What is a Regista? The Regista is a Deep lying playmaker, it is one of the two creative roles originating from Italian football, the other being the Trequartista. Both are given equal importance in Italian football, the Trequartista sits in the hole behind the strikers whilst the Regista screens in front of the defence. Regista translates to the director and they act as the team general dictating the game from deep. Don't be fooled into thinking because the Regista operates from the DM position that it is a defensive role instead, he is the deepest offensive player in the team a mirror to the Trequartista.
What differentiates the DLP and the Regista is he likes to move forward close to the opponent’s box from where he can launch pinpoint passes. Remaining patient, utilizing his excellent anticipation and vision, to spot that perfect pass. Only passing once he is certain that the pass will find a teammate in a good scoring position. Whereas the DLP tends to remain deeper holding his position rarely deviating from his assigned position, dictating the game from deeper passing the ball to more advanced players. In a nutshell, the Regista is a more aggressive and dynamic version of the DLP who looks to roam around the pitch to collect the ball, whilst being screened by two central midfielders allowing them time and space to pick passes.
Modern Registas include Cesc Fabregas, Jorginho, Xabi Alonso, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes towards the back end of his career and of course the most recognisable Andrea Pirlo. Throughout his career for both club and country, Pirlo could be seen operating as the general planning the attack from the deep. He would often come from a deep position to in and around the final third. Like the quarterback in American football, he would get as close to his targets before playing the killer ball. Pirlo would also masterfully switch the ball to the other side of the field with pinpoint accuracy, once space had opened up.
He is the heartbeat of the team, he will look to get on the ball at every opportunity, driving the team forward with his vision and creativity. Don't worry if you don't have an Ideal DM for the Regista role as you can look for more advanced players and retrain into the role, this is what happened with arguable the best Regista in the modern era Pirlo.
The tactic is easily adaptable and you can mix and match the roles to suit your needs. You can play more fluid which generally was better defensively or more structured which was better more offensively. Check out the video below for a more in-depth breakdown.