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The tactical instructions that can be used in Football Manager, along with their relationships with the tactical methods that can be implemented in different tactical styles, were detailed in the Tactical Instructions guides. This information is used below to analyse how each tactical method can be applied in Football Manager. This analysis can be used to guide you when creating a tactical style for your team.

More specific advice will be given in separate guides on:

  • Creating the attacking styles -
    • Attacking Football
    • Wide Play Football
    • Long Ball Football
    • Possession Football
    • Counter Attacking Football
  • Using Match Strategies

Provided below for each tactical method, where relevant, are:

  • General application - tactical instructions that can be used to apply the tactical method and are suitable for general use.
  • Specialised application - specialised team instructions that can be used to apply the tactical method. Specialised team instructions are explained in the Team Instructions guide. They are suitable for use as a part of match strategies or in combination with the use of opposing player instructions.
  • Also affected by - tactical instructions that affect the application of the tactical method if used but are not part of its general or specialised application, and also other tactical methods that affect the application of the tactical method if applied. It is important to consider the effects on the tactical method of these tactical instructions and other tactical methods when creating a tactical style, especially when attempting to implement the tactical method itself, so that it is not implemented to too great (or too little) an extent.

1. Attacking Methods

1.1. Positioning off the Ball

1.1.1. Width

General application:

  • Specific team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team WIDTH slider (instructs all players to use width to a greater extent).
  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Stay Wider by default to particular players in wide playing positions.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Stay Wider for particular players in wide playing positions (instructs the players to use width to a greater extent).

Also affected by:

  • Team mentality - using a more attacking team mentality (expands the team WIDTH slider).
  • Specific team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider (expands the team WIDTH slider).
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying wide support.

1.1.2. Attacking Depth

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning more attacking duties to particular players (increases the player mentality bar for the players); assigning more defensive duties to particular players (decreases the player mentality bar for the players).
  • Specific player instructions - increasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to push up further) and decreasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to sit deeper).

More attacking and more defensive duties should be mixed between players in each of defence, midfield and attack, so as to achieve more expansively dispersed positioning.

In addition, the size of horizontal channels between players should be kept reasonably small by considering the broad vertical lines in the formation and mixing more attacking and more defensive duties as appropriate to reduce the space between players. Support duties can be used to instruct a player to position himself reasonably close to teammates both behind and ahead of him.

More defensive and more attacking roles and duties can be mixed in each positional area of the formation as detailed in the Role Combinations guides for central defenders, central midfielders, wide players and strikers.

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Exploit The Middle (increases the player mentality bar for players in the sweeper, centre back and defensive midfielder positions, and players in the centre midfielder position with a defend duty); using Look For Overlap (increases the player mentality bar for players in the full back and wing back positions; decreases the player mentality bar for players in the wide midfielder and winger positions).

Also affected by:

  • Team shape - using a more fluid team shape (gives players in deeper playing positions increased player mentality bars; gives players in more advanced playing positions decreased player mentality bars); using a more structured team shape (gives players in deeper playing positions decreased player mentality bars; gives players in more advanced playing positions increased player mentality bars).
  • Specific team instructions - using Exploit The Left Flank (increases the player mentality bar for players in left-sided wide playing positions); using Exploit The Right Flank (increases the player mentality bar for players in right-sided wide playing positions).
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

A more fluid team shape results in smaller horizontal channels between players, meaning reducing these channels with duties is less important. A more structured team shape results in larger horizontal channels between players, meaning reducing these channels with duties is more important.

1.1.3. Pushing Up

General application:

  • Team mentality - using a more attacking team mentality (increases the player mentality bar for all players).
  • Specific player instructions - increasing the player mentality bar for all players (instructs all players to push up further).

Instructing all or most players to push up further essentially instructs the team to push up to a greater extent.

Specialised application:

  • Team mentality - using the overload team mentality (increases the player mentality bar to an extreme extent for all players).
  • Specific team instructions - using Take More Risks when using the overload team mentality (instructs players with an attack or support duty to make forward runs to a greater extent).

Instructing all or most players to make forward runs to a greater extent essentially instructs the team to push up to a greater extent.

