Football Manager 2017 Beginner’s Guide – Best Playstyles, Team Instructions, Tips and Strategies

Football Manager 2017 Beginner’s Guide to help you understand a few core concepts of the game. The guide also talks about utilizing your team’s strengths to build a successful squad. These things, although minor, separate good players from the average ones. To summarize, the guide merely talks about utilizing your team’s strengths and not letting the opposing team exploit your weaknesses.

The guide will help you fix some early game mistakes after which you should become more than capable of formulating your preferred playstyle. However, even after forming a playstyle, do not shy away from changing things on the fly and change things on a match-by-match basis.

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Football Manager 2017 Beginner’s Guide

In our Football Manager 2017 Beginner’s Guide, we have detailed everything you need to know about the game’s core concepts and using your team’s strengths to build a successful squad.

Playing Styles

One can divide philosophy or style into two i.e. structured with less room for creativity and unstructured with more room for creativity. From ‘Fully Structured’ to ‘Fully Creative’, the number of specializations continue to decrease. Below you can find a brief overview of different styles:

Fully Structured
Every player must stick to his role. This style/philosophy needs to have 4-5 specialist roles.

Every player contributes to a specific element of play i.e. defense, attack, etc. This style/philosophy needs to have 3-4 specialist roles.

Every player must focus on his duty i.e. defense, attack, and support. This style/philosophy needs to have 2-3 specialist roles.

Players must focus on either defense or attack. This style/philosophy needs to have 1-2 specialist roles.

Fully Creative
Players contribute to every aspect of the game. This style/philosophy needs to have a single or no specialist role.

Play to a Player’s Strength

When assigning a role to a player, you must pay attention to the player’s individual strengths and weaknesses. Doing it will allow you to see whether a player will succeed fulfilling a particular role or not. Feel free to make some minor changes if required. However, do not bother with a player if it requires you to change quite a lot and try to find someone else. Instead of solely relying on the Assistant, try to see things yourself before making a decision.

Choosing the Appropriate Strategy

When it comes to strategies, the names do not mean much. What I mean to say is that each strategy is equally good for attack and defense. Therefore, if prefer a playing style with short passing and more deep midfielders, a less attacking strategy is the way to go. As for players that prefer a direct style with high, effective wingers: a more attacking strategy is the way to go.

Pay Attention to Divisional Rivals

You need to take advantage of the Team Comparison page to pit your team against the Divisional Average. I recommend the Tactical Adjustments to make the required changes. Although the importance of this starts to dwindle as you continue to work towards a specific playstyle, do not let this prevent you from comparing your team to the Divisional Rivals. The information you get from this can help you overthrow a club.

Utilize Team Instructions

If you have a decent squad at your disposal, choose a playstyle that you prefer and start playing. However, with a mediocre squad, you might find a particular playstyle imposed on you. Therefore, try to change playstyle on a match-by-match basis and use Team Instructions to do so. Remember that there are no rules set in stone and you need to experiment and see what works out best for your squad – keeping in mind your squad’s strengths and weaknesses.

Consider Weather Conditions and Formations

It is important that you consider the weather conditions and the opposing team’s formation before the start of a match. These things can help you determine what kind of a playstyle you must adopt to secure a win. Although it comes down to you at the end, do note that being inflexible is not something you would want to do. Moreover, look at the condition/skill of the opposing players and use Opposition Instructions to counter them.

Change Things on the Go

While in the middle of a game, try to change things with strategies and shouts if things are not going your way. As I said earlier, nothing is set in stone so you must learn to change things on the fly. After a successful goal or two, see whether you need to push in for more goals or hanging to your lead will work in your favor. Try to trust your team and your in-game instincts – this is important! After all, it is your team and no one knows to play it better than yourself!

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