Every year the good people at EA present us with a brand new joyous sequel of the FIFA title. If, somehow, you are reading this without knowing what FIFA is I’d like to personally welcome you to the planet Earth. For the others, you know that besides the free coins for FIFA 17, the biggest question is what novelty will the game bring us. We won’t be talking about the graphics and new modes in this post, but rather go in depth on how you can get better at FIFA 17.

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As FIFA Is proudly holding the title of the most life-like football (or soccer) simulation game, some rules remain unbroken. With the new, FIFA 17 in the shops, the important factors of the game remain the same. Even though you do get a better player awareness and agility with the new updated engine, there are still nearly the same skills to needed. You will notice a difference in how players react and animate in the new FIFA. But you still need a good tactic, a steady game flow, and a quick reflex to be the beast. We can help with some of those things with our tips and advice.

Formations

A lot of things here depends on your formation setting in FIFA 17, just like it does in real life. And as the game is made to be better with every iteration, the choice you make regarding team formation will impact your game more. There are many different configurations that you can choose for a perfect result, as well as many factors that determine the outcome of the choice. The major things you need to be aware of is your playing style, team preference and ability and your tactic. So, how does a particular formation influence all that?

Aggressive

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The first and the most prominent group of formations that I’d like to mention is the aggressive one. An offensive formation can be any structure with the focus shifted towards the offense. This is done in a few different ways. Depending on your preferences and your team’s capabilities you might want to consider a few options.

Weak defense

Being a furious attacker often means your defense will be left weakened and open to counterattacks. Formations of this kind include 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 variations. You can see yourselves that such formation is favoring the attack heavily while leaving you open in the defending lines. There are variations to these formations, where you can put more or fewer players in the midfield so they may be used in a tactical fullback.

The weak defense aggressive formation is useful for teams that have a strong natural defense and can hold on a bigger force with only a few players. Also, it is important to note that such formation is rarely used as the main one. Flexibility will give you a lot of edge in this game. Changing formations mid-game to reflect the situation can mean the difference between a winning and lose. A superb time to explore this option might be the end-game result chasing. Also, some players who play better defense might start with this formation to score an early goal. It is open to debate if it’s the best tactic in the book, but it can surely be made useful by a proper player.

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You can also set this formation to be your default configuration for counterattacks. This will make all of your players focus on the attack in the times when that is exactly what you want them to do.

Weak midfield

If you want to play aggressive and attack with a full force and you want your defense to remain strong, this is the thing you do. Such tactic is a rare one, often seen or used, but can be exploited if you know what you are doing. The trick is to fortify the defense and have a full stack on the offensive end. Your midfield will remain thin, and the players there will get tired quick. However, you can make it work if you make other players run too and if you make smart player changes.

Balanced

Balanced formations are the default ones and the ones you will see the most in real life. However, there are no rules when you are the game master, so be brave and make your decisions. The most famous formation must be the 4-4-2, and then there are variations on it. When you choose balanced tactic, you utilize all your team members equally and create a stamina optimum.

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There are different ways of playing balanced, and you can decide to go wider or narrower in the midfield. This formation setting is highly popular but also the most obvious. A good player will know how to defend himself against it and use its weaknesses.

Defensive

Defending formations are, of course, the ones where your focus is on the defending rather than attacking. Hard games when the opponent is stronger or better than you or the ones where you only need a draw to go on are the perfect times to use them. They are also the ones to use when you score a goal or two and create that lovely leading cushion. It’s one of the smartest tactical maneuvers to fortify after scoring. It also is good advice to set the auto-formation setting to change this preset when you are under a counterattack.

Classic defensive structure usually has five players in front of the goal. The number of players in the middle and the front can vary depending on the particular case. Perhaps the most fortifying formation you can make, the 5-4-1, can make your goal completely unreachable.

Conclusion

We dedicated the bulk of our attention to attacking formations because no matter how realistic the game gets, we still enjoy scoring the most. This does not at all mean that the other parts of the game are less important. They are, in fact, the irreplaceable factor that makes the game worth playing. We hope that the tactics mentioned here will help you become a better player.

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