1.1.4. Sitting Deep

General application:

  • Team mentality - using a more defensive team mentality (decreases the player mentality bar for all players).
  • Specific player instructions - decreasing the player mentality bar for all players (instructs all players to sit deeper).

Instructing all or most players to sit deeper essentially instructs the team to sit deep to a greater extent.

Specialised application:

  • Team mentality - using the contain team mentality (decreases the player mentality bar to an extreme extent for all players).
  • Specific team instructions - using Take A Breather (instructs all players to make forward runs to a lesser extent and, therefore, to hold back to a greater extent); using Play Even Safer when using the contain team mentality (instructs most players to make forward runs to a lesser extent and, therefore, to hold back to a greater extent).

Instructing all or most players to make forward runs to a lesser extent (and, therefore, to hold back to a greater extent) essentially instructs the team to sit deep to a greater extent.

1.2. Movement off the Ball

1.2.1. Forward Runs

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Get Further Forward by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Get Further Forward for particular players (instructs the players to make forward runs to a large extent).

Forward runs should be mixed with holding back between individual players so as to achieve well balanced movement, by instructing some players to make forward runs to a large extent (by setting Get Further Forward), instructing some players to make forward runs to a moderate extent (and, therefore, to hold back to a moderate extent, by setting neither Get Further Forward nor Hold Position) and instructing some players to make forward runs to a minimal extent (and, therefore, to hold back to a large extent, by setting Hold Position).

The size of horizontal channels between players should be kept reasonably small, following player movement, by considering the broad vertical lines in the formation and mixing the extent of forward runs as appropriate to reduce the space between players. A player can be instructed to make forward runs so that he moves closer to teammates ahead of him, while he can be instructed to hold back so that he stays closer to teammates behind him.

Get Further Forward is generally set by default for all roles when combined with an attack duty, playmaker roles being an exception. Both Get Further Forward and Hold Position are generally not set by default for all roles when combined with a support duty, the Deep-Lying Playmaker role being an exception. Therefore, the application of forward runs is strongly linked to the application of attacking depth.

The extent of forward runs can be mixed in each positional area of the formation as detailed in the Role Combinations guides for central defenders, central midfielders, wide players and strikers.

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Take More Risks when using the overload team mentality (instructs players with an attack or support duty to make forward runs to a greater extent; using Pump Ball Into Box (instructs players in the attacking midfielder and striker positions to make forward runs to a greater extent); using Exploit The Middle (instructs players in more advanced central playing positions to make forward runs to a greater extent); using Look For Overlap (instructs players in the full back and wing back positions to make forward runs to a greater extent).

Also affected by:

  • Specific team instructions - using Exploit The Left Flank (instructs players in left-sided wide playing positions to make forward runs to a greater extent); using Exploit The Right Flank (instructs players in right-sided wide playing positions to make forward runs to a greater extent).
  • Specific player instructions - increasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to play with a higher risk approach and, therefore, to make forward runs to a slightly greater extent). Those instructions that increase the player mentality bar are detailed in the Player Instructions guide.
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying holding back.

1.2.2. Runs into Channels

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Move Into Channels by default to particular players in the centre midfielder, attacking midfielder and striker positions.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Move Into Channels for particular players in the centre midfielder, attacking midfielder and striker positions (instructs the players to make runs into channels more frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.2.3. Roaming Movement

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Roam From Position by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Roam From Position for particular players (instructs the players to make roaming movement to a greater extent).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Roam From Positions (instructs players in more advanced playing positions to make roaming movement to a greater extent).

Also affected by:

  • Team mentality - using a more attacking team mentality (instructs players in more advanced playing positions to make roaming movement to a greater extent).
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying disciplined movement.

1.3. Movement on the Ball

1.3.1. Dribbles

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Dribble More by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Dribble More for particular players (instructs the players to make dribbles more frequently).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Run At Defence (instructs players in more advanced playing positions to make dribbles more frequently); using Take More Risks when using the overload team mentality (instructs players with an attack or support duty to make dribbles more frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Specific player instructions - increasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to play with a higher risk approach and, therefore, to make dribbles slightly more frequently). Those instructions that increase the player mentality bar are detailed in the Player Instructions guide.
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying refraining from dribbles.

