Player Roles & Duties

Flank Roles

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

Full Back

Game description:

The Full Back is a key player in modern football, having to supplement his traditional defensive duties with overlapping runs down the wing to support forward play and help attacks overload the final third.

Although primarily a defensive player, he must be prepared to get forward when the team needs extra width.

With a Defend duty
the Full Back will stay back with the defensive line and make simple possession passes down the flanks or into central midfield.
With a Support duty
the Full Back will support the midfield by providing extra width and will look for crosses and through balls when the opportunity for each arises.
With an Attack duty
the Full Back supplements his defensive responsibilities by overlapping the midfield and providing first time crosses into the area.
With an Automatic duty
the Full Back will switch automatically between Defend, Support and Attack duties according to your team mentality.

Player Instructions

  • Defend duty – Hold Position, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
  • Attack duty – Get Further Forward, Cross More Often

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Defend and Attack duty – Crosses Early
  • Defend duty – Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes, Stays Back At All Times
  • Attack duty – Arrives Late In Opponents’ Area, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Plays One-Twos

Contrasting player traits:

  • Defend and Attack duty – Dwells On Ball
  • Defend duty – Cuts Inside, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Hugs Line, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Plays One-Twos, Tries Killer Balls Often
  • Attack duty – Comes Deep To Get Ball, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Stays Back At All Times

Detailed Analysis

DL/DR Defend
Full-Back (FB) - DL/DR Defend
InstructionsHold Position, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly defensive
Direct
Balanced
Attacking football (1): Cross From Deep
Defensive football (2): Hold Position, Take Fewer Risks
Direct plays (3): Hold Position, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Higher
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Take Fewer Risks
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
Creating chancesDoes not perform or contribute but can help with creating chances by making crosses from deep
DL/DR Support
Full-Back (FB) - DL/DR Support
InstructionsNone
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
DL/DR Attack
Full-Back (FB) - DL/DR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Cross More Often
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly attacking
Slightly direct
Balanced
Attacking football (1): Cross More Often
Direct plays (1): Cross More Often
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Creating chances
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Cross More Often

Wing Back

Game description:

Usually playing out wide with no wing support, the Wing Back must fulfil all the attacking and defensive duties of wingers and full backs.

In attack he must be prepared to run at his man and put in aggressive crosses, in midfield to help win the possession battle and in defence to close down opponents, block crosses and win back the ball when possible.

With a Defend duty
the Wing Back mainly stays deep, but will still cross the ball when in space to do so.
With a Support duty
the Wing Back aims to provide angled through balls from out wide, although still crosses when the opportunity arises.
With an Attack duty
the Wing Back aims to overlap down the flank to provide wide support for attacks, run at his man and get crosses in from the byline.
With an Automatic duty
the Wing Back will switch automatically between Defend, Support and Attack duties according to your team mentality.

Player Instructions

  • Run Wide With Ball
    • Support and Attack duty – Get Further Forward
    • Defend duty – Hold Position, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
    • Attack duty – Cross From Byline, Cross More Often, Dribble More

Hidden player instructions: make more darting forward runs

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right
  • Support and Attack duty – Arrives Late In Opponents’ Area, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Plays One-Twos
  • Defend duty – Crosses Early, Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes
  • Attack duty – Runs With Ball Often, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks

Contrasting player traits:

  • Cuts Inside, Dwells On Ball, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Stays Back At All Times
  • Support and Attack duty – Comes Deep To Get Ball, Likes Ball Played Into Feet
  • Defend duty – Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Hugs Line, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Plays One-Twos, Tries Killer Balls Often
  • Attack duty – Crosses Early, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stops Play

Detailed Analysis

DL/DR Defend
Wing-Back (WB) - DL/DR Defend
InstructionsHold Position, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly defensive
Very direct
Balanced
Attacking football (1): Cross From Deep
Defensive football (3): Hold Position, Run Wide With Ball, Take Fewer Risks
Direct plays (4): Hold Position, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Higher
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Take Fewer Risks
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
Atypical instructions: make more darting forward runs
Creating chancesDoes not perform or contribute but can help with creating chances by making disciplined dribbles down the flank and crosses from deep
DL/DR Support
Wing-Back (WB) - DL/DR Support
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Run Wide With Ball
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly defensive
Slightly direct
Balanced
Defensive football (1): Run Wide With Ball
Direct plays (1): Run Wide With Ball
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, make more darting forward runs
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: make more darting forward runs
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
DL/DR Attack
Wing-Back (WB) - DL/DR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Mixed
Fairly direct
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cross More Often, Dribble More
Defensive football (2): Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline
Direct plays (3): Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Short plays (1): Cross From Byline
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, make more darting forward runs
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Cross More Often, Dribble More
WBL/WBR Defend
Wing-Back (WB) - WBL/WBR Defend
InstructionsHold Position, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly defensive
Very direct
Balanced
Attacking football (1): Cross From Deep
Defensive football (3): Hold Position, Run Wide With Ball, Take Fewer Risks
Direct plays (4): Hold Position, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Higher
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Take Fewer Risks
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
Atypical instructions: make more darting forward runs
Creating chancesDoes not perform or contribute but can help with creating chances by making disciplined dribbles down the flank and crosses from deep
WBL/WBR Support
Wing-Back (WB) - WBL/WBR Support
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Run Wide With Ball
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly defensive
Slightly direct
Balanced
Defensive football (1): Run Wide With Ball
Direct plays (1): Run Wide With Ball
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, make more darting forward runs
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: make more darting forward runs
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
WBL/WBR Attack
Wing-Back (WB) - WBL/WBR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Mixed
Fairly direct
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cross More Often, Dribble More
Defensive football (2): Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline
Direct plays (3): Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Short plays (1): Cross From Byline
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, make more darting forward runs
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Cross More Often, Dribble More

