Central attacker roles include all player roles in central attacker playing positions*.

The information provided for each role is explained in the Player Roles and Duties guide and the associated tactical theory* guides that it links to.

1. Attacking Midfielder (AM Support)

1.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting and fairly aggressive attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play; playing safe; creating chances; taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; providing defensive cover.

Focus level: 0.5

Role categories:

  • Linking central attacker
    • Central attack creator
    • Withdrawn central attacker
  • Ball-winning central attacker
    • Pressuring central attacker
    • Withdrawn central attacker
    • Restricted central attacker
  • Central attack runner
  • Central attack goal-scorer

2. Attacking Midfielder (AM Attack)

2.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Offensive and fairly aggressive attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Supported responsibilities - playing safe; creating chances; taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Central attack predator
    • Number-nine central attacker = false-ten
      • Central attack runner
    • Central attack creator
    • Central attack goal-scorer
  • Central attack poacher
    • Number-nine central attacker = false-ten
      • Central attack runner
    • Central attack goal-scorer
    • Restricted central attacker
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker

Role category implementations:

3. Advanced Playmaker (AM Support)

3.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, ball-playing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; providing defensive cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - playing safe; taking chances.

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Linking central attacker
    • Central attack creator
    • Withdrawn central attacker
  • Central attack runner
  • Number-ten central attacker
    • Central attack creator
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker

Role category implementations:

4. Advanced Playmaker (AM Attack)

4.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, dribbling, ball-playing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities - stretching play.
    • Atypical - providing attacking cover (dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; providing defensive cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - playing safe; taking chances.

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Linking central attacker (atypical)
    • Central attack creator
    • Withdrawn central attacker (atypical)
  • Central attack runner
  • Number-ten central attacker
    • Central attack creator
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker

Role category implementations:

5. Trequartista (AM Attack)

5.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, channel-running, dribbling, ball-playing, creative, cautious and easy-tackling attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing defensive cover; creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities - taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; applying defensive pressure; playing safe.

Focus level: 5.0

Role categories:

  • Luxury central attacker
    • Central attack runner
    • Number-ten central attacker
      • Central attack creator
    • Relaxed central attacker
  • Central attack runner
  • Central attack goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

6. Enganche (AM Attack)

6.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, restricted-dribbling, ball-playing, creative and fairly aggressive attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover.
    • Atypical - stretching play (restricted-dribbling player); taking chances (restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-designated responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; providing defensive cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - playing safe.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Central attack runner (atypical)
  • Number-ten central attacker (system-specific - playmaking-hook)
    • Central attack creator (system-specific)
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker
  • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)
  • Withdrawn central attacker

Role category implementations:

7. Shadow Striker (AM Attack)

7.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Offensive, channel-running, dribbling and ball-playing attacking midfield aggressor
  • Attacking midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow wing forward

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Specialist responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Supported responsibilities - taking chances.
    • On the flank (if off-centre) - applying defensive pressure.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; providing defensive cover; playing safe.

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Central attack predator
    • Number-nine central attacker = false-ten
      • Central attack runner
    • Central attack creator
    • Central attack goal-scorer
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker
  • Auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre)

8. Deep Lying Forward (CF Support)

8.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, hold-up, ball-playing and fairly aggressive centre forward

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play.
    • Atypical - taking chances (hold-up player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; providing defensive cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - playing safe.

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Linking central attacker
    • Central attack creator = spearhead
    • Withdrawn central attacker
  • Central attack runner = second-striker
  • Number-ten central attacker
    • Central attack creator = spearhead
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker
  • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)

Role category implementations:

9. Deep Lying Forward (CF Attack)

9.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Offensive, channel-running, hold-up and fairly aggressive centre forward

Penetration score: 1.00

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Specialist responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - playing safe (channel-running player); taking chances (hold-up player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Central attack predator (atypical)
    • Number-nine central attacker = out-and-out-striker
      • Central attack runner
    • Central attack creator = spearhead
    • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)
  • Central attack poacher (atypical)
    • Number-nine central attacker = out-and-out-striker
      • Central attack runner
    • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)
    • Restricted central attacker (atypical)
  • Number-ten central attacker
    • Central attack creator = spearhead
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker

Role category implementations:

10. Advanced Forward (CF Attack)

10.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Offensive, channel-running, dribbling and fairly aggressive centre forward

Penetration score: 1.00

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Supported responsibilities - taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Central attack predator
    • Number-nine central attacker = out-and-out-striker
      • Central attack runner
    • Central attack creator = spearhead
    • Central attack goal-scorer
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker

11. Target Man (CF Support)

11.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, hold-up, restricted-dribbling and fairly aggressive centre forward

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover.
    • Atypical - stretching play (restricted-dribbling player); taking chances (restricted-dribbling and hold-up player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Weak-designated responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; providing defensive cover.

