OSM tactics based on referee color
A referee in Online Soccer Manager (OSM) is always color-coded. The colors that a referee can have are: green, blue, yellow, orange, and red. The color of the referee determines how strict the referee is. The stricter the referee is, the faster he will whistle for fouls and the faster he gives players a yellow or red card. That’s why it’s important to adjust your tactics to the color of the referee.
The two parts of your tactics that you need to adapt to the referee are tackling and pressing. In general, the stricter the referee is, the more careful you need to be with tackling and pressing. If the referee isn’t very strict (blue or green) and you’ve set your tackles gently, you could set your pressing a little higher. The other way around is also possible. If you have set the tackling quite high you can set the pressing a little lower to avoid getting a lot of yellow and red cards. The text below shows you more about how the referee system works.
As described above, each referee has a color. This is a system that determines how strict the referee is. The colors that a referee can have are: green, blue, yellow, orange, and red. This is also the order from least strict to most strict. In order not to be too bothered by the referee, it is recommended to adapt your tackling to the referee. For each color referee, we give you tips on how to set up tackling.
Green referee color: use aggressive tackling
If the referee of your next match is green, you can set your tackling to aggressive. A green referee allows a lot and will therefore whistle little for violations. Because he will allow a lot, you can play aggressively. If you have the pressing set to 59% or lower you can also play recklessly. This is possible because pressing and tackling are related.
Blue referee color: use aggressive tackling
If the referee of your next match is blue, it’s also best to set tackling to aggressive. Just like a green referee, a blue referee will allow a lot. But a blue referee is just a bit stricter. Although you can also play recklessly with a low pressing with a green referee, playing recklessly with a blue referee is not recommended.
Yellow referee color: use normal tackling
When the referee of your next match is yellow, it is best to set tackling to normal. A yellow referee is more likely to whistle for fouls than a green or blue referee. If you have the pressing set to 59% or lower you can also play aggressive. This is possible because pressing and tackling are related.
Orange referee color: use normal tackling
Is the referee of your next match orange? You should also set tackling to normal. If you play aggressively with an orange referee, you will likely get a lot of yellow and red cards. You should only set your tackling to aggressive with an orange referee if the match is very important and you are the underdog, for example in the cup final.
Red referee color: use normal tackling
You should set tackling to normal if the referee of your next match is red. But be careful. If you set the tackling to normal, it is best to set the pressing to 59% or lower. Otherwise, you will get a lot of yellow or red cards. If you want to increase the pressing you should set the tackling to careful.
Set tackling lower to save players
If you’re playing against a much weaker opponent, you can set your tackling lower than explained above to save your players. If you set tackling to aggressive, your players will use more energy and the chance of injury is higher than if you set tackling to normal. This is independent of the color of the referee This of course also lowers the chance of yellow and red cards.
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