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Players: Skills

Each player has 8 basic skills, along with some additional factors that affect their performance in different situations. Let's concentrate on the basic skills first:
Stamina: Describes how long a player can continue playing at his highest level during a match.
Playmaking: The ability to control the ball and possibly turn it into scoring opportunities.
Scoring: How well the player can score goals.
Winger: The ability to attack down the sides of the field.
Goalkeeping: How well your Keeper can keep the other team from scoring.
Passing: How well a player can move the ball from sector to sector.
Defending: Describes how well players can stop their opponent's attacks.
Set pieces: The skill of your outfield players to convert free kicks and penalties, and the skill of your Keeper to prevent the opponent from doing the same.

How good is your player?

In real life you say a soccer player is an "OK winger" or a "really good defender" when you see him play. In Hattrick, we do the same to describe how good players are. We use different levels (not only for players, but for other measurements as well), and the scale goes from non-existent (0), to divine (20). You can see the full denomination scales in our appendix.

Different types of players need to concentrate on different skills.

All players don't need to be good in every skill; Stamina is the only skill that affects everyone.   It is beneficial to have a player with a high main skill (other than stamina), but you will get the most out of your players if they are proficient in many skills (relevant to the position they play).   Which skills a player will use depends on the position they will play.


Goalkeeping is (obviously) the main skill for goalkeepers. Keepers can also benefit from a good defensive skill, and a high set pieces skill will help to defend against free kicks and penalties.

Central defenders (CD):

CDs should naturally have a lot of defending. Playmaking is also beneficial, and their passing skill really makes a difference when counter-attacking.

Wing backs (WB):

Defending is most important, but they also benefit from a high Winger skill. They contribute a little with their playmaking skill, and passing also helps when counter-attacking.

Inner Midfielders (IM):

Having good playmakers in the inner midfield positions is a key ingredient for most successful teams.They also use their Passing and Defending skills a lot. They can also bump the side attacks with some Winger skill, and use a fair amount of scoring.

Wingers (W):

Naturally, a good Winger skill is most important here but Playmaking and Defending skills can also help. They can also use their Passing skills to help the attack ratings.

Forwards (FW):

The first job of a Forward is to score goals, which makes their scoring skill of primary importance. Passing is also valuable, and so is winger and playmaking.

Changes in skills

A player's skills slowly change over time. All skills can be improved by training as long as the player lives, but as players get older they will also start losing a little of their skills. This is covered more in-depth in the chapter about training.
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