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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 - 4.0 - 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 player - auxiliary central attack runner, goal-scorer
  • A: Offensive CF - 2.5 - Advanced Forward (CCF Attack) - number-nine, pressuring, spearhead central attack goal-scorer

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

Key tactical roles are not shown where a player would be atypical or vacating.

Other player instructions:

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

Off the ball forward movement partnerships:

  • Central midfield - direct (1 high risk, 1 low risk)
  • The flanks - overlapping (2 high risk)
  • Central attack - direct (2 high risk, 1 overloading), overlapping (2 high 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 (1.17)

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 (DM 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 (DM 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 six dribbling players means that the team overall still 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 still 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, and the use of two crossers means that the team overall still makes crosses 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*, and the use of three roaming/channel-running players means that the team overall still makes roaming movement and runs into channels to an average extent
  • Tackling <= Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Support)
    • Contrary (holding off) <= Trequartista (WF Attack) - the use of one hard-tackling player means that the team overall still tackles to an average 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, and the use of one shot-taking player means that the team overall still takes speculative shots to an average extent

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/AM (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 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 (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 player - auxiliary number-nine central attack goal-scorer
  • A: False-nine* - 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.

Key tactical roles are not shown where a player would be atypical or vacating.

Other player instructions:

  • Wing Back (FB Support)
    • Dribble More - to implement the direct dribbles style method

Off the ball forward movement partnerships:

  • Central midfield - direct (1 low risk)
  • The flanks - direct (1 overloading), overlapping (1 high risk)
  • Central attack - direct (2 high risk, 1 indistinct overloading), overlapping (2 high 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 (1.08)

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) - the use of five ball-playing players means that the team overall still makes risky passes to a greater extent
  • Stepping up <= Use Offside Trap
  • Creative freedom <= Roaming Playmaker (CM Support), False Nine (CF Support)
  • Crosses <= Full Back (FB Attack), Winger (WF Support)
    • Contrary (refraining from crosses) <= Inside Forward (WF Attack) - this player refrains from crosses in order to make lateral dribbles to a greater extent, and the use of two crossers means that the team overall still 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*, and the use of three roaming/channel-running players means that the team overall still makes roaming movement and runs into channels to an average extent
  • Lateral dribbles <= Inside Forward (WF Attack)
    • Contrary (disciplined dribbles) <= Winger (WF Support) - the use of one inverted wide player means that the team overall still makes lateral dribbles to an average extent
  • Crosses from deep - not implemented
  • Tackling - not implemented
  • Speculative shots - not implemented
    • Contrary (refraining from shots) <= 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.

1.3. Fluid Attacking Football

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

Team shape: Fluid - to implement a more fluid playing system - style methods are therefore implemented mainly using team instructions

Other team instructions:

  • Use Offside Trap - to implement the stepping up style method
  • Pass Into Space - to implement the risky passes style method
  • Run At Defence - to implement the direct dribbles style method
  • Roam From Positions - to implement the roaming movement style method

Formation type: 3-4-3

Formation name: 3-4-3 - 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 tactical roles):

  • GK: Goalkeeper (GK Defend)
  • D: Holding CB - 2.0 - Central Defender (CCB Defend) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • D: Holding CB - 2.0 - Central Defender (Wide and Off-Centre CB Defend) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • D: Holding CB - 2.0 - Central Defender (Wide and Off-Centre CB Defend) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • M: Offensive WB - 2.0 - Wing Back (WB Support) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • M: Offensive WB - 2.0 - Wing Back (WB Support) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • M: Holding CM - 1.5 - Central Midfielder (Off-Centre CM Defend) - covering, pressing central midfield water-carrier, creator
  • M: Supporting CM - 0.0 - Central Midfielder (Off-Centre CM Support) - pressing, number-eight central midfield water-carrier, creator
  • A: Offensive WF - 2.5 - Inside Forward (WF Attack) - pressuring wide player - auxiliary number-nine central attack goal-scorer
  • A: Offensive WF - 2.5 - Inside Forward (WF Attack) - pressuring wide player - auxiliary number-nine central attack goal-scorer
  • A: Supporting CF - 1.5 - Deep Lying Forward (CCF Support) - number-ten, pressuring, spearhead central attack runner

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

Key tactical roles are not shown where a player would be atypical or vacating.

