Total football is proactive and not Counter-attacking, based on positional interchange and hard pressing, which was first used by this man
Rinus Michels - im sure most people know of him
His work has inspired me but being an Arsenal Fan of course my philosophy has been influenced mostly by these two and a mixture of other great managers.
My FM tactical journey began on FM11 when I decided I got bored of constantly choosing my favourite teams to manage so I went with the team from where I was born.
My aim was clear....get them back into the premiership and aim for a European Cup, either one i was not too bothered, and try to challenge for the league title a few years down the line.
To make a long story short i started on my tactic based on the 4-2-3-1 Formation playing deep and trying to control midfield
Anyway FM12 came along and i imported the tactic Straight in. First i wanted to test it, so i used Barnet turns out they were not technical enough so it did not work as well as i would with better teams but the football was still the same as i had used in FM11 with great success.
So I began a game with Leicester, it worked a charm got promoted through the play-offs. (sorry no screenshots of Leicester)
TOTALVOETBAL the ARSELONA Way
My aim was to adjust my team to play in the formation Wenger uses with Arsenal but combined to football of that which Barcelona use.
I made it so that the players positions could be moved around if I wanted to change the formation during a match without losing their responsibilities.
A lot of people want to achieve over 100 passes during the match... But I also wanted the rest of the team to be able to achieve a high number of passes therefore controlling the play
The end product worked out great as my team regularly achieve 30+ passes from defenders 60+ passes from my 3 midfield players and 25+ for my attackers.
More often the playmaker will have 80+passes a game
whichever you call it. Flat 4man defence 3 central midfielders 2 wide forwards and the Trouble-maker
The aim is to Control the play of the game, to do this the players need to be technical enough to pass the ball around from defence around midfield and search out openings in the oppositions defence, feeding through balls into the channels to for players to get on the end of. Just as Barcelona and Arsenal do on a regular basis.
DCs/Cover/Stopper split: The split DCs makes sense as it supports both attack and defence.
I actually use a Limited Defender & Ball Playing Defender in my tactic because I have players who can do the job. However, it is not a requirement.
Full Backs/Support/Attack: A key position on both flanks as it gives the team width when going forward. But also tracks back in defence to retrieve ball and start the attack again.
MCR/Ball Winning Midfeilder/Defend: Drops deeper than the other midfielders to stop any of the opposition outnumbering the defence.
MCL/Deep-Lying Playmaker/Support: Vital to ball maintenance. Will rarely get into goalscoring positions, will stay deep in his position and can dictate possession all match. Override the tactical defaults by ensuring he is the primary playmaker.
MC/Central Midfielder/Auto: The key link between attack and midfield. Moves ahead of the midfielders on either side creating more space and more options.
AML/R/Inside Forwards/Attack: This role encourages both wide men to move into open central space off the flanks when the FC drops deeper. It also opens space for the FBs to advance into on the flanks.
Trequartista/Complete Foward Attack: Based on Van Persie & Messi's role, centre forward who drops deep into midfield and runs at the defence, Linking up with the wider players creating more space and dragging his marker out of position
PLay Out of Defence:
Play Through Defence:
Work Ball into Box:
Stay on Feet:
Corner Set Pieces
The corner setup is important as it can help you grab vital goals in those intense games. So you need to know who has the good attributes in your team to grab those vital headers and tap ins.
Finally here is the link. (LINK 1 AND 2 ARE EXTERNAL)
JJ86TotalVoetbal - Link 1
Tactic link 2
I am sure you will results instantly and consistently
FM-Base tactic link - CLICK HERE