Roles & Duties

A player’s assigned role and duty determine how he is supposed to play by giving him a set of instructions that are appropriate for the tasks required of that particular role and duty combination. These instructions are also affected by your team instructions, as well as any custom alterations you make to refine a particular player's behaviour.

While there are various different roles that each broadly defines a player’s responsibilities, there are only three main duties. These are defend, support and attack. They essentially determine how much a player should contribute defensively and offensively. There are also separate duties available for central defenders, but these will be discussed later.

Selecting Auto Assign Roles from the drop-down menu for your starting tactic will assign each player a generic role based on his position in your formation. Similarly, selecting Auto Assign Duties will give your players a fairly balanced set of duties.

However, the less fluid your playing style is, the more important it is to specifically define how you want your players to play by choosing more specialist roles. Furthermore, regardless of your fluidity it is important to review assigned duties and ensure that roles and duties are well balanced. To give a basic overview, you will need players that protect your goal, try to win back the ball, keep possession, contribute to build-up play, create chances and score goals.

Role and duty combinations for each player should be chosen by considering the suitability of your players’ attributes and preferred moves, which combinations work well with each other to give a balanced tactic, and which combinations suit your tactical style.

To help you with assigning roles and duties that suit your players, listed below for each role are its description and key attributes as given in the game, along with a list of preferred moves which complement the role and some further preferred moves that may be useful.

The complementary preferred moves are those that merely replicate the instructions given by the role. These are not preferred moves that it would necessarily be beneficial for a player to learn, or moves that need to be unlearned. However, they will cause a player to be less tactically flexible as they may not be suitable for other roles or duties. They may also become unsuitable as a result of your team instructions and any alterations you make to player instructions.

The useful preferred moves on the other hand are those that you may wish to consider in particular for a player in that role to learn. Further details of which types of players preferred moves can be useful for are provided in the preferred moves guide.

In addition, to help you with assigning role and duty combinations that work well together and suit your tactical style, a detailed tactical analysis is provided for each area of the pitch.

The analysis assumes for simplicity that a balanced fluidity is being used, that no specific team instructions have been set beyond those directly appropriate for the tactical styles where discussed, and that roles and duties are used with no custom alterations to player instructions unless specified. You will therefore have to consider the effects of your chosen team instructions, which are discussed in the relevant guides, as well as any alterations you make to player instructions. For example, a limited defender will normally make direct passes but this will not be the case if you are using the play out of defence team instruction.

Read Inverting the Pyramid to further improve your tactical knowledge and understanding.

Goalkeepers

Goalkeeper

The Goalkeeper role focuses on simple and risk-free use of the ball, with the keeper simply looking to play the ball away from goal to an open player. If a player is not open, the keeper will play it long and safe.

The Goalkeeper will distribute the ball differently between match strategies. For more cautious tactics, he will aim to clear the ball deep whereas for more aggressive ones he will feed the defence in order to start off passing moves.

Key Attributes

Defend

Goalkeeping: Aerial Ability, Command of Area, Handling, One On Ones, Reflexes

Mental: Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Positioning

Physical: Agility

Sweeper Keeper

The Sweeper Keeper aims to perform two roles, those of the standard Goalkeeper and the outfield Sweeper.

Alongside standard goalkeeping duties, he will sweep up balls in front of and wide of the penalty area and initiate counter-attacking moves with direct through balls to breaking players.

With a defend duty, the Sweeper Keeper will be a lot more cautious, but will still play counter-attacking balls when they are on.

With a support duty, the Sweeper Keeper will stray just outside the penalty box and look to play counter attacking passes.

With an attack duty, the Sweeper Keeper will travel some distance outside his area and be happy to move out with the ball at his feet.

Key Attributes

Defend, Support, Attack

Goalkeeping: Aerial Ability, Command of Area, Communication, Eccentricity, First Touch, Handling, Reflexes, Rushing Out

Mental: Composure, Concentration, Creativity, Decisions, Positioning

Physical: Acceleration, Agility, Pace

Read the tactical analysis on goalkeepers

Central Defenders

Central Defender

The main job of the Central Defender is to stop the opposing attackers from playing and to clear the ball from danger when required.

