in certain situations a yellow card is fine, but left and right backs and strikers always seem to get booked very often, for both teams. it is leading to these players being sent off in some games for very little.
in certain situations a yellow card is fine, but left and right backs and strikers always seem to get booked very often, for both teams. it is leading to these players being sent off in some games for very little.
I think it depends in the league you are managing. In Italy, it's a rare thing if you can end a match without a single yellow card.
Some stats from the 3 big leagues based on 1 season.
i'm using default settings not increasing/decreasing tackling and playing very fluid so this is default
I would say this version of FM is the best in this respect. Previous versions were far too card-shy imo, but in FM12 I actually managed to pick up a fine for having six players booked in a game.
I only see more bookings when its a Derby game
I believe referees have attributes too that determines the number of cards he dishes out or how harsh he can be.
The statistics overall I would imagine match up to real life numbers quite well, that's what they look for in their soak tests. However there are too many bookings being handed out in the first couple of minutes in a match. Had one where there were 2 in the first minute, 3 in the first three and finally five in the first ten minutes of the game - every single one of them for a standing tackle in a non-dangerous situation. That's quite frankly ridiculous and I don't think would ever happen in reality whereas it's not that rare in FM.
Seem to be a ton more since the patch to be fair, played a game as Toulouse and had something like 6 bookings and it seems to be my full backs pretty much EVERY game, what pisses me off more than anything is they are such soft bookings, you can back into someone a minute into the match and get booked I mean what the hell? the bookings on this game are pretty disgraceful and even though you can question some red cards in real life, I barely ever question yellows or feel they are too harsh or soft whereas on FM it seems the vast majority of yellow cards are harsh and/or soft and I rarely see a red.
Last edited by kingpug; 13-03-2012 at 17:45.
Bookings in my game are less than Real Life in the EPL, so no issues for me.
My squad is also the most discipline, half the amount of red and yellow cards than anyone else..
All good here.
14 yellows 2 reds... playing at right back
aggression only 14
playing Centre back
yellow cards 3
played at centre back
yellow cards 8 red cards 1
doe not explain much, but smalling is getting far to many yellows, vidic should be getting loads, he doesnt. and the red cards are L/R backs
fabio has also picked up 4 yellows in 4 apperances - 13 aggression
Fabio is fabio, picks them up for fairly often, his position stat isnt great at the start, and if he is playing high up the pitch he can be caught out easily, thus leading to a rash tackle.
Dont see why Vidic should be getting loads though, high aggressive, but his postioning, marking, anticipation, tackling, concentraction are all superb. What roles do your full backs have?
they are just central defenders set to defend
but are forward for corners.
and smalling picks up another yellow... and does the same thing minutes later and doesnt get sent off
Last edited by scott MUFC; 13-03-2012 at 23:32.
My FBs stats are thus:
1st choice DR: P 34 (3) Y 5 R 0
1st choice DL: P 36 (4) Y 4 R 0
Rotation DR/L: P 19 (4) Y 3 R 0
New Signing DL: P 8 Y 2 R 0
Young Cover: P 2 Y 0 R 0
Veteran Cover: P 11 (4) Y 1 R 0
P 110 (15) Y 15 R 0
As per usual, your problem is because of something you are doing, not inherent to the game.
Last edited by wwfan; 13-03-2012 at 23:53.
it isn't something i am doing. attacking+very fluid with no added defencive dutys from the defaults. no get stuck in.
From my experience bookings are fine,with some minor exceptions where in some cases defenders that closed down quickly up the pitch for a tactical fault should get booking more offen.
yea seems so, but they are doing it too far up the pitch, phil jones got himself sent off now -_-, i dont mind them tackling but when they are in the final third lol
I had this problem even though I had set tackling to normal. A further look into player instructions showed me that I had 6 players on hard tackling including both strikers who needless to say are awful at it. My bookings has gone down since so I would check to make sure.
If you're worried about too many booking play in Germany, the ref's there are as lenient as they get.
Using a very similar tactical approach to one I've used in Portugal, England, Italy, Scotland & Spain I hardly ever have players sent off (struggling to recall one in the last 5 seasons) & if I get 3 bookings in a match then it's been a rough game, I've seen games with over 40 fouls not have a single booking.
IMHO there is a flaw in the ME when it comes to officiating but I cannot pin down what it is.
Last edited by Barside; 14-03-2012 at 11:59.
There's definatley something going on with foreign referees in this game. Don't know if it's meant to replicate RL with Premier league officials being more used to seeing rough & tumble matches and foreign refs used to a more technical game. God help them when they see a player actually tackle another player, theyre brains must go completely mental!
Bookings are an odd one as there is a correlation between FM & real world numbers but having managed in different leagues around Europe I'm of the opinion that this is solely due to a contrived adjustment in officials.
I couldnt really comment i have only really managed in the SPL in this version, havent really noticed anything wrong in terms of cards, few dodgy calls from time to time, especially in those contested goal situations, challenges on keepers and slow centre backs, but i dont think thats officiating mistakes in the same sense.
I've had 52 yellows and 4 reds in the league and i've only played 21 games, surely that's not right?
In all competitions I have had 69 yellows and 7 reds in 32 games, I'm PSG.
This happens almost every match, and has me wondering if these incidents are displayed badly in the animations or if there is simply no code to determine the force with which a tackle is performed - something which is essential to determine whether it deserves a card or is just a foul. Generally speaking, I rarely see yellow cards being given in real life when a foul has been made by a player nearly standing still, regardless of where he is on the pitch or if the tackle came from behind. The common denominator is, as said above, that these low-force fouls are done while the player having the ball is facing away from the tackler, while there seems to make little difference whether excessive force was used or not.
So, again, are you sure that these yellow cards do not happen more often to attackers set to press the opposition defense who often turn around for a backpass, and to full backs pressing the wingers when they turn away from the goal while holding up the ball (which they do very often!)?
Edit: or, as another explanation of these cards; are there too many attempts at tackling players from behind compared to real life?
Last edited by BiggusD; 14-03-2012 at 16:37.
There isn't a whole lot you can do to make your players tackle better you know, have it on easy tackling and tell the team to stay on feet? yep, I've tried that when I played as Barcelona but that didn't stop the yellows coming in, but I guess I just don't have a clue right?
So I loaded up my new Barcelona save and after 8 games played of the season these are the statistics combined from all the refs:
347 yellow cards
17 red cards
Now, 347 yellow cards dished out in 80 matches which is 4 per game? one ref has 37 from 6 which is about 6 a game, another has 32 from 4 which is 8 a game.
The Premiership has about half as much yellow cards even though it's more physical compared to La Liga? Germany has even more by the looks of it.
Latest save from latest patch, one ref in the French league has 50 yellow cards and 2 red cards after 7 matches yet in over 100 games your FB's alone only rack up 15 whereas after 8 games my striker has already got 3? I know you're talking about Full Backs but you seem to defend FM at every corner while blaming every problem on the user, if FM was as perfect as you make it out to be we wouldn't need patches even after what, 5 months?
Last edited by kingpug; 15-03-2012 at 08:19.
Yeah Wwfan how about you back yourself up with some stats for a change........:P
Wwfan has fullbacks who rarely get booked, he concedes 1 goal every 3 matches and barely ever sees his AM lose the ball, let me guess, your players never get injured because you're just that awesome and they have a pass percentage of about 98% because again, you are just that damn good? all you seem to do is defend the game based on your own experiences providing zero proof while saying anyone that experiences something they don't agree with pretty much sucks.
That guy got 2 red cards yet I don't, that clearly means I'm just awesome whereas he sucks? that seems to be your logic behind everything.
There is a very simple explanation, he knows what he is doing, more than probably anyone on the forums, he doesnt need to lie about anything as its all true.
Look, he helps code the match engine, he knows more about the game mechanics than 99% of the people that post on these forums, what he achieves is not through luck, or buying the worlds best players, its by him actually knowing what he should be doing. He is anything but arrogant about that fact, infact he tries his best to help people, although i have no idea why when you read posts like yours.
You clearly have not looked through his posts, and you also seem to have no idea why he has made that post, next time before you attack someone, know what your actually talking about. Right now your making yourself look like a fool.
Anyway man, I said what I had to say and I don't want to derail a thread talking about 1 guy to his fanboy, so if you want to keep defending him do it in private and I'd be happy to, but I still think the way he's posting is ridiculous regardless of how good he is or what he's done on FM etc.
Last edited by kingpug; 15-03-2012 at 18:04.
hahahaha i suggest you also think about what year it is.
I defend all the mods, especially Ackter, he is my hero.
To be honest not sure what the fuss is about. I pointed out to the OP where i though he was going wrong, and he seemed to agree. I'm playing as United, I have the same back line as him, and his bookings are 3 times as high as mine. I did have a problem similar to him very early on and quickly spotted the issues, so i can pretty much see why his fullbacks are getting cards. It is partly down to his approach, but also down to the players themselves, and a few small changes, and more player development (Fabio, Jones' PPM) will see a fall in cards.
I've had the same problem with my players getting inconsistent cards and they ain't for tackles, but stupid stuff like bumping into the player, well according to the commentary anyway.
My defensive record and starting full backs from last season, as my word doesn't seem to be good enough.
For the record, I am not saying anyone is rubbish at the game. Rather that the problems they report are down to something they are doing, not inherent to the game itself. Until people recognise that, you cannot help them.
I would say there is enough of a problem wit with the game & in particular the tactical interface.
Take 'Hard' tackling as an example, in the real world I would define this as being a more forceful in a challenge, standing your ground so to speak but in FM world it means play dirty by pulling/holding/pushing players or committing persistent tripping offences to break up play.
The ME does not always do what we would expect it to do based on the language used in the interface, rarely, sometimes & often are meaningless words based on how the ME interprets them when compared to how most football people would understand these instructions.
it just seems to me its very easy for them to get booked, and they are not getting booked when higher up the pitch, this is tackles in the final 3rd. i have no problems with them getting booked for a foul that stops them scoring, but the same player did the same, no booking. and i wasn't refering to just me either, i was facing blackburn, yakubu got sent off for 2 fouls. i dont think the ME is putting that sort of stuff into consideration.
midfield is not getting yellows thrown at them, and they make the same sort of fouls.
half the time i dont know who is booked when it isn't shown on the game i am watching.
You can get booked for a single foul that is a bit too late or is obviously stopping the player without attempting to win the ball or because you are consistently making niggling fouls. You need to know which type of foul your players tend to commit. If the former type, it is likely your team is getting stretched and forced into slightly reckless tackles. If so, your formation structure, roles, duties and mentality are likely to be the cause. If the team is merely niggly and dirty, then tackling hardness and time wasting are the more likely culprits.
team isn't getting stretched though, thats the strange thing. might just be a bunch of fussy refs, last 4 games been very little in terms of bookings and i havn't changed anything.
oh he got 2 yellows AGAIN, making tackles he didn't need to make and being booked for "tripping" they player did that 3 times.
Last edited by scott MUFC; 15-03-2012 at 21:56.
Then they must be niggly fouls? It HAS to be one or the other. Perhaps you should look back at the yellows and see why your players are picking them up.
I suspect your FBs tend to get caught high because of your high line, their attacking mentalities and run from deep settings, and are forced into stretched tackles from behind when the opposition breaks. If you are totally dominant, they won't get booked. However, if the other team is looking to counter and reasonably effective in doing so, they'll get caught out of position and forced into taking action.
If you want to stop it, YOU need to work out why it is happening and stop thinking it is inherent to the game or down to fussy refs. It is tactical / player related, and the solution is in your hands.
my last one was him being randomly infront of the back 4, therfore didn't need to make the tackle, how he ended up there i dunno.
nani just got booked for a nothing challange though
Last edited by scott MUFC; 15-03-2012 at 22:05.
i dunno, i might see what they are set as, smalling is lunging in like mad when on a yellow.
just let assistand do a match, only bookings on my team are smalling and evra, and he played flat 4-4-2 so less holes.
strange one this.
Last edited by scott MUFC; 15-03-2012 at 22:12.
How do you not know if they are backing off? Look at the replay.
Fired up players are more inclined to lose discipline - something not mentioned yet in this thread.
it isn't that team talks nothing is happening.
IT could be a game thing (i dont care if you say it isn't) looking at positional things, ferdinand was booked for pulling someone back on the wing halfway back in my half, thier player pulls someone back in the centre circle, nothing.
looking through there is very little problems, just random tackles that seem to yellow cards when in the final 3rd and not, in the central area
Which makes perfect sense. Your team is being forced to make fouls in the final third, as they are being stretched, whereas AI teams make them higher up the pitch, as they aren't. As your foul happens in more dangerous circumstances, a yellow is far more likely.looking at positional things, ferdinand was booked for pulling someone back on the wing halfway back in my half, thier player pulls someone back in the centre circle, nothing.
i dont think it is against the user, just think it isn't considering where the areas are, players that are not threating (aka centre circle) fouls are just fouls, if a player has a chance of getting to the goal, yellow - i expect that, but a foul that isn't a booking in the centre circle infront of my back foor (few feet away) is. the wing one shouldn't have been a booking, shirt tug yellow card, player had lots of cover. thats what i'm pointing at as a game thing, it is basing it on position.
they arn't being forced to make these fouls, players just seem to be making them
Last edited by scott MUFC; 15-03-2012 at 22:58.
If you believe that, then you'll never work out how to stop it.I don't think it's hard coded against the user. But I do think it's coded in such a way that in the long-term it affects the user much more than the AI teams. Same goes for injuries,especially injuries actually but that's another thing.
As long as we are close to the real life statistics it means we are ok,right?
