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FM2012 Training And Match Prep Masterclass

This article is an updated version of the ‘FM2011 Training Masterclass’, and will go through the training and match preparation modules in Football Manager 2012 – how it works, what’s changed from FM2011, what all the sliders do and how to utilise them properly. All info presented in this article is factual, confirmed by the developers either through personal messages or through the official SI forum. Any speculative information will be noted as such.

Training Categories

There are nine different training categories – two of them are fitness related, two of them are goalkeeping related, and the other five are general training. All categories affect visible player attributes only, and you can read more about what player attributes do and how they interact with each other in the Player Attributes Explained article.

The first important thing to know is that all related attributes in a training category have an equal chance of increasing. As an example; the strength training category affects jumping, natural fitness, stamina, strength and work rate, but none of the attributes have higher priority than the others – they all have an equal chance of increasing if you’re training the strength category. Although it takes longer to increase an attribute from 19->20 than from 10->11, that doesn’t affect the chance of the attribute being trained.

Lets go through the training categories one by one:

Strength (physical training)

This category controls 5 attributes: Jumping, Natural Fitness, Stamina, Strength and Work Rate. In FM2011 it only affected 4 attributes – Jumping was previously in the Aerobic category. This category is used for boosting overall fitness (players losing condition quickly in matches) and physical impact (will keep your players tenacious and able to win more take-ons through strength). It’s also an essential category for pre-season training (see the Pre-Season section for more info). Goalkeepers training in this category will not see an increase in Work Rate.

Aerobic (physical training)

This category controls 4 attributes: Acceleration, Agility, Balance and Pace. This category is mainly for improving the athleticism of your player. It will make him faster, more agile and steadier on his feet. Often used in conjunction with the Strength category to increase a players overall physical presence, and is also used for Pre-Season purposes.

GK – Shot Stopping (goalkeeper training)

This category controls 4 attributes, 2 of them goalkeeper specific: Reflexes (GK), One On Ones (GK), Composure and Concentration. This category trains the goalkeepers mental abilities, and only includes background or prime attributes.

GK – Handling (goalkeeper training)

This category controls 4 attributes, all of them goalkeeper specific; Aerial Ability (GK), Kicking (GK), Handling (GK) and Throwing (GK). This category trains the goalkeepers secondary (accuracy) attributes. Side note: Aerial Ability is the goalkeeper equivalent of Jumping.

Tactics (general and goalkeeper training)

This category controls the most amount of attributes (8), as it also trains goalkeeper attributes if applied to one: Anticipation, Composure (non-GK), Concentration (non-GK), Decisions, Teamwork (non-GK), Command of Area (GK), Communication (GK) and Rushing Out (GK). Being the category that affects the most amount of attributes, it’s the most important one, especially for younger players. It teaches them to read the game, how to move and how to make good decisions. If a goalkeeper is training this category, it’s an extension of his mental goalkeeping training, making him interact better with his team and make better goalkeeping decisions.

Ball Control (general training)

This category controls 5 attributes; Dribbling, First Touch, Technique, Flair and Heading. All are technical or accuracy attributes except for Flair, which is an attribute that controls the unpredictability of a player. This category is useful if you feel your players repertoire is limited, and/or if you feel the player needs to control the ball better, as indicated by the category name. Goalkeepers training in this category will only increase their First Touch.

Defending (general training)

This category controls 3 attributes; Tackling, Marking and Positioning. A fairly straightforward category – useful for all defensive minded players to increase their defensive precision. In FM2011, this category included the Concentration attribute, but it has now been swapped with the more suitable Positioning, which is the defensive equivalent of Off The Ball.

Attacking (general training)

This category controls 4 attributes; Crossing, Creativity, Off The Ball and Passing. Not as simple as the Defending category though, as this one contains the prime attribute Creativity, which essentially controls how many options a player has to choose between, together with Technique and Flair. It’s also the only category training the Passing attribute. Useful for all players on the pitch, but obviously most useful for attack-minded players.

Shooting

Lastly, this category controls 2 attributes; Finishing and Long Shots. In FM2011, this category included the Composure attribute, but that has been properly removed from this category in FM2012. The Shooting category is self-explanatory – useful for all players expected to provide end product, and will increase a player’s accuracy in front of goal.

As mentioned at the start of this section, ALL attributes in a category have an equal chance of being increased, and this is true regardless of how many attributes are in a category. It gets complicated when you include attribute value into the equation, but more about that later.