However, especially for more aggressive tactics, he must also possess the technique and composure to be able to help the team maintain possession and lay off simple passes to more creative players.

With a defend duty, the Central Defender will stay in line with his defensive partner and look to break up attacks, mark opposing forwards and prevent the ball from getting into the box.

With a stopper duty, the Central Defender will push ahead of the defensive line and close down players before they get to the area.

With a cover duty, the Central Defender will drop a little deeper and sweep up through balls behind the defensive line.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning

Physical: Jumping, Strength

Stopper

Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Aggression, Bravery, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning

Physical: Jumping, Strength

Cover

Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning

Physical: Acceleration, Jumping, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball

Stays back at all times

Plays no through balls

Ball-Playing Defender

The main job of the Ball-Playing Defender is to stop the opposing attackers from playing and to clear the ball from danger when required.

However, unlike standard Central Defenders the Ball-Playing Defender is encouraged to launch defence splitting through balls from deep to generate counter-attacking opportunities.

With a defend duty, the Ball-Playing Defender will stay in line with his defensive partner and look to break up attacks, mark opposing forwards and prevent the ball from getting into the box.

With a stopper duty, the Ball-Playing Defender will push ahead of the defensive line and close down players before they get to the area.

With a cover duty, the Ball-Playing Defender will drop a little deeper and sweep up through balls behind the defensive line.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Technique

Mental: Composure, Concentration, Creativity, Decisions, Determination, Positioning

Physical: Jumping, Strength

Stopper

Technical: Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Technique

Mental: Aggression, Bravery, Composure, Concentration, Creativity, Decisions, Determination, Positioning

Physical: Jumping, Strength

Cover

Technical: Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Technique

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Creativity, Decisions, Determination, Positioning

Physical: Acceleration, Jumping, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball

Stays back at all times

Tries killer balls often

Limited Defender

The main job of the Limited Defender is to stop the opposing attackers from playing and to clear the ball from danger when required.

The aim is to win the ball without giving away a free kick and get it cleared safely up field in a no-nonsense manner.

With a defend duty, the Limited Defender will stay in line with his defensive partner and look to break up attacks, mark opposing forwards and prevent the ball from getting into the box.

With a stopper duty, the Limited Defender will push ahead of the defensive line and close down players before they get to the area.

With a cover duty, the Limited Defender will drop a little deeper and sweep up through balls behind the defensive line.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Determination, Positioning

Physical: Jumping, Strength

Stopper

Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Positioning

Physical: Jumping, Strength

Cover

Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Determination, Positioning

Physical: Acceleration, Jumping, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball

Stays back at all times

Plays no through balls

Tries long range passes

Sweeper

The Sweeper drops behind the defensive line, aiming to sweep up through balls, pick up extra attackers and make goal saving tackles, blocks and secure possession.

His exceptional athleticism and reading of the game enable him to cover for defensive errors, take possession of loose balls from a deep position and secure possession.

He rarely, if ever, ventures forward.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Positioning

Physical: Acceleration, Balance, Jumping

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks Opponent Tightly

Runs rarely with ball

Stays back at all times

Libero

The Libero drops behind the defensive line, aiming to sweep up through balls, pick up extra attackers and make goal saving tackles, blocks and interceptions.

His exceptional athleticism and reading of the game enable him to cover for defensive errors, take possession of loose balls from a deep position and secure possession. However, he will also roam forwards in support of the midfield when the team has possession.

With a support duty, the Libero will step into the midfield when possession is secured and look to play balls through to attacking teammates.

With an attack duty, the Libero ventures much higher up the pitch to provide a goal scoring threat from distance alongside looking to play in team mates.

Key Attributes

Support

Technical: Dribbling, Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Creativity, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork

Physical: Acceleration, Balance, Jumping

Attack

Technical: Dribbling, Heading, Long Shots, Marking, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Creativity, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork

Physical: Acceleration, Balance, Jumping

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (support duty)

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Shoots from distance (attack duty)

Tries killer balls often

Read the tactical analysis on central defenders

Central Midfielders

Defensive Midfielder

The Defensive Midfielder's main duties are to protect the defensive line from breaking attackers by closing them down quickly and to support the creative midfielders when in possession.

