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Chelsea (or top team) Tactic

A tactic which will win you the league even if you put on holiday
Started on 29 November 2014 by ShotShySheriff
Latest Reply on 9 December 2014 by ShotShySheriff
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Uploaded this 3 times now to the tactics section and does get approved. Not doing again so ill just put it here so that its not a waste of effort.

Video Explaining all of the below.




Firstly, id like to point out that it should not be too difficult to create a tactic for a top team. My intention was not to do so, just panned out this way whilst doing some software testing.

In my eyes there are far too many people obsessed with possession stats in Football Manager and my only primary concern for this tactic was to have my players play in a certain area of the pitch for the majority of the game. If they then have possession in those areas then it stands to reason that you should see better results.

I would like to point out that I am a software tester by trade so I came at this tactic from possibly a completely different angle than most would. I had ideas of how I wanted to play the game but I treated this as a computer programme and carried out tests accordingly. Not very romantic, but that was the approach.

I didn't want to create an all singing, all dancing tactic, there is no fun in that if you then can't take a good base line and improve it yourself, and that is what I have tried to achieve here.

A good baseline for people to improve on and try with different teams and settings to make this your own. I suspect you will need good quality players for this to work to it's optimum as it is all about pressing high, win the ball, and take advantage of the possession in the correct areas of the pitch.

All in all, this is just a logical approach to a piece of software.

Let's get started !


My whole entire ethos behind this tactic was that I want to occupy the areas of the pitch where most default player positions are available. Take a look at the image below and you will see that 20 out of the default 25 positions are obviously in two thirds of the pitch. This is obviously just basic common sense.


Now, by default, I wanted any defensive line that I decided on to be having average positions during a game around the half way line. If I disregard the 3 attacking positions for now then this means there are just 15 positions on the pitch which become the most dominant.


The box in the image above is where I wanted to be having possession, and I am not concerned about volumes of it. I could quite easily add 10% possession by having my back line deeper and passing it around but possession there is not going to hurt anyway, and it is just a statistic for statistics sake.

With the above image in mind all I concentrated on was looking at the average playing positions of players in games. This is what determined my final player positions. I wanted my average player positions to all be in the areas highlighted in the image above. or as close to it as possible.

Here is an example of average player positions for the areas I wanted to be occupying.

Average Player Positions



Once I had played around with various player positions to obtain the above I then went about specifying my formation. This is the formation I settled on.


Once the formation was decided I then applied individual roles to the players to suit and played around and tested different team instructions.

Here are the team instructions.




The season is still on going with my Youtube walkthrough but here are screen shots of the results to date.

I have not set any training routines, nothing at all other than what you see in the video. I have literally tried to leave it as bare as possibly so you can apply your own settings and customise to suit your team/ethos/style.


Great tactic and explanation. Never get too down on waiting on approval, poor Stam has practically been doing it ALL himself as well as caring for a new born(ish) baby. Your tactic will get looked at and approved but just have a bit of patience while new staff get used to their roles in supporting Stam with the site.

That being said, contributions like this are what this site is all about so please keep them coming. Feel free to mail me direct if you have a submission you want looking at and i'll see if i can fast track it a bit... if only for Stam's sanity ;)
Thanks for the reply. I can see the tactic has been approved and is in the fm 15 tactic downloads sections.

Thanks again.

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