Training Score (Advanced)

So now that we know what the different categories do and what attributes they affect, it’s time to understand how this is all calculated to result in an increase for one or more attributes. Simply explained; a training score is calculated in every training category, and then that score is used to decide whether or not attributes are increased or not, and if so; how much.

This training score is calculated from three different factors:

Category Workload – how high the slider for the category is set.
Coach Workload – light, average, heavy or none.
Coach Ratings – the amount of quality (stars) the coaches have for the category.

When this score has been calculated, it’s put up against several other factors, such as player happiness, hidden mental attributes and current attribute levels, and then decides if the training has been a success, and at what rate. Higher value attributes are harder (slower) to train, and player morale affects the training performance. The final result is simply that one or more attributes are increased – or not.

The higher the training score is, the bigger the chance that one or more attributes will be increased. In order to achieve the highest training score (and therefore highest chance of increasing attributes), make sure your coaches have as many stars as possible, are on a light workload, sliders are set to maximum in the category you want to train, and that your player is professional and is on a superb morale.

Category Workload Sliders

There’s been much speculation about the mystery of the sliders since they were introduced in Football Manager. Several theories exist (e.g X amount of notches will give you X result), but there really is no mystery to them: there aren’t any trigger limits, the increase is purely linear, forcing you to find the sweet spot on your own for every individual player. The labelling (medium, high, intensive, etc) is only there for visual feedback.

Every notch increases the final training score (the chance of a player improving an attribute). In order to have a realistic chance of one or more attributes to increase, a minimum level of medium is recommended for the slider connected to the category in which the attributes are tied to.

Even though a player could still increase an attribute at the lowest possible slider setting (notch 1), the training score at that setting is so low that the chance of an attribute increase is almost non-existant.

Even though the sliders are only one part of the equation that forms the training score (coach workload and quality/stars are almost as important), the final training score is drastically reduced when the category workload sliders are below ‘light’.

Also worth keeping in mind is that the higher the overall workload, the bigger risk of injury and player unhappiness. This doesn’t mean you can’t push up the individual sliders to max setting (in fact, I recommend you do, to increase the training score) – it just means that you have to keep an eye on the bottom slider, the overall workload. Try to keep the overall workload one notch below heavy and you minimise the chance of injuries/unhappiness.

Coaches & Workload

When it comes to coaches, it’s simple really: the more stars, the better. The stars take everything into account, and are to be 100% trusted. If two coaches both have 4-star rating in Tactics, you will achieve the exact same training score regardless of which one you use.

The coach workload decides the speed of the attribute increases. ‘Light’ will get you results faster, ‘medium’ slower, ‘heavy’ slowest and ‘-’ none at all. The coach workload doesn’t affect the level of attribute increase (how much), just the rate (speed) of the increase.

If you have a 5-star coach and a 1-star coach training the same category, the training won’t be affected by the low level coach. The rating is all that matters, it’s the overall indicator of how well the category is being trained. Therefor, it’s safe to sign high level coaches for all 9 categories, and then use low level (cheap) coaches to fill out the category workloads to ‘light’. It also doesn’t matter how many categories a coach is training in.

So with all that in mind, the best long term plan is to prioritise star rating over workload.

Coach Attributes

Similar to player attributes, coach attributes consists of background, prime and secondary attributes, but they have a different meaning when dealing with coaches specifically:

Background Attributes

There are two types of background attributes. The first type (coaching) influences the training score for individual players. They are Man Management and Working With Youngsters. They are the equivalent of each other, so the former is preferred for first team or regular coaches, while the latter is preferred for youth coaches.

The second type of background attribute (mental) controls things like how well the coach settles at the club and his tactical knowledge. This also includes his judging abilities, so mental background attributes are most important when choosing an assistant manager.

None of the background attributes have an influence on the star rating of the coach.

Prime Attributes

Prime attributes are used for every training category when calculating quality rating (stars). They are Determination, Level of Discipline and Motivating. If these three attributes are high enough, the coach is generally good at most of the training categories, regardless of his secondary attributes. Prime attributes can make up at least 50% of the maximum star rating for all categories.

