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  1. jwchriste

    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    I did something similar in FM17. There was a university team - all players were under 23 I think - that had some great players. Occasionally, I could lure one away. They were so good, that just signing them caused my club rep to increase! Once my rep went up, it got a little easier to sign more. Eventually, I was at L12 with a club rep around 3000. Not realistic, but it's how my fantasy football world developed.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    I'm going to let the rivalries develop naturally. I just don't know what it takes to get one started. I checked the Rival Clubs tab in the IGE and I actually do have one rivalry: AFC Uckfield Town IV. They are only at 31/100 though. I guess that's not enough to show up in game. I don't know how that rivalry started and I haven't played them since my first or second season.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Finished L16: The only loss was the Mid Sussex Senior Cup Semi-Final to Crawley Panthers. We had to match up with them again for Edgar German Challenge Cup Final where we trailed 0-1 until we finally broke through in the 93rd minute in stoppage time, then proceeded to outscore them in extra time to win 3-2 in a nail-biter. C&M were promoted with me again. Between league matches and cups, I've played a lot of matches against them the last few seasons. I'm surprised they haven't become a competitive rival. I don't currently have any rivals. K&H must be like Switzerland.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Nice. Since the database starts K&H (and most teams it seems) with 1000 capacity stadiums, I didn't want my board to build a new one too soon so I edited Adastra Park to make it brand new - gave it a "build date" of 2017. I think I meant to increase the expansion capacity as well but forgot. Hopefully, by the time I'm 20 years in, a 5000 seat stadium will still be sufficient. If not, at least it will be a challenge to overcome. Fun note: I also changed the name of the stadium to "The Pub" (I thought it suited the club logo) and gave the club a nickname - "The Misfits." So my supporters can go down to The Pub and cheer on The Misfits.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Semi-pro doesn't automatically mean you can offer part-time contracts. It means you can now offer money in the form of non-contract or part-time contracts, but it's ultimately up to the board which they let you offer and for what player status (key, first team, etc.). You'll probably just have to play for a while yet with non-contracts until the finances improve or the level of competition demands part-time contracts.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    I know what "junior coaching budget" is and have increased it twice to average. What do you mean by "youth coaching budget"? Do you mean youth recruitment, or youth level, or something else?
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    I forgot to update my progress last season (L18) so here's a quick summary: Best FM18 season I've ever had. Won every single match except for one friendly draw in the pre-season. Outscored the opposition 69-9 in 20 matches of league play. Won all 6 cups. To be honest, it got quite boring mid-season. The only real excitement came in the first three cup finals where I (1) came from behind in the 2nd half, (2) won on penalties when my GK blocked 3 shots, and (3) won in extra time. Had very little injury trouble in my starting XI or subs, and no players left the club to sign with other clubs. Now, current progress (L17): I found league play quite a bit more exciting this season. Probably due to increased injuries and that C&M club which seems almost as good as my K&H side. Two players signed elsewhere, including my club legend, but I was able to immediately lure them back. Currently sitting on £90k, but the board still won't let me improve my youth facilities.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    My only club legend player - Chris Allen (real player too) - now 35yrs old, signed by me when we were in L22 and has been a fan favorite every year, just comes back from a short injury the day before our last cup final match of the season: and RETIRES. One more match. Come on, man! I was going to play him too. He hadn't even hinted at retirement before that.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    I'm not sure which part you're having trouble with, but I'm guessing it's the same thing that took me a couple minutes to figure out. Under Advanced Rules, open the league of interest in the left drop-down. Then double click on the name circled in red: Then, select Contract Types: You shouldn't have any issues finding the same screen for each individual team. Although, you may still have to edit finances to improve them. It may be that setting it to part-time just means that is the maximum type of contract you can offer at the start of the game. Your board may still not actually let you do it if you don't have the financial support.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Just looking at the editor - part-time contracts are coded at the league level for key players and 1st teamers at level 7. Below that, the contract types are all left blank at the league level. The individual clubs could have options set, I didn't look at them. My guess is that if it is left blank, the game's logic uses some combination of chairman profile and club finances to determine if you are allowed to offer part-time contracts. You'll probably have to play and grow your finances a bit before you're allowed to offer part-time contracts. Us amateur players probably have a while yet before we have to worry about it.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    No, only one have decent penalty taker. His favorite shot is straight down the middle.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Came up against C&M for our second match of the season. They were 1st in the league, over me by 3pts. Another stressful game: K&H looked good early and scored first on a beautiful route one followed by a powerful finish. Then C&M were awarded a penalty to tie it up, 1-1. K&H scored on a soft header during a corner kick scramble, the C&M keeper managed to get his fingers on it first so they scored it a weak own-goal. Shortly after, C&M were awarded another penalty to tie it up again, 2-2. Oh no, not again. After a bunch of even play, K&H finally took the lead on another C&M own goal, 3-2. K&H were picking up the pace and were rewarded a penalty for their efforts, but their best penalty taker had already been subbed. K&H hit the woodwork and failed to put the game away. Finally, K&H got a late goal in injury time, 4-2 final. Whew! I didn't realize I had been holding my breath the last 15 minutes of the match. K&H and C&M are tied at the top of the table but K&H gets the nod due to goal differential. I fear there is no room for error in the last 7 matches of the season or C&M will take it all.
  13. jwchriste

    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    While your club is semi-professional, your board is probably preventing you from offering part-time contracts until your finances improve. Just guessing, but that's usually the issue.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Chagossian & Maruitian Association FC seems to be quickly becoming my most threatening adversary. They were promoted with me from MSFL div 5 to div 4. Last season, 3/4 of the matches against them were 1 goal nail-biters which I managed to win. On an 81-game unbeaten streak, our first match against them this season - they finally beat me 2-1 after being awarded THREE penalties (managed to stop the first one). I don't think the opposing teams were awarded three penalties all last season. Oh well, felt good to finally yell aggressively at the team that they were awful and played like a bunch of three-legged turtles. Hopefully, they take it in the spirit in which it was intended.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Wow. That is going to be hard to earn money. Wonder if the board is going to automatically upgrade your beach umbrella, I mean stadium, after a season or two if you start selling out every match.
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