Welcome to Guide to Football Manager, your comprehensive guide to FM. Learn how to become a top manager and master tactics, training and much more.

The full contents of the guide are shown below.

Guides marked FM16 have been updated to reflect new features and changes in FM 2016.


22/11/2015: New Attacking Theory guide added to the Tactics section.

15/11/2015: New Tactical Theory introduction guide added to the Tactics section. Further guides on Attacking Theory, Defensive Theory, Tactical Suitability, Applying Tactical Theory and Choosing a Tactical Style are also due to be added.

15/11/2015: The Tactics Introduction and Assessing Your Team guides have been updated for FM 2016.

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Introduction FM16

An introduction to creating tactics.

Assessing Your Team FM16

How to evaluate your players so that you can create a suitable tactic.

Tactical Theory FM16

An explanation of the basics of tactical theory, including Attacking Theory and Defensive Theory (guide yet to be published), along with details of how to assess the Tactical Suitability (guide yet to be published) of your players and an overview of Applying Tactical Theory (guide yet to be published) using the tactical instructions available in Football Manager.

Choosing a Tactical Style

(Guide yet to be published) how to devise a suitable style of play for your team using your team assessment and tactical theory.

Choosing a FormationFM15

How to fit your players into a tactical framework.

Team InstructionsFM15

An explanation of Mentality, Team Shape and Specific Team Instructions to help you to create a suitable Tactical Style.

Player InstructionsFM15

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.

Set PiecesFM15

How to prepare set pieces effectively to give your team an extra advantage.

Appointing a CaptainFM15

A complete list of points to consider when choosing your team's leader.



Player Ability & PerformanceFM15

The important factors that determine current ability, potential ability and performance.

Player AttributesFM15

Explanations of all attributes and details of Attribute Combinations needed for different abilities.

Player PersonalitiesFM15

Explanations of all personality attributes and advice on which personalities to look for in players.

Player Preferred MovesFM15

Explanations of all the preferred moves and suggested types of player they can be useful for.




An introduction to staff.

Staff RolesFM15

Explanations of the responsibilities and required qualities of each role, including detailed analyses of the manager, coaches, scouts and physios.

Signing Staff

What to consider when hiring a backroom team.




An introduction to training your players.

Team TrainingFM15

How to use General Training and Match Training.

Individual TrainingFM15

How to use Training Reports and improve your players with Individual Training Focus, New Position Training and Preferred Move Training.

Assigning CoachesFM15

How to allocate training categories to your coaching staff.



Squad BuildingFM15

How to put together and maintain a well balanced squad structure.

Player Wages

How and why to maintain a good wage structure and when to renew contracts.

Player Morale & RelationshipsFM15

How to manage your squad's morale, build relationships and improve team cohesion.

Player FitnessFM15

How to manage the fitness of your squad.

Pre-Season PreparationFM15

How to prepare your squad effectively for the start of a new season using training and friendly matches.

Player DevelopmentFM15

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.

Signing Players

How to sign players for your club, including advice on Making a Transfer Offer, Making a Loan Offer and Contract Negotiations.

Selling Players

When and how to sell players from your squad.

Match Day

Match Day

Preparing for the MatchFM 2015

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.

Team TalksFM 2015

How to choose team talks in different scenarios, along with a reference guide for Types of Team Talk.

Opposition InstructionsFM 2015

Which instructions to use against which players.

During the MatchFM 2015

How to make tactical changes in response to different match scenarios.