Positional Responsibilities

The positional responsibilities in a particular positional area are the tasks that must be carried out in that positional area by a team's players in order to help the team to achieve its tactical objectives.

A player's tactical role tells him how he should perform positional responsibilities.

Typically, each positional responsibility in a positional area is performed to a relatively greater extent by one or more players who are assigned a tactical role that includes appropriate component role types and instructs them to play in or near the positional area concerned.

The main positional responsibilities are:

Detailed below for each positional responsibility, where relevant, are:

Providing Cover

Summary

Tactical objectives:

Tactical risk: low.

Key tactical dynamics:

Importance:

Direct Role Types

Key Role Types

Supplementary Role Types

Conflicting Role Types

Adverse Role Types

Indirect Role Types

Suitable Indirect Role Types

Unsuitable Indirect Role Types

Forming a Defensive Line

Summary

Tactical objectives:

Tactical risk: not applicable.

Key tactical dynamics:

Importance:

Forming a defensive line is a particular aspect of providing cover that is performed by players in centre back playing positions.

A team's defensive line is a hypothetical horizontal line formed by at least two centre backs who are horizontally level. As such, it is usually level with, or close to, the offside line and therefore it is directly affected by the team's offside line movement defensive instructions.

The team's other outfield players should generally remain in front of the defensive line so that the centre backs can set the offside line and so restrict onside space, with the exception of any player who is assigned the sweeper playing position. If a player is assigned the sweeper playing position then he can provide defensive cover behind the defensive line but he makes it more difficult for the team to restrict onside space.

To ensure that a defensive line can be formed and maintained effectively throughout the defensive phases a team typically uses a line of restraint in the manner explained in the Playing Style Balance guide. In addition, providing attacking cover is generally considered to be of essential importance for players in centre back playing positions to ensure that a defensive line can be formed quickly in the defensive transition phase.

Providing Attacking Cover

Summary

Tactical objectives:

Tactical risk: low.

Key tactical dynamics:

Importance:

Direct Role Types

Key Role Types

Supplementary Role Types

Conflicting Role Types

Adverse Role Types

Indirect Role Types

Suitable Indirect Role Types

Unsuitable Indirect Role Types

Providing Defensive Cover

Summary

Tactical objectives:

Tactical risk: low.

Key tactical dynamics:

Importance:

Direct Role Types

Key Role Types

Supplementary Role Types

Conflicting Role Types

Adverse Role Types

Applying Defensive Pressure

Summary

Tactical objectives:

Tactical risk: high.

Key tactical dynamics:

Importance:

Direct Role Types

Key Role Types

Supplementary Role Types

Conflicting Role Types

Adverse Role Types

Indirect Role Types

Unsuitable Indirect Role Types

Stretching Play

Summary

Tactical objectives:

Tactical risk: high.

Key tactical dynamics:

Importance:

Direct Role Types

Key Role Types

Supplementary Role Types

Conflicting Role Types

Adverse Role Types

Indirect Role Types

Suitable Indirect Role Types

Unsuitable Indirect Role Types

Moving the Ball Safely

Summary

Tactical objectives:

Tactical risk: low.

Key tactical dynamics:

Importance:

Direct Role Types

Key Role Types

Supplementary Role Types

Conflicting Role Types

Adverse Role Types

Indirect Role Types

Suitable Indirect Role Types

Unsuitable Indirect Role Types

Creating Chances

Summary

Tactical objectives:

Tactical risk: high.

Key tactical dynamics:

Importance:

Direct Role Types

Key Role Types

Supplementary Role Types

*Hold-up centre forwards, hold-up wing forwards and creative players, if used, are typically used as focal players so that the team can create goal-scoring chances more effectively.

A focal player is a player to whom a team focuses play to a greater extent. Particular types of focal players are discussed in the Role Categories guide.

Conflicting Role Types

Adverse Role Types

Indirect Role Types

Suitable Indirect Role Types

Unsuitable Indirect Role Types

Taking Chances

Summary

Tactical objectives:

Tactical risk: high.

Key tactical dynamics:

Importance:

Direct Role Types

Key Role Types

Conflicting Role Types

Indirect Role Types

Suitable Indirect Role Types

Unsuitable Indirect Role Types