Central Midfield Roles

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

Central midfield roles and duties are analysed below. This includes all of the roles/duties that are available in the DMC and MC playing positions.

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

Forward Movement Partnerships

Try to use at least one forward movement partnership in central midfield that focuses on retaining solidity.

In particular, to focus to a large extent on retaining solidity it can be useful to use:

  • A low risk direct partnership.

Alternatively, you may want to use a more risky option that still focuses on retaining solidity but to a lesser extent, such as:

  • A medium risk overlapping partnership.
    • 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.
  • A medium risk direct partnership with level playing positions.
    • 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.
  • A balanced interchanging partnership – 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.

You may then want to add one or more forward movement partnerships that focus on penetrating space, such as:

  • High risk overlapping partnerships – useful for attacking football and short plays (similar to medium risk overlapping partnerships).
  • High risk direct partnerships – useful for defensive football and direct plays (similar to medium risk direct partnerships).
  • Overloading interchanging partnerships – very fluid (similar to balanced interchanging partnerships).

Analysis of Forward Movement Partners

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

For a low risk direct partnership choose an ancillary partner and an attacking partner from the low risk direct partnerships column.

Similarly, for a medium/high 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.

Similarly, for an overloading interchanging partnership choose two overloading partners from the interchanging partnerships column.

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)
Low risk direct partnerships:
(More risky option, useful for attacking football and short plays)
Medium risk overlapping partnerships:
(More risky option, useful for defensive football and direct plays)
Medium risk direct partnerships with level positions:
(Very fluid option)
Interchanging partnerships:
High risk overlapping partnerships:High risk direct partnerships:
Custom DMC roleancillary
(instruct to Hold Position)
ancillary
(instruct to Hold Position)
(pair with D(C/L/R))
attacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward)
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillary
(instruct to Hold Position, position level with attacking partner)
attacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward, position level with ancillary partner)
overloading
(instruct Support duty to Get Further Forward)
attacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward)
(pair with M(C/L/R))
attacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward)
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Custom MC roleancillary
(instruct to Hold Position)
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillary
(instruct to Hold Position)
ancillary
(instruct to Hold Position, position level with attacking partner)
attacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward, position level with ancillary partner)
overloading
(instruct Support duty to Get Further Forward)
attacking
(instruct to Get Further Forward)
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Defend)
Hold Position
ancillaryancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)attacking
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
balancedancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Defend)
Hold Position
ancillaryancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Support)
Hold Position
ancillary1ancillary1
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary1
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Defend)
Hold Position
ancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Support)
Hold Position
ancillary1
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillary1ancillary1
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Defend)
Hold Position
ancillaryancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Support)attacking
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
balancedancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Defend)
Hold Position
ancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Support)attackingbalancedancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Anchor Man (DMC Defend)
Hold Position
ancillaryancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
Half Back (DMC Defend)
Hold Position
Drop deep more
ancillaryancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
Regista (DMC Support)attacking
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
balancedancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
Roaming Playmaker (DMC Support)attacking
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
balancedancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
Roaming Playmaker (MC Support)attackingbalancedancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Segundo Volante (DMC Support)attacking
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
balancedancillary
(pair with D(C/L/R))
ancillary
Segundo Volante (DMC Attack)attacking
(pair with M(C/L/R))
attacking2
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
attacking
(pair with M(C/L/R))
attacking
(pair with DM(C/L/R))
Central Midfielder (MC Defend)
Hold Position
ancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
ancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Central Midfielder (MC Support)attackingbalancedancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attacking2
(pair with M(C/L/R))
attacking
Box To Box Midfielder (MC Support)attackingbalancedancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Advanced Playmaker (MC Support)attackingbalancedancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Advanced Playmaker (MC Attack)attacking2ancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Mezzala (MC Support)
Get Further Forward
attacking
(pair with M(C/L/R))
overloadingattacking
Mezzala (MC Attack)
Get Further Forward
attacking2
(pair with M(C/L/R))
attacking
Carrilero (MC Support)attackingbalancedancillaryancillary
(pair with M(C/L/R))
Libero (DC Support)treat as if a Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)treat as if a Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)
Libero (DC Attack)attackingattacking
Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Support)
Sit Narrower
treat as if an Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)treat as if an Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)
Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Attack)
Sit Narrower
Get Further Forward
attacking2,3attacking
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Defend)
Hold Position
Sit Narrower
ancillary3ancillary3
(pair with DC)
ancillary3
(pair with DMC)
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)
Sit Narrower
attacking3
(pair with DMC)
balanced3ancillary
(pair with DC)
ancillary
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)
Sit Narrower
Get Further Forward
attacking2,3
(pair with MC)
attacking2,3
(pair with DMC)
attacking
(pair with MC)
attacking
(pair with DMC)
Wide Midfielder (ML/MR)Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC) with same duty3Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC) with same duty3Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC) with same duty3Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC) with same duty3
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Support)
Sit Narrower
attacking3balanced3ancillaryancillary
(pair with MC)
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Attack)
Sit Narrower
attacking2,3ancillaryancillary
(pair with MC)
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Support)Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC Support)3Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC Support)3Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC Support)3Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC Support)3ancillaryancillary
(pair with MC)
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Attack)
Get Further Forward
Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC Attack)3Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC Attack)3Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC Attack)3Instruct to Sit Narrower then treat as if a Central Midfielder (MC Attack)3attacking

Table Footnotes

  1. Will not stay back as effectively due to Support duty.
  2. Will not provide support as effectively to the ancillary partner due to Attack duty.
  3. Two WB(R/L)s instructed to Sit Narrower can be used instead of a DMC as either partner. Two M(R/L)s can be used instead of an MC in the same way.

Positional Responsibilities

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

  • Providing attacking cover – at least one player performs.
  • Providing defensive cover – at least one player performs.
  • Applying defensive pressure – at least one player performs.
  • Stretching play – at least one player performs.
  • Playing safe – at least one player performs.
  • Creating 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.

Providing defensive cover is usually performed by a player who also performs providing attacking cover to avoid problems with providing defensive cover in the defensive transition phase. However, it is possible to separate these responsibilities by using a player who performs providing attacking cover but not defensive cover; for example …

  • … Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC/MC Defend), …

… And combining him with another player who performs providing defensive cover but not attacking cover; for example …

  • … Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support) …
  • … Central Midfielder (MC Support) …

… As long as both players have a higher or versatile focus for providing attacking cover and defensive cover (that is, Defend or Support duties in most cases).

If you are using one or more wide and off-centre central midfielders then it can be useful to assign the responsibilities of providing attacking cover, providing defensive cover, applying defensive pressure and stretching play symmetrically to help to retain spatial compactness effectively. This is done by assigning each responsibility to either a central DMC or MC, or to a pair of wide and off-centre central midfielders on opposite sides. Wide and off-centre central midfielders include:

  • Your widest DMCs if using three DMCs.
  • Your widest MCs if using three MCs.
  • DMCs and MCs instructed to Stay Wider (for providing attacking cover and stretching play only); for example, Carrilero (MC Support) and Mezzala (MC Support/Attack).
  • Flank players who can carry out positional responsibilities in central midfield (WBL/WBRs and ML/MRs instructed to Sit Narrower (although any player who is being used to stretch play on the flank should not be instructed to Sit Narrower) or flank players instructed to move towards central midfield); for example Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Support/Attack and WBL/WBR Defend/Support/Attack), Defensive Winger (ML/MR Defend/Support), Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Support/Attack) and Inverted Winger (ML/MR Support/Attack).

Analysis of Performers & Contributors

Roles/duties that can carry out central midfield 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.
Providing Attacking Cover
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing Styles
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Defend)
Performs
Defensive, short
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)
Contributes
Balanced
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Defend)
Performs
Fairly defensive, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Defend)
Performs
Fairly defensive, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, very short
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Support)
Contributes
Fairly direct, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Support)
Contributes
Fairly direct, fairly aggressive
Anchor Man (DMC Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly short
Half Back (DMC Defend)
Performs
Short
Segundo Volante (DMC Support)
Contributes atypically2
Fairly short
Central Midfielder (MC Defend)
Performs
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Support)
Contributes
Balanced
Advanced Playmaker (MC Support)
Contributes
Very short
Advanced Playmaker (MC Attack)
Contributes atypically2
Fairly attacking, short
Carrilero (MC Support)
Contributes
Fairly attacking, fairly short
Libero (DC Support)
Contributes
Attacking, short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, very short
1 - consider counterbalance (see full analysis of roles and duties for details)
2 - see full analysis of roles and duties for details of atypicality
Providing Defensive Cover
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing Styles
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Defend)
Performs
Defensive, short
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Defend)
Performs
Fairly defensive, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Defend)
Performs
Fairly defensive, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, very short
Anchor Man (DMC Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly short
Half Back (DMC Defend)
Performs
Short
Regista (DMC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, very short
Roaming Playmaker (DMC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Roaming Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Segundo Volante (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly short
Segundo Volante (DMC Attack)
Performs atypically1
Fairly short
Central Midfielder (MC Defend)
Performs
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Performs atypically but vacates area1
Balanced
Box To Box Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, fairly short
Advanced Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Very short
Advanced Playmaker (MC Attack)
Performs atypically1
Fairly attacking, short
Mezzala (MC Support)
Performs
Very attacking
Mezzala (MC Attack)
Performs atypically but vacates area1
Very attacking, fairly short
Carrilero (MC Support)
Performs
Attacking
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, very short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, extremely short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)
Performs atypically1
Very attacking, extremely short
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, extremely short
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Attack)
Performs atypically1
Attacking, extremely short
1 - see full analysis of roles and duties for details of atypicality
Applying Defensive Pressure
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing Styles
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, very short
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly direct, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly direct, fairly aggressive
Regista (DMC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, very short
Roaming Playmaker (DMC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Roaming Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Segundo Volante (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly short
Segundo Volante (DMC Attack)
Performs
Fairly short
Central Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Performs but vacates area
Balanced
Box To Box Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, fairly short
Advanced Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Very short
Advanced Playmaker (MC Attack)
Performs
Fairly attacking, short
Mezzala (MC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, fairly short
Mezzala (MC Attack)
Performs but vacates area
Very attacking, short
Carrilero (MC Support)
Performs
Attacking
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, very short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, extremely short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Defensive Winger (ML/MR Defend)
Performs
Fairly defensive, very direct, fairly aggressive
Defensive Winger (ML/MR Support)
Performs
Very attacking, very direct, fairly aggressive
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, extremely short
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Attack)
Performs
Attacking, extremely short
1 - consider counterbalance (see full analysis of roles and duties for details)
Stretching Play
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing Styles
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly direct, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly direct, fairly aggressive
Regista (DMC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, very short
Roaming Playmaker (DMC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Roaming Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Segundo Volante (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly short
Segundo Volante (DMC Attack)
Performs
Fairly short
Central Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Performs
Balanced
Box To Box Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, fairly short
Mezzala (MC Support)
Performs
Very attacking
Mezzala (MC Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, fairly short
Carrilero (MC Support)
Performs
Attacking
Libero (DC Attack)
Performs
Very attacking
Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, extremely short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, extremely short
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Attack)
Performs
Attacking, extremely short
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Support)
Performs
Attacking
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Attack)
Performs
Attacking
1 - consider counterbalance (see full analysis of roles and duties for details)
Playing Safe
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing Styles
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Defend)
Performs
Defensive, short
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly direct, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly aggressive
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly direct, fairly aggressive
Anchor Man (DMC Defend)
Performs
Very defensive, fairly short
Half Back (DMC Defend)
Performs but vacates area2
Short
Segundo Volante (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly short
Segundo Volante (DMC Attack)
Performs
Fairly short
Central Midfielder (MC Defend)
Performs
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Performs but vacates area2
Balanced
Box To Box Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs atypically1
Fairly attacking, fairly short
Mezzala (MC Support)
Performs atypically1
Very attacking
Carrilero (MC Support)
Performs atypically1
Attacking
1 - see full analysis of roles and duties for details of atypicality
2 - could perform in tandem with another vacating role (see full analysis of roles and duties for details)
Creating Chances
Role (Pos. Duty)
Performs / Contributes
Natural Playing Styles
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Defend)
Performs
Fairly defensive, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Defend)
Performs
Fairly defensive, very short
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, very short
Regista (DMC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, very short
Roaming Playmaker (DMC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Roaming Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Segundo Volante (DMC Support)
Performs
Fairly short
Segundo Volante (DMC Attack)
Performs
Fairly short
Central Midfielder (MC Defend)
Performs
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Balanced
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)
Performs but vacates area
Balanced
Box To Box Midfielder (MC Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, fairly short
Advanced Playmaker (MC Support)
Performs
Very short
Advanced Playmaker (MC Attack)
Performs
Fairly attacking, short
Mezzala (MC Support)
Performs
Very attacking
Mezzala (MC Attack)
Performs but vacates area
Very attacking, fairly short
Carrilero (MC Support)
Performs
Attacking
Libero (DC Support)
Performs
Attacking, short
Libero (DC Attack)
Performs atypically1
Very attacking
Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, extremely short
Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Defend)
Performs
Defensive, very short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, extremely short
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)
Performs
Very attacking, extremely short
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Support)
Performs
Fairly attacking, extremely short
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Attack)
Performs
Attacking, extremely short
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Support)
Performs
Attacking
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Attack)
Performs but vacates area
Attacking
1 - see full analysis of roles and duties for details of atypicality

Individual Analysis of Roles & Duties

Each central midfield 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).
    • For the purposes of determining appropriate natural playing styles for central midfield roles/duties the following instructions may be ignored:
      • Hold Position – may be ignored for the first central midfielder instructed to Hold Position (because one player is typically given this instruction in central midfield, and two in central defence).
      • Dribble Less – may be ignored for the first two central defenders/midfielders instructed to Dribble Less (because two players are typically given this instruction in central defence and central midfield as a whole).
    • Ignored instructions are shown in brackets so that you can work out the natural playing styles if they are included.
  • 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:

Defensive Midfielder (DM)

DMC Defend
Defensive Midfielder (DM) - DMC Defend
InstructionsDecrease pressing intensity, Hold Position, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Defensive
Short
Balanced
Defensive football (2): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, (Hold Position)
Direct plays (0): (Hold Position)
Short plays (2): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
3.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: decrease pressing intensity
Playing safe
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
DMC Support
Defensive Midfielder (DM) - DMC Support
InstructionsNone
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
2.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC (or 2 at WBL and WBR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Hold Position
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Playing safe
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile

Deep Lying Playmaker (DLP)

DMC Defend
Deep Lying Playmaker (DLP) - DMC Defend
InstructionsDecrease pressing intensity, Hold Position, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often
Hidden instructions: 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 defensive
Very short
Balanced
Attacking football (1): use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, (Hold Position)
Direct plays (0): (Hold Position)
Short plays (4): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: defensive midfield controlling-playmaker, deep-lying-playmaker
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
3.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: decrease pressing intensity
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Lower
Direct instructions: Dribble Less, use more creative freedom
Indirect instructions: Shoot Less Often
DMC Support
Deep Lying Playmaker (DLP) - DMC Support
InstructionsHold Position, Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: 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
Very short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Shoot Less Often, (Hold Position)
Direct plays (0): (Hold Position)
Short plays (4): Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: defensive midfield countering-playmaker, deep-lying-playmaker
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
2.5
1.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Indirect instructions: Shoot Less Often
MC Defend
Deep Lying Playmaker (DLP) - MC Defend
InstructionsDecrease pressing intensity, Hold Position, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often
Hidden instructions: 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 defensive
Very short
Balanced
Attacking football (1): use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, (Hold Position)
Direct plays (0): (Hold Position)
Short plays (4): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: centre midfield controlling-playmaker, deep-lying-playmaker
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
2.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC (or 2 at ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
... 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
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: decrease pressing intensity
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Lower
Direct instructions: Dribble Less, use more creative freedom
Indirect instructions: Shoot Less Often
MC Support
Deep Lying Playmaker (DLP) - MC Support
InstructionsHold Position, Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: 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
Very short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Shoot Less Often, (Hold Position)
Direct plays (0): (Hold Position)
Short plays (4): Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: centre midfield countering-playmaker, deep-lying-playmaker
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.5
1.5
2.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC (or 2 at ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
... 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
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Indirect instructions: Shoot Less Often

Ball Winning Midfielder (BWM)

DMC Defend
Ball Winning Midfielder (BWM) - DMC Defend
InstructionsSignificantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, Hold Position, decrease passing directness, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks
Hidden instructions: use more tactical discipline
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very defensive
Mixed
Fairly aggressive
Attacking football (1): Tackle Harder
Defensive football (4): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline, (Hold Position)
Direct plays (2): Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline, (Hold Position)
Short plays (2): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often
Aggressive pressing (1): Tackle Harder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
3.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very high (consider counterbalance)
Lower
Direct instructions: significantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
Can be counterbalanced with: 2 players who provide defensive cover (e.g. 2 Central Midfielders (Defend/Support)) or 1 player who does so with a higher specialism (e.g. 1 Central Midfielder (Defend) instructed to Ease Off Tackles)
Playing safe
Performs
Extremely high
Higher
Direct instructions: decrease passing directness, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
... (if used off-centre) on the flank (as an auxiliary narrow WBL/WBR):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Lower
Direct instructions: slightly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
DMC Support
Ball Winning Midfielder (BWM) - DMC Support
InstructionsSignificantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, decrease passing directness
Hidden instructions: use more tactical discipline
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Mixed
Fairly direct
Fairly aggressive
Attacking football (1): Tackle Harder
Defensive football (1): use more tactical discipline
Direct plays (1): use more tactical discipline
Aggressive pressing (1): Tackle Harder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
2.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC (or 2 at WBL and WBR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Hold Position
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very high (consider counterbalance)
Versatile
Direct instructions: significantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
Can be counterbalanced with: 2 players who provide defensive cover (e.g. 2 Central Midfielders (Defend/Support)) or 1 player who does so with a higher specialism (e.g. 1 Central Midfielder (Defend) instructed to Ease Off Tackles)
Stretching play
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Playing safe
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: decrease passing directness, use more tactical discipline
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
... (if used off-centre) on the flank (as an auxiliary narrow WBL/WBR):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Lower
Direct instructions: slightly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
MC Defend
Ball Winning Midfielder (BWM) - MC Defend
InstructionsSignificantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, Hold Position, decrease passing directness, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks
Hidden instructions: use more tactical discipline
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very defensive
Mixed
Fairly aggressive
Attacking football (1): Tackle Harder
Defensive football (4): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline, (Hold Position)
Direct plays (2): Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline, (Hold Position)
Short plays (2): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often
Aggressive pressing (1): Tackle Harder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
2.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC (or 2 at ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
... 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
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very high (consider counterbalance)
Lower
Direct instructions: significantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
Can be counterbalanced with: 2 players who provide defensive cover (e.g. 2 Central Midfielders (Defend/Support)) or 1 player who does so with a higher specialism (e.g. 1 Central Midfielder (Defend) instructed to Ease Off Tackles)
Playing safe
Performs
Extremely high
Higher
Direct instructions: decrease passing directness, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
... (if used off-centre) on the flank (as an auxiliary narrow ML/MR):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Moderate
Lower
Direct instructions: slightly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
MC Support
Ball Winning Midfielder (BWM) - MC Support
InstructionsSignificantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, decrease passing directness
Hidden instructions: use more tactical discipline
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Mixed
Fairly direct
Fairly aggressive
Attacking football (1): Tackle Harder
Defensive football (1): use more tactical discipline
Direct plays (1): use more tactical discipline
Aggressive pressing (1): Tackle Harder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.0
1.0
3.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short 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 AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Hold Position
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very high (consider counterbalance)
Versatile
Direct instructions: significantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
Can be counterbalanced with: 2 players who provide defensive cover (e.g. 2 Central Midfielders (Defend/Support)) or 1 player who does so with a higher specialism (e.g. 1 Central Midfielder (Defend) instructed to Ease Off Tackles)
Stretching play
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Playing safe
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: decrease passing directness, use more tactical discipline
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
... in central attack (as an auxiliary sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: auxiliary sitting player
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: decrease passing directness, use more tactical discipline
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player
... (if used off-centre) on the flank (as an auxiliary narrow ML/MR):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Moderate
Lower
Direct instructions: slightly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder

Anchor Man (A)

DMC Defend
Anchor Man (A) - DMC Defend
InstructionsDecrease pressing intensity, Hold Position, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very defensive
Fairly short
Balanced
Defensive football (3): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks, (Hold Position)
Direct plays (1): Take Fewer Risks, (Hold Position)
Short plays (2): Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
3.0
1.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: decrease pressing intensity
Playing safe
Performs
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks
Indirect instructions: Hold Position

Half Back (HB)

DMC Defend
Half Back (HB) - DMC Defend
InstructionsDecrease pressing intensity, Hold Position, Dribble Less
Hidden instructions: drop deep more
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Mixed
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (1): drop deep more (to collect short passes as a deep-dropping ancillary partner)
Defensive football (1): Dribble Less, (Hold Position)
Direct plays (0): (Hold Position)
Short plays (2): Dribble Less, drop deep more (to collect short passes as a deep-dropping ancillary partner)
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to drop deep into central defence and is most suitable for use behind at least 2 MCs when no more than 2 DCs are used, especially if Attack duties are used at DL and DR
Tactical theory: half-back
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
3.5
0.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Fairly high (consider counterbalance)
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position, drop deep more
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Can be counterbalanced with: 2 players who stretch play (e.g. 2 Central Midfielders (Support/Attack)) or 1 player who does so with a higher specialism (e.g. 1 Mezzala)
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: decrease pressing intensity
Playing safe
Performs but vacates area
Fairly low
Higher
Could perform in tandem with a Central Midfielder (MC Attack) or Mezzala (MC Support)
Direct instructions: Dribble Less
Indirect instructions: Hold Position, drop deep more
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs atypically but vacates area
Very low
Lower
Atypical instructions: Hold Position, Dribble Less, drop deep more
... in central defence (as an auxiliary centre back):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Playing safe
Performs
Fairly low
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble Less
Indirect instructions: Hold Position, drop deep more

Regista (RGA)

DMC Support
Regista (RGA) - DMC Support
InstructionsRoam From Position, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: 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
Very attacking
Very short
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Roam From Position, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Short plays (4): Roam From Position, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: defensive midfield countering-playmaker
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
2.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC (or 2 at WBL and WBR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position

Roaming Playmaker (RPM)

DMC Support
Roaming Playmaker (RPM) - DMC Support
InstructionsRoam From Position, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: collect the ball more, make more dribbles into horizontal channels, use more creative freedom, make more surging forward runs, track back more, 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
Extremely short
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Roam From Position, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Short plays (5): Roam From Position, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, make more dribbles into horizontal channels, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: defensive midfield countering-playmaker
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.5
1.5
2.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC (or 2 at WBL and WBR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (track back more)
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Slightly lower (track back more)
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Direct instructions: Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position
MC Support
Roaming Playmaker (RPM) - MC Support
InstructionsRoam From Position, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: collect the ball more, make more dribbles into horizontal channels, use more creative freedom, make more surging forward runs, track back more, 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
Extremely short
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Roam From Position, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Short plays (5): Roam From Position, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, make more dribbles into horizontal channels, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, auxiliary technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.5
0.5
2.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short 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 AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (track back more)
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Slightly lower (track back more)
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Direct instructions: Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position
... in central attack (as an auxiliary sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player

Segundo Volante (VOL)

DMC Support
Segundo Volante (VOL) - DMC Support
(only available at DMCL/DMCR)
InstructionsHidden instructions: make more surging forward runs, make more dribbles into horizontal channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Fairly short
Balanced
Short plays (1): make more dribbles into horizontal channels
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.5
1.5
2.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC (or 2 at WBL and WBR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Contributes atypically
Very low
Slightly lower (make more surging runs)
Can perform atypically if instructed to Hold Position (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Atypical focus level - may not perform effectively due to a slightly lower focus (providing cover as a whole is high importance)
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Playing safe
Performs
Very low
Slightly lower (make more surging runs)
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
DMC Attack
Segundo Volante (VOL) - DMC Attack
(only available at DMCL/DMCR)
InstructionsGet Further Forward
Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into horizontal channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Fairly short
Balanced
Short plays (1): make more dribbles into horizontal channels
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.0
1.0
3.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at MC/ML/MR
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs atypically
Very low
Lower
Atypical focus level - may not perform effectively due to a lower focus (providing cover as a whole is high importance)
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Playing safe
Performs
Very low
Lower
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward
... in central attack (as an auxiliary sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Indirect instructions: auxiliary sitting player
Creating chances
Contributes
Very low
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Take More Risks (as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays) but would no longer perform playing safe in central midfield
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Higher
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player

Central Midfielder (CM)

MC Defend
Central Midfielder (CM) - MC Defend
InstructionsDecrease pressing intensity, Hold Position
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Defensive football (0): (Hold Position)
Direct plays (0): (Hold Position)
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
0.0
2.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC (or 2 at ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
... 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
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at AMC/AML/AMR
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: decrease pressing intensity
Playing safe
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Lower
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Lower
Atypical instructions: Hold Position
MC Support
Central Midfielder (CM) - MC Support
InstructionsNone
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.0
1.0
3.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short 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 AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Hold Position
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Playing safe
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
... in central attack (as an auxiliary sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: auxiliary sitting player
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: auxiliary sitting player
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) but would no longer perform playing safe in central midfield
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player
MC Attack
Central Midfielder (CM) - MC Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward
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 midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short 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 AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs atypically but vacates area
Very low
Lower
Atypical focus level - may not perform effectively due to a lower focus (providing cover as a whole is high importance)
Applying defensive pressure
Performs but vacates area
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Playing safe
Performs but vacates area
Very low
Lower
Could perform in tandem with a Half Back (DMC Defend)
Creating chances
Performs but vacates area
Very low
Higher
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs but vacates area
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward
... in central attack (as an auxiliary supporting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Contributes
Very low
Higher
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Creating chances
Contributes
Very low
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Take More Risks (as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays) but would no longer perform playing safe in central midfield
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher

Box To Box Midfielder (BBM)

MC Support
Box To Box Midfielder (BBM) - MC Support
InstructionsRoam From Position
Hidden instructions: make more surging forward runs, track back more
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Fairly short
Balanced
Attacking football (1): Roam From Position
Short plays (1): Roam From Position
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.5
0.5
2.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short 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 AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (track back more)
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Slightly lower (track back more)
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Playing safe
Performs atypically
Very low
Slightly lower (make more surging runs)
Atypical instructions: Roam From Position
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position
... in central attack (as an auxiliary sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Slightly lower (make more surging runs)
Indirect instructions: auxiliary sitting player
Atypical instructions: Roam From Position
Creating chances
Contributes
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Can perform if instructed to Take More Risks (as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays) but would no longer perform playing safe in central midfield
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Slightly higher (make more surging runs)
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player

Advanced Playmaker (AP)

MC Support
Advanced Playmaker (AP) - MC 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: auxiliary attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, auxiliary technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.0
1.0
3.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short 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 AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Contributes
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: make more disciplined movement
Can perform if instructed to Hold Position (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Indirect instructions: Shoot Less Often
... in central attack (as an auxiliary sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: auxiliary sitting player, make more disciplined movement
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
MC Attack
Advanced Playmaker (AP) - MC 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: auxiliary attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, auxiliary technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.5
0.5
2.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Contributes atypically
Fairly low
Lower
Direct instructions: make more disciplined movement
Can perform atypically if instructed to Hold Position
Atypical focus level - may not contribute effectively due to a lower focus (providing attacking cover is high importance)
Atypical instructions: Dribble More
Providing defensive cover
Performs atypically
Very low
Lower
Atypical focus level - may not perform effectively due to a lower focus (providing cover as a whole is high importance)
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Creating chances
Performs
Extremely high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Indirect instructions: Shoot Less Often
... in central attack (as an auxiliary sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Moderate
Lower
Direct instructions: auxiliary sitting player, make more disciplined movement
Atypical instructions: Dribble More
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

Mezzala (MEZ)

MC Support
Mezzala (MEZ) - MC Support
(only available at MCL/MCR)
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Stay Wider, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Hidden instructions: make more runs into vertical channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Stay Wider, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Direct plays (2): Stay Wider, make more runs into vertical channels
Short plays (2): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to stay wide to stretch play just off the flank and is most suitable for use with a lone wide player at DL/DR or WBL/WBR, or with a role at ML/MR or AML/AMR that instructs movement down the touchline, such as Winger or Defensive Winger (Support), on the same side as the Mezzala
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.5
0.5
2.5
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... on the flank:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR, WBL/WBR/DMC or ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AML/AMR/AMC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR/DC, WBL/WBR/DMC or ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AML/AMR/AMC
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at DL/DR, WBL/WBR/DMC, ML/MR or AML/AMR/AMC
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short 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 AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Very high (consider counterbalance)
Versatile
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Can be counterbalanced with: 2 players who provide attacking cover (e.g. 2 Central Midfielders (Defend/Support)) or 1 player who does so with a higher specialism (e.g. 1 Half Back)
Playing safe
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
... on the flank (as an auxiliary narrow ML/MR):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: auxiliary narrow flank player
Atypical instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Creating chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: auxiliary narrow flank player
... in central attack (as an auxiliary supporting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Contributes
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
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
Indirect instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
MC Attack
Mezzala (MEZ) - MC Attack
(only available at MCL/MCR)
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Stay Wider, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: make more runs into vertical channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very attacking
Fairly short
Balanced
Attacking football (4): Stay Wider, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Take More Risks
Direct plays (2): Stay Wider, make more runs into vertical channels
Short plays (3): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, Take More Risks
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to stay wide to stretch play just off the flank and is most suitable for use with a lone flank player at DL/DR or WBL/WBR, or with a role at ML/MR or AML/AMR that instructs movement down the touchline, such as Winger or Defensive Winger (Support), on the same side as the Mezzala
Tactical theory: auxiliary technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
2.0
0.0
2.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... on the flank:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR, WBL/WBR/DMC or ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AML/AMR/AMC
Medium risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR/DC, WBL/WBR/DMC or ML/MR
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AML/AMR/AMC
Overloading direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Overloading partner
Pair with: another overloading partner at DL/DR, WBL/WBR/DMC, ML/MR or AML/AMR/AMC
... in central attack:
Partner
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Medium risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short 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 AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs atypically but vacates area
Very low
Lower
Atypical focus level - may not perform effectively due to a lower focus (providing cover as a whole is high importance)
Applying defensive pressure
Performs but vacates area
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Very high (consider counterbalance)
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Can be counterbalanced with: 2 players who provide attacking cover (e.g. 2 Central Midfielders (Defend/Support)) or 1 player who does so with a higher specialism (e.g. 1 Half Back)
Creating chances
Performs but vacates area
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Take More Risks
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs but vacates area
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
... on the flank (as an auxiliary narrow ML/MR):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Creating chances
Performs atypically
Fairly low
Higher
Direct instructions: Take More Risks
Atypical instructions: auxiliary narrow flank player
... in central attack (as an auxiliary supporting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Contributes
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Creating chances
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Take More Risks
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position

Carrilero (CAR)

MC Support
Carrilero (CAR) - MC Support
(only available at MCL/MCR)
InstructionsStay Wider
Hidden instructions: make more runs into channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Stay Wider, make more runs into channels
Direct plays (1): Stay Wider
Short plays (1): make more runs into channels
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to move laterally into vertical channels to provide attacking support both centrally and on the flank, and is most suitable for assignment to 1 or 2 MCs in front of a DMC, especially if the player who performs stretching play on the flank on the same side as the Carrilero may lack attacking support (e.g. due to him being a lone flank player or a Defend duty D(R/L) or WB(R/L) being used behind him)
Forward movement scores
Penetration
Solidity
Support
1.0
1.0
3.0
Forward movement partnerships ...
... in central midfield:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at MC/ML/MR
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DC/DL/DR or DMC/WBL/WBR
Low risk direct - useful for all playing styles
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC or MC (or 2 at WBL and WBR or ML and MR instructed to Sit Narrower)
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DC/DL/DR, DMC/WBL/WBR or MC/ML/MR
... on the flank:
Partner
High risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at ML/MR or AML/AMR/AMC
High risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Ancillary partner
Pair with: an attacking partner at DL/DR or WBL/WBR/DMC
Low risk direct - useful for defensive football and direct plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at DL/DR/DC, WBL/WBR/DMC or ML/MR
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short plays
Attacking partner
Pair with: an ancillary partner at AML/AMR/AMC
Balanced interchanging - useful for more fluid playing systems
Interchanging partner
Pair with: another interchanging partner at DL/DR, WBL/WBR/DMC, ML/MR or AML/AMR/AMC
... 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
Low risk overlapping - useful for attacking football and short 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 AMC/AML/AMR or STC
Positional responsibilities ...
... in central midfield:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: make more runs into channels
Playing safe
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: make more runs into channels
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: make more runs into channels
... on the flank (as an auxiliary narrow ML/MR):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: auxiliary narrow flank player
Atypical instructions: make more runs into channels
Creating chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: auxiliary narrow flank player
... in central attack (as an auxiliary sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: auxiliary sitting player
Atypical instructions: make more runs into channels
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) but would no longer perform playing safe in central midfield
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: make more runs into channels
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player