Best FIFA 23 Custom Tactics And Formations

Best FIFA 23 Custom Tactics And Formations
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Harry Boulton

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4th Oct 2022 15:29

Making sure that you've got the FIFA 23 best custom tactics and formations set up for your team can be vital in securing your success online. While the players in your team will obviously matter in FIFA, getting them playing together the right way can really take you to the next level. So, to find out what the FIFA 23 best custom tactics and formations are, make sure to carry on reading down below.

Best FIFA 23 Custom Tactics And Formations

Of course, the main factor in deciding which custom tactic or formation to use is the players at your disposal. While you can absolutely go out of your way to build an entirely new team to suit a formation, you're more likely going to want to pick a tactic that suits what you currently have, especially if you have some untradeables hanging around.

For example, it's useless having Azplilicueta be your attacking full-back, or Eriksen in a box-to-box midfielder role. However, it is all about identifying your players' strengths, and trying to find a formation that hones in on them the most.

5-1-2-2 Formation Custom Tactics

FIFA 23 5-1-2-2 tactics
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The first formation and set of custom tactics in FIFA 23 we are going to focus on is a bit of an unorthodox one, but it has proven to be one of the strongest overall. Five at the back formations generally come and go with specific metas, but this particular choice gives you passing options all over the pitch, while also offering defensive stability if you're still not the best with the new manual system.

For the general custom tactics, you'll want to set your sliders and options to the following:

  • Defensive Style - Balanced
  • DefensiveWidth - 47
  • Depth - 63
  • Build Up Play - Long Ball
  • Chance Creation - Direct Passing
  • Offensive Width - 53
  • Players In Box - Seven
  • Corners - One
  • Free Kicks - One

And for player instructions, make sure to set the following:

  • LWB/RWB - Join The Attack, Overlap
  • CDM - Stay Back While Attacking, Cover Centre
  • LCM - Get Into The Box For Cross
  • LST (Big Player) - Stay Forward 

As you can see, this is quite an attacking formation, but there is still defensive stability due to the three defenders. Ideally, you'll want to use players on the quicker side, or any FIFA 23 Lengthy players, but that's more of a general idea not specific to this formation or custom tactic.

Additionally, you are able to achieve a crowded midfield to control the most active areas, while still achieving width through the wing backs. 

4-2-3-1 Formation Custom Tactics

FIFA 23 4-2-3-1 tactics
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One of the most used formations in FIFA history is once again viable this year, offering an all-round playstyle that perhaps leans more towards attacking-minded players. This particular custom tactic was created by Opticum Esports' Nick "Nieck" Van Beckkum You're going to want to make sure that your two defensive midfielders are active enough, as they will largely be the only thing preventing any opposition transitions. Furthermore, pacey wide forwards are a must, offering danger in the flanks to pull the opposition defence wider, creating space for your striker in the middle.

Here are the general tactics to follow for the best FIFA 23 4-2-3-1 formation:

  • Defensive Style - Balanced
  • Defensive Width - 50
  • Depth - 70
  • Build Up Play - Balanced
  • Chance Creation - Direct Passing
  • Offensive Width - 60
  • Players In Box - Five
  • Corners - Two
  • Free Kicks - Two

And here are the player instructions to implement:

  • GK - Sweeper Keeper
  • LB/RB - Stay Back While Attacking
  • CDMs - Cover Centre, Stay Back While Attacking
  • CAM - Come Back On Defence, Free Roam
  • LAM/RAM - Come Back On Defence, Get Into The Box For Cross
  • ST - Come Back On Defense, Drift Wide

As mentioned, the most important thing you'll need to use in this formation is strong defensive mids, especially those who can take advantage of the new FIFA 23 AcceleRATE types.

4-2-2-2 Formation Custom Tactics

FIFA 23 4-2-2-2 tactics
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Crafted by pro player Michael Fisher, these 4-2-2-2 custom tactics will give you a good chance of soaring up through the divisions and into the best FIFA 23 Weekend League rewards. This formation is even more exposed defensively than the 4-2-3-1, as you're not going to realistically expect your front four to offer too much defensively, so you really do need an active defensive six to pull you through.

However, due to the strength of two up top and two out wide, you're really going to feel the increased number of chances created, which can always help push you through a tough game.

Take a look at the general custom tactics for this 4-2-2-2 formation below if you're wanting to use it:

  • Defensive Style - Balanced
  • Defensive Width - 42
  • Depth - 62
  • Build Up Play - Balanced
  • Chance Creation - Direct Passing
  • Offensive Width - 45
  • Players In Box - Six
  • Corners - One
  • Free Kicks - Three

Here are the player instructions too:

  • LB/RB - Stay Back While Attacking
  • RCM - Cover Centre
  • LCM - Stay Back While Attacking, Cover Centre
  • STs - Stay Central, Get In Behind

It might be a good idea to have a more box-to-box oriented player in the RCM role, as it will offer you a player in the otherwise vacant attacking mid spot, while still preserving the defensive stability of a centre or defensive mid.

 

4-4-2 Formation Custom Tactics

FIFA 23 4-4-2 tactics
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The final formation and set of custom tactics we are going to cover is the good old 4-4-2. While it has gone out of fashion in modern football, it is still a strong offering in FIFA 23, and is generally used as a safe option that you can't really go wrong with.

The only special factor of this particular custom tactic is that you're going to want the classic big man small man striker partnership that pairs so lovingly with the 4-4-2, and thankfully those target men in question are more meta than ever before.

Here are the FIFA 23 best custom tactics for the 4-4-2 formation:

  • Defensive Style - Balanced
  • Defensive Width - 45
  • Depth - 45
  • Build Up Play - Balanced
  • Chance Creation - Forward Runs
  • Offensive Width - 55
  • Players In Box - Four
  • Corners - One
  • Free Kicks - One

And here's the player instructions you'll want to pair with it:

  • LB/RB - Stay Back While Attacking
  • CMs - Stay Back While Attacking, Cover Centre
  • RST (Big Man) - Stay Forward
  • LST (Small Man) - Stay Forward, Get In Behind

If you're wanting to reset your play and go for something super simple, then you really cannot go wrong with this particular 4-4-2 formation. 

How To Set Up FIFA 23 Custom Tactics

FIFA 23 Custom Tactics set up
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Setting up FIFA 23 custom tactics is a really easy thing to do, and it also means that you can have multiple tactics set up and ready to use for each situation.

All you need to do to set up a custom tactic is: 

  • Head to your Active Squad
  • Then press L2/LT to have a short menu appear on the side
  • On that menu, press 'Custom Tactics'
  • Then, either adjust your base tactic, or change any of your attacking/defensive tactics to have additional options in-game

FIFA 23 Custom Tactics Formations
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One of the most popular uses of custom tactics is to switch up formations, but you will need to use one of the attacking or defending options, as the balanced one always reflects your squad tactic. This can be handy for getting players in positions they otherwise wouldn't be able to, like Son at striker, or Mbappe on the right wing.

All you need to do if you want to use any of these additional custom tactics is press the d-pad either left or right in-game, and you should see a box pop up at the bottom showing you which tactic you're selecting.

So, that's all you need to know if you're wondering what the FIFA 23 best custom tactics and formations are, which should hopefully set your team up for success. If you've seen a player SBC that you want to get into your team though, make sure to check out our FIFA 23 SBC solutions guide for everything that we've covered so far.

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