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Since the day I laid my eyes on FM2010 during a sale at my local game store, I fell in love with the idea of managing a football team.I bought 2011,2012 and now I kind of bought 2013 because maybe this year is the year I could finally get into the game.

As a person who knows only the basic rules of football, How could I get into this game? It is one of the things that I want to cross off my list because I never ever got into the point where I am starting to get a gist and enjoy it while some features are still a mystery to me.

I have read some guides (I forgot which FM site it was) but it was too confusing for me (it was about creating your own tactics or something). Any advice on how I should learn the game? I feel guilty that I never really got into 2010,2011,and 2012. I need help and I am willing to put in the time and effort to really get into the game

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There's a good in game tutorial at the start, when you can choose starting a new career or online game, use that for reference as a start. Dont forget the game has its ingame helps which are very good. Then for that extra specialised advice just refer to the forums.

When i first started playing FM it took me a few saves to get into it.

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I would advise you to take up a challenge, here .................http://community.sigames.com/forumdisplay.php/31-Challenges-Sign-Ups-amp-Experiments

They are difficult and frustrating at times but great fun.

I recomend Dafuges challenge.

The thing about the challenges is that if you post updates regular, others will give you advice and encouragement.

Whenever I get a bit bored with FM, a challenge usually refreeshes my interest.

Good luck

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Will take a look at the challenges, it looks interesting but so far I have problems with playing and really understanding what is going on. I managed to know how to get around the UI and do things like adjust tactics and stuff though some things are still unknown to me. My other problem is that I don't know if I am doing the right thing in terms of tactics and training.

I have tried to learn to play by playing as a small team from Blue Square N/S because playing as big teams in higher leagues would put too much pressure on me. Any more advice? Should I be playing standard or classic FM? I feel classic to lacking in features that I am used to (but never understood) in standard FM

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Honestly I would say start with classic FM, I've played FM since the CM days, and still love it to bits, but I would definitely say that for someone new to the game, FMC is a good way to ease into it. With most of the micromanagement stuff taken care of, you need only worry about picking your team and tactics and getting them to work. In FMC you won't have to worry about whether or not you're picking the right training etc, its taken care of.

I know it might seem easier to start with a little team and go from there, but if you have a particular club that you're a fan of, its not a bad idea to play with them, because you'll have some idea of how they play, or at the very least, who the good players are on the team.

Most important of all, never ever ever fear getting sacked, if it happens, o well, you learned a bit, and can come back next time. FMC is a good quick way to get into it, and if you do get into it, then find later that you want more control over things, go and play standard where you can micromanage everything, but if you can get a handle on FM classic, you'll have a good handle on what you need to do to succeed at the full game.

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Honestly I would say start with classic FM, I've played FM since the CM days, and still love it to bits, but I would definitely say that for someone new to the game, FMC is a good way to ease into it. With most of the micromanagement stuff taken care of, you need only worry about picking your team and tactics and getting them to work. In FMC you won't have to worry about whether or not you're picking the right training etc, its taken care of.

I know it might seem easier to start with a little team and go from there, but if you have a particular club that you're a fan of, its not a bad idea to play with them, because you'll have some idea of how they play, or at the very least, who the good players are on the team.

Most important of all, never ever ever fear getting sacked, if it happens, o well, you learned a bit, and can come back next time. FMC is a good quick way to get into it, and if you do get into it, then find later that you want more control over things, go and play standard where you can micromanage everything, but if you can get a handle on FM classic, you'll have a good handle on what you need to do to succeed at the full game.

Ok,I will try Classic but unfortunately I love football but not to the point where I watch games, know some teams and be fans or anything. I think I could say that I am not as passionate as those who play the real game but I do love football. I love the opportunity of being a manager while learning the deeper things about the sport.

I tried some games this morning like playing as Guiseley and the appalling state of the squad (I prefer not to use real players and it makes no difference to me) and the last ranked team in the lowest league for Mexico where I played 4-4-2 while some of the players were placed by me on positions that they shouldn't be placed. Much to my surprise that my Mexican team performed very well (base on that rating thing) because most scored 6.8-7s and it was better than what I saw on the performance of the Blue Square teams I have tried to manage in the past

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Ok,I will try Classic but unfortunately I love football but not to the point where I watch games, know some teams and be fans or anything. I think I could say that I am not as passionate as those who play the real game but I do love football. I love the opportunity of being a manager while learning the deeper things about the sport.

