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Top Eleven Football Manager

Tactics and Formations

Top Eleven Football Manager Walkthrough and Guide

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Tactics and Formations

Picking the right formation is always one of the most important things you can do going into any match in Top Eleven, as in real life. You can view all the predefined formations, which feature some of the most common in the world of soccer, such as the ubiquitous 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 formations, in the Squad screen. Select the Formations tab to see them in full.

Fine tune your tactics to out-smart your opponents.


If you want to choose strong, defense-minded formations, perhaps because your recent games have resulted with many goals being conceded, you can opt for the likes of the 5-3-2. This formation has one sweeper defender in the center, with two other central defenders either side. There should then be two wing-backs, one on each side. You then want three central midfielders, and two strikers.

This formation relies a lot on the wing backs getting forward, so you need to set their mentality to push on. Because there are five defenders and the midfielders are compact in the center, it is a very solid basis to build upon. Use Counter Attacking combined with your wing backs to put a sting in the tail of this formation.

5-4-1 is the next defensive formation worth considering. You can play with three center backs but because you now have four in midfield, you are able to play with wingers in front of your wing backs. This makes it a more attacking formation, in terms of getting the ball up to the lone striker. If you set your wingers and one of the central midfielders to have red arrows so they attack, you can be very strong on the counter attack with this formation.

4-5-1 is very similar to the previous formation. By packing the midfield you are able to facilitate numerous defensive midfielders while still leaving wingers free to attack when in possession.

Midfield and Attacking:

All of these formations balance players throughout the team, focussing on midfield and attacking play. With most of the players in midfield and attack, these formations obviously leave the team vulnerable defensively. 3-4-3 is probably the most well known of these formations. You should be able to retain posession easily in midfield and attack at will, but will be short in defense. You can drop some of the midfielders back if you are struggling too much with this. Get your team to focus on short passes and keeping the ball.

3-5-2 allows for a slightly sterner defense, as it has five players in midfield. This makes it easier for players to fall back and assist the defenders. You are also able to turn attack into defense quickly. You should again try to win the ball back quickly and then maintain posession. 3-6-1 is very similar to 3-5-2, but is a lot more defensive. You can put the wingers a long way forward or play with two attacking midfielders just up behind the striker.

You can also try the 4-2-4 formation which, if you think about it, seems ridiculously offensive. With just two players in midfield, you can spread the front four out into lines. It is a good long-ball formation, where you are quite desperate towards the end of the game and are looking to bypass midfield.

4-3-3 is one of the most popular attacking formations. It allows you to play with three strikers, normally one right up front and then two playing off them. It can easily be adapted into the 4-5-1 formation. This ability to pass through midfield makes it popular with fluid, passing teams. It is not particularly weak defensively, because of the ability to drop players back into midfield. Play with enough pace in the front players and you can counter attack incredibly effectively using these tactics.


These formations are great for beginners and seasoned pros alike. They are relatively equally balanced between attack and defense, and allow for great flexibility on the fly as the game changes. 4-2-3-1 is a good average formation as it allows for 2 defensive midfielders but then four players focussing further forward.

4-4-2 is the classic formation and is one that most players revert to if they are having problems with tactics. The positions speak for themselves, but you do not have to lay your players out in lines. Full backs can become wing backs and push on when attacking. You can play with two defensive midfielders and two wingers, or one defensive midfielder, two wingers and one attacking midfielder, in a diamond - generally any shape you can think of can be accommodated by this formation.

Hard Tackling:

You are able to order your team to use hard tackling while playing their opponents. This can be a good move if you are getting outplayed - it will intimidate the opposition. The risk is that you can get players sent off.

Missing Players:

If you find that a player has become injured and you have no more subsitutions, or they have been sent off, a good formation is one where you try not to let the missing player's absence impact the team at all. So reverting to a 4-4-1 formation, just missing off a striker, is a good idea as you will be able to maintain the score. If you are behind and lost a player, then you obviously have more problems.


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Aug 27th 2017 mark paintsil
what can you do to get the maximum bonus when training
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Aug 27th 2017 mark paintsil
what is the best training drills to combine
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Jul 18th 2017 killo
4-1-2-1-2 is the best formation in top eleven
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Jul 18th 2017 Guest
4-1-2-1-2 is the best formation in top elven
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Oct 28th 2015 Guest
Marking style; zonal or man marking??
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Oct 19th 2015 Guest
Pochemu nerabotaet. Nezaydyot na igri
ID #617997
Sep 4th 2015 Guest
How do you set arrows on players?
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Aug 23rd 2015 Guest
check this
ID #601558
Aug 10th 2015 Guest
How do I change formations on android?
ID #596439
Jun 23rd 2015 Guest
how to get the latest update on pc ??
ID #574253
Apr 3rd 2015 Guest
Why is this game (top elven) very Weight and very Slow NOW?
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Mar 15th 2015 Lucian Boy
anybody else use this formation? red arrows on all players

