FIFA 22 | 4-3-3 Best Custom Tactics/Instructions (Post Patch)

Hey guys how’s it going, welcome back to another FIFA 22 guide, where today we are going to be doing another set of custom tactics. The formation today is going to be the 4-3-3.

I will demonstrate this formation with the help of my custom team in FUT. Read the full guide to know about the best set of custom tactics and player instructions for the 4-3-3 formation.

Best Custom Tactics & Player Instructions for 4-3-3 Formation in FIFA 22

Now this is the way that I have the team set up.

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Obviously it’s a pretty good team. Could be a lot better, but today we’re going to be checking out the 4-3-3 formation. A formation that I generally start my games in, because this is how my team sets up for chemistry reasons.

I have a set of tactics that I’ve been using for that and I wanted to give this formation a try. I didn’t want it to be boring just staying with the same ones all the time. Today we are in the 4-3-3 and these are the tactics that I am using at the moment for this formation.

4-3-3 Defensive Tactics

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Let’s start with the strategy behind this formation for the Defensive Style. We’re on Balance at the moment. Now you can use a Press in this formation. 4-3-3’s are good formations to press in. Definitely a press is becoming more popular in FIFA. Certainly in a lot of my champs games or rivals games this week that I’ve been playing, a lot more people have been using Press.

I’m not much for Press After Possession Loss. I’ll go for Pressure On Heavy Touch. I’ll say if you’re going to play with the press, I would recommend playing on this. I wouldn’t recommend the Constant or Possession Loss because they’re a little bit too aggressive and will leave you more exposed than anything else.

Defensive Width

For the Defensive Width, we’re going to be going on around about 45, a little bit narrower because I want to be a bit more compact defensively. I don’t mind giving up a little bit of width on the wings when I’m defending.


I want to be a little bit more compact in that midfield area For Depth. We’re going to be playing on around about 60. Again when it comes to 4-3-3 formations, because it’s quite attacking, you do want to try to play with a higher Depth if you can. In my opinion that works best.

When you play with a higher Depth in a 4-3-3, you get more out of it. If you play a lot deeper, if you’re someone who plays on like 40 or 45, I don’t think you get the best out of the 4-3-3.

In any version of the 4-3-3,  the higher the depth that you play, the more effective that it will be for the offensive build-up play.

Offensive Strategy

We are going to be playing on Long Ball. This is the go-to when it comes to 4-3-3s. The way that this formation works very well. You think about the way that Liverpool plays. Liverpool plays this similar type of formation. Maybe you could argue it’s a four one five, with Firmino as a Center Forward, it’s still the same principle.

Long Ball works very very well, especially if you’ve got pace. You should be using Wingers of course. You’re gonna need to have some pace in the attacking positions: Left Wing, Right Wing & Striker.

Those guys will make those runs-in-behinds. Then the Chance Creation on Direct Passing will work very very well.

Because, think about it the way that Liverpool plays with those Wingers. Sadio Mane makes those darting runs inside the fullbacks’ and defenders’ area.

That allows you to obviously have a lot more chances created. It does mean that your midfield will open up slightly. You should accept it is going to be a little bit more open than some other formations.

Offensive Width

For the Offensive Width, this one is a little bit down for interpretation.  There is a thought for playing on a narrow Offensive Width.

Because the wingers, if they have a narrower starting position, they’re going to be more involved in the game for chance creation, for goals and assists.

If you want your wingers involved, you’re going to have to play with a narrow width. However it is going to mean that your opponent is going to be able to play out of your Press a lot easier, because they’re always going to have the wings open.

If you go wider like 70-75 on your width, your wing is going to stretch your opponent’s team out. It’s going to be a lot more difficult for you to pass, because there’s going to be bigger spaces between your players.

Your midfield is going to be a lot more open. For me, in this formation, I’m going to go on around about 60. It is still going to allow us to have that compact midfield, and let our wingers to play as wingers.

Because I’d rather have my wingers create space opportunities for all the players in the team.

