When playing Head To Head Online Seasons in FIFA 12, on the squad selection screen some of the players have one or more symbols next to their name. What do these symbols signify?

  • Pictures would be nice ...
    – C. Ross
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 13:12

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The symbols you are referring to depict a player's so called specialities.

Specialities are divided into silver and gold ones, where gold ones are showing that the player is a really great talent. They are awarded for high stats in certain areas, for example the Speedster speciality is awarded to players with high acceleration and sprint speed (>= 90 I believe).

You can view the specialities for a specific player in the Team Management view:

Main Menu -> Customize Fifa -> Edit Teams -> Team Management -> Select a team -> Squad -> Select a player with a speciality -> press LT

Notice that only the best 3 specialities are shown in the team overview, in the below example you can see that C. Ronaldo actually has more than those 3: Dribbler speciality

The following list of specialities is assembled by hand, so it might be incomplete or contain errors.


Acrobat The Acrobat uses his athletic ability to get to balls that other players won't get to. This player does many acrobatic clearances and bicycle kicks.

Clinical Finisher
Clinical Finishers have the technique required to be deadly goal scorers from anywhere within 25 yards. They have an eye for the goal, and will make you pay for your mistakes.

This player is excellent at swinging the ball in from the wing. They are accurate, serve the ball with pace, and can bend it around defenders into dangerous areas.

Distance Shooter
This player not only has a powerful shot, they are accurate from distance. If you get the ball in open space, don't be afraid to take a pop at goal.

This player has excellent ball control and is great at getting around defenders. He will also likely have a few tricks up his sleeve and will use them to beat his opponents.

FK Specialist
FK specialists have spent countless hours on the training ground taking free kicks. Some will be able to curl the ball around the wall, some will get it up over the wall and back down.

This player has exceptional ability to distribute balls to his teammates. On the ground or through the air, he is the guy you want to play through to create chances.

The Poacher excels in Finishing inside the penalty area both with their feet and with their head. They have the ability to turn half chances into goals.

A speedster is a player who can not only get off the mark quickly, but also has a very high top speed.

Players with the Strength speciality are forces to be reckoned with. They are difficult to push off the ball and use their size and strength to their advantage when defending.

Tacklers have mastered the art of dispossesion. They react quickly to the situation to read the dribbler and are able to break up more plays than the average defender.

This player is fantastic at reading the game defensively. He will excel at reading the trajectory of passes, and will react faster off the mark to intercept passes.


Complete Defender
This player is multitalented and excels in a number of key areas of defending, making him the complete package in terms of defending.

Complete Forward
This player is multitalented and excels in a number of key attacking areas, making him the complete Forward package.

  • If anyone has figured out how to float images besides text here in SE, give me a hint please. Also, if you know a speciality I missed here, tell me in a comment + which player has it and I will add it.
    – magnattic
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 15:45
  • I don't think you can: Markdown doesn't support float and ironically, this question on SO provides a solution that doesn't seem to work on SE sites. Adding a style with float:left seems to be ignored wherever it's included. Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 16:52
  • u missed engine and aerial threat :)
    – user16080
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 18:33
  • you missed engine and complete midfielder!
    – user18766
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 11:30

In fifa-11

The way the personality of each player is reflected in how they play is the most impressive thing, however. On the squad selection screen players have symbols by their names signifying their special attributes; Torres, for example, is both a Speedster and an Acrobat, meaning he's more likely to perform the spectacular in the box and can sprint with gusto. Gerrard, meanwhile, is a Crosser, Playmaker and Engine among other things, a complete midfielder who can perform at his best for almost the entire 90 minutes. Learn a team well enough and you'll soon know who can do what and tailor your play accordingly. It's all the more gratifying when you know the team from what's just happened on Saturday afternoon.

Quoted From Here. I believe it's the same way in FIFA '12.

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