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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.
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647445 Last Updated: 10 April 2021

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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 1168
Sub-Top Saint Hasenhüttl 4-4-2 Press 11.14 Boroboy116 Gegen High TempoGoals 4x4x2 Southampton 65-40 6234
Top 4-1-4-1 The Composer 11.17 Boroboy116 Control High TempoGoals 414x1 Tottenham 105-32 4749
Sub-Top Nuno's Wolves 3-4-3 by RDF 11.19 RDF Tactics Counter Wing PlaySolid,Defence 3x4x3 Wolves 53-18 9165
Top 4-2-4 Helium 11.19 CAE Gegen High TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 41122 Man Utd 146-28 5677
Underdog Mr Promotion Neil Warnock's 3-1-4-2 11.19 Boroboy116 Counter DirectWing PlaySolid,Defence 314x2 Middlesbrough 93-31 4339
Top Gennaro Gattuso’s Partenopei 4-3-3 11.21 Boroboy116 Control Slow PassingSolid,Defence 41221 Napoli 56-13 4020
Top Attacking 4-2-3-1 - Quicksta Gegenpress V2.0 11.23 Quicksta Gegen High TempoGoals,Defence 4x231 Dortmund & Chennai City 91-21 60350
Sub-Top Dominate & Attack 3-4-3 / Ruben Amorim Tactics 11.23 Maurordf92 Counter DirectSolid 32221 Sporting 56-19 4155
Elite Pep Guardiola's Barcelona Masterpiece 4-3-3 11.25 Boroboy116 Tiki Taka High TempoSlow PassingGoals,Defence 41221 Barcelona 95-12 30167
Sub-Top Ruben Amorim's 3-4-3 Braga / Sporting Recreation 11.25 RDF Tactics Control High TempoSolid 3x4x3 Sporting 63-19 5264
Top Otto Rehhagel Greece Euro 2004 Final Tactic 11.26 CBP Counter DirectHigh TempoSolid,Defence 413x2 Liverpool 89-11 1361
Elite 4-3-3 Pressing Wingplay by AUTFabi 11.26 AUTFabi Gegen Wing PlayGoals,Solid 41221 Liverpool 85-15 12555
Top The Professor Ralf Rangnick's Red Bulls 4-2-2-2 11.28 Boroboy116 Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals,Defence 4x222 RB Leipzig 102-23 19963
Top Steven Gerrard's 4-3-3 Rangers Recreation 11.28 RDF Tactics Gegen High TempoGoals,Solid 41221 Rangers 92-13 9844
Top Rinus Michels - Total Football Ajax Inspired 3-4-3 Tactic 11.29 SpeakingOfNirvana Total Football High TempoGoals 3x421 Ajax 98-31 8452
Elite Ottmar "der General" Hitzfeld - Dortmund 1997 Inspired 5212 12.01 SpeakingOfNirvana Counter DirectGoals,Solid 32212 Dortmund 83-17 4630
Sub-Top The Tinkerman's Unbelievables 4-4-2 12.02 Boroboy116 Counter DirectWing Play,High TempoSolid,Defence 4x4x2 Leicester 74-23 5966
Top The Protagnista 4-1-2-1-2 Narrow 12.05 Boroboy116 Tiki Taka DirectSlow PassingSolid,Defence 41212 Lazio 74-26 3369
Top FM21 Double Broken Tactic 12.05 ret4 Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals,Defence 4123 Besiktas 120-7 44535
Top Jose Mourinho's Porto 4-3-1-2 12.05 msuatgunerli Counter DirectHigh TempoSolid,Defence 4x312 Atlanta United 5616
Underdog Counter Attacking 3412 for Underdogs 12.06 Rosler71 Counter Fulham 18853
Top Orbit the Enganche 4-3-1-2 12.11 Boroboy116 Control Slow PassingGoals,Solid 4x312 Arsenal 90-24 5581
Sub-Top Best Possession & Goals FM21 Tactic by RDF x FMScout 12.14 RDF Tactics Control Slow PassingGoals 4x411 Nottm Forest 103-25 13212
