Right. At this point I believe it is a must for me to post and explain a few things about the Referees and the OSM engine. Cause dear @Adilmo-Rocha it is possible a lot of new arrived managers will be reading this topic and I surely don't want any of them to get the wrong idea about how the OSM engine works or what any manager should do according to the Referee of his/her match.
About the Categories of the Referees :
We have 5 different kind of Refs ( Referees), starting from the number 1 as the most easy going of all and very lenient Ref up to number 5 who is the most severe and strict Ref of all ! Of course as you can imagine , the more strict the Ref the more possible for us to get a red card or lots of yellows during a match. And if we choose to play way too aggressively for all of our matches then I'm afraid that comes with a cost for our players.
But allow me to explain myself ...
I will begin by sharing with you my personal habits on the tackling part of the game , depending on the Ref that I will have to face for each match .
Refs & Tackling :
Ref 1 = The most lenient/mild Ref of all => The beloved Green Ref : I use mostly Aggressive and/or Reckless tackling while on this sweet Ref, cause he hardly ever gives away any card to my players.
Just love this guy!
Ref 2 = Another mild to average Ref => The so called Blue Ref : I use Aggressive only tackling here
Ref 3 = The average & tricky in my opinion Ref => The so called yellow Ref : I use Normal and sometimes Aggressive Tackling while on this Ref. Cause sometimes he is mild and other times he is a bad a**.
So my decision depends on how important is this match and how much I want to win it.
Ref 4 = The strict Ref => The so called Orange Ref : I mostly use Careful tackling on this uptight dude
Ref 5 = The strictest of all Refs => The so called Red ( & on fire !) Ref : Any guesses about this one ?
Well of course I play always & only with Careful tackling while on this draconian like Referee!
And yes, I have won plenty of matches while using my Careful tackling due to the presence of a strict Ref.
Yes, lady luck plays for some matches her part on the results .
Yes, for some random matches you will witness underdog squads winning the match . Just like in real footy !
But please lets face the facts here. Strict Refs give away red cards more often than any average or mild ones .
It is advised to not focus on the exceptions but on the main rules of the game.
Stop looking at a single tree cause you are missing the whole forest my friends .
That's my simple way of using this wise old saying : "Can't see the forest for the trees" , an expression used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole.
That was my two cents on the Refs & their effects topic that our mate Adilmo was kind to open and create this wonderful discussion. Thank you Adilmo.
Now best of luck to all of you my mates !
P.S. Warning ! If you decide to use a combo of too hard tackling with too high pressure then you risk of also getting bad injuries for some of your players!