My number 1 suggestion for new players to 11v11: Give defense a shot. It may not be a flashy, stat grabbing position, but every team would love good defenders. I wont dash your dreams of becoming a goalscoring champ if thats what you wanna do, but you have to understand theres a long list of guys looking to fill offensive roles. If you wanna play right off the bat and quickly gain experience that allows you to be top talent in this league and others, then look no futher. Defense is gonna become your best friend. To me theres nothing more satisfying than putting the chains on some cocky striker. And hey, at the end of the day, maybe you sacrifice a little and take up a defensive role till you get your name out there. Plenty of guys in defense find a manager that gives them a shot at a midfield or a striker role. For those who take the leap like I did, I put together a short list of tips to remember for defense: -Always watch where your player is through the minimap when your team has the ball. Make sure you are in a position to defend if your team loses it and you get countered. When you come up to midfield just stand on the center line. People can and will be onsides if they are behind you but still in front of that line. Super simple way to help yourself prevent counters. -When defending corners set up with one cb front post one cb back post. Dont actually mark a player. Just stand near the corner of the 6. If you are tight on a mark and they cut to the net when its kicked, you will get beat. Most teams will play it front post or back post so you want to already be there when they do it. Let your teammates mark a man. Your big ass forehead should be where they are most likely to play it -If you are going up for a contested header, using clear rather than 'a' will win the header much more often. I personally only use A when i know im winning it. -Constantly be looking for people making runs for through balls. Dont try and get fancy and put them offsides, because if they time it right they will be in on goal. Run with them so if the pass is played you will be the one to get it. The only time you try to put them offside is when they are far enough forward that you stepping up quick will put them offsides because they will be behind your entire D line. -#1 most important aspect of getting better: Play often. The only way to improve your game is to actually go out there and play. But if you go out there with a mindset of playing just to play, you are cheating yourself out of getting better. Every time you get scored on or make a mistake, mentally take note of what happened and what you could do the next time that happens. Focus on your game and what you personally can do to be a better player. If you constantly complain about your teammates and how its always their fault you arent going to improve. You gotta work to improve the variables you can control. There is usually something you could be doing to cover for your teammates mistakes and prevent a goal against.