PES 2017 Attacking and Defensive Instructions

Attacking/Defensive Instructions

There are various basic attacking instructions and defensive instructions you can set on PES 2017. All of which, along with their descriptions, have been listed below. Before that however, these are the general settings the average online PES 2017 player utilises:


  • Attacking Style – Counter Attack
  • Build Up – Long Pass
  • Attacking Area – Middle
  • Positioning – A mixture of both Maintain Formation and Flexible
  • Support Range – Between 6 and 8 out of 10


  • Defending Style – Frontline Pressure
  • Containment Area – Both Wide and Central are used
  • Pressuring – Aggressive
  • Defensive Line – 5 out of 10
  • Compactness – 5 out of 10

The natural tendency for most online players is to counter and attack very quickly and directly. A lot of the more advanced and better ranked players will use a short pass build up but the majority will try and play long balls over the top. Defensively, players tend not to be very patient. An aggressive frontline pressure tactic is often used. These tactics tend to come from a place of wanting to score a lot of goals and retrieve the ball quickly, as opposed to a thought out optimal path to victory.
Attacking Instructions - PES 2017

Attacking Instructions

Attacking Styles – Counter Attack

When on the ball, players will burst forward looking to get themselves into threatening areas.

Attacking Styles – Possession Game

Players look to retain possession when there is little space. Any available teammates will then provide the necessary support.

Build Up – Long Pass

Direct playing style involving long balls being played to the front line. Players will pull away opposition players to create space and once a long ball hits its target, they turn to provide support to the attackers ahead of them.

Build Up – Short Pass

Break down opposition by out passing them all the way up the pitch. Players keep themselves at a certain distance to create more space for passes.

Attacking Area – Wide

Team attacks mainly from out wide. More passes are played in the wings during build up.

Attacking Area – Middle

Team attacks mainly through the middle. More passes are played in the central areas during build up.

Positioning – Maintain Formation

Players try to maintain the team’s overall shape.

Positioning – Flexible

Players play free flowing football, exchanging positions to cover for teammates.

Support Range

The higher the level, the more players tend to spread themselves out when looking to receive passes.

Defensive Instructions - PES 2017

Defensive Instructions

Defensive Styles – Frontline Pressure

When possession is lost, players apply pressure from the front looking to win the ball high up the pitch.

Defensive Styles – All-out Defence

When possession is lost, players drop back into their own half and form a defensive wall.

Containment Area – Middle

Form a defensive line that cuts out all avenues for forward passes, then force the opposition players towards the middle where the team can defend in numbers.

Containment Area – Wide

When defending, make the opposition players go out wide and then defend in numbers when they try to play forward passes.

Pressuring – Aggressive

The first defender will move in and close down opposition attackers, trying to win back the ball.

Pressuring – Conservative

The first defender will hold up opposition attackers by keeping them at arms length rather than move in and risk being beaten.

Defensive Line

The higher the level, the further up the pitch the defensive line will be.


The higher the level, the more compact (central) the team’s overall shape becomes when defending.

Try Attacking/Defensive Instructions For Yourself

You can play around with these instructions to see what suits your style of play best in exhibition matches or versus mode before getting online. For those who haven’t come across the new versus mode yet, check out this article:

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