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Player roles and duties act as tactical instruction templates for your players by automatically giving them player instructions. Various player roles can be assigned and each role can be used with one or more player duties.

The player duties, in order from higher risk to lower risk, are:

  • Attack
  • Support
  • Defend / Stopper / Cover

The Support duty provides a balance between the Attack and Defend duties. The Stopper and Cover duties can only be used for players in centre back playing positions.

In addition, with some roles an Automatic duty can be used. An Automatic duty essentially acts as an Attack duty when using more attacking team mentalities and a Defend duty when using more defensive team mentalities.

Each player role/duty combination in each of the main positional areas (goalkeeper, central defence, central midfield, the flanks and central attack) is analysed individually below.

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 and player duty 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.

Explanation of analysis:

  • Game description – the description of the role/duty as given in the game.
  • Player instructions – the player instructions given by the role/duty. Most of these 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 player instructions are given.
  • Complementary player traitsplayer traits that make a player more likely to follow the role/duty’s player instructions.
  • Contrasting player traits – player traits that make a player less likely to follow the role/duty’s player instructions
  • Natural playing styles – the main playing styles that the role/duty is most suitable for based on the number of player instructions given by the role/duty that are suitable for each playing style.
    • Attacking – attacking football.
    • Defensive – defensive football.
    • Direct – direct plays.
    • Short – short plays.
    • Aggressive – aggressive defending.
    • Cautious – cautious defending.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Positional responsibilities – the positional responsibilities that the role/duty instructs a player to perform or contribute to, along with the relevant player instructions given to the role/duty. Positional responsibilities are the tasks that should be carried out in each positional area.
    • Responsibility specialism level – the extent to which the player carries out the responsibility. This is based on his player 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 player instructions given by the role/duty that are directly related to carrying out the responsibility.
    • Indirect instructions – other player instructions given by the role/duty that may help with carrying out the responsibility.
    • Atypical instructions – player instructions given by the role/duty that may hinder the carrying out of the responsibility.

Further details:

Goalkeeper Roles

All of the player roles and duties that can be used in the goalkeeper playing position are analysed below.

Goalkeeper

Game description:

The Goalkeeper role focuses on protecting his goal and making saves from shots and crosses. He is the last line of defence and is relied upon to help the team keep clean sheets. The Goalkeeper can distribute the ball in many ways. He can pass it short to his defenders, try to play out of defence, or he could play longer passes towards a target man or a wide player.

Detailed Analysis

GK Defend
Goalkeeper (G) - GK Defend
InstructionsNone
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced

Sweeper Keeper

Game description:

The Sweeper Keeper aims to perform two roles, those of the standard Goalkeeper and the outfield Sweeper. Alongside standard goalkeeping duties, he will sweep up balls in front of and wide of the penalty area and initiate counter-attacking moves with direct through balls to breaking players.

With a Defend duty
the Sweeper Keeper will be a lot more cautious, but will still play counter-attacking balls when they are on.
With a Support duty
the Sweeper Keeper will stray just outside the penalty box and look to play counter-attacking passes.
with an Attack duty
the Sweeper Keeper will travel some distance outside his area and be happy to move out with the ball at his feet.

Player Instructions

  • Support and Attack duty – Take More Risks
  • Attack duty – Dribble More

Hidden player instructions: rush out more, use more creative freedom

Detailed Analysis

GK Defend
Sweeper Keeper (SK) - GK Defend
InstructionsHidden instructions: rush out more, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Slightly short
Slightly aggressive
Attacking football (2): rush out, use more creative freedom
Short plays (1): use more creative freedom
Aggressive pressing (1): rush out
Specific analysisThis role's rushing out can be particularly useful when using a higher defensive line
GK Support
Sweeper Keeper (SK) - GK Support
InstructionsTake More Risks
Hidden instructions: rush out more, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Fairly short
Slightly aggressive
Attacking football (3): Take More Risks, rush out, use more creative freedom
Short plays (2): Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Aggressive pressing (1): rush out
Specific analysisThis role's rushing out can be particularly useful when using a higher defensive line
GK Attack
Sweeper Keeper (SK) - GK Attack
InstructionsTake More Risks, Dribble More
Hidden instructions: rush out more, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Very attacking
Slightly short
Slightly aggressive
Attacking football (4): Take More Risks, Dribble More, rush out, use more creative freedom
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (2): Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Aggressive pressing (1): rush out
Specific analysisThis role's rushing out can be particularly useful when using a higher defensive line
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