Football Manager 2014 Guide

The Team Training screen displays an overview of how your squad spends its group training sessions, and allows you to change various settings to customise team training.

Team training time is split between general training and match training, and you can use the scheduling slider at the top of the screen to set the proportion of time spent on each. Underneath this slider you can choose whether to allow rest days for your players before or after matches, while to the left you can change how your squad uses its time in general training and to the right you can change how it uses its time in match training.

In general training your players will work on improving their attributes, while in match training they will concentrate on specific areas of performance in preparation for upcoming matches. You will need to find a balance between the long-term benefits of player improvement from general training and the short-term benefits of better match performances from match training, whilst at the same time not compromising your players' fitness or their happiness with the training workload.

During busy fixture schedules of more than one match per week your squad will have limited training time. Therefore, you may have to concentrate solely on match training and trying to keep players fit as best you can. During lighter fixture schedules of one or even no matches in a week you can devote a lot more time to general training and improving your players.

The calendar on this screen provides a visual display of how your squad is spending its team training time and integrates this with your fixtures for the next three weeks, meaning you can easily set training according to your fixture list. The calendar also allows you to directly alter match training for specific matches and, on the left of the calendar, you can modify general training for specific weeks.

At the bottom of the screen you will see a star rating that represents the quality of your club’s training facilities, which will affect training performance and happiness, an indication of the general player happiness with the training workload, and a description of the overall workload itself.

Training facilities can be improved by making a request to your club's board from the Board Meeting section of your club's Boardroom screen. Such a request may be rejected however, if your club does not have sufficient finances or if the board believes the current level of facilities is adequate for the current stature of your club. It is advisable to first gain the respect of the board by improving your club's stature, as well as ensuring healthy finances, before making a request.

The overall workload is increased by making the following changes, and similarly decreased by making the opposite changes:

  • Increasing the intensity of general training
  • Scheduling less match training
  • Not allowing a rest before matches
  • Not allowing a rest after matches

Further Reading

Inverting the Pyramid - guaranteed to give you a greater tactical knowledge and understanding.

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

Will You Manage? - tells you the skills needed to be a great manager and gives essential tips for fantasy football success.

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