FIFA 23 Career Mode Best Formations: The PERFECT tactics that will guarantee silverware

FIFA 23 Best Formations

FIFA 23 has arrived, with major gameplay improvements making this year's game feel better than ever.

With that in mind, we're certain that some players are yet to get the hang of the slower gameplay speed, with new formations and tactics required.

Check below for our picks for the best formations to use to defeat the AI in FIFA 23.


5 at the back appears to be the new meta, and this formation in particular takes things to new heights.

FIFA 23 5-2-3 Formation
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NEW META - Five at the back is the way forward

With the wingers and wing-backs offering immense width, you'll be able to overload the flanks with a blistering pace and give the opposition nightmares.

Make sure your central striker is strong and prolific, as his finishing at the vital moment and physicality in the box will be key to this formation's success.

To add a little bit of extra spice, sign a pacey centre-back and instruct them to join the attack, the result is joyous.


A classic formation that is tried and tested, we're pleased to report the 4-2-3-1 is just as effective in FIFA 23.

FIFA 23 4-2-3-1 Formation
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MANAGER'S CHOICE - This modern formation is still top class

Your CAM becomes the most important part in this formation, with the central forward becoming the key link through the spine of your team.

Pacey wingers will always help, but you'll also want to make sure that your CDMs are well equipped in both strength and passing range.


The all-time classic and favourite formation for many years, the 4-4-2 still gives you a great advantage in FIFA 23.

FIFA 23 4-4-2 Formation
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A TRUE CLASSIC - You can never beat the classics

The key to this formation is ensuring that your strikers are both set to make runs in behind the opposition defenders, with lobbed through balls from your central midfielders often unlocking the door.

Overlapping full-backs and attack-minded wingers make this formation deadly and exciting, just make sure you're not left cold on the counter.


A slight variation on the first suggested formation, the 5-2-1-2 enables you to utilise a strike partnership and implement details of all three formations mentioned above.

FIFA 23 5-2-1-1 Formation
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FAN FAVOURITE - The 5-2-1-2 has become a quick fan favourite

Your wing-backs will be vital in this set-up, with the midfield once again a key area in threading the ball between the lines.

Setting your strikers to run in behind isn't as key with this formation as your full-backs will be putting in all the hard yards to push your side forward.


Having three defenders appears to be a clear FIFA 23 meta and we'd highly recommend going down this route.

If wing-backs aren't your cup of tea then change style and adopt a 3-5-2 formation, giving you plenty of midfield and attacking options.

FIFA 23 3-5-2 Formation
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WATCH YOUR BACK - The 3-5-2 could be the key to succss

Be advised, this formation can often get caught on the counter, but instructing your defenders and one of the wide midfielders to stay back on the attack should counteract that problem.

There are plenty of exciting formations that break the meta in FIFA 23, and you can get in touch via our socials to let us know which setup is your favourite in this year's game.

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