A key job of the Defensive Midfielder is to keep hold of the ball while the defence and attack are reorganising themselves after a period of opposition pressure.

With a defend duty, the Defensive Midfielder will hold his position between the midfield and defensive lines and recycle possession from a deep position.

With a support duty, the Defensive Midfielder will step into the midfield line and support attacking moves.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Marking, Tackling

Mental: Concentration, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina, Strength

Support

Technical: Marking, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Dives in to tackles (support duty)

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball

Stays back at all times (defend duty)

Stops play

Deep-Lying Playmaker

The Deep-Lying Playmaker operates in the space between the defence and the midfield and aims to initiate attacking moves via pinpoint passes to players positioned higher up the pitch.

Although primarily a creative player, the Deep-Lying Playmaker also has to be competent in the art of defence.

With a defend duty, the Deep-Lying Playmaker will fulfil extra defensive responsibilities by holding position in front of the defence and will rarely look to support attacks.

With a support duty, the Deep-Lying Playmaker will bring the ball out of defence and look for long shot opportunities as well as supplying through balls.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Marking, Passing, Tackling, Technique

Mental: Composure, Creativity, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork

Physical: Strength

Support

Technical: First Touch, Passing, Tackling, Technique

Mental: Composure, Creativity, Decisions, Off The Ball, Positioning, Teamwork

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball (defend duty)

Stops play

Stays back at all times

Tries killer balls often

Useful Preferred Moves

Comes deep to get ball

Dictates tempo

Curls ball

Ball-Winning Midfielder

Playing in central midfield the Ball-Winning Midfielder's main function is to close down the opposition and win the ball.

However, he also needs the technical skills to help the team keep possession and fashion out chances for players with attacking roles.

With a defend duty, the Ball-Winning Midfielder looks to win the ball in the centre of midfield and quickly lay it off to a more creative player.

With a support duty, the Ball-Winning Midfielder aims to win the ball back high up the pitch and support resulting counter attacking opportunities.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Marking, Tackling

Mental: Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Stamina, Strength

Support

Technical: Marking, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Dives in to tackles

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball (defend duty)

Stops play (defend duty)

Stays back at all times (defend duty)

Plays short simple passes (defend duty)

Plays no through balls (defend duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Arrives late in opposition area (support duty)

Anchor Man

Sometimes referred to as the 'Water Carrier', the Anchor Man's main duty is to sit in the hole between the defence and the midfield, intercepting moves, winning the ball and laying off simple passes to his more creative teammates.

Since his key job is to anchor the defence he doesn't venture too far from his position either to close down the opposition or to support the more advanced players.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning, Work Rate

Physical: Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball

Stays back at all times

Plays no through balls

Stops play

Half Back

The Half Back looks to serve a role somewhere between that of an aggressive sweeper and a defensive midfielder. With a Half Back, the central defenders themselves will push higher up the pitch while the Half Back drops deeper than a standard defensive midfielder and, in addition to his defensive duties, looks to offer an outlet for quickly recycling possession when the team's attacking play breaks down.

With a defend duty, the Half Back will be more inclined to limit himself to defensive capacities, ensuring the danger is tidied up in his own area first and foremost.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Marking, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball

Stays back at all times

Stops play

Regista

The Regista is a more aggressive version of the deep-lying playmaker suitable for possession-orientated systems that press high up the pitch. Given complete freedom to dictate play from deep positions, the Regista offers a dynamic and unpredictable creative outlet from behind the attack who seeks to maintain intense pressure by constantly looking for new chances as his more advanced teammates get into goalscoring positions.

Key Attributes

Support

Technical: First Touch, Passing, Tackling, Technique

Mental: Composure, Decisions, Off The Ball, Positioning, Teamwork

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Tries killer balls often

Useful Preferred Moves

Comes deep to get ball

Dictates tempo

Curls ball

Central Midfielder

The Central Midfielder has the technical ability to play attacking, support or defensive roles, but tends to lack the stamina, vision and drive to perform more than one simultaneously.

