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Example tactics for different playing styles that were created using this guide are detailed below.

If you wish to choose a suitable example tactic for your team then you can assess your players with reference to the suggested attributes that are detailed in the Tactical Instructions section for those tactical instructions used in the example.

1. Attacking Football

1.1. Structured Attacking Football - Overlapping Full Backs / Ball Winning Midfielder / Trequartista (WF)

Team mentality: Control - to implement the attacking football core style

Team shape: Structured - to implement a more structured playing system - style methods are therefore implemented mainly using tactical roles

Other team instructions:

  • Use Offside Trap - to implement the stepping up style method

Formation type: 4-3-3

Formation name: 4-1-2-3 DM - formation score* 1.00

Player roles and duties (including focus levels and key tactical roles):

  • GK: Sweeper Keeper (GK Support)
  • D: Holding CB - 4.0 - Ball Playing Defender (RCB Stopper) - orthodox, stopper central defender
  • D: Holding CB - 3.0 - Central Defender (LCB Cover) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing central defender
  • D: Offensive FB - 2.5 - Full Back (FB Attack) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • D: Offensive FB - 2.5 - Full Back (FB Attack) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • M: Holding DM - 3.5 - Deep Lying Playmaker (CDM Defend) - covering central midfield creator
  • M: Supporting CM - 2.5 - Ball Winning Midfielder (RCM Support) - pressing, number-eight central midfield water-carrier - auxiliary pressuring wide player
  • M: Offensive CM - 3.5 - Central Midfielder (LCM Attack) - number-eight central midfielder - auxiliary number-ten central attack runner, goal-scorer
  • A: Supporting WF - 4.5 - Trequartista (RWF Attack) - wide creator - auxiliary number-ten central attack runner, goal-scorer
  • A: Supporting WF - 2.5 - Inside Forward (LWF Support) - pressuring wide creator - auxiliary central attack runner, goal-scorer
  • A: Offensive CF - 2.5 - Advanced Forward (LCF Attack) - number-nine, pressuring, spearhead central attack goal-scorer

Focus levels and the recommended minimum number of key tactical roles are shown in italics.

Other player instructions:

  • 2 Full Backs (FB Attack)
    • Dribble More - to implement the direct dribbles style method and on the ball overlapping partnerships
  • Central Midfielder (CM Attack)
    • Roam From Position - to implement the roaming movement style method
    • Dribble More - to implement the direct dribbles style method
    • More Risky Passes - to implement the risky passes style method
  • Inside Forward (WF Support)
    • Shoot More Often - to implement the speculative shots style method

Forward movement partnerships:

  • Central midfield - direct (1 low tactical risk, 1 high tactical risk)
  • The flanks - overlapping (2 high tactical risk)
  • Central attack - direct (3 high tactical risk)

Overlapping partnerships are used as the attacking football core style is being implemented.

Penetration score: moderate (1.10) - suitable for high and low relative overall ability teams

Solidity score: low (1.00) - more suitable for high relative overall ability teams

Support score: moderate (1.27)

Number-tens:

  • Technical - Central Midfielder (CM Attack), Trequartista (WF Attack)
  • Atypical technical - Inside Forward (WF Support)

Technical number-tens are used as the attacking football core style is being implemented.

Symmetry: no wide and off-centre central defenders or central midfielders

Counterbalancing combinations:

  • Central defence
    • Restrained central defender / stopper central defender
      • Central Defender (CB Cover) / Ball Playing Defender (CB Stopper)
  • Central midfield
    • Restrained central midfielder / pressing central midfielder
      • Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Defend) / Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Support) + Central Midfielder (CM Attack)
    • Number-eight central midfielder / restrained central midfielder + withdrawn central midfielder
      • Central Midfielder (CM Attack) / Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Defend) + Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Support)

Style methods:

  • High risk mentality <= Control team mentality
  • Direct dribbles <= 2 Full Backs (FB Attack), Central Midfielder (CM Attack), Trequartista (WF Attack), Inside Forward (WF Support), Advanced Forward (CF Attack)
    • Contrary (refraining from dribbles) <= Central Defender (CB Cover) - the use of four dribbling players means that the team overall makes direct dribbles to a greater extent
  • Risky passes <= Sweeper Keeper (GK Support), Ball Playing Defender (CB Stopper), Central Midfielder (CM Attack), Trequartista (WF Attack), Inside Forward (WF Support)
  • Stepping up <= Use Offside Trap
  • Creative freedom <= Ball Playing Defender (CB Stopper), Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Defend), Trequartista (WF Attack)
    • Contrary (tactical discipline) <= Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Support) - the use of three creative players means that the team overall uses creative freedom to a greater extent
  • Lateral dribbles <= Inside Forward (WF Support)
  • Crosses <= 2 Full Backs (FB Attack)
    • Contrary (refraining from crosses) <= Inside Forward (WF Support) - this player refrains from crosses in order to make lateral dribbles to a greater extent
  • Roaming movement / runs into channels / drifting movement <= Central Midfielder (CM Attack), Trequartista (WF Attack), Advanced Forward (CF Attack)
    • Contrary (disciplined movement) <= Ball Playing Defender (CB Stopper), Central Defender (CB Cover), Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Defend) - these players make disciplined movement in order to act as covering players
  • Tackling <= Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Support)
    • Contrary (holding off) <= Trequartista (WF Attack) - this player is largely irrelevant in the defensive phases regardless of whether he tackles or holds off to a greater extent
  • Crosses from deep - not implemented
  • Tight marking - not implemented
  • Speculative shots <= Inside Forward (LWF Support)
    • Contrary (refraining from shots) <= Central Defender (CB Cover), Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Defend) - these players generally remain too far from the opposition team's goal to take speculative shots

The style methods listed are those suggested for the attacking football core style.

1.2. Structured Attacking Football - Roaming Playmaker / False Nine / Shadow Striker

Team mentality: Control - to implement the attacking football core style

Team shape: Structured - to implement a more structured playing system - style methods are therefore implemented mainly using tactical roles

Other team instructions:

  • Use Offside Trap - to implement the stepping up style method

Formation type: 4-2-4

Formation name: 4-1-1-3-1 DM (asymmetric central midfield) - formation score* 1.07 - this is a fairly advanced formation so applies even greater defensive pressure* to the opposition team's deeper players

Player roles and duties (including focus levels and key role categories):

  • GK: Sweeper Keeper (GK Support)
  • D: Holding CB - 4.0 - Ball Playing Defender (RCB Stopper) - orthodox, stopper central defender
  • D: Holding CB - 3.0 - Central Defender (LCB Cover) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing central defender
  • D: Offensive FB - 2.5 - Full Back (RB Attack) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • D: Offensive FB - 2.0 - Wing Back (LB Support) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • M: Holding DM - 5.0 - Anchor Man (RDM Defend) - covering central midfield water-carrier
  • M: Supporting CM - 4.0 - Roaming Playmaker (LCM Support) - pressing, number-eight central midfield creator - auxiliary number-ten central attacker
  • A: Supporting WF - 2.0 - Winger (RWF Support) - pressuring wide creator
  • A: Offensive AM - 4.0 - Shadow Striker (CAM Attack) - number-nine, pressuring central attack goal-scorer
  • A: Offensive WF - 2.5 - Inside Forward (LWF Attack) - pressuring wide creator - auxiliary number-nine central attack goal-scorer
  • A: Supporting CF - 3.0 - False Nine (CCF Support) - number-ten, pressuring, spearhead central attack runner

Focus levels and the recommended minimum number of key tactical roles are shown in italics.

Other player instructions:

  • Full Back (FB Attack)
    • Dribble More - to implement the direct dribbles style method and an on the ball overlapping partnership
  • Wing Back (WB Support)
    • Dribble More - to implement the direct dribbles style method and an on the ball overlapping partnership
  • Roaming Playmaker (CM Support)
    • Mark Tighter - to implement the tight marking style method, and make him a pressing central midfielder more focused on applying defensive pressure who can counterbalance the Anchor Man more effectively
    • More Risky Passes - to implement the risky passes style method

Forward movement partnerships:

  • Central midfield - direct (1 low tactical risk)
  • The flanks - direct (1 overloading), overlapping (1 high tactical risk)
  • Central attack - overlapping (2 high tactical risk)

Overlapping partnerships are used as the attacking football core style is being implemented.

Penetration score: moderate (1.10) - suitable for high and low relative overall ability teams

Solidity score: low (1.00) - more suitable for high relative overall ability teams

Support score: moderate (1.18)

Number-tens:

  • Technical - Roaming Playmaker (CM Support), False Nine (CF Support)

Technical number-tens are used as the attacking football core style is being implemented.

