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FM21 Tactics Index: Recommended Tactic List

Our members are sharing hundreds of Football Manager Tactics every year. That makes it difficult to find some of them, and we also wanted to reward those of you who invest extra time to fill out more details.
We have created this FM21 tactics index as an interactive table for your convenience. It's super easy to use and extremely useful. You can type in the things that matter to you to filter all tactics in real-time fashion.

347843 Last Updated: 26 January 2021

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You can filter FM21 tactics by any data you like, such as tactic name, team profile, playing style, formation or even preference (e.g. goals, Solid, Defence). Simply start typing and matching results will be shown in real-time. You can combine multiple filters just by pressing space and typing more words.

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Elite Top Sub-Top Underdog Direct Wing Play High Tempo Slow Passing Goals Solid Defence Gung-Ho Tiki Taka Control Counter Total Football Gegen
Team Tactic Date Author Philosophy Style Shape Tested Goals File Grabs
Top Nagilicious's FLUID LADS 3-3-2-2 Asymmetric 11.14 NagyJunior Total Football High TempoSlow PassingSolid 3x322 AC Milan 85-28 1013
Sub-Top Saint Hasenhüttl 4-4-2 Press 11.14 Boroboy116 Gegen High TempoGoals 4x4x2 Southampton 65-40 5231
Top 4-1-4-1 The Composer 11.17 Boroboy116 Control High TempoGoals 414x1 Tottenham 105-32 4099
Sub-Top Nuno's Wolves 3-4-3 by RDF 11.19 RDF Tactics Counter Wing PlaySolid,Defence 3x4x3 Wolves 53-18 7043
Top 4-2-4 Helium 11.19 CAE Gegen High TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 41122 Man Utd 146-28 4807
Underdog Mr Promotion Neil Warnock's 3-1-4-2 11.19 Boroboy116 Counter DirectWing PlaySolid,Defence 314x2 Middlesbrough 93-31 3646
Top Gennaro Gattuso’s Partenopei 4-3-3 11.21 Boroboy116 Control Slow PassingSolid,Defence 41221 Napoli 56-13 3396
Top Attacking 4-2-3-1 - Quicksta Gegenpress V2.0 11.23 Quicksta Gegen High TempoGoals,Defence 4x231 Dortmund & Chennai City 91-21 38662
Elite Conte’s Juventus tactic recreation (2011-14) 11.23 Airox-jjHD Control High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 332x2 Juventus 79-15 4869
Sub-Top Dominate & Attack 3-4-3 / Ruben Amorim Tactics 11.23 Maurordf92 Counter DirectSolid 32221 Sporting 56-19 2898
Elite Pep Guardiola's Barcelona Masterpiece 4-3-3 11.25 Boroboy116 Tiki Taka High TempoSlow PassingGoals,Defence 41221 Barcelona 95-12 21270
Sub-Top Ruben Amorim's 3-4-3 Braga / Sporting Recreation 11.25 RDF Tactics Control High TempoSolid 3x4x3 Sporting 63-19 3753
Top Otto Rehhagel Greece Euro 2004 Final Tactic 11.26 CBP Counter DirectHigh TempoSolid,Defence 413x2 Liverpool 89-11 1102
Elite 4-3-3 Pressing Wingplay by AUTFabi 11.26 AUTFabi Gegen Wing PlayGoals,Solid 41221 Liverpool 85-15 9936
Top The Professor Ralf Rangnick's Red Bulls 4-2-2-2 11.28 Boroboy116 Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals,Defence 4x222 RB Leipzig 102-23 14472
Top Steven Gerrard's 4-3-3 Rangers Recreation 11.28 RDF Tactics Gegen High TempoGoals,Solid 41221 Rangers 92-13 7815
Top Rinus Michels - Total Football Ajax Inspired 3-4-3 Tactic 11.29 SpeakingOfNirvana Total Football High TempoGoals 3x421 Ajax 98-31 6545
Elite Ottmar "der General" Hitzfeld - Dortmund 1997 Inspired 5212 12.01 SpeakingOfNirvana Counter DirectGoals,Solid 32212 Dortmund 83-17 3876
Sub-Top The Tinkerman's Unbelievables 4-4-2 12.02 Boroboy116 Counter DirectWing Play,High TempoSolid,Defence 4x4x2 Leicester 74-23 4702
Top The Protagnista 4-1-2-1-2 Narrow 12.05 Boroboy116 Tiki Taka DirectSlow PassingSolid,Defence 41212 Lazio 74-26 2814
Top FM21 Double Broken Tactic 12.05 ret4 Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals,Defence 4123 Besiktas 120-7 32446
Top Jose Mourinho's Porto 4-3-1-2 12.05 msuatgunerli Counter DirectHigh TempoSolid,Defence 4x312 Atlanta United 4307
Underdog Counter Attacking 3412 for Underdogs 12.06 Rosler71 Counter Fulham 11498
Top Orbit the Enganche 4-3-1-2 12.11 Boroboy116 Control Slow PassingGoals,Solid 4x312 Arsenal 90-24 4563
Sub-Top Best Possession & Goals FM21 Tactic by RDF x FMScout 12.14 RDF Tactics Control Slow PassingGoals 4x411 Nottm Forest 103-25 9197
Elite Klopp's Yellow Wall 4-2-3-1 12.16 Boroboy116 Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals 42x31 Dortmund 96-24 6276
