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Football Manager 2019 MATCH Hints and Tips

The official FM19 hints and tips about the match day experience as they appear in-game.

By on Oct 07, 2019   5267 views   0 comments
FM 2019 Hints and Tips - Football Manager 2019 MATCH Hints and Tips
Using easy or normal tackling in a match will reduce the risk of your team picking up cautions or red cards, particularly if the game is being officiated by a strict referee.

A playmaker is someone who generally looks to receive the ball and dictate play.

A target man is someone who will look to bring others into play via flick-ons or holding up the ball.

Constantly changing your tactic and making dramatic alterations to the style of play will not help your players settle or find their rhythm and is likely to have an adverse affect on the team's performances.

When an icon with a green cross appears next to a player it indicates he is carrying a knock.

Players with low stamina may tire and struggle to play at their best, particularly in poor weather conditions or high tempo games.

Allowing too many players to have a high level of creative freedom will likely see your team fail to adhere to your tactical instructions. Use creative freedom sparingly for full effect.

Passing style and tempo are linked. A short passing game works best with a slower tempo, whilst a direct, counter attacking style needs to be swift and quick.

If you like to play possession football and dictate the tempo setting your goalkeeper's distribution to short and to a near player may help you succeed.

Time-Wasting is useful late in the game but be sensible
employ it too early it can backfire and cost you the game.

Taking the time to set up player positions on set-pieces can be very rewarding. Taking advantage in these situations is often the difference between a draw and a win.

Allowing your players to close down often will naturally put the opposition players under duress, but be aware that good players will find ways to avoid pressure and expose your team.

Players who pick up knocks but have no injury indicator may be able to shake off their injury and return to a good level of fitness later in the game.

When playing against a strong team, you may get some success by playing on the counter attack. This can be particularly effective when playing away from home.

When trying to hang onto a result, a good way to wind down the clock is to employ time wasting tactics in the latter stages of a game.

Defenders with low concentration are more prone to making costly mistakes in defence.

Strikers with low composure are more prone to buckling under the pressure and missing one-on-one opportunities to score.

New signings need time to settle in and gel with their new team-mates.

Too many new signings in a short space of time can upset the balance and rhythm of your team.

Foreign players with a distinctly different football cultural upbringing may take a while to settle into playing a different style of play.

Determination can be a key attribute. Players with low determination usually react badly to going a goal down.

Be aware of how the weather can affect your team's performances. Bad conditions are more likely to penalise those who play a short passing game, try adopting a more direct style at times like this.

The 'Clear Ball To Flanks' touchline instruction will encourage your players to look towards the sidelines when clearing the ball from danger, rather than keeping it in a central position. This is a sensible approach as the ball is further away from the goal, and can be an effective counter-attacking strategy if you possess quick wide players who can swiftly transition into attack.

The 'Drop Deeper' touchline instruction will encourage your defenders to collapse towards their own goal and play a much deeper line, which in turn encourages the rest of the team to drop into their own half. This makes it harder for opponents to break you down and can be used either as a strategy to preserve a lead late in a game, or as a tactic used against much better teams in order to frustrate them.

The 'Exploit The Flanks' touchline instruction will encourage your players to stretch the pitch and use their wide players to make an attacking impact. This is ideally used when your wide players are amongst your most effective, or when the opposition is struggling at full-back.

The 'Exploit The Middle' touchline instruction will encourage your players to contract the pitch and play the majority of the game in central areas. This is ideally used when your central players are amongst your most effective, or when the opposition is struggling at centre-back or in central midfield.

The 'Get Ball Forward' touchline instruction will encourage your players to move the ball into the opponent's territory with greater urgency. This is ideally used when your team is chasing the game and needs a goal.

The 'Get Stuck In' touchline instruction will encourage your players to be more aggressive in the tackle and assert themselves on the opposition in a bid to get the upper hand psychologically and physically.

The 'Hit Early Crosses' touchline instruction will encourage your players to put crosses in almost as soon as they pick the ball up in wide positions. This can be an effective strategy if you also have forwards with high off the ball and anticipation ratings, as they will be able to take full advantage by reacting first.

The 'Look For Overlap' touchline instruction will encourage your wider players to hold onto the ball and wait for the full-back to overlap them into an attacking position. This is ideally used when you have a very effective attacking full-back and can be an additional tool in breaking down tough defences.

The 'Pass Into Space' touchline instruction will encourage your players to look to pass the ball into open areas of the pitch, rather than directly into a teammate's feet. This is ideally used when your team possesses quick players who will be able to reach the ball ahead of the opponent and can take advantage of the extra space.

