Training can be so crucial in Football Manager. If you misuse training and overwork your players, it may result in injuries at the wrong time.
However, if you under train your players, it will lead to unfit players that don’t know the tactic. This guide will show you how to use training more effectively and lead your team to glory.
1. Coaching Team
Coaches are crucial in terms of training as they are the ones actually implementing what you want onto the team. This means that you want the best possible coaches available.
Ideally, your coaches would all be five star and that is not impossible. However, it is fairly difficult, especially if your club is fairly low on funds. But coaches are certainly worth investing in and a good coach can be just as important as a good player.
The workload of coaches is also very important. If you over work a coach, much like a player, there performance will be poorer and less effective. This means that you would want more than one coach in every category.
I recommend having at least one coach for every category, therefore not overworking any of them. If a certain area needs strengthening, then by all means, add a coach onto two to these areas. However, this means that this coach won’t be able to spend as much time of each area, therefore reducing his effect.
2. Individual Training
Individual training is so important in encouraging that young starlet to become a world class talent. However, before you set individual training, you should set up your tactic. This will allow you to see where players fit, therefore allowing you to train them in the necessary position.
The more a player trains and plays in a position, the more comfortable they get in that role. This is why individual training is so important.
I also try not to overwork my players, yet they need to do enough training. Getting this balance right is really what sets your season up.
Familiarity with a role can really help a player. It also helps if you have an AMR that you want to play on the left but he isn’t even accomplished in the role.
Individual training can help him to play in that role. This in turn will help your team as your players just be confined to the positions they can play at the start. This will allow your players and your squad to be far more flexible.
Another aspect of individual training that I use very heavily is additional focus. This allows you to train a specific part of a player’s game, and is great if they are noticeably weak in a specific area.
Additional focus can drastically improve that part of their game. A good way to see if a player is weak in any areas is to go to your team selection screen and select required attributes for the role that they are playing in. This will highlight the key areas where a layer should be strong in that role. If your player a player in a certain role, but he is poor in a specific area, train it.
New preferred moves can also be taught in training, but I prefer to use tutoring to share PPM rather than training.
3. Team Training
Team training is so vital in making your team familiar with each other and the tactic. Misusing team training can lead to many problems such as injuring and fatigue. That is why you have to set up your team training well.
In terms of intensity it varies throughout the season. In preseason, I train of high intensity too ensure that my team is fit for the upcoming season. However, training on high intensity throughout the season can lead to tiredness and injuries at the wrong time. That is why, when the season starts, I change to either medium or average intensity.
For scheduling, I like to tick the ‘allow rest after match’ box but not ticking the ‘allow rest before match’ box. By doing this, it allows that players rest and recuperate after a match. This alleviates that risk of injuries caused by fatigue. By not allowing rest before the match, it means that my players are fit and training all the way up to match day.
Now onto what I actually train. During preseason, I train team cohesion and fitness.
Team cohesion helps drastically if you have brought in lots of new players over summer, or if your squad isn’t gelling. Fitness on high intensity prepares my players in the best possible way for the upcoming season. I also set match preparation to match tactics so my players are familiar with the tactic. Again this is beneficial if you have signed lots of players.
When the proper season starts, I train on medium or average intensity. Which one I chose depends on what type of squad I have. This is something that you will have to decide when the season starts.
I generally prefer medium and that is what I generally start with. I also prepare training for whatever team I am facing next. This is something that you will get better at over the course of the season as you will be able to judge how well you team will cope against certain opposition. Obviously, if you’re playing weaker opposition, train attacking and if you’re playing strong opposition, train defence.
Hopefully, by following this guide, your team will show great improvements in all aspects of their game and your team as a whole succeed. If you don’t have the biggest budget, do the best that you can with coaches, but attempt to rely on your tactical ability in training. If you have a larger budge, use it. Spend good money on coaches as it will help your team drastically over time.