Attacking Score 1 /3
Defending Score 2 /3
Counter Score 3 /3
Popularity Medium
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
Fast Build-Up


The 433 Hold is the first of 433 variations, offering a holding defensive midfielder anchor in the midfield.

Good defensively since sometimes CDM plays like a CB.
Chance of fast attacks on the wings.
Only one ST may be insufficient.
Users who prefer shorter passing may struggle if players have poor work rates.

Pos Att WR Def WR Important Attributes
RB M H Pac Def
CB R L H Def Phy
CB L M H Pac Def
LB M H Pac Def
CM R H M Pas Pac
CDM L M Pas Def
CM L H M Pas Pac
RW H M Pac Pas
LW H M Pac Pas
ST H L Sho Phy
Key Player
CM | The two CM’s must be able to join attacks and influence the play as well as not leaving the CDM exposed.

Play Styles

Quick, sharp passing play suits this formation best with a focus on wide play to create chances.

How to Use this Formation

Almost identical to a 433, this formation has a slightly more defensive emphasis. Instead of having three midfielders across the middle of the pitch in a horizontal line, the central player will drop into the CDM position and ‘pull the strings’ from a deeper role. This anchor player becomes a focal point in this formation and requires high defensive and passing stats. He will support both CB’s when your opponent has possession and look to create counter-attacks as soon as you will the ball back.

How to Counter this Formation

There are different ways of playing with this formation, as it is very balanced. It is based on possession. If you want to counter, you will need to be sharp and have a lot of patient waiting an opponent fail.

Formations you should use to beat this one (by descending order):
3421, 352, 4141, 442.