A standard defensive formation consists of 1 up to 3 central defenders and a left and a right wingback. Central defenders are the heart of your defense and obsiously their defending skill is their most prominent attribute.
You cannot field more then 3 central defenders, or you will lose training that week. This means there's a maximum of 10 trainees for defending trainers.
The abbreviation CD is commonly used for central defender.
- Normal -- Only the 'defending' skill contributes to the team ratings (Mainly the central defence but also to the wing defence of the side he's playing.).
- Offensive -- The defender uses defending and playmaking (combined with stamina). His defending still contributes to all three defence ratings. His playmaking contributes to the midfield ratings (though less than a 'Extra midfielder' or even the 'Winger towards middle'
- Towards wing -- More of his defending contributes to the wing defence (and less to the central defence). Also he starts using his winger skills.