Training takes place automatically every day, except on designated rest days and when players are on holiday during the close-season, and enables players to not only keep their fitness levels up but to improve attributes. It is particularly important for young, developing players, but older players can also improve attributes or their training can be adapted to help slow down their physical deterioration.
Players spend a portion of their training time working together as a group in team training, which consists of both general training and match training, while in addition to this they can each be given their own individual training to undertake seperately. This personalised training can involve focused training in particular attributes, new position training and preferred move training.
Your squad's Training tab is split into separate sections for team training and individual training, as well as assigning coaches where you can set which areas of general training your coaches are responsible for. Your first team, reserve and under 18s squads all have their own seperate Training tabs for which you will need set up training independently, as explained throughout this guide.
Short-Term and Long-Term Benefits
Training has both short-term and long-term uses.
In the short-term you will need to manage players' fitness and happiness, which is generally achieved by not overworking your players in training. You will also need to prepare your players adequately for matches to ensure optimal team performances.
In the long-term the main aim of training is to improve players' attributes and other abilities to help them develop as well as possible. This is achieved by working players as hard as you can do in general training without causing any adverse effects on fitness and happiness, allocating as much time as practicable to general training as opposed to match training, giving each player in every one of your squads the most appropriate individual training to improve their own weakest areas, and optimising the quality of general training by signing the best available coaches, assigning them to their best training categories, and keeping their workload in each category at the lowest level.
The rest of this guide will discuss how to set up each aspect of your club's training in detail.
In addition to training, other important contributors to a player's development are tutoring and first team experience. These are discussed separately in the Player Development section. Morale is another key factor and so you should try to keep your players happy using good man management, while players' individual personalities will also impact on their progress.
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