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FM14 Tactics and Training Blog

For a long time, it’s been OK to not understand tactics in FM – you could still win with the help of good signings and a downloaded tactic. That’s still true to a certain extent, but the times are a-changing; tactics are becoming a key element of playing, as they should, and reacting to in-game situations is something that is becoming more of a necessity than an optional luxury. And as people rush to try and work out where they’re going wrong, they’re finding a lot of incorrect information at one place and a lot of verbose and complicated information at another.

This pack of resources is intended as a sort of gateway to the world of FM tactics. It’s our way of nudging beginners along, so they can enjoy FM more and get their teeth into some great, advanced posts, of which there are many.

The pack contains 6 print-out style which aim to explain the basics of tactics and a further two troubleshooters which can be used to react to in-game situations. It can be seen as a ‘Things you need to know’ but we’ve heard from many experienced FM players who have said that it has helped them too.

Beginners Resource Pack (original: print-friendly)

v2.0 Beginners Resource Pack (cleaner design version)

Last updated on May 24, 2013

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  • Michael “Duck” Moriarty

    Reblogged this on Lonley Hat and commented:
    This is an interesting item. Well done you boys at PTW!

    • Kiltman67

      Really great resource. Been playing CM/FM for 15+ years, thinking heavily about tactics for at least a few of those years, and still sure that I’ll get something out of them.

      One thing though, in the spirit of constructive criticism, is that it would be great to actually say what it is. The post just says its some resources. No clue if it’s articles, tactics, FAQs, links etc. I now know from waiting 30 seconds for a download link, going through Captcha, downloading, unzipping and then opening, but until going through those steps I could have been downloading anything from screen grabs of role descriptions from the game to 10,000 word theses on the pros and cons of Defender Collect.

      Obviously it’s another update and a little more work, but I think the more people can find out about it the more likely they are to download (and donate!)

      • http://pushthemwide.wordpress.com dimiberbatov9

        Cheers for the comment, Ian, we’re glad it’s been of some help to you!

        As for the lack of description, that can be put down to me not knowing how to describe it. I will try and sort out a few sentences that explain it better.

        Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)

  • Michael

    This is a great guide for more experienced players also to open their eyes and not to make the game too complicated. I don’t count myself as a beginner or a great tactician but something between and this helped me a lot to see that when it gets hard just come to the basic things which I somehow just skipped in my mind thinking that those are just basic things and I need more complicated approach which is stupid really.

  • RW

    Sorry to be picky but on Shouts page both “Pass into space” and “Play through defence” say they ask for more through balls. Might be worth explaining/correcting. I think the difference is the former is for through balls all over the pitch, while former concentrates on passes to forwards/wingers. I’m no expert so could someone confirm or correct me. Cheers