How to play
A red team (to the left) is playing against a blue team (right)
on the field. Each time, either
- the red team has ball possession---then the background is dark red, or
- the blue team has ball possession---then the background is dark blue, or
- we have a break, either before start, at half time, after the game,
or after a goal has been achieved. The background is green in that case.
If a team possesses the ball, the corresponding player can either
- pass: then you click on the player that should receive the ball, or
- shoot: then you click on the goal. For a shot,
you should click on a part of the goal as far apart
from the goalkeeper as possible.
The game is interrupted after 45 minutes and after each goal, but you can
interrupt the game at any time by clicking the "timeout" button.
If the game is interrupted, both players can exchange players
(by clicking them off and on) or change the position of the players
slightly (by dragging) around the corresponding circle, which
indicates the natural position. The number of players you can exchange is fixed
(5) and also the number of exchanges you can make during each break. If these
numbers are exceeded, the exchange and moving will no longer work.
The strengths of each player is composed by the following::
The strength is the product of the second and the third number---the
number shown. .
- a number from 1 to 9, starting at
the number shown in the
tables, provided the player plays at his ideal position.
Otherwise this number is decreased, depending on the distance
between actual position and ideal position.
This number changes randomly every 3 minutes---it either increases
by one or decreases by one. For every shot or pass, it also decreases by
1---playing makes tired.
- A second number is shown besides the picture. It changes randomly around the
first number every minute. The amount of this change can be fixed in the
last text field of the head.
- a random number from 1 to 3, (for better players from 2 to 4, for number 9
players ("divas") from 1 to 5)
which is hidden the first 45 minutes
and only revealed then. After that, it is the lower number
at the picture of the player. Since this hidden number depends on the first
number when the player comes into the game, and since this first number may be
lower than the number shown in the tables, this third number also depends on
Whether or not an action like a pass or a shoot is
or intercepted depends on
- the strength of the player and
- the strength of the players between/around, and
- the strength and position of the goalkeeper, in case of a shot.
did I create these initial strength numbers? I took them from the
Kicker homepage where grades are given to all players in
the Championship 2002.
score < 2.1: 8 as upper strength
2.1 - 2.3: 7
2.3 - 2.7: 6
2.7 - 3.0: 5
3.0 - 3.5: 4
3.5 - 4.0: 3
4.0 - 4.5: 2
Only those numbers that are red in the tables are increased to reflect the importance of the player.
For the left team, you may decide to choose a
either to suggest moves (if a human trains the team) or to
decide what to do in each step if you are playing alone
(training the team to the right). You may choose between
3 trainers and different depth levels.
You may change this setting throughout the game---just click the
"change Trainer" button.
By changing the number in the field left of the "GG" button,
you can choose how many clicks a game has.
If a game is over but a draw and you need a decision, click on the
"GG" (golden goal) button, that allows you to play on until
the next goal.
How it works under the surface
How the computer trainers work
Erich Prisner, October 2002