Symmetry: no wide and off-centre central defenders or central midfielders

Counterbalancing combinations:

  • Central defence
    • Restrained central defender / stopper central defender
      • Central Defender (CB Cover) / Ball Playing Defender (CB Stopper)
  • Central midfield
    • Restrained central midfielder / pressing central midfielder
      • Anchor Man (DM Defend) / Roaming Playmaker (CM Support)
    • Number-eight central midfielder / restrained central midfielder
      • Roaming Playmaker (CM Support) / Anchor Man (DM Defend)

Style methods:

  • High risk mentality <= Control team mentality
  • Direct dribbles <= Full Back (FB Attack), Wing Back (FB Support), Roaming Playmaker (CM Support), Winger (WF Support), Shadow Striker (AM Attack), Inside Forward (WF Attack)
  • Risky passes <= Sweeper Keeper (GK Support), Ball Playing Defender (CB Stopper), Roaming Playmaker (CM Support), Shadow Striker (AM Attack), False Nine (CF Support)
    • Contrary (Safe passes) <= Anchor Man (DM Defend)
  • Stepping up <= Use Offside Trap
  • Creative freedom <= Roaming Playmaker (CM Support), False Nine (CF Support)
  • Crosses <= Full Back (FB Attack), Winger (WF Support)
    • Contrary <= Inside Forward (WF Attack) - the use of two crossers means that the team overall makes crosses to a greater extent
  • Tight marking <= Roaming Playmaker (CM Support)
  • Roaming movement / runs into channels / drifting movement <= Roaming Playmaker (CM Support), Shadow Striker (AM Attack), False Nine (CF Support)
    • Contrary (disciplined movement) <= Ball Playing Defender (CB Stopper), Central Defender (CB Cover), Anchor Man (DM Defend) - these players make disciplined movement in order to act as covering players
  • Lateral dribbles <= Inside Forward (WF Attack)
    • Contrary (disciplined dribbles) <= Winger (WF Support) - the use of one inverted wide player means that the team overall makes lateral dribbles to an average extent
  • Crosses from deep - not implemented
  • Tackling - not implemented
  • Speculative shots - not implemented
    • Contrary (refraining from shots) - Ball Playing Defender (CB Stopper), Central Defender (CB Cover), Anchor Man (DM Defend) - these players generally remain too far from the opposition team's goal to take speculative shots

The style methods listed are those suggested for the attacking football core style.

2. Counter Attacking Football

2.1. Flexible Counter Attacking Football

Team mentality: Counter - to implement the defensive football core style and increase the use of counter attacking*.

Team shape: Flexible - to implement a flexible playing system - style methods are therefore implemented using a mixture of team instructions and tactical roles

Other team instructions:

  • Be More Disciplined - to implement the tactical discipline style method
  • Stick To Positions - to implement the disciplined movement style method

Formation type: 4-5-1

Formation name: 4-1-4-1 DM - formation score* 0.87 - this is a very deep formation so enables an even greater use of counter attacking* to exploit available space behind opposition team players

Player roles and duties (including focus levels and key role categories):

  • GK: Goalkeeper (GK Defend)
  • D: Holding CB - 2.0 - Central Defender (Off-Centre CB Defend) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • D: Holding CB - 2.0 - Central Defender (Off-Centre CB Defend) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • D: Supporting FB - 1.5 - Full Back (FB Support) - shielding wide player
  • D: Supporting FB - 1.5 - Full Back (FB Support) - shielding wide player
  • M: Holding DM - 5.0 - Anchor Man (CDM Defend) - covering central midfield water-carrier
  • M: Supporting CM - 0.0 - Central Midfielder (Off-Centre CM Support) - pressing, number-eight central midfield water-carrier, creator
  • M: Offensive CM - 1.0 - Central Midfielder (Off-Centre CM Attack) - number-eight central midfielder - auxiliary central attack runner, goal-scorer
  • M: Offensive WM - 3.0 - Winger (WM Attack) - attacking, pressuring wide creator
  • M: Offensive WM - 3.0 - Winger (WM Attack) - attacking, pressuring wide creator
  • A: Offensive CF - 2.0 - Deep Lying Forward (CCF Attack) - number-nine, number-ten, pressuring, spearhead central attacker

Focus levels and the recommended minimum number of key tactical roles are shown in italics.

