Central Attack Roles

Aim: to choose player roles and duties in and near central attack that enable you to balance your playing system and implement your tactical style.

Central attack roles and duties are analysed below. This includes all of the roles/duties that are available in the AMC and STC playing positions.

The use of roles and duties in other playing positions that move into or near to central attack is also analysed.

Forward Movement Partnerships

Try to use forward movement partnerships in central attack that focus on penetrating space and relative vertical movement.

In particular, to focus to a large extent on penetrating space it can be useful to use:

  • One or more high risk overlapping partnerships.
    • Useful if you are using attacking football – to help to create space in congested advanced areas.
    • Useful if you are using short plays – to help to create space when cycling possession.
  • One or more high risk direct partnerships.
    • Useful if you are using defensive football – to help to penetrate space quickly from deeper areas.
    • Useful if you are using direct plays – to help to penetrate space directly.

Alternatively, you may want to use less risky options that still focus on penetrating space but to a lesser extent, such as:

  • One or more medium risk overlapping partnerships – useful if you are using attacking football or short plays (similar to high risk overlapping partnerships).
  • One or more medium risk direct partnerships – useful if you are using defensive football or direct plays (similar to high risk direct partnerships).
  • One or more balanced interchanging partnerships (relatively lower risk) or overloading interchanging partnerships (relatively higher risk) – so that players can alternate their forward movement as appropriate. This implements a very fluid aspect to your playing system, with the partnership itself being very fluid, even if your system fluidity elsewhere is more structured.

Analysis of Forward Movement Partners

Roles/duties that can be used for your forward movement partners in central attack are analysed in the table below.

For a high/medium risk overlapping/direct partnership choose an ancillary partner and an attacking partner from the appropriate column.

For a balanced interchanging partnership choose two balanced partners from the interchanging partnerships column.

For an overloading interchanging partnership choose two overloading partners from the interchanging partnerships column. However, due to the lack of options for such overloading partners you will probably need to create your own, which you can do by instructing balanced partners to Get Further Forward.

Each role/duty’s possible partner types can be worked out based on its position, duty and tactical instructions related to forward movement (mainly Get Further Forward and Hold Position). It is advisable to learn how to work out each role/duty’s possible partner types yourself by studying the table below as this will enable you to easily form partnerships without needing to refer to the table.

Support duties add fluidity, Defend/Attack duties add structure
Role (position duty) and instructions:
(Standard option, useful for attacking football and short plays)
High risk overlapping partnerships:
(Standard option, useful for defensive football and direct plays)
High risk direct partnerships:
(Less risky option, useful for attacking football and short plays)
Medium risk overlapping partnerships:
(Less risky option, useful for defensive football and direct plays)
Medium risk direct partnerships:
(Very fluid option)
Interchanging partnerships:
Custom AMC roleattacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward)
(pair with STC)
attacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward)
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
ancillary
(instruct to Hold Position)
(pair with M(C/L/R))

attacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward)
(pair with STC)
ancillary
(instruct to Hold Position)
overloading
(instruct Support duty to Get Further Forward)
Custom STC roleattacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward)
ancillary
(instruct to Hold Position)
ancillary
(instruct to Hold Position)
(pair with STC)

attacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward)
overloading
(instruct Support duty to Get Further Forward)
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Support)ancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillarybalanced
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
Advanced Playmaker (AMC Support)ancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillarybalanced
Advanced Playmaker (AMC Attack)ancillary1
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillary3
Trequartista (AMC Attack)ancillary1
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillary3
Trequartista (STC Attack)ancillary1
Enganche (AMC Support)
Hold Position
ancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillary
Shadow Striker (AMC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
Deep Lying Forward (STC Support)ancillaryancillary
(pair with STC)
balanced
Deep Lying Forward (STC Attack)ancillary1ancillary3, 4
Advanced Forward (STC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attackingattacking
Target Man (STC Support)ancillaryancillary
(pair with STC)
balanced
Target Man (STC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attackingattacking
Poacher (STC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attackingattacking
Complete Forward (STC Support)ancillaryancillary
(pair with STC)
balanced
Complete Forward (STC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attackingattacking
Pressing Forward (STC Defend)
Hold Position
ancillaryancillary
(pair with STC)
Pressing Forward (STC Support)ancillaryancillary
(pair with STC)
balanced
Pressing Forward (STC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attackingattacking
False Nine (STC Support)
Drop deep more
ancillaryancillary
(pair with STC)
balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attackingancillary
(pair with STC)
attacking
Mezzala (MC Support)
Get Further Forward
attacking2ancillary4
(pair with STC)
attacking2overloading
Mezzala (MC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attackingancillary
(pair with STC)
attacking
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Attack)
Get Further Forward
Cut Inside With Ball
attackingancillary
(pair with STC)
attacking
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Support)
Cut Inside With Ball
ancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillarybalanced
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Attack)
Get Further Forward
Cut Inside With Ball
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
Advanced Playmaker (AML/AMR Support)
Cut Inside With Ball
ancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillarybalanced
Advanced Playmaker (AML/AMR Attack)
Cut Inside With Ball
ancillary1
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillary3
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Support)
Cut Inside With Ball
ancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillarybalanced
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Attack)
Get Further Forward
Cut Inside With Ball
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
Trequartista (AML/AMR Attack)
Roam From Position
ancillary1
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillary3
Raumdeuter (AML/AMR Attack)
Get Further Forward
Sit Narrower
Roam From Position
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))
attacking
(pair with STC)
attacking
(pair with AM(C/L/R))

Table Footnotes

  1. Will not be overlapped as effectively due to Attack duty.
  2. Will not overlap as effectively due to Support duty.
  3. Will not stay back as effectively due to Attack duty.
  4. Will not get forward as effectively due to Support duty.

Positional Responsibilities

Try to assign positional responsibilities in central attack by choosing roles and duties such that for:

  • Applying defensive pressure – at least one player performs.
  • Stretching play – at least one player performs.
  • Creating chances – at least one player performs.
  • Taking chances – at least one player performs.

You can also use two Support duty players who contribute to a responsibility as an alternative to one player who performs it. This implements a more fluid aspect to your playing system, with the responsibility concerned being carried out more fluidly, even if your system fluidity elsewhere is more structured.

There are two types of player who may perform creating chances in central attack. These are:

  • A technical number-ten – a player instructed to Take More Risks but not to Get Further Forward (although he may be instructed to Get Further Forward if he is a DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR), subject to other instructions being appropriate for creating chances.
  • A target-man – an STC instructed to Hold Up Ball, subject to other instructions being appropriate for creating chances.

Where a role/duty instructs a player to be a technical number-ten or a target-man this is included in the specific analysis section for the role/duty.

In some cases a player may be both a technical number-ten and a target-man, which can be particularly useful if you are combining attacking football or short plays with defensive football or direct plays. Alternatively for such playing styles, you may want to use either type of player or both types.

Analysis of Performers & Contributors

Roles/duties that can carry out central attack responsibilities are analysed in the tables below.

Explanation of analysis:

  • Natural playing styles – the main playing styles that the role/duty is most suitable for based on the number of tactical instructions given by the role/duty that are suitable for each playing style (but not taking into account forward movement partnerships).
    • Attacking – attacking football.
    • Defensive – defensive football.
    • Direct – direct plays.
    • Short – short plays.
    • Aggressive – aggressive pressing.
    • Cautious – containment.
    • Fairly – most suitable for the stated playing style but only to a small extent so also reasonably suitable for a contrasting playing style.
    • Very – most suitable for the stated playing style to a large extent so not very suitable for a contrasting playing style.
    • Extremely – as for “very” but to an even larger extent.
  • Forward movement partnerships – suggested forward movement partnerships for the role/duty to be used in, as explained above.
    • Overlapping – useful for attacking football and short plays.
    • Direct – useful for defensive football and direct plays.
    • Interchanging – useful for adding fluidity.
Applying Defensive Pressure
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing StylesForward Movement Partnerships
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Support)
Performs
BalancedDirect, interchanging
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Attack)
Performs
BalancedOverlapping
Advanced Playmaker (AMC Support)
Performs
Very shortDirect, interchanging
Advanced Playmaker (AMC Attack)
Performs
Fairly attacking, shortDirect
Enganche (AMC Support)
Performs
Short
Shadow Striker (AMC Attack)
Performs
Very attackingOverlapping
Deep Lying Forward (STC Support)
Performs
AttackingOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Deep Lying Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
AttackingOverlapping
Advanced Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
Fairly attackingDirect
Target Man (STC Support)
Performs
Fairly defensive, directOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Target Man (STC Attack)
Performs
Fairly defensive, directDirect
Poacher (STC Attack)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly directDirect
Complete Forward (STC Support)
Performs
Extremely attacking, fairly shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Complete Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
Extremely attacking, fairly shortDirect
Pressing Forward (STC Defend)
Performs
Defensive, direct, fairly aggressiveOverlapping
Pressing Forward (STC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, fairly direct, fairly aggressiveOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Pressing Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
Fairly attacking, fairly aggressiveDirect
False Nine (STC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Stretching Play
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing StylesForward Movement Partnerships
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Support)
Contributes
BalancedDirect, interchanging
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Attack)
Performs
BalancedOverlapping
Trequartista (AMC Attack)
Contributes
Very attacking, very short, fairly cautiousDirect
Trequartista (STC Attack)
Contributes
Very attacking, very short, fairly cautiousOverlapping
Shadow Striker (AMC Attack)
Performs
Very attackingOverlapping
Deep Lying Forward (STC Support)
Contributes
AttackingOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Deep Lying Forward (STC Attack)
Contributes
AttackingOverlapping
Advanced Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
Fairly attackingDirect
Target Man (STC Support)
Contributes atypically
Fairly defensive, directOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Target Man (STC Attack)
Performs atypically
Fairly defensive, directDirect
Poacher (STC Attack)
Performs atypically1
Very defensive, fairly directDirect
Complete Forward (STC Support)
Contributes
Extremely attacking, fairly shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Complete Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
Extremely attacking, fairly shortDirect
Pressing Forward (STC Support)
Contributes
Fairly attacking, fairly direct, fairly aggressiveOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Pressing Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
Fairly attacking, fairly aggressiveDirect
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Contributes
BalancedOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner)
Mezzala (MC Support)
Contributes
Very attackingDirect (with an STC partner)
Mezzala (MC Attack)
Contributes
Very attacking, fairly shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner)
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Attack)
Contributes
AttackingOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner)
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Support)
Contributes
AttackingDirect, interchanging
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Attack)
Performs
AttackingOverlapping
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Support)
Contributes
Attacking,
short
Direct, interchanging
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Attack)
Performs
Attacking,
short
Overlapping
Trequartista (AML/AMR Attack)
Contributes
Very attacking, very short, fairly cautiousDirect
Raumdeuter (AML/AMR Attack)
Performs
Very shortOverlapping
1 - see full analysis of roles and duties for details of atypicality
Creating Chances
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing StylesForward Movement Partnerships
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Support)
Contributes
BalancedDirect, interchanging
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Attack)
Contributes
BalancedOverlapping
Advanced Playmaker (AMC Support)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very shortDirect, interchanging
Advanced Playmaker (AMC Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten
Fairly attacking, shortDirect
Trequartista (AMC Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very attacking, very short, fairly cautiousDirect
Trequartista (STC Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very attacking, very short, fairly cautiousOverlapping
Enganche (AMC Support)
Performs - technical number-ten
Short
Shadow Striker (AMC Attack)
Contributes
Very attackingOverlapping
Deep Lying Forward (STC Support)
Performs - technical number-ten & target-man
AttackingOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Deep Lying Forward (STC Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten & target-man
AttackingOverlapping
Advanced Forward (STC Attack)
Contributes
Fairly attackingDirect
Target Man (STC Support)
Performs - target-man
Fairly defensive, directOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Target Man (STC Attack)
Performs - target-man
Fairly defensive, directDirect
Complete Forward (STC Support)
Performs - technical number-ten & target-man
Extremely attacking, fairly shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Complete Forward (STC Attack)
Performs - target-man
Extremely attacking, fairly shortDirect
Pressing Forward (STC Support)
Performs - target-man
Fairly attacking, fairly direct, fairly aggressiveOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Pressing Forward (STC Attack)
Contributes
Fairly attacking, fairly aggressiveDirect
False Nine (STC Support)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very attacking, shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Roaming Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very attacking, extremely short
Segundo Volante (DMC Attack)
Contributes
Fairly short
Central Midfielder (MC Support)
Contributes
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Contributes
BalancedOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner)
Box To Box Midfielder (MC Support)
Contributes
Fairly attacking, fairly short
Advanced Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very short
Advanced Playmaker (MC Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten
Fairly attacking, short
Mezzala (MC Support)
Contributes
Very attackingDirect (with an STC partner)
Mezzala (MC Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very attacking, fairly shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner)
Carrilero (MC Support)
Contributes
Attacking
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very attacking, extremely short
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Support)
Performs - technical number-ten
Attacking, extremely short
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very attacking, extremely short
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Support)
Contributes
Attacking
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Attack)
Contributes
AttackingOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner)
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Support)
Contributes
AttackingDirect, interchanging
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Attack)
Contributes
AttackingOverlapping
Advanced Playmaker (AML/AMR Support)
Performs - technical number-ten
Extremely shortDirect, interchanging
Advanced Playmaker (AML/AMR Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten
Fairly attacking, very shortDirect
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Support)
Performs - technical number-ten
Attacking, shortDirect, interchanging
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Attack)
Contributes
Attacking, shortOverlapping
Trequartista (AML/AMR Attack)
Performs - technical number-ten
Very attacking, very short, fairly cautiousDirect
Taking Chances
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing StylesForward Movement Partnerships
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Support)
Performs
BalancedDirect, interchanging
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Attack)
Performs
BalancedOverlapping
Trequartista (AMC Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, very short, fairly cautiousDirect
Trequartista (STC Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, very short, fairly cautiousOverlapping
Enganche (AMC Support)
Performs atypically1
Short
Shadow Striker (AMC Attack)
Performs
Very attackingOverlapping
Deep Lying Forward (STC Support)
Performs
AttackingOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Deep Lying Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
AttackingOverlapping
Advanced Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
Fairly attackingDirect
Target Man (STC Support)
Performs atypically1
Fairly defensive, directOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Target Man (STC Attack)
Performs atypically1
Fairly defensive, directDirect
Poacher (STC Attack)
Performs atypically1
Very defensive, fairly directDirect
Complete Forward (STC Support)
Performs
Extremely attacking, fairly shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Complete Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
Extremely attacking, fairly shortDirect
Pressing Forward (STC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, fairly direct, fairly aggressiveOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Pressing Forward (STC Attack)
Performs
Fairly attacking, fairly aggressiveDirect
False Nine (STC Support)
Performs atypically1
Very attacking, shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner), interchanging
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs atypically1
Fairly direct, fairly aggressive
Roaming Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs atypically1
Very attacking, extremely short
Segundo Volante (DMC Attack)
Performs atypically1
Fairly short
Central Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs atypically1
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Performs
BalancedOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner)
Box To Box Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs atypically1
Fairly attacking, fairly short
Mezzala (MC Support)
Performs
Very attackingDirect (with an STC partner)
Mezzala (MC Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, fairly shortOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner)
Carrilero (MC Support)
Performs atypically1
Attacking
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)
Performs atypically1
Very attacking, extremely short
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Support)
Performs atypically1
Attacking
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Attack)
Performs
AttackingOverlapping, direct (with an STC partner)
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Support)
Performs
AttackingDirect, interchanging
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Attack)
Performs
AttackingOverlapping
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Support)
Performs
Attacking, shortDirect, interchanging
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Attack)
Performs
Attacking, shortOverlapping
Trequartista (AML/AMR Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, very short, fairly cautiousDirect
Raumdeuter (AML/AMR Attack)
Performs
Very shortOverlapping
1 - see full analysis of roles and duties for details of atypicality

