Player Behaviour

A team's tactic is never carried out perfectly by its players. Therefore, it is important to analyse how players behave in practice.

Player Decision Making

A player's decision making refers to his choices regarding the use of playing methods. A player's decision making is affected primarily by his tactical instructions, but is also affected by various other factors.

Different decisions by a player carry different levels of tactical risk. This is largely because a player's decisions relate to the use of playing methods and different playing methods carry different levels of tactical risk.

Factors that affect a player's decision making include:

Player Mistakes

A mistake by a player is an inefficient choice or performance of a playing method by the player that makes it more difficult for his team to achieve one or more of its tactical objectives.

An attacking mistake by a player is a mistake by a player in the attacking phases and a defensive mistake by a player is a mistake by a player in the defensive phases.

Factors that affect the likelihood of players making mistakes include their abilities, their player suitability and their decision making.

Decision Making Mistakes

A decision making mistake by a player is an inefficient choice of a playing method by the player that makes it more difficult for his team to achieve one or more of its tactical objectives.

For example, a player may make a decision making attacking mistake by choosing to make a safe pass to keep possession when he could instead have exploited a high quality penetrative opportunity, or a decision making defensive mistake by choosing to close down the player on the ball, leaving another attacking team player in more available space in a more threatening area.

Factors that affect how likely a player is to make a decision making mistake are based on the factors that affect a player's decision making as detailed above. They include:

Technical Mistakes

A technical mistake by a player is an inefficient performance of a playing method (other than decision-based playing methods such as tempo, attacking mentality, defensive mentality and creativity playing methods) by the player that makes it more difficult for his team to achieve one or more of its tactical objectives.

For example, a player may make a technical attacking mistake by making an inaccurate pass that enables a defending team player to intercept the ball, or a technical defensive mistake by making an unsuccessful tackle that enables the player on the ball to move the ball into a more threatening area.

Factors that affect how likely a player is to make a technical mistake are similar to those for decision making mistakes. They include: