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  1. Been reading a bunch of stuff about training cycles and how training should be set at three month intervals (or more) to increase the chance of strong player growth. My question is - does that apply only for individual training (ie positions or specific attribute training) or does that also apply to the general team training? Right now I try to switch it up bi-weekly between general/tactics/ball control and although I have been rather satisfied with the overall development of my team, wondering if it could be even better.
  2. How is tactical familiarity determined in international management? I currently manage Canada and Toronto FC. I run the exact same trio of base tactics, mentalities, shape, PI/TI, set piece instructions etc at both. My Canada squad currently has 12 TFC players of which 8 are in the starting lineup, yet the familiarity is 'awkward' (about 33% full), while for TFC its perfectly fluid for all three. Obviously I'm not expecting fluid, but I'd think accomplished at a minimum based on my heavy club reliance (and the fact that I've called basically the same squad for two years now so the other players have also had 20-ish matches over that time span with the tactics. I guess the follow-up is, does it even matter?
  3. Only way we're getting in! Is there a way to see who hosts 2026 on game start?
  4. I'm having some issues with getting a correct knockout stage draw for my knockout Copa America tournament Right now I have the 'indices for next stage' option (or whatever its called) within the first knockout stage set up as such (team # - Stage Name - pos) 0 - Group A - 0 1 - Group A - 1 2 - Group B - 0 3 - Group B - 1 4 - Group C - 0 5 - Group C - 1 6 - Group D - 0 7 - Group D - 1 Then when I go to cup mappings I have the following (match # - home team - away team) 0 - Team 0 (A1) - Team 3 (B2) 1 - Team 2 (B1) - Team 1 (A2) 3 - Team 4 (C1) - Team 7 (D2) 4 - Team 6 (D1) - Team 5 (C2) However, when the draw actually happens, the rules aren't followed and it is just a random draw. I have at least avoided the same group issue by setting the 'don't draw teams from same group' rule, but it is completely random from that point on what groups play each other and what group positions they are in. As such I guess my questions are 1) Is there anything wrong in my setup? 2) Right now I have the first part set up within the first knockout stage, since there isn't a similar option within the group stage settings (which is slightly ambiguous to me since the option is for the 'next round'). Should that option exist within the group stage rules? 3) If at the end of the day I really don't care which groups play each other (ie I'd be fine with 1A/2B, 1B/2D, 1C/2A, 1D/2C or something), is there a way for me to set that up in the fixed draw rules? The only option I see is 'don't draw same seedings together', but does that apply to the initial seeds used to draw the groups or the standings at the end of the group stage?
  5. Wish I could show this using screens but I'm not around my playing computer for a couple days (stupid work). The main reason I like using the AF here is because I do feel he really stretches out the opposition's defense. I compare it a bit to a hockey team on the counterattack, where after getting possession they will send a forward high up the ice towards the opposition blue line to immediately get the defenders to retreat or risk giving up a breakaway. In this case its slightly different (offsides rule changes things of course), but the concept is still there. As I'm entrusting my other nine outfield players to defend and retrieve the ball, I'm 100% OK isolating the AF when in a defensive posture at the benefit of stretching out the gap between the opposition defenders and midfielders (or at a very minimum the central midfielders and the centre backs). Once the ball is retrieved, if there's no break opportunity the ball generally gets worked up the field slowly. In this case I find even with the attack duty the AP tracks back a bit and either floats to the wing to get a potential long ball or presents himself as an option to hold the ball up in the middle circle. In either of these cases, since he's not really looking to push forward there will generally be some support from a flank player or the AP when he gets the ball. Only in the absolute worst case scenario (ie the defense is out of shape and needs to be reset) would I want a defender to just boot the ball down the pitch (as in this case yes the AF is 100% isolated and will extremely rarely win the ball). If there is a break opportunity, I find the ball usually ends up with the right side winger. The optimal usage of the AF is if he can keep the entire defensive line slightly deeper and allow the winger to run at the defender with pace (or even better, if just the centre backs stay back and prior to receiving the ball the winger can just run right past his full back with no risk of being offsides). Once this happens, even on a support duty the AP and the BBM will both make their way forward. What I find happens most often on a good counter is the winger will take the ball down near the byline and you have the AF charging into the box with the CD's, the BBM coming in slightly later to also challenge the CD's, the WM coming into the box late, the AP lingering around the top of the box and the A + FB acting as reset outlets. The tl;dr I guess is since my TI's focus either bringing the ball out up slowly or countering with force and numbers, the AF generally avoids being isolated with the ball, and I am more than happy to leave him isolated and farther up the pitch without the ball.
  6. Haha good to see I'm figuring this stuff out. Do you find the DF pushes back the opposing defensive line enough when they don't have the ball? I tried a DLF for a bit and mostly just found that he drifted too far back so when I tried to counter my midfield didn't have a lot of space. The AF at least stays high up so while there's the odd time that he's isolated when I go to counter my LM/RM usually have a bit of room to run or if their fullbacks push up there's space for the A/BBM/AP to pass the ball around. I found this as well (which is why I'm not a huge fan of the 4-4-1-1). I'd rather have the extra defensive help, and in reality with the 4-1-4-1 I find that the anchor man is actually pretty important because 90% of the time when the attack resets it ends up with him having the ball.
  7. I find the best counter football is played with the 4-1-4-1 - I've been running with the following with Canada (counter, flexible). ------------------AF (A) WM (S) - BBM (S) - AP (S) - W (S) -------------------A (D) FB (S/A) - CD (S) - CD (S) - FB (S) ------------------GK (D) TI: Stick to position, more disciplined, retain possession, play narrower Couple notes 1) If I'm playing at home against a team I think I'm better than I'll set the FB to A, and then have my WM sit more inside to allow for possible overlap (find the shape doesn't change too much if at all) 2) If I'm playing against a team that's far better me I'll set the defensive line slightly deeper and try to take a breather throughout the match when I'm absorbing a lot of pressure. Results have been rather promising so far. Wouldn't call Canada a power by any means but got through the semi-final round with a 3-2-1 record (including three road draws in Mexico/Central America) and currently 1-2-2 in the final qualifying round (both losses to Mexico). Conceded 11 goals in 11 matches (4 in the 7 matches against non-Mexico countries and never more than two in a single match against anyone), and I've had more clear cut chances than the opposition in 9 of the 11 matches (as is the case IRL with Canada, scoring goals unfortunately is...not a thing). The counter looks pretty nice when its executed well. The winger is slightly higher up than the rest of the midfield so he acts as the outlet for the defenders, and then you get the trailing BBM heading into the box with the AF, and the AP sitting back to distribute if the opposition has numbers in the box. Or it gets flipped to the left and the FB makes the appropriate overlap run and fires in a cross with the WM/BBM/AP/AF/W all in the general box vicinity. If the counter isn't there, the retain possession instruction at least slows the match down and gives me a decent spell of possession. Defensively, the ball gets forced out to the flanks a ton. The opposition will routinely play 40-50 yard balls across the field to their fullbacks (which looks impressive), but the ML/MR generally close them down before they can get a cross off. Even when they don't, you have a mass of humanity in the box to make sure there's not much chance of damage. I think I've conceded two goals total where the opposition had more than a single touch on the ball in my box. The one downside of the tactic I've seen so far is that I concede an absolute crapload of corners (like, 7-10 per match). I feel like with an actual useful striker this tactic would be ridiculous - need to test it out at a club team.
  8. As for my question, what's the difference between the 'creative/disciplined' and 'stick/roam position' team instructions? If I'm trying to create a tactic where my team pretty much bunkers and sticks to the 4-1-4-1 formation and really only breaks from it when a clear counter-attack opportunity presents itself, which one of these is the more important one to set (or both?). Also should I be setting my team instruction to 'counter' or 'defensive?'
  9. Basically just sets the the baseline for each PI. Setting 'close down less' on the second screen would still result in the player closing down more than setting the same instruction in the first screen because of the overall team mandate to close down more.
  10. Cool thanks So if I want my AML to get more touches, would the best way to do so just be to tell my team to exploit the left flank in the team instructions?
  11. Checking in with a really dumb question as I haven't really played seriously since FM '09 Where do I set someone as a playmaker or target man? Or is that long gone?
  12. Hey guys, I created a Canadian league to go with this file, based on the the Canadian DB in the OP (so credit to Milo for getting it set up). Using the same format as OP, it features: - Canadian Soccer League (1/16) - Canadian Soccer League 2 (1/16) - Canadian Soccer Regional Divisions (3/16) - split regionally (West/Central/East) - Canada Cup - Regional Cups (BC-Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec/Maritimes) - Metropolitan Area Cups (Greater Vancouver, Greater Toronto, Greater Montreal) - Clubs are a combination of already existing clubs as well as new ones for major Canadian cities that don't have major clubs (ie Winnipeg/Saskatoon/Regina/Halifax etc). - Per this list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_100_largest_municipalities_in_Canada_by_population), the entire top 25 is included, and the teams that aren't included are mostly municipalities in the GTA (Richmond Hill/Ajax-Pickering etc) since there are already a ton of Toronto-area teams in the leagues - All clubs have unique home/away uniforms as well as stadiums - All clubs have at least one rivalry based on geography if available, otherwise they will have one based on competitiveness - Major derbies set up based on cities (Toronto v Toronto, Montreal v Montreal etc) or on provincial rivalries (Battle of Alberta, Battle of Quebec, Hamilton/Toronto rivalry etc) - Awards for each league (Best XI, MVP, Manager of the Year, Golden Boot) and a couple more for the CSL (best GK/D/M/F etc) Known issues that perhaps someone could help out with 1) CCL first year is completely random, but after that it works fine (top 3 teams from CSL + Canada Cup winner based on the CCL provided above) 2) The East/Central regional divisions work well, but if two teams from CSL2 that are in Ontario/Quebec/Maritimes get relegated then the game just seems to pick a random Central team and move them out to the West region. I tried to set the league boundary well into Ontario to at least get a western Ontario team (ie Thunder Bay/Windsor) out there but it didn't seem to work. I also gave each team's stadium latitude/longitude so the game could maybe recognize which stadium was the most Western but as it didn't work I'm not sure what to do. Down the road the West will likely be a bit of a mess but its still pretty good after 10 years of simming. Other than that, it seems to work pretty well. If the US league is the BPL, the Canadian league is the French/Portuguese/Russian division; a tier below but still very competitive. You will see high quality Canadian re-gens from this file and Canada will be slightly behind US/Mexico as the best in North America. I simmed this for 10 years in conjunction with the US file and saw no issues. The link is here http://www.mediafire.com/?knaglbsi39aa3kh
  13. Its Gold Cup time! We'll look at the actual tournament in the next post, but there was the squad announcement and some pre-tournament friendlies to be played before the show begins. For the Canada squad, it will be the last international tournament for two of our biggest stars. Atiba Hutchinson has announced that his recurring knee injuries are too much to handle and he wants to retire before requiring another major surgery. However, he will be around to give it a final go for the national side. Michael Klukowski made the team due to his dominant form in Cyprus, but he too will be hanging them up after the tournament. Andre Hainault and Luca Gasparotto miss out due to injury, but here is the final 22 man roster for the first true major international tournament of the Gord Smith era. Goalkeepers Milan Borjan Maxime Crepeau Alex Rowland Defenders Marcel de Jong David Edgar Dejan Jakovic Michael Klukowski Niklas Ledgerwood Ashtone Morgan Adam Straith Midfielders Bryce Alderson Keven Aleman Randy Edwini-Bonsu Atiba Hutchinson Will Johnson Zaccaria Melegari Nick Nonni Samir Salihovic Josh Simpson Forwards Lucas Cavallini Simeon Jackson Olivier Occean We played three friendly matches that I won't get into overwhelming detail about. In essence, the latter two disappointing losses to El Salvador and Jamaica offset the win against Barbados, but on the plus side we were the better squad in all of the games. We'll just need some clinical finishing, and it looks like Lucas Cavallini will be the man up front as he moves into a more prominent role with the national team. Canada - 3, Barbados - 0 Goals: CAN: Edwini-Bonsu 47', Cavallini 64', Gittings (og) 68' Cards: CAN: Cavallini, Simpson, Hutchinson, Melegari, Johnson, Aleman Canada - 0, El Salvador - 1 Goals: ESV: Nonni (og) 69' Cards: CAN: Alderson ESV: Romero, Sanchez Canada - 0, Jamaica - 1 Goals: JAM: Ebanks-Blake 23' Cards: CAN: Edgar JAM: Lawrence, Austin, Hardware As well, to cover off some happenings from around the world Domestic Standings Premier League La Liga Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 Continental Competitions Champions League Europa League Results Copa America Groups
  14. The 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship is upon us. Unlike 2013, where we surprised a lot of people by getting to the finals, the bookies have us as a pre-tournament favourite to take home the title. And why not? We have Nick Nonni starting in the Barclay's Premier League, Luca Gasparotto starting in Serie A and a bunch of other players either plying their trade in Europe or steady starters in MLS. The future looks bright, and its up to these 21 youngsters to get us, at the very least, to Switzerland for the World Cup, and at the most our first trophy in a few years. Canada U-20 Squad We start off with the group stage, and a pair of matches against Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago. In both cases, the opposition is hopefully outmatched. Zaccaria Melegari had a high-profile transfer for Arsenal in the winter of 2015, and while he didn't make it into a game with the Gunners, he shows why they invested over $3,000,000 in him as he puts up a hat trick against Guatemala, including a stunning 30 yard free kick goal that will bode well for him controlling set pieces for the senior team. We move onto the Trinis in the second match, and its more of the same. We're scoreless at the hour mark, but after that Keven Aleman sets up Antonio Gauss for what turns out to be the game winning goal, and soon after its Melegari with a brilliant cross that finds the head of Gauss to double the lead. The winger decides to add his fourth goal of the tournament in the 90th minute to round off a dominant group stage performance. The only downside is that Gauss did take yellow cards in both matches, so he will be out for the quarterfinal with Niall Bonifacio starting for him. Canada - 3, Guatemala - 0 Goals: CAN: Melegari 37', 45', 63' (pen) Cards: CAN: Jelicic 5, Gauss 16, Nonni 27' GUA: Escobar 73' Trinidad & Tobago - 0, Canada - 3 Goals: CAN: Jackson 83', 88' Cards: None We finish first in the group, and therefore draw El Salvador, who finished in second place in Group D, behind Honduras. Anyone who had questions about Bonifacio's ability to fill in for Gauss were quieted in rather stunning fashion in the first half, as the 17 year with all of one appearance for Vancouver in his two years at the club put up a well-deserved hat trick. After adding a fourth goal early in the second half, he was subbed off to a standing ovation and a likely start in the semi-finals. The Canadian defense, led by a partnership of Gasparotto and Thomas Hadzic in the middle were rock-solid, as El Salvador could not manage a single shot on goal. A decisive 4-0 win ensured that Canada would participate in their second straight U-20 World Cup. Canada - 4, El Salvador - 0 Goals: CAN: Bonifacio 25', 38', 42', 49 Cards: None The semi-final draw was a bit unfortunate and put us up against Mexico, while the other two qualifiers, USA and Honduras paired off in the other semi-final. We catch a massive break in the 16th minute, as Mexican defender Raul Orduna attempts a simple header back to his keeper Raul de la Rosa, but the young Santos Laguna keeper is caught off his line, and can only deflect the ball as it bounces over him and into the open net to give us a 1-0 lead. El Tri put on some sporadic pressure, but once again we're dominating the match and it appears that we just need a second goal to cruise to the final. It finally comes with just over a quarter hour left, as Gasparotto, who has been a rock in the back the entire tournament, gets up on a corner and heads it home to give us the 2-0 lead. Gauss, who replaced a somewhat disappointing Bonifacio in the 70th minute scores the insurance marker, and with four matches played we have scored 13, conceded none and are a match away from a trophy. Unfortunately we will be without star midfielder Nonni, who picked up his second yellow card of the tournament. Mexico - 0, Canada - 3 Goals: CAN: Orduna (og) 16', Gasparotto 74', Gauss 90' Cards: CAN: Oliveri 13', Nonni 49', Gasparotto 90' The final puts us up against Honduras, who stunned the Americans in their semi-final on penalties. Amazingly, we probably play our best match of the tournament. Gauss