How likely a player is to choose to get involved in a physical situation and how much he exerts physical force in such situations.
Physical situations include attempting to tackle an opposition player, marking an opposition player and competing with an opposition player to get to the ball.
The likelihood of violent or other unsporting behaviour is not directly affected by Aggression, but instead by the hidden attributes Dirtiness and Sportsmanship.
However, higher Aggression does make fouls more likely to be committed as a result of greater involvement in physical situations. Therefore, a player with higher Aggression would benefit from good Tackling, Anticipation, Concentration and Decisions so that he is less likely to commit fouls.
How well a player can predict the movements and other actions of his teammates and opposition players.
Higher Anticipation enables a player to react more quickly to events. When he is off the ball though, his initial position will also affect how well he reacts. Off The Ball and Positioning affect how well a player positions himself off the ball.
How willing a player is to choose to perform an action that risks pain or injury.
Lower bravery makes a player more likely to avoid performing what he believes is the best action for the team in certain situations due to fear of the possible physical consequences for himself.
How unaffected a player is by mental pressure when making a decision or performing his chosen action.
Mental pressure can be caused by opposition players, such as when a player is closed down, or by the importance of a situation, such as when a player has a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Mental pressure causes a player to both make a poorer decision and perform his chosen action less accurately. Higher Composure reduces this effect.
How unaffected a player is by lost focus when making a decision.
A player gradually loses focus during a match and the more his focus falls the more likely he is to make a poorer decision. Higher Concentration reduces the rate at which his focus falls.
How well a player can evaluate the options he is aware of and choose which action to perform, when to perform it and how to perform it.
Decisions is the most important attribute involved in decision making. However, a player’s ability to make an effective decision is limited by the options he is aware of, which is affected by Vision.
How much a player tries to succeed in his actions during a match even in mentally exhausting circumstances.
Mentally exhausting circumstances include when a player’s team is losing and when he is performing badly.
How well a player takes opportunities to attempt unexpected actions when he is on the ball.
An unexpected action is one that an opposition player is less likely to anticipate, such as a trick, and is therefore harder to defend against.
How inspirational and motivational a player is to his teammates.
Leadership is the most important attribute to consider when choosing a captain.
Further attributes and other factors to consider are discussed in the Appointing a Captain guide.
Off The Ball
How well a player moves and positions himself, to either provide a passing option or create space for teammates to exploit, when he is off the ball and his team is in possession.
Off The Ball is the attacking equivalent of Positioning.
A player who is off the ball may create space for a teammate by moving into an area that encourages an opposition player to move out of position in order to track him.
How well a player moves and positions himself, in order to deal with an opposition attack, when he is off the ball and the opposition team is in possession.
Positioning is the defensive equivalent of Off The Ball.
How closely a player follows his tactical instructions and how aware he is of the positions and movements of his teammates.
Players with higher Teamwork will play better as a unit, while a player with lower Teamwork will make more selfish decisions, such as shooting at goal instead of passing to a teammate in a better position.
How well a player observes the options available to him when he is on the ball.
Higher Vision means a player is likely to be aware of more options and so can potentially make more effective decisions. However, his decision making attributes, such as Decisions, affect how well he chooses between the options he is aware of.
How much physical effort a player puts into his actions during a match.