Individual Analysis of Roles & Duties

Each central attack role/duty is analysed individually below.

Explanation of analysis:

  • Instructions – the tactical instructions given by the role/duty. Most of these instructions are the player instructions that are shown in the game (select the relevant playing position icon and click the Edit/Add button at the top-right of the screen) but for some roles/duties hidden instructions are given (these are written in terms of their related playing methods).
  • Natural playing styles – the main playing styles that the role/duty is most suitable for based on the number of instructions given by the role/duty that are suitable for each playing style (but not taking into account forward movement partnerships, which are detailed separately below).
  • Specific analysis – any more specific advice related to the player movement instructed by the role/duty and any additional tactical theory analysis specific to the role/duty.
  • Forward movement scores – the role/duty’s contribution scores for the team’s penetration score, solidity score and support score.
  • Forward movement partnerships – useful forward movement partnerships that the role/duty can instruct a player to be a partner in and the type of partner that the player would be. This includes advice on which playing styles (or system fluidity level in some cases) each partnership is most useful for and what type of partner the role/duty should be paired with to create each partnership.
  • Positional responsibilities – the positional responsibilities that the role/duty instructs a player to perform or contribute to, along with the relevant instructions given to the role/duty.
    • Responsibility specialism level – the extent to which the player carries out the responsibility. This is based on his instructions. For higher specialism levels, in some cases, advice is given on how to counterbalance the player with one or two other players who carry out an opposing responsibility.
    • Responsibility focus level – the extent to which the player’s duty corresponds with the responsibility. Defend and Attack duties give a player a mixture of higher and lower focus levels. Support duties give a player versatile focus levels (in most cases). A higher focus level means that the player carries out the responsibility in a more direct way. A lower focus level means that the player carries out the responsibility in a less direct way (and is therefore not necessarily a bad thing). A versatile focus level is a balance between the two and means that the player can carry out responsibilities in a more balanced way and can essentially alternate between a higher focus level and a lower focus level when required.
    • Direct instructions – the instructions given by the role/duty that are directly related to carrying out the responsibility.
    • Indirect instructions – other instructions given by the role/duty that may help with carrying out the responsibility.
    • Atypical instructions – instructions given by the role/duty that may hinder the carrying out of the responsibility.

Further details:

Attacking Midfielder (AM)

AMC Support
Attacking Midfielder (AM) - AMC Support
InstructionsNone
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
2.0
0.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at STC
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DMC/WBL/WBR, MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Take More Risks (as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays)
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
AMC Attack
Attacking Midfielder (AM) - AMC Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Specific analysisTactical theory: attacking midfield poacher
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
3.0
0.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC/WBL/WBR, MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at STC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at STC
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at DMC/WBL/WBR, MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Creating chances
Contributes
Very low
Higher
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward

Advanced Playmaker (AP)

AMC Support
Advanced Playmaker (AP) - AMC Support
InstructionsShoot Less Often, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: make more disciplined movement, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom, focus play (this role is a playmaker focal role which instructs a player's teammates to pass to him more often)
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Mixed
Very short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Shoot Less Often, make more disciplined movement
Direct plays (1): make more disciplined movement
Short plays (4): Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
2.0
0.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at STC
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DMC/WBL/WBR, MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: make more disciplined movement
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Versatile
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Indirect instructions: Shoot Less Often
AMC Attack
Advanced Playmaker (AP) - AMC Attack
InstructionsDribble More, Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: make more disciplined movement, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom, focus play (this role is a playmaker focal role which instructs a player's teammates to pass to him more often)
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Shoot Less Often, make more disciplined movement
Direct plays (2): Dribble More, make more disciplined movement
Short plays (4): Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
2.5
0.0
1.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Lower
Direct instructions: make more disciplined movement
Atypical instructions: Dribble More
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Creating chances
Performs
Extremely high
Higher
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Indirect instructions: Shoot Less Often

Trequartista (T)

AMC Attack
Trequartista (T) - AMC Attack
InstructionsSignificantly decrease pressing intensity, Ease Off Tackles, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: collect the ball more, make more dribbles into vertical channels, use more creative freedom, focus play (this role is a playmaker focal role which instructs a player's teammates to pass to him more often)
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very attacking
Very short
Fairly cautious
Attacking football (5): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Ease Off Tackles
Direct plays (2): Dribble More, make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (5): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Containment (1): Ease Off Tackles
Specific analysisTactical theory: attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
2.5
0.0
1.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very high
Lower
Direct instructions: significantly decrease pressing intensity, Ease Off Tackles
Stretching play
Contributes
Moderate
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Direct instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Higher
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More
STC Attack
Trequartista (T) - STC Attack
InstructionsSignificantly decrease pressing intensity, Ease Off Tackles, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: collect the ball more, make more dribbles into vertical channels, use more creative freedom, focus play (this role is a playmaker focal role which instructs a player's teammates to pass to him more often)
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very attacking
Very short
Fairly cautious
Attacking football (5): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Ease Off Tackles
Direct plays (2): Dribble More, make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (5): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Containment (1): Ease Off Tackles
Specific analysisTactical theory: centre forward advanced-playmaker, technical number-ten centre forward
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
3.5
0.0
0.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very high
Lower
Direct instructions: significantly decrease pressing intensity, Ease Off Tackles
Stretching play
Contributes
Moderate
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Direct instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Higher
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays (can also perform as a target-man if instructed to Hold Up Ball - useful for defensive football and direct plays)
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More

Enganche (EG)

AMC Support
Enganche (EG) - AMC Support
InstructionsHold Position, Dribble Less, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom, focus play (this role is a playmaker focal role which instructs a player's teammates to pass to him more often)
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Mixed
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Hold Position, Dribble Less
Direct plays (1): Hold Position
Short plays (3): Dribble Less, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to remain in a relatively fixed position between the opposition midfield and defence, both on and off the ball, and is most suitable for use with roles that instruct movement around him, such as Segundo Volante (Attack), Central Midfielder (Attack), Box To Box Midfielder, Mezzala, Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack), Inverted Winger, Inside Forward, Raumdeuter, Shadow Striker, Advanced Forward and Complete Forward
Tactical theory: playmaking-hook, attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.5
0.0
2.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Versatile
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Dribble Less, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: Hold Position, Dribble Less

Shadow Striker (SS)

AMC Attack
Shadow Striker (SS) - AMC Attack
InstructionsIncrease pressing intensity, Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into vertical channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Move Into Channels, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Direct plays (2): Dribble More, make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (2): Move Into Channels, Take More Risks
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
3.0
0.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC/WBL/WBR, MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at STC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at STC
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at DMC/WBL/WBR, MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: increase pressing intensity
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Contributes
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Dribble More

Deep Lying Forward (DLF)

STC Support
Deep Lying Forward (DLF) - STC Support
InstructionsMove Into Channels, Hold Up Ball, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into vertical channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Move Into Channels, Take More Risks
Direct plays (2): Hold Up Ball, make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (2): Move Into Channels, Take More Risks
Specific analysisTactical theory: technical number-ten centre forward, target-man
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
3.0
0.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes
Fairly low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Direct instructions: Move Into Channels
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Performs as a technical number-ten and target-man - useful for all playing styles
Direct instructions: Hold Up Ball, Take More Risks
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Move Into Channels
STC Attack
Deep Lying Forward (DLF) - STC Attack
InstructionsMove Into Channels, Hold Up Ball, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into vertical channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Move Into Channels, Take More Risks
Direct plays (2): Hold Up Ball, make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (2): Move Into Channels, Take More Risks
Specific analysisTactical theory: technical number-ten centre forward, target-man
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
3.5
0.0
0.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Contributes
Fairly low
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Direct instructions: Move Into Channels
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Performs as a technical number-ten and target-man - useful for all playing styles
Direct instructions: Hold Up Ball, Take More Risks
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Move Into Channels

Advanced Forward (AF)

STC Attack
Advanced Forward (AF) - STC Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Move Into Channels
Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into vertical channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (1): Move Into Channels
Direct plays (1): make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (1): Move Into Channels
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
4.0
0.0
0.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Lower
Atypical instructions: Move Into Channels
Creating chances
Contributes
Very low
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Hold up Ball (as a target-man - useful for defensive football and direct plays) (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels

Target Man (TM)

STC Support
Target Man (TM) - STC Support
InstructionsHold Up Ball, Dribble Less
Hidden instructions: focus play directly (this role is a target-man focal role which instructs a player's teammates to pass to him more often with increased passing directness)
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly defensive
Direct
Balanced
Defensive football (1): Dribble Less
Direct plays (3): Hold Up Ball, focus play directly (indirectly increases passing directness for teammates)
Short plays (1): Dribble Less
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to use his physical presence to create chances and is most suitable for use with a role that instructs movement close to him, such as Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Poacher or Pressing Forward (Defend/Support)
Tactical theory: restricted target-man, target-man
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
3.0
0.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes atypically
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Atypical instructions: Dribble Less
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Dribble Less
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Performs as a target-man - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Can perform as a technical number-ten if instructed to Take More Risks - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Hold Up Ball, Dribble Less
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: Dribble Less
STC Attack
Target Man (TM) - STC Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Hold Up Ball, Dribble Less
Hidden instructions: focus play directly (this role is a target-man focal role which instructs a player's teammates to pass to him more often with increased passing directness)
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly defensive
Direct
Balanced
Defensive football (1): Dribble Less
Direct plays (3): Hold Up Ball, focus play directly (indirectly increases passing directness for teammates)
Short plays (1): Dribble Less
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to use his physical presence to create chances and is most suitable for use with a role that instructs movement close to him, such as Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Poacher or Pressing Forward (Defend/Support)
Tactical theory: restricted target-man, target-man
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
4.0
0.0
0.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs atypically
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Atypical instructions: Dribble Less
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Lower
Direct instructions: Dribble Less
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Performs as a target-man - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Direct instructions: Hold Up Ball, Dribble Less
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward
Atypical instructions: Dribble Less

Poacher (P)

STC Attack
Poacher (P) - STC Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Dribble Less, Take Fewer Risks
Hidden instructions: use more tactical discipline
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very defensive
Fairly direct
Balanced
Defensive football (3): Dribble Less, Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline
Direct plays (2): Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline
Short plays (1): Dribble Less
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to use his mobility to take chances and is most suitable for use with a role that instructs movement close to him, such as Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Target Man or Pressing Forward (Defend/Support)
Tactical theory: centre forward poacher
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
4.0
0.0
0.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs atypically
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Atypical instructions: Dribble Less
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very high
Lower
Direct instructions: Dribble Less, Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward
Atypical instructions: Dribble Less

Complete Forward (CF)

STC Support
Complete Forward (CF) - STC Support
InstructionsMove Into Channels, Roam From Position, Hold Up Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into vertical channels, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Extremely attacking
Fairly short
Balanced
Attacking football (5): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Direct plays (3): Hold Up Ball, Dribble More, make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (4): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: technical number-ten centre forward, target-man
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
3.0
0.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes
Moderate
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Direct instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Extremely high
Versatile
Performs as a technical number-ten and target-man - useful for all playing styles
Direct instructions: Hold Up Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More
STC Attack
Complete Forward (CF) - STC Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Hold Up Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into vertical channels, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Extremely attacking
Fairly short
Balanced
Attacking football (5): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Direct plays (3): Hold Up Ball, Dribble More, make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (4): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: target-man
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
4.0
0.0
0.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Extremely high
Higher
Performs as a target-man - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Direct instructions: Hold Up Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Dribble More

Pressing Forward (PF)

STC Defend
Pressing Forward (PF) - STC Defend
InstructionsSignificantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, Hold Position, Hold Up Ball, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Defensive
Direct
Fairly aggressive
Attacking football (1): Tackle Harder
Defensive football (3): Hold Position, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks
Direct plays (3): Hold Position, Hold Up Ball, Take Fewer Risks
Short plays (1): Shoot Less Often
Aggressive pressing (1): Tackle Harder
Specific analysisTactical theory: defensive centre forward (atypical as it does not create chances or take chances)
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
2.0
0.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at STC
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at STC
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very high
Versatile
Direct instructions: significantly increase pressing directness, Tackle Harder
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
Creating chancesDoes not perform or contribute but can create opportunities for high pressure counter attacks by closing down and making tackles, and can use hold-up play to help to move the ball to teammates who can create chances
Conflicting instructions: Take Fewer Risks
STC Support
Pressing Forward (PF) - STC Support
InstructionsSignificantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, Hold Up Ball
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Fairly direct
Fairly aggressive
Attacking football (1): Tackle Harder
Direct plays (1): Hold Up Ball
Aggressive pressing (1): Tackle Harder
Specific analysisTactical theory: defensive centre forward, restricted target-man, target-man
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
3.0
0.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very high
Versatile
Direct instructions: significantly increase pressing directness, Tackle Harder
Stretching play
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Performs as a target-man - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Can perform as a technical number-ten if instructed to Take More Risks (however, this instruction is not available for this role) - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Hold Up Ball
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
STC Attack
Pressing Forward (PF) - STC Attack
InstructionsSignificantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels
Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into vertical channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Mixed
Fairly aggressive
Attacking football (1): Tackle Harder
Direct plays (1): make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (1): Move Into Channels
Aggressive pressing (1): Tackle Harder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
4.0
0.0
0.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Significantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Lower
Atypical instructions: Move Into Channels
Creating chances
Contributes
Very low
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Hold up Ball (as a target-man - useful for defensive football and direct plays) (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels

False Nine (F9)

STC Support
False Nine (F9) - STC Support
InstructionsDribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: drop deep more, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very attacking
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (4): Dribble More, Take More Risks, drop deep more (to collect short passes as a deep-dropping ancillary partner), use more creative freedom
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (3): Take More Risks, drop deep more (to collect short passes as a deep-dropping ancillary partner), use more creative freedom
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to drop deep to receive the ball nearer to central midfield and is most suitable for use with an AMC/AML/AMR role that instructs forward runs and direct dribbles into the space he creates, such as Inside Forward (Attack) or Shadow Striker
Tactical theory: false-nine, centre forward advanced-playmaker, technical number-ten centre forward
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
2.5
0.0
1.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at STC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR or AMC/AML/AMR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at MC/ML/MR, AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central attack:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: drop deep more
Atypical instructions: Dribble More
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Versatile
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays (can also perform as a target-man if instructed to Hold Up Ball - useful for defensive football and direct plays) (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Atypical instructions: drop deep more