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PSA PASSES, February Edition, Part 4 of 4

PS Academy for Proper Advancement of Soccer Skills and Etiquette Standards (PSA PASSES)
February edition, part four of four

Good evening, class! I’m KeepItLoose, the headmaster for the PSA PASSES, here with the last of your Feburary lesson: CM formation strategy

So, you spent your hard earned money (or someone else’s gift) and got yourself some Club Membership (CM). Congratulations! Your PS world has now opened up with vast new options and features. Formations and player attitudes are one of the more desired features for CMs and it is my goal to educate you about the different formations, comparing them to their non-CM counterpart. I will also offer CM attitude settings based on offensive and defensive usage of the formation. Today, let’s wrap things up with the 5-4-1 Sweeper and 5-3-2 Sweeper formations:

01) 5-4-1 Sweeper: Along with the non-CM 5-4-1, this is a very frequently used defensive tactic. The CM version gets the benefit of the sweeper, the middle defender, sitting back a little deeper in the zone than the other 8 defenders and midfielders. Many will argue this gives a great advantage for coverage, but some will counter that the setback of the sweeper creates two gaps right in the middle for an attack to squeeze on by. Those who use this formation, however, swear by its effectiveness in equalizing a variety of attack strategies.

Non-CM counterpart(s): 5-4-1 (didn’t see that coming, did you)

Formation emphasis: Passive defensive lines, very little attack ability but good transition lines for other tactics
Formation major weakness: No real attack basis

Offense most useful against: PSA does not endorse this tactic for offensive strategy
Offense least useful against: PSA does not endorse this tactic for offensive strategy
Defense most useful against: 3 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 4 man striker lines

CM offensive attitude suggestion: PSA does not endorse this tactic for offensive strategy
CM defensive attitude suggestion: 1 striker neutral, 4 midfielders 50-75% defensive, 4 defense 75-100% defensive, 1 sweeper 100% defensive

02) 5-3-2 Sweeper: Compared to its non-CM counterpart 5-3-2, the sweeper variety of the formation is setup to be a slightly more offensively minded tactic, with the wingers moved forward slightly and the midfielders bunched closer together in the center zone. This formation can serve both methods effectively with this shift in position. Those who use it for defense may find it easier to utilize the wingers as support to the middle 3 defenders. Those who use it for offense may find the forward placement of the wingers allows for great ball movement up the field to the midfield and strikers. Regardless, this tactic can prove effective on both sides of the ball if used correctly.

Non-CM counterpart(s): 5-3-2

Formation emphasis: Another very balanced tactic for offense and defense if setup right. Concentrated midfield and wingers provide ample support for 3 man defensive front.
Formation major weakness: Like its counterpart, a large hole behind the midfield line allows for effective attacks if support not brought over from wingers

Offense most useful against: 3 man defense lines
Offense least useful against: 4 man defense lines
Defense most useful against: 3 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 4 man striker lines

CM offensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers 75-100% attacking, 3 midfield 50-75% attacking, 2 wingers 50-75% attacking, 3 defense neutral
CM defensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers 25-50% attacking, 3 midfield 50-75% defensive, 2 wingers 75-100% defensive, 3 defense 100% defensive

Well, that does it for this month’s lesson. I hope you got as much out of it as possible and find ways to use these tips to improve your game. Please leave comments on my guestbook or on the PSE forum post with any comments, questions or suggestions.

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~KeepItLoose, CFRA

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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PSA PASSES, February Edition, Part 3 of 4

PS Academy for Proper Advancement of Soccer Skills and Etiquette Standards (PSA PASSES)
February edition, part three of four

Good evening, class! I’m KeepItLoose, the headmaster for the PSA PASSES, here with more of your February lesson: CM formation strategy

So, you spent your hard-earned money (or someone else’s gift) and got yourself some Club Membership (CM). Congratulations! Your PS world has now opened up with vast new options and features. Formations and player attitudes are one of the more desired features for CMs and it is my goal to educate you about the different formations, comparing them to their non-CM counterpart. I will also offer CM attitude settings based on offensive and defensive usage of the formation. Today, let’s talk about 4-2-2-2 and 4-2-4 formations:

01) 4-2-2-2: Mainly a defensive-minded tactic layout, this formation can also be used for good counter attacks with the wingers in the midfield playing forward of the line. Passing is the key to using this tactic for attacks to allow your players to progress up the field. The back placement of the 2 midfielders bolsters the middle of the defensive zone, making this one of the most effective 4 man defense tactics.

