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4-3-1-2 Wingerless Possesion FM17 Tactic

This FM 2017 tactic aims to dominate the central areas using short patient passing to open teams up. Tested with Oxford United.

By on Apr 14, 2017   25731 views   1 comments
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Football Manager 2017 Tactics - 4-3-1-2 Wingerless Possesion FM17 Tactic
I took over at Oxford Utd at the start of the third season after they had been relegated to League 2. Expectations was to win the league but after a poor start using various formations I adapted this from a 4-4-2 diamond I had used in previous season when I was at Eastleigh. After changing to this in mid November we went on to win the league comfortably.



In my 2nd season in charge we won League 1 with 100 pts after having a pre season prediction of 12th.



Team instructions
Control mentality
Close down more
Shorter passing
Prevent short GK distribution



Player Roles

You want players with good passing, technique and vision for the level you are playing.You need players that can unlock the opposition's defense as this tactic relies on shorter passing to break teams down. You also want strikers with good anticipation and off the ball to get themselves into dangerous position in and around the opponents box. I tend to have more possession than the opposition using shorter passing and a patient control style of play.


GK defend

RB support. Look for good all round ability with focus on good workrate, determination, tackling, crossing and pace
DCB defend. Look for marking, heading, tackling, determination, strength, jumping reach
CB defend. As above but some ability with the ball as well
LB support. As RB

CM attack. Acceleration, passing, dribbling, finishing, long shots, determination, workrate, long shots
BWM defend. Look for attributes highlighted in game but some passing and vision would be good as well.
DLP support. Look for attributes highlighted in game

AM attack. This role plays like a cross between a shadow striker and a playmaker. Look for good ST attributes but also passing and vision. If like me your in the lower leagues and players are more limited look more for ST attributes.

Defensive forward. Workrate, determination and pace/accelaration along with typical ST attributes like finishing. Make sure you have good anticipation and off the ball
Advanced Forward Look for attributes highlighted in game. Make sure you have good anticipation and off the ball

Opposition Instructions
I set all wide players to be shown onto there weaker foot. All centre backs should be closed down more to force them to play longer potentially giving the ball away easier. I also close down more any creative/attacking DM, CM or AMC I don't close down (I have more closing down as a team instruction so they will get closed down a bit) more defensive style DM or CM players e.g. ball winning mids as i'm happy for there less creative players to have the ball.

To see this formation in action check out my YouTube channel.

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Discussion: 4-3-1-2 Wingerless Possesion FM17 Tactic

1 comments have been posted so far.

  • imatoffee's avatar
    Looks good. Might try this. What about in season training? Att Movement or Def Positioning? Balanced etc?
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