No-Nonsense Full Back

Game description:

The No-Nonsense Full Back knows his strengths and weaknesses and focuses predominantly on his defensive duties, scarcely going forward into a more attacking role.

Player Instructions

  • Hold Position, increase passing directness, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks

Hidden player instructions: use more tactical discipline

Player Traits

Complementary player traits: Plays No Through Balls, Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times, Tries Long Range Passes

Contrasting player traits: Crosses Early, Cuts Inside, Dictates Tempo, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Hugs Line, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Plays One-Twos, Plays Short Simple Passes, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right, Runs With Ball Often, Shoots From Distance, Tries Killer Balls Often, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks

Detailed Analysis

DL/DR Defend
No-Nonsense Full-Back (NFB) - DL/DR Defend
InstructionsHold Position, increase passing directness, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less, Shoot Less Often, Take Fewer Risks
Hidden instructions: use more tactical discipline
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Extremely defensive
Slightly direct
Balanced
Defensive football (5): Hold Position, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less, Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline, (Shoot Less Often)
Direct plays (3): Hold Position, Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline
Short plays (2): Cross Less Often, Dribble Less, (Shoot Less Often)
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Higher
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Extremely high
Higher
Direct instructions: increase passing directness (due to lack of attacking cover), Cross Less Often, Dribble Less, Take Fewer Risks, use more tactical discipline
Indirect instructions: Hold Position

Complete Wing Back

Game description:

The Complete Wing Back loves to attack, and whilst he is capable of occupying his defensive duties, his natural inclination is to affect the game in the opposition’s defensive third by roaming from his position.

With a Support duty
the Complete Wing Back will look to combine his attacking instincts with some defensive responsibilities in an effort to provide balance to the team.
With an Attack duty
the Complete Wing Back will be a little more adventurous in his attacking exploits as he seeks to primarily impact the game in the opposition’s half of the pitch.

Player Instructions

  • Get Further Forward, Stay Wider, Roam From Position, Run Wide With Ball, Dribble More
    • Attack duty – Cross From Byline, Cross More Often

Hidden player instructions: make more darting forward runs, use more creative freedom

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Arrives Late In Opponents’ Area, Dictates Tempo, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Plays One-Twos, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right, Runs With Ball Often, Tries To Play way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks
    • Support duty – Stops Play

Contrasting player traits:

  • Comes Deep To Get Ball, Cuts Inside, Dwells On Ball, Gets Into Opposition Area, Hugs Line, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Moves Into Channels, Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes, Runs With Ball Rarely, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Stays Back At All Times
    • Attack duty – Crosses Early, Stops Play

Detailed Analysis

DL/DR Support
Complete Wing-Back (CWB) - DL/DR Support
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Stay Wider, Roam From Position, Run Wide With Ball, Dribble More
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Slightly direct
Balanced
Attacking football (4): Stay Wider, Roam From Position, Dribble More, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Run Wide With Ball
Direct plays (3): Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Dribble More
Short plays (2): Roam From Position, use more creative freedom
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Extremely high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Stay Wider, Roam From Position, make more darting forward runs
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Dribble More
Indirect instructions: Stay Wider
DL/DR Attack
Complete Wing-Back (CWB) - DL/DR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Stay Wider, Roam From Position, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Slightly direct
Balanced
Attacking football (5): Stay Wider, Roam From Position, Cross More Often, Dribble More, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline
Direct plays (4): Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Short plays (3): Roam From Position, Cross From Byline, use more creative freedom
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Extremely high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Stay Wider, Roam From Position, make more darting forward runs
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Cross More Often, Dribble More
Indirect instructions: Stay Wider
WBL/WBR Support
Complete Wing-Back (CWB) - WBL/WBR Support
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Stay Wider, Roam From Position, Run Wide With Ball, Dribble More
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Slightly direct
Balanced
Attacking football (4): Stay Wider, Roam From Position, Dribble More, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Run Wide With Ball
Direct plays (3): Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Dribble More
Short plays (2): Roam From Position, use more creative freedom
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Performs
Extremely high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Stay Wider, Roam From Position, make more darting forward runs
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Dribble More
Indirect instructions: Stay Wider
WBL/WBR Attack
Complete Wing-Back (CWB) - WBL/WBR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Stay Wider, Roam From Position, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Hidden instructions: make more darting forward runs, use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Slightly direct
Balanced
Attacking football (5): Stay Wider, Roam From Position, Cross More Often, Dribble More, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline
Direct plays (4): Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Short plays (3): Roam From Position, Cross From Byline, use more creative freedom
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Extremely high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Stay Wider, Roam From Position, make more darting forward runs
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Cross More Often, Dribble More
Indirect instructions: Stay Wider

Inverted Wing Back

Game description:

The Inverted Wing Back will function defensively much like a standard Full Back or Wing Back. However, while a normal Wing Back will offer width to an attack, the Inverted Wing Back (when he has a player ahead of him and where there are fewer than two defensive midfielders) will attempt to drift inside and create space for players around him.