aml amc amr
mc mc mc

dl dc dr
ID #528887
Mar 8th 2015 Guest
I want a tactic for level 8 i have good players but i can't win please help me !!!!!
ID #526045
Mar 2nd 2015 Guest
Which strategy can I use best against 3-4-1-2?
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Jan 20th 2015 Guest
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Jan 9th 2015 Guest
what ever your formation is, always maintain your squad with 4 star players..
ID #498932
Jan 7th 2015 Guest
4-1-3-2 is the best formation prove it
ID #497490
Nov 23rd 2014 Guest
4-1-2-3 works good 4 me!
ID #475311
Oct 30th 2014 Guest
343 is the best way to attack and defend for me
ID #465079
Oct 11th 2014 Guest
I think you could try a formation like this:



ID #457517
Sep 12th 2014 Guest
Tactics: good goalie!!! 4 defenders, dr and df in attacking mode (red arrows forward). 1 defensive middfield with defensive mode (blue arrows backward). 2 central midfield one optional attacking if skills (red arrows forward). 1 attacking midfield. 2 strikers. And in tactics offensive. I NEVER HAVE CHANGE THE TACTIC!!! manager level 23 in season 24... won the league 16 times, 5 times nro 2 and worst season was nro 1 where i was 11th, didn´t use the tactic ;) and season 22 i was 3rd. 14 champions league finals and won 11 of them. cup to finals and 1 trophy. 3rd several times in the cup. but recommend to consentrate either to champions league or cup. very difficult to manage all three "leagues" and in worst case you don´t get results in your own league games... keep the players motivated, also those sitting in at the bench and give maximum reward money for winning... and have as many friends as possible Smile
ID #446916
Jun 26th 2016 Guest
pls make d diagram of ur formation
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Sep 5th 2014 Guest
4-1-1-3-1 works a beauty, beef ur defences and defensive midfielders defending and physical skills up, push the wing backs on and push the dm back, cm sat just in front, am and wingers all pushing forward with the lone striker just in front of them, works a treat
ID #444624
Aug 2nd 2014 Guest
wats better zonal marking or man to man?
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Jul 16th 2014 Guest
hi add me for topeleven
on whasupp
frienlly match
ID #419357
Jul 6th 2014 Guest
best atteking formation are 3-2-3-2
ID #413297
Jul 3rd 2014 Guest
how would 4-2-2-2 work
ID #411134
Mar 27th 2014 Guest
I draw with first and beat 3rd and 4th with 4-4-2 FORMATION I am 7th for begining and and now top 3
O O> O>
ID #368914
Feb 28th 2014 Guest
i'm in level 12.which is the best formation should i use
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Feb 11th 2014 Guest
how can i defence the 4 3 1 2?
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Jan 31st 2014 Guest
can i beat higher level than me... examples... my team lvl 8 and i want to beat my friend team lvl 9.... what formation should i friend formation is 4-3n-3...
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Dec 30th 2013 Guest
I've got 4-1-3-2 formation,what are you thinking about that ???
ID #336326
Nov 10th 2013 Guest
What do you Think of 4-4-1-1, 2MC, ML, MR, AMC, ST?
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Oct 17th 2013 Guest
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Sep 12th 2013 Guest
Yes you can, it will cost 2 Tokens, and you can only change time every second match...You can choose by pressing the "clock image" in your game schedule
ID #309289
Sep 11th 2013 Guest
Can u change the time of your game
ID #309162
Aug 26th 2013 Guest
How do you build condition
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Aug 21st 2013 Guest
How to beat 4-4-2 when in the first game he scored 2goals and i mvst score at least three?
ID #305984
Jul 31st 2013 Guest
pls can I have a screenshot view of 352
ID #301635
May 20th 2013 Guest
For DC all the time going for goal, u must put mentality normal and put red arrows
ID #284004
May 13th 2013 Guest
Brother, any advice how to beat a 3DC-2DML/DMR-4-1 plan? He got better team and higher quality than me :(
ID #282278
May 7th 2013 Guest
can i ask how is possible all the time my DCs keep going for goal after i used arrows back/def tactics/other formations/other players....?
its anoying to play 3-6-1/4-3-2-1/4-2-3-1 and others without seeing any deference.what i must do?
ID #280932
Apr 26th 2013 Guest
How do I change my starting 11?
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Mar 25th 2013 Guest
hey can you give me a screenshot of how that 5-3-2 looks like? i mean the first defensive one, i messed it up
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Mar 12th 2013 Guest
If the opponent is weak at the RB position, you will need to focus passing down the left. That will get your Left winger to run at the weak right back, thus increasing your chances of success.
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Feb 2nd 2013 Guest
When i see, that my opponent for example is weak at his right defender position, what should i do? should i focus pass "on the right" or "on the left" - because in real life, the striker, that plays on the left side, meets the defender on the right, so does "pass focus" refer to the strikers position or the opponents defenders?
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