There is not a thing set in stone dictating how to play football. Every player has a different approach, every team has its unique strengths, weaknesses, and every opponent is different.
While you may stick to a technique that seem feasible, but it is always better to change your tactics depending upon conditions.
This article will not transform you into a better player, but it will indeed help you understand some of the core concepts in a better way which is where every brilliant player begins:
Creative Freedom Structures
Creative Freedom Structures in Football Manager 16 are referred to as ‘styles’ and vary from being extremely rigid to quite flexible — the flexible ones providing more creative freedom and vice versa.
Since there are no hard and fast rules, you should try and experiment with different things to see what works well for you and what complements your unique playstyle before deciding anything.
You can say that there are a total of 5 Creative Freedom Structures in the game; in very rigid, players are assigned specific jobs, in rigid, players contribute towards an aspect, in balance, everyone has a job, in flexible, players are allowed to control offense or defense, and finally in very flexible, players are free to do anything.
Playing Strengths and Weaknesses
Many a times, you will find roles not complementing your players’ strengths and weaknesses. In these situations, it is a good idea to double-check everything and alter your player’s skill-set to better complement the role at hand.
Alternatively, you can simply select another player who has a skill-set better suited for a particular role — so you need to play with these small changes play according to your players’ strengths and weaknesses.
You need to utilize Team Instructions in order to make some minor changes and save your preferred style which should also complement your players’ strengths and weaknesses. It is highly recommended that you alter your playstyle match after match, but not unnecessarily.
Playing Different Strategies
One thing that you need to understand is that no available strategy that is pure offense or pure defense. Once again, it all comes down to your personal preference and how you want to play the game.
If you are the one for short passing game with a lot of midfielders, select a less offense playstyle and if you want to have better and swift wingers, select a more offense-based playstyle.
Playing Different Conditions
It is a good habit to analyze your opponent’s team formation as well as weather conditions in which you are about to play. In addition to your ‘style’, you should also be able to alter your gameplay style according to these external conditions. Since you cannot hope to win game over game in different external conditions, learn to change your playstyle on the get-go.
As for playing against different teams, you should also consider using OIs in order to deal with a dangerous player or to stop a passing game. However, you should make sure that you keep this in a nice balance so as to avoid your team’s overall structure.
One of the disadvantages of using the same formula in every game is that you will not be able to improvise under bad circumstances.
Due to this fact, you need to take decisions momentarily and continue to deploy changing tactics. This may sound easy on paper, but it requires a lot practice, but the rewards are promising.
If you see your opponent giving you a hard time, think for a moment as to what might be the best technique to score a win and stick to it.
Motivate Your Team
Some players do not even consider it, but team talks and media interactions influence how a game plays out in some capacity. As small as it may sound, a decent motivational strategy can easily result in a player having a strong game or vice versa. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider your motivational strategy before some important games and see if it makes any difference.
When we talk about player roles and duties, it is a good idea to have an attack and a support duty in defense, an attack duty and a defense duty in midfield, and a support duty in attack. This will allow you to move between the lines and be a whole lot flexible with your playstyle.
However, one thing to note here is that this type of structure is not a must for attack playstyles.
This is pretty much all we have on Football Manager 16 to get you started. Don’t forget to share your own tips and strategies with us in the comments section below!