With a defend duty, the Central Midfielder stays back in front of the defence and plays a simple supporting game for those playing further up the pitch.

With a support duty, the Central Midfielder looks to hold his position in the middle of the park and play balls into the players ahead of him.

With an attack duty, the Central Midfielder looks to get into the box to support the forwards, drift wide to support the flanks in the final third and play in men ahead of him.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: First Touch, Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Decisions, Determination, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Support

Technical: First Touch, Long Shots, Marking, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Creativity, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Attack

Technical: Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Passing

Mental: Creativity, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Work Rate

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (defend and support duty)

Runs rarely with ball (defend duty)

Stops play (defend duty)

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Stays back at all times (defend duty)

Tries killer balls often (support and attack duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Arrives late in opposition area (support duty)

Gets into opposition area (attack duty)

Likes to switch ball to other flank

Box-to-Box Midfielder

The non-stop dynamism of the Box-to-Box Midfielder enables him to contribute greatly to both defending and attacking.

In attack, he pushes up to support the forwards, often surging late into the box to get on the end of crosses and pullbacks as well as providing a threat from distance.

In defence, he harries attacking midfielders and helps protect the defensive line.

Key Attributes

Support

Technical: Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Heading, Long Shots, Marking, Passing, Technique

Mental: Anticipation, Bravery, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Positioning, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Useful Preferred Moves

Arrives late in opposition area

Likes to switch ball to other flank

Advanced Playmaker

The Advanced Playmaker can operate in the central midfield, attacking midfield or wide forward positions.

The Advanced Playmaker aims to drop into holes between the opposition's midfield and defence, making himself available for his teammates' passes and aiming to turn defence into attack in an instant.

With a support duty, the Advanced Playmaker will stay in the hole and look to spray passes to support players and forwards.

With an attack duty, the Advanced Playmaker will look to run at the defensive line from deeper positions, aiming to craft out crossing or through ball opportunities as he moves into the final third.

Key Attributes

Support

Technical: First Touch, Passing, Technique

Mental: Creativity, Decisions, Flair, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Stamina

Attack

Technical: Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique

Mental: Anticipation, Creativity, Decisions, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (support duty)

Runs with ball through centre (attack duty)

Runs with ball often (attack duty)

Cuts inside (when in the winger position)

Tries killer balls often

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power

Knocks ball past opponent (attack duty)

Comes deep to get ball

Plays one-twos

Arrives late in opposition area

Dictates tempo

Curls ball

Attacking Midfielder

The Attacking Midfielder operates higher up the pitch than the standard midfielder, so he cannot drive into space from deep in the manner of an attacking Central Midfielder.

Requiring excellent technical and mental skills, his role is to fashion chances for himself and others in the final third before the opposition defenders reduce the time and space he has to make the play.

With a support duty, the Attacking Midfielder is willing to help out with defence and tends to sit in the hole rather than get into the box.

With an attack duty, the Attacking Midfielder looks to craft out chances for his forwards alongside being a presence in the box to supplement the attack.

Key Attributes

Support

Technical: First Touch, Long Shots, Passing, Technique

Mental: Creativity, Decisions, Flair, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Balance

Attack

Technical: Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique

Mental: Creativity, Decisions, Flair, Off The Ball, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (support duty)

Runs with ball through centre (attack duty)

Runs with ball often (attack duty)

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Tries killer balls often

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power

Knocks ball past opponent (attack duty)

Gets into opposition area (attack duty)

Comes deep to get ball (support duty)

Plays one-twos

Curls ball

Trequartista

The Trequartista can operate in the attacking midfield or centre forward positions.

While similar to the Advanced Playmaker in that he aims to drop into holes between the opposition's midfield and defence, the Trequartista does far less defensively and simply drifts around looking for space when the team is not in possession.

As such the rest of the team needs to carry him when defending, but use him as the main outlet when attacking.

