PPM Soccer: Training Basics Part III – Positions

As promised a few articles back, this brief post is going to touch on player positions in relation to training at the Powerplay Manager soccer game.

PPM Soccer PositionsTraining your soccer players does not need to be a headache. In fact, with a little preparation, training at PPM soccer can be an incredibly rewarding and exciting process.

In my last post I talked about attribute ratios and training. The ratios directly tie into the field positions, so before you can even start to train or plan your ratios, you first need to know WHERE your players are going to play. The PPM guide gives us a list of which attributes have influence on the primary role of a player, and clearly states that there are 2 positions for each “position”.

ie. Wing Forward, Center Forward, Wing Midfield, Center Midfield, Win Defense and Center Defense, plus of course the goalie.

so, how do you know what to train your players as?

The answer is not simple, and the only person who can answer it is you.. because only you have access to the details about your team. There are a few things we can share here though that might get you off to a good start.

  1. Players in the Universal position (U) are good on both sides, so are best played in the Center position on the field (as per the guide). That way they can move to the left or right and have an equal affect on the other players either way.
  2. Players move around the field during games and will play a positions attributes when in that position. ie. If a defender happens to be up in the center-forward position, the game will calculate his skills based on the center-forward position, NOT the defenders regular position. This is something that is hard to combat, however if you play an attacking game, take that into account with your defenders and midfielders.
  3. Shooting is not a secondary attribute, but is vital for all positions if you want to score goals!

But, how do you know if your player is a center or wing?

Again, there is no simple answer, but I want to give you an example based on one of my players, and the PPM guide.

The player is a midfielder who prefers the Right position.

His attributes:

Mid: 36 (95)
Pas: 26 (64)
Tec: 26 (74)
Spe: 25 (59)
Hea: 24 (47)

Now, we know that because he favours the Right side, he is possibly best played as a Wing Midfielder, however do his attributes support this?

The guide suggests that a Side Midfielder has a major influence of speed, medium influence of Passing and Technique and a small influence of Heading. Likewhys, a Center Midfield has a major influence from Passing and Technique and a small influence from Speed and Heading (no medium influence).

So, my player in each position would look like this:

Wing: 36 – 25 – 26 – 26 – 24 (Mid – Spe – Pas – Tec – Hea)
Center: 36 – 26 – 26 – 25 – 24 (Mid – Pas – Tec – Spe – Hea)

But, what about ratios?

Ahh, now this is where we go from simple logic to supposition, preferences and a few wild guesses. In short, as nobody knows the best ratios, what you read below is simply as an example and not to be read as fact in ANY way. I am going to go with a simple 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 ratio for this example as it’s easy to work out. If you assume that your players best skills is based on the lowest attribute, you would end up with these as his re-calculated ratios.

Wing: 33 – 24 – 16 – 16 – 8 (Mid – Spe – Pas – Tec – Hea)
Center: 34 – 25 – 25 – 8 – 8 (Mid – Pas – Tec – Spe – Hea)

What does this tell us?

Well, initially it tells us that this player would be good at both positions, but has a slight edge in the Center position. As far as training goes however, he would be much faster to train as a Wing because the only secondary attribute I would have to focus on right now would be his Speed.

So, we have a player who trains faster as a wing and prefers the right side… so I personally have him training as a right-side Midfielder who can play center if need be.

Now, you’re possibly thinking that this whole process is an aweful lot of stress to go through just to find a good position. In a way you’re right, however the process can be greatly simplified by use of a spreadsheet. More importantly, taking the time to look at your playes will help you know exactly how to train your players best.

And that right there is the key to the whole thing.. you MUST know what position your players are good at before you can really start to nail down any sort of full training system. Take the time, reap the rewards.

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