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Wide player roles include all player roles in wide playing positions*, which are:

  • Deep wide players
    • Full back (FB)
    • Wing back (WB)
  • Advanced wide players
    • Wing midfielder (WM)
    • Wing forward (WF)

The information provided for each role is explained in the Player Roles and Duties guide and the associated tactical theory* guides that it links to.

1. Full Back

1.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Full back

Duties:

  • Defend
  • Support
  • Attack
  • Automatic

1.2. Game Description

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.

1.3. Default Player Instructions

Defend only:

  • Hold Position
  • Fewer Risky Passes

Defend and Support only:

  • Cross From Deep

Attack only:

  • Get Further Forward
  • Cross More Often

1.4. Analysis

Full Back (FB Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, safe-passing, deep-crossing and fairly cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover; playing safe.
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing cover.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - stretching play.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Designated - withdrawn wide player
  • Designated - restricted wide player

Full Back (FB Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, deep-crossing and fairly cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play; playing safe.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing cover; providing defensive cover; creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.

Focus level: 0.5

Role categories:

  • Supported - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Supplementary - wide creator
  • Supported - withdrawn wide player
  • Supported - restricted wide player

Full Back (FB Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive and fairly cautious full back crosser

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - stretching play; creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Designated - wide creator

2. Wing Back

2.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Full back
  • Wing back

Duties:

  • Defend
  • Support
  • Attack
  • Automatic

2.2. Game Description

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.

2.3. Default Player Instructions

Defend only:

  • Hold Position
  • Fewer Risky Passes
  • Cross From Deep

Support and Attack only:

  • Get Further Forward

Attack only:

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

2.4. Analysis

Wing Back (FB Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, safe-passing, deep-crossing and fairly cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover; playing safe.
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing cover.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - stretching play.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Designated - withdrawn wide player
  • Designated - restricted wide player

Wing Back (FB Support)

Description:

  • Offensive and fairly cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Focus level:

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Supported responsibilities - playing safe; creating chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Supported - wide creator
  • Supported - restricted wide player

Wing Back (FB Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious full back crosser

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Specialist responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Specialist - wide creator

Wing Back (WB Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, safe-passing, deep-crossing and fairly cautious wing back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover; playing safe.
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing cover.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - stretching play.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Designated - withdrawn wide player
  • Designated - restricted wide player

Wing Back (WB Support)

Description:

  • Offensive and fairly cautious wing back

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Supported responsibilities - playing safe; creating chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Supported - wide creator
  • Supported - restricted wide player

Wing Back (WB Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious wing back crosser

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Specialist responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Specialist - wide creator

3. Defensive Full Back

3.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Full back

Duties:

  • Defend

3.2. Game Description

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

3.3. Default Player Instructions

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

3.4. Analysis

Defensive Full Back (FB Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing, restricted-crossing, restricted-shooting, disciplined and cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover; providing defensive cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing cover; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; stretching play; creating chances.

Focus level: 5.0

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Designated - protecting wide player
  • Designated - withdrawn wide player
  • Specialist - restricted wide player

4. Complete Wing Back

4.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Full back
  • Wing back

Duties:

  • Support
  • Attack

4.2. Game Description

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 effort 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.

4.3. Default Player Instructions

  • Get Further Forward
  • Stay Wider
  • Roam From Position
  • Run Wide With Ball
  • Cross From Byline
  • Cross More Often

4.4. Analysis

Complete Wing Back (FB Support)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, roaming, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious full back crosser

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - stretching play; creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Specialist - wide creator

Complete Wing Back (FB Attack)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, roaming, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious full back crosser

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - stretching play; creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Specialist - wide creator

Complete Wing Back (WB Support)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, roaming, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious wing back crosser

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - stretching play; creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Specialist - wide creator

Complete Wing Back (WB Attack)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, roaming, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious wing back crosser

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - stretching play; creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist - wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Specialist - wide creator

5. Inverted Wing Back

5.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Full back
  • Wing back

Duties:

  • Defend
  • Support
  • Attack
  • Automatic

5.2. Game Description

The Inverted Wing Back will function defensively much like a standard Full Back or Wing Back. However, while a normal Wing Back will offer width to an attack, the Inverted Wing Back (when he has a player ahead of him and where there are fewer than two defensive midfielders) will attempt to drift inside and create space for players around him.

If there is no teammate ahead of him on his side of the pitch then the Inverted Wing Back will look to support attacks in a more traditional manner, when there is, he will look to affect play in the middle of the pitch as much as possible.

With a Defend duty the Inverted Wing Back will hold his position and sit deeper whilst fulfilling his defensive responsibilities, either out wide or further inside the pitch depending on the system around him.

With a Support duty the Inverted Wing Back will look to cut inside with the ball, and either drift inside from the flank or move into a more central position to support the play depending on the system around him.

With an Attack duty the Inverted Wing Back aims to cut inside and adventurously support the attack by drifting inside from the flank or from a more central position depending on the system around him.

