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How-To: Develop Youth Products – UPDATED

As anyone who follows this blog or my twitter feed knows, my FM13 Enfield Town squad was made up entirely of players that I had developed from the clubs’ youth academy from the age of 15/16. Many of them were world class, and have led the club to multiple top level trophies, as well as being key players at international level. This is a simple guide as to how I developed these players – it really isn’t as complicated as some people will have you believe.

This guide can also apply to bought youngsters, skip to step 4 if this is the case (although Training Facilities and Coaches apply from step 1).

1 – There are a few things that the club should have in place before you even start:

Training Facilities – The better these are, the more specific individual training options are available, and improved CA distribution.*
Youth Facilities – The better they are, the better the rate of youth CA distribution.*
Junior Coaching – Affects the CA level of your Youth Intake players. The better this is, the more likely to get players with high CA.^
Youth Recruitment – The better this is, increases the pool of players that can be recruited, increasing chance of high PA players.^
Head of Youth Development – His personality and mental stats can influence the intake players. High determination and a good personality** are highly recommended.
Coaches – The more specialised your coaches, the better the training they’ll provide in that area. Aim to have one specialised coach in each category. The higher the star rating, the better the coach.

Continue reading How-To: Develop Youth Products – UPDATED

How-To: Understand and use Player Roles and Duties

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So you’ve now picked the Formation and set the Team Instructions, but what roles do I pick for the players? I hear you ask. So here is a follow-up guide which continues what I started in my Making Your First Tactic guide.

I always start from the back and work my way forward, and it’ll be no different here. Most of the choices regarding role will be based on three variables – formation, team instructions and player ability.

Also, this will be heavily biased towards a flat four defensive system, as it is the safest and easiest beginner setup to learn.

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You have two options here, Goalkeeper and Sweeper Keeper

A regular Goalkeeper role is preferable most of the time, but if playing a high defensive line and possess an intelligent, fast ‘keeper, the Sweeper Keeper will mop up loose balls and aim to recycle possession from the edge of his box and beyond.

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Your choice of setup here will more-than-likely be more biased towards player ability than tactical choice initially.

The Central Defender role is your all round, general Centreback, and will more often than not be the default choice for many managers. In regards to duty, there are a few possible combinations that work well depending on the type of player available. A Covering CB will sit deeper and mop up through balls and other loose balls, whereas a Stopper will look to step forward and intercept the ball before it becomes a danger. The Stopper/Cover can be used together with two intelligent defenders to form a very solid partnership. When not using a Stopper, I like to use a covering defender alongside a regular ‘Defend’ CB, though two regular defenders is also a sound tactical choice too.

The Limited Defender role is for less-able defenders who have limited concentration, composure and decision-making. Generally, this role is best limited to the Defend duty and lower-league defenders.

Ball-Playing Defenders will look to play the ball out of defence and are more technically and creatively gifted than regular defenders. They will recycle possession effectively and look to start counter-attacks. This role is most effective with a Stopper duty, winning the ball early and moving it on. Continue reading How-To: Understand and use Player Roles and Duties

How-To: Make Your First Tactic

This isn’t a definitive guide, but it’s a place to start. Always watch as much of the match as possible to see what is working and what is not. When changing things, do it one thing at a time so that you can see its effect – too many changes and you won’t see what has worked and what hasn’t…

Also, pay particular attention to the mid-lower table team instructions when in lower leagues – mid table instructions if you’re in a lower league but a decent team within that league, bottom half instructions if you’re in a lower league and predicted/expect mid-table or lower. Continue reading How-To: Make Your First Tactic