I'll preface this with the fact that I'm not good online and have always struggled with Weekend League. Last season I struggled getting to 11 and often didn't. I started 0-7 last weekend, and ended up getting 11 pretty easily after getting some advice and setting my team like the below setup. Given, the BS still happens. . but I feel my games on average are much more enjoyable now.
Credits go to @xciljw . The playstyle is CALM. Slow. I try not to make passes more than 10-15 yards unless I'm absolutely certain it'll make it. I'm not a skiller, but what I do well is change directions. That change of pace works well to help you open up passing lanes. (i.e. when you recieve a pass on the run, immediately stop and turn another direction).
The biggest thing I learned form listening to xciljw was that when I play too aggressive and ping pongy, when I turn the ball over (it's typically in my own half or just across midfield) my team is out of sorts and I get countered and very often condede. For me, when I try to dictate the pace of the game, it annoys your opponent because you are playing like Pep's Barcelona and if you do turn the ball over you're usually further up the pitch and by the time your opponent is in your final 1/3 you now have your defense all sitting tight ready to defend. THIS is the critical change. Below are the details.
TL;DR - I'm not good and this helped me get 11 wins after starting 0-7 and I had 2 games left. Still not great - but considering I couldn't get 11 in 40 last year, I'm pleased.
My normal formation is the 4-2-3-1 (2).
ST - Stay Central, Get in Behind, Stay Forward
CAM - all default
LM/RM - Get In Behind
CDMs - Stay Back While Attacking
Defense - all default
Ultra Defensive and Defensive: I have left on their default from the original formation because I'm comfortable with it and where the players are. Just the more defensive the further I sit back. Honestly, I rarely use either of these two.
I just changed Defensive Style to Constant Pressure - this is the tactic that makes your opponent feel smothered.
Formation: 4-2-4 Instructions:
STs - Get In Behind
LW/RW - Come Back On Defense, Cut Inside