If there is no teammate ahead of him on his side of the pitch then the Inverted Wing Back will look to support attacks in a more traditional manner, when there is, he will look to affect play in the middle of the pitch as much as possible.

With a Defend duty
the Inverted Wing Back will hold his position and sit deeper whilst fulfilling his defensive responsibilities, either out wide or further inside the pitch depending on the system around him.
With a Support duty
the Inverted Wing Back will look to cut inside with the ball, and either drift inside from the flank or move into a more central position to support the play depending on the system around him.
With an Attack duty
the Inverted Wing Back aims to cut inside and adventurously support the attack by drifting inside from the flank or from a more central position depending on the system around him.
With an Automatic duty
the Inverted Wing Back will switch automatically between Defend, Support and Attack duties according to your team mentality.

Player Instructions

  • Sit Narrower, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often
    • Support and Attack duty – Roam From Position
    • Defend duty – Hold Position, Dribble Less
    • Attack duty – Get Further Forward, Dribble More, Take More Risks

Hidden player instructions: use more creative freedom

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Dictates Tempo, Stops Play
    • Support and Attack duty – Cuts Inside
    • Defend duty – Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times
    • Attack duty – Arrives Late In Opponents’ Area, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Moves Into Channels, Plays One-Twos, Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Tries Killer Balls Often, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks

Contrasting player traits:

  • Crosses Early, Dwells On Ball, Hugs Line, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right
    • Support and Attack duty – Stays Back At All Times
    • Defend duty – Cuts Inside, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Plays One-Twos, Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks
    • Attack duty – Comes Deep To Get Ball, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Runs With Ball Rarely

Detailed Analysis

DL/DR Defend
Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - DL/DR Defend
InstructionsSit Narrower, Hold Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly defensive
Very short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (4): Sit Narrower, Hold Position, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less
Direct plays (1): Hold Position
Short plays (5): Sit Narrower, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less, use more creative freedom
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Sit Narrower, Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Higher
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
... in central defence (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Creating chances
Performs
Moderate
Lower
Direct instructions: Dribble Less, use more creative freedom
DL/DR Support
Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - DL/DR Support
InstructionsSit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly attacking
Extremely short
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Sit Narrower, Cross Less Often
Short plays (5): Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary defensive midfield controlling-playmaker
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
... in central defence (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Creating chances (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: use more creative freedom
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre, sitting DMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player
DL/DR Attack
Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - DL/DR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Extremely short
Balanced
Attacking football (5): Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Sit Narrower, Cross Less Often
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (6): Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary central defence countering-playmaker, auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
... in central defence (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances (not necessary)
Performs but vacates area
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre, supporting DMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly low
Higher
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position, Dribble More
WBL/WBR Defend
Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - WBL/WBR Defend
InstructionsSit Narrower, Hold Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly defensive
Very short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (4): Sit Narrower, Hold Position, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less
Direct plays (1): Hold Position
Short plays (5): Sit Narrower, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less, use more creative freedom
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Sit Narrower, Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Higher
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Creating chances
Performs
Moderate
Lower
Direct instructions: Dribble Less, use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Lower
Atypical instructions: Hold Position, Dribble Less
WBL/WBR Support
Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - WBL/WBR Support
InstructionsSit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly attacking
Extremely short
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Sit Narrower, Cross Less Often
Short plays (5): Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary defensive midfield controlling-playmaker
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position
WBL/WBR Attack
Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - WBL/WBR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Extremely short
Balanced
Attacking football (5): Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (2): Sit Narrower, Cross Less Often
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (6): Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker, auxiliary attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, auxiliary technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Roam From Position, Dribble More
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre, sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Higher
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position, Dribble More
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player
Wide Inverted Wing Back

The Inverted Wing Back stays wider off the ball when the team has possession if no MR/ML or AMR/AML is used on his flank or if an off-centre DMC is used on the same side.

