Confusion

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If you use a formation other than 4-4-2 you may find that your players are so confused by this that they play below their normal capacity. The stranger the formation, the more widespread the confusion. (This risk can be counteracted by "Routine" and "Experience"). When your club experiences a confusion-based match event, a text showing the level of confusion will be displayed in the Match Report. The "disastrous to excellent" scale will be used to describe the level of Formation Experience after the event. A confusion event saying that team organization fell to "wretched" means that it was very bad, while a drop to "solid" only had a very limited effect. Besides 4-4-2, which is guaranteed to be free of confusion, there are 6 different standard alternatives where the risks of confusion are decisively smaller than the more extreme formations.

  • 4-3-3 (e.g. one of your midfielders has been repositioned as a forward)
  • 5-3-2 (e.g. one of your midfielders has been repositioned as a central defender)
  • 3-5-2 (e.g. one of your defenders has been repositioned as an inner midfielder)
  • 4-5-1 (e.g. one of your forwards has been repositioned as an inner midfielder)
  • 3-4-3 (e.g. one of your defenders has been repositioned as a forward)
  • 5-4-1 (e.g. one of your forwards has been repositioned as a defender)


The last two of these (3-4-3 and 5-4-1) are somewhat harder to pull off than the others, but all 6 of them are counted as standard alternatives. If confusion should occur, this will be reported during the match.

The following decides if your team will be subject to confusion:

  • If the team is used to (see Routine) playing with a formation, the risk decreases. This is the only function of the team's routine with a certain formation.
  • If the players' accumulated experience (with a bonus for the team captain) is high, the risk decreases.
  • The more the formation strays from 4-4-2, the higher the risk. 4-4-2 is completely free of risk.
  • A test of confusion is carried out just before the match begins. Tests can also occur during match time. If the players are confused at half-time the coach can improve the situation somewhat by giving an extra briefing.


If you use a formation differing from 4-4-2, and, above all, if you choose anything other than the 6 standard alternatives (4-3-3, 5-3-2, 3-5-2, 4-5-1, 3-4-3, 5-4-1) there's an increasing risk of confusion in the team. The following decides if your team will be subject to confusion:

If the team is used to (see below) playing with a formation, the risk decreases. This is the only function of the team's routine with a certain formation.

If the players' accumulated experience (with a bonus for the team captain, see below) is high, the risk decreases.

The more the formation strays from 4-4-2, the higher the risk. 4-4-2 is completely free of risk.

A test of confusion is carried out just before the match begins. Tests can also occur during match time. If the players are confused at half-time the coach can improve the situation somewhat by giving an extra briefing.

Penalty shoot-outs: Nothing's more nerve-wracking than having to face a penalty shoot-out at the end of a cup-match or qualifier. At every penalty (not during regular match time, though) a test of the players experience is carried out. At this point, don't send forth your shaky 17-year old debutante as the first penalty taker! The skills taken into consideration include scoring ability, set piece ability, as well as the technical specialty for penalty-takers, and the keeper skill for keepers.

"Nervous situations": Very important or dramatic matches might mean that inexperienced players loose their grip on the game. This gets worse the more they lack experience. Only the team with the lowest amount of experience will be subject to this during a match. So far, this has all been about how experience and a team's routine with a certain formation is applied. How does one acquire routine and experience, then?