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Players: Skills

Each player has 8 basic skills, while there are also some additional factors affecting their performance in different situations. Let's have a rundown on the various skills first:
Stamina: Decides how much of his ability to perform a player loses during the course of the match.
Playmaking: The ability to control the ball and turn it into scoring opportunities.
Scoring: The ball is supposed to go into the net.
Winger: The ability to finish off scoring opportunities by advancing down the sides
Goalkeeping: The ball should not make it into your own net.
Passing: Players who know how to play the decisive pass are a great help for the team's attack.
Defending: The ability to stop opponent attacks.
Set pieces: The outcome of your free kicks and penalties depends on how skilled your set pieces taker is.

How good is your player?

In real life you say a football player is a "quite 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 denominations (and not only for players), and for players' skills the scale goes from non-existent to divine. You can see the full denomination scales in our appendix.

Different players need different skills

All players don't need to be good in all skills, but stamina is important for everyone.  Sometimes it is good enough if a player is good in just one skill (other than stamina), but you will get the most out of your player if he is good in several skills.  Which skills (apart from stamina) a player benefits from depends on the position he will play:


Goalkeeping is needless to say important for goalkeepers. They also make use out of being good defenders, whilst set pieces helps to defend against free kicks and penalties.

Central defenders:

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

Wing backs:

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

Inner Midfielders:

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 and a fair amount of scoring.


Naturally profit from being good wingers, but playmaking is also important. In addition, they also use both their passing and defending skill.


Their number one task is to score goals, making scoring their number one skill. Passing is also valuable, and so is winger and playmaking.

Changes in skills

The 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. Everything about changes in skills is described in the chapter about training.
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