Top Eleven Counter Formations: The complete guide

Surprise your opponent with the counter formation and team mentality in the match

Many managers give up even before starting the match just because his/her team is weaker/underdog on paper or sometimes managers wonder why he/she has lost the match even though his/her team was much stronger. To deal with such a situation, read out our top eleven counter formation guide and win matches like a pro.

Top Eleven is the game where on paper superiority is not always significant to win the game. There are several factors like formations and tactics which have a huge impact on the game. Top Eleven gives us the flexibility to use several formations but only a few of them work effectively. Many managers wonder about what formation should be used to get a satisfactory result.

How to select the best counter formation in Top Eleven

The selection of formation should depend on the opposition’s formation and the quality of his/her team. After finishing this paperwork a manager has to choose his/her counter formation accordingly. In this article, we will cover up all the possible formations (mostly used in the game) and their counter formations along with all three (Offensive, Normal, Defensive) modes of mentality.

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In the football world, there are three types of formations, viz Offensive/Attacking, Balanced/Neutral, Defensive/Park-the-Bus. Managers have to select your formation according to the situation of the match. If the manager is desperate for goals then go with an offensive formation, if the manager has a healthy lead in the 1st leg of CUP/CL then better to go with a defensive one and give chance to comparatively weaker players of the team, and other than this its always better to start with a balanced formation.

let’s see the formations one by one and before you are going to see that you need to know about some abbreviations which are used in the top eleven counter formation list. They are as follows,

Abbreviation of Top Eleven Counter Formation

CCurved3DC & advanced DL+DR  
ETEiffel Tower3-2N-3-1-1
MLMaple Leaf3W-2N-3W-1-1
NDNarrow Diamond4-1-2N-1-2
WDWide Diamond4-1-2W-1-2
XTXmas Tree4-0-3W-2N-1
Top Eleven Counter Formation: Formation codes
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Top Eleven Counter Formation: Players Position

Top Eleven Counter Formation: Offensive or Attacking formations

Sl noOpponent’s FormationYour Formation (Offensive)Your Formation (Neutral)Your Formation (Defensive)
13N-5-2 F3-1-3N-2W-14-3N-2W-13-2-2-2-1 B
23W-5-2 F3-1-3N-2N-14-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
33N-5-1-13-1-3N-1-24-1-2-1-2 ND3N-2W-2N-1-2
43W-5-1-13-1-3N-2W-14-1-2-1-2 ND3N-2W-2N-1-2
53W-4-33-5-2 V4-2-2-2 H3N-2W-3N-2
63N-4-33-5-2 F4-3N-2W-1, 4-4-2 C5-4-1 F
73W-1-4-23-4-1-24-1-2-1-2 ND3N-2W-2N-1-2
83W-1-4-1-13-5-2 V4-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
93N-1-4-23-5-1-1 V4-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
103N-5-2 V3-1-3N-34-3N-2W-1, 4-2-2-2 H3-2-2-2-1 B
113W-5-2 V3-1-3N-1-24-2-2-2 H, 4-3N-1-23-2-2-2-1 B
123W-2N-3W-23W-5-2 F4-4-2 C5-4-1 F
133N-2(DMC/MC)-3W-23-1-4-24-1-2-1-2 ND, 4-4-23-2-2-2-1 B
143W-2(DMC/MC)-3W-23-1-4-24-4-2, 4-3-33-2-2-2-1 B
153N-3(DMC/MC)-2W-23-1-3N-2W-14-3N-2W-13-2-2-2-1 B
163W-2-3W-1-1 ML3N-1-4-24-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
173W-2N-2W-1-23W-5-2 V4-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
183W-2N-2N-2W-13-4-1-24-4-2 C3N-2W-3N-2
193N-2N-1-2W-23-1-3W-1-24-4-2 C3-2-2-2-1 B
203N-1-2-1-33-1-3N-1-24-1-3N-2, 4-5-1 V3W-3N-3W-1
213W-1-5-13-3N-3W-14-3N-2W-13-2-2-2-1 B
223W-1-3W-2N-13-5-2 V4-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
233N-1-3W-2N-13-5-1-1 V4-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
243W-1-3W-1-23N-5-2 F4-4-2 C3-2N-3-1-1 ET
253N-1-3W-1-2 D3-5-1-1 V4-5-1 V, 4-4-2, 4-1-2W-1-23N-3W-2N-1-1
263N-1-4-1-13-1-3-1-24-1-2-1-2 ND5-3-2 F
273W-1-3N-1-23-5-2 V4-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
283N-4-1-23-1-3N-2W-14-1-2-1-2 ND3N-2W-2N-1-2
293W-4-1-23-1-3N-1-24-1-2-1-2 ND3N-2W-2N-1-2
Top Eleven Counter Formation: Countering Offensive formations

