3 of 5 stars
Name 541
Base Formation 541
Attacking Score 1 /3
Defending Score 3 /3
Counter Score 3 /3
Popularity Medium
Availability UT
FIFA/FC Editions FC 24 | FC 25 | FIFA 19 | FIFA 20 | FIFA 21 | FIFA 22 | FIFA 23
Features 5xx
Slow Build-Up


One of the most solid of the 5 at the back formations in terms of defensive set-up and overall structure.

Strong defence.
Two players on either wing.
The ST gets too lonely.

Pos Att WR Def WR Important Attributes
CB R L 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 L H M Pas Pac
RM H M Pac Sho
LM H M Pac Dri
ST H L Sho Phy
Key Player
CM | The 2 CM’s are crucial to this setup. They will have great options all around them so these two players are vital to the success of this formation. They need to be able to play a variety of passes and have good vision to be able to start attacks in numerous ways.

Play Styles

A very rigid set-up allows for patient build-up in terms of passing with focus through the CM positions to allow runners from other areas to join in attacks so you don’t constantly lose possession.

How to Use this Formation

The 541 formation is a particularly defensive formation, with an isolated forward and a packed defence. The lone striker is usually looking to receiving the ball for scoring on counter-strikes.

How to Counter this Formation

To counter this formation, just put many players in the midfield.

Formations you should use to beat this one (by descending order):
4321, 433 (4), 352, 451.