THE 4411 GUIDEStyle of play
- Counter attacks, Its all about that CF and STRIKER ripping those back lines apart! 4411 demands QUALITY DEFENSE and Lots of passing. 4411 is a very direct formation, most of your attacks will come straight through the middle.
Why 4411 and not 4231(2)? Thats simple for me to answer. The CAM and STRIKER are Further apart then the CF and STR in a 4411. The CDMS also seem to be out of position for me in this years 4231(2). I originally like the space that 4231(2) had, but when it came to wide men, I was failing. The space between my LB and LM was a massive liability and I found myself constantly countered. Yaya(LCDM) was not helping out much either for an odd reason. At this point I moved over to 4411.
4411 is a more compact and direct formation. Your CF will be a focal point just like the CAM in a 4231(2), except they score and assist much more. This is because the CF spot is closer to the striker, and goal. Im not a fan of 2 striker formations, this gives me the option for 2 strikers centrally. I will explain this formation in more detail as I go.....
Its a very easy to use formation when mastered. Looking at it shows how direct it really is. Midfield to CF, Cf to striker. Make sure you pass around to a bit to be less predictable.
My Team-After 3 subs
Just feed him. Use your CF to send him in on net. Not a lot needs to be said here, you all know who the good strikers are for the most part. You will definitely need a High attacking striker, otherwise there will be little to no runs made up top.
EX: Ronaldo, Suarez, Bale, Aguero, Tevez(Performed well for me), Striker Sanchez, Striker Griezman,
Lacazette, Lewandowski(not a fan), Higuain, ETC....
THE CENTER FORWARD(Passer, Scorer)- The most important part of the 4411. Ive Used all types of players here. As opposed to 4231(2), The CF in a 4411 will be in on net as much as your striker. 1,2 passes between the CF and STRIKER are deadly!!!! This is where I have the most fun in this years fifa. Your CF a lot of times, only needs to make one pass to the striker and your in on net. Its literally that simple. Everything comes from the CF, so he must be able to pass! The best CF in a 4411 I have used all year, is Ibra.
Hold up- Using a player like Ibra here is awesome. His medium/low allows him to sit in the CF spot, hold up play, and pass to the striker for days. Using L1 passes with the CF gets him on net as well as the striker. I tend to go for big men in the CF spot. They tend to win all the headers, releasing my striker. Similar players to Ibra- Rooney, RVP, Hulk, Lewandowski.
Pace and Runs- Obviously IF bale is another example of a great CF. He has now replaced my Ibra. His speed down the middle is a Pro of course, but his size, strength and passing ability makes him the PERFECT CF. Similar players to Bale- Messi, Tevez, Lacazette, Griezmann, Aubamayeng, Muller.
Creators- If you have a great striker already, and just want to use an all out CAM as a CF, I assure you he will have the highest assist ratio on the team. The best passing player Ive used in this formation is iMOTM Debryune who also has a lethal shot. Your literally one pass away from a assist if you use this formation correctly. Creator Ex- Rodriguez, Iniesta, Modric, Isco, Eriksen, Fabregas, Hamsik.
*Passing to the LM/RM with the CF opens up a lot of space! If you like to cross, This formation is also for you. Youll have loads of player in or around the box. The CMs tend to get into the box more then 4231 CDMs.
SUGGESTED WRs- High/Medium, High/Low,
Medium/Low(Will work with cf, make sure the cf has a high attack work rate)
Be sure not to use HIGH/HIGH CF, this left a huge gap between him and the striker.
THE CENTRAL MIDS- Everyone seems to skip this formation because of these roles. Yes they aren't as far back as CDMs but in the end, they ARE CDMs. I never used this formation with one holding midfielder and one passer. This years FIFA has loads of "all around" style players. I use UP MATIC and iMOTM Toure. In this formation these 2 players only pass wide, or to the CF only. These 2 terrorize the opponent, intercepting and feeding the CF constantly. These players dont need 90 vision to get the ball a couple yards forward or wide, if you get what I mean. The CMs in a 4411 have 2 directions to pass as opposed to 3 or 4. Another reason why this formation is so direct. Use CDMs as your CMs folks!
UPDATE 4/14: The passing links in the formation show that the cms do not pass to the striker. This is irrelevant, the cms do indeed pass to the striker. My yaya of late as been ripping back lines apart by passing directly to the str. Im noticing my CF getting into better goal scoring positions this way.
NOTE- If you dont use CDM style players, you will be prone to counter attacks. This is why defending in this formation is very important. If you know how to defend, You wont find an issue with your CMs not tracking back. I personally never find myself mad at my CMs, They always are in the right spots while defending.
EX: Schweinsteiger, Toure, Lahm, Pogba, Busquets, Vidal, Alonso, Khedira, Matuidi, Marchisio, Matic, Melo, Naingolan, ETC...
THE WIDE MEN/LM/RM- High Attacking work rates only. I dont use Medium attacking wide men.
They are here to provide width, in a somewhat tight formation. They will be used to stretch opposition, cross, cut in and TRACK BACK. Its apart of the real life game, wide men track back! When defending, my hazard and cuadrado are always back putting in work. The LB works with the LM very closely, Sometimes overlapping. The same goes for the RB and RM.
They are not "TO FAR BACK". The placement of the LM and RM is almost identical to every other 4 at the back LM/RM formation. My LM and RM always get in on net, and are always assisting.
Ex- Hazard, Ronaldo, Ribery, Neymar, Robben, Cuadrado, Sanchez, Griezmann, Bale, Hulk, Candreva ETC...
L/R Back- I suggest you have 2 pacey backs with decent passing. They will overlap and interchange with your lm/rm, so make sure they can make a decent cross or short pass.
Suggested work rates- High/Medium Medium/Medium
CBs- Prety much a no brainer. Make sure they have some pace and loads of strength. I personally go for one pure TANK and another with decent passing. I use Kompany and IF Boateng. There are a lot of pace abusers out there, I feel safe telling you that you do in fact need some pacey CBs.
This formation if used wrong, can be prone to counter attacks. Make sure you know how to defend well.
Examples- Chiellini, Kompany, Boateng, Hummels, Benatia, Pepe, Naldo,
I dont suggest, Koscielny, Rojo, Miranda. Luiz,
INSTRUCTIONS AND TACTICS
Rm- stay forward, cut inside, In box for cross
Lm- Same as Rm but, Edge of box
CF- Stay central
LCM- Balanced, Into Box,
RCM- Stay back, Into Box,
LB/RB- Stay back
BUILD UP PLAY
Team Width 52
* When those pacey players run straight at you, don't buckle under pressure, use jockey or keep pulling your defenders back, then use a little contain.
* Contain will only get you so far, learn to ease off contain if your prone to defensive mistakes.
* While under attack, control a midfielder and let the computer AI do the work for you on defense!
Ex: Ill use my matic or toure to chase the opponent who is running at my defense. This lets you have a more compact back line. Do not control your defender like hes a homing missile, Leave them back on the line.
* Switch your attacking style throughout. If your predictable, you'll be easy to break down.
EX: I used to be the most predictable player. I literally would pass to Ronaldo, run and try to score.
My friends would batter me and id take my frustration out on the game. I started passing more, dribbling more, and completely changing my game in general. Attack from all directions with different players. Keep it fresh and your opponent on his heels.
THIS IS AN UNFINISHED VERSION OF MY 4411 GUIDE
I have Videos, Teams coming soon.
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