1.3.2. Roaming Dribbles

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Cut Inside With Ball by default to particular players in wide playing positions; assigning roles and duties that set Run Wide With Ball by default to particular players in wide playing positions.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Cut Inside With Ball for particular players in wide playing positions (instructs the players to cut inside more frequently when making dribbles); setting Run Wide With Ball for particular players in wide playing positions (instructs the players to dribble wide more frequently when making dribbles).
  • Other methods - applying dribbles.

Dribbles should be applied in combination with roaming dribbles as a player must dribble in order to make a roaming dribble.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.4. Pivoting

1.4.1. Holding Back

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Hold Position by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Hold Position for particular players (instructs the players to make forward runs to a minimal extent and, therefore, to hold back to a large extent).

Hold Position is set by default for all roles when combined with a defend duty.

Holding back should be mixed with forward runs between players as explained above.

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Play Even Safer when using the contain team mentality (instructs most players to make forward runs to a lesser extent and, therefore, to hold back to a greater extent); using Exploit The Middle (instructs players in the wide midfielder and winger positions to make forward runs to a lesser extent and, therefore, to hold back to a greater extent); using Look For Overlap (instructs players in the wide midfielder and winger positions to make forward runs to a lesser extent and, therefore, to hold back to a greater extent).

Also affected by:

  • Specific player instructions - decreasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to play with a lower risk approach and, therefore, to make forward runs to a slightly lesser extent (and, therefore, hold back to a slightly greater extent)). Those instructions that decrease the player mentality bar are detailed in the Player Instructions guide.
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying forward runs.

1.4.2. Hold-Up Play

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Hold Up Ball by default to particular players in the striker, winger and attacking midfielder positions.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Hold Up Ball for particular players in the striker, winger and attacking midfielder positions (instructs the players to hold up the ball more frequently).
  • Other methods - applying refraining from dribbles.

Refraining from dribbles can be used instead of the Hold Up Ball player instruction to instruct a player to hold up the ball to a moderate extent.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.4.3. Physical Power

Physical power cannot be applied directly through tactical instructions as a player cannot be instructed to be more physically aggressive. Instead, a suitable player, as detailed in the Player Suitability guide, should be used in an appropriate playing position.

However physical power can be applied indirectly by using other attacking methods that increase the likelihood of the player receiving the ball while he is close to an opposition player, as explained in the Attacking Methods guide.

General application (indirect):

  • Other methods - applying holding back (from the player providing physical power); applying longer passes; applying passes to player; applying focusing play (to the player); applying crosses (aimed to the player); applying high tempo play.

1.5. Passing

1.5.1. Shorter Passes

General application:

Your team's passing range system (the assignment of passing range responsibilities) is set initially by the team mentality and can then be modified using specific team instructions, roles and duties, and player instructions.

  • Team mentality - using a more defensive team mentality (compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players with an attack duty); using a more attacking team mentality (compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players with a defend, stopper or cover duty).
  • Specific team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider (compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for all players).
  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that compress the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for particular players (instructs the players to use a shorter passing range).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Retain Possession (restricts the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider to Mixed or lower; compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for all players); using Play Out Of Defence (compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for players in the sweeper, centre back, full back, wing back and defensive midfielder positions).

Also affected by:

  • Team mentality - using the defensive or contain team mentalities (compresses the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider).
  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Fewer Risky Passes by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Fewer Risky Passes for particular players (compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for the players).
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom; applying safe passes.
  • Opposing method - applying longer passes.

By making safe passes more frequently a player is more likely to make shorter passes.

1.5.2. Longer Passes

General application:

Your team's passing range system (the assignment of passing range responsibilities) is set initially by the team mentality and can then be modified using specific team instructions, roles and duties, and player instructions.

