Online Soccer Manager 21/22 Guide: All tactics explained

Online Soccer Manager (OSM) 21/22 is a tactic-based football game where the decisions you make before a game result in your actual team performance. There is a lot of variety in the tactics you can choose any many new players may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of settings you can alter. This guide will help you understand what all the tactics in Online Soccer Manager 21/22 actually stand for and this will allow you to set your team tactics according to your players a little easier.

Different tactics in Online Soccer Manager

Style of Play

This setting indicates the basic style you would like to play, there are 5 options you can choose from and you should choose the style according to the types of players you have in your club.

Shoot on Sight

Online Soccer Manager 2020 tactics

With this style, you are basically telling your team to shoot at any chance they get because you are already expecting a lower amount of opportunities due to strong opposition. The best formations to use this style with are the ones with a higher number of midfielders, such as the 4-5-1 and 3-5-2 formations.

Counter Attack

Online Soccer Manager 2020 tactics

This style of play is the strongest with all the defensive formations, here your team will defend strongly in numbers and then unleash a fast counter in order to score the goals. This style works best with formations like 6-3-1, 5-4-1, 5-3-2, 5-2-3, and 4-5-1.

Wing Play

This style is the best to use when you have high-rated attackers and attacking full-backs in your squad, as your players will focus the attack heavily on the wings. The 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 formations are most suited for this tactic.

Passing Game

The passing battle is always won and lost in the middle of the pitch in football, and so you should only use this formation if you have good midfielders. Formations like the 4-5-1, 3-5-2, and 4-4-2B work best with this style due to the heavy focus on central midfielders. If your opponent also uses the passing style, you could counter with the passing style but only do this if your team is stronger.

Long Ball

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This style works best with a high number of attackers in formations such as 3-2-5, 3-3-4, and 4-2-4. Here, you are essentially skipping out your midfield in order to play long balls from your defense directly to the attack. This will work best against opposition with a strong focus on midfield play, or if your midfield is weak.

Line Tactics

This will determine the mentality of your defense, midfield, and attack. You should keep this in relation to your formation and style of play, to keep your team balanced. For example, if you set Wing Play as your play style, you should also set your defense to Attacking Fullbacks.

Online Soccer Manager 2020 line tactics

This setting is more based on common sense and it is relatively easy to choose the tactics for this section.


There are 2 types of marking you can choose from, Man marking or Zonal marking. They are both different and you should choose from these 2 options according to how you want to play, defensive or attacking.

Man Marking

This type of marking is most effective with an attacking-minded team, you will want to have an equal number of defenders giving high pressure to an equal number of your opposition’s attackers. This will result in a larger effect on player stamina due to the high pressure, but in exchange for this, you will have more players which can push up in attack

OSM 2020 tactics

Zonal Marking

Zonal marking is the complete opposite of Man marking, this is most effective with defensive tactics. Here the pressure on the opposition’s attack is lower, but your defenders will outnumber the attack. this means that the effect on stamina will be less, but this will require more players in defense, leaving your attack less populated.

Offside Trap

The offside trap is a popular tactic used by many professional football teams. This is where your defensive line will step higher up the pitch, leaving the attackers in an offside position just before their teammates pick out a pass to them. If this is properly executed, the offside trap will allow defenders to win the ball back easily without much effort.

OSM 2020 tactics

You should only set this option on if you use a formation with less defenders in OSM. A smaller number of players would make communication easier, which will mean that the offside trap will be successful more often.


OSM 2020 tactics

This setting indicates how aggressive you want your players to be when defending. The more aggressive you set this, the more bookings and injuries a game may sustain. You can also look at how strict the referee will be in your next match as this may help you decide how aggressive you want your team to be. For example, a lenient referee should allow your team to be more aggressive. When playing against a stronger team, you may decide to take a risk and set this pretty high as well.


OSM pressing

This setting indicates how forceful you want your defense to be. If you plan on playing fully defensive, you should keep a low amount of pressure. On the other hand, an attacking team would provide a lot of pressure. Keep in mind that the amount of pressure you decide to choose will have an effect on your player’s stamina, at high pressure, your team will be working much harder and they will get tired much quicker.


OSM style

This is relatively straightforward, you should set this to the kind of football you are willing to play. Make sure you match this with your formations and the tactics you have already chosen. In a formation with a high number of defenders, you will most likely want to set your mentality to the defensive. Alternatively, if you plan on playing a formation with more attackers, you would obviously set this setting to attacking,


Online Soccer Manager 2020 tactics

This setting will affect the speed of your team’s passing play. You should adjust this to each opponent accordingly. The better your team is compared to your opponent, the higher the tempo. This will mean that your team will overpower your opponent’s much more.

That’s it from today’s tactics guide about Online Soccer Manager 21/22. Now you are ready to manage your squad according to your preferred playstyle!

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more osm tactics please…especially 433B wingplay

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