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Provided below for roles and duties, and each specific player instruction, where relevant, are:

  • Playing Positions Available For - the playing positions for which the player instruction is available.
  • Affected By - the other tactical instructions that automatically affect the player instruction.
  • Related Team Instructions - team instructions that are similar and opposing to the player instruction. These are equivalent to the related player instructions that are provided for each team instruction in the Team Instructions guide.

1. Roles & Duties

There are various different roles that can be assigned to players, and three main duties.

The main duties that can be assigned, in order from more attacking to more defensive, are:

  • Attack
  • Support (the mid-range duty that provides a balance between the attack and defend duties)
  • Stopper (can only be assigned to players in the central defender position)
  • Defend
  • Cover (can only be assigned to players in the central defender position)

In addition, with some roles an automatic duty can be assigned. An automatic duty essentially acts as a more attacking duty when using more attacking team mentalities and a more defensive duty when using more defensive team mentalities.

1.1.1. Playing Positions Available For

The roles and duties that are available vary by playing position. Details are provided in the Roles & Duties guide.

1.1.2. Effects

Assigning a more attacking duty to a particular player:

  • Increases the player mentality bar for the player (instructs the player to push up further and play with a higher risk approach).
  • Gives the player higher risk player instructions as appropriate for his assigned role.

The more attacking the duty is, the more pronounced these effects are.

Assigning a more defensive duty to a particular player:

  • Decreases the player mentality bar for the player (instructs the player to sit deeper and play with a lower risk approach).
  • Gives the player lower risk player instructions as appropriate for his assigned role.

The more defensive the duty is, the more pronounced these effects are.

The player instructions set by each role and duty combination are detailed separately in the Roles & Duties guide.

Assigning a more attacking duty to a particular player:

Attacking methods

  • Attacking depth (pushing up further).
  • Higher risk approach (forward runs, dribbles, risky passes (and, therefore, longer passes and through balls) and speculative shots are used to a slightly greater extent).

Defending methods

  • Defensive depth (as for attacking depth).

Assigning a more defensive duty to a particular player:

Attacking methods

  • Attacking depth (sitting deeper).
  • Lower risk approach (holding back, and shorter passes and passes to player (as a result of safe passes) are used to a slightly greater extent).

Control methods

  • Lower risk approach (refraining from dribbles, safe passes and refraining from shots are used to a slightly greater extent).

Defending methods

  • Defensive depth (as for attacking depth).

2. Specific Player Instructions

2.1. Player Mentality

2.1.1. Playing Positions Available For

All playing positions.

2.1.2. Effects

Increasing the player mentality bar for a particular player:

  • Instructs the player to push up further.
  • Instructs the player to play with a higher risk approach and, therefore, to make forward runs to a slightly greater extent, make dribbles slightly more frequently, make risky passes slightly more frequently (and, therefore, make longer passes and through balls slightly more frequently), and take speculative shots slightly more frequently.

The larger the player mentality bar is, the more pronounced these effects are.

Decreasing the player mentality bar for a particular player:

  • Instructs the player to sit deeper.
  • Instructs the player 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), make dribbles slightly less frequently, make risky passes slightly less frequently (and, therefore, make safe passes slightly more frequently), and take speculative shots slightly less frequently.

The smaller the player mentality bar is, the more pronounced these effects are.

Increasing the player mentality bar for a particular player:

Attacking methods

  • Attacking depth (pushing up further).
  • Higher risk approach (forward runs, dribbles, risky passes (and, therefore, longer passes and through balls) and speculative shots are used to a slightly greater extent).

Defending methods

  • Defensive depth (as for attacking depth).

Decreasing the player mentality bar for a particular player:

Attacking methods

  • Attacking depth (sitting deeper).
  • Lower risk approach (holding back, and shorter passes and passes to player (as a result of safe passes) are used to a slightly greater extent).

Control methods

  • Lower risk approach (refraining from dribbles, safe passes and refraining from shots are used to a slightly greater extent).

Defending methods

  • Defensive depth (as for attacking depth).

