Welcome to Guide to Football Manager - the comprehensive guide to Sports Interactive's popular football management game. Learn how to become a top manager and master tactics, training, team talks and much more.
Below are the full contents of the guide.
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An Introduction to tactics. [Updated]
Guide to Choosing a Formation - How to fit your players into a tactical framework. [Updated]
Guide to Player Instructions - 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 ... [Updated]
... and how to gain extra control over your players using Specific Player Instructions.
Guide to setting up Set Pieces - How to prepare set pieces effectively to give your team an extra advantage.
Guide to Appointing a Captain - A complete list of points to consider when choosing your team's leader.
Guide to Preparing for the Match - 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.
Guide to Opposition Instructions - which instructions to use against which players.
Guide to making tactical changes During the Match - what changes to make and when.
Introduction to training.
Guide to Assigning Coaches - How to allocate training categories to your coaching staff.
Guide to Player Ability & Performance - The important factors that should be considered.
Guide to Player Personalities - Explanations of each personality and which personalities to look for in players.
Guide to all player Preferred Moves and which types of player they are suitable for.
Introduction to staff.
Guide to Staff Attributes - An introduction to staff attributes.
Guide to Staff Roles - The responsibilities of each role and attributes required.
Guide to Signing Staff - How to hire a backroom team and important factors to consider.
Guide to Squad Building - How to put together and maintain a good squad structure.
Guide to Player Wages - How and why to maintain a good wage structure and when to renew contracts.
Guide to Player Morale & Relationships - How to manage your squad's mood, harmony and team cohesion.
Guide to Player Fitness - How to manage the fitness of your squad. [Updated]
Guide to scouting, including 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.
Guide to Selling Players - When and how to sell players from your squad.