returns to the starting lineup and immediately opens his account in the 10th minute to give us the lead. We can't keep a clean sheet for the entire tournament, but its not the Hondurans who score as defender Jason Gantar puts an admittedly impressive header directly into his own goal. However, we take the advantage back right before the break as right winger Chris Scicluna gets into the box and puts home a loose ball. We take complete control of the match in the second half, smothering the opposition attack and as Samir Salihovic adds the final tally in the 89th minute, we can start to celebrate our first ever U-20 championship. Honduras - 1, Canada - 3 Goals: HON: Gantar (og) 33' CAN: Gauss 10', Scicluna 44', Salihovic 89' Cards: None As well, the group stage draw has happened for the final tournament. Our group is certainly challenging with Colombia and Holland, but I am hoping we can have a rather deep run in the tournament. 2015 U-20 World Cup Groups
  15. Aight we're going to change this up a bit. Instead of doing this month by month I'm going to have separate posts for each tournament and then just get to the rest as it happens. As such, we fly into 2015 with 3(!) friendlies, taking us into the U-20 Championship in early April. Below is our friendly schedule for the year; note that there will be some pre-Gold Cup friendlies scheduled when the groups are drawn in January. 2012 Friendly Schedule We do start off the year with a friendly, as due to the preparations for the 2015 Copa Centroamerica there are a bunch of participants looking for friendlies. Therefore, we take a team of domestics off to Notre e Sur for a friendly against the Honduran A team. By all rights it should be a slaughter, but Russell Teibert stuns everyone by making a strong run, getting a through ball from Conrad Trafford and putting one past Ricardo Canales to make it 1-0 Canada. Unfortunately, we don't do much for the rest of the match. The Hondurans continue to press, and manage to delight the home fans in the 86th minute as a series of bad clearances sets up Oscar Boniek Garcia with the easy finish to tie the match. Its disappointing that we're unable to close out the win, but the draw does move us up to 93rd in the world rankings. Canada Squad January 2015 Honduras - 1, Canada - 1 Goals: HON: Garcia 86' CAN: Teibert 7' Cards: HON: Palacios 6' The Gold Cup groups get announced in late January, and we end up in a group with tournament favourite Mexico, along with Panama and Haiti. This tournament has a large amount of importance, and not just because of the Confederations Cup berth that's on the line for the winner. Mexico, the United States and the next top four finishers will qualify for the Copa America Centenario that will be held in America in 2016, and a spot in that would give us potential matchups against some of the world's best teams including defending World Cup champion Brazil. 2015 Gold Cup Groups We schedule pre-tournament friendlies against Barbados, El Salvador and Jamaica (who once again did not qualify for the Gold Cup) to get prepared for the tournament. Those matches will take place in late May and early June. Before that though, its a couple more home friendlies against some middling opponents. We start off with a match against Saudi Arabia, who did qualify for the last World Cup after beating out Ecuador. Our squad doesn't have any U-20 players on it as they prep for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, so players like Nick Nonni and Keven Aleman will not feature. This shows, as the Saudis are able to control the midfield early in the match. While they do dominate possession, they really don't do anything else, and after Josh Simpson scores in the 40th minute we cruise along to a 1-0 victory. The second match features Bolivia, a tricky South American side who almost strike early as Jose Luis Chavez has a gaping goal but hits the upright. The match settles into a bore as the Bolivians are clearly playing for the draw, but a late sub to bring in Simeon Jackson makes me look smart as the Blackpool striker scores twice in five minutes to lead us to a 2-0 win. The pair of wins give us a slight bump in the world rankings, and it appears that barring a disaster in the Gold Cup we should be able to clinch a bye through the first round of World Cup qualifying. Canada Squad March 2015 Canada - 1, Saudi Arabia - 0 Goals: CAN: Simpson 40' Cards: KSA: Rishani 56', Al-Hazzazi 68' Canada - 2, Bolivia - 0 Goals: CAN: Jackson 83', 88' Cards: None
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