The most influential formation in the modern history of football, 4-4-2 is the face of the entire sport. Whilst the formation has slowly become more and more obsolete in the real world over the past few years, it has always been a well-balanced option for competitive FIFA players over the lifespan of the series.
Here are some of the best tips we have for playing the 4-4-2 in FIFA 22.
The 4-4-2 is one of the most well-rounded formations available for FIFA players, offering the perfect balance between defensive stability and offensive potential. The two banks of four defenders and four midfielders allow for some great potential when it comes to a team’s custom tactics, and the added man at the head of the attack also allows for greater flexibility when it comes to building attacks.
The balance brought from the 4-4-2 makes it one of the best picks when it comes to more casual and newcomers to the series, but is also competitively viable thanks to the sheer amount of diverse tactics that can be employed in-game, making even the most entry-level of squads stack up against the best teams.
As well as not being the most scaleable of formations in the world of FIFA, there are a number of formations that a skilled player can utilize to overrun a 4-4-2 squad.
A 4-5-1 formation can be used to have an extra man against the two blocks in midfield and defense at all times, with the same being true for 3-5-2 and 3-4-1-2 options too.
A 4-4-2 formation is also extremely reliant on the two center-midfielders covering all the bases in the middle of the park. The best course of action is to employ a double pivot, with one player being the aggressive ball-winning recycler, and the other being the silky playmaker; however, finding such players is not as easy a task as some might think.
How to counter the 4-4-2
As mentioned above, overrunning the midfield is one of the best tactics when it comes to counter the 4-4-2, with three-man midfields being especially potent against the formation’s double pivot.
The 4-4-2 isn’t the quickest when it comes to transitioning between the lines either, so employing a high, fast press on the player in possession can be a viable tactic when it comes to competitive play. Focus on creating space with quick one-touch passes in a triangle, unlocking the space and bypassing the rigidness of the 4-4-2’s two banks of four.
A formation like the 4-3-3 is also viable against the 4-4-2, with the high and wide left and right-wingers able to enjoy a lot of territory by isolating the full-backs in 1v1 duels where the attackers are usually favored.