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FIFA 16 introduced a new tournament style game mode within the Ultimate Team mode.

You must select a formation from a random subset of formations before choosing from a range of players in each position, and then finally a manager. Of course, I can let the game automatically fill in each position without any intervention.

What factors should I consider when making such choices?

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Formation

Although this depends on play style, I have found that any formation with RW/LW or RF/LF will increase your chances of getting the top players (Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Bale etc). With a little luck you may be able to build a squad with all 4 players available (remember there is a chance one of your subs/reserves may give you the option of picking such a player).

Defensive formations (such as a lone striker) tend to reduce your chances online. Ideally you want something attack-minded. when defending this gives you an opportunity to counter attack in numbers (as opposed to a lone striker trying to cover half the pitch on their own).

Players

I find that the best approach is to aim for 100 chemistry. To achieve this start off by trying to fill the starting 11 with players from the same league. This won't be entirely possible due to the random subset of players available for each position. However, when selecting your subs/reserves you will have a second opportunity to fill in the gaps.

When you are given a choice that doesn't fit your goal of 100 chemistry (e.g. no player from your chosen league is available, or the sub/reserve player options are for a position you have covered) always choose a top rated player (attacking preferably, without worrying if their position fits your formation).

Move your players around so that you end up with a high chemistry team (hopefully 100) and your subs bench filled with attacking talent. This may mean you have a starting line up with Ronaldo on the bench, but this is no problem. You can sub him in any time you want during a game with no penalty to your chemistry. Chemistry appears to lock in based on your starting line up.

Additional Notes

A team with low chemistry will make more mistakes in passing, first touch and shooting. Aiming for a high chemistry will give you a cutting edge.

Your draft team are not subject to contracts so all are free to play in each game in the tournament (obviously, until you either win overall or get knocked out). Also, your players fitness will restore to the maximum after each game (so no need to rotate your players through the tournament).

Bringing on 2 or 3 world stars part way through the game can unsettle your opponent, and help in tipping the balance of a game in your favour.

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    +1 - There's a lot of information in this answer. I've always found that filling up the bench first is also a good idea, although, probably RNG based. You mention that you should aim for 100 Chemistry; for the most part, that's true. However, from my experience, playing solely against the CPU, even on Legendary+, Chemistry doesn't appear to have such a negative impact as to that when running a draft team online. Again, this could just be coincidence. But for the majority of the cases, aiming for at least 85+ appears to be a good threshold. – Sean Nov 11 '15 at 12:06
  • @sean - in previous releases, the AI would scale the difficulty somewhat depending on your chemistry/overall rating. For example, you could fill your bench with bronze players to trick the game into making the AI pretty bad. I guess this now also applies in draft mode. I will do some more testing on the single player side. – user101016 Nov 11 '15 at 12:11
  • Yes that's correct. At least, from my experience, I've had no trouble in single player drafts, against the AI, in terms of low chemistry matches until I hit the 4th and final game. Of course, I'm far from saying that my above statement is correct or even remotely close but extensive testing would be the way forward. – Sean Nov 11 '15 at 12:14

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