This tactic tries to address that and I have had success. So, I'm looking to share this with the community and develop the tactic and the theory over the course of this year's game.
This guide is a reworking of my famous iteration on FM14, FM15 and FM16 (which is still the most popular on the Workshop). And is the result of 8 years of refinement.
The theories and implementation are exactly the same regardless which version of Football Manager you are playing. The tactic is timeless, yet the subtleties change.
SCT 4-3-3 Possession - What to expectAs with standard Tiki-Taka tactics, High Possession, High Percentage pass completion, and 'Sexy Football'. But, what you will also see is that even with teams with the less than a perfect setup will be performing well and, most importantly for people playing possession football every week, creating enough goal scoring chances to justify the style.
- High Pass completion in the Midfield (Average of 85%)
- High Defensive Line.
- WB able to bomb forward.
- Low direct scoring from setplays
- Football which is pleasing to look at and get results against teams of similar and lower quality.
- Tough time outplaying really strong teams.
This is an Ideal Starter tactic for teams developing towards a Tiki-Taka style.
SCT 4-3-3 Possession - Team MakeupAs this is a tactic for the slightly less technically gifted teams that wish to play 'good' football it is important to recognise that you DON'T have world-class players at your club that will be able to play like Barcelona and produce results like Barcelona.
But there is one thing every team can generate to be the same as Barcelona. Tactical Familiarity. I suggest that you learn ONLY this tactic at the start of the Season and Training should be all about Team Cohesion and Teamwork until your team can play this with their eyes closed.
SCT - Key Attributes and PPM's per positionAgain, I know you're not able to click your fingers and buy Xavi for your team but 'try' to get players who fit the roles with AT LEAST one of the required PPM's in each position and have them learn the missing ones asap.
First line is PPM's and second line is key stats.
- First Touch, Composure, Rushing Out.
WB: Get forward Whenever Possible, Sticks to (correct) Side of pitch when dibbling.
-Natural Fitness, Stamina, Pace, Acceleration, Teamwork, Work rate.
BPD: Likes to switch ball to opposite flank
CD: Marks opponent tightly.
-Strength, Aggression, Jumping Reach, Bravery, Tackling
DM: Stays back at all times. Plays no through balls (Ideal PPM's yet not essential)
-Decisions, Anticipation, Teamwork, Composure, First Touch.
APS: Comes Deep to get ball, Plays One-Twos, Tries Killer Balls Often
-Composure, First Touch, Passing, Creativity, Anticipation
APA: Moves Into Channels, Plays One-Twos, Arrives Late in Area, Tries killer balls often.
-Composure, First Touch, Passing, Creativity, Anticipation, Off the ball.
WG: (If extremely fast) Hugs Touchline and Knocksball Past Opponents)
-Acceleration, Pace, Dribbling, Agility.
IFA: Moves into Channels, Runs with ball often, Cuts Inside.
-Dribbling, Off the ball, Flair, Agility, Acceleration.
F9: If has excellent balance and composure, Dwells on Ball and Plays Killer Balls Often. (Yes, I realise that it is hard to get both of these, but it’s possible with correct regen and tutor after a few years) Runs with ball through Centre. Tries first time shots, Plays One-Twos
-Off the ball, Finishing, Passing, Technique. Composure
Remember, the above list is the IDEAL and you should aim for one or two of the PPM's at 'weaker' teams.
SCT 4-3-3 Possession - Player InstructionsSWK: Distribute to Full Backs. Distribute quickly. Roll it out.
CWB's (Attack): Get Further Forward, Stay Wider, Run Wide with Ball, Close Down More, Cross Aim Near Post, More Direct Passes.
BPD (Cover): Ease off Tackles
CD (Stopper): Close Down More, Tackle Harder
DM (Defend/Support depending on the quality of your best player): Pass Shorter, Mark Tighter
AP (Support): Close Down More, More Direct Passes
AP (Attack): More Direct Passes, Roam From Position, Close Down More.
WG (Attack): Roam from Position, Shoot Less Often, Cross Aim Near Post, More Direct Passes.
IF (Attack): Roam from Position, Dribble More, Stay Wider, Cross Aim Near Post, Fewer Risky Passes.
SCT 4-3-3 Possession - Tactical TipsIf your looking to hold onto a lead or counter a powerful team. Don't change the formation or roles unless needed but switch Strategy to Attack, Drop Deeper, Pass into space and More Direct Passing and Run at Defence.
To play out the last minutes in a bit more safety, hit More Disciplined. Nothing more.
If you find yourself having 'too much' possession and struggling to score, have the team Express Themselves more.
Note: EXPRESS THEMSELVES is set to default in the workshop version. Having trouble at the back? Click it off.
If the other team is camping on their 18 yard line blocking shot after shot, SLOW DOWN the play. Draw them out of position and make one good chance.
Less than 55% possession? Click "Retain Possession".
More than 66% possession? Click "More Direct Passes" and "Slightly Deeper". This means the other team isn't pressing you.
Other team hitting you on the counter? Click play "Slightly Wider".
SCT 4-3-3 Possession - Set PiecesMy set pieces are set to short with strong emphasis on ball retention.
So, CB stay back at all times and corners will be short to a supporting wide player.