Key Attributes

Attack

Technical: Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Creativity, Flair, Off The Ball

Physical: Agility

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Stays back at all times

Tries killer balls often

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power

Moves into channels

Comes deep to get ball

Plays one-twos

Arrives late in opposition area

Dictates tempo

Curls ball

Enganche

The Enganche is the side’s prime creator, a hook that joins midfield and attack and operates behind the strikers and a playmaker who sticks to his position and becomes a pivot to his team as they move around him. It differs to Trequartista, who likes to roam from his position, drifting around and looking for space between the lines.

Key Attributes

Attack

Technical: Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Creativity, Flair, Off The Ball

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Stays back at all times

Tries killer balls often

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power

Moves into channels

Comes deep to get ball

Plays one-twos

Arrives late in opposition area

Dictates tempo

Curls ball

Shadow Striker

The Shadow Striker operates as the team’s main goalscoring threat. Usually coupled with a deep-lying forward, the shadow striker aggressively pushes forward into goalscoring positions as the ball moves into the final third and looks to close down opposing defenders when out of possession.

Key Attributes

Attack

Technical: Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Tackling, Technique

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Work Rate

Physical: Agility, Stamina

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Gets forward whenever possible

Useful Preferred Moves

Places shots

Likes to round keeper

Likes to lob keeper

Tries first time shots

Knocks ball past opponent

Moves into channels

Likes to beat offside trap

Plays one-twos

Gets into opposition area

Curls ball

Read the tactical analysis on central midfielders

Wide Players

Full Back

The Full Back is a key player in modern football, having to supplement his traditional defensive duties with overlapping runs down the wing to support forward play and help attacks overload the final third.

Although primarily a defensive player, he must be prepared to get forward when the team needs extra width.

With a defend duty, the Full Back will stay back with the defensive line and make simple possession passes down the flanks or into central midfield.

With a support duty, the Full Back will support the midfield by providing extra width and will look for crosses and through balls when the opportunity for each arises.

With an attack duty, the Full Back supplements his defensive responsibilities by overlapping the midfield and providing first time crosses into the area.

With an automatic duty, the Full Back will switch automatically between defend and attack duties according to your team mentality.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Marking, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Concentration, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina

Support

Technical: Crossing, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Concentration, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina

Attack

Technical: Crossing, Dribbling, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Concentration, Off The Ball, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (defend duty)

Runs rarely with ball (defend duty)

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Stays back at all times (defend duty)

Plays no through balls (defend and attack duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Likes to switch ball to other flank

Wing Back

Usually playing out wide with no wing support, the Wing Back must fulfil all the attacking and defensive duties of wingers and full backs.

In attack he must be prepared to run at his man and put in aggressive crosses, in midfield to help win the possession battle and in defence to close down opponents, block crosses and win back the ball when possible.

With a defend duty, the Wing Back mainly stays deep, but will still cross the ball when in space to do so.

With a support duty, the Wing Back aims to provide angled through balls from out wide, although still crosses when the opportunity arises.

With an attack duty, the Wing Back aims to overlap down the flank to provide wide support for attacks, run at his man and get crosses in from the byline.

With an automatic duty, the Wing Back will switch automatically between defend, support and attack duties according to your team mentality.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Marking, Tackling

Mental: Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina

Support

Technical: Crossing, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina

Attack

Technical: Crossing, Dribbling, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Decisions, Off The Ball, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (defend duty)

Runs with ball down left/right (attack duty)

Runs with ball often (attack duty)

Runs rarely with ball (defend duty)

Gets forward whenever possible (support and attack duty)

Tries killer balls often (support duty)

Plays no through balls (defend duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Knocks ball past opponent

Likes to switch ball to other flank

Limited Full Back

The Limited Full Back knows his strengths and weaknesses and focuses predominantly on his defensive duties, scarcely going forward into a more attacking role.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Marking, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Concentration, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball

Stays back at all times

Plays no through balls

Tries long range passes

Useful Preferred Moves

Likes to switch ball to other flank

Complete Wing Back

The Complete Wing Back loves to attack, and whilst he is capable of occupying his defensive duties, his natural inclination is to affect the game in the opposition’s defensive third.

