Player roles and duties act as tactical role* templates by automatically setting player instructions, as well as by giving hidden tactical instructions in some cases.
The duties that can be used are analysed below, while an analysis of each role that is available in each positional area is also provided (including all of the duty variations for each role).
1. Player Duties
The player duties, in order from higher risk to lower risk, are:
Defend / stopper / cover
Higher risk duties carry higher levels of tactical risk while lower risk duties carry lower levels of tactical risk.
The support duty provides a balance between the attack and defend duties. The stopper and cover duties can only be used for players in centre back playing positions*.
In addition, with some roles an automatic duty can be used. An automatic duty essentially acts as an attack duty when using higher risk team mentalities and a defend duty when using lower risk team mentalities.
The tactical instructions given to a player by higher risk duties and lower risk duties are detailed below.
Selecting a higher risk duty for a player:
Selecting a lower risk duty for a player:
2. Player Roles
Detailed for each player role, where relevant, are:
Analysis - an analysis of how tactical theory* concepts relate to the role. This information can be used achieve playing system balance.
Solidity score - the number that the role adds to the team's solidity score*. This is also based on the role's use of the Get Further Forward and Hold Position player instructions.
Focus level* - the extent to which the role concentrates on performing particular positional responsibilities. This determines how appropriate the role is for your team's system fluidity, as detailed in the System Fluidity guide. Focus levels are calculated as 1.0 multiplied by the number of conflicting role types* plus 0.5 multiplied by the number of adverse role types*.
Role categories* - the groups that the role can be categorised in according to its role specialisation.
Role category implementations - any implementations that apply to the role. These are explained in the tactical theory Role Categories* guide.
Central defender roles include all player roles in central defender playing positions*.
Central midfielder roles include all player roles in central midfielder playing positions.
Wide player roles include all player roles in wide playing positions.
Central attacker roles include all player roles in central attacker playing positions.