Other player instructions:

  • 2 Full Backs (FB Support)
    • Cross Less Often - to implement the refraining from crosses style method and indirectly decrease the use of crosses from deep (since the Cross From Deep player instruction cannot be deselected)

Forward movement partnerships:

  • Central midfield - direct (1 high tactical risk, 1 low tactical risk)
  • The flanks - direct (2 high tactical risk)
  • Central attack - direct (1 high tactical risk)

Direct partnerships are used as the defensive football core style is being implemented.

Penetration score: moderate (1.10) - suitable for high and low relative overall ability teams

Solidity score: high (1.13) - more suitable for low relative overall ability teams

Support score: low (1.09)

Number-tens:

  • Target-man - Deep Lying Forward (CF Attack)

A target-man is used as the defensive football core style is being implemented.

Symmetry: no wide and off-centre central defenders or central midfielders

Counterbalancing combinations:

  • Central midfield
    • Restrained central midfielder / pressing central midfielder
      • Anchor Man (DM Defend) / 2 Central Midfielders (CM Support/Attack)
    • Number-eight central midfielder / restrained central midfielder
      • Central Midfielder (CM Attack) / Anchor Man (DM Defend)

Style methods:

  • Low risk mentality <= Counter team mentality
  • Tactical discipline <= Be More Disciplined
  • Disciplined movement <= Stick To Positions, 2 Central Defenders (CB Defend), Anchor Man (DM Defend)
    • Contrary (roaming movement / runs into channels) <= Deep Lying Forward (CF Attack) - the use of Stick To Positions and three disciplined-running players means that the team overall makes disciplined movement to a greater extent
  • Refraining from shots <= 2 Central Defenders (CB Defend), Anchor Man (DM Defend)
  • Disciplined dribbles <= 2 Wingers (WM Attack)
  • Crosses from byline <= 2 Wingers (WM Attack)
  • Refraining from dribbles <= 2 Central Defenders (CB Defend), Anchor Man (DM Defend)
    • Contrary (direct dribbles) <= 2 Wingers (WM Attack) - the direct dribbles made by these players tend to be disciplined dribbles
  • Safe passes <= Anchor Man (DM Defend)
  • Refraining from crosses <= 2 Full Backs (FB Support)
    • Contrary (crosses) <= 2 Wingers (WM Attack) - the crosses made by these players tend to be crosses from byline, and the use of two restricted-crossing players means that the team overall refrains from crosses to a greater extent (until close to the byline in the case of the Wingers)
  • Stepping back - not implemented
  • Loose marking - not implemented
  • Holding off - not implemented

The style methods listed are those suggested for the defensive football core style.

2.2. Structured Counter Attacking Football - Target Man / Poacher

Team mentality: Counter - to implement the defensive football core style and increase the use of counter attacking*

Team shape: Structured - to implement a structured playing system - style methods are therefore implemented mainly using tactical roles

Other team instructions: none

Formation type: 4-4-2

Formation name: 4-1-3-2 DM - formation score* 1.00

Player roles and duties (including focus levels and key role categories):

  • GK: Goalkeeper (GK Defend)
  • D: Holding CB - 4.5 - Defensive Centre Back (RCB Stopper) - orthodox, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • D: Holding CB - 4.5 - Defensive Centre Back (LCB Cover) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing central defender
  • D: Supporting FB - 1.5 - Full Back (FB Support) - shielding wide player
  • D: Supporting FB - 1.5 - Full Back (FB Support) - shielding wide player
  • M: Holding DM - 5.0 - Anchor Man (RDM Defend) - covering central midfield water-carrier
  • M: Supporting CM - 2.0 - Box To Box Midfielder (LCM Support) - pressing, number-eight central midfield creator
  • M: Offensive WM - 3.0 - Winger (WM Attack) - attacking, pressuring wide creator
  • M: Offensive WM - 3.0 - Winger (WM Attack) - attacking, pressuring wide creator
  • A: Supporting CF - 1.5 - Target Man (RCF Support) - number-ten, pressuring, spearhead central attack runner
  • A: Offensive CF - 2.5 - Poacher (LCF Attack) - number-nine, pressuring central attack goal-scorer

Focus levels and the recommended minimum number of key tactical roles are shown in italics.

