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20/09/2017: Updated System Fluidity guide.
18/09/2017: Added composite styles to Playing Styles guide.
17/09/2017: Added number-tens and tactical structures to Playing Styles guide.
11/09/2017: Updated Playing Styles guide.
28/08/2017: Updated Tactical Instructions, Team Instructions and Player Instructions guides.
17/07/2017: Added central attack role categories to Role Categories guide.
12/07/2017: Added central midfield and the flanks role categories to Role Categories guide.
03/07/2017: New Role Categories guide added to Tactical Theory. Further analysis of central midfield, the flanks and central attack role categories to be added.
19/03/2017: New Responsibility Distribution guide added to Tactical Theory.
27/02/2017: Revised Positional Responsibilities guide in Tactical Theory.
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2.1. Theory-Based Tactics Guides
These guides are based on the Tactical Theory analysis presented on GuideToFootball.com.
An analysis of the tactical instructions that you can use to create your tactic, including:
How to implement system fluidity.
How to implement a playing style.
Theory-based tactics guides are based on the FM 2017 interface.
2.2. Other Tactics Guides
An introduction to creating tactics.
How to evaluate your players so that you can create a suitable tactic.
How to fit your players into a tactical framework.
An explanation of Mentality, Team Shape and Specific Team Instructions to help you to create a suitable Tactical Style.
How to refine your tactical style using appropriate Roles and Duties for your Goalkeeper, Central Defenders, Central Midfielders, Wide Players and Strikers, how to make use of Playmaker & Target Man roles and how to gain extra control over your players using Specific Player Instructions.
How to prepare set pieces effectively to give your team an extra advantage.
A complete list of points to consider when choosing your team's leader.
Other tactics guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.
The important factors that determine current ability, potential ability and performance.
Explanations of all attributes and details of Attribute Combinations needed for different abilities.
Explanations of all personality attributes and advice on which personalities to look for in players.
Explanations of all the preferred moves and suggested types of player they can be useful for.
Players guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.
An introduction to staff.
Explanations of the responsibilities and required qualities of each role, including detailed analyses of the manager, coaches, scouts and physios.
What to consider when hiring a backroom team.
Staff guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.
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.
How to improve your young players to reach their potential ability through Youth Training, Player Tutoring and 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 a Transfer Offer, Making a Loan Offer and Contract Negotiations.
When and how to sell players from your squad.
Squad guides are based on the FM 2015 interface, except for Signing Players and Selling Players which are based on the FM 2014 interface.
7. Match Day
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 Types of Team Talk.
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.