Elite Klopp's Yellow Wall 4-2-3-1 12.16 Boroboy116 Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals 42x31 Dortmund 96-24 8296
Sub-Top Goal Hoarder 12.17 tlnnorda Gegen DirectHigh TempoSolid 32212 Hull City 98-28 7725
Sub-Top Aytac Emre's 4-2-3-1 // Better Results Tactic 12.21 Decemst Total Football DirectSlow PassingSolid,Defence 4x231 Besiktas 5136
Elite Klopp + Guardiola 4-3-3 Combo Tactic by RDF 12.21 RDF Tactics Control High TempoGoals 41221 Man City x LFC 94-26 7471
Sub-Top Spen_Crow's 4-2-3-1 My Way 12.21 Spen_Crow Tiki Taka High TempoSolid 4x231 Brighton 5142
Underdog 3-5-2 No 10 tactic by Vujevic 12.23 Meraklija Vujevic Total Football High TempoSolid 33x22 Benevento 77-41 3441
Top Shevyi 433 12.31 Keryan Total Football Goals 41221 Man Utd 3965
Top Rebuilding Barcelona 2-3-2-3 // Andreas Tiki Taka 12.31 AndreasDT Tiki Taka High TempoSlow PassingSolid 23221 Barcelona 92-30 4457
Elite Invincible Goal Galore: 3-4-1-2 12.31 JojoBetzler Tiki Taka Wing PlaySlow PassingGoals 3x412 Barcelona 163-22 9442
Sub-Top Winning Champions League / Unbeaten FM21 Tactic 12.31 mertalaman Gegen High TempoGoals 4x312 Galatasary 104-26 6538
Top F9 Viola / FM21 Tactic 12.31 Victorhugo4222 Gegen High TempoSolid 41221 Liverpool 93-19 4135
Top The Godfather: Antonio Conte's Nerazzuri 3-5-2 01.02 Boroboy116 Counter DirectWing Play,High TempoSolid,Defence 323x2 Inter 63-19 3316
Top 5-2-2-1 Spaceship / The Art Of Defending by LSPlaysFM 01.03 LSPlaysFM Counter High TempoSolid,Defence 32221 Liverpool 76-15 2487
Sub-Top Șumudică 5-3-2 Gaziantep React Game 01.03 Phantom25867 Counter DirectWing PlayGoals,Solid,Defence 323x2 935
Underdog 5-2-3 / 3-4-3 Inspired by Ruben Amorim 01.04 floter01 32221 Belenenses 2327
Sub-Top Dominant mixture of Klopp & Pep philosophy 01.05 kapiten22 Control High TempoSolid 4x231 Celta Vigo 11885
Elite Jorge Jesus 4-4-2 Tactics at Flamengo 01.05 Broto Total Football High TempoGoals 41122 Flamengo 106-23 3736
Top Brendan Rodgers Swansealona 4-2-3-1 01.09 Boroboy116 Tiki Taka Slow PassingGoals,Solid 4x231 Swansea 85-36 2894
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 2267
Top The Dynamic Duo 4-1-4-1 01.16 Boroboy116 Total Football Wing PlayHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 4-1-4-1-0 Ajax 78-9 952
Top Attacking 4-3-3 by RDF x FMScout 01.17 RDF Tactics Control High TempoGoals,Solid 41221 PSV 88-20 5728
Top 61 Goals Between 2 Strikers! Istanbul 4-1-3-2 by RDF 01.18 RDF Tactics Gegen High TempoGoals 4x1x3x2 Istanbul 120-25 1719
Sub-Top José Bordalás 4-4-2 (Getafe) 01.20 Virgil-Fan-Dijk Counter DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 4x4x2 Getafe 74-31 1228
Elite Quadruple Winning 5-2-1-2 by LSPlaysFM 01.21 LSPlaysFM Counter High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 32212 Manchester United 103-22 8214
Top Invincible Fenerbahce 01.22 RaimundoMordas Tiki Taka High Tempo 412x21 Fenerbahçe 118-21 731
Underdog Lie Cheat Steal v2 by FMStinger | FM21 Tactic w/ Set Pieces 01.23 FMStinger Control High TempoGoals 4x4x2 Darlington 215-77 5968