There are copious reasons you might have had so many injuries. One is bad luck. However, you need to realise the ME does not know which team is the user team and which team is the AI team. If you are consistently getting more injuries than the AI teams average, it is down to the instructions you are providing the ME.
There are always reasons for repeating patterns. Blaming the ME is not just fallacy, but a total cop out. The moment you realise that a high proportion of your problems are off your own making, you have taken the first step towards solving them.
There are other more mechanic reasons that might cause this as well (i.e. poor mentality slider settings), but the above is the core reason.
Quite simply, if it happens to you, but not to others (including myself) then there are three possible conclusions.
1: You are amazingly brilliant at FM, with a secret rubber band effect activating in your matches to stop you unrealistically dominating and to keep the game competitive through unfair means. The rest of us aren't as good as you, so do not experience the effect.
2: It happens to you because of something or things you, but not others, are doing. If you stopped doing these things, you'd stop seeing these patterns.
3: It happens to everyone, but some of us deliberately lie about it to try and wind you up.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...
There's far more a human player can do in the game, than the AI can.
The AI in FM isn't as sophisticated as people seem to think it is. It doesn't cheat and it's not as clever as this...
Meanwhile, the answer to all your problems, indeed EVERYTHING... is of course, 42.
Last edited by heathxxx; 16-03-2012 at 00:19.
So I'll take the 3d choise if you don't mind.
The way you reply is like me (and the rest who replied on this thread) made a random tactic,took random players and are posting to cry about how the game cheats us. Like I (and I suppose we) haven't tried different tactics and different approaches or different trainings.
So unless you got an actual thing to propose in order to stop these things that you never encounter yourself,no,I can't really see any actual logic to those replies. The "it's your tactics" reply is getting old. And no,it's not always the sliders,unless you imply that the around 4-6 people that have replied positively about this thread are using the exact same sliders and are encountering the same problem.
Anyway,this doesn't go anywhere.I might as well drop it here.
I have helped by writing a pretty extensive guide to tactics, available in the Tactics Forum. It's stickied under Tactical Theorems and Frameworks. Plus multiple other threads and advice. It's also worthwhile reading anything by Heath, Cleon or SFraser.
If you haven't read them, I suggest you do.
And I haven't implied anything about exact same slider settings. There is a style of play that tends to produce the phenomena you experience. The settings do not have to be exactly matched.
As an aside, I actually think the flaws of the ME create these schools of thought. I look at some of the "super" tactics, (with setting that i know are just not going to work properly, that eventually fail when the AI reacts from your increased rep, and I think, if the ME was more robust, or the AI was better equipped, these approaches would get ripped apart in the first half an hour of a match
In all my time on this forum, I can assure that no one knows and understands the game better than wwfan, Cleon, Heath and the late SFraser. If the first three are saying something, you should listen and take their advice, because your game will improve from doing so. Seriously take the time to read their threads/guides etc. Or just carry on being wrong. The choice is yours. Same goes for the OP.
Making it sophisticated enough to employ logical and individually tailored strategies that relate to the match context is a huge challenge.
Now I'm not expecting you to admit this, but FM is not a perfect game in 100% working order nor is the ME for that matter but I guess if something bad happens it's just the user right? and not the perfect game that replicates real football with deadly accuracy.
Oh look, my player got a straight red card even though his tackling is on easy, guess that's just me being crap at the game right? I also fail to see how giving instructions causes injuries but again, a player getting injured is OUR fault and not the games, honestly mate, with the defending you do of FM I'm getting the feeling you pretty much made it and funded it entirely on your own, I guess it's also my fault that players who go 40 games without injury suddenly get injured 2 days before a major final right? my keeper has 3 shots against him and conceded 3 goals because it's my fault, you're one of the biggest yet saddest fanboys I have ever seen so keep up the good work.
No need for that kind of post kingpug.
Post with some respect for everyone else please.
On the subject of your post, FM isn't a perfect game, no-one will ever tell you that it is, the ME is flawed, as is the AI. That doesn't meant that everything that happens is the user's fault, everything that you've mentioned happens in real life too. Players get injured before important competitions after being injury free for ages, keepers concede every shot sometimes. But that doesn't mean that you as a manager can't take some measures to limit some things happening.
Last edited by ham_aka_stam; 16-03-2012 at 10:45.
Waaay.... tooo....many for me... (my team only....half way through season, I've gotten 74 yellows (10ish reds, all through double-yellow). Next highest team is like 47ish. Playing BSN Stafford Rangers in 2013/14 season, and just can't seem to escape a game without picking up 3 or 4 at least.
For last match of the 2013 calendar year, I was short four starters through their 5th yellow of the season. Add on top of that injuries, I was lucky to field a squad