Custom FIFA 23 tactics guide: Best formations and player instructions

Custom FIFA 23 tactics guide: Best formations and player instructions ...

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team success hinges on finding the right custom tactics and player instruction, especially if you want to advance to FUT Champions and Division Rivals. Here are the top FIFA 23 custom tactics and player guidelines to follow in your next FUT match.

Optimizing your FIFA 23 Ultimate Team squad may lift you to new heights. While purchasing expensive promo players might improve the team on paper, using the right tactics is the only way to stay competitive in Division Rivals and FUT Champions.

EA Sports gives players complete control over their tactical setup in FIFA 23. With the appropriate tactics, formation, and player instruction, you'll notice a significant improvement when it comes to FUT results.

If you want to be the dominant player in FIFA 23, then utilising the best custom tactics is incredibly important, so here's our guide on the best techniques to use in 2023.

  • FIFA 23 tactics: Attacking settings
  • FIFA 23 tactics: Defending settings
  • Best FIFA 23 formations for Ultimate Team
    • 5-1-2-2 custom tactics
    • 4-3-2-1 custom tactics
    • 4-2-3-1 custom tactics
    • 4-1-2-1-2 (narrow) custom tactics
    • 4-2-2-2 custom tactics
    • 4-4-2 custom tactics
  • 5-1-2-2 custom tactics
  • 4-3-2-1 custom tactics
  • 4-2-3-1 custom tactics
  • 4-1-2-1-2 (narrow) custom tactics
  • 4-2-2-2 custom tactics
  • 4-4-2 custom tactics
  • 5-1-2-2 custom tactics
  • 4-3-2-1 custom tactics
  • 4-2-3-1 custom tactics
  • 4-1-2-1-2 (narrow) custom tactics
  • 4-2-2-2 custom tactics
  • 4-4-2 custom tactics

FIFA 23 tactics: Attacking settings

There's nothing quite like jumping up the pitch with the intention of putting the ball in the back of the net.

FIFA 23 offers a wide range of attack styles, and you may personalize your team according to your preferred style of play. Whether you prefer to follow Manchester City's possession-heavy football or Liverpool's heavy metal direct play, there's a style for every skill level.

  • Balanced: The team will maintain formation and structure. Players will only support and make runs when they think it’s the right time to do so. The team does not build play particularly fast or slow.
  • Slow Build Up: Less forward runs involved and more of a methodical approach. This tactic emphasizes a short passing game with a slower build-up.
  • Long Ball: Forwards will be ready for direct balls to be played behind the opposing back line. This attacking style often skips the midfield and flourishes with fast players who have excellent positioning.
  • Fast Build Up: The quickest way to move your team up the pitch and into direct scoring positions. High risk and high reward strategy that could leave you open to counterattack.
  • Balanced: Similar to Build Up play, a balanced approach for chance creation is neither fast nor slow when it comes to creating opportunities.
  • Possession: This tactic strengthens a short passing game to patiently wait for the chance to attack, but will rarely provide runs penetrating the opposing defensive line.
  • Direct Passing: Once the team enters the attacking zone while in possession, players will create chances by making runs for passes into space behind the opposing back line.
  • Forward Runs: This tactic pushes players forward deep into attacking areas, but if you lose possession of the ball you could find yourself open to a counterattack.

Defending settings in FIFA 23

The first thing you'll want to consider when setting up your defensive strategies is the positioning of your back line. If your defensive line is equipped with a ton of pace, you may be able to play a high line and exert maximum pressure on the opposing team.

If you don't want to leave too much room between your defenders and your goalkeeper, you can adjust your width and depth to be a bit deeper. In addition, you may combine this positioning with one of the defensive styles below.

Keep in mind that your width and depth should correlate with a defensive style. For example, it would be counterintuitive to establish a high line only to enforce the Drop Back tactic on defense.

  • Width/Depth slider: With this slide, players can set the positioning of their defensive line. A high line is great for attacking but leaves you open to balls in behind, whereas a deep line is ideal for when you’re defending a lead.
  • Drop Back: This tactic will preserve your team shape and will offer your opponents more possession. Provides fewer attacking options when you do pick up the ball, but can frustrate your opponents.
  • Balanced: A balanced style where your team presses the ball to the middle of the pitch and your team’s shape is neutral.
  • Pressure on Heavy Touch: Your team preserves its shape until the opportunity to pressure appears. When the opposition creates a loose ball or has trouble controlling a difficult pass your players will pounce.
  • Press After Possession Loss: After your team loses possession of the ball, your teammates will press the ball for approximately 7 seconds. This style is taxing on stamina and could leave you exposed if you don’t win the ball back right away.
  • Constant Pressure: This tactic will constantly apply high pressure on opposing players but it drains your stamina the most.

Ultimate Team's Best FIFA 23 Formations

FIFA 23 is dominated by the 5-1-2-2 system this year. Top players are implementing the method with great success. For the first time, a five-back configuration allows you to deploy a CDM to cover the middle of the pitch while your wingbacks swoop up the field.

The 5-1-2-2 formation is largely dependent on your LWB and RWB as these two will be the key players in this setup, as well as a solid midfield capable of breaking up play.

Here are a few recommendations for FIFA 23 custom tactics and player instructions.

Custom FIFA 23 tactics for 5-1-2-2: The best

  • LWB: Join the attack, Overlap
  • RWB: Join the attack, Overlap
  • CDM: Cover center, Stay back while attacking
  • LCM: Stick to Position, Balanced
  • RCM: Stick to Position, Balanced
  • LST: Balanced Width, Mixed Attack
  • RST: Stay forward
  • Defensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 48
  • Depth: 62
  • Build Up Play: Long ball
  • Chance Creation: Direct passing
  • Width: 53
  • Players In Box: 50 / Half
  • Corners and Free Kicks: 1 bar

FIFA 23 custom strategies for 4-3-2-1 are the best.

  • Left-back: Stay back while attacking
  • Right-back: Stay back while attacking
  • CM: Cover center, Stay back while attacking
  • LCM & RCM: Cover center, Balanced
  • CF & CF: Stay Central, Get in behind
  • ST: Stay forward, Get in behind
  • Defensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 40
  • Depth: 50
  • Build Up Play: Long ball
  • Chance Creation: Direct passing
  • Width: 35
  • Players In Box: 50
  • Corners and Free Kicks: 2 bars

FIFA 23 custom tactics for 4-2-3-1 are the best.

  • Left-back: Stay back while attacking
  • Right-back: Stay back while attacking
  • CDMs: Cover center on both, Stay back while attacking on one, Balanced on the other
  • CAM: Stay forward, Get into the box for crosses
  • ST: Stay forward, Get in behind
  • Defensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 35
  • Depth: 55
  • Build Up Play: Direct Passing
  • Chance Creation: Forward Runs
  • Width: 40
  • Players In Box: 70
  • Corners and Free Kicks: 2 bars

Custom FIFA 23 strategies for 4-1-2-1-2 (narrow)

  • Left-back: Stay back while attacking
  • Right-back: Stay back while attacking
  • CDM: Cover center, Stay back while attacking
  • CMs: Get into the box for crosses, Get forward
  • CAM: Stay forward
  • ST: Stay forward, Get in behind
  • Defensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 40
  • Depth: 50
  • Build Up Play: Balanced
  • Chance Creation: Forward Runs
  • Width: 40
  • Players In Box: 70
  • Corners and Free Kicks: 2 bars

Custom FIFA 23 strategies for 4-2-2-2 are at their finest.

  • Left-back: Stay back while attacking
  • Right-back: Stay back while attacking
  • CDMs: Cover center, Stay back while attacking
  • CAMs: Stay forward, Get into the box for cross
  • ST: Stay forward, Get in behind
  • Defensive Style: Balanced
  • Depth: 50
  • Build Up Play: Fast build up
  • Chance Creation: Forward Runs
  • Width: 40
  • Players In Box: 50
  • Corners and Free Kicks: 2 bars

For 4-4-2, FIFA 23 has the best custom tactics.

  • Left-back: Stay back while attacking
  • Right-back: Stay back while attacking
  • LM & RM: Cut inside, Get in behind
  • CMs: Cover center, One on Stay Back while attacking, One on balanced
  • ST: Stay forward, Get in behind
  • Defensive Style: Balanced
  • Width: 40
  • Depth: 50
  • Build Up Play: Balanced
  • Chance Creation: Balanced
  • Width: 50
  • Players In Box: 50
  • Corners and Free Kicks: 2 bars

Check out our other FIFA 23 guides for more information.

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