Training takes place automatically every day, except on designated rest days and when your players are on holiday during the close-season. It enables players to not only keep their fitness levels up but to maintain and improve attribute ratings. Training is particularly important in shaping the development of your younger players, but older players can also improve attributes or their training can be adapted to help slow down their physical deterioration.
Your players will spend most of their training time working together as a group in team training, which consists of both general training and match training and is led by your coaches. They will also be given some time that they can spend working separately on their own individual training. This personalised training can involve focused training in particular attributes, new position training and preferred move training.
Your squad's Training screen is split into separate sub-screens where you can control each aspect of training. In addition, the Overview screen provides you with a general summary of training. In particular, you can view your squad training happiness which shows how many of your players are happy, content or unhappy with training, notable training performances which provides details of any players who are improving particularly well, and an overview of squad fitness.
Your senior squad, under 21 squad and under 18 squad all have their own separate training screens on 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 your players' fitness and happiness, which is generally achieved by not underworking or overworking your players in general training and individual training. You will also need to prepare your players adequately for matches to ensure optimal team performances using match training.
In the long-term the main aim of training is to improve your players' attributes and other abilities to help them to develop as well as possible. This is achieved by working your players as hard as you can in general training without causing any adverse effects on fitness or 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 weakest areas, and optimising the quality of general training by signing the best available coaches and efficiently distributing their training assignments.
The rest of this guide will discuss how to set up each aspect of your squad'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.