Top Marcelo Bielsa 4-1-4-1 Leeds Tactics 01.23 Virgil-Fan-Dijk Tiki Taka DirectHigh TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 41131 Celtic and Leeds 66-51 1565
Top 4-1-2-1-2 Diamond / Outscore Every Opponent By LSPlaysFM 01.23 LSPlaysFM Counter DirectHigh TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 41212 Atalanta 82-30 3842
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 908
Elite THE BLUE LIONS - TREBLE WINNING TACTICS 01.23 wavycreations Control High TempoGoals,Solid 4231 and 433 Chelsea 80-13 1550
Underdog Very Attacking 4-3-3 / The Arthamart 2021 01.25 SirNoomAngthong Counter Wing PlayHigh TempoGoals 4x321 Leicester 1656
Top Solskjær's 4-2-3-1 Man Utd Tactics 01.25 RDF Tactics Control High TempoGoals,Solid 42x31 Man Utd 90-18 3138
Top 4-4-1-1 Counter Tactics by Daveincid 01.25 Daveincid Counter DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Defence FC Basel 622
Underdog 3-4-1-2 Underdog High Pressure 01.26 Harth89 Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 34x12 Many 2163
Top Jose Mourinho's 4231 Spurs by RDF 01.28 RDF Tactics Counter DirectSolid,Defence 42x31 Spurs 2692
Top Unstoppable 4-3-3 | PSV Invincibles + UCL Final 01.29 Sofus Arvin Gegen High TempoGoals,Solid 41221 PSV 95-20 7336
Top Don Capello's Roma 3-4-1-2 01.29 Boroboy116 Control Slow PassingSolid,Defence 32212 Roma 64-22 1393
Underdog FM21 Goal Machine Tactic | 331 goals between 3 teams! 01.31 Victorhugo4222 Gegen High TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 4x312 Norwich 111-42 7424
Top Dominant & Very Attacking 3-1-4-2 02.02 john66stavroulis Total Football High TempoGoals Valencia 82-17 1265
Underdog Ralph Hasenhuttl's Electrifying 4-4-2 02.02 RDF Tactics Gegen High TempoSolid 4x4x2 Southampton 70-33 1255
Underdog Van Mond's - Darkness Imprisoning Me 02.02 Van Mond Tactics Gegen High TempoSolid 41221 62-31 1009
Top Total Football Johan Cruyff's 3-4-3 Diamond 02.03 Boroboy116 Total Football High TempoSlow PassingGoals,Solid 31411 Ajax 92-10 3674
Top Strikers Paradise! RDF's 3-1-3-2-1 02.03 RDF Tactics Control High Tempo 31321 R. Sociedad 84-17 2998
Top GYRFM 72% Win Percentage w/ Arsenal 02.05 GYRFM Gegen High TempoGoals,Solid 41221 Arsenal 126-56 2051
Top Einaudi 4-4-2 / Die Maschine 02.05 Jtaylor1409 Gegen High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 4x4x2 Liverpool 108-16 2261
Top Relentless 4-3-3 Domination 02.06 RupertBear40 Tiki Taka DirectHigh TempoGoals 4x3x3 Doncaster Rovers 101-28 2090
Underdog Deadly Counter-Attack! NO HIGH PRESS! 4-4-1-1 02.07 RDF Tactics Counter DirectSolid,Defence 4x411 Blackburn 78-29 3377
Underdog 4-4-2 Lobanovskiy Scientific Football 02.07 Giro87 Gegen 4-4-2 798
Top Goals Goals Goals! Broken 4-3-1-2 Tactic! 02.07 DavidFMAddict Gegen High TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 4x312 Newcastle 2622
Top The Holy Grail / Outscore them 02.07 amburns1981 Tiki Taka DirectWing Play,High Tempo 41212 Wolves 4:1 682
Elite 4-2-4 Control Possession Score LOADS of Goals 02.08 BornOffsideFm Control Slow PassingGoals 4x222 Arsenal 2446