DL/DR Defend
Wide Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - DL/DR Defend
InstructionsHold Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly defensive
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (3): Hold Position, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less
Direct plays (1): Hold Position
Short plays (4): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less, use more creative freedom
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Higher
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
DL/DR Support
Wide Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - DL/DR Support
InstructionsCut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly attacking
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Cross Less Often
Short plays (3): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary defensive midfield controlling-playmaker
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes but vacates area
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward but vacates area
... in central defence (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: use more creative freedom
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre, sitting DMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player
DL/DR Attack
Wide Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - DL/DR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (4): Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Cross Less Often
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (4): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary central defence countering-playmaker, auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs but vacates area
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
... in central defence (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances (not necessary)
Performs but vacates area
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre, supporting DMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
WBL/WBR Defend
Wide Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - WBL/WBR Defend
InstructionsHold Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly defensive
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (3): Hold Position, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less
Direct plays (1): Hold Position
Short plays (4): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble Less, use more creative freedom
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Higher
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
WBL/WBR Support
Wide Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - WBL/WBR Support
InstructionsCut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly attacking
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Cross Less Often
Short plays (3): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary defensive midfield controlling-playmaker
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes but vacates area
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward but vacates area
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
WBL/WBR Attack
Wide Inverted Wing-Back (IWB) - WBL/WBR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Hidden instructions: use more creative freedom
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (4): Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Cross Less Often
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (4): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker, auxiliary attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, auxiliary technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs but vacates area
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre DMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Dribble More
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre, sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Higher
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player

Wide Midfielder

Game description:

The Wide Midfielder performs defensive and attacking duties on the flanks, supporting the forwards, midfield and defence when required.

Generally lacking either the explosive pace or exciting dribbling skills of an out-and-out Winger, the Wide Midfielder relies on teamwork and work rate to get into dangerous attacking positions without compromising his defensive responsibilities.

With a Defend duty
the Wide Midfielder will sit back and launch crosses from deep.
With a Support duty
the Wide Midfielder will stay deeper and play angled through balls into the box from wide positions, although he will still cross when it is on.
With an Attack duty
the Wide Midfielder looks to play quick crosses in from the final third.
With an Automatic duty
the Wide Midfielder will switch automatically between Defend, Support and Attack duties according to your team mentality.

Player Instructions

  • Defend duty – decrease pressing intensity, Hold Position, Cross From Deep, Dribble Less, Take Fewer Risks
  • Attack duty – Get Further Forward

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Defend duty – Crosses Early, Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times
  • Attack duty – Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Plays One-Twos

Contrasting player traits:

  • Defend duty – Cuts Inside, Dwells On Ball, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Hugs Line, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Plays One-Twos, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right, Runs With Ball Often, Tries Killer Balls Often, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks
  • Attack duty – Comes Deep To Get Ball, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Stays Back At All Times

Detailed Analysis

ML/MR Defend
Wide Midfielder (WM) - ML/MR Defend
InstructionsDecrease pressing intensity, Hold Position, Cross From Deep, Dribble Less, Take Fewer Risks
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly defensive
Fairly direct
Balanced
Attacking football (1): Cross From Deep
Defensive football (3): Hold Position, Dribble Less, Take Fewer Risks
Direct plays (3): Hold Position, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
Short plays (1): Dribble Less
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: decrease pressing intensity
Playing safe (not necessary
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble Less, Take Fewer Risks
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
Creating chancesDoes not perform or contribute but can help with creating chances by making crosses from deep
ML/MR Support
Wide Midfielder (WM) - ML/MR Support
InstructionsNone
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
ML/MR Attack
Wide Midfielder (WM) - ML/MR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Creating chances
Performs
Very low
Higher

Winger

Game description:

The Winger aims to beat his man on the outside and needs to be technically proficient as well as quick in order to do so.

The Winger hugs the touchline when the team is going forward, ready to surge into space and attack the byline.

With a Support duty
the Winger’s job is to try to quickly get past his man and get in an early cross for the forwards.
With an Attack duty
the Winger will try to run at the defence in the final third, aiming to cause panic and indecision prior to shooting or attempting to make a through ball/cross to a team mate.

Player Instructions

  • Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
    • Attack duty – Get Further Forward, Cross From Byline

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Hugs Line, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes To Round Keeper, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right, Runs With Ball Often, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks
    • Support duty – Crosses Early
    • Attack duty – Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Likes to Beat Offside Trap, Plays One-Twos

Contrasting player traits:

  • Cuts Inside, Dwells On Ball, Gets Into Opposition Area, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Moves Into Channels, Runs With Ball Rarely
    • Attack duty – Comes Deep To Get Ball, Crosses Early, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Stays Back At All Times, Stops Play

Detailed Analysis

ML/MR Support
Winger (W) - ML/MR Support
InstructionsStay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Very direct
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Stay Wider, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Defensive football (1): Run Wide With Ball
Direct plays (4): Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes
Fairly low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward
Direct instructions: Stay Wider
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Cross More Often, Dribble More
Indirect instructions: Stay Wider
ML/MR Attack
Winger (W) - ML/MR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly attacking
Direct
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Stay Wider, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Defensive football (2): Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline
Direct plays (4): Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Short plays (1): Cross From Byline
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Stay Wider
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Cross More Often, Dribble More
Indirect instructions: Stay Wider
AML/AMR Support
Winger (W) - AML/AMR Support
InstructionsStay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Very direct
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Stay Wider, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Defensive football (1): Run Wide With Ball
Direct plays (4): Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes
Fairly low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward
Direct instructions: Stay Wider
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Cross More Often, Dribble More
Indirect instructions: Stay Wider
AML/AMR Attack
Winger (W) - AML/AMR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly attacking
Direct
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Stay Wider, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Defensive football (2): Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Byline
Direct plays (4): Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Short plays (1): Cross From Byline
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Stay Wider
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Cross More Often, Dribble More
Indirect instructions: Stay Wider

Defensive Winger

Game description:

The Defensive Winger aims to press the opposing full backs, win back the ball high up the pitch and either hold it up for the rest of the team, drive to the byline or get in a quick cross or through ball for the forwards.