Key Attributes

Attack

Technical: Crossing, Dribbling, Marking, Tackling

Mental: Decisions, Flair, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Acceleration, Stamina

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Runs with ball down left/right

Runs with ball often

Gets forward whenever possible

Tries killer balls often

Useful Preferred Moves

Knocks ball past opponent

Plays one-twos

Likes to switch ball to other flank

Wide Midfielder

The Wide Midfielder performs defensive and attacking duties on the flanks, supporting the forwards, midfield and defence when required.

Generally lacking either the explosive pace or exciting dribbling skills of an out and out Winger, the Wide Midfielder relies on Teamwork and Work Rate to get into dangerous attacking positions without compromising defensive responsibilities.

With a defend duty, the Wide Midfielder will sit back and launch crosses from deep.

With a support duty, the Wide Midfielder will stay deeper and play angled through balls into the box from wide positions, although he will still cross when it is on.

With an attack duty, the Wide Midfielder looks to play quick crosses in from the final third.

With an automatic duty, the Wide Midfielder will switch automatically between defend, support and attack duties according to your team mentality.

Key Attributes

Defend, Support, Attack

Technical: Crossing, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Anticipation, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Stamina

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (defend duty)

Shoots from distance (support duty)

Runs rarely with ball (defend duty)

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Stays back at all times (defend duty)

Tries killer balls often (support duty)

Plays no through balls (defend duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power (support duty)

Plays one-twos (support and attack duty)

Likes to switch ball to other flank

Curls ball

Winger

The Winger aims to beat his man on the outside and needs to be technically proficient as well as quick in order to do so.

The Winger hugs the touchline when the team is going forward, ready to surge into space and attack the byline.

With a support duty, the Winger’s job is to try to quickly get past his man and get in an early cross for the forwards.

With an attack duty, the Winger will try and run at the defence in the final third, aiming to cause panic and indecision prior to shooting or attempting to make a through ball/cross to a team mate.

Key Attributes

Support, Attack

Technical: Crossing, Dribbling, Technique

Mental: Decisions, Flair, Off The Ball

Physical: Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Pace

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Runs with ball down left/right

Runs with ball often

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Hugs line (attack duty)

Tries killer balls often (support duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Knocks ball past opponent

Likes to beat the offside trap (attack duty)

Plays one-twos

Gets into opposition area (attack duty)

Likes to switch ball to other flank (support duty)

Curls Ball

Defensive Winger

The Defensive Winger aims to press the opposing full backs, win back the ball high up the pitch and either hold it up for the rest of the team, drive to the byline or get in a quick cross or through ball for the forwards.

With a support duty, the Defensive Winger’s job is to try to win the ball, get past his man and get in an early cross for the forwards.

Key Attributes

Defend, Support

Technical: Crossing, Dribbling, Marking, Tackling, Technique

Mental: Decisions, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Pace, Stamina

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Runs with ball down left/right (support duty)

Runs with ball often (support duty)

Stops play

Stays back at all times (defend duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Knock ball past opponent (support duty)

Plays one-twos (support duty)

Likes to switch ball to other flank

Curls ball

Inside Forward

The Inside Forward aims to cut inside from the flanks and run directly at the centre of the opposition's defence and works best when the player's strongest foot is opposite to the flank he is playing on.

This movement can open up space for overlapping Full Backs as well as overloading a retreating defender, although it can also end up with the player running into cul-de-sacs.

With a support duty, the Inside Forward will cut diagonally into the space behind the defence and play through balls or take long shots if the opportunity arises.

With an attack duty, the Inside Forward will run directly at the defence with the options of shooting, passing or crossing as he moves into the final third.

