Specific Player Instructions

As previously discussed, each player in your tactic is given a set of player instructions that are determined by your chosen team instructions, his position in your formation and the role and duty combination he has been assigned.

In some cases you may want to edit player instructions in order to slightly refine how a player in a particular position behaves, rather than using a different role and duty which can result in unwanted changes to other instructions. This is done by selecting specific player instructions.

Some instructions are greyed out and so not available, either because they are not suitable for the selected position, not suitable for the selected role and duty, or already active for the selected role and duty. Hovering over a greyed out instruction will reveal a tool-tip that explains which of these is the case.

Selecting an available instruction will highlight that instruction in green. Some instructions conflict with each other and therefore cannot be selected together. Any instructions that conflict with a selected instruction are highlighted in red.

Each specific player instruction is analysed below. Provided for each instruction is:

  • a description of how it affects a player's behaviour;
  • positions available for - the instruction can only be used for players in these positions, but availability of the instruction may also depend on the role and duty of a player;
  • a summary of its main advantages and disadvantages;
  • players who it can be useful for - more specifically, particular types of players it can be useful for, either as an active instruction for their role and duty or as a manually selected instruction;
  • related abilities - the instruction may also be useful for players with these attributes (either good or poor ratings as specified);
  • complementary team instructions - the instruction can be used as an alternative to (or possibly in combination with) these instructions as explained below;
  • contrasting team instructions - the instruction can be used in combination with these instructions as explained below;
  • complementary preferred moves - these are preferred moves which give a player a tendency to perform the same or similar actions as the instruction, as discussed in the Preferred Moves guide; and
  • constrasting preferred moves - these are preferred moves which give a player a tendency to perform directly contrasting actions, as discussed in the Preferred Moves guide.

Further Reading

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

Coaching the Tiki Taka - learn about the tiki taka style in detail.

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

FM 2015

This guide has been updated for FM 2015.

Tactics Resources

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

Soccer Strategies - learn the advantages and disadvantages of using different formations in defence and attack.

Soccer Systems and Strategies - teaches you about different tactical strategies.

Coaching the Tiki Taka - learn about the tiki taka style in detail.

Transition and Counter Attacking - find out how to play against different opposition systems.

Match Strategy and Tactics - learn how to adapt your tactics to the opposition and different match scenarios.

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