Top Van Gaal's Ajax Invincibles 3-4-3 02.09 Boroboy116 Total Football High TempoSlow PassingGoals,Solid,Defence 31411 Ajax 111-7 2389
Top Olelbis 4-3-3 with 3 strikers 02.09 Olelbis Gegen High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 412x3 Tottenham 777
Underdog WIN AGAINST ALL ODDS! 4-1-3-2 Underdog Tactic by RDF 02.10 RDF Tactics Gegen High TempoGoals 413x2 Newport County 86-55 2139
Top Machine Learning Tactic // FM 21.2.x 02.11 Kirito3801 Gegen High TempoSolid 41311 Liverpool 89-19 752
Underdog All Winning 4-2-2-2 02.11 Krisgron7 Gegen High TempoGoals,Solid 4178
Top 007 Tactic / 4-2-4 Asymmetric Control 02.11 Aleyx007 Control DirectWing Play,High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence Inter 656
Sub-Top 4-1-5 AM Tiki Taka | 3 goals pg | Newcastle CL Winners 02.11 Crimsonking123 Tiki Taka Slow PassingGoals 4x141 Newcastle 116-33 2562
Underdog 41212 Overperforming Tactic 02.14 JDFM Control Slow PassingGoals 41212 Everton, West Brom, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Wycombe 3110
Underdog Boom! 4-2-2-2 Non League Tested | Goals Goals Goals! 02.15 joecpfc Total Football Wing PlayHigh TempoGoals,Solid 4x222 Dulwich Hamlet 105-44 3006
Elite Maurizio Sarri's Sarriball 4-3-3 02.15 Boroboy116 Tiki Taka High TempoSlow PassingGoals,Defence 41221 Chelsea 90-21 1843
Sub-Top Invincible 4-2-3-1 with 64% Possession 02.16 cristimagerusan Tiki Taka Slow PassingGoals,Solid,Defence 4x231 Viitorul Constanta 98-26 4335
Sub-Top MattR83 Style 02.18 MattR83 Total Football DirectWing Play,High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 4222 Sunderland 429
Top Gegenpress 4-2-3-1 || 100 pts w/ Lazio 02.20 harrysperrin99 Gegen Wing PlayHigh TempoGoals,Solid 41221 Lazio 89-15 4551
Top Fatih Terim 4-1-4-1 02.24 RDF Tactics Control Slow PassingGoals,Defence 414x1 Galatasaray 76-13 816
Top LSPlaysFM's 4-3-3 Full Back Attack - Haaland 70 Goal Season 02.24 LSPlaysFM Counter DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Gung-Ho 4x3x3 Dortmund 96-28 8553
Top Julian Nagelsmann - The Master of the Press! 3 TACTICS!!! 02.25 RDF Tactics Gegen DirectGoals,Defence RB Leipzig 64-18 2802
Elite 4-1-3-2 Samurai // Over 4 goals scored per UCL play-off game 02.26 Kirito3801 Total Football High TempoGoals 4132x Liverpool 111-27 2735
Sub-Top Marco Rose 4-2-3-1 Tactic 02.27 RDF Tactics Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid 4x231 Dortmund 85-24 3687
Top LSPlaysFM's Treble Winning 5-3-2 DM Tactic 03.01 LSPlaysFM Counter DirectHigh TempoSolid,Defence 332x2 Chelsea 67-24 4820
Top 007 Tactic / 4-3-3 Triangle 03.01 Aleyx007 Total Football DirectWing Play,High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 32212 Inter 93-22 2526
Top The Italian Sauce 5-4-1 | Regista, Treq & Mezzala 03.03 RDF Tactics Control High TempoSlow Passing 33211 Lazio 80-29 1385
Top Diego Simeone Defensive Masterpiece - Flexible Systems 03.04 RDF Tactics Counter DirectHigh TempoSolid,Defence 323x2 Atletico Madrid 69-19 3130
Elite Allegri's Juventus Diamond 2014/15 03.05 Boroboy116 Control DirectHigh Tempo,Slow PassingGoals,Solid,Defence 41212 Juventus 87-26 1057