Non-CM counterpart(s): 4-4-2

Formation emphasis: Defensive presence and support; decent counter attack tactic using wingers
Formation major weakness: Attacks are not as aggressive without attitude settings; passing lanes are there for opponents

Offense most useful against: 3 man defense lines
Offense least useful against: 4 man defense lines
Defense most useful against: 2 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 3 man striker lines

CM offensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers 75-100% attacking, 2 wingers 50-75% attacking, 2 midfielders 50% attacking, 4 defense neutral
CM defensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers 50-75% attacking, 2 wingers 25-50% defensive, 2 midfielders 50-75% defensive, 4 defense 75-100% defensive

02) 4-2-4: If your style is aggressive and you want to bring everything but the kitchen sink at your opponent, this tactic is for you. With proper attitude settings, you can essentially have 6 attackers assaulting the net from the wings and the middle, creating an offensive firestorm that any opponent would have trouble stopping all the time. Beware, however, if your attack fails…your opponent will get a clean shot back at you if you’re not ready with a tactic B.

Non-CM counterpart(s): 4-2-3-1

Formation emphasis: Offense, offense and more offense
Formation major weakness: Weak midfield can allow the opponent to be aggressive in return if your attack fails.

Offense most useful against: 3 or 5 man defense lines
Offense least useful against: 4 man defense lines
Defense most useful against: 2 or 4 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 3 man striker lines or strong midfields

CM offensive attitude suggestion: 4 strikers 75-100% attacking, 2 midfielders 50-75% attacking, 4 defense 0-25% attacking
CM defensive attitude suggestion: 4 strikers 0-25% attacking, 2 midfield 50-75% defensive, 4 defense 75-100% defensive

Next time, we’ll cover the 5-4-1 Sweeper and 5-3-2 Sweeper formations. As always, leave me a message on my guest book or reply to the PSE thread or this post with any questions.

~KeepItLoose, CFRA

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PSA PASSES, January Edition, Part 5 of 5

PS Academy for Proper Advancement of Soccer Skills and Etiquette Standards (PSA PASSES)
January edition, part five of five

Good afternoon, class! I’m KeepItLoose, the headmaster for the PSA PASSES, here with the last of your January lesson: Non-CM formation strategy

I hope these lessons have helped to educate you with some basic tips for each of the non-CM formations. Hopefully these tips will improve your gameplay and help you enjoy your experience on PS even more! For CM users who may prefer to play with these tactics, I will also offer 2 attitude settings depending on your desired usage of the formation. Now, on to the last formation breakdowns…part five will cover the last 2 non-CM formations, the 5-3-2 and the 5-4-1.

09) 5-3-2: More popular than you might think across the PS community. Though not as concentrated as the 3-5-2 formation in terms of spacing, this formation promotes a very fluid passing style with options to crash the net on attack or crash the net on defense. More balanced than the layout would dictate at first glance. I have seen this formation used very effectively on attack and very effectively on defense, so I would consider it one of the most balanced formations available to non-CMs and CMs alike.

Formation emphasis: Fluid passing lanes, balanced capability for both attacking and defensive strategies
Formation major weakness: If midfield is too aggressive, huge gap left for opponent’s entry into attack zone.

