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Name 442
Base Formation 442
Attacking Score 2 /3
Defending Score 1 /3
Counter Score 2 /3
Popularity High
Availability 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


442 is the classic formation. Widely used in the world of football and the second most used in FUT. It’s an organised structure of defenders and midfielders moving as a lineup and down the pitch.

The safest option for those players not too sure on what formation to go with.
Solid and good for the attack through the middle or on the wings. Fullbacks can support wingers.
Formation a bit predictable for opponents.
Some of the midfielders should have good defensive attributes to help the back four.

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
RM H M Pac Dri
CM R M M Pas Vis
CM L H H Sta Def
LM H M Pac Dri
ST R H M Phy Sho
ST L M L Pac Sho
Key Player
ST | The 2 ST’s play a key role in this formation. At times they can become a tad isolated especially if you have 2 defensive minded midfielders or even more so, if the wide midfielders are quite conservative in their forward runs as well. Therefore, it is important they can work together to create chances for themselves.

Play Styles

Possession play with medium-range passing and speed of play. Long balls into ST’s can work too if played accurately and quickly from deeper areas in your own half.

How to Use this Formation

This is a formation for those wishing to try new players/teams or for those that are unsure of their own gameplay strengths. Due to this formation have no bias to either attack or defence it is worth noting that gamers should show no particular bias when selecting players. For example, you may find yourself exposed if you pick two attacking CM’s, and vice versa you may find yourself lacking attacking players should you choose two defensive CM’s. It is best that you either choose all-round players in this formation or try to compensate with players surrounding them.

How to Counter this Formation

You are much more likely to see someone use this formation than the 4-4-1-1 because of the supporting striker roles. The additional striker can present a problem depending on the trait or specialty they may have. Use at least 1 CDM and have a midfield that is spread wide to cover the LM and RM. The formation is fairly flat so any formation that can maximize passing behind the midfield. The CMs are pass first midfielders (not so defensive minded) so obtaining midfielders with strength will pay huge dividends.

Formations you should use to beat this one (by descending order):
4231, 352, 343, 3421.