Top Sir Alex Ferguson's Greatest Manchester United Team 2007/08 03.06 RDF Tactics Counter DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid 4x312 Manchester United 90-26 1894
Underdog El Loco's 4-1-4-1 (3-3-1-3) Leeds 03.06 Boroboy116 Control DirectHigh TempoSolid 414x1 Leeds 64-35 2049
Sub-Top Trophy Filling Tactic - 160 goals a season! 03.09 Mijhou FM Gegen High TempoGoals 32122 Real Sociedad 161-51 4370
Sub-Top 4-3-2-1 Ninja // Minimum 1 goal per game for your striker 03.11 Kirito3801 Total Football High TempoGoals 4x321 Everton 77-44 1355
Top LSPlaysFM's Narrow 4-3-1-2 Treble Tactic! - 108 Gls & 2.84 GPG 03.11 LSPlaysFM Counter High TempoGoals,Solid 4x312 Manchester United 108-27 3514
Sub-Top 4-3-3 Godspeed 03.12 Boroboy116 Counter DirectWing Play,High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 42121 Monaco 93-29 1694
Elite Total Football - Johan Cruyff's 3-4-3 03.13 RDF Tactics Total Football High TempoGoals 31231 Barcelona 91-30 2512
Top LSPlaysFM's Unbreakable Diamond - 105 Pts, 3.00 GPG, Unbeaten Seasons & More! 03.15 LSPlaysFM Counter High TempoGoals,Solid,Gung-Ho 41212 Atalanta 114-17 12217
Underdog Undefeated LLM Tactic 85% Win Rate 03.17 FMStinger Control Wing PlaySlow PassingGoals 4x411 Fafe 61-9 2216
Top The Croque Monsieur 4-3-3 03.23 moyibi Gegen DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid 41221 Montpellier 92-30 1840
Sub-Top Leeds Redemption 4-4-2 03.23 Lorenzo-colts Control Wing PlayGoals 4x4x2 Leeds 560
Top GYRFM Awesymetric / Best Asymmetric Tactic? 03.26 GYRFM Gegen High TempoGoals 41221 2714
Top Very Attacking 4-3-3 // 168 goals using a Raumdeuter 03.26 TheGibShow Gegen DirectWing Play,High TempoGoals 41221 Liverpool 118-39 4824
Top LSPlaysFM's 4-5-1 Striker’s Paradise – Kane 76 Goal Season & 86% Win Rate! 04.01 LSPlaysFM Counter DirectWing Play,High TempoGoals,Solid 41311 Lyon 94-24 5703
Top MrSpaceman's FIGHTER JET Tactic (3-2-2-2-1 2DM) 04.02 MrSpaceman Gegen High TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 32221 Chelsea 95-18 781
Top FM21 Tactic: The Youri 4231 04.02 Victorhugo4222 Control High TempoGoals 4x231 Fulham 1476
Top LSPlaysFM's 4-1-2-1-2 Unbreakable Diamond 2.0 - Unbeaten Prem Season & 87% Win Rate 04.03 LSPlaysFM Counter High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 41212 Norwich 128-32 4809
Elite The Overcomplicated Diamond 3-4-3 / 3-3-3-1 04.04 mase159 Total Football High TempoGung-Ho 31231 Chelsea 88-33 423
Top MrSpaceman's Spaceship Tactic (3-2-5) - INSANE 2.94 GOALS/GAME!!! 04.06 MrSpaceman Tiki Taka High TempoGoals,Gung-Ho 3-2-5 Borussia Dortmund 100/36 917
Sub-Top Adi Hütter's Eintracht Frankfurt 3-4-1-2 04.07 Boroboy116 Gegen Wing PlayHigh TempoGoals 32212 Frankfurt 68-34 359
Top LSPlaysFM's 5-3-2 Half Back Treble Winning Tactic 04.09 LSPlaysFM Counter DirectHigh TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 233x2 Chelsea 102-25 1529
Elite Conte’s Juventus tactic (2011-14) DOMINATE every match! 105 points! 04.10 Airox-jjHD Control High TempoGoals,Solid,Defence 332x2 Juventus 98-18 8952
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