Offense most useful against: 3 man defense lines
Offense least useful against: 4 or 5 man defense lines
Defense most useful against: 3 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 2 or 4 man striker lines

CM offensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers 75-100% attacking, 3 midfield 50-75% attacking (to support strikers), 2 wingers 25-50% attacking, 3 defenders neutral-25% attacking
CM defensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers neutral, 3 midfield 25-50% defensive (to try to close gap), 2 wingers 50-75% defensive, 3 defenders 100% defensive

10) 5-4-1: Last but certainly not least is one of the most controversial formations of the last year. Prior to a summer update, this formation was quickly taking PS by storm as the most immovable object for defensive strategy. The spacing was not unlike the 3-5-2, except with 9 players bunched up that closely rather than 5. After the update, this formation is still widely used by both non-CMs and CMs alike who seek a total coverage of their side of the center line. Because of the layout, this formation also allows for numerous transitions to some of the most popular attack formations. All in all, this is a one trick pony, but it does its one trick very effectively.

Formation emphasis: Defense, defense and more defense. Layout allows for numerous transitions on counter attacks.
Formation major weakness: No attack capability unless attitudes are set to bring midfield forward with lone striker.

Offense most useful against: breakaways from failed attacks
Offense least useful against: any set defense lines (unless time is taken to bring midfield line forward to assist lone striker)
Defense most useful against: 3 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 4 man striker lines

CM offensive attitude suggestion: striker 100% attacking, 4 midfield 50-75% attacking, 5 defenders neutral-25% attacking
CM defensive attitude suggestion: striker neutral, 4 midfield 50-75% defensive, 5 defenders 100% defensive

Next month, we’ll cover the CM formations in a 4 part series. As always, leave me a message on my guest book or reply to the PSE thread or this post with any questions.

~KeepItLoose, CFRA

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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PSA PASSES, January Edition, Part 4 of 5

PS Academy for Proper Advancement of Soccer Skills and Etiquette Standards (PSA PASSES)
January edition, part four of five

Good morning, class! I’m KeepItLoose, the headmaster for the PSA PASSES, here with more of your January lesson: Non-CM formation strategy

One of the many questions I see asked by new users, soccer fans and casual followers alike, is which of the non-CM formations is suitable for someone looking to experiment with their style before purchasing or receiving CM. I hope today to educate you with some basic tips for each of the formations. Hopefully these tips will improve your gameplay and help you enjoy your experience on PS even more! For CM users who may prefer to play with these tactics, I will also offer 2 attitude settings depending on your desired usage of the formation. Now, on to the formation breakdowns…part four will cover the next 2 non-CM formations, the 4-4-2 Diamond and the 4-4-1-1.

07) 4-4-2 Diamond: Another commonly used formation for non-CMs and CMs alike. The staggering of both the midfield and strikers creates several pass lane options. Striker end of formation allows for moderate wing attack with the top of the diamond crashing the goal for rebounds, passes, et cetera. Defense is close enough together to be reasonably effective on counters.

Formation emphasis: Effective passing lanes, rebound potential, balanced defense as needed
Formation major weakness: Proper defense or loaded midfield can intercept passing lanes with ease, counter attacks are often effective due to middle gap

Offense most useful against: 3 man defense lines
Offense least useful against: 4 man defense lines
Defense most useful against: 2 or 4 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 3 man striker lines or strong midfield formations

CM offensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers 75-100% attacking, top of diamond 75% attacking, rest of diamond 25-50% attacking, 4 defenders neutral-25% attacking
CM defensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers neutral, entire diamond 50-75% defensive, 4 defenders 100% defensive

08) 4-4-1-1: Obviously, this is an alternate to the 4-4-2 formation we learned about previously. It’s a formation I saw used in large part by Germany during the World Cup (with Klose as the forward striker). As such, the primary means for this formation is two-fold in my eyes. First, you have a more forward attack strategy rather than the lateral limit of the typical 4-4-2 layout. Second, this is a really good formation for transitions to other formations (assuming this is a defensive formation for you) as you have wingers you can slide and even a whole shift that can happen on the strikers.

