Higher Tempo: Instructs the team to go about their business in an urgent fashion, moving the ball around quickly and decisively, using the intensity of their approach to unsettle the opposition.
Normal Tempo: Instructs the team to play in a balanced manner according to the demands of the match. They will often stray into any one of the tempos either side of Normal but will seek to find a happy medium.
Lower Tempo: Instructs the team to go about their business in a considered and patient manner, taking their time with the ball and often retaining possession in order to retain control of the game.
Much Lower Tempo: Instructs the team to go about their business in a more considered and patient manner, taking their time with the ball and often retaining possession with no great short-term purpose, with the intention to retain control of the game.
Width: This allows you to set how wide you want your team to play. The available options range from Narrow through to a Balanced approach and all the way out to the extremes of as Wide as possible.
Defensive Line: Instructs the team on the desired defensive line placement; Deeper will see them hold a line on the edge of their own penalty area, with options right through to Much Higher, which pushes the defence closer to the halfway line.
Use Offside Trap: Instructs the team to operate with the offside trap.
Closing Down: Instructs your players to close down the opposition to a range of intensities. At the extreme, you can ask players to be relentless in their pursuit of haranguing the opposition, whilst at the other end of the scale you might request that they sit off and afford them plenty of time and space.
Prevent Short GK Distribution: Instructs your forward players to press the opposition high up the field in order to stop the goalkeeper being able to distribute the ball over shorter distances to defenders and instead take risks or have to resort to a longer delivery.
Use Tighter Marking: Instructs players to adopt a tighter marking scheme in defensive situations where players are encouraged to stick particularly close to their assigned opponent in order to prevent them from attacking the ball.
Get Stuck In: Instructs your players to be aggressive and strong in the tackle. This may increase the risk of fouls and disciplinary action.
Stay On Feet: Instructs your players to stay on their feet when making tackles instead of going to ground.
Play Out Of Defence: Encourages defenders to pass their way clear from the back rather than clear the ball long.
Exploit The Left Flank: Instructs your players to look to take full advantage of the left wing, perhaps due to an opposition weakness.
Exploit The Right Flank: Instructs your players to look to take full advantage of the right wing, perhaps due to an opposition weakness.
Exploit The Middle: Instructs your players to look to take full advantage of playing through the middle, perhaps due to an opposition weakness.
Clear Ball To Flanks: Instructs your players to look to make their clearances into wider areas to be picked up by attacking players.
Pump Ball Into Box: Instructs your players to launch high, long-range passes into the opposition's penalty area.
Pass Into Space: Instructs your players to look to make passes into open space.
Shorter Passing: Instructs your players to adopt a style of play based around shorter passing and greater ball retention.
Mixed Passing: Instructs your players to adopt a mixed style of passing appropriate for the situation.
More Direct Passing: Instructs your players to adopt a style of passing based around a quicker transition from back to front, with the ball covering long distances in a shorter amount of time.
Retain Possession: Instructs your players to prioritise keeping hold of the ball.
Be More Expressive: Allows more creative players the freedom to play the game with additional creativity and flair outside of the confines of a team's tactical setup.
Be More Disciplined: Asks players to play as part of a robust and focused tactical shape in order to make the team a stronger collective group. It may come at the expense of some individual expression.
Hit Early Crosses: Instructs players to get the ball into the penalty area with early crosses as soon as they receive the ball in a position to do so.
Look For Overlap: Instructs your players to hold onto the ball and look for an overlapping player in support, most likely a marauding full-back.
Shoot On Sight: Instructs your players to shoot when the opportunity arises instead of waiting for a more clear-cut opening.
Work Ball Into Box: Instructs your players to work hard for their opening, remaining patient and not forcing the issue but rather retaining the ball until the breakthrough occurs.
Mixed Crosses: Instructs your players to deliver a varied range of crosses from the options immediately following this one
Float Crosses: Instructs your players to play high, floating crosses into the penalty area with the intention for the ball to hang in the air to allow a forward to position himself sufficiently to take advantage.
Whipped Crosses: Instructs your players to deliver balls with pace, dip and swerve in order to make it as hard as possible for defenders to deal with them.
Low Crosses: Instructs your players to play quick and powerful crosses into the penalty area with the intention of catching a defender off guard against a quicker forward with good movement.
Run At Defence: Instruct players to run at the opposition more than your tactics allow by default.
Dribble Less: Instruct players to adopt a pass-first mentality rather than retain possession and dribble their way into attacking situations.
Stick To Positions: Instructs players to stick to their primary duties in their assigned position. It does not allow for fluidity of movement.
Roam From Positions: Instructs players to be more creative and fluid with their positional locations on the pitch, demanding sufficient tactical awareness so that one player is able to fill in for another who has roamed from his position.
You can use player instructions to complement your team instructions and allow your key players to utilise the strengths in their game.