2.1.4. Affected By

  • Team mentality - using a more attacking team mentality increases the player mentality bar for all players. Using a more defensive team mentality decreases the player mentality bar for all players.
  • 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.
  • Playing position.
  • Duty.
  • Exploit The Left Flank - increases the player mentality bar for players in left-sided wide playing positions.
  • Exploit The Right Flank - increases the player mentality bar for players in right-sided wide playing positions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Increasing the player mentality bar for a particular player:

  • Similar team instructions - Exploit The Left Flank, Exploit The Right Flank, Exploit The Middle, Look For Overlap.
  • Opposing team instructions - Look For Overlap.

Decreasing the player mentality bar for a particular player:

  • Similar team instructions - Look For Overlap.
  • Opposing team instructions - Exploit The Left Flank, Exploit The Right Flank, Exploit The Middle, Look For Overlap.

2.2. Closing Down

2.2.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.2.2. Effects

Increasing (or expanding) the player CLOSING DOWN slider for a particular player, e.g. to More or Much More:

  • Instructs the player to close down earlier.

The more the slider is increased or expanded, the more pronounced this effect is.

Decreasing (or compressing) the player CLOSING DOWN slider for a particular player, e.g. to Less or Much Less:

  • Instructs the player to close down later and, therefore, to sit off longer.

The more the slider is decreased or compressed, the more pronounced this effect is.

Increasing (or expanding) the player CLOSING DOWN slider for a particular player, e.g. to More or Much More:

Defending methods

  • Closing down.

Decreasing (or compressing) the player CLOSING DOWN slider for a particular player, e.g. to Less or Much Less:

Defending methods

  • Sitting off.

2.2.4. Affected By

  • Team mentality - using a more attacking team mentality expands the player CLOSING DOWN slider for all players. Using a more defensive team mentality compresses the player CLOSING DOWN slider for all players.
  • Team shape - using a more fluid team shape expands the player CLOSING DOWN slider for all players. Using a more structured team shape compresses the player CLOSING DOWN slider for all players.
  • Defensive line - increasing (or expanding) the team DEFENSIVE LINE slider expands the player CLOSING DOWN slider for all players. Decreasing (or compressing) the team DEFENSIVE LINE slider compresses the player CLOSING DOWN slider for all players.
  • Closing down - increasing (or expanding) the team CLOSING DOWN slider expands the player CLOSING DOWN slider for all players. Decreasing (or compressing) the team CLOSING DOWN slider compresses the player CLOSING DOWN slider for all players.

Increasing the player CLOSING DOWN slider for a particular player:

  • Similar team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team DEFENSIVE LINE slider, increasing (or expanding) the team CLOSING DOWN slider.
  • Opposing team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team DEFENSIVE LINE slider, decreasing (or compressing) the team CLOSING DOWN slider.

Decreasing the player CLOSING DOWN slider for a particular player:

  • Similar team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team DEFENSIVE LINE slider, decreasing (or compressing) the team CLOSING DOWN slider.
  • Opposing team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team DEFENSIVE LINE slider, increasing (or expanding) the team CLOSING DOWN slider.

2.3. Mark Tighter

2.3.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.3.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to use tight marking to a greater extent when marking.

Defending methods

  • Tight marking.
  • Similar team instructions - Use Tight Marking.

2.4. Mark Specific Player

The MARK SPECIFIC PLAYER drop-down is available immediately before and during a match. It can be used to select a particular opposition player to be marked.

2.4.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.4.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to man mark the selected opposition player.

Defending methods

  • Man marking.

2.5. Tackle Harder

2.5.1. Playing Positions Available For

All playing positions.

2.5.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to tackle harder.

Defending methods

  • Tackling.
  • Similar team instructions - Get Stuck In.
  • Opposing team instructions - Stay On Feet.

2.6. Ease Off Tackles

2.6.1. Playing Positions Available For

All playing positions.

2.6.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to tackle easier and, therefore, to hold off to a greater extent.

Defending methods

  • Holding off.
  • Similar team instructions - Stay On Feet.
  • Opposing team instructions - Get Stuck In.

2.7. Get Further Forward

2.7.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.7.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make forward runs to a large extent.