Other player instructions:

  • 2 Full Backs (FB Support)
    • Cross Less Often - to implement the refraining from crosses style method and reduce the use of crosses from deep
  • Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support)
    • Mark Tighter - to make him a pressing central midfielder more focused on applying defensive pressure who can counterbalance the Anchor Man more effectively

Forward movement partnerships:

  • Central midfield - direct (1 low tactical risk)
  • The flanks - direct (2 high tactical risk)
  • Central attack - direct (1 high tactical risk)

Direct partnerships are used as the defensive football core style is being implemented.

Penetration score: high (1.20) - more suitable for high relative overall ability teams (although balanced to some extent by the high solidity score)

Solidity score: high (1.13) - more suitable for low relative overall ability teams (although balanced to some extent by the high penetration score)

Support score: low (1.00)

Number-tens:

  • Target-man - Target Man (CF Support)

A target-man is used as the defensive football core style is being implemented.

Symmetry: no wide and off-centre central defenders or central midfielders

Counterbalancing combinations:

  • Central defence
    • Restrained central defender / stopper central defender
      • Defensive Centre Back (CB Cover) / Defensive Centre Back (CB Stopper)
  • Central midfield
    • Restrained central midfielder / pressing central midfielder
      • Anchor Man (DM Defend) / Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support)
    • Number-eight central midfielder / restrained central midfielder
      • Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support) / Anchor Man (DM Defend)
  • Central attack
    • Restricted central attacker / target-man
      • Poacher (CF Attack) / Target Man (CF Support)
    • Restricted target-man / centre forward
      • Target Man (CF Support) / Poacher (CF Attack)

Style methods:

  • Low risk mentality <= Counter team mentality
  • Safe passes <= 2 Defensive Centre Backs (CB Stopper/Cover), Anchor Man (DM Defend), Poacher (CF Attack)
  • Disciplined movement <= 2 Defensive Centre Backs (CB Stopper/Cover), Anchor Man (DM Defend)
    • Contrary (roaming movement) <= Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support) - the use of three disciplined-running players means that the team overall makes disciplined movement to a greater extent
  • Refraining from shots <= 2 Defensive Centre Backs (CB Defend), Anchor Man (DM Defend)
  • Tactical discipline <= 2 Defensive Centre Backs (CB Stopper/Cover), Poacher (CF Attack)
  • Refraining from dribbles <= 2 Central Defenders (CB Defend), Anchor Man (DM Defend), Target Man (CF Support)
    • Contrary (direct dribbles) <= 2 Wingers (WM Attack) - the direct dribbles made by these players tend to be disciplined dribbles
  • Disciplined dribbles <= 2 Wingers (WM Attack)
  • Crosses from byline <= 2 Wingers (WM Attack)
  • Refraining from crosses <= 2 Full Backs (FB Support)
    • Contrary (crosses) <= 2 Wingers (WM Attack) - the crosses made by these players tend to be crosses from byline, and the use of two restricted-crossing players means that the team overall refrains from crosses to a greater extent (until close to the byline in the case of the Wingers)
  • Stepping back - not implemented
  • Holding off - not implemented
  • Loose marking - not implemented
    • Contrary (tight marking) - Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support) - the team overall uses loose marking to an average extent

The style methods listed are those suggested for the defensive football core style.

3. Direct Plays

3.1. Flexible Direct Plays

Team mentality: Standard - to implement no core style

Team shape: Flexible - to implement a flexible playing system - style methods are therefore implemented using a mixture of team instructions and tactical roles

Other team instructions:

  • Be More Disciplined - to implement the tactical discipline style method
  • Stick To Positions - to implement the disciplined movement style method

Formation type: 4-4-2

Formation name: 4-4-1-1 (asymmetric central attack) - formation score* 1.00 - uses two central attacker playing positions as long passes are focused to a target-man*

Player roles and duties (including focus levels and key role categories):