With a Defend duty
the Defensive Winger’s job is to primarily provide insurance for the defenders behind him, working diligently to reduce the threat posed by opponents in his area of the pitch and to break up attacks higher up the pitch.
With a Support duty
the Defensive Winger’s job is to try to win the ball, get past his man and get in an early cross for the forwards.

Player Instructions

  • Significantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, Run Wide With Ball
    • Defend duty – Hold Position, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
    • Support duty – Stay Wider, Cross More Often, Dribble More

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Crosses Early, Dives Into Tackles, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right
    • Defend duty – Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes, Stays Back At All Times
    • Support duty – Hugs Line, Runs With Ball Often, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks

Contrasting player traits:

  • Cuts Inside, Dwells On Ball, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly
    • Defend duty – Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Hugs Line, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Plays One-Twos, Tries Killer Balls Often
    • Support duty – Gets Into Opposition Area, Moves Into Channels, Runs With Ball Rarely

Detailed Analysis

ML/MR Defend
Defensive Winger (DW) - ML/MR Defend
InstructionsSignificantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, Hold Position, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly defensive
Very direct
Slightly aggressive
Attacking football (2): Tackle Harder, Cross From Deep
Defensive football (3): Hold Position, Run Wide With Ball, Take Fewer Risks
Direct plays (4): Hold Position, Run Wide With Ball, Cross From Deep, Take Fewer Risks
Aggressive pressing (1): Tackle Harder
Specific analysisTactical theory: defensive wing midfielder
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very high
Lower
Direct instructions: significantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
Playing safe (not necessary
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Take Fewer Risks
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
Creating chancesDoes not perform or contribute but can help with creating chances by making disciplined dribbles down the flank and crosses from deep, and can create opportunities for high pressure counter attacks by closing down and making tackles
... in central midfield (an an auxiliary wide and off-centre MC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Moderate
Lower
Direct instructions: slightly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
ML/MR Support
Defensive Winger (DW) - ML/MR Support
InstructionsSignificantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder, Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Attacking
Very direct
Slightly aggressive
Attacking football (4): Tackle Harder, Stay Wider, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Defensive football (1): Run Wide With Ball
Direct plays (4): Stay Wider, Run Wide With Ball, Cross More Often, Dribble More
Aggressive pressing (1): Tackle Harder
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very high
Versatile
Direct instructions: significantly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder
Stretching play
Contributes
Fairly low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward
Direct instructions: Stay Wider
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Direct instructions: Cross More Often, Dribble More
Indirect instructions: Stay Wider
... in central midfield (an an auxiliary wide and off-centre MC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: slightly increase pressing intensity, Tackle Harder

Wide Playmaker

Game description:

The Wide Playmaker will act as the team’s primary source of creativity, drifting inside to find space from which to play the killer ball and create chances. Coming in from the wing allows the Wide Playmaker to escape the hustle and bustle of central midfield and can result in him being unmarked by opposition players.

Defensively the Wide Playmaker will take up his position on the wing to provide cover for his full back; however, he is not expected to make too many tackles but instead he should take up good defensive positions and provide another body in the defensive line.

With a Support duty
the Wide Playmaker will come inside to sit in a central midfield position when his team have the ball. From here he will act as the main creator for his side.
With an Attack duty
the Wide Playmaker will come inside to sit in an advanced midfield position between the opposition’s defence and midfield. From here he will act as the main creator for his side. This may result in the Wide Playmaker being caught upfield and unable to get back into position for the defensive phase.

Player Instructions

  • Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks
    • Attack duty – Dribble More

Hidden player 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)

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Comes Deep To Get Ball, Cuts Inside, Dictates Tempo, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Looks For Pass Rather Than Attempting To Score, Moves Into Channels, Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Stops Play, Tries Killer Balls Often
    • Attack duty – Likes To Round Keeper, Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks

Contrasting player traits:

  • Attempts Overhead Kicks, Crosses Early, Dwells On Ball, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Hugs Line, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Likes To Lob Keeper, Shoots From Distance, Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right, Stays Back At All Times, Tries First Time Shots
    • Attack duty – Runs With Ball Rarely

Detailed Analysis

ML/MR Support
Wide Playmaker (WP) - ML/MR Support
InstructionsSit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, 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
Slightly attacking
Ultra short
Balanced
Attacking football (4): Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (3): Sit Narrower, Cross Less Often, Shoot Less Often
Short plays (8): Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks, collect the ball move, use more creative freedom
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, auxiliary technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre MC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
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 wide and off-centre, sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
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
ML/MR Attack
Wide Playmaker (WP) - ML/MR Attack
InstructionsSit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble More, 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
Ultra short
Balanced
Attacking football (5): Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (3): Sit Narrower, Cross Less Often, Shoot Less Often
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (8): Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, 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
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre MC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Fairly low
Higher
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
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 wide and off-centre, sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
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

Inverted Winger

Game description:

The Inverted Winger aims to frequently cut inside into the attacking third to open up space for overlapping full backs and to subsequently overload retreating defenders. The Inverted Winger works best when the player’s strongest foot is opposite to the side of the pitch he’s playing on.