Secondary Attributes

Secondary attributes only affects specific training categories. Here’s how they affect specific training categories, and how much:

Attacking – 43% attacking and 24% shooting
Defending – 43% defending
Fitness – 62% strength and 62% aerobic
Goalkeepers – 43% GK (shot stopping) and 43% GK (handling)
Mental – 24% ball control
Tactical – 43% tactics, 19% defending and 24% attacking
Technical – 43% ball control and 43% shooting

With all this information we can now make some pretty good assumptions on how to select and appoint coaches. High background (coaching) attributes will increase the training score, and high background (mental) attributes are best for assistant managers. High prime attributes are preferred in all cases, and then the secondary attributes are used for specific categories.

Custom Schedules

Compared to FM2011, there’s a new default schedule called ‘Conditioning’ from the start of your save. This training schedule can be used for any fitness-related training, and works pretty well for Pre-Season purposes. These default schedules are only there to make training easier for those who don’t wish to travel deeper into the training module, but in order to maximise your players potential you should create custom schedules.

There are different approaches here. Some create general schedules (similar to the default ones), but with altered category sliders. Some make schedules for every position, and some even make schedules for every individual player.

Making schedules for every single player isn’t necessary in FM2012, as we have individual focus on top of the general training. More about that in the next section.

In my own opinion, the best approach is to make custom schedules for: every base position + team specific + pre-season. So in my case, first I make schedules for goalkeepers, central defenders, full/wing backs, defensive midfielders, attacking midfielders, wingers/wide forwards and strikers. I then create a ‘prime’ schedule (a team-specific schedule in which the main focus of my team is trained – maybe my team has an attacking personality, so the focus would be on that). Lastly I have a pre-season schedule for increasing player fitness levels when they come back from their season break.

Individual Focus And Set Piece Training

Just like in FM2011, you can set individual training focus for all players. This is helpful if you want to be more specific than the training categories allow you to be, targeting single attribute boosts.

Individual Focus allows you to focus and spot train one of 7 physical (all except Natural Fitness), 3 mental or all 14 technical attributes – the most powerful being the prime attribute Technique, and also the important Composure attribute – controlling how well a player performs under pressure. In FM2011, Tackling wasn’t included as an option in Individual Focus, but it is available as an option in FM2012.

The other important aspect here is that in FM2010 and earlier, you had a specific Set Pieces training category. With that being replaced by the goalkeeping categories in FM2011, you have to use individual focus to train set piece attributes that aren’t affected by regular training categories: Free Kicks, Penalties, Long Throws and Corners.

Match Preparation

New for FM2012 is the updated match preparation panel, giving you a visual indicator as to how comfortable your team feels with your tactic. It also has a temporary effect on specific matches, depending on the special focus area you’ve chosen. It’s now located in the tactics module, as opposed to having its own module in FM2011, but the functionality is exactly the same as in FM2011.

First important thing to understand is that the workload level and the special focus areas do not impact one another directly, other than special focus areas taking time from all other training activities (including familiarity rate). A higher workload will NOT increase the effects of the special focus areas, and none of the special focus areas will have an effect on the tactic familiarity levels.

Workload Setting

Having this at the highest setting (Very High) will not make your players unhappy with the level of training. It will just take away more time from normal training schedules (lowering the training score). It’s safe to push this up all the way when learning new tactics, as a short-term solution.

As soon as the familiarity levels reach fluid for all tactics trained, lower the workload slider to Low to maintain the levels, shifting more power to your regular training schedules in the process. The match preparation workload setting cuts into regular training time, so if you leave the slider on Average/High/Very High, training scores will be affected.

Familiarity Levels

As these increase, your players will perform the tactical instructions better. Always aim to have all bars on fluid. Whenever you alter your tactics, even the smallest of changes will make the game re-calculate the familiarity levels of your team. This is also true in a match – using touchline shouts or altering tactics mid-game could have a negative effect on the team, as they’re not as familiar with the “new” tactic.

Special Focus Areas

These selections are made to gain temporary benefits on a match-to-match basis. They will not stack up (except Team Blend), and should be viewed as a boost for the next match only. If you have a tough game coming up you might want to focus on Defensive Positioning, if you have an easy game coming up you might focus on Attacking Movement, and so on.

Worth noting is that if you have any of the special focuses selected the familiarity levels of the tactic(s) won’t increase as quickly. So if you want your team to learn the tactic(s) as fast as possible, don’t have a special focus selected.

