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.
06/01/2019: Added analysis of flank responsibilities to Choosing Roles & Duties guide.
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Tactics Guide Contents
FM 2019 Tactics Guides
How to set a suitable tactical style for your players.
How to assign balanced roles and duties that suit your tactical style and players.
FM 2018 Tactics Guides
A walkthrough of the main aspects of creating a tactic to help you get started.
A selection of example tactics created using this guide. As a quick start
to using the guide you may wish to firstly choose a suitable example tactic, before then modifying the tactic as appropriate by using the different parts of the guide that are summarised below.
An analysis of the tactical instructions that you can use to create your tactic, including:
How to implement system fluidity for your team.
How to create a suitable playing style for your team, including:
How to balance your team's playing system, including:
Players Guide Contents
Explanations of the various aspects of player ability on the pitch, player ability off the pitch and the dynamics of player ability.
Explanations of all attributes and details of Attribute Combinations
needed for different abilities.
Explanations of all personality attributes, personality descriptions and media handling style descriptions, as well as advice on how to learn and manage player personalities.
Explanations 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.
Staff Guide Contents
An introduction to staff.
Explanations of the responsibilities and required qualities of each role, including detailed analyses of the manager
What to consider when hiring a backroom team.
Staff guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.
Training Guide Contents
An introduction to training your players.
How to use General Training
and Match Preparation Training
How to use Training Reports
and improve your players with Additional Focuses
, Position Training
and Player Trait Training
How to allocate training categories to your coaching staff.
Training guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.
Squad Guide Contents
How to put together and maintain a well balanced squad structure.
How and why to maintain a good wage structure and when to renew contracts.
How to manage your squad's morale, build relationships and improve team cohesion.
How to manage the fitness of your squad.
How to prepare your squad effectively for the start of a new season using training and friendly matches.
Advice 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
How 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
How to sign players for your club, including advice on Making Transfer Offers
, Making Loan Offers
and Contract Negotiations
When 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
How 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.
How to choose team talks in different scenarios, along with a reference guide for Team Talk Examples
Which instructions to use against which players.
How to make tactical changes in response to different match scenarios.
Match Day guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.