  • Team mentality - using a more attacking team mentality (expands the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players with an attack duty); using a more defensive team mentality (expands the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players with a defend, stopper or cover duty).
  • Specific team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider (expands the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for all players).
  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that expand the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - increasing (or expanding) the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for particular players (instructs the players to use a longer passing range).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Clear Ball To Flanks (expands the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for players in the sweeper, centre back, full back, wing back and defensive midfielder positions); using Pump Ball Into Box (expands the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players); using Take More Risks (instructs players with an attack or support duty to make risky passes more frequently and, therefore, to make longer passes more frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Team mentality - using the attacking or overload team mentalities (expands the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider).
  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set More Risky Passes by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting More Risky Passes for particular players (instructs the players to make risky passes more frequently and, therefore, to make longer passes more frequently).
  • Specific player instructions - increasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to play with a higher risk approach and, therefore, to make risky passes slightly more frequently (and, therefore, make longer passes slightly more frequently)). Those instructions that increase the player mentality bar are detailed in the Player Instructions guide.
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying shorter passes.

1.5.3. Through Balls

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set More Risky Passes by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting More Risky Passes for particular players (instructs the players to make risky passes more frequently and, therefore, to make through balls more frequently).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Pass Into Space (instructs all players to make through balls more frequently); using Take More Risks when using the overload team mentality (instructs players with an attack or support duty to make risky passes more frequently and, therefore, to make through balls more frequently); using Exploit The Middle (instructs players in the sweeper, centre back and defensive midfielder positions, and players in the centre midfielder position with a defend duty, to make through balls more frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Specific player instructions - increasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to play with a higher risk approach and, therefore, to make risky passes slightly more frequently (and, therefore, make through balls slightly more frequently)). Those instructions that increase the player mentality bar are detailed in the Player Instructions guide.
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying passes to player.

1.5.4. Passes to Player

General application:

  • Other methods - applying holding back; applying safe passes.

Holding back can be used for a player who you want to receive passes to player.

By making safe passes more frequently a player is more likely to make passes to player.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying through balls.

1.5.5. Focusing Play

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning playmaker roles and target man roles to particular players (instructs all other players to focus play to those players to a greater extent).
  • Other methods - use of width; use of overloads.

Width and overloads can be used in a particular area in order to encourage players to focus play into that area. In particular, use of width can encourage players to focus play into wider areas.

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Exploit The Left Flank (instructs all players to focus play into wider areas on the left to a large extent); using Exploit The Right Flank (instructs all players to focus play into wider areas on the right to a large extent); using Exploit The Middle (instructs all players to focus play into central areas to a large extent); using Clear Ball To Flanks (instructs all players to focus play into wider areas to a large extent); using Pump Ball Into Box (instructs all players to focus play into central areas to a large extent).

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.5.6. Crosses

General application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Float Crosses (instructs players in wide playing positions to float crosses high more frequently when making crosses); using Whipped Crosses (instructs players in wide playing positions to whip crosses more frequently when making crosses); using Low Crosses (instructs players in wide playing positions to drill crosses low more frequently when making crosses).
  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Cross More Often by default to particular players in wide playing positions; assigning roles and duties that set Cross From Deep by default to particular players in wide playing positions; assigning roles and duties that set Cross From Byline by default to particular players in wide playing positions.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Cross More Often for particular players in wide playing positions (instructs the players to make crosses more frequently); setting Cross From Deep for particular players in wide playing positions (instructs the players to make crosses more frequently when in deeper areas); setting Cross From Byline for particular players in wide playing positions (instructs the players to make crosses more frequently when in more advanced areas closer to the byline); using the AIM CROSSES AT target box for particular players in wide playing positions (instructs the players to aim crosses to a specific area or to a player in a target man role more frequently when making crosses).
  • Other methods - applying focusing play (into wider areas).

Focusing play into wider areas increases the likelihood the team making crosses.

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Hit Early Crosses (instructs players in wide playing positions to make crosses more frequently and to make crosses from deeper areas more frequently); using Pump Ball Into Box (instructs players in the full back and wing back positions to make crosses more frequently); using Exploit The Left Flank (instructs players in left-sided wide playing positions to make crosses more frequently); using Exploit The Right Flank (instructs players in right-sided wide playing positions to make crosses more frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying refraining from crosses.

