Central defender roles include all player roles in central defender 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. Sweeper (SW Defend)

1.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, restricted-shooting, disciplined and cautious sweeper.

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central defender
    • Restrained central defender
    • Orthodox central defender
      • Withdrawn central defender
    • Protecting central defender
  • Safe-playing central defender
    • Restricted central defender

2. Libero (SW Support)

2.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Supporting, ball-playing, creative and cautious sweeper
  • Supporting sweeper => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, ball-playing and creative defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing defensive cover; creating chances.
    • In central midfield - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
    • In central midfield - providing attacking cover.
    • Atypical in central midfield - taking chances (sitting player).
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
    • In central midfield - playing safe.

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Restrained central defender
    • Withdrawn central defender
    • Protecting central defender
  • Running central defender
  • Skilled central defender
  • Auxiliary withdrawn central midfielder
  • Auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer (atypical)

Role category implementations:

  • Auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker* (auxiliary ball-playing and creative skilled defensive midfielder)

3. Libero (SW Attack)

3.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Offensive, ball-playing, shot-taking, creative and cautious sweeper
  • Offensive sweeper => attacking phase auxiliary supporting, ball-playing, shot-taking and creative defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Protecting central defender
  • Running central defender
  • Skilled central defender
  • Auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
  • Auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

  • Auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker* (auxiliary ball-playing and creative skilled defensive midfielder)

4. Central Defender (CB Defend)

4.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing and restricted-shooting centre back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central defender
    • Restrained central defender
    • Orthodox central defender
      • Withdrawn central defender
    • Protecting central defender
  • Balanced central defender
    • Protecting central defender
    • Stopper central defender
  • Safe-playing central defender
    • Restricted central defender

5. Central Defender (CB Stopper)

5.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing and restricted-shooting centre back aggressor
  • Centre back aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Orthodox central defender
    • Withdrawn central defender
  • Safe-playing central defender
    • Restricted central defender
  • Stopper central defender
  • Auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre)

6. Central Defender (CB Cover)

6.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing, restricted-shooting and cautious centre back.

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central defender
    • Restrained central defender
    • Orthodox central defender
      • Withdrawn central defender
    • Protecting central defender
  • Safe-playing central defender
    • Restricted central defender

7. Ball-Playing Defender (CB Defend)

7.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, ball-playing and creative centre back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central defender
    • Restrained central defender
    • Orthodox central defender
      • Withdrawn central defender
    • Protecting central defender
  • Balanced central defender
    • Protecting central defender
    • Stopper central defender
  • Skilled central defender

Role category implementations:

8. Ball-Playing Defender (CB Stopper)

8.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, ball-playing and creative centre back aggressor
  • Centre back aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Orthodox central defender
    • Withdrawn central defender
  • Stopper central defender
  • Skilled central defender
  • Auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre)

Role category implementations:

9. Ball-Playing Defender (CB Cover)

9.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, ball-playing, creative and cautious centre back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central defender
    • Restrained central defender
    • Orthodox central defender
      • Withdrawn central defender
    • Protecting central defender
  • Skilled central defender

Role category implementations:

10. Defensive Centre Back (CB Defend)

10.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing, restricted-shooting and disciplined centre back passer

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central defender
    • Restrained central defender
    • Orthodox central defender
      • Withdrawn central defender
    • Protecting central defender
  • Balanced central defender
    • Protecting central defender
    • Stopper central defender
  • Safe-playing central defender
    • Restricted central defender

11. Defensive Centre Back (CB Stopper)

11.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing, restricted-shooting and disciplined centre back passer and aggressor
  • Centre back aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 5.0

Role categories:

  • Orthodox central defender
    • Withdrawn central defender
  • Safe-playing central defender
    • Restricted central defender
  • Stopper central defender
  • Auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre)

12. Defensive Centre Back (CB Cover)

12.1. Analysis

Detailed description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing, restricted-shooting, disciplined and cautious centre back passer

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 5.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central defender
    • Restrained central defender
    • Orthodox central defender
      • Withdrawn central defender
    • Protecting central defender
  • Safe-playing central defender
    • Restricted central defender

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