The way these focus areas translate into the match engine is to give temporary boosts to related attributes. The boost is only given if the player is familiar enough with the tactic used, so that’s how familiarity levels and special focus areas tie in together.

Teamwork (previously Team Blend in FM2011)

This is the only focus that stacks up over time, and the only focus that is not active during a match. Instead, it’s active in between matches. Having Teamwork set as the default special focus, and then focusing on a specific area one day before a match will give you double the benefits. What Teamwork does is to increase player relationships, gelling them together, which ultimately increases morale and performances.

Tutoring And Player Preferred Moves (PPM’s)

When you go to a Player Profile – Positions, you’ll see a list called ‘Preferred Moves’ (or ‘PPM’). There are two ways to have a player learn a PPM: First one is to have a private chat with him, telling him specifically what PPM you think he should learn. The second one is to have a senior player (that currently has the PPM you want your player to learn) tutor him, hoping that the player learns that specific PPM.

In order to tutor the player he needs to be young – age plays a big part in tutoring. The older the player is, the more reluctant he will be to learn new tricks.

Even though tutoring is mostly designed to give you an option how to have your players learn PPM’s, the other benefit is that you can build relationships within the squad. You always run the risk of creating enemies as well, but a positive outcome is likely if you take player personality into account when selecting tutoring pairs.

Player Workload And Training Levels

In the Player Profile – Training panel, you will see overall workload percentages in the bottom left corner. These will tell you how much the player is focusing on the different aspects of training. Every time you add purpose-built training like PPM’s, new position or Individual Training Focus, it takes a piece out of the main training schedule the player is currently in (causing the training score to take a hit).

The match preparation also cuts into this share. The ideal situation is to have at least 70% dedicated to ‘normal’ scheduled training, and the rest dedicated to individual focus and/or match preparation.

Training Levels (Advanced)

An often overlooked panel is Training Levels, located in Player Profile – Training Levels (the far right tab at the top). The reason this panel is useful is because it tells you how high your training score is in a specific training category – the bars indicate how well a category is trained, based on player happiness, fitness, hidden attributes, current attribute levels, training facilities, etc.

Contrary to popular belief, the bars do not tell you how hard the player is training – they aren’t telling you if the player is in the risk zone for injuries or unhappiness.

If a bar is low, it tells you that either a) the workload slider for that category isn’t high enough to make an impact, or b) the player already has very high attribute values in the category, making it less likely that his attributes will increase, or c) the player has ‘run out’ of current ability points, so there is nothing left to take from to increase attributes.

If a bar is high, it means this category has a high chance of improvement – calculated by current attribute values, category workload, and so on. You should aim to have as high bars as possible in the categories you want to train, but there is no penalty for low bars – that just means that the chance of improvement in the affected attributes is small.

This info means that we can customise training schedules solely based on this information. With access to a visual indication of our training score, we can control the height of the bars by increasing or decreasing the workload in the player’s current training schedule. For example, if you only need a player to increase his Tackling and Pace attributes and don’t care about the rest, you could use the Training Level bars as a guide to scale away all unnecessary training.

Training Tips And Tricks

Using all the information we’ve reviewed in this article, here are some suggestions on how to use training efficiently. Just to be clear, this entire section is speculative and just my personal opinion based on the facts presented earlier in the article.

Pre-Season

Use a specific training schedule, focusing mostly on tactics, strength and aerobics to have players work up their fitness and key mental attributes after the summer break. Have your main tactic loaded as the only tactic in Match Preparation, and have the workload slider set to Very High. Have the Teamwork special focus selected all the way through pre-season.

As soon as the fitness information (Player Profile – Attributes) says a player is either match fit or in superb condition, he does not need pre-season training anymore, but I usually keep all players on pre-season training until 2 weeks before the season starts, just to get the benefit of the mental attribute increases from the high workload in the Tactics category.

Set Pieces

Assign individual training focus Free Kicks, Penalties, Long Throws and Corners for your corresponding set piece takers. There is no set piece training category in FM2012, so all set piece attributes has to be increased through Individual Focus.