1.6. Shooting

1.6.1. Speculative Shots

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Shoot More Often by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Shoot More Often for particular players (instructs the players to take speculative shots more frequently).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Shoot On Sight (instructs all players to take speculative shots more frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Specific player instructions - increasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to play with a higher risk approach and, therefore, to take speculative shots slightly more frequently). Those instructions that increase the player mentality bar are detailed in the Player Instructions guide.
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying refraining from shots.

1.7. Urgency

1.7.1. High Tempo Play

General application:

  • Specific team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team TEMPO slider (instructs all players to use high tempo play to a greater extent).

Also affected by:

  • Team mentality - using a more attacking team mentality (expands the team TEMPO slider).
  • Specific team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider (expands the team TEMPO slider).
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying low tempo play.

1.7.2. Breaks

General application:

  • Team mentality - using the defensive or counter team mentalities (instructs all players to use breaks more frequently).
  • Other methods - applying sitting deep; applying containment.

Sitting deep and containment create space in more advanced areas which, therefore, increases the likelihood of players using breaks.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.8. Unpredictability

1.8.1. Creative Freedom

General application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Be More Expressive (instructs all players to play with more creative freedom).
  • Roles and duties - assigning playmaker roles to particular players (instructs the players to play with more creative freedom).

Also affected by:

  • Team shape - using a more fluid team shape (instructs all players to play with more creative freedom).
  • Opposing method - applying discipline.

1.9. Combination Moves

1.9.1. Overloads

General application:

  • Other methods - applying width; applying attacking depth; applying hold-up play; applying wide support; applying dynamic support.

Attacking depth, dynamic support and hold-up play can be applied as appropriate in particular key areas in order to achieve overloads. Width can achieve overloads in wider areas and wide support can achieve overloads in central areas (or wider areas if runs into channels are used to achieve wide support in wider areas).

Particular formations can also help to achieve overloads, such as formations with three central midfielder playing positions to achieve overloads in central midfield, or formations with two wide playing positions on each flank to achieve overloads on the flanks.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.9.2. Overlapping Runs

General application:

  • Other methods - applying wide support (for a player in a wide playing position), attacking depth (sitting deeper), holding back, hold-up play and refraining from dribbles for a particular player; applying width (for a player in a wide playing position), attacking depth (pushing up further) and forward runs for another player in a playing position behind him.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.9.3. One-Twos

General application:

  • Other methods - applying wide support, attacking depth (sitting deeper), holding back, refraining from dribbles and through balls for a particular player; applying attacking depth (pushing up further), forward runs, shorter passes and passes to player for another player in a playing position behind or level with him.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.9.4. Overlapping Dribbles

General application:

  • Other methods - applying wide support (for a player in a wide playing position), attacking depth (sitting deeper) and holding back for a particular player; applying attacking depth (pushing up further), and dribbles or roaming dribbles (dribbles wide, for a player in a wide playing position) for another player in a playing position behind him.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.9.5. Switch Runs

General application:

  • Other methods - applying forward runs, runs into channels or roaming movement for a particular player; applying forward runs for another player in a playing position behind him or, alternatively, applying roaming movement for another player.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

1.9.6. Switch Dribbles

General application:

  • Other methods - applying forward runs, runs into channels or roaming movement for a particular player; applying dribbles or roaming dribbles for another player in a playing position behind him.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

2. Control Methods

2.1. Attacking Positioning

2.1.1. Wide Support

General application:

  • Specific team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team WIDTH slider (instructs all players to use width to a lesser extent and, therefore, to use wide support to a greater extent).
  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Sit Narrower by default to particular players in wide playing positions.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Sit Narrower for particular players in wide playing positions (instructs the players to use width to a lesser extent and, therefore, to use wide support to a greater extent).
  • Other methods - applying runs into channels.

Runs into channels can be used for a particular player so that he provides more wide support to a player in the wide midfielder or winger positions on the same side.

Also affected by:

  • Team mentality - using a more defensive team mentality (compresses the team WIDTH slider).
  • Specific team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider (compresses the team WIDTH slider).
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying width.

