Soccer Club Rivals Team Management Guide with Tips

The guide for players!

Soccer Club Rivals from SEGA is a fresh take on football management games. Players in Soccer Club Rivals take on the role of a football club manager, building and managing their team. They can sign new players, train their current roster, and play football in a tactical setup. In the game, players form an integral part of getting your team over the line, and hence there needs to be a proper management system. So, for an in-depth understanding of the players and team management in the game, we have come up with this Soccer Club Rivals Guide with some tips and tricks.

Understanding Players in Soccer Club Rivals

Player Positions

Understanding player positions is always important for any game. Especially in football, it is always good to know what position the player fits in so that you utilize the best of him. Since these abbreviations are somewhat unknown to the new players, we will be describing them as follows.

PositionFull Form
DCDefender Centre/Central Defender
DMDefensive Midfielder
CMCentral Midfielder
AMAttacking Midfielder
RBRight Back
LBLeft Back
RWRight Winger
LWLeft Winger

There are current positions available in the game. There aren’t wide midfield roles even though the formations suggest so, hence playing them out of position would be trouble.

Player Cards

The player’s cards are simple and maintain a good amount of detail so as to not confuse the players in the game. However, each has a significant impact on getting your team over the line, so this would be very important.

Player cards
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A player is judged with four different parameters. Health, Tactical Alignment, Positioning, and Ability. More details on this will be explained in the management section. You can see the player cards and their stats displayed while you are managing your squad with all these parameters included.

Player Attributes

A player is judged by the attributes he has alongside the stats. There are six attributes in the game, which are listed as follows.

  • Shooting: This characteristic relates to a player’s ability to shoot on goal. It takes into account things like accuracy, power, and technique.
  • Speed: Speed refers to a player’s ability to move quickly and cover ground.
  • Creativity: This trait relates to a player’s capacity to devise innovative and effective strategies for playing the game. It includes abilities such as vision, awareness, and decision-making.
  • Physical: This characteristic refers to a player’s physical strength, stamina, and overall fitness and is the measure to withstand the physical demands of the game.
  • Defense: This characteristic refers to a player’s ability to defend his or her own goal and keep the opposition from scoring. It entails abilities such as tackling, marking, and placement.
  • Mental: This trait includes a player’s mental fortitude, focus, and decision-making skill. It is especially vital for players in high-pressure circumstances since they must remain calm and make sound decisions under duress.

For defenders, Physical and Defence are the main attributes whereas Shooting and Speed are the important attributes for Strikers.

Tactics and Management in Soccer Club Rivals

Tactics and Playstyles

Tactics and Playstyles in the game are relative. Each player will be equipped to be familiar with one tactical style, which in fact makes them their playstyle. As explained in our beginner’s guide, there are five tactical styles available in the game currently, with one special player playstyle available.

  • Long Ball: This tactic is of playing the ball long with a bypassing of the midfield, which allows teams to move around the opposition’s midfield and directly into the opposition’s box.
  • High Press: The high press is a tactic where the players coordinate and pressure the opponents to win the ball high up the pitch. It does leave a vulnerable defense but creates more attacking chances.
  • Counter: Fast and direct tactic where after winning the ball the players run into empty areas with pace and quickly go for goal with minimal passing.
  • Pass and Move: A possession-based tactic where players play the ball short with quick, many passes in order to catch opponents off guard and make forward runs.
  • Normal: A mix of all tactics, but master of none. Does not help in dominating any playstyle in the game.
  • All-Rounder: A special type of player playstyle, that grants a familiarity boost to all tactical styles.

There are tactical advantages that the players can take their chances. For every playstyle, there is a symbol indication from which the users can identify. Whether you are an opponent or manager, the symbol will be displayed when the match begins, by which you can get to know the tactic you are playing.

Tactical advantages
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The tactical advantages cycle goes with the pattern Long Ball>High Press>Counter>Pass and Move. For example, you will have more chances of beating a Counter Team with the High Press than with the Pass and Move tactic.

Training Players

Player training in Soccer Club Rivals is the help of a fusion system. You do not get separate trainers in this one, and the only way to train your players is by collecting more players. The upgrade option in the player menu grants the training/fusing of the player, where higher-rated players get more XP upon being fused for training.

Fusing players
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There are players in different versions such as Upgrade King which will help in granting 100% XP towards their fusion target, which is very helpful to quickly upgrade the players of your choice.

Managing your players

Managing your players comes with remembering all the aspects of management.

  • Health: For every player, this will be indicated at the bottom of the player in the green bar. Higher the health, the better performance. If you are pushing towards more matches in a day, make sure you charge the players up. Do note that a player might get injured often if he plays with low health.
  • Tactical Alignment: Every player is suited to a particular tactical style. This will be indicated with the tactics icon on their card. It is not that the player cannot play on another tactical setup, just that he suits the best for his preferred one.
  • Positioning: Nothing much to worry about here, every player has a preferred first and second position. As a manager, you should be checking your formation and then play him in his preferred position.
  • Rating/Ability: Higher the rating, the higher the potential. Having players with high ratings helps in taking down stronger opponents.

All these should be kept note of and monitored continuously.

Tips and tricks to remember

Here are some tips and tricks to remember while managing your squad in Soccer Club Rivals.

  • Tactical Matchups are very important. Try to choose a tactic that will be beneficial against your opponent. Often, Counter tactics come in handy for creating more attacking chances, so that will be a good first pick.
  • If you are out of subs for a particular position, always look for players who are having secondary positions. Secondary positions do not count as out of position or decrease your team strength, so it is a great way to fill more players in.
  • Always avoid players being played out of position. If you do so, they will heavily underperform. It can be checked with the red indication of the positioning system. In such cases, the team’s strength will decrease heavily.

That’s all for now in this Soccer Club Rivals Management Guide.

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