4 of 5 stars
Name 532
Base Formation 532
Attacking Score 2 /3
Defending Score 3 /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 5xx
Slow Build-Up


532 is the most solid and balanced formation of 5 defenders. Although seemingly a defensive formation, it can become very offensive.

Strong defence with space for wing backs to run into.
Can be narrow attacking wise limiting options.

Pos Att WR Def WR Important Attributes
CB R M H Def Phy
CB C L H Def Phy
CB L M H Pac Def
RWB M M Pac Dri
LWB M M Pac Dri
CM R H M Pas Pac
CM C M M Pas Def
CM L H M Pas Pac
ST R H M Sho Phy
ST L M L Sho Pac
Key Player
CB | The CB’s are the spine and core of the team. At least two of the centre-backs need to be comfortable in possession of the ball to start your attacks as well as being tall, strong, athletic and quick. There are only a handful of players who fit this criterion so if using the 5-3-2 makes sure you select your CB’s carefully and build the team around them.

Play Styles

A very rigid setup allows for patient build-up in terms of passing with focus through the CM positions.

How to Use this Formation

The style of play with this shape is perhaps narrower than usual, but with hard-working wing backs, it doesn’t have to be. There is a slight separation between the midfield and defence which can be exploited at times, however, when in possession it can be difficult for opponents to defend against. Slick passing and good movement are required when going forward with the ball, but accurate long balls will work if you have a set of strikes who are decent in the air. This system is 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.

How to Counter this Formation