Attacking methods

  • Forward runs.
  • Similar team instructions - Take More Risks, Pump Ball Into Box, Exploit The Left Flank, Exploit The Right Flank, Exploit The Middle, Look For Overlap.
  • Opposing team instructions - Take A Breather, Play Even Safer, Exploit The Middle, Look For Overlap.

2.8. Sit Narrower

2.8.1. Playing Positions Available For

Wide playing positions.

2.8.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to use width to a lesser extent and, therefore, to use wide support to a greater extent.

Control methods

  • Wide support.

Defending methods

  • Compactness (horizontal compactness, as a result of wide support).
  • Similar team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team WIDTH slider, decreasing (or compressing) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider.
  • Opposing team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team WIDTH slider. increasing (or expanding) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider.

2.9. Stay Wider

2.9.1. Playing Positions Available For

Wide playing positions.

2.9.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to use width to a greater extent.

Attacking methods

  • Width.
  • Similar team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team WIDTH slider, increasing (or expanding) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider.
  • Opposing team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team WIDTH slider, decreasing (or compressing) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider.

2.10. Move Into Channels

2.10.1. Playing Positions Available For

The centre midfielder, attacking midfielder and striker positions.

2.10.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make runs into channels more frequently.

Attacking methods

  • Runs into channels.
  • Overloads (in wider areas, as a result of wide support).

Control methods

  • Wide support (in wider areas, as a result of runs into channels).

2.11. Hold Position

2.11.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.11.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make forward runs to a minimal extent and, therefore, to hold back to a large extent.
  • Instructs the player to make roaming movement to a minimal extent and, therefore, to make disciplined movement to a large extent.

Attacking methods

  • Holding back.
  • Passes to player (from teammates, as a result of holding back).

Control methods

  • Disciplined movement.
  • Similar team instructions - Take A Breather, Play Even Safer, Exploit The Middle, Look For Overlap, Stick To Positions.
  • Opposing team instructions - Take More Risks, Pump Ball Into Box, Exploit The Left Flank, Exploit The Right Flank, Exploit The Middle, Look For Overlap, Roam From Positions.

2.12. Roam From Position

2.12.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.12.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make roaming movement to a greater extent.

Attacking methods

  • Roaming movement.
  • Similar team instructions - Roam From Positions.
  • Opposing team instructions - Stick To Positions.

2.13. Cut Inside With Ball

2.13.1. Playing Positions Available For

Wide playing positions.

2.13.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to cut inside more frequently when making dribbles.

Attacking methods

  • Roaming dribbles (cutting inside).

2.14. Run Wide With Ball

2.14.1. Playing Positions Available For

Wide playing positions.

2.14.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to dribble wide more frequently when making dribbles.

Attacking methods

  • Roaming dribbles (dribbles wide).

2.15. Hold Up Ball

2.15.1. Playing Positions Available For

The striker, winger and attacking midfielder positions.

2.15.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to hold up the ball more frequently.

Attacking methods

  • Hold-up play.

Control methods

  • Hold-up play.

2.16. Passing Directness

2.16.1. Playing Positions Available For

All playing positions.

2.16.2. Effects

Increasing (or expanding) the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for a particular player, e.g. to More Direct Passing:

  • Instructs the player to use a longer passing range.

The more the slider is increased or expanded, the more pronounced this effect is.

Decreasing (or compressing) the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for a particular player, e.g. to Shorter Passing:

  • Instructs the player to use a shorter passing range.

The more the slider is decreased or compressed, the more pronounced this effect is.

Increasing (or expanding) the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for a particular player, e.g. to More Direct Passing:

Attacking methods

  • Longer passes.

Decreasing (or compressing) the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for a particular player, e.g. to Shorter Passing:

Attacking methods

  • Shorter passes.

Control methods

  • Safe passes (as a result of shorter passes).

2.16.4. Affected By

  • Team mentality - using a more attacking team mentality expands the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players with an attack duty; compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players with a defend, stopper or cover duty. Using a more defensive team mentality expands the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players with a defend, stopper or cover duty; compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players with an attack duty. Players assigned any of the Deep-Lying Playmaker, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Wide Playmaker and Ball Winning Midfielder roles are unaffected.
  • 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.
  • Pump Ball Into Box - expands the PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for most players not in the attacking midfielder or striker positions. Players assigned any of the Deep-Lying Playmaker, Regista, Advanced Playmaker and Inside Forward roles are unaffected.
  • 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.
  • Passing Directness - increasing (or expanding) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider expands the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for all players. Decreasing (or compressing) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for all players.
  • Retain Possession - compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for all players.