Focus level: 1.0

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central attacker
    • Pressuring central attacker
    • Withdrawn central attacker
    • Restricted central attacker
  • Central attack runner (atypical/system-specific - restricted target-man) = second-striker
  • Number-ten central attacker (system-specific - restricted target-man)
    • Central attack creator (system-specific) = spearhead
  • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)

Role category implementations:

12. Target Man (CF Attack)

12.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Offensive, hold-up, restricted-dribbling and fairly aggressive centre forward

Penetration score: 1.00

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
    • Atypical - stretching play (restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (restricted-dribbling and hold-up player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Weak-designated responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Central attack poacher (atypical/system-specific)
    • Number-nine central attacker (atypical/system-specific - restricted target-man) = out-and-out-striker
      • Central attack runner (atypical/system-specific)
    • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)
    • Restricted central attacker
  • Number-ten central attacker (system-specific - restricted target-man)
    • Central attack creator (system-specific) = spearhead
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker

Role category implementations:

13. Poacher (CF Attack)

13.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Offensive, safe-passing, disciplined and fairly aggressive centre forward

Penetration score: 1.00

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Specialist responsibilities - playing safe.
  • Supported responsibilities - taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover; creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Central attack poacher
    • Number-nine central attacker = out-and-out-striker
      • Central attack runner
    • Central attack goal-scorer
    • Restricted central attacker
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker

Role category implementations:

14. Complete Forward (CF Support)

14.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, dribbling, hold-up, ball-playing, creative and fairly aggressive centre forward

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (hold-up player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; stretching play.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; playing safe.

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Central attack runner = second-striker
  • Number-ten central attacker
    • Central attack creator = spearhead
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker
  • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)

Role category implementations:

15. Complete Forward (CF Attack)

15.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Offensive, roaming, channel-running, dribbling, hold-up, ball-playing, creative and fairly aggressive centre forward

Penetration score: 1.00

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - stretching play; creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (hold-up player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; playing safe.

Focus level: 5.0

Role categories:

  • Central attack predator (atypical)
    • Number-nine central attacker = out-and-out-striker
      • Central attack runner
    • Central attack creator = spearhead
    • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)
  • Number-ten central attacker
    • Central attack creator = spearhead
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker

Role category implementations:

16. Defensive Forward (CF Defend)

16.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding, safe-passing and hard-tackling centre forward aggressor

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover; playing safe.
  • Specialist responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (holding player).
  • Weak-designated responsibilities - providing cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing defensive cover; stretching play; creating chances.

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central attacker (atypical)
    • Pressuring central attacker
    • Withdrawn central attacker
    • Restricted central attacker (atypical - as atypical central attack goal-scorer and not a central attack creator)
  • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)

17. Defensive Forward (CF Support)

17.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, safe-passing and hard-tackling centre forward aggressor

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - playing safe.
  • Specialist responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play; taking chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing defensive cover; creating chances.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central attacker
    • Pressuring central attacker
    • Withdrawn central attacker
    • Restricted central attacker
  • Central attack runner = second-striker
  • Central attack goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

18. Trequartista (CF Attack)

18.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, channel-running, dribbling, ball-playing, creative, cautious and easy-tackling centre forward

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing defensive cover; creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities - taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; applying defensive pressure; playing safe.

Focus level: 5.0

Role categories:

  • Luxury central attacker
    • Central attack runner = second-striker
    • Number-ten central attacker
      • Central attack creator = spearhead
    • Relaxed central attacker
  • Central attack runner
  • Central attack goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

19. False Nine (CF Support)

19.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, deep-dropping, channel-running, dribbling, ball-playing, creative and fairly aggressive centre forward

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (deep-dropping player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; providing defensive cover; stretching play.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - playing safe.

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Central attack runner (system-specific - false-nine) = second-striker
  • Number-ten central attacker
    • Central attack creator = spearhead
  • Pressuring central attacker
    • Pressing central attacker
  • Central attack goal-scorer (atypical)

Role category implementations:

  • False-nine* (supporting, deep-dropping and dribbling centre forward runner and creator)

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