  • GK: Goalkeeper (GK Defend)
  • D: Holding CB - 3.0 - Central Defender (Off-Centre CB Defend) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • D: Holding CB - 3.0 - Central Defender (Off-Centre CB Defend) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • D: Supporting FB - 0.5 - Full Back (FB Support) - shielding wide creator
  • D: Supporting FB - 0.5 - Full Back (FB Support) - shielding wide creator
  • M: Holding CM - 2.5 - Central Midfielder (RCM Defend) - covering central midfield water-carrier
  • M: Supporting CM - 0.0 - Central Midfielder (LCM Support) - pressing, number-eight central midfield water-carrier, creator
  • M: Offensive WM - 2.5 - Wide Midfielder (WM Attack) - attacking, pressuring wide creator
  • M: Offensive WM - 2.5 - Wide Midfielder (WM Attack) - attacking, pressuring wide creator
  • A: Supporting AM - 1.0 - Attacking Midfielder (RAM Support) - pressuring central attack runner, goal-scorer
  • A: Offensive CF - 5.0 - Complete Forward (LCF Attack) - number-nine, number-ten, pressuring, spearhead central attacker

Focus levels and the recommended minimum number of key tactical roles are shown in italics.

Other player instructions:

  • 2 Central Defenders (CB Defend)
    • Fewer Risky Passes - to implement the safe passes style method
  • Central Midfielder (CM Defend)
    • Fewer Risky Passes - to implement the safe passes style method
  • 2 Wide Midfielders (WM Attack)
    • Run Wide With Ball - to implement the disciplined dribbles style method
    • Dribble More - to implement the direct dribbles style method and on the ball direct partnerships
    • Cross More Often - to implement the crosses style method
  • Attacking Midfielder (AM Support)
    • Dribble More - to implement the direct dribbles style method

Forward movement partnerships:

  • Central midfield - direct (1 low tactical risk)
  • The flanks - direct (2 high tactical risk)
  • Central attack - direct (1 high tactical risk)

Direct partnerships are used as the direct plays attacking style is being implemented.

Penetration score: moderate (1.10) - suitable for high and low relative overall ability teams

Solidity score: moderate (1.06) - suitable for high and low relative overall ability teams

Support score: moderate (1.18)

Number-tens:

  • Target-man - Complete Forward (CF Attack)

A target-man is used as the direct plays attacking style is being implemented.

Symmetry: no wide and off-centre central defenders or central midfielders

Counterbalancing combinations: none

Style methods:

  • Long passes <= More Direct Passing
  • Disciplined movement <= Stick To Positions
    • Contrary (roaming movement/ runs into channels) <= Complete Forward (CF Attack) - the use of Stick To Positions means that the team overall makes disciplined movement to a greater extent
  • Tactical discipline <= Be More Disciplined
    • Contrary (creative freedom) <= Complete Forward (CF Attack) - the use of Be More Disciplined means that the team overall uses tactical discipline to a greater extent
  • Direct dribbles <= 2 Wide Midfielders (WM Attack), Attacking Midfielder (AM Support), Complete Forward (CF Attack)
    • Contrary (refraining from dribbles) <= 2 Central Defenders (CB Defend) - the use of four dribbling players means that the team overall makes direct dribbles to a greater extent
  • Disciplined dribbles <= 2 Wide Midfielders (WM Attack)
  • Safe passes <= 2 Central Defenders (CB Defend), Central Midfielder (CM Defend)
    • Contrary (risky passes) => Complete Forward (CF Attack)
  • Crosses <= 2 Wide Midfielders (WM Attack)
  • Crosses from deep <= 2 Full Backs (FB Support)
  • Speculative shots - not implemented

The style methods listed are those suggested for the direct plays attacking style.

4. Short Plays

4.1. Structured Short Plays

Team mentality: Standard - to implement no core style

Team shape: Structured - to implement a more structured playing system - style methods are therefore implemented mainly using tactical roles

Other team instructions:

Formation type: 3-4-3

Formation name: 3-4-3 - formation score* 1.07 - this is a fairly advanced formation so applies greater defensive pressure* to the opposition team's deeper players

Player roles and duties (including focus levels and key role categories):

  • GK: Goalkeeper (GK Defend)
  • D: Holding CB - 3.0 - Central Defender (Wide and Off-Centre CB Stopper) - orthodox, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • D: Holding CB - 4.0 - Ball Playing Defender (CCB Cover) - orthodox, covering central defender
  • D: Holding CB - 3.0 - Central Defender (Wide and Off-Centre CB Stopper) - orthodox, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • M: Offensive WB - 4.0 - Complete Wing Back (RWB Support) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • M: Offensive WB - 4.0 - Complete Wing Back (LWB Attack) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • M: Holding CM - 2.5 - Central Midfielder (RCM Defend) - covering central midfield water-carrier
  • M: Supporting CM - 1.5 - Box To Box Midfielder (LCM Support) - pressing, number-eight central midfield creator
  • A: Supporting WF - 3.5 - Advanced Playmaker (LWF Support) - pressuring wide creator - auxiliary number-ten central attack runner, goal-scorer
  • A: Offensive WF - 4.5 - Raumdeuter (RWF Attack) - pressuring wide player - auxiliary number-nine, pressuring central attack goal-scorer
  • A: Supporting CF - 5.0 - Trequartista (CCF Attack) - number-ten, spearhead central attack runner, goal-scorer

Focus levels and the recommended minimum number of key tactical roles are shown in italics.

