+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Fixture Congestion

  1. #1
    Amateur
    Join Date
    13th July 2009
    Location
    Land O' the Rising Sun
    Posts
    173

    Default Fixture Congestion

    How do you deal with fixture congestion?

    For three weeks in a row Ive had 3 games a week in CCL1 a couple games included cups and my players, even though I rotate frequently, are at 90% at the start of almost every game.

    I usually play in smaller leagues and build up strong teams so this congestion is killing me.

  2. #2
    Youth Team
    Join Date
    19th October 2006
    Location
    Wigan
    Posts
    5,313

    Default

    You'll need to prioritise.
    Maybe the Johnstones Paint Trophy is not worth dealing with?
    Maybe you'd like the money from an FA Cup run?
    Maybe you need to save your first-team players for just aiming for promotion in the league?

  3. #3
    Amateur
    Join Date
    5th August 2001
    Location
    Farnborough, Inventor of the patented 1-4-5 formation.
    Posts
    825

    Default

    It's the unavoidable side effect of being successful, epsecially is you have replays to deal with.

    If you only have a small squad you might want to consider resting them from training for a week or so. Maybe prioritise the comps and rotate some youth players into the first team.

  4. #4
    Semi Pro
    Join Date
    11th November 2006
    Location
    Spending too much time on FM and not enough time with the wife
    Posts
    2,257

    Default

    I usually give the players a break from training as well after a difficult match. It seems to help them recover a little before the next match.

  5. #5
    Amateur
    Join Date
    13th July 2009
    Location
    Land O' the Rising Sun
    Posts
    173

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by The Lambs View Post
    I usually give the players a break from training as well after a difficult match. It seems to help them recover a little before the next match.
    Twice I gave 2 days rest and it didn't provide any noticeable gain in health. Luckily my squad is riding the wave pretty well.

  6. #6
    Amateur
    Join Date
    13th July 2009
    Location
    Land O' the Rising Sun
    Posts
    173

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SWaRFeGa View Post
    You'll need to prioritise.
    Maybe the Johnstones Paint Trophy is not worth dealing with?
    Maybe you'd like the money from an FA Cup run?
    Maybe you need to save your first-team players for just aiming for promotion in the league?
    Good advice Ill have to do that if I stay here for the next year.

  7. #7
    Part-Timer
    Join Date
    20th November 2008
    Location
    Wolverhampton
    Posts
    1,219

    Default

    My second season was a disaster because of playing in 4 competitions with Man City. I even had to play 2 games in 2 days on at least one occasion. Very frustrating. MY players couldn't handle it and we lost most of our final few games

  8. #8
    Amateur
    Join Date
    13th July 2009
    Location
    Land O' the Rising Sun
    Posts
    173

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by JimbobWWFC View Post
    My second season was a disaster because of playing in 4 competitions with Man City. I even had to play 2 games in 2 days on at least one occasion. Very frustrating. MY players couldn't handle it and we lost most of our final few games
    Ive been in 1-3 place since the start of the season. Im now in mid february and the congestion has my team getting injuries both green and red game after game now and 2 jaded players. Ive lost 3 in a row and looks like going to drop down to 4tth or lower with no end in sight.

  9. #9
    Amateur
    Join Date
    17th December 2009
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    Posts
    395

    Default

    What I'd do is never string a full 2nd string side, always maintain a few players from the first team, but alter who they may be. eg. You're facing a worse side in the league but want to rest a few players for an away cup tie coming up. You know however, they're most likely to focus on defending to try snatch a point. What I would do is keep the star attacking midfielder and striker (atleast, depending on how many players need a rest) so that you're able to break down the defense. Also use your best youth players, they will provide energy and it will also aid their development. Have a mixed bench, so you can either throw on the young lads at half time if you're winning to try and tire the opposition and rest your stars or get more experienced players onto the pitch if you're losing/drawing.

  10. #10
    Amateur
    Join Date
    13th July 2009
    Location
    Land O' the Rising Sun
    Posts
    173

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by -SL View Post
    What I'd do is never string a full 2nd string side, always maintain a few players from the first team, but alter who they may be. eg. You're facing a worse side in the league but want to rest a few players for an away cup tie coming up. You know however, they're most likely to focus on defending to try snatch a point. What I would do is keep the star attacking midfielder and striker (atleast, depending on how many players need a rest) so that you're able to break down the defense. Also use your best youth players, they will provide energy and it will also aid their development. Have a mixed bench, so you can either throw on the young lads at half time if you're winning to try and tire the opposition and rest your stars or get more experienced players onto the pitch if you're losing/drawing.
    In real English football do they have this fixture congestion? I know they don't have this in Japan and I never have seen this problem in the states, so was just wondering if it really does happen.

  11. #11
    Youth Team
    Join Date
    19th October 2006
    Location
    Wigan
    Posts
    5,313

    Default

    Fairly common yeah.

    Fulham played 63 games last year.
    A massive amount considering only 38 of those were in the Premier League.

    They played a ridiculous 19 games in Europe. Which is basically an extra half a season.

    Then there was the FA Cup (five games)
    And the Carling Cup (luckily they only played one game here)

    You've got it easy, sunshine
    Last edited by SWaRFeGa; 27-07-2010 at 14:02.

  12. #12
    Amateur
    Join Date
    5th April 2009
    Posts
    98

    Default

    I feel your pain, Third season on my current game i was Darlington in the BSP we had
    46 League Games
    7 FA Cup games (replays in 4th qual, 2nd and 3rd)
    10 FA trophy games (Replays in all rounds and two leg semi)
    3 Play off Games
    Combine this with the fact that financial instability meant i had disbanded the under 18's and reserves. We had 20 players.
    With 5 games to go we were first, lost to Oxford and failed to win at Bromley and Hereford. Cambridge over took us and the rest is history.
    Unsuprisingly we got hammered by oxford in the play off final and Rushden in the FA Trophy semi.

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts