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The second stage of creating your tactic is to choose player roles and duties that enable you to balance your playing system and implement your tactical style, while also being suitable for your players.

An analysis of choosing roles and duties is provided below that should enable you to create a suitable and balanced playing system for your tactical style. Each of the main outfield positional areas (central defence, central midfield, the flanks and central attack) is covered separately, with general considerations that are relevant to all positional areas covered first.

General Considerations

Aim: to gain an understanding of the general considerations that should be taken into account in order for roles and duties to be chosen in all positional areas that balance your playing system and implement your tactical style.

UI:

  • Tactics > Overview tab
    • Formation graphic
      • Enables you to set player roles and duties, and pick the players to assign them to, using the two drop-downs on each playing position icon.
      • Select the top drop-down to set a player role (various names) and player duty (Defend, Support or Attack, or Stopper or Cover, which are variants of Defend in central defence) for the playing position.
      • Select the bottom drop-down to pick a player for the playing position, role and duty. The role ability star ratings give your assistant manager’s opinion of each player’s ability in the role and duty (a combination of his current ability and the suitability of his playing attributes for the role/duty). You can also assess a player’s suitability for a role/duty yourself by going to his Profile and selecting the role/duty, which will highlight the suitable attributes. In addition, you can check his traits on the right-hand side of his Profile for any which may be suitable or unsuitable for a role/duty.
  • Tactics > Player tab
    • Provides an alternative UI for setting player roles and duties.

Useful methods to help you to balance your playing system, which you can apply by using the analysis provided below, include:

  • Attaining sufficiently high forward movement scores – forward movement scores measure your team’s forward movement off the ball when in possession. They include the penetration score, which relates to how effectively your team penetrates space, the solidity score, which relates to how effectively your team retains solidity, and the support score, which relates to how effectively your team provides attacking support. Each role/duty can be given contribution scores according to its forward movement off the ball and the sum of contribution scores for all of your chosen roles/duties calculates your team’s forward movement scores. Advised team scores are:
    • Penetration score – at least 9.5
    • Solidity score – at least 15.5
    • Support score – at least 12.5
  • Forming effective forward movement partnerships – forward movement partnerships refer to the relative forward movement off the ball between pairs of nearby players. This movement can help your team to create space more effectively. Types of partner include:
    • Attacking partner – the player makes the most forward movement in the partnership.
    • Ancillary partner – the player makes the least forward movement in the partnership.
    • Overloading partner – the player and his partner both make forward movement to a large extent.
    • Interchanging partner – the player alternates his forward movement with his partner.
  • Assigning positional responsibilities appropriately – positional responsibilities are the tasks that should be carried out in each positional area. A player may carry out a positional responsibility in the following ways:
    • Performs – the player carries out the responsibility to a significant extent.
      • Performs atypically – the player performs the responsibility in an unusual way that may not be effective. You may therefore want to use an alternative role/duty for the responsibility.
      • Performs but vacates area – the player performs the responsibility but spends a significant amount of time outside the positional area. You may therefore want to use an alternative role/duty for the responsibility.
    • Contributes – the player carries out the responsibility to a small extent.
      • Contributes atypically – the player contributes to the responsibility in an unusual way that may not be effective. You may therefore want to use an alternative role/duty for the responsibility.
      • Contributes but vacates area – the player contributes to the responsibility but spends a significant amount of time outside the positional area. You may therefore want to use an alternative role/duty for the responsibility.

To enable you to implement your tactical style you should choose roles and duties that:

  • Generally suit your chosen playing style – suitable playing styles are provided in the positional responsibilities analyses below (with further detail provided in the Player Roles & Duties guide). However, you do not need all of your roles/duties to suit your playing style, as long as the majority do. Roles/duties that contrast with your playing style can be useful for other reasons and you can adjust your tactical style as appropriate later, taking into account any less suitable roles/duties.
  • Implement your chosen system specialisation level, as explained previously (optional) – the responsibility specialism levels for your roles/duties will determine your system specialisation level. Overall specialism levels are provided in the “System Specialisation Level Analysis” below.

Further details:

Forward Movement Scores Analysis

Contribution scores for all roles/duties are summarised in the “Contribution Scores” table below for you to take into account when choosing roles and duties. The suggested target scores to aim for when totalling the scores for your roles/duties are shown at the top of each column.

Each role/duty’s contribution scores can be calculated 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 calculate contribution scores yourself by studying the table below as this will enable you to easily check your team’s forward movement scores without needing to refer to the table.

Role (Pos. Duty)Penetration Score
(target = 9.5+)
Solidity Score
(target = 15.5+)
Support Score
(target = 12.5+)
+1 for short plays
-1 for direct plays
Instructions
D/WB(R/L) (any role, any duty)

Adjust the scores given below if using Overlap/Underlap Right/Left on that side
Add 0.5 to D/WB(R/L) if its below solidity score is 2.0 or lowerDeduct 0.5 from D/WB(R/L)Add 0.5 to D/WB(R/L) if its below solidity score is 1.5 or higher

Deduct 0.5 from D/WB(R/L) if its below solidity score is 1.0 or lower
Overlap/Underlap Right/Left
M/AM(R/L) (any role, any duty)

Adjust the scores given below if using Overlap/Underlap Right/Left on that side
Deduct 0.5 from M/AM(R/L) if its below penetration score is 0.5 or higherAdd 0.5 to M/AM(R/L) if its below penetration score is 2.0 or lowerAdd 0.5 to M/AM(R/L) if its below penetration score is 1.5 or higher

Deduct 0.5 from M/AM(R/L) if its below penetration score is 1.0 or lower
Overlap/Underlap Right/Left
Central Defender (DC Defend)0.04.00.0Hold Position
Central Defender (DC Stopper)0.04.00.0Hold Position
Central Defender (DC Cover)0.04.00.0Hold Position
Ball Playing Defender (DC Defend)0.04.00.0Hold Position
Ball Playing Defender (DC Stopper)0.04.00.0Hold Position
Ball Playing Defender (DC Cover)0.04.00.0Hold Position
No-Nonsense Centre Back (DC Defend)0.04.00.0Hold Position
No-Nonsense Centre Back (DC Stopper)0.04.00.0Hold Position
No-Nonsense Centre Back (DC Cover)0.04.00.0Hold Position
Full Back (DL/DR Defend)0.04.00.0Hold Position
No-Nonsense Full Back (DL/DR Defend)0.04.00.0Hold Position
Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Defend)0.04.00.0Hold Position
Wing Back (DL/DR Defend)0.03.50.5Hold Position
Make more darting runs
Half Back (DMC Defend)0.03.50.5Hold Position
Drop deep more
Libero (DC Support)0.03.01.0
Full Back (DL/DR Support)0.03.01.0
Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Support)0.03.01.0
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Defend)0.03.01.0Hold Position
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Defend)0.03.01.0Hold Position
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Defend)0.03.01.0Hold Position
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Defend)0.03.01.0Hold Position
Anchor Man (DMC Defend)0.03.01.0Hold Position
Deep Lying Playmaker (DMC Support)0.02.51.5Hold Position
Wing Back (WBL/WBR Defend)0.02.51.5Hold Position
Make more darting runs
Libero (DC Attack)0.02.02.0Get Further Forward
Full Back (DL/DR Attack)0.02.02.0Get Further Forward
Wing Back (DL/DR Support)0.02.02.0Get Further Forward
Make more darting runs
Complete Wing Back (DL/DR Support)0.02.02.0Get Further Forward
Make more darting runs
Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Attack)0.02.02.0Get Further Forward
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)0.02.02.0
Defensive Midfielder (DMC Support)0.02.02.0
Ball Winning Midfielder (DMC Support)0.02.02.0
Regista (DMC Support)0.02.02.0
Central Midfielder (MC Defend)0.02.02.0Hold Position
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Defend)0.02.02.0Hold Position
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Defend)0.02.02.0Hold Position
Wide Midfielder (ML/MR Defend)0.02.02.0Hold Position
Defensive Winger (ML/MR Defend)0.02.02.0Hold Position
Wing Back (DL/DR Attack)0.51.52.5Get Further Forward
Make more darting runs
Complete Wing Back (DL/DR Attack)0.51.52.5Get Further Forward
Make more darting runs
Roaming Playmaker (DMC Support)0.51.52.5Make more surging forward runs
Segundo Volante (DMC Support)0.51.52.5Make more surging forward runs
Deep Lying Playmaker (MC Support)0.51.52.5Hold Position
Segundo Volante (DMC Attack)1.01.03.0Get Further Forward
Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)1.01.03.0Get Further Forward
Make more darting runs
Complete Wing Back (WBL/WBR Support)1.01.03.0Get Further Forward
Make more darting runs
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)1.01.03.0Get Further Forward
Central Midfielder (MC Support)1.01.03.0
Advanced Playmaker (MC Support)1.01.03.0
Ball Winning Midfielder (MC Support)1.01.03.0
Carrilero (MC Support)1.01.03.0
Wide Midfielder (ML/MR Support)1.01.03.0
Winger (ML/MR Support)1.01.03.0
Defensive Winger (ML/MR Support)1.01.03.0
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Support)1.01.03.0
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Support)1.01.03.0
Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)1.50.52.5Get Further Forward
Make more darting runs
Complete Wing Back (WBL/WBR Attack)1.50.52.5Get Further Forward
Make more darting runs
Roaming Playmaker (MC Support)1.50.52.5Make more surging forward runs
Box To Box Midfielder (MC Support)1.50.52.5Make more surging forward runs
Advanced Playmaker (MC Attack)1.50.52.5
Mezzala (MC Support)1.50.52.5Get Further Forward
Wide Playmaker (ML/MR Attack)1.50.52.5
Enganche (AMC Support)1.50.02.5Hold Position
Wide Target Man (AML/AMR Support)1.50.02.5Hold Position
Central Midfielder (MC Attack)2.00.02.0Get Further Forward
Mezzala (MC Attack)2.00.02.0Get Further Forward
Wide Midfielder (ML/MR Attack)2.00.02.0Get Further Forward
Winger (ML/MR Attack)2.00.02.0Get Further Forward
Inverted Winger (ML/MR Attack)2.00.02.0Get Further Forward
Winger (AML/AMR Support)2.00.02.0
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Support)2.00.02.0
Advanced Playmaker (AML/AMR Support)2.00.02.0
Advanced Playmaker (AMC Support)2.00.02.0
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Support)2.00.02.0
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Support)2.00.02.0
Pressing Forward (STC Defend)2.00.02.0Hold Position
Advanced Playmaker (AML/AMR Attack)2.50.01.5
Advanced Playmaker (AMC Attack)2.50.01.5
Trequartista (AML/AMR Attack)2.50.01.5
Trequartista (AMC Attack)2.50.01.5
False Nine (STC Support)2.50.01.5Drop deep more
Winger (AML/AMR Attack)3.00.01.0Get Further Forward
Inverted Winger (AML/AMR Attack)3.00.01.0Get Further Forward
Inside Forward (AML/AMR Attack)3.00.01.0Get Further Forward
Wide Target Man (AML/AMR Attack)3.00.01.0Get Further Forward
Raumdeuter (AML/AMR Attack)3.00.01.0Get Further Forward
Attacking Midfielder (AMC Attack)3.00.01.0Get Further Forward
Shadow Striker (AMC Attack)3.00.01.0Get Further Forward
Deep Lying Forward (STC Support)3.00.01.0
Target Man (STC Support)3.00.01.0
Complete Forward (STC Support)3.00.01.0
Pressing Forward (STC Support)3.00.01.0
Deep Lying Forward (STC Attack)3.50.00.5
Trequartista (STC Attack)3.50.00.5
Advanced Forward (STC Attack)4.00.00.0Get Further Forward
Target Man (STC Attack)4.00.00.0Get Further Forward
Poacher (STC Attack)4.00.00.0Get Further Forward
Complete Forward (STC Attack)4.00.00.0Get Further Forward
Pressing Forward (STC Attack)4.00.00.0Get Further Forward

You may also want to calculate separate forward movement scores for the left-side and right-side of your team. This can help you to check how effective your team’s forward movement is on each side independently.

To calculate a left-side forward movement score imagine placing a mirror vertically down the middle of the pitch so that the left-side of the pitch is reflected on the right-side. You can then calculate the score and compare against the target score in the normal way. Essentially, this involves doubling the contribution scores of left-flank players and inside-left players and ignoring the contribution scores of right-flank players and inside-right players, while keeping the scores of dead-central players the same. A right-side forward movement score can be calculated in the equivalent way.

The formulas for calculating forward movement scores are:

  • Penetration score = the sum of penetration score contribution scores (for all ten outfield roles/duties)
  • Solidity score = the sum of solidity score contribution scores (for all ten outfield roles/duties)
  • Support score = the sum of support score contribution scores (for all ten outfield roles/duties)
  • Left-side forward movement score = 2 x (the sum of left-flank contribution scores + the sum of inside-left contribution scores) + the sum of dead-central contribution scores
  • Right-side forward movement score = 2 x (the sum of right-flank contribution scores + the sum of inside-right contribution scores) + the sum of dead-central contribution scores

System Specialisation Level Analysis

System specialisation is an optional consideration and so can be ignored if you have no particular preferences.

Each role/duty has a separate responsibility specialism level for each positional responsibility, as analysed in the Player Roles & Duties guide, which describes the extent to which the role/duty instructs a player to carry out the responsibility. Each role/duty can also be given an overall specialism level that takes into account all of these separate specialism levels, which can help you to implement your chosen system specialisation level.

Overall specialism levels for all roles/duties are summarised in the table below for you to take into account when choosing roles and duties. Roles/duties with higher overall specialism levels implement a more specialised playing system, while roles/duties with lower overall specialism levels implement a more generalised playing system.

Role (Pos. Duty)Overall Specialism Level
Ball Winning Midfielder (Defend)3.67 - extremely high
Libero (Attack)3.25 - extremely high
No-Nonsense Centre Back (Stopper)3.00 - extremely high
No-Nonsense Centre Back (Cover)3.00 - extremely high
Pressing Forward (Defend)3.00 - extremely high
Ball Playing Defender (Stopper)2.67 - very high
Ball Playing Defender (Cover)2.67 - very high
Anchor Man (Defend)2.67 - very high
Defensive Winger (Defend)2.67 - very high
Defensive Winger (Support)2.67 - very high
Trequartista (AMC Attack)2.50 - very high
Deep Lying Playmaker (Defend)2.33 - very high
Wide Midfielder (Defend)2.33 - very high
Trequartista (AML/AMR Attack)2.25 - very high
Central Defender (Stopper)2.00 - fairly high
Central Defender (Cover)2.00 - fairly high
Defensive Midfielder (Defend)2.00 - fairly high
Complete Wing Back (Attack)2.00 - fairly high
Complete Forward (Attack)1.80 - fairly high
No-Nonsense Full Back (Defend)1.75 - fairly high
Shadow Striker (Attack)1.75 - fairly high
Libero (Support)1.50 - fairly high
No-Nonsense Centre Back (Defend)1.50 - fairly high
Deep Lying Playmaker (Support)1.50 - fairly high
Half Back (Defend)1.50 - fairly high
Advanced Playmaker (Attack)1.50 - fairly high
Wing Back (Attack)1.50 - fairly high
Complete Wing Back (Support)1.50 - fairly high
Winger (Attack)1.50 - fairly high
Wide Playmaker (Attack)1.50 - fairly high
Inverted Wing Back (Attack)1.40 - moderate
Complete Forward (Support)1.40 - moderate
Pressing Forward (Attack)1.40 - moderate
Ball Playing Defender (Defend)1.25 - moderate
Advanced Playmaker (Support)1.25 - moderate
Inverted Wing Back (DL/DR Defend)1.25 - moderate
Wide Playmaker (Support)1.25 - moderate
Mezzala (Attack)1.20 - moderate
Wide Inverted Wing Back (Attack)1.20 - moderate
Raumdeuter (Attack)1.20 - moderate
Enganche (Support)1.20 - moderate
Poacher (Attack)1.20 - moderate
Ball Winning Midfielder (Support)1.00 - moderate
Full Back (Defend)1.00 - moderate
Full Back (Attack)1.00 - moderate
Wide Inverted Wing Back (Defend)1.00 - moderate
Inverted Wing Back (WBL/WBR Defend)1.00 - moderate
Winger (Support)1.00 - moderate
Wide Target Man (Support)1.00 - moderate
Wide Target Man (Attack)1.00 - moderate
Target Man (Attack)1.00 - moderate
Pressing Forward (Support)1.00 - moderate
False Nine (Support)1.00 - moderate
Regista (Support)0.80 - fairly low
Roaming Playmaker (Support)0.80 - fairly low
Central Midfielder (Defend)0.80 - fairly low
Inside Forward (Attack)0.80 - fairly low
Deep Lying Forward (Support)0.80 - fairly low
Deep Lying Forward (Attack)0.80 - fairly low
Central Defender (Defend)0.75 - fairly low
Mezzala (Support)0.67 - fairly low
Wing Back (Defend)0.67 - fairly low
Wing Back (Support)0.60 - fairly low
Inverted Winger (Attack)0.60 - fairly low
Target Man (Support)0.57 - fairly low
Inside Forward (Support)0.50 - fairly low
Advanced Forward (Attack)0.50 - fairly low
Inverted Wing Back (Support)0.40 - fairly low
Wide Midfielder (Attack)0.40 - fairly low
Segundo Volante (Attack)0.33 - fairly low
Central Midfielder (Attack)0.33 - fairly low
Attacking Midfielder (Attack)0.33 - fairly low
Box To Box Midfielder (Support)0.17 - very low
Carrilero (Support)0.17 - very low
Wide Inverted Wing Back (Support)0.17 - very low
Inverted Winger (Support)0.17 - very low
Defensive Midfielder (Support)0.00 - very low
Segundo Volante (Support)0.00 - very low
Central Midfielder (Support)0.00 - very low
Full Back (Support)0.00 - very low
Wide Midfielder (Support)0.00 - very low
Attacking Midfielder (Support)0.00 - very low
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