I tried some games this morning like playing as Guiseley and the appalling state of the squad (I prefer not to use real players and it makes no difference to me) and the last ranked team in the lowest league for Mexico where I played 4-4-2 while some of the players were placed by me on positions that they shouldn't be placed. Much to my surprise that my Mexican team performed very well (base on that rating thing) because most scored 6.8-7s and it was better than what I saw on the performance of the Blue Square teams I have tried to manage in the past

Long story short, you play whatever team is fun for you, and however the game is fun for you, never let anyone tell you different :p

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Ok, I guess I already know how to work my way around the UI so I should just find some guides on specific things like tactics and training in depth. The unfortunate part is that I lost my copy of tactical theorem 10 after reformatting my mac.

My main problem as of the moment is assessing the club and identifying players and staff that are deadwood. Any advice on this matter or any guide that focuses on what to look out for and how to identify deadwood?

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Since the day I laid my eyes on FM2010 during a sale at my local game store, I fell in love with the idea of managing a football team.I bought 2011,2012 and now I kind of bought 2013 because maybe this year is the year I could finally get into the game.

As a person who knows only the basic rules of football, How could I get into this game? It is one of the things that I want to cross off my list because I never ever got into the point where I am starting to get a gist and enjoy it while some features are still a mystery to me.

I have read some guides (I forgot which FM site it was) but it was too confusing for me (it was about creating your own tactics or something). Any advice on how I should learn the game? I feel guilty that I never really got into 2010,2011,and 2012. I need help and I am willing to put in the time and effort to really get into the game

Another Aussie fm player. Yes!!

Try managing your favourite club

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Ok, I guess I already know how to work my way around the UI so I should just find some guides on specific things like tactics and training in depth. The unfortunate part is that I lost my copy of tactical theorem 10 after reformatting my mac.

My main problem as of the moment is assessing the club and identifying players and staff that are deadwood. Any advice on this matter or any guide that focuses on what to look out for and how to identify deadwood?

Go to team reports and then position strength have at least 2 players to play every position of your formation and sell the weaker ones (players with lower PA).

With staff compare them to other ones and if they have low attributes in comparison release them and replace them with better ones

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Go to team reports and then position strength have at least 2 players to play every position of your formation and sell the weaker ones (players with lower PA).

With staff compare them to other ones and if they have low attributes in comparison release them and replace them with better ones

Ok, so I go and check team reports then see that page with the top 3 players for positions and star ratings, then fill in every spot that I use in my tactics (e.g: lets say I usually use 4-4-2) I only focus on the formation I am using and the positions it requires and have atleast 2 per position required and disregard the other positions unless I use it in a reserved formation? Ok I will try to do it.

Since I moved in Australia I rarely hear about football because most of the people I know are fans of AFL. Also SBS rarely shows football and foxtel would charge me extra for sports channel so its hard for me to try to watch an actual match.

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Since I moved in Australia I rarely hear about football because most of the people I know are fans of AFL. Also SBS rarely shows football and foxtel would charge me extra for sports channel so its hard for me to try to watch an actual match.

Yeah don't even get me started, my passion for soccer started as a kid, when I hit high school, I used to sit up til midnight on monday nights just to watch the 1 hour highlights package from the EPL. Still a Leeds fan all these years later, picked up Werder Bremen along the way. Only way for me to see those two teams play now, is to stream it online, worth every cent to me, could watch football all day every day if it was on. NRL and AFL are just full of great athletes who wasted their potential playing the wrong sport :)

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Update on my progress.

Played as Havant&W Blue Square South on Classic. Set my formation to 4-4-2 and got a couple of guys suggested by my scout to fill in some of the positions which I think needs to be covered up. I had mutual termination with starting scout and managed to replace him with something who I though was much better. Season has started and after 3 matches with 3 wins I am on top of the table as of the moment. I am a bit concerned about my training and match prep but I kept an eye on scout reports and the advise on how to prepare for the match from my scout.