Sub-Top Goal Hoarder 12.17 tlnnorda Gegen DirectHigh TempoSolid 32212 Hull City 98-28 6204
Sub-Top Aytac Emre's 4-2-3-1 // Better Results Tactic 12.21 Decemst Total Football DirectSlow PassingSolid,Defence 4x231 Besiktas 3968
Elite Klopp + Guardiola 4-3-3 Combo Tactic by RDF 12.21 RDF Tactics Control High TempoGoals 41221 Man City x LFC 94-26 4924
Sub-Top Spen_Crow's 4-2-3-1 My Way 12.21 Spen_Crow Tiki Taka High TempoSolid 4x231 Brighton 4243
Underdog 3-5-2 No 10 tactic by Vujevic 12.23 Meraklija Vujevic Total Football High TempoSolid 33x22 Benevento 77-41 2627
Top Shevyi 433 / FM21 Tactic 12.31 Keryan Total Football Goals 41221 Man Utd 2202
Top Rebuilding Barcelona 2-3-2-3 // Andreas Tiki Taka 12.31 AndreasDT Tiki Taka High TempoSlow PassingSolid 23221 Barcelona 92-30 2863
Elite Invincible Goal Galore: 3-4-1-2 12.31 JojoBetzler Tiki Taka Wing PlaySlow PassingGoals 3x412 Barcelona 163-22 4812
Sub-Top Winning Champions League / Unbeaten FM21 Tactic 12.31 mertalaman Gegen High TempoGoals 4x312 Galatasary 104-26 4122
Top F9 Viola / FM21 Tactic 12.31 Victorhugo4222 Gegen High TempoSolid 41221 Liverpool 93-19 2513
Top The Godfather: Antonio Conte's Nerazzuri 3-5-2 01.02 Boroboy116 Counter DirectWing Play,High TempoSolid,Defence 323x2 Inter 63-19 1665
Top 5-2-2-1 Spaceship / The Art Of Defending by LSPlaysFM 01.03 LSPlaysFM Counter High TempoSolid,Defence 32221 Liverpool 76-15 1592
Sub-Top Șumudică 5-3-2 Gaziantep React Game 01.03 Phantom25867 Counter DirectWing PlayGoals,Solid,Defence 323x2 700
Underdog 5-2-3 / 3-4-3 Inspired by Ruben Amorim 01.04 floter01 32221 Belenenses 1506
Sub-Top Dominant mixture of Klopp & Pep philosophy 01.05 kapiten22 Control High TempoSolid 4x231 Celta Vigo 7695
Elite Jorge Jesus 4-4-2 Tactics at Flamengo 01.05 Broto Total Football High TempoGoals 41122 Flamengo 106-23 2690
Top Brendan Rodgers Swansealona 4-2-3-1 01.09 Boroboy116 Tiki Taka Slow PassingGoals,Solid 4x231 Swansea 85-36 2073
Elite Guardiola's Blue Moon (False 9 Version) 4-3-3 01.14 Boroboy116 Total Football High TempoSlow PassingGoals,Solid 4-1-2-2-1 Manchester City 95-26 1425
Top The Dynamic Duo 4-1-4-1 01.16 Boroboy116 Total Football Wing PlayHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 4-1-4-1-0 Ajax 78-9 726
Top Attacking 4-3-3 by RDF x FMScout 01.17 RDF Tactics Control High TempoGoals,Solid 41221 PSV 88-20 3636
Top 61 Goals Between 2 Strikers! Istanbul 4-1-3-2 by RDF 01.18 RDF Tactics Gegen High TempoGoals 4x1x3x2 Istanbul 120-25 1138
Underdog 41212 Overperforming Tactic 01.19 JDFM Control Slow PassingGoals 41212 Everton, West Brom, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Wycombe 1214
Sub-Top José Bordalás 4-4-2 (Getafe) 01.20 Virgil-Fan-Dijk Counter DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 4x4x2 Getafe 74-31 672
Elite Quadruple Winning 5-2-1-2 by LSPlaysFM 01.21 LSPlaysFM Counter High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 32212 Manchester United 103-22 5731
Top Invincible Fenerbahce 01.22 RaimundoMordas Tiki Taka High Tempo 412x21 Fenerbahçe 118-21 322
Underdog Lie Cheat Steal v2 by FMStinger | FM21 Tactic w/ Set Pieces 01.23 FMStinger Control High TempoGoals 4x4x2 Darlington 215-77 1401
Top Marcelo Bielsa's 4-1-4-1 (Leeds) 01.23 Virgil-Fan-Dijk Tiki Taka DirectHigh TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 4-1-4-1 Celtic and Leeds 66-51 291
Top 4-1-2-1-2 Diamond / Outscore Every Opponent By LSPlaysFM 01.23 LSPlaysFM Counter DirectHigh TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 41212 Atalanta 82-30 2762
Sub-Top 4-4-1-1 Benito's FFONETOONE GEGEN - Wolves Control the World 01.23 BENITO18 Gegen Wing PlayHigh TempoGoals 4-4-1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 540
Elite THE BLUE LIONS - TREBLE WINNING TACTICS 01.23 wavycreations Control High TempoGoals,Solid 4231 and 433 Chelsea 80-13 810
Underdog Very Attacking 4-3-3 / The Arthamart 2021 01.25 SirNoomAngthong Counter Wing PlayHigh TempoGoals 4x321 Leicester 444
Top Dominant & Very Attacking 3-1-4-2 01.25 john66stavroulis Total Football High TempoGoals Valencia 82-17 368
Top Solskjær's 4-2-3-1 Man Utd Tactics 01.25 RDF Tactics Control High TempoGoals,Solid 42x31 Man Utd 90-18 1030
Top 4-4-1-1 Counter Tactics by Daveincid 01.25 Daveincid Counter DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Defence FC Basel 345
Underdog 3-4-1-2 Underdog High Pressure 01.26 Harth89 Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 34x12 Many 541
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