Key Attributes

Support

Technical: Dribbling, Long Shots, Passing, Technique

Mental: Decisions, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork

Physical: Acceleration, Pace

Attack

Technical: Crossing, Dribbling, Finishing, Passing

Mental: Decisions, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork

Physical: Acceleration, Pace

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Runs with ball through centre

Runs with ball often

Cuts inside

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Tries killer balls often

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power

Knocks ball past opponent

Likes to beat offside trap (attack duty)

Comes deep to get ball (support duty)

Plays one-twos

Arrives late in opposition area (support duty)

Gets into opposition area (attack duty)

Likes to switch ball to other flank (support duty)

Curls ball

Wide Target Man

The Wide Target Man will be the main outlet for clearances and long balls from the back. Ideally positioned against a smaller and weaker full-back, he will be asked to get hold of the ball and keep it before recycling it to a teammate.

With a support duty, the Wide Target Man is best used for relocating a tall and powerful target man to bully a small and weaker full back, offering knockdowns and opportunities to onrushing central players.

With an attack duty, the Wide Target Man will be the main focal point for his team and the outlet for the majority of their attacking play. Ideally positioned against a smaller and weaker full back, he will be asked to receive the ball in attacking areas and make his presence felt as he brings teammates into the attacking third.

Key Attributes

Support, Attack

Technical: Crossing, Dribbling, Heading, Technique

Mental: Decisions, Flair, Off The Ball

Physical: Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Jumping, Pace, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (support duty)

Runs rarely with ball

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Stops play

Plays no through balls (attack duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Likes to beat offside trap (attack duty)

Plays with back to goal

Gets into opposition area (attack duty)

Read the tactical analysis on wide players

Strikers

Deep-Lying Forward

The Deep-Lying Forward's main function is to link the attack to midfield.

He aims to drop deep into space and hold up the ball before supplying linking passes to teammates, moving the ball back to midfield support, spreading it wide to the flanks, and if he has time to turn, playing in his strike partner.

With a support duty, the Deep-Lying Forward will largely aim to bring teammates into play before attacking the box from deep.

With an attack duty, the Deep-Lying Forward will look to fashion chances for himself in addition to playing others in.

Key Attributes

Support

Technical: Dribbling, First Touch, Long Shots, Passing, Technique

Mental: Creativity, Decisions, Off The Ball, Teamwork

Physical: Strength

Attack

Technical: Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Creativity, Decisions, Off The Ball

Physical: Balance

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (support duty)

Stops play

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Tries killer balls often (support duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power (support duty)

Places shots (attack duty)

Likes to round keeper (attack duty)

Likes to lob keeper

Tries first time shots (attack duty)

Moves into channels (attack duty)

Likes to beat the offside trap (attack duty)

Comes deep to get ball (support duty)

Plays one-twos

Plays with back to goal (support duty)

Gets into opposition area (attack duty)

Curls ball

Advanced Forward

The Advanced Forward's main role is to lead the line and look to spearhead attacking moves.

His primary duty is to be the focal point of attacking moves and he is required to both score and create goals.

His secondary role is to chase down misplaced through balls or clearances from deep, win possession and lay off passes or crosses to his teammates.

Key Attributes

Attack

Technical: Crossing, Dribbling, Finishing, Heading

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Work Rate

Physical: Pace

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Runs with ball through centre

Runs with ball often

Gets forward whenever possible

Useful Preferred Moves

Places shots

Likes to round keeper

Likes to lob keeper

Tries first time shots

Knocks ball past opponent

Moves into channels

Likes to try to beat the offside trap

Plays one-twos

Gets into opposition area

Curls ball

Target Man

A Target Man can transform an average team into a good one by using his sheer physicality to disrupt the opposition's defence and open space for his striker partner and supporting midfielders.

The Target Man uses his strength and aerial presence to bring teammates into play rather than relying on technical ability.

With a support duty, the Target Man will look to win flick ons and play simple possession passes to his teammates to bring them into play.

With an attack duty, the Target Man will lead the line and open space for teammates to move into.

