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  1. Right guys I'm ready to do this now if we're all still interested. One thing before we get underway though, how do we want to do this? I can put in here if you'd like, or i could make a thread in FM Stories or somewhere like that if you'd prefer. It's up to you really to say which is easier. It doesn't bother me particularly either way I thought so too but I held back because putting it here reaches a wider audience.
  2. Good advice! Encourage the players to be a bit selfish, i like it. I could imagine this being the kind of team that argues over who gets dibs on free-kicks
  3. Probably not, but that's part of the fun. To be honest, I think it's possible to make nearly anything work. Some ideas are just harder to get right. Either way being successful isn't the objective, it's more to see how individuals thrive in that environment and see if we can actually recreate the sort of magic moments we get on the silver screen. You don't know unless you try.
  4. I guess so? Maybe it would be cool to try it lower down in the leagues though. After all most Sunday League teams end up like this so you could say it's like trying to take your average sunday league team up the football ladder.
  5. Today I was modifying some tactics with my Bognor Regis side and found myself using a tactic with very little in the way of creativity, but which seemed to promote a certain level of INDIVIDUAL brilliance (IE we won a match 2-0, both goals were sheer inspiration from the scorers). It made me wonder if I could build a philosophy around this, only vastly exaggerated. Here's what I'd do, I'd round up the flashiest team i could; players with high numbers in areas like Flair and Technique and other similar attributes, perhaps also with low teamwork stats, then set up all their roles to suit that player alone, not the team, and let them have a bit of fun. I've seen lots of cartoon programmes and movies where there's always a heroic player who wins it for the team, (if you've ever seen Galactic Football you'll know what i mean, that programme was absurd ). That's the sort of ethos i'm looking at. A system where every player is out there just to do what they feel like doing. I don't know if this has been done before, but I've never seen anyone try this, and certainly the vast majority of tactics revolve around the bigger picture and players linking together to pick apart the oppositions weaknesses (and rightly so). However I'm not really sure how to go about doing this. Do I use player instructions? What team to I try this with? Who would I sign? What formation would be best? There's a lot of unknowns to work out. It seems like a difficult thing to try, and even harder still to be successful with. But if people are interested and have any ideas for how I could go about this little project I'd be extremely happy to chat to you about this and get the community involved so we can build this team as a collective. Like I said it's just a fun idea for people to discuss what they think will happen and see if we really can create the perfect Hollywood "Soccer" team. So if you want to see this reply to the thread with your suggestions
  6. http://community.sigames.com/forumdisplay.php/21-Good-Player-amp-Team-Guide There's a whole sub-forum dedicated to this. Happy hunting
  7. Obviously in the real world having an all-star coaching team is key to developing your squad. But just how effective is it in the game? I'm trying to turn a non-league team into a world beater, and already have my first promotion under my belt. My tactic's are sound and the squad i have i'm reasonably happy with, so we're looking at mid-table in our first season i would expect. As i work on keeping the results ticking over to get us the strongest finish possible, my attention has turned to looking for other areas i can improve on. And my eyes fell on my backroom staff. Now there are some areas where it's obvious. My U21's manager will obviously need to be good to help develop his squad of kiddies, and good scouts speak for themselves. But what about generic coaches (IE Goalkeeping/Tactics/Defending/Attacking Coaches) whose only job is just to help improve the players? Just how important is it i upgrade them? If i were to enter the premier league, with premier league players and funds and tactics, but a non-league set of coaches, what would it mean? I've never been too bothered about my backroom team, and i wondered if my ignorance was costing me.
  8. Your issue sounds closest to mine, as far as wasting opportunities goes. In my first season in the conference, Ebanks is BETTER but still not nearly good enough. He's played all 5 games, scoring 2, but they were both in the same match and he has no assists. Even in the game where he scored twice he was the teams 3rd best player on rating? It's baffling.
  9. I use a 4-3-3, but with the strikers as a main man and an attack role and the wingers behind him on support. Yet the wingers score more? My Right-Wing scored 25 league goals, to Parsons 13, in a similar number of appearances. Given that i set the team up for said winger to assist the striker it's kind of backwards. It works i guess, we exceeded expectations. It just seems weird how no matter how much emphasis i put on the strikers, nor how well my team is playing, it's never the strikers who excel, always the guys behind. I had a fleetwood save where we had to fight hard against relegation season after season, using a 4-4-2 Diamond. My top 2 goalscorers one season where my ML and AM, then the strikers 3 and 4 (One of these strikers was an Arsenal loanee, Chuba Akpom, who was actually good enough to play in the division above us). It's bizarre to me that this keeps happening. Again, It's not really a PROBLEM, I'm delighted with my Bognor Save so far and love the team i've put together. I'm just curious as to how all the strikers i sign are so backwards.
  10. I don't know why this is, but i find strikers to be the most frustrating position to fill in the game. So often you sign a striker you know is good and seems like a perfect fit for your vision, and they either flop or just aren't quite good enough. On both FM14 and FM15 the achievement "Goal Machine" for having a top-scoring player remains locked, because mine are never that good no matter who or where i manage. I'm pretty good usually at getting players to perform for me, especially with younger players who show some promise but other managers might have given up on. But turning a good striker into a great one is an achievement that so far has eluded me. In my current save i have 3 quality strikers at my club, and i play a formation that only uses one. In all 3 I see the same pattern. They play well enough, but they don't really get the goals i need them to. After all, we won the league by a 10 point margin, scoring the most goals of any team in the league. And yet our best scorer was some 10 goals adrift of the league top-scorer, and he was a winger. Out best striker was 22 goals away from the best in the division. They all have good overalls, favourable stats (by non-league standards) and i've put all sorts of training in place to give them a boost. I just can't get them to click. It's not a huge worry to me in all honesty, but it is something i'd like to understand, so if anyone has the same issue, or has insight into what the cause of my struggles might be, i'd welcome them with open arms. Below are summaries of each of my strikers from last season. Alex Parsons: Our most successful striker. Played a fair percentage of our league matches, but with fairly limited success. His tally was reasonably good, but when you consider he was the Number 1 striker for a team that won the league, picking up 104 points and scoring 90+ goals in the process, 13 goals isn't good enough. Thankfully he did provide a decent haul of assists to the wingers and midfielders supporting him, and in that way made some progress to redeeming himself. So summary, not bad, not good. Based off his stats i'd probably prefer to use him as a midfielder instead, but the lack of quality in my other strikers means he must stay up front for now. Attributes: http://puu.sh/goVLF/9dc567b7a3.jpg Stats: http://puu.sh/goVx9/a7f9593041.jpg Mark Ebanks: A summer signing, arriving shortly after the season began. He made an instant impact, and promised great things after scoring 2 goals within 10 minutes after arriving from the bench on his debut. But from that point on was distinctly average, not netting for the next 7 appearances. He found a touch more form as the season wore on, but it was too little, too late. Attributes: http://puu.sh/goW1d/da2a3077d1.jpg Stats: http://puu.sh/goW4D/703c4aff89.jpg Noah Keats: As my struggles with strikers continued I made a point in december of starting the hunt for a star striker to fill the void come the January window. Up stepped Noah Keats, already looking better than Ebanks and Parsons and with the potential to improve further. My my, did he flop. If anything, he was the worst of the lot. He behaved almost like he didn't want to be there, moping around slowly up front (despite possessing reasonable pace). On the occassion where he DID fashion a chance for himself it seldom found the mark, with more of his shots testing the linesman's reflexes than testing the keepers. For someone so well rounded and promising, a real let down. Attributes:http://puu.sh/goWdj/d0f5cfe506.jpg Stats: http://puu.sh/goWog/48c4e633ac.jpg
  11. I have made very few changes to it since then, except for toying with an IF (A) on the left and tweaking the roles in midfield when appropriate. And over time I'm noticing we're scoring fewer and fewer goals. At the start of the season we couldn't stop scoring if we'd tried, but now the opposite is becoming true. We haven't scored a goal from open play in our last 3 games, shocking frankly for a team almost guaranteed to win the title. This worries me because we're guaranteed promotion so we're going to be facing off against tougher opposition very soon and if we can't score against Wingate & Finchley, we haven't got a hope in hell against Bishops Stortford. It's weird because i'm searching to see what's wrong and i keep coming up empty. Morale is good, we don't have any particular worries on the injury front, form for the majority of the squad is still good and our chance CREATION is as good as it always has been. We just can't seem to get the ball to go in the net. This has been the case for about 3 months now and it's getting worse with every game so I can only assume there's a flaw in the tactics as i can find no other explanation. 10 Internet points to whoever can spot the cause because this is really concerning me now. Here are the details on the tactics, recent form and some examples of the games i'm referring too. Formation: http://puu.sh/gmlkH/446c7215ea.jpg (Control Mentality, Structured Shape) Team Instructions: http://puu.sh/gmlmV/5f882a18df.png Recent result/upcoming fixtures: http://puu.sh/gmlie/0a7cb38382.jpg A few examples; (1st) Bognor 0-3 Margate (6th) :http://puu.sh/gmlWb/9c91a2fd29.jpg (13th) Wingate & Finchley 1-0 Bognor (1st):http://puu.sh/gmltU/217c377120.jpg (1st) Bognor 2-0 Maidstone (3rd) :http://puu.sh/gmlxl/815c322fe4.jpg (I know what you're thinking, but they were 2 very cheap penalties)
