FIFA 18 Best Formations, Most Overpowered Formations - Best Player Instructions and Custom Tactics - How to Play Tiki Taka and Counter Attack in FIFA 18

FIFA 18 Best Formations, Most Overpowered Formations - Best Player Instructions and Custom Tactics - How to Play Tiki Taka and Counter Attack in FIFA 18

FIFA 18 guide, including how to score lots of goals, how to defend, FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns Walkthrough (including all player choices in The Journey), quick subs, skill moves and five-star players, goal celebrations, and more in FIFA 18 on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. Best FIFA 18 attacking formations and how to dominate opponents.

FIFA 18 has been out a while now, and with the first patch a few changes have caused the preferred formations to change a little. In this FIFA 18 Best and Most Overpowered Formations guide, we look at what formations, player instructions and custom tactics you should be using to dominate in FIFA 18 with the most overpowered setups. This includes an ideal counter attack formation and how to play Tiki Taka football in FIFA 18.

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FIFA 18 Best Formations - Most Overpowered Formations in FIFA 18

We've found a number of formations and tactics in FIFA 18 that should make your team as strong and overpowered as possible. Read on for descriptions of each of the best formations in FIFA 18, along with how to set up your player instructions.

4-3-2-1 Formation in FIFA 18 - Ideal for Counter Attacks

The 4-3-2-1 formation is great for counter attacks, especially once you've set up the player instructions and tactics.

Player Instructions for 4-3-2-1 Formation in FIFA 18

  • Fullbacks - Stay back while attacking
  • 2x CM - Stay back while attacking for two CMs with best defensive stats
  • LF - Get in Behind
  • RF - Get in Behind
  • ST - For Target Man, leave settings as default. Fast Striker, se to Get in Behind.

Custom Tactics for 4-3-2-1 Formation in FIFA 18

Use the following custom tactic settings to get the most out of the 4-3-2-1 formation in FIFA 18.

Build up Play

  • Speed - 75
  • Passing - 48
  • Positioning - Organised

Chance Creation

  • Passing - 65
  • Crossing - 65
  • Shooting - 60
  • Positioning - Free Form


  • Pressure - 45
  • Aggression - 53
  • Team Width - 52
  • Defender Line - Cover

Use Tiki Taka to Overpower Teams

Tiki Taka is a term used mainly to describe a play style adopting by Barcelona and Spain, although other teams also use it. Essentially you're passing the ball a lot within little triangles of players on the pitch.

Best FIFA 18 Formations for Tiki Taka

The best formations for Tiki Taka play in FIFA 18 are the ones that have wide players. We've listed the best Tiki Taka formations for you below.

  • 4-2-3-1 (all variations)
  • 4-3-3 (all variations)
  • 4-3-2-1
  • 4-4-2 (all variations)

How to Play Tiki Taka in FIFA 18

Tiki Taka play in FIFA 18 is all about passing the ball between players who are quite close to each other on the pitch. Use the tips below to make sure you retain possession and don't find yourself isolated.

  • Use normal passes, not pass and run. Pass and run passes have more error and can be intercepted unless you're in a lot of space.
  • Use moves such as the drag back , ball roll, standing fake shot, and face up dribbling to open up space and move the ball quickly.
  • Don't rush - build up your attack and spot the space on the pitch. Wait for your team mates to join you.

Elsewhere we’ve got guides to the best players in FIFA 18, the best young players in FIFA 18, the best hidden gems in FIFA 18, and how to defend or score lots of goals in FIFA 18.

Tom Orry

Audience Development Manager, Gamer Network

Tom started life on a circus in Australia before his family moved to the UK. His love of gaming started soon after, which essentially meant he bought every video game magazine available and worked numerous part-time jobs as a child in order to afford costly N64 games. He created UK site, of which he was the Editor for over a decade. He now doesn't like circuses.

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