For each position in your formation you will need to select a player role and duty. There are several different roles to choose from, each with up to three available duties.

Each possible role and duty combination in a particular position gives a different set of player instructions to whichever player is selected in that position. These instructions are also affected by your team instructions, as well as any specific player instructions that you set to further refine the player's behaviour later.

The three main duties are defend, support and attack. These essentially indicate how defensive or attacking the player's instructions are. For some roles an automatic duty can be set, which will effectively assign one of these three duties according to how defensive or attacking the currently set mentality is. Two further duties, stopper and cover, are also available for roles in the central defender positions but these will be discussed later.

Provided below for each available player role (and its available duties) are:

  • The role's description - this is the description given for the role in the game. This should give you a basic idea of how a player is instructed to play when using a particular role and duty.
  • Active player instructions - these are the specific player instructions marked as already active for each role and duty combination as given in the game. This should give you a further understanding of how a player is instructed to play when using a particular role and duty.
  • Key attributes - these are the attributes considered to be the most important for each role and duty combination as given in the game. This should help you decide whether a player's attributes make him suitable for a particular role and duty.
  • Preferred moves - these include complementary preferred moves and potentially useful preferred moves. This should help you decide whether a player's preferred moves make him suitable for a particular role and duty. The complementary preferred moves are those that give a player a greater tendency to perform actions instructed by the role and duty. The useful preferred moves are those that you may wish to consider in particular for a player assigned that role to learn, not including any which give tendencies that can be essentially replicated by specific player instructions.

1. How to Choose Roles and Duties

Roles and duties should be chosen by considering the following:

  • Which roles and duties combine well together to achieve a balanced tactic - this will be discussed in detailed positional analyses for goalkeepers, central defenders, central midfielders, wide players and strikers. Generally speaking though, to create a well balanced tactic more defensive and more attacking roles and duties should be evenly mixed accross all areas of the pitch.
  • Which roles and duties suit your tactical style - this will also be discussed in each of the positional analyses.
  • Which roles and duties suit the abilities and preferred moves of your individual players - the role descriptions, key attributes, active player instructions and useful preferred moves given below can help you to assess this. Further information can be found in the positional analyses, the Specific Player Instructions guide and the Preferred Moves guide.

Selecting Auto Assign Roles and Auto Assign Duties from the Tactic drop-down menu will automatically assign a set of generic roles with balanced duties. However, as discussed earlier, the more structured your team shape is, the more important it is to specifically define each player's responsibilities by choosing more specialist roles.

The positional analyses will assume for simplicity that a flexible team shape is being used. You will also have to consider the effects of your chosen team instructions and specific player instructions on each player. For example, a Limited Defender will normally make more direct passes but these will be shortened if you are using the Play Out Of Defence team instruction.

2. Goalkeeper Roles - GK

Below is an overview of each goalkeeper role.

The Goalkeepers Analysis discusses how to choose goalkeeper roles and instructions that suit your tactical style.

2.1. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend

  • Already active: none

Key Attributes

Defend

  • Goalkeeping: Aerial Ability, Command of Area, Communication, First Touch, Handling, Kicking, One On Ones, Reflexes, Throwing
  • Mental: Anticipation, Decisions, Positioning
  • Physical: Agility

Preferred Moves

  • Useful: Uses Long Throw To Start Counter Attacks

2.2. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend

  • None

Support & Attack

  • More Risky Passes

Attack Only

  • Dribble More

Key Attributes

Defend, Support & Attack

  • Goalkeeping: Aerial Ability, Command of Area, First Touch, Handling, Kicking, One On Ones, Reflexes, Throwing
  • Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Positioning
  • Physical: Agility

Defend & Support Only

  • Mental: Decisions

Support & Attack Only

  • Goalkeeping: Rushing Out
  • Physical: Acceleration

Attack Only

  • Goalkeeping: Eccentricity

Preferred Moves

  • Useful: Uses Long Throw To Start Counter Attacks

3. Central Defender Roles - DC / SW

Below is an overview of each central defender role.

The Central Defenders Analysis discusses how to choose balanced roles for your central defenders that suit your tactical style. The Structuring Your Team guide discusses how to balance the structure your central defence to suit your tactical style.