Key Attributes

Support

Technical: First Touch, Heading, Long Shots

Mental: Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Jumping, Strength

Attack

Technical: Finishing, First Touch, Heading

Mental: Anticipation, Bravery, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Jumping, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (support duty)

Runs rarely with ball

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Stops play

Plays no through balls (attack duty)

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power (support duty)

Places shots (attack duty)

Likes to lob keeper

Tries first time shots (attack duty)

Likes to beat offside trap (attack duty)

Plays one-twos (attack duty)

Plays with back to goal

Gets into opposition area (attack duty)

Poacher

The Poacher sits on the shoulder of the last defender looking to break the defensive line and run onto through balls from midfield.

Although the Poacher is always ready to run at his marker and is happy to cross the ball when required, his main aim is trying to put the ball in the back of the net.

His focus on scoring goals is so extreme that he rarely offers much help in constructing moves, preferring instead to remain central and sniff out opportunities in and around the box.

Key Attributes

Attack

Technical: Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Off The Ball

Physical: Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Pace

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Runs with ball through centre

Runs with ball often

Gets forward whenever possible

Useful Preferred Moves

Places shots

Likes to round keeper

Likes to lob keeper

Tries first time shots

Knocks ball past opponent

Moves into channels

Likes to beat offside trap

Plays one-twos

Gets into opposition area

Curls ball

Complete Forward

A Complete Forward possesses all the technical attributes of a Deep-Lying Forward, the goal scoring ability of a Poacher and the strength and power of a Target Man.

He is equally adept at playing in others, fashioning chances for himself and getting on the end of team moves. Such a player transcends tactical instruction and should simply be allowed to do his own thing.

With a support duty, the Complete Forward will look to drop into space, run at the defence, take long shots, drive to the flanks or play balls through the defensive line.

With an attack duty, the Complete Forward will lead the line, spearheading attacks and crafting out chances for himself and others.

Key Attributes

Support, Attack

Technical: Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Heading, Long Shots, Passing, Technique

Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Creativity, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Teamwork

Physical: Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Jumping, Pace, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly (support duty)

Runs with ball through centre

Runs with ball often

Gets forward whenever possible (attack duty)

Tries killer balls often

Stops play

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power (support duty)

Places shots (attack duty)

Likes to round keeper (attack duty)

Likes to lob keeper

Knocks ball past opponent

Moves into channels (attack duty)

Likes to beat offside trap (attack duty)

Comes deep to get ball (support duty)

Plays one-twos

Plays with back to goal (support duty)

Gets into opposition area (attack duty)

Curls ball

Defensive Forward

The Defensive Forward is becoming more and more important in the game.

His main duty is to put pressure on the defensive line, chase down the man in possession and loose balls and generally stop the opposing defence having any time on the ball. In an attacking sense he keeps things as simple as possible, preferring to bring other players into the game than create his own chances.

With a support duty, the Defensive Forward will stay a little deeper and put pressure on defensive midfielders.

Key Attributes

Defend

Technical: Marking, Tackling

Mental: Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Stamina, Strength

Support

Technical: First Touch, Long Shots, Marking, Passing, Tackling

Mental: Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Pace, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Marks opponent tightly

Runs rarely with ball (defend duty)

Stops play

Stays back at all times (defend duty)

Plays no through balls

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power

Likes to lob keeper

Plays with back to goal

Curls ball

False Nine

The False Nine, in some ways similar to a more advanced attacking midfielder/playmaker role, is an unconventional lone striker or centre-forward who drops deep into midfield. The purpose of this is that it creates a problem for opposing central defenders who can either follow him – leaving space behind them for onrushing midfielders, forwards or wingers to exploit – or leave him to have time and space to dribble or pick out a pass.

Key Attributes

Support

Technical: First Touch, Long Shots, Passing

Mental: Creativity, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Work Rate

Physical: Strength

Preferred Moves

Complementary Preferred Moves

Stays back at all times

Tries killer balls often

Useful Preferred Moves

Shoots with power

Comes deep to get ball

Plays one-twos

Arrives late in opposition area

Dictates tempo

Curls ball

Read the tactical analysis on strikers

Further Reading

Inverting the Pyramid - guaranteed to give you a greater tactical knowledge and understanding.

The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders - learn how to think like a football manager.

Will You Manage? - tells you the skills needed to be a great manager and gives essential tips for fantasy football success.

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