This Football Manager tactics guide provides a simple framework (in the form of various recommendations and suggestions) for making rational decisions when creating tactics. The framework is particularly useful for beginner and intermediate players of the game but it can help players of all experience levels to systematically consider a wide range of tactical issues. All recommendations and suggestions are optional, as there are many different ways to create logical tactics. However, any which are not followed may be worth noting as potential tactical problems to look out for when watching your team play.
The guide applies the tactical theory presented on GuideToFootball.com to the tactics creator in Football Manager. It is not necessary to read the tactical theory to use the guide but you may wish to read all or parts of it in order to gain a greater understanding of the theory behind the guide.
The suggested reading order for the guide is the order shown in the contents and on the site menu, beginning with this Introduction, the Starter Guide and Example Tactics. The Starter Guide covers the framework more briefly and enables you to easily get started with creating a tactic while gaining a good general understanding of the main aspects that need to be considered. The Example Tactics then enable you to study, and even try out, a variety of tactics that have been created using the guide.
Once you become more experienced and free-thinking you may find that you no longer need the guide and you may even make decisions that are contrary to the framework it provides. At this point it is recommended that you read guides suitable for more experienced players that offer more specialised tactical advice from various different individual perspectives. In particular, such guides can be found in the Sports Interactive tactics forums.