Short-Term Training

If you want to quickly raise a specific player attribute, first find the training category in which the attribute is learned. Then check to see if the attribute can be learned through individual focus. Here is the list of what attributes are trained by what category/focus;

Technical Attributes
Corners – individual focus Corners
Crossing – training category Attacking / individual focus Crossing
Dribbling – training category Ball Control / individual focus Dribbling
Finishing – training category Shooting / individual focus Finishing
First Touch – training category Ball Control / individual focus First Touch
Free Kick Taking – individual focus Free Kicks
Heading – training category Ball Control / individual focus Heading
Long Shots – training category Shooting / individual focus Long Shots
Long Throws – individual focus Long Throws
Marking – training category Defending / individual focus Marking
Passing – training category Attacking / individual focus Passing
Penalty Taking – individual focus Penalties
Tackling – training category Defending / individual focus Tackling
Technique – training category Ball Control / individual focus Technique

Mental Attributes
Anticipation – training category Tactics
Composure – training category Tactics / individual focus Composure
Concentration – training category Tactics
Decisions – training category Tactics
Flair – training category Ball Control
Off The Ball – training category Attacking / individual focus Off The Ball
Positioning – training category Defending / individual focus Positioning
Teamwork – training category Tactics
Work Rate – training category Strength

Physical Attributes
Acceleration – training category Aerobic / individual focus Quickness
Agility – training category Aerobic / individual focus Agility
Balance – training category Aerobic / individual focus Balance
Jumping – training category Strength / individual focus Jumping
Natural Fitness – training category Strength
Pace – training category Aerobic / individual focus Quickness
Stamina – training category Strength / individual focus Stamina
Strength – training category Strength / individual focus Strength

The attributes that has both a training category and an individual focus assigned to them will have a higher rate and chance of increasing if both are used. The attributes that you can’t increase through training are Aggression, Bravery, Creativity, Determination and Influence – all mental attributes that are increased through other means (first team action, player growth, etc).

In order to increase a specific attribute as quickly as possible, create a custom training schedule with the corresponding category on Intensive (all the way up), then have the player set on individual focus for the intended attribute. Remove all positional and preferred moves training, and keep the match preparation training as low as possible. Make sure your coach(es) have an ok star rating in the category you’re training, that the category workload is ‘light’ (workload is more important that star rating in short term training), and that the player is happy (high morale). These factors will give you the highest possible training score, and therefore the highest chance that an attribute will be raised.

Long-Term Training

The long-term training is used for creating a team personality and instill a recognisable character to your team. Do you want to be known as a possession-based team? Masters of the defence? With long-term training you will build a specific set of attributes to shape the behaviour of the team.

Using the above list for attribute/training category/individual focus, we can build a custom training schedule that I like to call a ‘prime’ schedule. It should be balanced enough that almost all outfield players should be able to take part in it, to be shaped into your team’s personality and philosophy. But also specifically focused on 1-3 training categories.

Here are some prime schedule examples;

Attacking/Possession (Arsenal, Barcelona, etc) – Tactics and Attacking
Defensive/Counter (Real Madrid, Inter, etc) – Tactics, Defending and Shooting
Muscle/Control (Chelsea, etc) – Strength, Ball Control and Tactics

The prime schedule should be used mainly for newcomers to the club, so that they blend in well with the rest of the squad, giving them similar attributes. Make sure that your main tactic(s) reflect the training focus as well, it’s pointless having an attacking prime schedule if your main tactic is a defensive one.

Final Words

Hopefully you’ll understand more about the training and match preparation functionality of Football Manager 2012 now, even though it is quite a lot to take in. If you have any questions, or maybe your own tips & tricks for training, let me know!

  • http://www.fmpundit.com/ Thomas Levin

    Fantastic stuff I know not much has changed, but what is surprising is just how simple it can be to sort out a decent bit of training. 

    I was wondering how do you approach your youth training?

  • babar

    Good article, very helpful especially the bit about familiarity levels and focus areas. A few questions: 

    1. How do you know exactly which training category trains which attributes? Because if I’m not entirely mistaken, when you hover over the training category, it just says something like “Strength is good for training Jumping and Stamina etc”. So, how do you know that the Strength category also affects Natural Fitness, Strength (pretty obvious, I admit) and Work Rate?

    2. If a player moans about the workload of the schedule (even though it’s at medium, one notch from heavy), do you think it’s better to make an individual schedule for him with a slightly reduced workload or just make him push through in hopes that it will toughen him up? Or is there another way of dealing with these situations?

    3. I tend to always make a schedule where all sliders are at zero for when players get injured, mostly because I’ve felt that they would then get the rest they need and perhaps come back quicker. Do you think there’s any merit to this? Or doesn’t it matter what schedule they’re on when injured?