With a Support duty
the Inverted Winger will cut diagonally across the defence to play the ball through the middle while overloading defenders and defensive midfielders ahead of the penalty area.
With an Attack duty
the Inverted Winger will run directly at the defence with the options of shooting, passing or crossing as he moves into the attacking third.

Player Instructions

  • Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More
    • Attack duty – Get Further Forward

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Cuts Inside, Likes To Round Keeper, Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks
    • Attack duty – Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Likes To Beat Offside Trap, Plays One-Twos

Contrasting player traits:

  • Dwells On Ball, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right, Runs With Ball Rarely
    • Attack duty – Comes Deep To Get Ball, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Stays Back At All Times

Detailed Analysis

ML/MR Support
Inverted Winger (IW) - ML/MR Support
InstructionsCut Inside With Ball, Dribble More
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (1): Cut Inside With Ball
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs atypically but vacates area
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: Dribble More
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes but vacates area
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward but vacates area
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs but vacates area
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Dribble More
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre MC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Dribble More
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre, sitting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Creating chances
Contributes
Fairly low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Take More Risks (as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays)
Direct instructions: Dribble More
Taking chances
Performs atypically
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Atypical instructions: auxiliary sitting player
ML/MR Attack
Inverted Winger (IW) - ML/MR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (1): Cut Inside With Ball
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs but vacates area
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs but vacates area
Fairly low
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More
... in central midfield (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre MC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs but vacates area
Fairly low
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More
Taking chances (not necessary)
Performs but vacates area
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Dribble More
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre, supporting AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Contributes
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Contributes
Fairly low
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Take More Risks
(as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays)
Direct instructions: Dribble More
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
AML/AMR Support
Inverted Winger (IW) - AML/AMR Support
InstructionsCut Inside With Ball, Dribble More
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (1): Cut Inside With Ball
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs atypically but vacates area
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: Dribble More
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes but vacates area
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward but vacates area
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs but vacates area
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Dribble More
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Contributes
Fairly low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Take More Risks (as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays)
Direct instructions: Dribble More
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
AML/AMR Attack
Inverted Winger (IW) - AML/AMR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Mixed
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (1): Cut Inside With Ball
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs but vacates area
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs but vacates area
Fairly low
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Contributes
Fairly low
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Dribble More

Advanced Playmaker

Game description:

The Advanced Playmaker aims to drop into the holes between the opposition’s midfield and defence, making himself available for his teammates’ passes and aiming to turn defence into attack in an instant.

With a Support duty
the Advanced Playmaker will stay in the hole and look to spray passes to support players and forwards.
With an Attack duty
the Advanced Playmaker will look to run at the defensive line from deeper positions, aiming to craft out crossing or through ball opportunities as he moves into the final third.

Player Instructions

  • Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Shoot Less Often, Take More Risks
    • Attack duty – Dribble More

Hidden player 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)

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Comes Deep To Get Ball, Cuts Inside, Dictates Tempo, Does Not Move Into Channels, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Looks For Pass Rather Than Attempting To Score, Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Stops Play, Tries Killer Balls Often
    • Attack duty – Likes To Round Keeper, Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks

Contrasting player traits:

  • Attempts Overhead Kicks, Crosses Early, Dwells On Ball, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Hugs Line, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Likes To Beat Offside Trap, Likes To Lob Keeper, Moves Into Channels, Shoots From Distance, Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right, Tries First Time Shots
    • Attack duty – Runs With Ball Rarely

Detailed Analysis

AML/AMR Support
Advanced Playmaker (AP) - AML/AMR Support
InstructionsCut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, 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
Mixed
Extremely short
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Cut Inside With Ball, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (3): Cross Less Often, Shoot Less Often, make more disciplined movement
Direct plays (1): make more disciplined movement
Short plays (6): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, 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
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs but vacates area
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: make more disciplined movement
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
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
AML/AMR Attack
Advanced Playmaker (AP) - AML/AMR Attack
InstructionsCut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble 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
Slightly attacking
Very short
Balanced
Attacking football (4): Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (3): Cross Less Often, Shoot Less Often, make more disciplined movement
Direct plays (2): Dribble More, make more disciplined movement
Short plays (6): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, 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
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs atypically but vacates area
Fairly low
Lower
Direct instructions: make more disciplined movement
Atypical instructions: Dribble More
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
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

Inside Forward

Game description:

The Inside Forward aims to cut inside from the flanks and run directly at the centre of the opposition’s defence and works best when the player’s strongest foot is opposite to the flank he is playing on.

This movement can open up space for overlapping Full Backs as well as overloading a retreating defender, although it can also end up with the player running into cul-de-sacs.

