General and Individual Orders
FIFA Manger 10 arguably has the largest selection of advanced tactics of all of the current best selling football management sims.
Available as individual orders and team orders, the following settings can be used to alter the way your team plays:
Positioning Bias: used to determine how your team (or individual player) will position themselves on the pitch, this order ranges from Very Offensive to Very Defensive, with the latter indicating that the players should play very deep around their own goal – scoring goals with all players on this setting is unlikely.
Tackling: a self-explanatory order, tackling can be set to Aggressive, Robust or Normal, the weaker the less likely your team is to concede free kicks and penalties.
Forward Runs: players skilled at getting forward should be encouraged to do so Often, while those that you want to stay back should be set to Never.
Passing Style: an Italian team might adopt a Patient or Cautious passing style – Manchester United would choose Direct while the successful Newcastle United team of the mid 1990s might have chosen Risky. Most teams would choose Normal.
Passing: Slightly different to Passing Style, Passing refers to the length of the pass, and ranges from Long to Short.
Crossing Position: particularly useful when playing with wingers and attacking full backs, Crossing Position determines whether the ball is delivered from Deep, up near the corner flag along the By-line or a combination of the two.
Crossing Frequency: again, if you’re using wingers to get the ball into the box with crosses, you might have this order set to Always – if you’re playing a traditional 4-4-2 formation and working the ball through the middle, you would have this set to Rarely.
These various orders change slightly as you cycle through the various formations that are available – for instance, more players have a Positioning Bias of Attacking or Very Offensive in the 4-3-3 Offensive formation.
Tailoring formations to suit your own players might require some adjusting of the defaults – careful tweaking is required however, with the formations best tested in friendly matches rather than in a competitive match.