    Again, good work on this, high quality stuff. It’s always more satisfying playing long saves with a single club when you’re setting everything up yourself, instead of just downloading schedules. Speaking of which, will you be making a similar article about tactics? I’m pretty good at it, I think, but it’s always nice to get a deeper understanding of that side of the game as well. Sometimes my Arsenal defense is operating a little bit too close to the real thing :P

  • babar

    Oh, and one more thing, while I’m on here. Off topic, but anyway: Carl Jenkinson is crap on FM12, he’s got maybe one and a half stars from Patrice. Same with a few of the other youngsters Wenger bought this summer. To me, that doesn’t feel very realistic, I refuse to believe AW would sign crap youngsters. Will you be fixing these things with a database update, like you did with FM11? And one more thing about the star rating on potential ability: Is it absolute? Like, could I get a player with two stars in potential get to maybe three and a half stars with the right schedule? Or is he doomed to fail at the club?

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    Thanks!

    1. You can see what training category affects what attributes if you go to a player’s training panel and click the different categories. You will then see the progress of all attributes linked to that category.

    2. Yeah, that’s probably what I would do – create an individual schedule. Or maybe even lower the current schedule a notch or two.

    3. When a player is injured, his training workload is 0%, so it won’t matter what schedule is on. However, when he’s just come back from injury and needs match fitness, you could have a schedule that is like a ‘Pre-Season Light’ – a little bit of Strength + Aerobics, and then Tactics on full blast.

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    Don’t think Arsenal youngsters will be updated – I’ve been pushing for some corrections to the head researcher for Arsenal over at SI, but he is very reluctant to stray from his current numbers.

    I’ll have an Arsenal database update soon though. =)

  • babar

    Cool idea, re: ‘Pre-Season Light’, will have to try that out.

    So, head researcher at SI is Alan Hansen, then? Hating us forever :P
    Anyway, reassuring to know that the mantralux db will make a return.

  • http://twitter.com/MHaaskivi Magnakai Haaskivi

    This is a great update! One question (and I may have missed it, but I don’t think so): why are Influence and Natural Fitness colored gray? I figured out the other coloring (background/prime/secondary), but I’m not sure what you’re trying to indicate there.

  • phnompenhandy

    Re. Arsenal: when FM11 came out a year ago there were widespread criticisms that Arsenal players were rated too highly; maybe SI have over-compensated. Regarding Jenkinson, seems to me Wenger didn’t intend to blood him in the first team this season but injuries forced his hand. He does seem out of his depth. Remember the stars are relative to other players in the squad – he’d probably have 5 at Charlton, but at Arsenal compared to van Persie he is 1.5

    My view re. barbar’s #2: it’s a realistic conundrum and requires astute man-management. You can tell one player who whinges about his training schedule to man up and he’ll knuckle down. Another will throw his toys out and demand a transfer. You do have to get to know their personalities – which does require some degree of micro-management.

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    Grey attributes are ‘non-match’ attributes that aren’t taken into account during a match – Influence has only to do with captaincy and nothing else, and Natural Fitness is an attribute that decides how fast a player returns from injury, the decline of his physical attributes as he gets older, and so on.

    I’ll explain all that in more detail in the upcoming FM2012 Player Attributes Explained article that will be available here on October 27th. =)

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    To be honest, I haven’t even begun to dive into youth training properly, but it might be a good idea for a future article to go through youth-specific tips and tricks, and how to best develop young talent.

  • http://elenganche.org paine

    I think that quality of training facilities play a role in the equation   Training score = Category Workload + Coach workload + Coach ratings.
    Another factor to add.

  • http://twitter.com/sitruc03 Curtis

    Great article! Thank you so much for the insight. I remember reading something on the SI forums a few years back arguing that younger players increased physical attributes easier than mature players. I’m assuming, using your terminology, that the claim was given equal category workload, coach workload, and coach rating, a 17 year old would have some extra bonus to strength/aerobic training score over a 30 year old. Is this true, and if so, is it worth increasing str/aer workload at the expense of tactics training for youngsters?

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    Yes, younger players will see a faster increase in attributes than older players. It’s also a question about current/potential ability: older players usually cap their potential ability, and so they wouldn’t have any points left to “spend” on attributes.

