Central midfielder roles include all player roles in central midfielder 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. Defensive Midfielder (DM Defend)

1.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding and restricted-dribbling defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
      • Protecting central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Central midfield goal-scorer (atypical)

2. Defensive Midfielder (DM Support)

2.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, fairly aggressive and hard-tackling defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • 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: 1.0

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield goal-scorer

3. Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Defend)

3.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly cautious defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
    • Protecting central midfielder
  • Central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

4. Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Support)

4.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly cautious defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
    • Protecting central midfielder
  • Central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

5. Ball Winning Midfielder (DM Defend)

5.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, restricted-passing, safe-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling defensive midfield aggressor
  • Defensive midfielder aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (holding and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary 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: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Number-six central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Central midfield goal-scorer (atypical)
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical - deep wide player)

6. Ball Winning Midfielder (DM Support)

6.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, restricted-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling defensive midfield aggressor
  • Defensive midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical - deep wide player)

7. Anchor Man (DM Defend)

7.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing, restricted-shooting and fairly cautious defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
      • Protecting central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier

8. Half Back (DM Defend)

8.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding, deep-dropping, restricted-dribbling and cautious defensive midfielder
  • Deep-dropping defensive midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary holding and restricted-dribbling centre back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Withdrawn central midfielder = pivot
      • Protecting central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield goal-scorer (atypical)
  • Auxiliary orthodox central defender
    • Auxiliary withdrawn central defender
  • Auxiliary safe-playing central defender
    • Auxiliary restricted central defender

Role category implementations:

  • Half-back* (deep-dropping defensive midfield anchor)

9. Regista (DM Support)

9.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, creative and fairly cautious defensive midfield passer

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

10. Roaming Playmaker (DM Support)

10.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, dribbling and creative defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

11. Central Midfielder (CM Defend)

11.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Withdrawn central midfielder
      • Protecting central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield goal-scorer (atypical)

12. Central Midfielder (CM Support)

12.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 0.0

Role categories:

  • Restrained central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary withdrawn central attacker
  • Auxiliary central attack creator
  • Auxiliary restricted central attacker
  • Auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical)

13. Central Midfielder (CM Attack)

13.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Offensive centre midfielder
  • Offensive centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary supporting attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 1.0

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary central attack runner
  • Auxiliary central attack creator
  • Auxiliary restricted central attacker
  • Auxiliary central attack goal-scorer

14. Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Defend)

14.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting and creative centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

15. Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Support)

15.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting and creative centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

16. Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Defend)

16.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, restricted-passing, safe-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling centre midfield aggressor
  • Centre midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (holding and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary 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: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Number-six central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Central midfield goal-scorer (atypical)
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre)

17. Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Support)

17.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, restricted-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling centre midfield aggressor
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, restricted-passing and disciplined attacking midfielder
  • Centre midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - playing safe; taking chances.
    • On the flank (if off-centre) - applying defensive pressure.
    • In central attack - providing attacking cover; playing safe.
    • Atypical in central attack - taking chances (sitting player).
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; creating chances.
    • In central attack - creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing defensive cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre)
  • Auxiliary withdrawn central attacker
  • Auxiliary restricted central attacker
  • Auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical)

18. Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support)

18.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming and fairly aggressive centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting and roaming attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder (atypical)
    • Central midfield water-carrier (atypical)
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary central attack creator
  • Auxiliary restricted central attacker (atypical)
  • Auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical)

19. Advanced Playmaker (CM Support)

19.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, ball-playing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, ball-playing, restricted-shooting and creative attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Withdrawn central midfielder
  • Auxiliary withdrawn central attacker
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Auxiliary central attack creator

Role category implementations:

20. Advanced Playmaker (CM Attack)

20.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, dribbling, ball-playing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, dribbling, ball-playing, restricted-shooting and creative attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Withdrawn central midfielder (atypical)
  • Auxiliary withdrawn central attacker (atypical)
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Auxiliary central attack creator

Role category implementations:

21. Roaming Playmaker (CM Support)

21.1. Analysis

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, dribbling, creative and fairly aggressive centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, roaming, dribbling and creative attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary central attack creator
  • Auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical)

Role category implementations:

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