I am also a bit scared that I am not doing a good job so far and how I would fare on standard FM. I am not sure if I am really doing a good job or the opponents aren't that strong so far.

Edit: Fast forward a little bit and I just got my first manager of the month award and its too good to be true.

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Update on my progress..........................

Edit: Fast forward a little bit and I just got my first manager of the month award and its too good to be true.

That's great mate, well done..

It's good that you are taking advice from your staff. They usually know what they are doing and it will help you form your own approach to the game.

Here's a few tips I find help in small ways.

On the first day of the month, your AssMan gives a training update report. If anyone on that list is underperforming in training, have a chat with them. Tell them there training needs to improve if they want regular first team footie and 9 times out of 10, it helps. On the odd occaision thay complain, just ignore it.

Also, on the same day, go to the 'Confidence' page and check the fans confidence in the players. If they say a players form is good, have a chat with him and praise him, that boosts player confidence and they also grow to like you. If a players form is bad, do the opposite.

Take notice of staff meetings. Sometimes they recomend a tutor or putting a player on a special training schedule.

As far as training is concerned, if your not sure, leave it on default.

Judge from your games if your team needs practice at defending/attacking etc or tactics if you introduce a new formation or team cohesion if you have morale/discipline problems. Just experiment and you''ll develop your own feel for it.

Dont be afraid to change your tactic slightly if you face a difficult away tie. You can set up and save several tactics which you can swith back and forth through as each match approaches. (I always have two tactics, one slightly more defensive than the other)

Use the tactic creator.

Make sure you take a look at specific player roles/instructions in your tactics for things like corners etc. The defaults are ok but I like to have a player lurk outside the box at corners, defending them or attacking them. I also like to have a guy challenge the keeper. I like to have a striker 'Stay forward' when defending a corner. As you can see, there are tuns of options to mess with.

If you are unsure about team formations, you can't go far wrong with 4/4/2 at almoat any level of management, sometimes simple is better. Atleast until you are more familliar with things.

There is a wealth of advice on these forums if you know where to look. The tactics forum is great ..... Here http://community.sigames.com/forumdisplay.php/18-Tactics-amp-Training-Discussion

There is also a forum for good players and teams. You will find info on lots of players/teams. Personally I advise you to avoid that one because it's more fun/rewarding to find talent yourself.

The problem is, that once you know who the best players are, its a bit like cheating. Remember, that to really enjoy this game and get the best from it, you must taste failure as well as sucess.

I suguest that during relatively quiet period in your game, you can holiday between matches which will leave you time to take a look around the forums for useful tips. Most querstions and queeries are answered somewhere on these forums already.

And dont forget those challenges, they can be great.

Good luck

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That's great mate, well done..

It's good that you are taking advice from your staff. They usually know what they are doing and it will help you form your own approach to the game.

Here's a few tips I find help in small ways.

On the first day of the month, your AssMan gives a training update report. If anyone on that list is underperforming in training, have a chat with them. Tell them there training needs to improve if they want regular first team footie and 9 times out of 10, it helps. On the odd occaision thay complain, just ignore it.

Also, on the same day, go to the 'Confidence' page and check the fans confidence in the players. If they say a players form is good, have a chat with him and praise him, that boosts player confidence and they also grow to like you. If a players form is bad, do the opposite.

Take notice of staff meetings. Sometimes they recomend a tutor or putting a player on a special training schedule.

As far as training is concerned, if your not sure, leave it on default.

Judge from your games if your team needs practice at defending/attacking etc or tactics if you introduce a new formation or team cohesion if you have morale/discipline problems. Just experiment and you''ll develop your own feel for it.

Dont be afraid to change your tactic slightly if you face a difficult away tie. You can set up and save several tactics which you can swith back and forth through as each match approaches. (I always have two tactics, one slightly more defensive than the other)

Use the tactic creator.

Make sure you take a look at specific player roles/instructions in your tactics for things like corners etc. The defaults are ok but I like to have a player lurk outside the box at corners, defending them or attacking them. I also like to have a guy challenge the keeper. I like to have a striker 'Stay forward' when defending a corner. As you can see, there are tuns of options to mess with.