Player Instructions

Defensive Instructions

For the Instructions, of course the goalkeeper is going to be on Comes For Crosses and Sweeper Keeper in this formation.

As we’ve mentioned in previous guides, when there is width in front of a fullback, whether that be left-mid/right-mid or left-wing/right-wing, I always find that means that the defenders need to be on Stay Back While Attacking.

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Because if there’s width in front of the fullback, I don’t think that then you need to risk your fullbacks going forward. You may have the compact solidarity of a back four, rather than having your fullbacks unnecessarily going forward potentially causing you harm.

In this instance we have the wingers and we’re gonna have the two left and right backs. You’re gonna have the left and right backs both on Stay Back While Attacking.

Midfield Instructions

For Kante in the midfield slot, pretty much the standard stuff. It’s going to be on Cut Passing Lanes. I’m also going to have him on Drop Between Defenders. I’ve been using this Drop Between Defenders for sometime now because it works best with a single CDM.

When you have formations like this that have a single CDM, I find the Drop Between Defenders works very well. Because it’s like, in a way, especially with the the back four that we have, it almost becomes a back five, which makes it a lot more difficult to break you down. You’re a lot more solid.

If you’re someone like me, you do like to occasionally drag players out of position. It’s okay if you drag Kante or an Alaba/Marquinhos, because then you’ll still have your back four. It’s okay to have to be able to pull players out if you’re someone that’s prone to doing that.

The Drop Between Defenders will work exceptionally well because you can drag Kante out of that back five. He can do all your pressing for you, because someone like Kante is obviously amazing.

Then you’ve still got your back four in position. You’re not pulling those defenders out of position. If you want to be good at defending, you need to not pull your actual defenders out of position.

Wingers Tactics

For the two outside midfielders, we’ve got Firmino and Pogba, both going to be on Balanced Attack, because I do want them to get forward but I also want them to get back to defend.

I am going to have them on Get Into The Box For Crosses. I’m going to get on to why. The reason why is because, we’re going to have the wingers also Get Into The Box For Crosses.

I think we’re going to have the wingers a lot more narrow in the way that we tell them to play. I just want to have more bodies going forward, more bodies getting into the box because we’ve got Kante, Mendy, Alaba, Marquinhos etc., we’ve got a lot of players back.

I can afford to send a couple more forward even if we do get countered a little bit. The fact that we have that back five with Kante dropping in, we can still pull someone out.

We’ve still got someone always going to be back to be able to stop those counter attacks. We still are gonna have five six players back. We should still be able to deal with any counter-attack.

We can afford these guys to go forward and join the attack, make it easier to score.

Forward Positions 

For Bernardo Silva, the striking Bernardo Silva, often for me did get subbed off very very quickly because he wasn’t very good in that striking role. I tended to put Son in that striking role.

The ideal tactics here should be Stay Central and Getting Behind of course.

You want to be on Stay Central in my opinion, because we’ve already got wingers. We’ve already got plenty of width in this formation.

We don’t need the Striker drifting out to the left wing or to the right wing. You need to need to stay in the box, be that goal scorer for your team.

Then for the wingers with Son and Salah, both are going to be on Cut Inside. This is because we don’t have the full backs going forward. I want these guys drifting inside, getting more involved with Pogba. For me no Silva in the build up play.

We want those guys cutting inside, being part of the game. In terms of Getting In Behind, obviously if you’ve got fast players you want them to be Getting In Behind.

Then as we’ve explained, getting into the box: you want more players getting into the box, supporting the strikers to be able to score goals, because we’ve got plenty of players back defending.


That is it for my 4-3-3, a very good formation. I was very very surprised at this formation. It played very very well. Actually suited my play style quite well. I liked how it played.

It was very very good. Would I say it’s necessarily Meta, no, I probably wouldn’t say it’s Meta at all. 

I actually really enjoyed the slow motion, thought it was very very nice, definitely a surprise. If you want to try this formation out do let me know down in the comment section how these worked for you, whether they worked well or didn’t work.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2022

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