What are Tactics
There are five individual types of tactic within hattrick, listed with a brief explanation below. Fuller details can be found on the individual pages.
The five tactics are
Each tactic uses skills of your players to combine for an effective tactical method against your opponents.
Counter Attacks are a tactic that involves giving up midfield dominance in an attempt to score goals by counter-attacking. It can be very effective when used by a suitable team.
Pressing means that all of your players try to put pressure on their opponents. They also put slightly more effort into breaking up your opponent's attacks than trying to create their own. The result is that the total number of potential chances in the game gets reduced for both teams.
For a more detailed explanation see: Pressing
Attack in Middle
When using AIM, your team attempts to make more of your attacks down the centre of the pitch, at the expense of attacks on the wings. In other words, you trade attacks down the wings for attacks through the centre. You get a straight one for one exchange, so the total number of attacks remains constant.
The disadvantage of this tactic is that your wing defence gets somewhat worse.
Attack on Wings
This works in the same way as AIM, only in reverse. Instead of more attacks coming in the center, you get more of your attacks on the wings.
Similarly to AIM, the disadvantage is that it weakens your central defence.
When you use Play Creatively, there is a greater chance that special events (both positive and negative) will occur for both teams during the match. If both teams use Play Creatively, the chance for special events will be even greater.
The downside is that teams playing creatively will be less focused on the defense, thus losing some defensive ability.
Playing creatively will probably be good for SE-optimized teams (i.e. for teams that have many players with specialties).