If you are unsure about team formations, you can't go far wrong with 4/4/2 at almoat any level of management, sometimes simple is better. Atleast until you are more familliar with things.

There is a wealth of advice on these forums if you know where to look. The tactics forum is great ..... Here http://community.sigames.com/forumdisplay.php/18-Tactics-amp-Training-Discussion

There is also a forum for good players and teams. You will find info on lots of players/teams. Personally I advise you to avoid that one because it's more fun/rewarding to find talent yourself.

The problem is, that once you know who the best players are, its a bit like cheating. Remember, that to really enjoy this game and get the best from it, you must taste failure as well as sucess.

I suguest that during relatively quiet period in your game, you can holiday between matches which will leave you time to take a look around the forums for useful tips. Most querstions and queeries are answered somewhere on these forums already.

And dont forget those challenges, they can be great.

Good luck

Thanks for the advice mate! I am currently playing on classic and I think I will try playing the same team on standard after a season or two because I do miss some of the media and player interactions like teamtalks and stuff. I am worried about taking the advice of my staff because the advice I could get is only as good as my staff. I remember getting that training report and unfortunately I haven't acted upon it because I don't know how to interact with players in classic (I think they removed it in that mode or not?). I think I was 7 or 9 games In and atleast 2 draws and the other matches are wins. I didn't really look at my player stats but I only checked the team report, see the ratings for positions on 4-4-2, and filled the spot with players with atleast 4 stars on that rating. I still have to see what I could do with the roles because it is confusing and most football terms are still unknown to me.

As for players and finding talents through forums, I prefer to find them myself through scouting though as it is better and more rewarding in that way. I have a question though, if I untick "use real players" in the set up, are the players randomly generated or are they pre-set but assigned to random clubs?

Anyway, bottom line is that I am starting to love this game even though things are still obscure to me and my winning streak sure gives me a bit of confidence and winning manager of the month and seeing 7 of my men become team of the week is really skyrocketing my confidence on playing this game. Its just too good to be true for someone who has so little knowledge of football.

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I have a question though, if I untick "use real players" in the set up, are the players randomly generated or are they pre-set but assigned to random clubs?

If you check that option, the gane will create exactly the same players with exactly the same stats at exactly the same team................. But it will give them different names.

It does make it a little more difficult as the game progresses to find players, especially at the lower levels as you move up the leagues, becuase generally, players move clubs quite a bit so it's hard to track.

I don't think that option will make much diference to your games because you dont seem to have any particular loyalty to any particular club or player.

And btw, i'm not giving advice,. just tips =)

Another tip, Im glad to see your on a winning streak but be careful because all clubs go through a slump in form in real life and in FM. If your team start struggling a bit, and maybe your getting a few more messages of 'bad form' in the confidence page, try a team meeting. Be careful how you handle it but if you do it well, team morale gains a big boost which can turn your fortunes around..... Worth remembering. I only figured this out myself last night =)

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If you check that option, the gane will create exactly the same players with exactly the same stats at exactly the same team................. But it will give them different names.

It does make it a little more difficult as the game progresses to find players, especially at the lower levels as you move up the leagues, becuase generally, players move clubs quite a bit so it's hard to track.

I don't think that option will make much diference to your games because you dont seem to have any particular loyalty to any particular club or player.

And btw, i'm not giving advice,. just tips =)

Another tip, Im glad to see your on a winning streak but be careful because all clubs go through a slump in form in real life and in FM. If your team start struggling a bit, and maybe your getting a few more messages of 'bad form' in the confidence page, try a team meeting. Be careful how you handle it but if you do it well, team morale gains a big boost which can turn your fortunes around..... Worth remembering. I only figured this out myself last night =)

Must have gotten tips and advice mixed up but thanks anyways because it helped me a lot. Don't know what is wrong with me but one moment I think I got everything under control and the next day when I reloaded my file, its as if I forgot how to play the game. Haven't continued my classic game yet. I still have to check this site someone gave me that goes in depth on the different aspects of the game. Any other tips/advice or further reading list would help a lot and would be very welcome

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