Other player instructions:

  • 2 Wing Backs (WB Support)
    • Cross From Deep - to implement the crosses from deep style method
    • Cross More Often - to implement the crosses style method

Off the ball forward movement partnerships:

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

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

Penetration score: high (1.20) - more suitable for high relative overall ability teams

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

Support score: moderate (1.17)

Number-tens:

  • Technical and target-man - Deep Lying Forward (CF Support)

A technical number-ten is used as the attacking football core style is being implemented.

Symmetry:

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

Counterbalancing combinations: none

Style methods:

  • High risk mentality <= Control team mentality
  • Risky passes <= Pass Into Space
  • Direct dribbles <= Run At Defence, 2 Inside Forwards (WF Attack)
    • Contrary (refraining from dribbles) <= 3 Central Defenders (CB Defend) - the use of Run At Defence and two dribbling players means that the team overall still makes direct dribbles to a greater extent
  • Roaming movement / runs into channels / drifting movement <= Roam From Positions
    • Contrary (disciplined movement) <= 3 Central Defenders (CB Defend), Central Midfielder (CM Defend) - these players make disciplined movement in order to act as covering players*, and the use of Roam From Positions means that the team overall still makes roaming movement to a greater extent
  • Stepping up <= Use Offside Trap
  • Lateral dribbles <= 2 Inside Forwards (WF Attack)
  • Crosses from deep <= 2 Wing Backs (WB Support)
  • Crosses <= 2 Wing Backs (WB Support)
    • Contrary (refraining from crosses) <= 2 Inside Forwards (WF Attack) - these players refrain from crosses in order to make lateral dribbles to a greater extent, and the use of two crossers means that the team overall still makes crosses to an average extent
  • Creative freedom - not implemented
  • Tight marking - not implemented
  • Tackling - not implemented
  • Speculative shots - not implemented
    • Contrary (refraining from shots) <= 3 Central Defenders (CB 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. Structured Counter Attacking Football - Raumdeuter

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

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

Other team instructions: none

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: 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: Offensive FB - 1.5 - Wing Back (FB Support) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • D: Offensive FB - 1.5 - Wing Back (FB Support) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • M: Holding DM - 5.0 - Anchor Man (CDM Defend) - covering central midfield water-carrier
  • M: Holding CM - 3.0 - Deep Lying Playmaker (RCM Support) - covering, pressing, central midfield creator
  • M: Supporting CM - 0.0 - Central Midfielder (LCM Support) - pressing, number-eight central midfield water-carrier, creator
  • A: Offensive WF - 4.5 - Raumdeuter (RWF Attack) - pressuring wide player - auxiliary number-nine, pressuring central attack goal-scorer
  • A: Offensive WF - 3.0 - Winger (LWF Attack) - attacking, pressuring wide creator
  • A: Supporting CF - 1.5 - Deep Lying Forward (CCF Support) - number-ten, pressuring, spearhead central attack runner

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

Key tactical roles are not shown where a player would be atypical or vacating.

Other player instructions: none

Off the ball forward movement partnerships:

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

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

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

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

Support score: moderate (1.08)

Number-tens:

  • Technical and target-man - Deep Lying Forward (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) / Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Support) + Central Midfielder (CM Support)

Style methods:

  • Low risk mentality <= Counter team mentality
  • Refraining from shots <= 2 Defensive Centre Backs (CB Defend), Anchor Man (DM Defend), Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Support)
  • Disciplined movement <= 2 Defensive Centre Backs (CB Stopper/Cover), Anchor Man (DM Defend), Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Support)
    • Contrary (roaming movement / runs into channels) <= Raumdeuter (WF Attack) - the use of four disciplined-running players means that the team overall still makes disciplined movement to a greater extent
  • Refraining from dribbles <= 2 Defensive Centre Backs (CB Stopper/Cover), Anchor Man (DM Defend)
    • Contrary (direct dribbles) <= Winger (WF Attack) - the direct dribbles made by this player tend to be disciplined dribbles made in order to make crosses from byline, and the use of three restricted-dribbling players means that the team overall still refrains from dribbles to a greater extent
  • Safe passes <= 2 Defensive Centre Backs (CB Stopper/Cover), Anchor Man (DM Defend)
    • Contrary (risky passes) <= Deep Lying Forward (CF Support) - the use of three safe-passing players means that the team overall still makes safe passes to a greater extent
  • Disciplined dribbles <= Winger (WF Attack)
  • Crosses from byline <= Winger (WF Attack)
  • Tactical discipline <= 2 Defensive Centre Backs (CB Stopper/Cover)
    • Contrary (creative freedom) <= Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Support) - the use of two disciplined players means that the team overall still uses tactical discipline to a greater extent
  • Refraining from crosses <= Raumdeuter (WF Attack)
    • Contrary (crosses) <= Winger (WF Attack) - the crosses made by this player tend to be crosses from byline, and the use of one restricted-crossing player means that the team overall still refrains from crosses to an average extent
  • 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. Fluid Counter Attacking Football

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

Team shape: Fluid - to implement a more fluid playing system - style methods are therefore implemented mainly using team instructions

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: 3-5-2

Formation name: 3-1-4-1-1 DM - formation score* 0.93 - this is a fairly 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 tactical roles):

  • GK: Goalkeeper (GK Defend)
  • D: Holding CB - 2.0 - Central Defender (CCB 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: Holding CB - 2.0 - Central Defender (Off-Centre CB Defend) - orthodox, covering, safe-playing, stopper central defender
  • M: Holding DM - 3.0 - Defensive Midfielder (CDM Defend) - covering central midfield water-carrier
  • M: Offensive WB - 2.5 - Wing Back (RWB Attack) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • M: Offensive WB - 1.5 - Wing Back (LWB Support) - attacking, shielding wide creator
  • M: Supporting CM - 1.0 - Central Midfielder (Wide RCM Support) - pressing, number-eight central midfield water-carrier, creator - auxiliary pressuring wide creator
  • M: Offensive CM - 2.0 - Central Midfielder (Wide LCM Attack) - number-eight central midfielder - auxiliary central attack runner, goal-scorer - auxiliary pressuring wide creator
  • A: Supporting AM - 0.5 - Attacking Midfielder (CAM Support) - pressuring central attack runner, goal-scorer
  • 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.

Key tactical roles are not shown where a player would be atypical or vacating.

Other player instructions:

Off the ball forward movement partnerships:

  • Central midfield - direct (1 high risk, 1 low risk)
  • The flanks - direct (1 overloading), overlapping (1 high risk)
  • Central attack - direct (1 high risk, 1 overloading), overlapping (1 high 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: moderate (1.17)

Number-tens:

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

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

Symmetry:

  • Central defence
    • Covering central defenders - CCB achieves symmetry
    • Stopper central defenders - CCB achieves symmetry
  • Central midfield
    • Covering central midfielders - CDM achieves symmetry
    • Pressing central midfielders - Wide RCM and Wide LCM achieve symmetry, although the LCM is a vacating player (this is explained as a vacating players special case*)
    • Number-eight central midfielders - Wide RCM and Wide LCM achieve symmetry

Counterbalancing combinations:

  • Central midfield
    • Restrained central midfielder / pressing central midfielder
      • Defensive Midfielder (DM Defend) / 2 Central Midfielders (CM Support/Attack)

Style methods:

  • Low risk mentality <= Counter team mentality
  • Disciplined movement <= Stick To Positions, 3 Central Defenders (CB Defend), Defensive Midfielder (DM Defend)
    • Contrary (runs into channels) <= Deep Lying Forward (CF Attack) - the use of Stick To Positions and four disciplined-running players means that the team overall still makes disciplined movement to a greater extent
  • Tactical discipline <= Be More Disciplined
  • Refraining from dribbles <= 3 Central Defenders (CB Defend), Defensive Midfielder (DM Defend)
    • Contrary (direct dribbles) <= Wing Back (WB Attack) - the direct dribbles made by this player tend to be disciplined dribbles made in order to make crosses from byline, and the use of four restricted-dribbling players means that the team overall still refrains from dribbles to a greater extent
  • Refraining from shots <= 3 Central Defenders (CB Defend)
  • Disciplined dribbles <= Wing Back (WB Attack)
  • Crosses from byline <= Wing Back (WB Attack)
  • Safe passes - not implemented
  • Stepping back - not implemented
  • Loose marking - not implemented
  • Holding off - not implemented
  • Refraining from crosses - not implemented
    • Contrary (crosses) <= Wing Back (WB Attack) - the crosses made by this player tend to be crosses from byline, and the team overall still refrains from crosses to an average extent

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

2.3. 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 tactical roles):

  • 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.

Key tactical roles are not shown where a player would be atypical or vacating.

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)