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

5.3. Default Player Instructions

  • Sit Narrower
  • Roam From Position
  • Cut Inside With Ball
  • Cross Less Often

Defend only:

  • Hold Position
  • Dribble Less

Attack only:

  • Get Further Forward
  • Dribble More
  • More Risky Passes

5.4. Analysis

Inverted Wing Back (FB Defend)

Description:

  • Narrow, sitting, roaming, restricted-dribbling, inverted, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious full back
  • Narrow full back => positional auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming, restricted-dribbling, creative and fairly cautious off-centre centre back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
    • In central defence - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe; creating chances.
    • In central defence - applying defensive pressure; playing safe; creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; stretching play.
    • In central defence - providing cover; providing attacking cover; stretching play.

Focus level: 4.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Supplementary - auxiliary protecting central defender

Inverted Wing Back (FB Support)

Description:

  • Narrow, supporting, roaming, inverted, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious full back
  • Narrow full back => positional auxiliary wide, supporting, roaming, creative and fairly cautious off-centre centre back
  • Narrow and supporting full back => attacking phase auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming and creative off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical in central midfield - taking chances (sitting player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover; creating chances.
    • In central defence - providing defensive cover; stretching play; creating chances.
    • In central midfield - creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; stretching play; playing safe.
    • In central defence - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
    • In central midfield - playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
    • In central defence - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
    • In central midfield - providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Supplementary - wide creator
  • Supplementary - auxiliary protecting central defender
  • Supplementary - auxiliary running central defender (atypical - centre back)
  • Supplementary - auxiliary skilled central defender
  • Supplementary - auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported - auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer (atypical - sitting player)

Role category implementations:

Inverted Wing Back (FB Attack)

Description:

  • Narrow, offensive, roaming, dribbling, inverted, ball-playing, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious full back
  • Narrow full back => positional auxiliary wide, offensive, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing, creative and fairly cautious off-centre centre back
  • Narrow and offensive full back => attacking phase auxiliary wide, supporting, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing and creative off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - creating chances.
    • In central defence - stretching play; creating chances.
    • In central midfield - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • In central midfield - taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
    • In central defence - providing defensive cover.
    • In central midfield - stretching play.
  • Weak-designated responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
    • In central defence - applying defensive pressure.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; playing safe.
    • In central defence - providing cover; providing attacking cover; playing safe.
    • In central midfield - playing safe.

Focus level: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Specialist - wide creator
  • Supplementary - auxiliary protecting central defender
  • Specialist - auxiliary running central defender (atypical - centre back)
  • Specialist - auxiliary skilled central defender
  • Auxiliary free role central midfielder
    • Supplementary - auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Specialist - auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported - auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

  • Auxiliary central defence countering-playmaker* (auxiliary ball-playing and creative skilled central defender)
  • Auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker* (auxiliary ball-playing and creative defensive midfield creator)

Inverted Wing Back (WB Defend)

Description:

  • Narrow, sitting, roaming, restricted-dribbling, inverted, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious wing back
  • Narrow wing back => positional auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming, restricted-dribbling, creative and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical in central midfield - taking chances (sitting and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
    • In central midfield - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe; creating chances.
    • In central midfield - applying defensive pressure; playing safe; creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; stretching play.
    • In central midfield - providing cover; providing attacking cover; stretching play.

Focus level: 4.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Supplementary - auxiliary protecting central midfielder
  • Supported - auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer (atypical - sitting and restricted-dribbling player)

Inverted Wing Back (WB Support)

Description:

  • Narrow, supporting, roaming, inverted, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious wing back
  • Narrow wing back => positional auxiliary wide, supporting, roaming, creative and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities
    • In central midfield - taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover; creating chances.
    • In central midfield - providing defensive cover; stretching play; creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; stretching play; playing safe.
    • In central midfield - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
    • In central midfield - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Supplementary - wide creator
  • Auxiliary luxury central midfielder
    • Supplementary - auxiliary protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary - auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary - auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Auxiliary free role central midfielder
    • Auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported - auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

Inverted Wing Back (WB Attack)

Description:

  • Narrow, offensive, roaming, dribbling, inverted, ball-playing, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious wing back
  • Narrow wing back => positional auxiliary wide, offensive, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing, creative and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder
  • Narrow and offensive wing back => attacking phase auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing and creative off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - creating chances.
    • In central midfield - stretching play; creating chances.
    • In central attack - creating chances.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • In central midfield - taking chances.
    • Atypical in central attack - taking chances (sitting player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
    • In central midfield - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-designated responsibilities - stretching play.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
    • In central midfield - applying defensive pressure.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover; playing safe.
    • In central midfield - providing cover; providing attacking cover; playing safe.
    • In central attack - playing safe.

Focus level: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary - protecting wide player
  • Specialist - wide creator
  • Auxiliary luxury central midfielder
    • Supplementary - auxiliary protecting central midfielder
    • Specialist - auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Specialist - auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Auxiliary free-role central midfielder
    • Auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported - auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Specialist - auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported - auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical - sitting player)

Role category implementations:

  • Auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker* (auxiliary ball-playing and creative defensive midfield creator)

6. Wide Midfielder

6.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Wing midfielder

Duties:

  • Defend
  • Support
  • Attack
  • Automatic

6.2. Game Description

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 his 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.

6.3. Default Player Instructions

Defend only:

  • Hold Position
  • Fewer Risky Passes
  • Cross From Deep

Attack only:

  • Get Further Forward

6.4. Analysis

Wide Midfielder (WM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, safe-passing, deep-crossing and fairly aggressive wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50