This Football Manager tactics guide provides a simple framework (in the form of various recommendations and suggestions) for making rational decisions when creating tactics, which is particularly useful for beginner and intermediate players of the game. All recommendations and suggestions are optional, as there are many different ways to create logical tactics. However, any which are not followed may be worth noting as potential tactical issues to look out for when watching your team play.
The guide applies the tactical theory presented on GuideToFootball.com to the tactics creator in Football Manager. It is not necessary to read the tactical theory to use the guide but you may wish to read all or parts of it in order to gain a greater understanding of the theory behind the guide.
The suggested reading order for the guide is the order shown in the contents and on the site menu, although the analyses of each of the game's tactical instructions that are provided in the first section of the guide are best read in conjunction with the later sections, which suggest guidelines for the use of each instruction.
It should be noted that there may be errors in the effects listed for the tactical instructions as many effects are not directly shown in the UI, while tactical theory concepts applied to the tactical instructions may not be 100% applicable. Some effects are assumed from earlier versions of the game. However, it is not necessary to know the exact mechanics of each tactical instruction to create logical tactics.
As a quick start to using the guide you may wish to firstly choose a suitable example tactic from the Example Tactics provided, before then modifying the tactic as appropriate by using the different parts of the guide.
Once you become more experienced and free-thinking you may find that you no longer need the guide and you may even make decisions that are contrary to the framework it provides. At this point it is recommended that you read guides suitable for more experienced players that offer more specialised tactical advice from various different individual perspectives. In particular, such guides can be found in the Sports Interactive tactics forums.