3.1. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend, Stopper & Cover

  • Shoot Less Often, Dribble Less, Fewer Risky Passes

Defend Only

  • Hold Position

Key Attributes

Defend, Stopper & Cover

  • Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Bravery, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning
  • Physical: Jumping Reach, Strength

Defend & Stopper Only

  • Mental: Aggression

Cover Only

  • Physical: Acceleration

Preferred Moves

Defend, Stopper & Cover

  • Complementary: Plays No Through Balls, Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times

3.2. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend, Stopper & Cover

  • More Risky Passes

Defend Only

  • Hold Position

Key Attributes

Defend, Stopper & Cover

  • Technical: First Touch, Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Technique
  • Mental: Anticipation, Bravery, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning, Vision
  • Physical: Jumping Reach, Strength

Defend & Stopper Only

  • Mental: Aggression

Cover Only

  • Physical: Acceleration

Preferred Moves

Defend, Stopper & Cover

  • Complementary: Tries Killer Balls Often, Stays Back At All Times

3.3. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend, Stopper & Cover

  • Shoot Less Often, Dribble Less, More Direct Passes, Fewer Risky Passes

Defend Only

  • Hold Position

Key Attributes

Defend, Stopper & Cover

  • Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Determination, Positioning
  • Physical: Jumping Reach, Strength

Preferred Moves

Defend, Stopper & Cover

  • Complementary: Plays No Through Balls, Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times, Tries Long Range Passes

3.4. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend

  • Shoot Less Often, Dribble Less, Hold Position

Key Attributes

Defend

  • Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Bravery, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning
  • Physical: Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Jumping Reach, Strength

Preferred Moves

Defend

  • Complementary: Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times

3.5. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Support & Attack

  • More Risky Passes

Attack Only

  • Shoot More Often, Get Further Forward

Key Attributes

Support & Attack

  • Technical: Dribbling, Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Bravery, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning, Teamwork, Vision
  • Physical: Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Jumping Reach, Strength

Attack Only

  • Technical: Long Shots
  • Mental: Flair
  • Physical: Pace, Stamina

Preferred Moves

Support & Attack

  • Complementary: Tries Killer Balls Often

Attack Only

  • Complementary: Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Shoots From Distance

4. Central Midfielder Roles - MC / DMC / AMC

Below is an overview of each central midfielder role.

The Central Midfielders Analysis discusses how to choose balanced roles for your central midfielders that suit your tactical style. The Structuring Your Team guide discusses how to balance the structure your central midfield to suit your tactical style.

4.1. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend Only

  • Dribble Less, Hold Position, Close Down More

Support Only

  • Tackle Harder

Key Attributes

Defend & Support

  • Technical: Marking, Passing, Tackling
  • Mental: Aggression, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate
  • Physical: Acceleration, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Defend & Support

  • Useful: Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Stops Play

Defend Only

  • Complementary: Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times

Support Only

  • Complementary: Dives Into Tackles

4.2. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend & Support

  • Shoot Less Often, More Risky Passes, Hold Position

Key Attributes

Defend & Support

  • Technical: First Touch, Passing, Technique
  • Mental: Composure, Decisions, Teamwork, Vision
  • Physical: Balance

Defend Only

  • Mental: Positioning

Support Only

  • Mental: Off The Ball

Preferred Moves

Defend & Support

  • Complementary: Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Tries Killer Balls Often, Stays Back At All Times
  • Useful: Comes Deep To Get Ball, Curls Ball, Dictates Tempo, Stops Play

4.3. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend & Support

  • Close Down Much More, Tackle Harder

Defend Only

  • Dribble Less, Fewer Risky Passes, Hold Position

Key Attributes

Defend & Support

  • Technical: Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate
  • Physical: Acceleration, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Defend & Support

  • Complementary: Dives Into Tackles
  • Useful: Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Stops Play

Defend Only

  • Complementary: Plays No Through Balls, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times

Support Only

  • Useful: Arrives Late In Opposition Area, Shoots With Power

4.4. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend

  • Shoot Less Often, Dribble Less, Fewer Risky Passes, Hold Position

Key Attributes

Defend

  • Technical: Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning
  • Physical: Strength

Preferred Moves

Defend

  • Complementary: Plays No Through Balls, Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times
  • Useful: Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Stops Play

4.5. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend

  • Dribble Less, Hold Position

Key Attributes

Defend

  • Technical: First Touch, Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Technique
  • Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork, Vision
  • Physical: Acceleration, Balance, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Defend

  • Complementary: Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times
  • Useful: Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Stops Play

4.6. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Support

  • More Risky Passes, Roam From Position

Key Attributes

Support

  • Technical: First Touch, Passing, Technique
  • Mental: Aggression, Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Positioning, Teamwork, Vision
  • Physical: Balance

Preferred Moves

Support

  • Complementary: Tries Killer Balls Often
  • Useful: Comes Deep To Get Ball, Curls Ball, Dictates Tempo

4.7. Roaming Playmaker

The Roaming Playmaker is the heartbeat of his team, driving forward with the ball to spearhead attacks as well as tracking back to cover defensively. Always offering a passing option to teammates, the Roaming Playmaker must have the physical attributes to maintain a high intensity as well as the technical attributes to stamp his authority on the game.

He will look to pick the ball up in deep positions and work the ball forwards with urgency, all the while keeping up with play. The Roaming Playmaker will often camp on the edge of the penalty area looking for room to shoot or to try that killer ball which creates a goalscoring opportunity.

Active Player Instructions

Support

  • Dribble More, Roam From Position

Key Attributes

Support

  • Technical: Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Long Shots, Passing, Technique
  • Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Positioning, Vision, Work Rate
  • Physical: Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Pace, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Support

  • Complementary: Runs With Ball Often
  • Useful: Arrives Late In Opposition Area, Comes Deep To Get Ball, Curls Ball, Dictates Tempo, Plays One-Twos, Shoots With Power

4.8. Central Midfielder

The Central Midfielder is responsible for providing an industrious and versatile link between the defence and the attack. Expected to perform a variety of tasks across the centre of the pitch, the Central Midfielder benefits from having the tactical awareness and technical ability to support both defensive and attacking play as needed.

With a defend duty, the Central Midfielder will focus more on sitting deep, curtailling opposition counter attacks and controlling the tempo of the game from the centre of the pitch.

With a support duty, the Central Midfielder will look to judiciously balance his attacking and defensive responsibilities. He will get forward when necessary but he will mainly keep to the centre of the pitch and attempt to thread passes to players in the final third.

With an attack duty, the Central Midfielder will more readily surge into the final third to support the forwards in and around the box.

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

Active Player Instructions

Defend Only

  • Hold Position, Close Down More

Support

  • None

Attack Only

  • Get Further Forward

Key Attributes

Defend, Support & Attack

  • Technical: First Touch, Passing
  • Mental: Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate
  • Physical: Stamina

Defend Only

  • Technical: Heading

Defend & Support Only

  • Technical: Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Positioning

Support & Attack Only

  • Mental: Off The Ball

Attack Only

  • Technical: Finishing, Long Shots
  • Physical: Acceleration

Preferred Moves

Defend, Support & Attack

  • Useful: Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank

Defend Only

  • Complementary: Stays Back At All Times
  • Useful: Stops Play

Support Only

  • Useful: Arrives Late In Opposition Area

Support & Attack Only

  • Useful: Shoots With Power

Attack Only

  • Complementary: Gets Forward Whenever Possible
  • Useful: Gets Into Opposition Area

4.9. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Support

  • Roam From Position

Key Attributes

Support

  • Technical: Finishing, First Touch, Long Shots, Passing, Tackling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Bravery, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Positioning, Work Rate
  • Physical: Acceleration, Balance, Natural Fitness, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Support

  • Useful: Arrives Late In Opposition Area or Gets Into Opposition Area, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Shoots With Power

4.10. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Support & Attack (MC)

  • Shoot Less Often, More Risky Passes

Attack Only (MC)

  • Dribble More

Support & Attack (AMC)

  • Shoot Less Often, More Risky Passes

Support Only (AMC)

  • Hold Position

Attack Only (AMC)

  • Dribble More

Support & Attack (AML/AMR)

  • Shoot Less Often, Cut Inside With Ball, More Risky Passes, Cross Less Often

Attack Only (AML/AMR)

  • Dribble More

Key Attributes

Support & Attack

  • Technical: First Touch, Passing, Technique
  • Mental: Composure, Decisions, Flair, Teamwork, Vision

Attack Only

  • Technical: Dribbling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Off The Ball

Preferred Moves

Support & Attack

  • Complementary: Cuts Inside, Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Tries Killer Balls Often
  • Useful: Arrives Late In Opposition Area, Comes Deep To Get Ball, Curls Ball, Dictates Tempo, Plays One-Twos

Attack Only

  • Complementary: Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre
  • Useful: Knocks Ball Past Opponent

4.11. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Support

  • None

Attack Only

  • Get Further Forward

Key Attributes

Support & Attack

  • Technical: First Touch, Long Shots, Passing, Technique
  • Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Decisions, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Vision

Support Only

  • Mental: Positioning

Attack Only

  • Technical: Finishing
  • Mental: Concentration

Preferred Moves

Support & Attack

  • Useful: Curls Ball, Shoots With Power

Attack Only

  • Complementary: Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area
  • Useful: Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Plays One-Twos

