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1. Contents

1.1. Theory-Based Tactics Guides

These guides are based on the Tactical Theory analysis presented on


Starter Guide

A walkthrough of the main aspects of creating a tactic to help you get started.

Example Tactics

A selection of example tactics created using this guide. As a quick start to using the guide you may wish to firstly choose a suitable example tactic, before then modifying the tactic as appropriate by using the different parts of the guide that are summarised below.

Tactical Instructions

An analysis of the tactical instructions that you can use to create your tactic, including:

System Fluidity

How to implement system fluidity for your team.

Playing Styles

How to create a suitable playing style for your team, including:

Playing System Balance

How to balance your team's playing system, including:

Theory-based tactics guides are based on the FM 2018 interface.

1.2. Old Tactics Guides

Assessing Your Team

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

Choosing a Formation

How to fit your players into a tactical framework.

Team Instructions

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

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 and how to gain extra control over your players using Specific Player Instructions.

Set Pieces

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

Appointing a Captain

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

Old tactics guides are based on the FM 2015 interface.

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