  12. So I made a very proud post about my 4-3-3 earlier, which you can see here: http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/421725-4-3-3-Non-League-The-way-to-go?p=10213458#post10213458 I have made very few changes to it since then, except for toying with an IF (A) on the left and tweaking the roles in midfield when appropriate. And over time I'm noticing we're scoring fewer and fewer goals. At the start of the season we couldn't stop scoring if we'd tried, but now the opposite is becoming true. We haven't scored a goal from open play in our last 3 games, shocking frankly for a team almost guaranteed to win the title. This worries me because we're guaranteed promotion so we're going to be facing off against tougher opposition very soon and if we can't score against Wingate & Finchley, we haven't got a hope in hell against Bishops Stortford. It's weird because i'm searching to see what's wrong and i keep coming up empty. Morale is good, we don't have any particular worries on the injury front, form for the majority of the squad is still good and our chance CREATION is as good as it always has been. We just can't seem to get the ball to go in the net. This has been the case for about 3 months now and it's getting worse with every game so I can only assume there's a flaw in the tactics as i can find no other explanation. 10 Internet points to whoever can spot the cause because this is really concerning me now. Here are the details on the tactics, recent form and some examples of the games i'm referring too. Formation: http://puu.sh/gmlkH/446c7215ea.jpg (Control Mentality, Structured Shape) Team Instructions: http://puu.sh/gmlmV/5f882a18df.png Recent result/upcoming fixtures: http://puu.sh/gmlie/0a7cb38382.jpg A few examples; (1st) Bognor 0-3 Margate (6th) :http://puu.sh/gmlmV/5f882a18df.png (13th) Wingate & Finchley 1-0 Bognor (1st):http://puu.sh/gmltU/217c377120.jpg (1st) Bognor 2-0 Maidstone (3rd) :http://puu.sh/gmlxl/815c322fe4.jpg (I know what you're thinking, but they were 2 very cheap penalties)
  13. If that's the case i didn't know that. I always assumed tempo was an overall thing. Interesting to find out which it is.
  14. I agree with you on the CM (d). last year i leaned towards a BWM instead but i always find them a bit too unpredictable. I like to think of the CM (d) as a less effective but more disciplined version of the BWM
  15. Love Aaron Ramsey! I wish every footballer was as determined to succeed and keep fit as he is (Arsenal players in particular, obviously ;-) )
  16. It's nothing special anyway. I didn't even use any PI's
  17. TI's and PI's are pretty optional to be honest. That'll depend on what you want your team to do, not what i do. Copying people directly only rarely pays off in my experience. The midfield roles are also up to you. If you were going to do this system you should probably adjust the roles slightly to suit your squad. (Though I would tend to stick with 1 defend, 1 support, 1 attack. It's seems to be a good balance)
  18. I actually just switched the Left to a IF (A) too! I had an AMR on the bench but i hadn't realised he could play on the left too, so i let him practice in the reserves for a bit and now he's natural so he can do that role for me now. I'm tentative about using a CF. Aren't CF's difficult to pull off when you are at a low level? I always though of it as a role only for the best strikers around. I haven't played with wing-backs before. I don't really know how to utilise them properly. I play Right-Back IRL and i'm a very defensive Fullback typically. As I don't go forward a lot i don't know a lot about it and so it's hard for me to know what a wingback does because i'm so accustomed to the defensive role (Difficult to explain but hopefully i got my point across)
  19. I don't have an issue with former players, but I DO notice when a player i like from the real world has a go. Someone I actually know personally who plays for my local clubs U18's just scored against me while on loan at one of my rivals!
  20. I'm usually pretty good in the media, but every now and again a rival manager will get up in my face about something and it turns into a war. Immediately I give them a rude nickname in the game. The best part about it is, I usually forget that I did it. So months or even years later i'll get an email about them and burst out laughing when i read the name. It's weird because I don't use the nicknames feature at all EXCEPT to insult people i take a dislike to. Please tell me i'm not the only one who does this.
  21. I probably will move the CM (d) as we just hit a slightly bumpy patch. Usually when we start to struggle i just tweak here and there to stay ahead of the curve. Strikers CAN be an issue, but my main man Alex Parsons is on 15 goals this season (I'm in January) and that's with a significant injury over the christmas period. Ever other player has struggled as an ST though. I think if you have someone who's naturally quite mobile and has good stamina you'll be fine. What role would you use instead of AF (A)?
  22. I made a thread ages ago about the differences between a Wide and Narrow 4-3-3, with the aim of developing my own as I wasn't yet sure how I wanted to go with it. For a fortnight or so i've been quietly grafting away with it. My tactical knowledge has been always been reasonably good but i've never been able to have my ideas translate smoothly from my notepad into the game, so the aim here was to really nail my vision down and create exactly what I was looking for. I went with a wide 4-3-3 with a flat midfield. The Results... well they are devastating. Here's what I came up with: http://puu.sh/gjMeU/54125b6e72.jpg (Control Mentality, Structured Shape) The idea was pretty rudimentary. The big issue I've had this year is getting my defence to concentrate and be secure. So often I was blaming the defenders for this, but really it was a combination of what I was asking them to do, and them not getting cover from midfield. the 4-2-3-1 has been relatively successful for me, though not amazing, so I thought about how I could make this more defence-friendly (Without making the CM's into DM's). What I came up with was simple. I brought the AM back to sit in the heart of midfield with the two behind him, adjusted their roles so I had a nice variety that suited the players at the club, and then had one winger swap into a support role to allow one of my fullbacks to overlap, as having identical wing-play on both sides really wan't working out for me (I chose the side for this purely based on the abilities of my full-backs. Hinshelwood is good on the ball and can really whip a ball, so the right-sided winger got the short straw). So now my midfield is very tight and competent in passing thanks to some pre-season emphasis on cohesion and teamwork, and the variety of wingers and fullbacks on the flanks creates plenty of avenues for the mids to shift it forward (Including the BBM's bursting runs and the CM (A)'s tendency to float around at the edge of the area). The only thing left was sorting out my defence. Previously i'd been very conservative here, playing a deep line at all times. But I decided that with such a competent and structured midfield, I could risk a bit more aggression from the back. I set my TI's to have lots of closing down, as well as a high work-rate (since the start of the season we've been on fitness training so i didn't burn anyone out). So now the team is complete, and oh my, is it effective. The gist of it is as follows: > The Defence is confident and works hard to harass and niggle attacking players on the ball, with the CM (D) and BBM (S) dropping back to give a helping hand when it's appropriate. While we make a few mistakes in this way (especially after a poorly cleared set-piece), 99% of the time we can snuff out opposition attacks and win the ball back, before handing the job over to the midfield to instigate an attack of our own. > With the control mentality + High tempo, the midfielders get about their business quickly. The CM (A) works to utilise the 2 men on his right as a pass out, the BBM (S) will hare around the centre circle picking out whoever he feels like picking out (The uncertainty tends to throw the oppositions set-up, with Jake Thompson particularly effective at running riot), while the CM (D) [often the man who won the ball back] tends to contribute only in the early build-up play, letting his colleagues in midfield do the dirty work while he sits back and watches for a counter attack. >The wingers vary. Attacks on the left aren't as common, but they tend to involve some passing at the edge of the area, at which point the AML while burst through from the left, receive a through-pass before weighing up his options. >The right is a much better hunting ground. The AMR picks it up from midfield, and has 3 options. 1) Cut inside and have a go, or pick out the striker with a ground pass. 2) Hold it up, before find the DR on the overlap who will whip in a cross 3) Play it flat across the edge of the box for either the BBM (S) or CM (A) to run onto and slot home. The result is a truly devastating attack force in front of competent defence, And you can see for yourselves what it has done the the Isthmian league: http://puu.sh/gjOfd/822a41c85b.jpg http://puu.sh/gjOj9/5086d5c37a.jpg So far we've never conceded more than 2 goals in the league, and only one poor spell has blighted the season in any way shape or form. I'd be interested to know what you guys make of this. I'm personally proud and rather delighted at how good this is. I've tried it in the Prem, and it works there too! I think the 4-3-3 is the perfect formation for a new player looking to get their foot in the door. What do you guys think of this?
  23. I don't think there's a HUGE amount wrong. As far as your defence goes, I personally don't think "Close Down More" and "Low Tempo" work well together. Closing down sluggsihly means your players are leaving their posts to make a tackle while not actually getting to their target because they're not in a rush to do so. Closing down is at it's most effective when your defenders reach the man on the ball quickly and hassle him. If you are on low tempo he has enough time to make a decision, so essentially you get the bad side of closing down without any of it's benefits. Closing Down with a HIGH tempo is a fairly solid, if aggressive, way of defending across the leagues. I've had with success with this in the Prem and in the Isthmian League with Bognor Regis. It's highly effective, to the point where when I'm playing football with my mates, I'm playing at right-back organising my defence to close down the other team, just because it's so powerful when done correctly. Another point as far as defence, stay on feet is good for avoiding suspensions and such but your tackling takes a real hit. I'd not have an instruction for tackling, instead allowing your players to decide for themselves how to tackle an opponent. If you have a team in good form Stay on Feet can avoid suspensions without impacting your defensive abilities, but given your concerns about defence try going without it for a bit and see if it helps. You may have seen your AssMan saying "We've been poor in the tackle today" during games? Stay on Feet is what he's referring to.
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