With a Support duty
the Inside Forward will cut diagonally into the space behind the defence and play through balls or take long shots if the opportunity arises.
With an Attack duty
the Inside Forward will run directly at the defence with the options of shooting, passing or crossing as he moves into the final third.

Player Instructions

  • Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble More, Take More Risks
    • Attack duty – Get Further Forward

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Cuts Inside, Likes To Round Keeper, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Tries Killer Balls Often, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks
    • Attack duty – Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Likes To Beat Offside Trap, Plays One-Twos

Contrasting player traits:

  • Crosses Early, Dwells On Ball, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right, Runs With Ball Rarely
    • Attack duty – Comes Deep To Get Ball, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Stays Back At All Times

Detailed Analysis

AML/AMR Support
Inside Forward (IF) - AML/AMR Support
InstructionsCut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Fairly short
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Defensive football (1): Cross Less Often
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (3): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Take More Risks
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs atypically but vacates area
Very low
Versatile
Atypical instructions: Dribble More
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Stretching play
Contributes but vacates area
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward but vacates area
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Contributes
Very low
Versatile
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Versatile
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
AML/AMR Attack
Inside Forward (IF) - AML/AMR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly attacking
Fairly short
Balanced
Attacking football (3): Cut Inside With Ball, Dribble More, Take More Risks
Defensive football (1): Cross Less Often
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (3): Cut Inside With Ball, Cross Less Often, Take More Risks
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs but vacates area
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Contributes
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Dribble More

Trequartista

Game description:

While similar to the Advanced Playmaker in that he aims to drop into the holes between the opposition’s midfield and defence, the Trequartista does far less defensively and simply drifts around looking for space when the team is not in possession.

As such, the rest of the team needs to carry him when defending, but use him as the main outlet when attacking.

Player Instructions

  • Significantly decrease pressing intensity, Ease Off Tackles, Roam From Position, Dribble More, Take More Risks

Hidden player 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)

Player Traits

Complementary player traits: Comes Deep To Get Ball, Cuts Inside, Dictates Tempo, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Likes To Round Keeper, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Runs With Ball Often, Runs With Ball Through Centre, Stops Play, Tries Killer Balls Often, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks

Contrasting player traits: Dives Into Tackles, Dwells On Ball, Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Hugs Line, Likes To Beat Offside Trap, Plays No Through Balls, Plays Short Simple Passes, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times

Detailed Analysis

AML/AMR Attack
Trequartista (T) - AML/AMR Attack
InstructionsSignificantly decrease pressing intensity, Ease Off Tackles, Roam From Position, Dribble More, 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
Attacking
Short
Slightly cautious
Attacking football (4): Roam From Position, Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Defensive football (1): Ease Off Tackles
Direct plays (1): Dribble More
Short plays (4): Roam From Position, Take More Risks, collect the ball more, use more creative freedom
Containment (1): Ease Off Tackles
Specific analysisTactical theory: auxiliary attacking midfield advanced-playmaker, auxiliary technical number-ten attacking midfielder
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very high
Lower
Direct instructions: significantly decrease pressing intensity, Ease Off Tackles
Stretching play
Contributes
Fairly low
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Fairly high
Higher
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Contributes
Fairly low
Higher
Can perform if instructed to Get Further Forward (however, this instruction is not available for this role)
Direct instructions: Roam From Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble More
Creating chances
Performs
Very high
Higher
Performs as a technical number-ten - useful for attacking football and short plays
Direct instructions: Dribble More, Take More Risks, use more creative freedom
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Roam From Position, Dribble More

Wide Target Man

Game description:

The Wide Target Man will be the main outlet for clearances and long balls from the back. Ideally positioned against a smaller and weaker full back, he will be asked to get hold of the ball and keep it before recycling it to a teammate.

With a Support duty
the Wide Target Man is best used for relocating a tall and powerful target man to bully a smaller, weaker full back, offering knock-downs and opportunities to onrushing central players.
With an Attack duty
the Wide Target Man will be the main focal point for his team and the outlet for the majority of their attacking play. Ideally positioned against a smaller and weaker full back, he will be asked to receive the ball in attacking areas and make his presence felt as he brings teammates into play in the attacking third.

Player Instructions

  • Hold Up Ball, Dribble Less
    • Support duty – Hold Position
    • Attack duty – Get Further Forward

Hidden player instructions: focus play directly (this role is a target-man focal role which instructs a player’s teammates to pass to him more often with increased passing directness)

Player Traits

Complementary player traits:

  • Runs With Ball Rarely, Stops Play
    • Support duty – Does Not Move Into Channels
    • Attack duty – Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Likes To Beat Offside Trap, Plays One-Twos

Contrasting player traits:

  • Comes Deep To Get Ball, Cuts Inside, Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly, Likes To Round Keeper, Runs With Ball Down Left/Right, Runs With Ball Often, Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble, Tries Tricks
    • Support duty – Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Hugs Line, Likes To Beat Offside Trap, Moves Into Channels, Plays One-Twos
    • Attack duty – Stays Back At All Times