2.1.2. Attacking Depth

As detailed for attacking depth above.

2.1.3. Sitting Deep

As detailed for sitting deep above.

2.2. Movement off the Ball

2.2.1. Dynamic Support

General application:

  • Other methods - mixing forward runs with holding back.

Forward runs and holding back should be mixed as explained for forward runs.

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.

2.2.2. Disciplined Movement

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Hold Position by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Hold Position for particular players (instructs the players to make roaming movement to a minimal extent and, therefore, to make disciplined movement to a large extent).

Hold Position should only be used where you want to instruct a particular player to also make forward runs to a minimal extent (and, therefore, to hold back to a large extent).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Stick To Positions (instructs players in more advanced playing positions to make roaming movement to a lesser extent and, therefore, to make disciplined movement to a greater extent).

Also affected by:

  • Team mentality - using a more defensive team mentality (instructs players in more advanced playing positions to make roaming movement to a lesser extent and, therefore, to make disciplined movement to a greater extent).
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying roaming movement.

2.3. Pivoting

2.3.1. Hold-Up Play

As detailed for hold-up play above.

2.3.2. Refraining From Dribbles

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Dribble Less by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Dribble Less for particular players (instructs the players to make dribbles less frequently).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Dribble Less (instructs players in more advanced playing positions to make dribbles less frequently); using Play Even Safer when using the contain team mentality (instructs most players to make dribbles less frequently); using Hit Early Crosses (instructs players in wide playing positions to make dribbles less frequently); using Look For Overlap (instructs players in the wide midfielder and winger positions to make dribbles less frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Specific player instructions - decreasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to play with a lower risk approach and, therefore, to make dribbles slightly less frequently). Those instructions that decrease the player mentality bar are detailed in the Player Instructions guide.
  • Other methods - applying hold-up play; applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying dribbles.

2.4. Passing

2.4.1. Safe Passes

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Fewer Risky Passes by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Fewer Risky Passes for particular players (instructs the players to make risky passes less frequently and, therefore, to make safe passes more frequently).
  • Other methods - applying shorter passes; applying passes to player.

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Retain Possession (instructs all players to make risky passes less frequently and, therefore, to make safe passes more frequently; using Play Even Safer when using the contain team mentality (instructs most players to make risky passes less frequently and, therefore, to make safe passes more frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Specific player instructions - decreasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to play with a lower risk approach and, therefore, to make risky passes slightly less frequently (and, therefore, make safe passes slightly more frequently)). Those instructions that decrease the player mentality bar are detailed in the Player Instructions guide.
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying longer passes; applying through balls.

2.4.2. Refraining From Crosses

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Cross Less Often by default to particular players in wide playing positions.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Cross Less Often for particular players in wide playing positions (instructs the players to make crosses less frequently).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Work Ball Into Box (instructs players in wide playing positions to make crosses less frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying crosses.

2.5. Shooting

2.5.1. Refraining From Shots

General application:

  • Roles and duties - assigning roles and duties that set Shoot Less Often by default to particular players.
  • Specific player instructions - setting Shoot Less Often for particular players (instructs the players to take speculative shots less frequently).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Work Ball Into Box (instructs all players to take speculative shots less frequently).

Also affected by:

  • Specific player instructions - decreasing the player mentality bar for particular players (instructs the players to play with a lower risk approach and, therefore, to take speculative shots slightly less frequently). Those instructions that increase the player mentality bar are detailed in the Player Instructions guide.
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.
  • Opposing method - applying speculative shots.

2.6. Urgency

2.6.1. Low Tempo Play

General application:

  • Specific team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team TEMPO slider (instructs all players to use high tempo play to a lesser extent and, therefore, to use low tempo play to a greater extent).

Specialised application:

  • Specific team instructions - using Take A Breather (compresses the team TEMPO slider if Normal is selected); using Retain Possession (compresses the team TEMPO slider).

Also affected by:

  • Team mentality - using a more defensive team mentality (compresses the team TEMPO slider).
  • Specific team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider (compresses the team TEMPO slider).
  • Other methods - applying creative freedom.