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The first step to take when creating a tactic for your team is to choose and implement your team's system fluidity. It is recommended that you take your team's system fludity into account later when customising your playing style and achieving playing system balance.

As detailed in the tactical theory System Fluidity* guide, a team's system fluidity refers to the extent to which the team's playing system* enables players to share positional responsibilities*. Playing systems can be more structured*, more fluid* or flexible*.

System fluidity can be implemented by using team shape instructions.

Appropriate team shape instructions for implementing different levels of system fluidity (including more structured playing systems, more fluid playing systems and flexible playing systems) are suggested below, along with suitable approaches to playing style customisation and playing system balance.

1. Choosing System Fludity

You should choose a system fluidity level according to your personal preferences and player suitability*.

Suggested player attributes are provided for team shape instructions in the Team Instructions (Standard) guide. This information can be used to work out how suitable your players are for different system fluidity levels.

2. System Fluidity Levels

2.1. More Structured Playing Systems

A more structured playing system enables players to share positional responsibilities* to a lesser extent.

Requirements

  • Structured or Highly Structured team shape

Playing Style Customisation

For each style method* added, implement as:

Full details of how to customise playing styles by adding style methods, including how to take into account system fluidity, are provided in the Playing Styles guide.

Playing System Balance

Focus levels for each player role and duty are given in the Player Roles and Duties guide. A summary of focus levels for each player role and duty is also provided below.

Full details of how to achieve playing system balance by assigning tactical roles, including how to take into account system fluidity, are provided in the Playing System Balance guides.

2.2. More Fluid Playing Systems

A more fluid playing system enables players to share positional responsibilities* to a greater extent.

Requirements

  • Fluid or Very Fluid team shape

Playing Style Customisation

For each style method* added, implement as:

Full details of how to customise playing styles by adding style methods, including how to take into account system fluidity, are provided in the Playing Styles guide.

Playing System Balance

Focus levels for each player role and duty are given in the Player Roles and Duties guide. A summary of focus levels for each player role and duty is also provided below.

Full details of how to achieve playing system balance by assigning tactical roles, including how to take into account system fluidity, are provided in the Playing System Balance guides.

2.3. Flexible Playing Systems

A flexible playing system enables players to share positional responsibilities* to a moderate extent.

Requirements

  • Flexible team shape

Playing Style Customisation

For each style method* added, implement as either:

Full details of how to customise playing styles by adding style methods, including how to take into account system fluidity, are provided in the Playing Styles guide.

Playing System Balance

Focus levels for each player role and duty are given in the Player Roles and Duties guide. A summary of focus levels for each player role and duty is also provided below.

Full details of how to achieve playing system balance by assigning tactical roles, including how to take into account system fluidity, are provided in the Playing System Balance guides.

3. Summary of Focus Levels

As per the Player Roles and Duties guide, the focus levels* for each player role and duty, ordered from higher focus levels (more focused tactical roles*) to lower focus levels (more generalist tactical roles*), are as follows:

5.5

  • Defensive Centre Back (CB Stopper/Cover)
  • Ball Winning Midfielder (DM/CM Defend)
  • Wide Playmaker (WM Attack)

5.0

  • Defensive Full Back (FB Defend)
  • Complete Wing Back (FB Support/Attack)
  • Inverted Wing Back (FB Support)
  • Trequartista (AM/CF Attack)
  • Complete Forward (CF Attack)

4.5

  • Defensive Centre Back (CB Defend)
  • Anchor Man (DM Defend)
  • Complete Wing Back (WB Support/Attack)
  • Inverted Wing Back (WB Support)
  • Raumdeuter (WF Attack)

4.0

  • Sweeper (SW Defend)
  • Libero (SW Attack)
  • Central Defender (CB Stopper/Cover)
  • Ball Playing Defender (CB Stopper/Cover)
  • Wide Playmaker (WM Support)
  • Advanced Playmaker (WF Attack)
  • Shadow Striker (AM Attack)
  • Defensive Forward (CF Defend)

3.5

  • Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Defend/Support)
  • Half Back (DM Defend)
  • Advanced Playmaker (CM Attack)
  • Wing Back (FB Attack)
  • Winger (WM/WF Attack)
  • Defensive Winger (WM Defend)
  • Advanced Playmaker (WF Support / AM Attack)
  • Complete Forward (CF Support)
  • False Nine (CF Support)

3.0

  • Libero (SW Support)
  • Central Defender (CB Defend)
  • Ball Playing Defender (CB Defend)
  • Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Defend/Support)
  • Advanced Playmaker (CM Support)
  • Full Back (FB Defend)
  • Wing Back (FB Defend / WB Attack)
  • Advanced Playmaker (AM Support)

2.5

  • Ball Winning Midfielder (DM/CM Support)
  • Regista (DM Support)
  • Roaming Playmaker (CM Support)
  • Full Back (FB Attack)
  • Wing Back (WB Defend)
  • Wide Midfielder (WM Defend/Attack)
  • Winger (WM/WF Support)
  • Inside Forward (WF Support/Attack)
  • Wide Target Man (WF Support)
  • Enganche (AM Attack)
  • Advanced Forward (CF Attack)
  • Poacher (CF Attack)
  • Defensive Forward (CF Support)

2.0

  • Defensive Midfielder (DM Defend)
  • Roaming Playmaker (DM Support)
  • Wing Back (FB Support)
  • Defensive Winger (WM Support)
  • Wide Target Man (WF Attack)
  • Deep Lying Forward (CF Attack)
  • Target Man (CF Attack)

1.5

  • Central Midfielder (CM Defend)
  • Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support)
  • Wing Back (WB Support)
  • Attacking Midfielder (AM Attack)
  • Deep Lying Forward (CF Support)

1.0

  • Defensive Midfielder (DM Support)
  • Central Midfielder (CM Attack)
  • Full Back (FB Support)
  • Target Man (CF Support)

0.5

  • Wide Midfielder (WM Support)
  • Attacking Midfielder (AM Support)

0.0

  • Central Midfielder (CM Support)

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