ExplainersHow to play attacking football in FIFA 22 without relying on strikers

How to play attacking football in FIFA 22 without relying on strikers

Everyone loves to have an out-and-out striker in FIFA to score a large portion of the goals for their respective team. But what if someone doesn’t have a good striker, or they play in a formation that does not really require a striker. Let’s take a look at what one can do.

The CAM false 9

Before discussing this strategy, let us understand what false 9 exactly is. False nine is a centre-forward who drops to receive centrally after continually moving towards the ball in deeper places from a high starting position.

The major goal is to get the ball away from the opposition’s centre-backs, which will cause players to move out of position and destabilise the defence.

Timing movements away from the centre-backs to receive between the lines, both during continuous spells of possession and as a connection to the forwards during counter-attacks, is one of the most crucial roles for a false nine.

The opposition’s centre-backs may be torn between following the forward towards midfield or staying in their assigned position as a result of this movement into deeper areas.

It is also important for the false nine to be versatile, and possess on-the-ball skills such as quick turning, dribbling and playing through balls.

The false 9 will draw defenders towards him allowing the wingers to be completely open. If the defenders choose to ignore the false 9 and mark the wingers, then the false 9 can go and score by himself.

This wonderful tactic can be used in FIFA as well. The difference is that one does not need a centre-forward to play this role. A Centre Attacking Midfielder (CAM) such as Kevin De-Bruyne, Christian Eriksen, Paulo Dybala, and many others can satisfy the role.

As a result, FIFA players who choose to play this tactic don’t even need to invest in a striker.

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The 4-3-2-1 formation

This formation provides one with a stable defensive foundation as well as a large number of forwards to construct assaults around. The ideal method to play this formation is to keep it tight both defensively and offensively.

This means a lot of possession will be lost in wide areas, but it will be compensated by the back line being extremely difficult to break down in front of the goal.

One may experiment with the formation and even move to a 4-3-3 to open up the pitch. Because one may switch between these based on what the opponent is doing, it will make the play more difficult to anticipate, which should lead to additional opportunities as the opponent becomes used to your rotating setups.

The above depicts the perfect way to use the 4-3-2-1 to score goals. We can see that the fullbacks can capitalise on the wide spaces while the midfield stays very narrow.

The formation is very intensive on the midfielders and in FIFA players will have to invest in some good midfielders.

Using this tactic, tons of attacking options can be created, with the CAMs supporting the lone striker and midfielders coming from deep. The only downside is that the fullbacks are always required to provide any width, so it can leave one exposed to counter-attacks.