You can use the following formulas in Google Sheets to use wildcard characters with the COUNTIF function:

**Formula 1: COUNTIF with One Wildcard**

=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*string*")

This particular formula counts the number of cells in the range **A2:A11** that contain “string” anywhere in the cell.

**Formula 2: COUNTIF with Multiple Wildcards**

=COUNTIFS(A2:A11, "*string1*", B2:B11, "*string2*")

This particular formula counts the number of cells where **A2:A11** contains “string1” and where **B2:B11** contains “string2.”

The following examples show how to use each formula in practice.

**Example 1: COUNTIF with One Wildcard**

We can use the following formula to count the number of cells in column A that contain “avs” anywhere in the cell:

=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*avs*")

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

From the output we can see that there are **5** cells in column A that contain “avs” in the name.

**Example 2: COUNTIF with Multiple Wildcards**

We can use the following formula to count the number of rows where **A2:A11** contains “avs” and where **B2:B11** contains “Gua”:

=COUNTIFS(A2:A11, "*avs*", B2:B11, "*Gua*")

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

From the output we can see that there are **2** rows where the team contains “avs” and the position contains “Gua” somewhere in the cell.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Google Sheets:

How to Use COUNTIF with OR in Google Sheets

How to Use COUNTIF From Another Sheet in Google Sheets

How to Use COUNTIFS with a Date Range in Google Sheets