Archive for the ‘Tactics’ Category

Jan 15

The next cheat tactic!

 

Perhaps it’s because I haven’t been playing that much Football Manager Live of late, but I haven’t seen much talk of cheat tactics around lately. Sure, the same old accusations about the 4-6-0 or the 4-5-1 pop up from time to time. But on the whole, people have been relatively calm on the matter. Or, at least, they are complaining about more fundamental issues. So, with the reset coming closer, I wonder whether this will flair up again? There have been a fair few match engine rants since the game arrived, and quite a few have been down to cheat tactics. The 4-5-1 To start with, it was the 4-5-1. The flat, bog-standard default formation which, for many reasons,…

Dec 22

Get into the Football Manager Live Christmas Spirit

 

Christmas tree figs are all over our house, Sending and receiving insane amounts of cards that all say exactly the same thing, Attending parties with people we’d rather not be spending time with, Charities and carol singers out in force, Having to spend time with the in-laws, Fantastic TV, Unable to move a square inch on Oxford Street. It’s officially the festive season, let’s rejoice! For those who will be playing (or perhaps not playing) Football Manager Live over our favourite time of year, and would like to add a little ‘festive’ spirit to your gaming experience these are my 5 tips to improve your FML skills. 1 Go on a ‘Christmas’ manager holiday If you are a…

Dec 17

7 is the magic number – using player ratings to judge your team

 

Back in Football Manager 2008 we only had ratings going from one to ten. This was fair enough, but it didn’t really give the best indication of how well players were doing. When all of your players play either a “6” or a “7”, who is doing better than whom? Other than by taking the average rating over five or six games, there really was no way to tell – certainly in a one off match, it was next to impossible to really differentiate between the players, and so it was very difficult to see which parts of your team were not functioning that well. Football Manager Live got ahead of the curve, however, by introducing the decimal place. Now, players are rated, in…

Dec 11

Three ways to use a holding midfielder

 

Over the past few years the “holding midfielder” has become an integral part of football’s vocabulary. During the 1980s, in England at least, central midifelders played as box-to-box types, going forward to help attacks and putting in covering tackles when needed. One may naturally be a little more defensive than the other, but the idea of a designated player who covers in front of the defence and “holds” in the centre of the field grew in the 1990s and is now virtually universal. I want to outline, then, three “holding midfielders” to try to show what they are and how they can be used. Of course, they are not all alike, and how you use them will affect the rest of…

Dec 08

5 Tips for Realising the Power of Substitutes in Football Manager Live

 

I believe the value of substitutes in Football Manager Live is not fully recognised by many managers. Because players don’t tire or fatigue by playing too many matches and it’s all too easy to buy 11 great players and play with the same team/tactic match after match. However, I believe that substitutes in FML are incredibly valuable, beyond simply just cover for injuries. FML teams may not have the quality on the bench as teams do in real life, as squad depth isn’t really needed and financially it’s just impossible to have the kind of depth that exists at top real life clubs. However, it’s quite cheap and easy to pick up limited players who can be incredibly useful…

Dec 03

Balance is the key to winning football matches

 

One of the key parts to any tactic, as anyone who has read articles on GameWorldOne before will know, is balance. Balance is vital to any tactical plan. You need to be attacking enough to achieve your goals, but not so attacking that you become defensively vulnerable; wide enough to use space, but not so wide that you leave gaps in the middle; technically skilled enough to create openings in the opposition’s defence, but not so without strength that you become lightweight. Balance. Yin and yang. Libra, the scales. Of course in different situations the balance will shift. When you need a goal, you will weight the scales more towards attack. But, you still need to…

Nov 19

5 Things to Know About Wide Defenders: Fullbacks or Wingbacks?

 

Full backs are difficult beasts. Do you play them as defenders? Do you want them to push on into the midfield to help attacks? Or do you want them bombing down the wings to put in crosses. Do you even want them at all? Well, it’s a difficult decision, but here are five things you should know about full backs, and how this can help you decide which ones you need. 1. If you don’t play with wide midfielders, full backs provide much-needed width Formations such as the narrow 4-4-2 diamond, or a narrow 4-2-3-1 may not use any wide midfielders at all. Even if they do, if they are being told to cut inside often then the team could become almost totally devoid of any…

Nov 12

Improve Your Tactical Knowledge, Your Game World, Your Bank Account

 

With Football Manager 10 now in the shops, the community forums are buzzing again with people asking for downloadable tactics, accusing the AI of cheating, and generally causing mayhem. Ah. November. There’s nothing quite like it. It does raise an interesting question though. Given that we’ve had the tactics creator in Football Manager Live for about six months now, couldn’t we be giving some advice to these new Football Manager players? Think about it. It’s the same system in 1.3 as it is in FM10. So, in theory, the same types of tactics should work on each. We, as FML players can go and help the FM10 guys get to grips with the new interface. And in…