Team Instructions

Your team instructions will broadly set out the tactical style that you chose when assessing your team.

The first of these instructions that will be discussed are mentality and team shape which, along with your formation, form the basis of your tactical system by giving your team a starting structure and general approach.

You can then fine tune your team's style using various specific team instructions, each of which will be explained in detail.

The final part of this section will bring everything together by suggesting appropriate instructions for each of the Tactical Styles introduced earlier.

How to Set Team Instructions

You can set team instructions on the Tactics Overview screen using the Mentality and Team Shape drop-downs and the Team Instructions button (to edit specific team instructions).

The process of selecting team instructions that set out a defined tactical style that suits the abilities of your players will be explained in the guides that follow.

Tactical Flexibility

Of course, there is more to the tactical side of football management than just creating a single tactic for general use. Tactical flexibility can be crucial to your success as a manager, and so it would be beneficial to create two or three different tactics for use at different times. In the Match Day section, the Tactical Planning guide will discuss suitable tactical approaches for use against different types of opposition team while the During the Match guide will look at how tactical changes can be made in reaction to different scenarios that you are likely to encounter during matches.

Further Reading

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

Coaching the Tiki Taka - learn about the tiki taka style in detail.

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

FM 2015

This guide has been updated for FM 2015.

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.

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