Jamodo: The Most Effective Formation In FIFA 21
The vast majority of pro-FIFA players have consistently utilized the 4-2-3-1 formation throughout the course of FIFA 17, FIFA 18, FIFA 19, FIFA 20, and even in the early stages of FIFA 21 – however, after much experimentation with other formations this year, a new formation has been deemed to be objectively more effective than the 4-2-3-1, but whether or not it will work for you depends on your preferred style of play and general outlook on FIFA’s gameplay.
Will This Formation Work For You?
There is no single formation that suits every FIFA player. The effectiveness of a formation largely depends on your play style, your favorite types of players, your preferred attacking patterns, and a few other criteria – but mainly your play style.
- If you prefer a style of play that revolves around free-flowing attacking football with an emphasis on wide play, then this formation could work incredibly well for you because it facilitates fluid football and wide play far more than most other formations in the game.
- If you value pace and great dribbling stats in all your forwards, then this formation is likely to work very well for you.
If you meet any of the criteria above, then read on, because you’re about to discover a formation that could quite literally help you improve your win rate overnight.
Pro FIFA player, Jamodo, who at some point over the past two iterations of FIFA was amongst the top 16 FIFA players in the entire world, recently announced that he was doing away with the 4-2-3-1 formation and instead adopting another formation that he discovered was more congruent with FIFA 21’s gameplay mechanics and his preferred playstyle.
The formation he switched to is the 4-4-2 (1st variation).
The 4-4-2(1) is not a new formation by any means, but for much of the past five years of competitive FIFA, it has been on the backburner to the 4-2-3-1 formation – but due to the way FIFA 21 is set-up, the 4-4-2(1) is now far more effective than the 4-2-3-1 formation. However, as I mentioned before, its effectiveness depends on your play style.
Why Is The 4-4-2(1) Better Than The 4-2-3-1?
Pro player Jamodo took the liberty of explaining his thought process behind making the 4-4-2(1) his primary formation over the 4-2-3-1. Here are 3 of his reasons why;
Two Strikers Up Front
The 4-4-2(1) formation has two strikers upfront who can play off each other to create devastating attacking sequences in and around your opponent’s attacking third.
With two strikers upfront, you can consistently utilize one-twos to pass the ball around your opponent’s backline and create goalscoring opportunities.
The 4-2-3-1 formation on the other hand features a lone striker – and because of how ineffective AI-controlled attacking runs are in FIFA 21, it’s very common for the striker in the 4-2-3-1 formation to get isolated and thus, rendered ineffective.
The 4-4-2(1) is inherently a wide formation while the 4-2-3-1 formation is inherently narrow.
Wide formations allow you to play with an emphasis on exploiting the flanks while narrow formations allow you to play with an emphasis on exploiting the middle.
Playing through the middle used to be a meta tactic in FIFA, but due to how inconsistent passing is in FIFA 21, it is very ineffective – and for this reason, wide play is an important facet of launching successful attacks in FIFA 21.
The 4-4-2(1) facilitates wide play pretty well, with one winger posted on both sides of the pitch and ready to stretch your opponent’s defence.
If you want to have more successful attacking moves, then you can’t go wrong with the 4-4-2 (1).
The 4-2-3-1 formation features defensive midfielders while the 4-4-2(1) features central midfielders.
Defensive midfielders and central midfielders may seem similar on paper, but in-game there’s a massive difference in their positioning which has a major impact on how they play.
The two defensive midfielders in the 4-2-3-1 sit deep in their own half waiting to thwart incoming attacks – they only occasionally contribute to your team’s attacking moves.
However, the two midfielders in the 4-4-2(1) are constantly involved in your team’s attacking moves and serve as an extra outlet for overloading your opponent’s backline and creating goalscoring opportunities.
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Want to learn more about formations? we’ve put together a guide centered on the top 5 most effective formations in FIFA 21 to help you pick the best one for your playstyle. Read the full formation guide here.