Friday, December 3, 2010

Tactics/Formations Discussions

I think it would beneficial to some of us less experienced players to get some help from you vets on the importance of Tactics and Formations and using the right personnel in them.  We talked about it earlier, but with some new people here we can open the discussion again and get some fresh perspectives on it.  

36 comments:

  1. I currently run the 4-3-3 with Arsenal with a CDM in the midfield and two CAM's. I am usually susceptible to a wide open midfield. Is there a formation that will help tighten up midfield play other than simply running a 4-5-1?

    Also, I'm thinking about changing my formation to a 5-1-1-2-1 just to help prevent goals from being scored against me. Would look like this:

    --------GK--------
    ------------------
    ----RCB CB LCB----
    RWB------------LWB
    -------CDM--------
    ------------------
    -------CAM--------
    --RW----------LW--
    --------ST--------

    I wonder how frustrated some of you would be playing against that? Is it an easy formation to breakdown? It's still a somewhat attacking formation as the Wing Backs would move up. I'd have no midfield support and would simply huff it up the wings or lob through balls to the Striker. I wouldn't want to use the cheese tactic to abuse, just that's how I see the formation being used.

    I may switch the Wingers in for Midfielders and basically take away my wing play to try and control the midfield. The Midfielders would be lined up with the RCB & LCB instead of the Wing Backs

    Thoughts?

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  2. I run a 4-4-2 with the diamond in the middle. I like having a strong defensive mid in front of my defense and a creative offensive center mid right behind my forwards. The problem with having 5 in the back is that it almost kills your counter attack.

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  3. For UTD:

    Evra, Raphael, Ferdinand, Vidic

    Nani, Giggs, Fletcher (DCM), Scholes (OCM)

    Rooney, Berbatov (with Berbatov slightly ahead of Rooney)

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  4. It varies from team to team. I play with a few different teams and most times the default formations are pretty accurate to reflect the strengths of the players of the team.

    For example I play alot with Newcastle (club I support) and their default formation this year is a 4-4-1-1, which works well for them if the advanced midfielder can link with the forward. Sometimes it does not work well and I will bring on a second striker. Like Josh I usually play the midfield diamond when I go 4-4-2 and that is just based on preference from having played Fifa for awhile and Newcastle's players.

    I never really line my team up to defend against the other team. Never really had the need.

    Martin- try playing on your own as Napoli as they use the wing back system. I used them as my Italian team in a manager mode season and that is their preferred system of play. See if you like it before bringing it out in the league. I would think that Arsenal has good enough players that you could work it fine.

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  5. I've toyed with Liverpool's tactics and formations so much...how can I get back to their default?

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  6. Its should load as default all the time. but if not just go to formation and tactics under the pregame options and choose the default setting there.

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  7. i also think if we played a little longer periods ou would be able to see the change in formation play out.

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  8. Props to Ballgame. He hit a great shot to draw 1-1 against me last night as I could not convert possession into goals. You are getting better dude- keep it up.

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  9. Thanks Atom. Workin on it every day. It wasn't easy getting possession. Your guys are scary when they entering the area!

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  10. Cool. Uploaded my first highlight today. Thanks for setting it up Martin.

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  11. I am absolutely gutted and feel really sick with todays events. Firstly I won a hard fought game against Necastle 1-0 with a lucky goal from Anelka. Then i played Adam again and played really well winning the game 7-0 Drogba bagging six and Anelka one unfortunately the game didnt record on the league table which is pretty gutting even though its not Adams fault. Next I played a great game against Man City and lost an intersting encouter 3-2 again with another couple from Drogba. Next the most frustrating of the lot and really makes me want to quit the whole thing. I was playing really well and was 2-0 up against Man City when the EA server logged me out giving a 3-0 win to my opponent. I know nothing can be done but there is a possible 6 Points I have lost out on which will stop me reaching my target of 3rd place. My last game obviously being pissed of was a 0-0 draw with Fulham which was a real hard fought affair with very few chances but a fair encounter all the same. I wish we could get rid of some of theses problems.

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  12. Chelsea Daz.

    I'm sorry this happened to you. I know that when I played FUT, I would get booted once a night. So I wouldn't play a game until after I got booted. I couldn't figure out why I was getting booted.

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  13. The only thing we can do is make note of the games that were lost due to internet connection. From there, if at the end of the season the lost points affect the Standings, we'll have everyone replay their games outside of the League and then post the results here.

    I'll add the "notes" to the Standings section as I have started with a game Arsenal played against Fulham.

    Just include who the hoem team was and I'll add it to the list.

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  14. Top Man Martin.Home Team Chelsea V Manchester City needs replaying. Adam if your happy to give me the win for the 2nd game played we can do that? or if you feel the game was unfair and you want a replay then so be it. I am still frustrated but am glad Martin has got a solution. I think this league is much better yesterday afternoon there was 8 users on all at the same time and league games were being played constantly. Well done chaps

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  15. I didn't get on this weekend due to my twin boys second birthday. Also, my ISP (Comcast) was down Sunday night from about 7:00pm to midnight...prime playing time for me. I should be on tonight.

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  16. Chelsea Daz,

    I've updated the Standings section to take note of the possibility of replaying your match against Manchester City.

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  17. Good morning everyone,

    in terms of tactics there are several things you can take in perspective in order to change your game. Despite the formation option, I also focus on my individual players and their skills. Sometimes you can alter the flow of your game in just trying players on different positions to utilize their specific specialties.
    Moreover, fifa offers you the opportunity to influence the level with that your team pushes forward after an interception, regaining the ball. During the game you can influence this frequency by pressing right or left on your directional buttons (on the fare left of your controller). A little graph will appear on the left bottom of your TV screen ranging from ultra defensive to ultra attacking.

    I take it as a complement, that Fulham frustrates Chelsea and keeps them at bay. Though I've to admit, the last games caused me some frustrations as well. Played Chelsea and Manchester United the last couple days, and gave them a real good fight by matching them in creating chances and and keeping possession of the ball. However, minor teams lack these star players that can expose your mistakes more easily than average players. You get really frustrated when you can control the game and then in one minute everything is starting to crumble because you gave them to much space or your just humbled over your own players. Meanwhile, you have to make sure, that you use your chances...unfortunately I missed them this weekend so I'll try harder this time. Hope to play Arsenal at the Emirates, Newcastle at St. James and Liverpool at Anfield oh and last but not least Everton and Tottenham for home and away.

    Let me know what time frames would work for you guys, so we can bring it on.

    Cheers,

    Gunnar

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  18. Time Warner came to my block on Friday to disconnect a non-paying customer that lives in my building and disconnected my cable/internet by accident. They then told me that the soonest they can get someone to my apartment is one week from this past Friday! I nearly lost it, but I was able to get them to come and get everything back up and running the following day. I look to be on tonight after team practice, should be 10:00 EST.

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  19. Josh, how is the team doing in your league?

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  20. We are currently in 4th place! One more game before we go into winter break and then it kicks back into gear at the end of March. A win this Sunday against the Turkish American Club would secure 3rd spot for us. Thanks for asking!

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  21. Thanks to everyone for the tips in tactics. Keep em coming !

    I agree with Martin about the method on which we should handle dropped games. Hopefully all parties can cooperate.

    Happy birthday to the twins! Hopefully there will be no "terrible twos" times two.

    I had a Flyball Dog tournament at our home club so I didn't have much time this weekend to get on. I should be available every night this week at some points in the evening time.

    Josh. I'd be standing on someones windpipe if they did that to me. O.k. Not really- but I'd be pretty upset myself !

    And like Martin said...post some video highlights ! Any big upcoming plans for the team ? And does Gunnar play on the team?

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  22. I totally agree with Martin's proposal to deal with games that were cut by the connection. Just played 40 minutes ago against David (Everton) and he purely outclassed me in midfield and won deservedly 0:1. For some strange reasons my connection to the EA server was cut in injury-time. Martin if you can only correct my loose from 0:3 to a 0:1 that would be fair.

    David, great game you played me against the wall it was almost impossible for me to break through your midfield and defense. Just had shots from outside of the box and only a few. I have to improve if I want to get some points on the away game.

    Ballgame,
    I used to play with Josh in a team and I would definitely try to do so again, when the occasion appears again because it was a lot of fun. Momentarily I just play casual soccer pick-up kind of but would really like to join a real team to play 11 against 11.

    I'll try my best to be online again tonight but I can't promise.

    See you,
    Gunnar

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  23. hey gunnar that was a good game, very tight game and i found it pretty much impossible to break down your defense as well. the away match should be very interesting.

    i'll be online the rest of the night as it's my only day off this week, so i hope to get some matches in with some of you that i have yet to play.

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  24. Since the League doesn't keep track of goal differential, I don;t think losing by 3 or 1 will be an issue. As long as the both of you are happy with the end result, I don't think we can change anything.

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  25. Well I lost connection for the first time myself. I wonder whats up. Didn't matter....Everton dominated. I swear Liverpool plays worse at home.
    Everton held me off as I was hoping to mount a come back and West Ham just plain crushed me tonight. I tried to play aggressive....didn't work .

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  26. I lost connection while playing Everton in the 18th minute. Very weird. I did notice that I had a LOT of game invites coming in. I wonder if that has anything to do with it. Prob not but it caught my attention.

    Since we already completed our tie, I had to invite him from the lounge (Play a Friend).
    Thanks for helping me with that, Monarchos .

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  27. When I read that everyone was having connection problems I think that Sony had a system Update coming out soon, and I was right. I logged off and turned off the system and 2 mins later I turned it back on. (thought the kids were going to want to watch some tv but they opted to go up stairs and play) And bam there it was System upgrade. I assume that is why things were running weird.

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  28. I plan on getting on tonight after work and possibly a bit later as well. I would love to get some games in. It seems as if I have missed out on some frustrating games due to connection issues! I know how that goes, I took two losses in the last league from this same issue. I am really glad that we have implemented a replay idea.

    Martin, I have a highlight I would like to upload. Can you please send me the youtube password. Should I post the link here?

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  29. I couldn't get the PSN 3.55 update to download which is why I couldn't get online last night. It was taking forever so I cancelled out of it twice.

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  30. Josh, send me an email to esomedina@gmail.com and I'll give you the password. Yeah, once you upload it to youtube, post the link here with a short description and I'll put it in the highlights section.

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  31. Dang- I am on a rough run in the league. I thought it was just playing with a lesser team against the Chelseas of the world, but my lack of recent scoring has continued. Any critiques or recommendations? Should I play more direct? Use more skill moves? Is it I just have hit a tough patch? Thanks.

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  32. A nice through ball from Giggs to a neat finish from Berbatov.

    Manchester United v Fulham

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_93_jjKCMQ

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  33. http://www.youtube.com/user/epltalkps3?feature=mhum

    Liverpool v Man City. Gerrard free kick in the 85th minute preserved the draw for my first point of the season (ever).

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  34. In reference to my "lost connection" post. I ended up losing 0-2 to Everton.

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  35. Thanks Born. I will have to try the update later tonight.

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