Other player instructions:

  • Central Midfielder (CM Defend)
    • Ease Off Tackles - to make him a restrained central midfielder more focused on providing attacking cover and defensive cover who can counterbalance the Box To Box Midfielder more effectively
    • Dribble Less - to implement the refraining from dribbles style method

Forward movement partnerships:

  • Central midfield - direct (1 low tactical risk)
  • The flanks - direct (1 overloading), overlapping (1 high tactical risk)
  • Central attack - overlapping (1 high tactical risk)

Overlapping partnerships are used as the short plays attacking style is being implemented.

Penetration score: moderate (1.10) - suitable for high and low relative overall ability teams

Solidity score: moderate (1.06) - suitable for high and low relative overall ability teams

Support score: high (1.36)

Number-tens:

  • Technical - Advanced Playmaker (WF Support), Trequartista (CF Attack)

Technical number-tens are used as the short plays attacking style is being implemented.

Symmetry:

  • Central defence
    • Covering central defenders - CCB achieves symmetry
    • Stopper central defenders - Wide RCB and Wide LCB achieve symmetry
  • Central midfield - no wide and off-centre central midfielders

Counterbalancing combinations:

  • Central defence
    • Restrained central defender / stopper central defender
      • Ball Playing Defender (CB Cover) / 2 Central Defenders (CB Stopper)
  • Central midfield
    • Restrained central midfielder / pressing central midfielder
      • Central Midfielder (CM Defend) / Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support)
    • Number-eight central midfielder / restrained central midfielder
      • Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support) / Central Midfielder (CM Defend)

Style methods:

  • Short passes <= Shorter Passing
  • Risky passes <= Ball Playing Defender (CB Cover), 2 Complete Wing Backs (WB Support/Attack), Advanced Playmaker (WF Support), Trequartista (CF Attack)
  • Refraining from shots <= 2 Central Defenders (CB Stopper), Advanced Playmaker (WF Support)
  • Creative freedom <= Ball Playing Defender (CB Cover), Advanced Playmaker (WF Support), Trequartista (CF Attack)
  • Crosses from byline <= 2 Complete Wing Backs (WB Support/Attack)
  • Roaming movement / runs into channels / drifting movement <= 2 Complete Wing Backs (WB Support/Attack), Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support), Raumdeuter (WF Attack), Trequartista (CF Attack)
    • Contrary (disciplined movement) <= 2 Central Defenders (CB Stopper), Ball Playing Defender (CB Cover), Central Midfielder (CM Defend) - these players make disciplined movement in order to act as covering players
  • Refraining from dribbles <= 2 Central Defenders (CB Stopper), Central Midfielder (CM Defend)
    • Contrary (direct dribbles) <= 2 Complete Wing Backs (WB Support/Attack) Trequartista (CF Attack) - the direct dribbles made by the Complete Wing Backs tend to be disciplined dribbles, and the use of three restricted-dribbling players means that the team overall refrains from dribbles to an average extent
  • Refraining from crosses <= Advanced Playmaker (WF Support), Raumdeuter (WF Attack)
    • Contrary (crosses) <= 2 Complete Wing Backs (WB Support/Attack) - the crosses made by these players tend to be crosses from byline, and the use of two restricted-crossing players means that the team overall refrains from crosses to a greater extent (until close to the byline in the case of the Complete Wing Backs)
  • Lateral dribbles <= Advanced Playmaker (WF Support)
    • Contrary (disciplined dribbles) <= 2 Complete Wing Backs (WB Support/Attack) - these players make disciplined dribbles in order to make crosses from byline

The style methods listed are those suggested for the short plays attacking style.

5. Direct Attacking Football

5.1. Fluid Direct Attacking Football - Attacking Down the Flanks

Team mentality: