Central Midfielder Roles

Central midfielder roles include all player roles in central midfielder playing positions*, which are:

  • Defensive midfielder (DM)
  • Centre midfielder (CM)

Provided below is an analysis of how tactical theory* concepts relate to each central midfielder role (including all of the variations for each role), if used with its default player instructions. This information will be used in subsequent guides as part of the framework for creating tactics.


For a general analysis of all player roles and duties see the Player Roles & Duties guide. For an analysis of how to combine roles and duties so as to balance central midfield see the Balancing Central Midfield guide.


Detailed for each central midfielder role, where relevant, are:

  • Penetration score – the number that the role adds to the team’s penetration score*. This is based on the role’s use of the Get Further Forward and Hold Position player instructions.
  • Solidity score – the number that the role adds to the team’s solidity score*. This is also based on the role’s use of the Get Further Forward and Hold Position player instructions.
  • Focus level* – the extent to which the role concentrates on performing particular positional responsibilities. This determines how appropriate the role is for your team’s system fluidity, as detailed in the System Fluidity guide. Focus levels are calculated as 1.0 multiplied by the number of conflicting role types* plus 0.5 multiplied by the number of adverse role types*.
  • Role categories* – the groups that the role can be categorised in according to its role specialisation.
  • Role category implementations – any implementations that apply to the role. These are explained in the tactical theory Role Categories* guide.

Defensive Midfielder

Defensive Midfielder (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding and restricted-dribbling defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities – providing cover; providing attacking cover.
  • Supported responsibilities – providing defensive cover; applying defensive pressure.
    • Atypical – taking chances (holding and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities – playing safe.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities – creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities – stretching play.

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Designated – restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Designated – withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
      • Supported – protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary – central midfield water-carrier
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Supported – pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer (atypical – holding and restricted-dribbling player)

Defensive Midfielder (DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting and fairly aggressive defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 0.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Supported – withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Supplementary – pressing central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Supported – number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer

Deep Lying Playmaker

Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly cautious defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Specialist – restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Designated – withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Supplementary – protecting central midfielder
  • Supplementary – central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Support)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly cautious defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Specialist – restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Designated – withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Supplementary – protecting central midfielder
  • Supplementary – central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting and creative centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Designated – restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Designated – withdrawn central midfielder
    • Supported – protecting central midfielder
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Supported – pressing central midfielder
  • Supplementary – central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Support)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting and creative centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Designated – restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Designated – withdrawn central midfielder
    • Supported – protecting central midfielder
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Supported – pressing central midfielder
  • Supplementary – central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

Ball Winning Midfielder

Ball Winning Midfielder (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, restricted-passing, safe-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling defensive midfield aggressor
  • Defensive midfielder aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities – providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities – applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical – taking chances (holding and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities
    • On the flank (if off-centre) – applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-designated responsibilities – providing cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities – providing defensive cover; stretching play; creating chances.

Focus level: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Number-six central midfielder
    • Designated – withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Specialist – pressing central midfielder
    • Specialist – central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer (atypical – holding and restricted-dribbling player)
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical)
    • Supplementary – auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre; atypical – deep wide player)

Ball Winning Midfielder (DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, restricted-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling defensive midfield aggressor
  • Defensive midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities – applying defensive pressure.
  • Supported responsibilities – providing attacking cover; stretching play; taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities – playing safe.
    • On the flank (if off-centre) – applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities – providing cover; creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities – providing defensive cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Supported – withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Specialist – pressing central midfielder
    • Supplementary – central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Supported – number-eight central midfielder
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical)
    • Supplementary – auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre; atypical – deep wide player)

Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, restricted-passing, safe-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling centre midfield aggressor
  • Centre midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities – providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities – applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical – taking chances (holding and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities
    • On the flank (if off-centre) – applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-designated responsibilities – providing cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities – providing defensive cover; stretching play; creating chances.

Focus level: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Number-six central midfielder
    • Designated – withdrawn central midfielder
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Specialist – pressing central midfielder
    • Specialist – central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer (atypical – holding and restricted-dribbling player)
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical)
    • Supplementary – auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre)

Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, restricted-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling centre midfield aggressor
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, restricted-passing and disciplined attacking midfielder
  • Centre midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities – applying defensive pressure.
  • Supported responsibilities – providing attacking cover; stretching play; taking chances.
    • Atypical in central attack – taking chances (sitting player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities – playing safe.
    • On the flank (if off-centre) – applying defensive pressure.
    • In central attack – providing attacking cover; playing safe.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities – providing cover; creating chances.
    • In central attack – creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities – providing defensive cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Supported – withdrawn central midfielder
    • Specialist – pressing central midfielder
    • Supplementary – central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Supported – number-eight central midfielder
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical)
    • Supplementary – auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre)
  • Supplementary – auxiliary withdrawn central attacker
  • Supplementary – auxiliary restricted central attacker
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical – sitting player)

Anchor Man

Anchor Man (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing, restricted-shooting and cautious defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 5.0

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Specialist – restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Designated – withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
      • Designated – protecting central midfielder
    • Specialist – central midfield water-carrier

Half Back

Half Back (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, deep-dropping, restricted-dribbling and cautious defensive midfielder
  • Deep-dropping defensive midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary holding and restricted-dribbling centre back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities – providing defensive cover.
    • In central defence – providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities – providing cover; providing attacking cover.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical – taking chances (holding, deep-dropping and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities – playing safe.
    • In central defence – playing safe.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities – creating chances.
    • In central defence – creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities – applying defensive pressure; stretching play.

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Specialist – restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Specialist – withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
      • Designated – protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary – central midfield water-carrier
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer (atypical – holding, deep-dropping and restricted-dribbling player)
  • Auxiliary orthodox central defender
    • Designated – auxiliary withdrawn central defender
  • Auxiliary safe-playing central defender
    • Supplementary – auxiliary restricted central defender

Role category implementations:

  • Half-back* (deep-dropping defensive midfield anchor)

Regista

Regista (DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, creative and fairly cautious defensive midfield passer

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Supplementary – protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary – number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary – central midfield creator
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

Roaming Playmaker

Roaming Playmaker (DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, dribbling and creative defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Supported – protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary – number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary – central midfield creator
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supported – pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

Roaming Playmaker (CM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, dribbling, creative and fairly aggressive centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, roaming, dribbling and creative attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supplementary – pressing central midfielder
    • Supplementary – number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary – central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supplementary – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical – sitting player)

Role category implementations:

Segundo Volante

Segundo Volante (Off-Centre DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 0.5

Role categories:

  • Supplementary – restrained central midfielder
    • Supported – withdrawn central midfielder
    • Supplementary – protecting central midfielder
  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
    • Supported – number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield creator
  • Free role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer

Segundo Volante (Off-Centre DM Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, shot-taking and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder
  • Offensive defensive midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, dribbling and shot-taking off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder (atypical)
    • Supplementary – protecting central midfielder
    • Designated – number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield creator (atypical – shot-taking player)
  • Free role central midfielder (atypical)
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator (atypical)
  • Designated – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack creator (atypical – shot-taking player)
  • Designated – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical – sitting player)

Central Midfielder

Central Midfielder (CM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities – providing cover; providing attacking cover.
  • Supported responsibilities – providing defensive cover; applying defensive pressure; playing safe; creating chances.
    • Atypical – taking chances (holding player).
  • Non-contributive responsibilities – stretching play.

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Designated – restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Designated – withdrawn central midfielder
      • Supported – protecting central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield water-carrier
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Supported – pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
    • Supported – central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer (atypical – holding player)

Central Midfielder (CM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities – providing cover; providing attacking cover; providing defensive cover; applying defensive pressure; stretching play; playing safe; creating chances; taking chances.
    • In central attack – playing safe; creating chances.
    • Atypical in central attack – taking chances (sitting player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities
    • In central attack – providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 0.0

Role categories:

  • Supported – restrained central midfielder
    • Supported – withdrawn central midfielder
    • Supported – protecting central midfielder
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Supported – pressing central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield water-carrier
  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
    • Supported – number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield creator
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supplementary – auxiliary withdrawn central attacker
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary restricted central attacker
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical – sitting player)

Central Midfielder (CM Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive centre midfielder
  • Offensive centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary supporting attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities – stretching play.
  • Supported responsibilities – providing defensive cover; applying defensive pressure; playing safe; creating chances; taking chances.
    • In central attack – stretching play; playing safe; creating chances; taking chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities – providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 1.0

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Supported – protecting central midfielder
    • Designated – number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield creator
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supported – pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack runner
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary restricted central attacker
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer

Box To Box Midfielder

Box To Box Midfielder (CM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming and fairly aggressive centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting and roaming attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supplementary – pressing central midfielder
    • Supplementary – number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder (atypical)
    • Supported – central midfield water-carrier (atypical – roaming player)
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary restricted central attacker (atypical – roaming player)
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical – sitting player)

Advanced Playmaker

Advanced Playmaker (CM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, ball-playing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, ball-playing, restricted-shooting and creative attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supplementary – pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Supported – number-eight central midfielder
    • Specialist – central midfield creator
  • Supported – withdrawn central midfielder
  • Supplementary – auxiliary withdrawn central attacker
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Specialist – auxiliary central attack creator

Role category implementations:

Advanced Playmaker (CM Attack)

Description:

  • Supporting, dribbling, ball-playing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, dribbling, ball-playing, restricted-shooting and creative attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supplementary – pressing central midfielder
    • Supported – number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Specialist – central midfield creator
  • Supported – withdrawn central midfielder (atypical – dribbling player)
  • Supplementary – auxiliary withdrawn central attacker (atypical – dribbling player)
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Specialist – auxiliary central attack creator

Role category implementations:

Mezzala

Mezzala (Off-Centre CM Support)

Description:

  • Offensive, roaming, channel-running and fairly aggressive off-centre centre midfielder
  • Offensive centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary supporting, roaming and channel-running off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supplementary – pressing central midfielder
    • Specialist – number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder (atypical)
    • Supported – central midfield water-carrier (atypical – roaming and channel-running player)
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supplementary – auxiliary central attack runner
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer
  • Supported – auxiliary restricted central attacker (atypical – roaming and channel-running player)

Mezzala (Off-Centre CM Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, roaming, channel-running, ball-playing and fairly aggressive off-centre centre midfielder
  • Offensive centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary supporting, roaming and channel-running off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supplementary – pressing central midfielder
    • Specialist – number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Designated – central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supplementary – auxiliary central attack runner
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Designated – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

Carrilero

Carrilero (Off-Centre CM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting and drifting off-centre centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting and drifting off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 0.5

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Supported – protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary – number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported – central midfield creator
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supported – pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder (atypical)
    • Supported – central midfield water-carrier (atypical – drifting player)
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported – central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical – sitting player)
  • Supported – auxiliary restricted central attacker (atypical – drifting player)