Football Manager – Lower League Guide

  • Get Team Reports from teams in higher leagues in order to get in some loans
  • Don’t pay transfer fees for players
    • Filter the player search for expired contracts
  • Use loans as much as possible
  • Use trials as much as possible (2 weeks)
    • You won’t stretch your limited scouting resources thin and trials won’t be as much of a hit on your budget
    • Quicker method
  • Value current ability higher than potential ability
    • Promotion should always be the focus
    • Players you are bringing in should help you right away
  • Always offer shorter-term contracts (1-year contracts)
    • It’s not guaranteed that a player will still help you when you achieve promotion
  • Try to go for versatile players in order to save your budget and ensure squad depth
  • Make sure you are always training 3 different tactics
    • Different situations and different scores require different tactics
  • Get senior affiliate clubs
    • Club Vision -> Make Board Request -> Senior Affiliate
    • Adds to your scouring knowledge
    • You can get great players on loan
    • You can have more than one senior affiliate club
  • Always improve your staff every year
    • Optimize the coaching assignments
  • Schedule your own friendly games to make some money
    • Compare fees and income for different teams with different reputations
    • Friendly games against senior affiliates have most likely 0 fees and high income
  • Focus on physically dominant players
  • Keep your tactics simple (e.g. 4-4-2)
    • Players most likely don’t have the attributes for more fancy tactics