The term ‘regista’ is taken from the Italian word for ‘director’. The regista is quite literally the director of the football match – they retain their deep position and dictate their team’s play with their distribution. A regista likes to move forward up, sometimes even near the opponent box and to organize the buildup play — that’s why he’s called regista, Italian for regisseur, the one who conducts an opera. He needs to be a skilful player, and creative but also needs some cover, as he will move sometimes too high up the pitch and offer some pockets of space to the opponent.
The regista is a creative player who operates in front of the defence, almost always in a central position, and looks to get on the ball as often as possible. They are responsible for providing the link between defence and attack and controlling the game’s tempo through their passing.
A regista has to be comfortable taking the ball under pressure from any direction, so awareness of their surroundings and an ability to use that information to play their way out of trouble is hugely important. They need to be adept at playing both long and short passes, and they need to break lines with their passing and switch play accurately.
The regista has to be constantly on the move, looking for space to receive and scanning their surroundings to build up a picture of what is going on around them.
The regista must retreat immediately to take up a central position that will limit penetration through the middle of the pitch and protect the defence. When out-of-possession, the regista’s job is to screen the defence, intercept passes aimed at opposition strikers and, where possible, block passing options.
A Regista can play a destructive role for his team, breaking up opposition movement before laying off a pass to someone a bit more creative, which also allows players more time to move up the pitch in a counter-attack. A regista needs to have the strength of a defender to recuperate lost balls and tackle their attacking counterparts. However, they also need the technical skills to be able to play long balls across the pitch, effectively turning a defensive position into an attacking one. We will explore the differences between both roles.
Regista on Football Manager
Recommended Player Traits
- Dictates tempo.
- Plays one-twos.
- Tries long-range passes.
Attributes of a good Regista
- First Touch
- Off the Ball
Recommended Regista on Football Manager
|Fabián||DM, M/AM (C)||PSG||ESP||26|
|Ismaël Bennacer||DM, M (C)||Milan||ALG||24|
|Tanguy Ndombele||DM, M (C)||Napoli||FRA||25|
|Nemanja Maksimović||DM, M (C)||Getafe||SRB||27|
|Douglas Luiz||DM, M (C)||Aston Villa||BRA||24|
|Dani Parejo||DM, M/AM (C)||Villarreal||ESP||33|
|Ibrahim Sangaré||DM, M (C)||PSV||CIV||24|
|Vitinha||DM, M (C)||PSG||POR||22|
|Fredrik Aursnes||DM, M (C)||Benfica||NOR||26|
|Christian Noboa||DM, M (C)||Sochi||ECU||37|
|Erick Pulgar||DM, M (C)||Flamengo||CHI||28|
|Fransérgio||DM, M/AM (C)||Bordeaux||BRA||31|
|David Pavelka||DM, M (C)||Sparta Prague||CZE||31|
|Jordy Clasie||D (C), DM, M (C)||AZ||NED||31|
|Kristjan Asllani||DM, M/AM (C)||Inter||ALB||20|
|Gastón Giménez||DM, M (C)||Chicago||PAR||30|
|Alex Santana||DM, M (C)||Athletico Paranaense||BRA||27|
|Mario Vrančić||DM, M/AM (C)||Rijeka||BIH||33|
|Marko Vejinović||DM, M/AM (C)||Heracles Almelo||NED||32|
|Miha Zajc||DM, M (C)||Fenerbahçe||SVN||27|
|Daniel Bragança||DM, M (C)||Sporting CP||POR||23|
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