Detailed Analysis

AML/AMR Support
Wide Target Man (WTM) - AML/AMR Support
InstructionsHold Position, Hold Up Ball, Dribble Less
Hidden instructions: focus play directly (this role is a target-man focal role which instructs a player's teammates to pass to him more often with increased passing directness)
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Fairly defensive
Direct
Balanced
Defensive football (2): Hold Position, Dribble Less
Direct plays (4): Hold Position, Hold Up Ball, focus play directly (indirectly increases passing directness for teammates)
Short plays (1): Dribble Less
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to use his physical presence to create chances and is most suitable for use with a role at DL/DR or WBL/WBR that instructs movement close to him, such as Full Back (Support/Attack) or Wing Back (Support/Attack), as well as two players at AMC or STC
Tactical theory: restricted flank-target-man, flank-target-man
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing attacking cover (not necessary)
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: Hold Position
Indirect instructions: Dribble Less
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Versatile
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs
Fairly low
Versatile
Direct instructions: Dribble Less
Indirect instructions: Hold Position
Creating chances
Performs
Moderate
Versatile
Direct instructions: Hold Up Ball, Dribble Less
AML/AMR Attack
Wide Target Man (WTM) - AML/AMR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Hold Up Ball, Dribble Less
Hidden instructions: focus play directly (this role is a target-man focal role which instructs a player's teammates to pass to him more often with increased passing directness)
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Slightly defensive
Fairly direct
Balanced
Defensive football (1): Dribble Less
Direct plays (3): Hold Up Ball, focus play directly (indirectly increases passing directness for teammates)
Short plays (1): Dribble Less
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to use his physical presence to create chances and is most suitable for use with a role at DL/DR or WBL/WBR that instructs movement close to him, such as Full Back (Support/Attack) or Wing Back (Support/Attack), as well as two players at AMC or STC
Tactical theory: restricted flank-target-man, flank-target-man
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Stretching play
Performs atypically
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward
Atypical instructions: Dribble Less
Playing safe (not necessary
Performs
Fairly low
Lower
Direct instructions: Dribble Less
Creating chances
Performs
Moderate
Higher
Direct instructions: Hold Up Ball, Dribble Less

Raumdeuter

Game description:

The Raumdeuter literally translated from German means ‘space investigator’. His main role is to find pockets of space in which to operate. Essentially a wide poacher, the Raumdeuter takes up seemingly harmless positions out wide, waiting for the opportune moment to burst through the defensive line for that telling shot or cross.

He is difficult for defenders to pick up as he will often drift from his assigned position looking for any opportunity to exploit. This can result in quiet periods during which the Raumdeuter may neglect his defensive duties, therefore adequate cover and a strong team shape are key in order to fully utilise his attacking prowess in the final third.

Player Instructions

  • Get Further Forward, Sit Narrower, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, decrease passing directness, Cross Less Often

Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into channels

Player Traits

Complementary player traits: Gets Forward Whenever Possible, Gets Into Opposition Area, Likes To Beat Offside Trap, Moves Into Channels, Plays One-Twos, Plays Short Simple Passes

Contrasting player traits: Comes Deep To Get Ball, Crosses Early, Does Not Move Into Channels, Dwells On Ball, Hugs Line, Likes Ball Played Into Feet, Likes To Switch Ball To Other Flank, Runs With Ball Rarely, Stays Back At All Times, Tries Long Range Passes

Detailed Analysis

AML/AMR Attack
Raumdeuter (RMD) - AML/AMR Attack
InstructionsGet Further Forward, Sit Narrower, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position, decrease passing directness, Cross Less Often
Hidden instructions: make more dribbles into channels
Natural playing styles
Core
Attacking
Defensive
Mixed
Short
Balanced
Attacking football (2): Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Defensive football (2): Sit Narrower, Cross Less Often
Direct plays (1): make more dribbles into vertical channels
Short plays (4): Sit Narrower, Move Into Channels, Cross Less Often, Roam From Position
Specific analysisThis role instructs a player to make forward runs off the flank into available space in central attack and is most suitable for use with a central attack role, preferably at STC, that moves relatively deeper and creates space for him, such as Deep Lying Forward, Target Man (Support), Complete Forward (Support), Pressing Forward (Support) or False Nine (Support), especially if no AMC is used, while a decreased line of engagement can also give him more space to move into on the counter attack
Tactical theory: wide-poacher, auxiliary attacking midfield poacher
Positional responsibilities ...
... on the flank:
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Providing defensive cover (not necessary)
Performs
Very low
Lower
Applying defensive pressure
Performs
Very low
Higher
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Moderate
Lower
Direct instructions: decrease passing directness, Cross Less Often
Indirect instructions: Sit Narrower
Atypical instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
... in central attack (as an auxiliary wide and off-centre AMC):
Performs / Contributes
Specialism level
Focus level
Stretching play
Performs
Very high
Higher
Direct instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Playing safe (not necessary)
Performs atypically
Fairly low
Lower
Direct instructions: decrease passing directness
Atypical instructions: Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
Taking chances
Performs
Very low
Higher
Indirect instructions: Get Further Forward, Move Into Channels, Roam From Position
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