The 'Play Narrower' touchline instruction will encourage your players to contract the pitch even further and play the majority of the game in central areas. This is ideally used when your central players are amongst your most effective, or when the opposition is struggling at centre-back or in central midfield. It can also help solidify your defensive structure and force teams to play on the periphery, further away from the goal.

The 'Play Out Of Defence' touchline instruction will encourage your defenders to look to build attacks from the back with shorter passing rather than a more primitive long-ball forward.

The 'Play Wider' touchline instruction will encourage your players to stretch the pitch even further in a bid to draw a well-organised defence out of their comfort zone and take advantage of the wider spaces between defenders.

The 'Pump Ball Into Box' touchline instruction will encourage your players to ignore their basic tactical instructions and adopt a direct approach to get the ball into the opposition's penalty area as quickly as possible. This is ideally used when your team is chasing the game and needs a goal.

The 'Push Higher Up' touchline instruction will encourage your defenders to adopt a higher defensive line, and in turn force your team to play closer to the opposition's goal. This has the effect of putting your team on the front foot and forcing the opposition to play in a compact, congested area.

The 'Retain Possession' touchline instruction will encourage your players to keep hold of the ball and play a low-risk strategy, with the emphasis on controlling the game. This is ideally used when your team is looking to protect a lead.

The 'Run At Defence' touchline instruction will encourage your players to dribble at defenders when attacking. This is most effective when your team possesses quick and agile dribblers who can beat their man and take full advantage of their abilities.

The 'Shoot On Sight' touchline instruction will encourage your players to take a shot at goal as soon as an opportunity presents itself. This can be effective if your team includes a number of capable finishers, but also increases the chances of scoring simply by 'buying a ticket'.

The 'Stay on Feet' touchline instruction will encourage your players to stay on their feet when tackling rather than diving in and going to ground. This reduces the chances of an opponent hurdling an attempted tackle and leaving your team outnumbered in defence.

The 'Take A Breather' touchline instruction will encourage your players to keep hold of the ball with no specific intention other than to rest with it and recover some of their energy. This is ideally used when you ask your team to adopt a high-intensity pressing game or a high-tempo attacking game which have a greater impact on fitness levels.

The 'Take More Risks' touchline instruction will encourage your players to gamble in pursuit of a goal and not worry about their defensive responsibilities. This is largely intended as a strategy for use late in games when chasing a goal as it will almost certainly leave your team short of numbers at the back (including the goalkeeper at set-pieces when used in conjunction with the 'Overload' team strategy in the closing minutes of a match).

The 'Work Ball Into Box' touchline instruction will encourage your players to attempt to play their way into attacking positions with patience and creativity. This is ideally used when your team features quality attacking playmakers and effective passers, but is a strategy which may struggle to break down well-organised teams that defend deep.

The 'Press Opponents' touchline instruction will encourage your players to set about winning the ball back from the opposition with relentless hassling and pressing. Adopting this strategy requires players with high levels of stamina in order for it to be most effective.

When watching a match you can keep an eye on the opposing team's formation and changes made during the game by selecting 'Formations' from the 'Analysis' section of the match screen.

When 'Allow substitutions' is ticked in a match plan, the assistant will make substitutions for tactical or rest reasons at their discretion.

If you find you're leaving too much space behind your defence, try adjusting your defensive line.

There are a veritable wealth of player roles which carry subtle changes depending on the duty they're paired with. Pay close attention to the information presented with each as it will affect the performances of the player accordingly.

The 'Pass Into Space' team instruction will encourage your players to look to pass the ball into open areas of the pitch for their team-mates to run on to, rather than directly into a team-mate's feet. This is ideally employed when your team possesses quick players who will be able to reach the ball ahead of the opponent and can take advantage of the extra space
0 The 'Shoot On Sight' team instruction will encourage your players to take a shot at goal as soon as an opportunity presents itself. This can be effective if your team includes a number of capable finishers, but also increases the number of low-percentage efforts from distance.

The 'Work Ball Into Box' team instruction will encourage your players to attempt to play their way into attacking positions with patience and creativity. This is ideally employed when your team features quality attacking playmakers and effective passers, but is a strategy which may struggle to break down well-organised teams that defend low.

The 'Focus Play Through The Middle' team instruction will encourage your players to contract the pitch and play the majority of the game in central areas. This is ideally employed when your central players are among your most effective, or when the opposition is struggling at centre-back or in central midfield

The 'Overlap' team instructions will encourage your wider players to hold on to the ball and wait for the full-back to overlap them into an attacking position. This is ideally employed when you have a very effective attacking full-back and can be an additional tool in breaking down tough defences.

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