|Attack in the middle|
|Attack on wings|
There are six individual types of tactics besides the normal tactic, each has drawbacks that should be taken into consideration when using them. In addition, each tactic's effectiveness depends on specific player skills.
- Further information: Pressing
Advantage: Pressing means that all players focus on putting pressure on their opponents, decreasing the total number of chances for the opponent team.
Disadvantage: Players also put slightly more effort into breaking up opponent attacks than trying to create their own. The result is that the total number of chances in the game gets reduced for both teams.
Relevant skills: When you play pressing, all your players (except the goalkeeper) need excellent stamina and defending.
- Further information: Counter attack
Advantage: Counter-attack is a tactic which involves giving up midfield dominance in an attempt to score goals by counter-attacking. This can be very effective when used by a suitable team against an overwhelming opponent, as this tactic increases the overall number of chances of the team with the weaker midfield. The limit of counter-attacks because of the tactical setting is 3 per game, but there is always a chance for a counter-attack to be created when the attacking team has a weak attack against a good defense. While counter-attacks based on the tactical setting only can be generated if the CA-team has lower ball possession "non-tactic-counter-attacks" can occur any time.
Disadvantage: A team playing counter attacks takes a penalty of about 7% to its midfield rating compared to playing normal.(NOTE: the corresponding loss of possession will always be less than 1.81% (350/193% exactly)). If you're dominating the midfield, then you will just suffer the disadvantage. And note that you have to be losing midfield before the 7% tactical penalty is applied).
Relevant skills: A successful counter attack strategy will require a rock-solid defense, and then enough offense to score on the few opportunities that are created. The total sum of your defenders' passing and defending skills determine your CA tactical skill. Passing is twice as important as defending. This tactic is mostly chosen by managers with very strong defense but weak midfield like Defending trainers (or Scoring trainers playing 4-3-3 and 5-2-3).
Attack in the Middle
- Further information: Attack in the middle
Advantage: When using attack in the middle (AIM), your team attempts to make more attacks using midfielders than with wingers. The total number of attacks remains constant. Around 15-30% of your wing attacks will be converted to attacks in the middle.
Disadvantage: your wing defense becomes proportionally worse.
Relevant skills: The total passing skill of all your outfield players determines your AIM tactical skill.
Attack On Wings
- Further information: Attack on wings
Advantage: Similar to attack in the middle, only in reverse. Around 20-40% of your middle attacks will be converted to wing attacks.
Disadvantage: The disadvantage is that it weakens your central defense.
Relevant skills: The total passing skill of all your outfield players determines your AOW tactical skill.
- Further information: Play creatively
Advantage: When you use play creatively, you increase the maximum number for special events occurring during the match. Playing creatively is most effective for teams that have many players with specialties.
Disadvantage: There is a greater chance that special events (both positive and negative) will occur for both teams during the match. Teams playing creatively will be less focused on defense.
Relevant skills: Your field players have must have high passing and experience skill. If a field player is also Unpredictable, his contribution to the tactic will be doubled.
- Further information: Long shots
Advantage: Long shots is an attacking option for teams who have problems scoring on regular side/middle attacks, but it could also be a tactical option for any team facing a really strong defense.The long shots tactic converts up to around 30% of side and middle attacks.
Disadvantage: Your wing and middle attack, as well as your midfield, get a little bit worse.
Relevant skills: Your outfielders' scoring and set pieces skills determine the LS tactical skill. Scoring is three times more important than set pieces.