Touchline shouts are another tool in your arsenal in Football Manager to influence the performance of your team during the game and all managers are well-advised to learn how and when to use them to the best effect. Because as with most things in life, there are two sides to the same coin. A touchline shout used wrong or at the wrong time might send the morale and body language of your players into a downward spiral, with undesirable side effects on the performance on the pitch included.
Let’s dive in and explore how to use shouts in FM.
- Pause the game prior to selecting and confirming a shout. You want to avoid using a shout that does not fit the current situations and flow of the game at all costs.
- Prior to using a shout, think briefly about whether you want to address an individual player, a group of players, or your entire team.
- Boosts low morale
- Use during the first 5 minutes of a game
- Use when you are a goal down or the opponent equalizes the game
- Use when one of your players misses a penalty
- Use when a mistake from one of your players leads to a goal
- Use when a player should avoid an additional booking
- Use when a player is on the edge of suspension and/or is acting aggressively
- Use when your team has given away a dangerous free-kick or a penalty
- Use when your team concedes an easy goal
- One step up from “Encourage”
- Use when the game is getting hectic and high paced
- Use when your team has multiple woodwork hits
- Use when one of your players scored an own goal
- Use to set your players at ease
- Use when one of your players has to play extremely out of position
- Use when the scoreline is not good enough (even when you are winning)
- Don’t use this shout all the time
- Use when your team is (at least) 2 goals up
- Use when one of your players gets a goal, assists, penalty save, or goal-saving tackle