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  1. I'm playing LLM in England 99,99% of the time, as I am fascinated by the English Football Pyramid and the immense number of levels & teams it has. I am amazed to find teams with 120+ years of history and I just love reading about them,

    37 minutes ago, Brother Ben said:

    I like do a Google Street View walk around of the area to get me in the mood. I also like to read up whatever history of the club I can find on Wikipedia etc

    I've also find myself doing this. I am also checking out the opposition town & stadium when " travelling " to away games. Sometimes this has a bittersweet feeling - as I would have loved to grow up supporting a small team in an idyllic small English town.

    Sometimes I look up players pictures online for those in my team that do not have and you know, put a face to them :D

    I've recently discovered The Dafuge Challenge and The Youth Academy Challenge and I'm trying to play one of them. 


  2. I've just discovered this forum & challenge and god.. you guys are great ! You are dragging me into this madness :D. I will start a save when I will get home from work.

    Quick off-topic question : I've seen a lot of strange nick names for your players and I'm pretty sure there is something good behind them so :

    What's with all that : john doe 30c , john doe yp19a17 ? 

  3. I second this.

    If I may take it a little further, we need a quick way to switch set pieces during the match - safer or riskier or whatever. 

    Now we have to go Tactics -> Set Pieces dropdown -> Free Kicks / Corners - > Load etc. And it doesn't always work, as @glengarry224 mentioned. 

    It's great we have a "Team Instruction Pop-up" with auto-pause during the match. How about another tab there ? In Possession / In Transition/ Out of Possession & Set Pieces.  

    Maybe we can have split sections in this new tab with Set Pieces / Corners / Throw Ins  , each with the current Collection Loaded . Maybe a button "Play It Safe"  that loads the " Safe Collection" previously defined. 

    How about some checkbox rules that could override the set pieces ?

    - Like " DM always stays back if needed" - so if a player that finds himself in DM position and he is the corner taker, he will not be the current corner taker ;

    - or "At least 3 men are staying back" with a list of candidates by position .



  4. On 20/05/2021 at 11:09, Pav_Makarov said:

    Please tell me, a guy who bailed out of 21 to play FM 18 and be happy, are wingers still mindlessly hitting the ball into fullbacks to get the corner or sometimes they manage to pull a cross or even roll the ball back?

    There are soooo many crossing attempts in a match, player & AI teams. Sometimes there are more than 1 cross/minute combined !! 

    I gave up on roles that have "Cross more often" hardcoded because I just can't watch the endless action of "let me wait for the defender to close down so I can attempt a cross into his foot" .






    16 minutes ago, ThomasHK1979 said:

    Very helpful thanks. A couple of questions. 
    1) Any PI instructions?

    2) So your IF is you (Musialowski) is your top scorer in the 4231 formation? 

    1. Not from the start.

    2. Yes, but the strikers are close with 4 and 5 goals behind each. 

    Anyway my IF is a dum-dum :onmehead:: 19yo with very good dribbling 16 , good finishing 14.. and concentration of a toddler 4. He has very good games and a lot of decent and bad games. 

    Also I am facing a lot of teams with 5 defenders ( 3-5-something , 5-3-something) or teams with 2 DM and I am not tweaking the tactics correctly every time to make space for him.

    But at the start of the season this was my plan : create on the right and in the middle, finish with IF on the left and TM/P in the center, sign a good scoring player on the left, a defensive player in the center. 

    I have 4 games to go, won the National League already and top scorers are IF L 17 goals, and the strikers with 14 and 13 goals. 




    I think I've managed to put my plan into practice :D



  6. 13 hours ago, ThomasHK1979 said:

    Can you share your tactics. Thanks. 

    These 2 I use most of the time as starting point. My IF is the top scorer of my team.

    Sometimes I start with balanced mentality, sometimes I start wider from the beginning - depending on opposition and their formation.

    If opposition has DM ( one or two ) and I am playing 4-2-3-1 I set the AM to roam from position and maybe on support duty.  Sometimes I set the TM to S and AMC to A.

    Sometimes my striker is playing Poacher instead of TM. 

    If I am taking too many long shots I set up work ball in the box.

    Sometimes I tweak crosses, sometimes I tweak crossing target of wide players.

    There are a lot of helpful tips in the tactical forum, there are helpful tips in people posts all over the forums actually . 

    I still have things to improve, sometimes I cannot find space and I am not taking the right decisions tweaking the tactic.. but I am learning to read the ME better and react accordingly.



  7. On 28/03/2021 at 01:42, Tyburn said:

    I believe wildly differing player ratings are firmly to do with what tactic is being played. I don’t know the correct formulas but it seems certain roles in certain tactics just don’t get the ratings the play merits.

    I have also noticed this.. There is a relation between tactics & roles & duties that affect player ratings, which sounds logical but is not quite obvious somehow. Players will do good in the system and positions that will fit them.

    Maybe I am wrong, but have a look at this:

    I am top of the league, a little past half season in National League with Hartlepool United. I am playing 4-3-3 DM Wide or 4-2-3-1 .

    I've managed to understand what I want from my tactics and my players in respect of their roles and duties ( with the help of some threads in tactics forum) and things have changed dramatically this season:


    There is one guy that still eludes me, as I cant seem to find a way to make him play "better" - or at least get higher ratings. One of the MC :


    The difference from last season is not in the tactics .. as I am playing the same formation, but in the roles & duties of players .. with some changes in tactical instructions.

    Here are the stats for my creative winger - Big difference ! Half season only and he has twice the assists and same number of goals.


    Here is the main striker - less goals , more assists ( playing as TM(s) most of the time ) but doing a better job according to ratings.


    Central defender - again a big improvement !


  8. 2 minutes ago, themadsheep2001 said:

    Yeah that's why I pay attention to the Xg story as well as watching games on comprehensive as usual. Big difference between two similar xgs If one is a lot of lesser chances Vs one with few but bigger spikes. That would tell you straight what the breakdown was

    I generally see my team having a lot of lesser chances ..mostly misplaced headers. I am wondering how can I improve on that ?

    I am watching the games on comprehensive highlights and usually I see we dominate possession as intended, but with less clear changes as I would love to see.. 

  9. 11 minutes ago, smplfc123 said:

    I think a bit of both really, although I understand what you're saying in terms of where the potential gaps could surface. What would you recommend? A DM?

    As for the HDL, hat's only used on the second tactic where i'm aiming to be more attacking.

    Oh I'm really far away from recommending anything... I am still learning and trying to understand FM tactics.

    I am genuinely interested in this tactical approach, as in my current save I've just took over Hartlepool United in the second season. They are packed with good Central Midfielders and they have a very good Left Winger and I am trying to figure out how to play 433 DM wide .. like your system.



  10. Can I ask about the first tactic posted ..

    Who do you see providing protection / cover on the left flank ( as the FB is on attacking mentality ) ?  The Anchor or the BWM ?

    I always imagined the Anchorman not leaving his center area of the field in front of the defense , and the BWM on Support sometimes wandering away trying to get the ball back. 

    Is this working because of the positive mentality and the Higher Defense Line so the " pitch is smaller" in a sense that BWM and/or Anchorman can and will move quickly to cover the left flank ?

    Thank you.


  11. What I have noticed ( maybe I am wrong and need more testing ) is that some shouts are not good to use for the "entire team": " fire up", "focus", "calm down".

    They seem to have some effect when used on one or two specific players , when it's needed: "fired up" doesn't look like it has a positive effect on defender for example. Again, maybe I am wrong.

    " Praise " , " Encourage" , "Demand more" are safe bets for the "entire team" with 9,10 positive results.


  12. Hi,

    Somehow I've managed to break something, I dont know what.

    Even with the default skin, the icons are colorless . 

    Can someone point me into the right direction to correct this ? I've extracted the icons folder from sitoolkit, copy it to /graphics/icons.. but it's the same.


    Thank you.

    no colors.png

  13. I had the same issue : same trigger with opponent player injury... clicked the pop up , got stuck on opponent tactics screen.

    I had to take the pep talk for both team, witch was amazing : I was so proud of opponent players loosing to my lower division team, with a late goal in the 94min ! GG Eastleigh. :D

    Waited a lot on " awaiting media .." , clicking and moved forward.

    Glad it didn't crashed , was a hard worked win in the cup. :applause:

  14. Hi,

    Is there a way to interpolate the value of the url widget as a static + variable value ?

    Something like "www.google.com/search?q={City_Name}" ?

    I was thinking that would nice to have a link on the club overview panel that would open the default browser to a google search.

    I have seen the url widget in the news panels but I cand figure out how to set the value out.

    <widget class="url_text" id="urlt" auto_size="vertical" size="xlarge" colour="secondary" alignment="centre_x,top">
    				<string id="url_tracking_category" value="feature_news_item_url_clicked" />
    				<record id="object_property">
    					<integer id="get_property" value="Murl" />




  15. 11 hours ago, rdbayly said:

    One of the biggest problems is that wide players - even those with stand out attributes and in a role / system that should produce these - seldom attempt first time crosses. This is particularly frustrating  when you see your DLP play a great diagonal pass to a wide player during a counter attack, and said wide player slows down and punts it in to the defender's legs for a corner (I swear half my highlights start with corners - but if I get started on set pieces now, I'll start ranting). To see how far this has regressed, all you have to do is load up a save from an older FM iteration and you notice it immediately.

    This a very annoying aspect of the ME: while watching the game on comprehensive highlights it feels like a lot of highlights start with the wide player WAITING for the defender to block the cross. Maybe is a poor way to express " hey here we have a corner ", or maybe there should be skipped somehow from the highlights - I don't know , or maybe there is a real issue with the ME - but seeing that wide player going dumb with the ball is tiresome.

    Also there are other glitches that are in same annoying category : offside after throw-in near the corner flag - I have this 2-3 times a game , offside after short-corner - again 2-3 times a game.

    Player ratings are way different than other years, even after 2 patches I rarely see an 8+ ratting ( only with a hattrick I've seen an 8.5 - but before the December update I had seen a 10 rating). It feels like this year the ratings are condensed somehow in a small interval 6.4 - 7.4 maybe 7.5 . It's hard to judge who's playing better and who isn't based on ratings.


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