Football Manager 2017

Football Manager 2017

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17.2 Update 4-3-3 Possession 2.0 By The Reckonist
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Heavy Possession based tactic with enough risk/reward to play on any occassion


What you will find on the workshop are tactics that offer the Barcelona Tiki-Taka style of play with every midfielder having over 100 passes and the team having over 70% of the ball. Thats all well and good but it has an issue for mid/low level teams trying to play astecically pleasing football and actually producing results. This tactic tries to address that and I have had success. So, im looking to share this with the community and develop the tactic and the theory over the course of this years game.

This guide is a reworking of my famous iteration on FM14. (Which is still the most popular on the Workshop)
The theories and implementation are exactly the same reguardless which version of Football Manager you are playing. The tactic, is timeless.




What you will see.

As with standerd 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 posession 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.

Ideal Starter tactic for teams developing towards a Tiki-Taka

Team Makeup

As this is a tactic for the slightly less technically gifted teams that wish to play 'good' football it is important to recognise that you DONT have worldclass 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.

Key Attributes and PPM's per position.

Again, I know your 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.

(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
-Composure, Passing

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.

If you have a good Winger and would like to use him;
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 its 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.

Player Instructions:

SWK: 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.

FN: None

Tactical Tips:

If 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 haveing '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 pther 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% posession? Click "Retain Possession"
More than 66% possession? Click "More Direct Passes" and "Slightly Deeper" (This means the other team isnt pressing you)
Other team hitting you on the counter? click play "Slightly Wider"


Set Pieces:
My set pieces are set to short with strong emphasis on ball retension. So, CB stay back at all times and corners will be short to a supporting wide player. Keep it.

Popular Discussions View All (1)
Nov 18, 2016 @ 5:51am
Set pieces
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cagdas26 Jun 2, 2017 @ 5:15am 
Thanks for the tacticc, but i have a problem at counter attacks, what do yu mean 'click slightly wider' ?
parkerliam_13 Mar 29, 2017 @ 7:36pm 
best tactic ive ever used! please make an update for 17.3 patch cause im lost with out it.
keep up the good work
dreaz spiller fm. Jan 22, 2017 @ 1:51am 
Hey guys.
I have a question that I hope you can help me with. In the video and in the text above the player instructions are not the same? Which one should I use?
Sam Jan 17, 2017 @ 9:21am 
Finding this tactic to be really good away but really poor at home any suggestions on what to do?
matt_mcm_ni Dec 25, 2016 @ 8:37am 
Pretty successful tactic but don't think it's a 'game breaker' exactly. Still use it though. I've found I get very poor ratings for my striker though, regardless of their skill and I've tried a variety of roles with little success.

Currently testing out a Defensive Forward role with player with high work rate and stamina...
Boofhead Dec 9, 2016 @ 4:56am 
Best tactic I've used, Chelsea have dominated last 4 seasons using this tactic 80% of the the time.
BigFattyVince Dec 1, 2016 @ 3:55am 
So it seems I can't apply the "close down more" instruction when playing "slightly higher". It's only showing up with a "normal" defensive line.
Vespasianus Corvus Dec 1, 2016 @ 1:55am 
Worked fine with most teams I play, recommended.
zanif_19 Nov 19, 2016 @ 1:15am 
Got promoted with Birmingham 1st season with this tactic. Very tough 1st season in the premier league thoug, shipping a ridiculous amount of goals. Survived on the last day of the season. Scoring goals was never a problem but conceding them was, for instance at home to Spurs I lost 7 - 4. Being more disciplined from kick off sometimes helped against bigger teams, I went to Chelsea who were 1st and beat them 3 - 0, and also beat Arsenal at home, but my team had the worst defensive record in the division and almost cost us our premier league status
FE2|Sqhuacky Nov 15, 2016 @ 3:44pm 
Love your work and your video was superb.
One little question, do the allocation of Managerial Style Points matter a lot to be succesfull at FM17 (and 16)? I found it really smart to "max" out the mental points and then allocate selectively on the coaching points in earlier games. Any thoughts?