Guide to Football Manager

Sports Interactive Star AffiliateWelcome 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 FM 2015 have been updated to reflect new features and changes in FM 2015.

Quick Links: Tactics | Players | Staff | Training | Squad | Transfers | Match Day

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Updates

22/02/2015: New Pre-Season Preparation guide added to the Squad section.

22/05/2015: The following Training guides have been revised and updated for FM 2015 - Training Introduction, Team Training, General Training and Match Preparation Training.

20/05/2015: The homepage has been redesigned with pictures added.

Older updates: All guides in the Tactics and Players sections have been revised and updated for FM 2015. A guide to Player Fitness has also been added to the Squad section.

Tactics

Tactics

IntroductionFM 2015

An introduction to creating tactics.

Choosing a FormationFM 2015

How to fit your players into a tactical framework.

Team InstructionsFM 2015

How to set Mentality, Team Shape and Specific Team Instructions to implement a suitable Tactical Style.

Player InstructionsFM 2015

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 PiecesFM 2015

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

Appointing a CaptainFM 2015

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

Players

Players

Player Ability & PerformanceFM 2015

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

Player AttributesFM 2015

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

Player PersonalitiesFM 2015

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

Player Preferred MovesFM 2015

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

Staff

Staff

Introduction

An introduction to staff.

Staff Attributes

An overview of staff attributes.

Staff Roles

Explanations of each role along with useful attributes.

Signing Staff

What to consider when hiring a backroom team.

Training

Training

IntroductionFM 2015

An introduction to training your players.

Team TrainingFM 2015

How to use General Training and Match Training.

Individual Training

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

Assigning Coaches

How to allocate training categories to your coaching staff.

Squad

Squad

Squad Building

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 & Relationships

How to manage your squad's mood, harmony and team cohesion.

Player FitnessFM 2015

How to manage the fitness of your squad.

Pre-Season PreparationFM 2015

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

Player Development

How to improve your young players to reach their potential ability through Youth Training, Player Tutoring, First Team Experience and Event-Based Development.

Transfers

Transfers

Scouting

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 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.

Team Talks

What to consider when giving team talks and Guidelines on which talks to use in different match scenarios.

Opposition Instructions

Which instructions to use against which players.

During the Match

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

Tactics Resources

Inverting the Pyramid
Guaranteed to give you a greater overall tactical knowledge and understanding.

Soccer Strategies
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of using different formations in defence and attack.

Soccer Systems and Strategies
Teaches you about different tactical strategies.

Coaching the Tiki Taka
Learn about the tiki taka style in detail.

Transition and Counter Attacking
Find out how to play against different opposition systems.

Match Strategy and Tactics
Learn how to adapt your tactics to the opposition and different match scenarios.

Further Reading

The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders
Learn how to think like a football manager.

Will You Manage?
Find out the skills needed to be a great manager and get essential tips for fantasy football success.

The Nowhere Men
Obtain a fascinating insight into the world of football scouts.

Scouting for Moyes
Read the inside story of the life of a football scout.

The Secret Player
Discover the hidden world of the professional footballer.

Other Links

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