Formation emphasis: Balanced midfield and defense, good transition formation
Formation major weakness: Weak attack unless wingers come up to help

Offense most useful against: 3 man defense lines
Offense least useful against: 4 or 5 man defense lines
Defense most useful against: 2 or 4 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 3 man striker lines

CM offensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers 75-100% attacking, 2 wingers 50-75% attacking (to support strikers), 2 midfield 25-50% attacking, 4 defenders neutral-25% attacking
CM defensive attitude suggestion: 2 strikers neutral, 2 wingers neutral-25% defensive, 2 midfield 50-75% defensive, 4 defenders 100% defensive

Next time, we’ll cover the 5-3-2 and 5-4-1 formations. As always, leave me a message on my guestbook or reply to the PSE thread or this post with any questions.

~KeepItLoose, CFRA

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PSA PASSES, January Edition, Part 3 of 5

PS Academy for Proper Advancement of Soccer Skills and Etiquette Standards (PSA PASSES)
January edition, part three of five

Good evening, class! I’m KeepItLoose, the headmaster for the PSA PASSES, here with more of your January lesson: Non-CM formation strategy

One of the many questions I see asked by new users, soccer fans and casual followers alike, is which of the non-CM formations is suitable for someone looking to experiment with their style before purchasing or receiving CM. I hope today to educate you with some basic tips for each of the formations. Hopefully these tips will improve your gameplay and help you enjoy your experience on PS even more! For CM users who may prefer to play with these tactics, I will also offer 2 attitude settings depending on your desired usage of the formation. Now, on to the formation breakdowns…part three will cover the next 2 non-CM formations, the 4-5-1 and 4-2-3-1.

05) 4-5-1: I have primarily seen keyboarders utilizing this formation, though those are far and few between nowadays. Best as I can tell, it suits their passing capabilities typically and if the flankers have additional skill items, they can be deadly to defend. If you catch an experienced keyboarder on this tactic, watch out because they’re going to come at you hard and often. For mousers, this is a good tactic if you are a fan of moving the ball around in an arc as you progress up the field.

Formation emphasis: Aggressive winger play and crosses, wide coverage of attack zone, running-based tactic
Formation major weakness: If opponent gets outside the middle 3, look out.

Offense most useful against: 3 man defense lines
Offense least useful against: 4 or 5 man defense lines
Defense most useful against: 2 or 4 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 3 man striker lines

CM offensive attitude suggestion: 3 strikers 75-100% attacking, 3 midfielder 25-50% attacking, 4 defenders neutral-25% attacking
CM defensive attitude suggestion: 3 strikers 50-75% attacking, 3 midfielder 25-50% defensive, 4 defenders 75-100% defensive

06) 4-2-3-1: Quite possibly the most commonly used non-CM formation (I don’t have stats to support this, however) since it is favorable for both keyboarders and mousers alike. I have seen many who use this formation for both offense and defense at times, but this is primarily an aggressive attacking formation. The separation of the 2 line and 3 line allow this to be a 6 defender formation if desired, which adds to the appeal. If you’ve never tried this one, I suggest you give it a serious look.

Formation emphasis: Balanced attack and defense options, but potential for aggressive attack
Formation major weakness: Lack of wing coverage in midfield leaves formation open to quick counter-attacks

Offense most useful against: 4 man defense lines
Offense least useful against: 3 or 5 man defense lines
Defense most useful against: 2 or 4 man striker lines
Defense least useful against: 3 man striker lines or strong winger formations

CM offensive attitude suggestion: front striker 75-100% attacking, 3 striker line 75% attacking, 2 midfield 25-50% attacking, 4 defenders neutral-25% attacking
CM defensive attitude suggestion: front striker 50-75% defensive, 3 striker line neutral-25% defensive, 2 midfield 50-75% defensive, 4 defenders 100% defensive

Next time, we’ll cover the 4-4-2 Diamond and 4-4-1-1 formations. As always, leave me a message on my guestbook or reply to the PSE thread or this post with any questions.

~KeepItLoose, CFRA

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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