I think the greatest defence is attack. So I often use the attacking formation. Now I will introduce you some FIFA 17 Attacking Formation, but please note that the most used attacking formation doesn’t mean it is the best attacking formation. If you are looking for a formation setup for an attacking style, please take a look to this TOP 3:

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3-4-2-1

3-4-2-1 Description

The 3-4-2-1 is one of the more attacking FIFA 17 Formations, perhaps even more so than the 3-4-1-2. This is mainly due to the LF and RF players in support of the ST, resulting in attacks coming from wider areas, rather than through the middle as there is no CAM in this formation. If you liked the look of the previous formation but felt the LM and RM may be too isolated due to having to track back and cover the 3 centre backs, then the 3-4-2-1 may give that attacking support on the flanks, meaning the LM and RM would have less responsibility going forward and they could therefore focus more on their defensive duties. In the description to the previous formation we advised the LM and RM have at least medium defensive work rates, the reason we didn’t suggest high defensive work rates was due to absence of wide players in front of them, meaning they would also have to get forward in order to support the 2 ST’s either side. However, due to the LF and RF in the 3-4-2-1, we advise using a LM and RM with high defensive work rates.

3-4-2-1 Advantages

  • Creates lots of chances going forward (especially from wider areas)
  • Great for leagues/nations with natural/default LF’s and RF’s
  • Great for leagues/nations without decent/affordable LB’s and RB’s
  • Works well on the counter attack (especially if all 3 forward players have high attacking work rates)

3-4-2-1 Disadvantages

  • Susceptible to counter attacks (particularly from wide positions)
  • No CDM’s and only 3 CB’s can invite pressure
  • No CAM’s/CF’s means build up play may be more difficult through the middle
  • Usually difficult/expensive to find a combination of 3 quick CB’s in a particular league/nation (remember hybrid squads are always an option)

3-4-1-2

3-4-1-2 Description:

The first of the FIFA 17 Formations is the 3-4-1-2. This is particularly attacking, with 5 midfielders and 2 ST’s you’re sure to create plenty of chances going forward but could suffer defensively. It’s wise to invest in a decent CAM as this player will be the main source of supply for your ST partnership. It’s also important that he has decent shooting stats as when your ST’s create space (by making runs) this will create opportunities for him to toggle forward, get a shot off and hopefully test the keeper. With this formation your ST’s should get good service, but don’t forget this extra player (CAM) will leave you exposed at the back.

We’ve noticed many FUTers frequently making use of the wings in order to get crosses in, which can be a problem for any formation with 3 at the back as the 3 CB’s will be more compact than those using LB’s and RB’s. However, there are a few ways this can be covered… By making sure your LM and RM have at least medium defensive work rates they will fulfill their defensive responsibilities by helping the 2 wider CB’s stop attacks up the flanks. Another way in which this potential issue can be diluted is to make sure your CB’s are fairly quick (especially the 2 wider CB’s). This is so they can get out wide to the opponents as quickly as possible in order to close them down, pressure them in to making mistakes and ultimately make them lose possession or fail to deliver a dangerous cross.

3-4-1-2 Advantages

  • Creates lots of chances going forward
  • Great for leagues/nations with plenty of good midfielders
  • Great for leagues/nations without decent/affordable LB’s and RB’s
  • Works well on the counter attack (especially if the 2 ST’s can hold up the ball well)

3-4-1-2 Disadvantages

  • Susceptible to counter attacks (particularly from wide positions)
  • No CDM’s and only 3 CB’s can invite pressure
  • LM and RM must get forward to support attacks AND get back due to no LB’s or RB’s (think about work rates)
  • Usually difficult/expensive to find a combination of 3 quick CB’s in a particular league/nation (remember hybrid squadsare always an option)

3-4-3

3-4-3 Description

The 3-4-3 is essentially the same as the 3-4-2-1 formation, the only difference is that the 3-4-3 uses a LW and RW instead of a LF and RF. This may seem like an almost pointless difference, but these positional changes offer more width and it is actually noticeable in a match. When comparing both pictures you’ll notice there are 2 extra chemistry lines/links between the ST and CM’s, this can be useful if you’re using a hybrid for example and wish to link your ST’s chemistry to both CM’s rather than your wingers. We still advise purchasing a LM and RM with high defensive work rates to support the 3 CB’s, but if you feel the players we previously mentioned aren’t what you’re looking for then at least make sure they have medium defensive work rates! You’ll want to make the most of the width of this formation and stretch your opponents defence as far and as quickly as possible, so it’s a good idea to look for a LW and RW with high attacking/low defensive work rates (you can also get away with medium defensive work rates, but low is preferable).

3-4-3 Advantages

  • Creates lots of chances going forward (especially from wider areas)
  • Great for FUTers who often cross the ball
  • Excellent for leagues/nations with an abundance of wide players
  • Great for leagues/nations without decent/affordable LB’s and RB’s
  • Works well on the counter attack (especially if all 3 forward players have high attacking work rates)

3-4-3 Disadvantages

  • Susceptible to counter attacks (particularly from wide positions)
  • No CDM’s and only 3 CB’s can invite pressure
  • No CAM’s/CF’s means build up play may be more difficult through the middle
  • Usually difficult/expensive to find a combination of 3 quick CB’s in a particular league/nation (remember hybrid squads are always an option)

Thanks for reading, this top 3 is my personal opinion, if you have any other ideas, just write them below.