Welcome to Guide to FM – your comprehensive guide to Football Manager. Learn how to become a top manager and master tactics, training and much more.
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Tactics Guide Contents
Tactical StyleHow to set a suitable tactical style for your players, including:
Player Roles & DutiesHow to assign balanced player roles and duties that suit your tactical style and players, including:
- Player Roles & Duties
- Introduction & Role Analyser - automatically analyse your roles/duties
- Goalkeeper Roles
- Central Defence Roles
- Central Midfield Roles
- Flank Roles
- Central Attack Roles
- Role Combinations
- Introdution & System Analyser - automatically analyse your role combinations
- Central Defence Combinations
- Central Midfield Combinations
- Flank Combinations
- Central Attack Combinations
Team & Player InstructionsHow to set team and player instructions that suit your tactical style and players, including:
- Team Instructions
- Player Instructions
- Playing Style Implementation
- Introduction & Style Analyser - automatically analyse your team and player instructions
- Playing Style Composition
- Playing Style Risk
- Transition Play Tactics
Example Tactics Starter GuidesStarter guides with example tactics for different playing styles to get you started quickly before you read the full tactics guides, including:
- Example Tactics Starter Guides (Overview)
- Attacking Football
- Defensive Football
- Direct Plays
- Short Plays
- Direct Attacking Football
- Pass and Move Football
- Long Ball Football
- Possession Football
Players Guide Contents
Player AbilityExplanations of the various aspects of player ability on the pitch, player ability off the pitch and the dynamics of player ability.
Player AttributesExplanations of all attributes and details of Attribute Combinations needed for different abilities.
Player PersonalitiesExplanations of all personality attributes, personality descriptions and media handling style descriptions, as well as advice on how to learn and manage player personalities.
Player TraitsExplanations of all the player traits and suggested types of player they can be useful for.
The Player Ability and Player Personalities guides are based on the FM 2018 interface. Other Players guides are based on the FM 2015 interface. Player personality descriptions and media handling styles have been updated for FM 2020.
Staff Guide Contents
IntroductionAn introduction to staff.
Staff RolesExplanations of the responsibilities and required qualities of each role, including detailed analyses of the manager, coaches, scouts and physios.
Signing StaffWhat to consider when hiring a backroom team.
Staff guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.
Training Guide Contents
IntroductionAn introduction to training your players.
Team TrainingHow to use General Training and Match Preparation Training.
Individual TrainingHow to use Training Reports and improve your players with Additional Focuses, Position Training and Player Trait Training.
Assigning CoachesHow to allocate training categories to your coaching staff.
Training guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.
Squad Guide Contents
Squad BuildingHow to put together and maintain a well balanced squad structure.
Player WagesHow and why to maintain a good wage structure and when to renew contracts.
Player Morale & RelationshipsHow to manage your squad's morale, build relationships and improve team cohesion.
Player FitnessHow to manage the fitness of your squad.
Pre-Season PreparationHow to prepare your squad effectively for the start of a new season using training and friendly matches.
Player DevelopmentAdvice on how to improve your players, including recruiting youth, optimising progression, moulding players and developing older players, with separate guides on how to use Player Tutoring and how to give players Match Experience.
ScoutingHow to optimise your club's Scouting Knowledge, when and where to send your scouts on Scouting Assignments, how to use your Scout Reports to assess potential transfer targets and how to find players using Player Search.
Signing PlayersHow to sign players for your club, including advice on Making Transfer Offers, Making Loan Offers and Contract Negotiations.
Selling PlayersWhen and how to sell players from your squad.
The Player Development guides are based on the FM 2018 interface. Other Squad guides are based on the FM 2015 interface, except for Signing Players and Selling Players which are based on the FM 2014 interface.
Match Day Guide Contents
Preparing for MatchesHow to prepare your team for each match and select your starting line-up, and how to make use of Tactical Planning to exploit opposition weaknesses and counter opposition strengths.
Team TalksHow to choose team talks in different scenarios, along with a reference guide for Team Talk Examples.
Opposition InstructionsWhich instructions to use against which players.
Making Tactical ChangesHow to make tactical changes in response to different match scenarios.
Match Day guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.