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.


21/06/2015: The remaining Match Day guides have been revised and updated for FM 2015 - Preparing For The Match, Tactical Planning, Opposition Instructions and During The Match.

02/06/2015: The Squad Building and Player Morale & Relationships guides have been updated for FM 2015.

17/05/2015: The Scouting guides have been updated for FM 2015 - Scouting Knowledge, Scouting Assignments, Scout Reports and Player Search & Shortlists.

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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.



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.



IntroductionFM 2015

An introduction to staff.

Staff RolesFM 2015

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.



IntroductionFM 2015

An introduction to training your players.

Team TrainingFM 2015

How to use General Training and Match Training.

Individual TrainingFM 2015

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

Assigning CoachesFM 2015

How to allocate training categories to your coaching staff.



Squad BuildingFM 2015

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 & RelationshipsFM 2015

How to manage your squad's morale, build relationships and improve 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 DevelopmentFM 2015

How to improve your young players to reach their potential ability through Youth Training, Player Tutoring and Match Experience.



ScoutingFM 2015

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.