Wide Player Roles

Wide player roles include all player roles in wide playing positions*, which are:

  • Deep wide players
    • Full back (FB)
    • Wing back (WB)
  • Advanced wide players
    • Wing midfielder (WM)
    • Wing forward (WF)

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


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


Detailed for each wide player role, where relevant, are:

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

Full Back

Full Back (FB Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, safe-passing, deep-crossing and fairly cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Designated – withdrawn wide player
  • Designated – restricted wide player

Full Back (FB Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, deep-crossing and fairly cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 0.5

Role categories:

  • Supported – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Supported – withdrawn wide player
  • Supported – restricted wide player

Full Back (FB Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive and fairly cautious full back crosser

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Designated – wide creator

Wing Back

Wing Back (FB Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, safe-passing, deep-crossing and fairly cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Designated – withdrawn wide player
  • Designated – restricted wide player

Wing Back (FB Support)

Description:

  • Offensive and fairly cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Focus level:

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Supported – wide creator
  • Supported – restricted wide player

Wing Back (FB Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious full back crosser

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Wing Back (WB Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, safe-passing, deep-crossing and fairly cautious wing back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Designated – withdrawn wide player
  • Designated – restricted wide player

Wing Back (WB Support)

Description:

  • Offensive and fairly cautious wing back

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Supported – wide creator
  • Supported – restricted wide player

Wing Back (WB Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious wing back crosser

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Defensive Full Back

Defensive Full Back (FB Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing, restricted-crossing, restricted-shooting, disciplined and cautious full back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 5.0

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Designated – protecting wide player
  • Designated – withdrawn wide player
  • Specialist – restricted wide player

Complete Wing Back

Complete Wing Back (FB Support)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, roaming, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious full back crosser

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Complete Wing Back (FB Attack)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, roaming, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious full back crosser

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Complete Wing Back (WB Support)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, roaming, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious wing back crosser

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Complete Wing Back (WB Attack)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, roaming, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly cautious wing back crosser

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Inverted Wing Back

Inverted Wing Back (FB Defend)

Description:

  • Narrow, sitting, roaming, restricted-dribbling, inverted, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious full back
  • Narrow full back => positional auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming, restricted-dribbling, creative and fairly cautious off-centre centre back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Supplementary – auxiliary protecting central defender

Inverted Wing Back (FB Support)

Description:

  • Narrow, supporting, roaming, inverted, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious full back
  • Narrow full back => positional auxiliary wide, supporting, roaming, creative and fairly cautious off-centre centre back
  • Narrow and supporting full back => attacking phase auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming and creative off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Supplementary – auxiliary protecting central defender
  • Supplementary – auxiliary running central defender (atypical – centre back)
  • Supplementary – auxiliary skilled central defender
  • Supplementary – auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer (atypical – sitting player)

Role category implementations:

Inverted Wing Back (FB Attack)

Description:

  • Narrow, offensive, roaming, dribbling, inverted, ball-playing, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious full back
  • Narrow full back => positional auxiliary wide, offensive, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing, creative and fairly cautious off-centre centre back
  • Narrow and offensive full back => attacking phase auxiliary wide, supporting, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing and creative off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator
  • Supplementary – auxiliary protecting central defender
  • Specialist – auxiliary running central defender (atypical – centre back)
  • Specialist – auxiliary skilled central defender
  • Auxiliary free role central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Specialist – auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

  • Auxiliary central defence countering-playmaker* (auxiliary ball-playing and creative skilled central defender)
  • Auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker* (auxiliary ball-playing and creative defensive midfield creator)

Inverted Wing Back (WB Defend)

Description:

  • Narrow, sitting, roaming, restricted-dribbling, inverted, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious wing back
  • Narrow wing back => positional auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming, restricted-dribbling, creative and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Supplementary – auxiliary protecting central midfielder
  • Supported – auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer (atypical – sitting and restricted-dribbling player)

Inverted Wing Back (WB Support)

Description:

  • Narrow, supporting, roaming, inverted, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious wing back
  • Narrow wing back => positional auxiliary wide, supporting, roaming, creative and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Auxiliary luxury central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Auxiliary free role central midfielder
    • Auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

Inverted Wing Back (WB Attack)

Description:

  • Narrow, offensive, roaming, dribbling, inverted, ball-playing, restricted-crossing, creative and fairly cautious wing back
  • Narrow wing back => positional auxiliary wide, offensive, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing, creative and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder
  • Narrow and offensive wing back => attacking phase auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing and creative off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Shielding wide player
    • Supplementary – protecting wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator
  • Auxiliary luxury central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary protecting central midfielder
    • Specialist – auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Specialist – auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Auxiliary free-role central midfielder
    • Auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Specialist – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical – sitting player)

Role category implementations:

  • Auxiliary defensive midfield countering-playmaker* (auxiliary ball-playing and creative defensive midfield creator)

Wide Midfielder

Wide Midfielder (WM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, safe-passing, deep-crossing and fairly aggressive wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning wide player
    • Pressuring wide player
      • Supplementary – pressing wide player
    • Designated – withdrawn wide player
    • Designated – restricted wide player

Wide Midfielder (WM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting and fairly aggressive wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 0.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning wide player
    • Pressuring wide player
      • Supplementary – pressing wide player
    • Supported – withdrawn wide player
    • Supported – restricted wide player
  • Supported – wide runner
  • Supported – wide creator

Wide Midfielder (WM Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive and fairly aggressive wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supported – wide creator
  • Supported – restricted wide player

Winger

Winger (WM Support)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, supporting, flank-dribbling and fairly aggressive wing midfield crosser

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Supplementary – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Winger (WM Attack)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly aggressive wing midfield crosser

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Winger (WF Support)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, supporting, flank-dribbling and fairly aggressive wing forward crosser

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Supplementary – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Winger (WF Attack)

Description:

  • Line-hugging, offensive, flank-dribbling, byline-crossing and fairly aggressive wing forward crosser

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Specialist – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Specialist – wide creator

Defensive Winger

Defensive Winger (WM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, dribbling and hard-tackling wing midfield aggressor
  • Wing midfield aggressor => defensive phase auxiliary wide and hard-tackling off-centre centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning wide player (atypical; system-specific)
    • Pressuring wide player
      • Specialist – pressing wide player
    • Designated – withdrawn wide player (atypical – dribbling player)
    • Supported – restricted wide player (system-specific – defensive advanced wide player)
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Supplementary – auxiliary pressing central midfielder

Role category implementations:

Defensive Winger (WM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, dribbling and hard-tackling wing midfield aggressor
  • Wing midfield aggressor => defensive phase auxiliary wide and hard-tackling off-centre centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning wide player (atypical; system-specific)
    • Pressuring wide player
      • Specialist – pressing wide player
    • Supported – withdrawn wide player (atypical – dribbling player)
    • Supported – restricted wide player (system-specific – defensive advanced wide player)
  • Supported – wide runner
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Supplementary – auxiliary pressing central midfielder

Role category implementations:

Wide Playmaker

Wide Playmaker (WM Support)

Description:

  • Narrow, supporting, roaming, inverted, restricted-crossing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive wing midfielder
  • Narrow wing midfielder => positional auxiliary wide, supporting, roaming, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive off-centre centre midfielder
  • Narrow and supporting wing midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming, restricted-shooting and creative off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Auxiliary central midfield dynamo
    • Supplementary – auxiliary pressing central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
  • Auxiliary free role central midfielder
    • Auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supplementary – auxiliary central attack creator

Role category implementations:

Wide Playmaker (WM Attack)

Description:

  • Narrow, supporting, roaming, dribbling, inverted, ball-playing, restricted-crossing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive wing midfielder
  • Narrow wing midfielder => positional auxiliary wide, supporting, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive off-centre centre midfielder
  • Narrow and supporting wing midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary wide, sitting, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing, restricted-shooting and creative off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Auxiliary central midfield dynamo
    • Supplementary – auxiliary pressing central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
  • Auxiliary free role central midfielder
    • Auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Specialist – auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Specialist – auxiliary central attack creator

Role category implementations:

Inverted Winger

Inverted Winger (WM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, dribbling, inverted and fairly aggressive wing midfielder
  • Inverted wing midfielder => on the ball auxiliary wide, supporting and dribbling off-centre centre midfielder
  • Supporting and inverted wing midfielder => on the ball auxiliary wide, sitting and dribbling off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Supported – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Supported – withdrawn wide player (atypical – dribbling and inverted player)
  • Auxiliary free-role central midfielder
    • Supported – auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supplementary – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical – sitting player)