4.12. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Attack

  • Dribble More, More Risky Passes, Hold Position, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Close Down Much Less, Ease Off Tackles

Key Attributes

Attack

  • Technical: Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique
  • Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Decisions, Flair, Off The Ball, Vision
  • Physical: Agility

Preferred Moves

Attack

  • Complementary: Moves Into Channels, Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Tries Killer Balls Often, Does Not Dive Into Tackles
  • Useful: Arrives Late In Opposition Area, Curls Ball, Dictates Tempo, Plays One-Twos, Shoots With Power

4.13. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Attack

  • Dribble Less, More Risky Passes, Close Down Much Less

Key Attributes

Attack

  • Technical: First Touch, Passing, Technique
  • Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Decisions, Flair, Off The Ball, Vision

Preferred Moves

Attack

  • Complementary: Runs With Ball Rarely, Tries Killer Balls Often
  • Useful: Arrives Late In Opposition Area, Curls Ball, Dictates Tempo, Plays One-Twos, Shoots With Power

4.14. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Attack

  • Dribble More, More Risky Passes, Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels

Key Attributes

Attack

  • Technical: Finishing, First Touch, Long Shots, Passing, Technique
  • Mental: Aggression, Anticipation, Composure, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Work Rate
  • Physical: Acceleration, Agility, Pace, Stamina, Strength

Preferred Moves

Attack

  • Complementary: Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Moves Into Channels, Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Tries Killer Balls Often
  • Useful: Curls Ball, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes To Try To Beat Offside Trap, Likes To Lob Keeper, Likes To Round Keeper, Places Shots, Plays One-Twos, Tries First Time Shots

5. Wide Player Roles - D(L/R) / WB(L/R) / M(L/R) / AM (L/R)

Below is an overview of each wide player role.

The Wide Players Analysis discusses how to choose balanced roles for your wide players that suit your tactical style. The Structuring Your Team guide discusses how to balance the structure your team on the flanks to suit your tactical style.

5.1. 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, support and attack duties according to your team mentality.

Active Player Instructions

Defend Only

  • Fewer Risky Passes, Hold Position

Defend & Support Only

  • Cross From Deep

Attack Only

  • Cross More Often, Get Further Forward

Key Attributes

Defend, Support & Attack

  • Technical: Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Concentration, Positioning, Teamwork
  • Physical: Acceleration, Stamina

Support Only

  • Technical: Passing

Support & Attack Only

  • Technical: Crossing
  • Mental: Work Rate

Attack Only

  • Technical: Dribbling, First Touch
  • Mental: Off The Ball
  • Physical: Pace

Preferred Moves

Defend, Support & Attack

  • Useful: Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank

Defend Only

  • Complementary: Plays No Through Balls, Stays Back At All Times

Attack Only

  • Complementary: Gets Forward Whenever Possible
  • Useful: Curls Ball, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Plays One-Twos

5.2. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend Only

  • Fewer Risky Passes, Cross From Deep, Hold Position

Support & Attack Only

  • Get Further Forward

Attack Only

  • Dribble More, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Cross From Byline

Key Attributes

Defend, Support & Attack

  • Technical: Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Concentration, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate
  • Physical: Stamina

Support & Attack Only

  • Technical: Crossing, Dribbling, Passing
  • Physical: Acceleration

Attack Only

  • Mental: Flair, Off The Ball
  • Physical: Pace

Preferred Moves

Defend, Support & Attack

  • Useful: Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank

Defend Only

  • Complementary: Plays No Through Balls, Stays Back At All Times

Support & Attack Only

  • Complementary: Gets Forward Whenever Possible
  • Useful: Curls Ball, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Plays One-Twos

Attack Only

  • Complementary: Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right

5.3. 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.

Active Player Instructions

Defend

  • Shoot Less Often, Dribble Less, More Direct Passes, Fewer Risky Passes, Cross Less Often, Hold Position

Key Attributes

Defend

  • Technical: Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Concentration, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork
  • Physical: Stamina

Preferred Moves

Defend

  • Complementary: Plays No Through Balls, Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times, Tries Long Range Passes
  • Useful: Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank

5.4. 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.

With a support duty, the Complete Wing Back will look to combine his attacking instincts with some defensive responsibilities in an attempt to provide balance to the team.

With an attack duty, the Complete Wing Back will be a little more adventurous in his attacking exploits as he seeks to primarily impact the game in the opposition's half of the pitch.

Active Player Instructions

Support & Attack