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Keeping Injuries Under Control on Football Manager

Facing injury problems? Follow our comprehensive guide to best arm yourself with in-depth insight that will enable you to fight injuries off and give your team the comparative advantage. Freshly written for FM 2015.

By on Dec 19, 2014   202261 views   1 comments
Football Manager Guides - Keeping Injuries Under Control on Football Manager


Written by Stam

Injuries in Football Manager can become a big problem for your team in some of your saves. Surely you cannot totally avoid injuries -unless you cheat, which wouldn’t be realistic- but there are various ways to reduce their occurrence.

It is important to understand there are three (3) main reasons that may cause an injury to your players.

First and foremost it is the injury proneness attribute of a player. Even though this is a hidden attribute (having a value/scale between 1 and 20), your staff will tell you whether a player is injury prone or not. When you have a player in your team who is susceptible to injuries, it is best to try to offload him at once and look for replacement, but we will explain this in more detail a bit later.

The second main reason is training. Football teams in real life dedicate numerous weeks in pre-season training, and the first part of their regimes is focused on heavy fitness training. Once regular season kicks off, training intensity (especially fitness oriented) is decreased as teams play 1-3 matches every week. The way you handle pre-season training is of crucial importance.

The third main reason is luck. Admittedly, there is not much you can do about this directly, but there is a number of precautions and practices you can follow to get yourself in a good place of having sufficient options to go with when facing a serious injury or several minor ones even.

We have been on the receiving end of a lot of complaints regarding the amount of injuries that fellow managers are presented with. And we decided to write up this guide which aims to help people facing injury problems with their teams by providing comprehensive insight from every possible angle.

The opinion on behalf of Sports Interactive is that the amount of injuries on FM15 is realistic and we feel their claim is not unreasonable. Just look at Arsenal, United or Bayern. It is possible that you might have been able to utilize heavy training during regular season in previous FM iterations (thinking of ‘14 and ‘13), but certainly that is no longer the case with the newest version.

Points to take away:
  • you cannot totally avoid injuries (unless you cheat)
  • 3 main reasons behind injuries: injury proneness of players, training, luck
  • intense training during regular season will cause you trouble in FM15

Before getting into more detail with the individual chapters, I wish to thank everyone who contributed to this guide, either by writing for it or by sharing a comment on our social profiles. You have made this collaborative guide possible, and I am grateful for being able to coordinate it.

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Discussion: Keeping Injuries Under Control on Football Manager

1 comments have been posted so far.

  • Nyemasanya's avatar
    there are three (or four) more fundamental factors:

    1, match instruction: "Get stuck in" - the stonger your player tackle the opposition the bigger the chance that he will hurt himself too.
    2. individual opposition tackling instruction: "Hard" - the more opposition players are set to be tackled hard the more injuries your own players will pick up. Especially if you consider that the more attacking the position is usually the worse the tackling ability of the player is. I do not ask my midfilders and wingers to tackle opp. midfilders/wingers hard any more and their injuries substantially decreased.
    3, level of fitness coaching: higher aerobic coaching helps to prevent injuries to occur.

    and depending on how do you interpret what is already written in the article (was it aimed only at pre-season or not):
    4, general training level during season: setting it higher (i.e. above average) increases the likelyhood of getting injured in training
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