352 formation

The 352 formation in hattrick is the philosopher’s stone, the holy grail. It is the standard formation of the game, the one that ‘everybody uses’ and surely the one that you are going to use the most.

You have midfield to create chances and take them away from the opponent, and a balanced attack and defenses.

In addition, there are a few variations to use according to the opponent (we discuss them below).

Standard mode (the most used)


With three defenses you will draw a defensive line capable of performing well against almost any opponent. Normally the defenses are usually distributed with one as central, and two in the bands put in ‘defensive’. Although logically it will depend on the rival.


The most important line of the game, as a general rule without midfield you don’t go anywhere. Usually, apart from the three central players, another player is usually used with plays as ‘extreme towards the middle’, to add more midfield.

In the other band an offensive end is usually placed to reinforce the attack of one of the bands.


Two strikers up to get a good central attack (and a lateral one thanks to the end we have mentioned above). They can be put to the side to reinforce the side attack, but you lose central attack. It will depend on the rival.


In defense:

– If your defenses have lateral, they can be put as lateral defenses in ‘normal’ or ‘offensive’, to reinforce the attack by the bands

– If you need more defense by the bands, you can give your central defense the order ‘to the side’. It will lower its contribution to the central defense, but increase it to the lateral defense.

– If you want more midfield, you can put as a central defense a player with plays, with the order of ‘offensive’ (eye, does not increase the attack, increases the midfield). Logically it will lower your defense quite a lot.

In midfield:

– In the midfield, your midfielders can help defend if they have defense. And more if you put them as ‘defensive’ (but lower their contribution to the medium a bit).

– In the midfield, your midfielders can help increase the central attack if they have passes. And more if you put them as ‘offensive’ (but lower their contribution to the medium a bit).

– In the midfield, your midfielders can help increase the lateral attack if they have lateral, for this you must order them ‘towards the lateral’ (but lower their contribution to the medium a little, a little more than the ‘defensive’ or offensive ‘.

At ends:

– In the extremes, it should be clear that if what you want to reinforce is the midfield, you have to place a player with moves, with the order ‘towards the middle’. If you want to increase the attack, you must choose a player with a side, with the order ‘offensive’.

– You can put both ends ‘towards the middle’, to achieve even more midfield. We usually play like this when we want to attack only in the center, since the side attacks will be lower.

– In the extremes the ‘normal’ order is not usually chosen, since if it has plays it will be better ‘towards the middle’, and if it has lateral it will be better ‘offensive’. The ‘normal’ order can be more useful when you have a player with moves and side.

– In the extremes the ‘defensive’ order is not usually chosen. It would be to put a defense here to increase the defense, but it doesn’t seem like the best option.

In front:

– You can place them ‘sideways’, to increase the side attack rating, but you will lose central attack. Useful for playing against teams that close down the center but neglect the band.

– If you put here a player with plays, with the order in ‘defensive’, your midfield will increase (but the attack will decrease).

Workouts and 352:

Goalkeeper: In all formations a goalkeeper plays, so 352 is as good for goal as any other.

Defense: Bad option in theory, since you can only train 3 defenses. However, in practice it is easy to find teams with this combination. They want to play 352 for being the best lineup, but they like to train defense.

Playmakin: as a ring to the finger. You train 5 midfielders improving the most important line of the game every week.

Winger: another very good option, if you train two side fenders and two ends.

Annotation: happens as with Defense: you train only two strikers, but it is quite common for annotation coaches to play 352: they sacrifice money for losing a training position, but sports use the best training.

Other: If you want to train passes, with this formation the ‘short passes’ fit well: you train 7 players and improve the attack.

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