Football Manager 2020 Tactics Guide – Best Tactics, Best Formations, Tips And Tricks

Football Manager 2020 Tactics Guide

Football Manager 2020 Tactics Guide will help you with the best tactics you can use in the game along with the formations best suites for these tactics.

Football Manager 2020 Tactics

The days of using any big-name player, slapping any tactic and winning matches are long gone. Now players need to actually pay attention to which tactic, formation, players they are using in order to be victorious and Football Manager 2020 is no different.

That is where our Football Manager 2020 Tactics Guide comes in to answer what are the best tactics in the game and what the best formations for these tactics? For more on Football Manager 2020 also see our Best Starting Formations Guide and Transfers Guide.


Winglay only requires capitalizing on the strengths of a few players. With players that can perform accurate crosses and dashing into the box to receive the cross can definitely help you.

Best Formation: 4-4-2 or 4-2-4 Wide

However, if you can’ get players inside the box then don’t bother using this formation. First, get the players that can actually pull off this formation flawlessly.


This Football Manager 2020 tactic focuses on quick passes and a lot of shorts that will give you a significant advantage if you can pull it off properly. Of course, this tactic is for players who like fast-paced. Not only that, this tactic is quite difficult to stop provided you have the players in the team who can pass effectively.

Best Formation: 4-2-3-1 Wide, 4-1-4-1 DM Wide, or 5-2-2-1 WB

If you are planning to go with 5-2-2-1 WB formation then go with Liverpool as the ball will spend less time in the air.

Vertical Tiki-Taka

As the name suggests, this tactic is a version Tiki-Taka but, this one is a much more direct approach which also involves playing the ball in reverse and forward through the opponent’s defenses. This tactic requires players with even greater pace and acceleration while the rest is almost the same.

Best Formation: 4-1-4-1 DM Wide, 4-4-2 Diamond Narrow, or 5-2-1-2 WB

Using the 4-4-2 Diamond Narrow formation with Liverpool with net you some interesting and pleasing results.


This Football Manager 2020 tactic requires players to play on the break and launch offense when the opportunity presents itself. Obviously, you need a team with stamina, fitness, work rate, and good anticipation as the entire team will be moving around a lot in search of that opportunity.

This means you need well-rested players and swap the tired players with the ones that can move around with ease on the field.

Best Formation: 4-1-4-1 DM Wide or 4-2-3-1 Wide

Control Possession

As the name suggests, this tactics revolve around the players keeping the possession of the ball to themselves. However, don’t expect goals to happen quickly with this one as this tactic requires patience. Teams with great stamina and teamwork attributes will work best with this tactic. Works best with a single striker.
Best Formation: 4-2-3-1 Wide, 4-2-3-1 DM Wide or 5-2-2-1 W

Fluid Counter Attack

This Tactic is the opposite of Control Possession. Instead of keeping the ball in their possession, the players wait for the opponent team to drop their guard and launch the attack. This one works best with quicker teams.

Best Formation: 4-4-1-1, 4-1-4-1 DM Wide, or 5-3-2 WB

If you intend to make use of the 4-4-1-1 formation then go with Tottenham. As for the player attributes, this tactic has the same ones as Control Possession which means pace, decisions, acceleration, and composure.

Route One

This tactic is quite flashy as it requires players to get the possession of the ball and take it to the upfield. However, this tactic is only effective in the lower leagues as the top ones just tear through it.

Best Formation: 4-4-2, 4-1-4-1 DM Wide or 4-4-1-1

That is all for our Football Manager 2020 Tactics with tips on all of the best tactics and the suitable formations.