Ö-zil to the Arsenal! Posted April 27, 2017 Share Posted April 27, 2017 What is Team Shape? Team Shape is one of 3 primary factors which determine a players individual mentality. Team Mentality determines the team's collective mentality / strategy. Player Duty determines an individual's duty, within that collective team strategy. Team Shape how individual players prioritise the collective team mentality vs their own individual duty.→ More Structured team shapes instruct players prioritise their individual duty over the team mentality.→ Flexible team shape means players balance team mentality and individual duty equally.→ More Fluid team shapes mean players prioritise the team mentality over their individual duty, hence why we talk about "compactness". Spoiler Example: An Attacking Midfielder on Attack duty, playing in a team with a Defensive team mentality. Highly Structured Prioritises Attacking individual duty over Defensive team mentality, leaving our AM(A) with an attacking individual mentality despite the defensive team mentality. Flexible Balances Defensive team mentality and Attacking individual duty leaving our AM(A) with a balanced, neutral mentality. Very Fluid Prioritises Defensive team mentality over Attacking individual duty, leaving our AM(A) with a more conservative mentality despite his attacking duty. How do we apply this in the Tactics Creator? Select the most logical Team Mentality for your overall strategy. Apply Team Instructions to tailor defensive, build-up and attacking strategy. Select a Formation which sets defensive structure and facilitates your overall strategy. Apply Individual Duties to define your attacking structure. Choose your Team Shape depending on how players should prioritise their Team Mentality vs Individual Duty. Select Player Roles and Instructions based on their movement and status as a playmaker (not their name). Set your Set Pieces. Spoiler Example: Low-Block Counter-Attack. In this case, we're playing a game where we're not expecting to compete for possession. We want a solid, deep defensive block to draw the opposition forward and then hit them on the counter-attack with 1-2 pacey players. Team Mentality: Counter→ Gives us a conservative base mentality. → Gives us a low-defensive block (Defensive Line & Closing Down) and a narrow shape. Team Instructions: More Direct Passing & Pass into Space→ Increases the speed of our build-up play, transitioning into attack. Formation: 4-4-2→ Gives us 2 solid banks of four in defence.→ Leaves 2 attacking players forward to counter-attack. Duties:→ Central Midfielders holding, creating a solid defensive core protecting the Defence.→ Fullbacks, Wide Midfielder on the right and one Striker in support roles. → Left winger and Striker in Attack roles, creating the counter attack. Team Shape: Structured→ Striker and Winger prioritise Attack, meaning they offer the counter-attacking threat.→ Fullbacks, wide midfielder and second Striker offer support.→ Minimal influence on the Central Midfield as their individual duty is aligned with the Team Mentality. Player Roles and Instructions: As Above + GK Distributing the ball quickly, to the left flank. → We're now two solid banks of four with the Left Winger and Advanced Forward counter-attacking at pace with some support from the flanks. At this point, I'd watch a game. When you look at it this way, it makes the Tactics Creator pretty simple, logical and easy to relate to real life football. There. That's it. Simple. Next question. World peace? ============================================================ This is a very short article but can be a work in progress, if people don't understand it clearly. I actually wrote a much longer article in the first place but boiled it down and it's actually not as complicated as we often make out. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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