  • http://www.fmpundit.com/ Thomas Levin

    When looking at your schedules and your formula base positions + team specific when do you make the decision to move the players from the base positions to the team specific? 

    Do you move it around per season, do you move it around according to how good their attributes are or do you move them depending on age?

  • phnompenhandy

    Ix, that needs clarifying. Training does not INCREASE CA for any player; it REDISTRIBUTES the CA that is gained from the other factors. In the case of a player whose CA has peaked, including older players, training will still redistribute their CA.

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    Yes that’s right – technically, all training does in the game code is to distribute CA points into certain categories.

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    I move players to my team specific schedules if they’re fairly new to my team – either through just being transferred from another club, or transferred into the team from one of my youth squads. The team specific schedule is meant almost like the La Masia approach – to get my players to increase the attributes I feel are important for my tactical philosophy.

  • Kazza

    Looks like I will sign up for the premium account, as soon as I get FM12. Your work is always interesting, useful and challenging. Another great article and one that I am following on the FM forums. Maybe I can get you to do some work on NUFC !! :)

  • http://www.truefootballmanager.com/p/blog-author.html Vitaliy Mokosiy

    Awesome masterclass! Masterpiece, I would even say!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Costas-Bosco-Balaban/1620643645 Costas Bosco Balaban

    Goalkeepers’ positioning now moved to Gk shot stopping.

  • chiboy

    Im a bit confused, when do you use prime schedule and when do you use base postion training? 

  • 5uare2

    Hey Ix, great article, but a few inconsistencies I noticed:

    - You’ve stated “creativity” is trained under “attacking”, and then it’s also listed as an attribute that can’t be trained?
    also, PPM’s in FM2012 are now taught by talking to coaches, not players – and regarding this, I was wondering whether it matters which coach you instruct to teach the player a PPM?

    (lastly, i’ve noticed that individual training focus now has a slider as well.)

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    Yeah, v1.1 of this article is in the works – Positioning has now also been included in Goalkeeper categories. Thanks for the corrections, I’ll make sure they’re put into the article. =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/youb12 Kim Jung-youb

    You said we can increase ‘creativity’ by Attacking training, but in the lower part, you are saying we can’t increase creativity. what’s right?

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    In FM2012 you are able to train Creativity by using the Attacking category, I’ll update this article very soon. =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=669711683 Bigg Lamie

    I need help, i’ve played close to 25 matches, and my supporting striker has scored only 2 goals, his shots keep hitting the bar or he plays the ball directly to the goalkeeper. while my other striker has scored 18 goals, he naturally gets it in. how can i get my supporting striker to be able to shoot accurately into the net? right now i am thinking about terminating his contract. Help please……

  • chi arsenal

    So I should use prime schedule for new player right, and how long should I use that prime schedule on them before I change to base training

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001024024423 Wayne Doul

    Excellent read, and loads better in this format.  Thank you Ix.

  • Notarealpirate

    Best article I’ve seen on training in FM thanks a lot.

  • Guest

    Your list doesn’t include heading except as an individual focus. But surely heading can be trained in one of the catagories?

  • Guest

    Nevermind. I just missed it. Great article. Can’t wait to put it to use. One question though: Will you be writing more regularly this season than last? I’m fine paying for the premium membership, but not unless there’s a bit more in it.

  • http://www.arsenalreport.com Ix Techau

    Premium membership unlocks the download functionality for the site, so all downloads like databases and graphics packs will only be available to premium members. Asa premium member you also have the opportunity to request graphics and databases. Articles will always be free though, so if you’re only interested in guides and such, there’s no need to get the premium membership. =)

    And yeah, I will write much more this year, but I’ve been out sick for the last week so I haven’t been able to finish the next article yet – the idea is to attempt a new article or download every week until January.

  • Andy

    Thank you, this is absolutely amazing.

  • Tomy

    Okay, I am a bit lost, when explaining training categories you say that Creativity is in the Attacking category, bot down the post you say it cannot be improved by any training, with Bravery, Aggression, Determination etc. which of them is it? :D

  • Guest

    thank you for amazing post! one question.

    though the section of SHORT-TERM TRAINING says “The attributes that you can’t increase through training are Aggression, Bravery, Creativity, Determination and Influence”,  is Creativity attribute able to be trained by attacking category? 

  • Jn_nesta

    Congratulations… i very nice resume, i’m 100% agree on this.