Top Eleven Counter Formation: The Balanced or Neutral formations

Sl noOpponent’s FormationYour Formation (Offensive)Your Formation (Neutral)Your Formation (Defensive)
14-5-1 F3-5-2 F, 3-5-2 V4-1-4-13N-2W-3N-1-1
24-5-1 V3-3-1-3, 3W-1-2-3W-14-3N-3, 4-3N-2W-13N-2W-3N-2
34-4-2 C3N-4-1-2 4-3W-1-23-2-2-2-1 B
54-1-2-1-2 ND3N-5-2 V4-5-1 V3N-3W-2-1-1
64-1-2-1-2 WD3-5-2 F4-3W-1-23N-2W-3N-1-1
74-1-2-2(AMC)-13W-2N-1-3W-14-2(DMC)-2-2 H3W-2N-3W-1-1
94-1-1-2N-23W-2N-2-2W-14-5-1 V4-3W-2(MC)-1
114-2N-1-2W-13W-1-4-1-14-4-2 C5-2-2(AML-AMR)-1
124-3W-33-5-1-1 V4-5-1 V, 4-4-2 C5-4-1 F
144-1-3N-23-1-3N-2W-14-3N-2W-13-2-2-2-1 B
154-1-3N-1-13N-5-2 V4-5-1 V3N-3W-2-1-1
164-1-3W-23-1-4-24-5-1 V, 4-4-2 C3-2-2-2-1 B
184-2(DMC)-3W-13-1-3-2W-14-1-4-13-2-2-2-1 B
194-2-3N(AMC)-13-1-4-24-4-2 C3W-2N-3W-1-1, 3W-2N-3W-2
204-2-3W-13-1-3W-1-24-4-2 C5-3W-2
214-3N-1-23-1-3N-2W-14-3N-2W-1, 4-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
234-3W-2N-1 XT3-1-5-14-5-1 F3W-2N)-3N-1-1 ET
244-3N-2N-13-1-4-1-14-1-3W-1-13W-2N-3W-1-1 ML
264-2-2-2 H3N-4-3, 3N-4-1-24-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
294-2-1-33-1-3N-2W-14-3N-2W-1, 4-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
304-1-4-13-5-2 V4-3N-2W-1, 4-5-1 V3-2-2-2-1 B
314-4-1-13-5-2 F4-5-1 V3W-2N-3W-1-1
Top Eleven Counter Formation: Countering balanced formations

Top Eleven Counter Formation: Defensive or Bus Parking formations

Sl noOpponent’s FormationYour Formation (Offensive)Your Formation (Neutral)Your Formation (Defensive)
15-4-1 F3-5-2 Flat4-4-2 C3W-3N-3W-1
25-3N-23N-4-1-24-4-2 C3N-3W-2-2
35-3W-23N-4-1-24-4-2 C3N-2W-3W-1-1
45-1-3N-13N-5-2 V4-1-3-1-13N-3W-3W-1
55-1-3W-13N-5-2 V4-5-1 F3N-2W-3W-2
65-1-2N-1-13N-5-2 V4-1-3-23N-2W-2N-2W-1
75-1-2W-1-13N-5-2 V4-1-3-23N-2W-2N-2W-1
85-2-2W-13W-1-2-3W-14-4-2 C3N-2W-3N-2
95-2W-2N-13W-2-2W-1-24-2-2-2 H3W-2-3W-1-1
105-2-2N-13N-1-3W-1-2, 3N-1-3W-34-2-2-1-13W-2-3W-2
125-1-1-1-23N-1-3W-1-24-3N-3 F, 4-2-2-2 H3N-2W-2N-1-2
133N-2W-3N-23-5-2 F4-5-1 F, 4-1-2-1-2 ND5-4-1 F
143N-2W-2-1-23-4-1-24-4-2, 4-1-2-1-2 ND3W-3N-3W-1
153-2-2-2-1 B3-4-1-24-2-2-2, 4-3N-2W-13N-3W-2N-1-1
Top Eleven Counter Formation: Countering Defensive formations

Note: The game now allowing the managers to customize formation we should stick to old-school formations rather than using strange but valid formations, which I have seen many managers use nowadays and they struggle to cope up at the end

Top Eleven allows Arrow feature or custom direction to players. So with this feature, we can use our formation in a more effective and versatile way.

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During the Journey of gaming from TV Video Game to PC Game, from Contra to FIFA he came out to be a Pro-Gamer. Now he sailed out to explore the world of mobile gaming. Despite of having an M.Tech degree in 'Design & Manufacturing' (Mechanical Engineering) from NITS, he also likes to play and watch football, An ablaze fan of Man. Utd. and Imagine Dragons.
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Good to share the various formations, it would be nice if the tactics/arrows are shared too.

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