Inverted Winger (WM Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, dribbling, inverted and fairly aggressive wing midfielder
  • Inverted wing midfielder => on the ball auxiliary wide, offensive and dribbling off-centre centre midfielder
  • Offensive and inverted wing midfielder => on the ball auxiliary wide, supporting and dribbling off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Auxiliary free-role central midfielder
    • Designated – auxiliary number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary – auxiliary central midfield creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack runner
  • Supplementary – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer

Advanced Playmaker

Advanced Playmaker (WF Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, inverted, ball-playing, restricted-crossing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive wing forward
  • Inverted wing forward => on the ball auxiliary wide, supporting, ball-playing, restricted-shooting and creative off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Supported – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Supported – withdrawn wide player (atypical – inverted player)
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack runner
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Specialist – auxiliary central attack creator

Role category implementations:

Advanced Playmaker (WF Attack)

Description:

  • Supporting, dribbling, inverted, ball-playing, restricted-crossing, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly aggressive wing forward
  • Inverted wing forward => on the ball auxiliary wide, supporting, dribbling, ball-playing, restricted-shooting and creative off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.0

Role categories:

  • Supported – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Supported – withdrawn wide player (atypical – dribbling and inverted player)
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack runner
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Specialist – auxiliary central attack creator

Role category implementations:

Inside Forward

Inside Forward (WF Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, dribbling, inverted, ball-playing, restricted-crossing and fairly aggressive wing forward
  • Inverted wing forward => on the ball auxiliary wide, supporting, dribbling and ball-playing off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Supported – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Supported – withdrawn wide player (atypical – dribbling and inverted player)
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack runner
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Specialist – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer

Inside Forward (WF Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, dribbling, inverted, restricted-crossing and fairly aggressive wing forward
  • Inverted wing forward => on the ball auxiliary wide, offensive, and dribbling off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player
    • Designated – wide runner
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator
  • Auxiliary central attack predator
    • Auxiliary number-nine central attacker => auxiliary false-ten
      • Designated – auxiliary central attack runner
    • Supplementary – auxiliary central attack creator
    • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer

Trequartista

Trequartista (WF Attack)

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, dribbling, ball-playing, creative, cautious and easy-tackling wing forward.
  • Roaming wing forward => attacking phase auxiliary wide supporting, dribbling, ball-playing and creative off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.50

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.5

Role categories:

  • Supplementary – wide runner
  • Shielding wide player (atypical)
    • Specialist – protecting wide player (atypical – advanced wide player)
  • Specialist – wide creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack runner
  • Auxiliary number-ten central attacker
    • Specialist – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

Wide Target Man

Wide Target Man (WF Support)

Description:

  • Holding, hold-up, restricted-dribbling and fairly aggressive wing forward

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning wide player
    • Pressuring wide player
      • Supplementary – pressing wide player
    • Designated – withdrawn wide player
    • Supplementary – restricted wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator (system-specific – restricted flank-target-man)

Role category implementations:

Wide Target Man (WF Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, hold-up, restricted-dribbling and fairly aggressive wing forward

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Attacking wide player (atypical/system-specific)
    • Designated – wide runner (atypical/system-specific – restricted-dribbling player / restricted flank-target-man)
  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – wide creator (system-specific – restricted flank-target-man)
  • Supplementary – restricted wide player

Role category implementations:

Raumdeuter

Raumdeuter (WF Attack)

Description:

  • Narrow, offensive, roaming, channel-running, restricted-crossing and fairly aggressive wing forward
  • Narrow wing forward => positional auxiliary wide, offensive, roaming, channel-running and fairly aggressive off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.75

Solidity score: 0.00

Role specialisation:

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

Focus level: 4.5

Role categories:

  • Pressuring wide player
    • Supplementary – pressing wide player
  • Supplementary – restricted wide player (atypical – roaming and channel-running player)
  • Auxiliary central attack poacher (atypical/system-specific)
    • Auxiliary number-nine central attacker => auxiliary false-ten
      • Specialist – auxiliary central attack runner
    • Supported – auxiliary central attack goal-scorer
    • Supported – auxiliary restricted central attacker (atypical/system-specific – roaming and channel-running player / wide-poacher)
  • Supported – auxiliary central attack creator
  • Auxiliary pressuring central attacker
    • Supplementary – auxiliary pressing central attacker

Role category implementations:

  • Wide-poacher* (offensive and roaming restricted wing forward; attacking phase auxiliary attacking midfield poacher)