Increasing the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider:

  • Similar team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider, Clear Ball To Flanks, Pump Ball Into Box.
  • Opposing team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider, Play Out Of Defence, Retain Possession.

Decreasing the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider:

  • Similar team instructions - decreasing (or compressing) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider, Play Out Of Defence, Retain Possession.
  • Opposing team instructions - increasing (or expanding) the team PASSING DIRECTNESS slider, Clear Ball To Flanks, Pump Ball Into Box.

2.17. Cross From Deep

2.17.1. Playing Positions Available For

Wide playing positions.

2.17.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make crosses more frequently when in deeper areas.

Attacking methods

  • Crosses (from deeper areas).
  • Similar team instructions - Hit Early Crosses.

2.18. Cross From Byline

2.18.1. Playing Positions Available For

Wide playing positions.

2.18.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make crosses more frequently when in more advanced areas closer to the byline.

Attacking methods

  • Crosses (from closer to the byline).
  • Opposing team instructions - Hit Early Crosses.

2.19. Cross More Often

2.19.1. Playing Positions Available For

Wide playing positions.

2.19.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make crosses more frequently.

Attacking methods

  • Crosses.
  • Similar team instructions - Pump Ball Into Box, Exploit The Left Flank, Exploit The Right Flank, Hit Early Crosses.
  • Opposing team instructions - Work Ball Into Box.

2.20. Cross Less Often

2.20.1. Playing Positions Available For

Wide playing positions.

2.20.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make crosses less frequently.

Attacking methods

  • Refraining from crosses.
  • Similar team instructions - Work Ball Into Box.
  • Opposing team instructions - Pump Ball Into Box, Exploit The Left Flank, Exploit The Right Flank, Hit Early Crosses.

2.21. Dribble More

2.21.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.21.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make dribbles more frequently.

Attacking methods

  • Dribbles.
  • Similar team instructions - Take More Risks, Run At Defence.
  • Opposing team instructions - Play Even Safer, Hit Early Crosses, Look For Overlap, Dribble Less.

2.22. Dribble Less

2.22.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.22.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make dribbles less frequently.

Attacking methods

  • Hold-up play (as a result of refraining from dribbles).

Control methods

  • Hold-up play.
  • Refraining from dribbles.
  • Similar team instructions - Play Even Safer, Hit Early Crosses, Look For Overlap, Dribble Less.
  • Opposing team instructions - Take More Risks, Run At Defence.

2.23. Shoot More Often

2.23.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.23.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to take speculative shots more frequently.

Attacking methods

  • Speculative shots.
  • Similar team instructions - Shoot On Sight
  • Opposing team instructions - Work Ball Into Box.

2.24. Shoot Less Often

2.24.1. Playing Positions Available For

All outfield playing positions.

2.24.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to take speculative shots less frequently.

Control methods

  • Refraining from shots.
  • Similar team instructions - Work Ball Into Box.
  • Opposing team instructions - Shoot On Sight.

2.25. More Risky Passes

2.25.1. Playing Positions Available For

All playing positions.

2.25.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make risky passes more frequently and, therefore, to make longer passes and through balls more frequently.

Attacking methods

  • Risky passes (longer passes and through balls).
  • Similar team instructions - Take More Risks, Exploit The Middle, Pass Into Space.
  • Opposing team instructions - Play Even Safer, Retain Possession.

2.26. Fewer Risky Passes

2.26.1. Playing Positions Available For

All playing positions.

2.26.2. Effects

  • Instructs the player to make risky passes less frequently and, therefore, to make safe passes more frequently.
  • Compresses the player PASSING DIRECTNESS slider for the player (instructs the player to use a shorter passing range).

Attacking methods

  • Shorter passes (as a result of safe passes).
  • Passes to player (as a result of safe passes).

Control methods