  • Somar79126

    Hi Ix,

    Great article! It will take me a few reads and about a week to take it all in (seriously). I am what you would call “Noob” at this game and had a question about this ” every base position + team specific + pre-season.” If I create schedules for each position, what is team specific schedule, and a player can’t be in two schedules at the same time can they?

  • Sergio

    I was just wondering how you had worked out the % i.e for attacking you put down 43% and shooting 24% that to me, looks like you have worked something out with alot of precision, but find myself struggling to how you have come up with such accuracy…….But i must say all the information you have provided above is very impressive indeed and surprisingly understandable. Soo…fair play!!

    I’m a big fan of FM12 and play it very often, so I will be putting your information to the test and i will wright on here again to show that it really works and if i can do im sure anyone else can.

  • Familiar_frevent

    I have gone through your excellent guide twice and searched some more. My problem relates to tutoring.

    There are hidden scotable attributes and there are personality stats. Do tutoring increases both or only the personality.
    As an experiment i tried to tutor my inconsistent GK from Bulgaria by 2 GK, one who was Model Professional and Other Very Consistent one after another. But after 1 year of training it seems to me he gained nothing in consistency although he do have a nicer personality now, plus his attribute are great too.

  • Ginger Prince

    just upgraded from FM 2007 to FM2012 (I know), and my GOD what a change.  So this master class has helped me lots and prevented me from getting disheartened
     thanks

  • Tsomokosp

    Great work! In depth analysis!
    I was wondering though. If im pleased with a specific player in a certain category (say he has all defence stats 19) and i just dont want these attributes to go down. How far down can i put the defence slider so that i can focus on other training areas,with no (or at least very low) possibility of these stats going down?
    Thanks.

  • Alustor

     You know when you click next and the game loads,one of the tips says that defending increases Tackling, Marking and Concentration just like in the old one but here you say gat it increases tackling marking and positioning.witch one is correct?

  • ian farmer

    i have a serious problem can any body advise me what i am doing wrongly, i set up my own training for leeds united i either try and use the coaches i have or i use FMRTE for money to bring in better coaches to give me better stars, but no matter what coaches i have some players stats getting affected by going red down arrows and there stats fade away like Davide Somma he starts of at 16 finishing but if i heal him using FMRTE he himself is not motived to train then after 4 weeks of playing i found is finishing is down to 15 with the srrows turning red instead of green, i always get this on my players and the training report said there is concerns over the players tactic then i look at them and its nearly all the stats that are effected beside his tactics fitness finishing ball control, leeds United training is the best in the championship with there training ground so that not a issue, i hope in FM 13 they bring out you can assign the right coach for the right player like Davide Somma put under attacking coach the defenders with defender coaches

  • Odi

    So,how we can keep our players morale high ,while we use an intense training schedule?

  • Odi

    So how we supposed to keep our players morale high ,while we train them so hard?

  • Lontongnya2

    if a player reach his potential, it is possible to increase their attribute?
    i think on old FM (below 2010 maybe) it is very possible

  • Patres10

     What effect have the quality of training facilities in the equation?

  • Bazvink

    I HATE training in FM…. I HATE working on schedules. I ALWAYS download schedules or just assign EVERYONE to some general schedule.

    After reading this, I SERIOUSLY want to dive into my schedules and start working on some custom ones. You have opened up a whole new world and a whole new aspect of the game to me, and for that you have my utmost gratitude!

  • Skalev

    I was wondering, how do you prevent attributes from dropping? what is the minimum you should train to retain an attribute at the current range? I have noticed that if for instance, I don’t train my strikers on defence, those attributes drop… any ideas on that?

  • Anonymous

     let it drop, so their attacking attributes could increase =)

  • MarqueeMoon

    Are you certain that “Strength” refers to jumping? In the FM2012 guide and tips while loading/processing time, it says “Aerobic” would cover the attribute jumping…? Who is right? 

  • duccio

    A small correction. To get player to train a new PPM, you talk to a coach (from player’s interaction button) instead of having a chat with the player.

  • Shadyman

    hi, I have a question. If I set slider for certain category almost left, is there a chance of attribute decline? If the training just redistributes CA… It wasn’t adressed in the article. 

  • Hafiz Mussah

    Best FM training guide i have read. Forgot to bookmark it last time, searched all over for it. thank God i found it. Fantastic work. Cheers.