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Goal Machine 4-3-3 Tactic for Football Manager 2017

I present you with one of the most attacking tactics I have stumbled upon Football Manager 2017 Steam Workshop, DarkXess Goal Machine 4-3-3 tactic for FM17.

This tactic is made for purely for goals, high possession (based attacking), and at the moment it's doing just that. As you can see in the images, the amount of shots and possession I have against other teams are excellent. I was using Ajax Amsterdam in the test (FM Beta), and I didn't sign anyone apart from "Felipe Vizeu" & "Timothy Fosu-Mensah" on loan. Now this tactic is meant to work with bigger teams, and you would need a decent pair of fullbacks and also a good playmaker. I am 90% sure that the results of the test would have been so much better if I were a bigger team such as Manchester United, Juventus, Real Madrid, etc.

Team instructions included in the images, make sure to follow them. Also, do not forget that the team needs to get familiar with the tactic before it starts working as it should do.

In the screenshots you will notice my pair of fullbacks "Kenny Tete" and "Mitchell Dijks" both have over ten assists in only 17 games. Then my main striker on loan who is a youngster and not even in his prime "Felipe Vizeu" is on 20 goals. Of course the supporting strikers "Anwar El Ghazi" and "Bertrand Traore" both have over ten goals too and many assists. Like I said, this would work so much better with bigger teams or better players. I only did my best with what I had available.

I managed to beat Manchester City 4-3 though I was winning 4-0 in the first half then gave up a little towards the end. Not so bad for a team that I had, though, plus the amount of shots and possession I had. I can say if it was much longer into the game and I had better players available then I'm sure we would of winning it at least 4-0 or even more, plus the average age of my squad was very young, I was even playing some hot prospects in games.

Screenshots of the tactic

Windows users, download and move tactic to:

[C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2017\tactics]

If tactics folder is not there, create one with this name only. Other names will not recognise the files inside the game.

Mac users, download and move tactic to:

[Macintosh HD\users\USERNAME\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2017\tactics]

If tactics folder is not there, create one with this name only. Other names will not recognise the files inside the game.

Once in your Football Manager 2017 save game:

[Tactics > Tactic (Dropdown Menu) > Manage Tactics > Select Tactic > Import > Set as starting tactic]


  • Things will get way better upon the team being more familiar with the tactic.
  •  I have the match instructions done by the assistant; same goes for the team training.
  • Team talk is always important to be aggressive - it works, trust me.
  • The fullbacks left sided midfielder and left/right sided attackers are the most important players to pick; it even works putting a decent AMR or AML on either side of the attack to support the central attacker.
  • Push your team - aggressively encourage them during the match.
  • My best outcome of the tactic so far position wise are LB, RB, MCL, MC, ST, (STR & STL not for goals but assists) so my suggestion is to pick a good squad for them positions.
This is a tactic I have used since 2015 and has always worked. I can show you countless league wins, champions league wins, cup wins, world cup wins, and masses of records beaten by using this tactic. So now I'm sharing it with you, hope you like it.

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Goal Machine 4-3-3 Tactic for Football Manager 2017
I present you with one of the most attacking tactics I have stumbled upon Football Manager 2017 Steam Workshop, DarkXess Goal Machine 4-3-3 tactic for FM17.
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