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4231
SUMMARY
Name 4231
Base Formation 451
Popularity High
Avaibility FIFA | FUT
FIFA Editions 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
Features 4xx
Balanced
Narrow
Possession
DESCRIPTION

Formation much appreciated. Allows multiple offensive options but with the security of two CDM in defence.

STRONG AND WEAK POINTS

It has three types of attacking players increasing the range of offensive possibilities.
Two CDM’s give plenty of cover at the back.
The CAM’s play on the wings and may not have the required attributes.
The CDM’s can become very tired because they are forced to defend and to fill empty midfield.

MOST SUITED PLAY STYLES

Medium to short passing style. Use a free-form style of play to allow the 3 players in behind the striker to see the ball in as many dangerous areas as possible.

HOW TO USE THIS FORMATION

This is a very narrow formation, not for those who like crossing the ball. As you have 3 advanced CAM’s there are a few ways that you can approach attacking with this formation. Making the right choice about your attacking 4 players could be the difference between making a success or failure or using this formation. As long as you think out how your players will interact then you will find this very effective. The 4231 (Narrow) formation seems to be defensive, but it is quite a flexible formation, as the wingers and the full-backs can both join the attack. The midfielders behind the single attacker are attacking midfielders (CAM) and the two midfielders behind them are defensive (CDM) which means they are helping the defenders.

HOW TO COUNTER THIS FORMATION

This formation provides balance and support in attacking, defending keeping possession in the midfield. The key is to clog the midfield and out pass your opponent. Try to use formations that have two strikers and at least a single quick 1 at that for counters. Playing formations with wingers may help crossing the ball in, but if your opponent has two great CBs it’s pretty much pointless. Pass the ball through the seams in the midfield. Also, make sure you have a CDM to contain the opponent’s CAM and let your CBs worry about the striker. Ideally, play with 4 in the defenders.

Formations you should use to beat this one (by descending order):
41212, 41212 (2), 451, 442.

4231
POS
ATT WR
DEF WR
IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES
RB Medium Medium Pac Def
CB R Low High Def Phy
CB L Medium High Pac Def
LB Medium Medium Pac Def
CDM R Medium High Def Pas
CDM L High Medium Pas Pac
CAM R High Low Pas Dri
CAM L Medium Medium Pas Pac
CAM C High Medium Pas Sho
ST High Low Sho Pac
Key Player
CAM | The 3 players who play in behind the lone ST are definitely key. If you have great chemistry between the three and they can interchange position playing 1-2 passes with each other the movement will be so hard for the defenders to contain.