Before each match, you should follow these steps:

  • Choose the main training for this match. It must be the most suitable training for the most important player. If there are several trainings which are equally important to him, you should choose the best one for your second and third important players. Just do not care about the other players. It is absolutely important to look after the most promising players. Through passes, wing attacks, shooting and defensive positions can't be good primary trainings, because there are better trainings for the same skills.


  • Place the "important" and "relevant" players in your lineup. Let's suppose that you will be training playmaking in your next match. So you should place your three most important players as midfielders. The next two best players will play as wingers.


  • Place the "golfers". This part has become more important with the new reports. We want the coach to talk about the "important" players and new potentially important players that you haven't classified yet. We don't want to spend our time by reading about players who we already know to be "golfers" and who do not train. To improve the comments, you must place in your lineup players with trained skills revealed. This means that "golfers" should be fired as soon as possible, or stay until they are 19. You should not to keep "golfers" for a half season, "spending" comments of the coach, then change them for a new "golfers" who need to reveal his skills. The best golfer is a player who comes with 15 years and a few days, and plays all his matches until he turns 19. The worst is the one who gets to play four matches, "spends" about 4-6 comments from coach and then is fired.


  • Pick a secondary training. It must be a useful skill for "important" players which can be trained in the position where they play. Do not care about the other players. The individual training is always a reasonable side coached (but should never be primary).


  • Choose the "Play creatively" tactic to increase the probability of seeing specialities. Other factors do not matter in the selection of tactics, so it doesn't make any sense to play with other tactic. (Playing MOTS / Normal / PIC is irrelevant.)

Note: All that has been mentioned before about avoiding putting in your lineup players with limited skills in your training positions is no longer valid. Now they are perfect for filling the gaps in your lineup!
Note (II): in order to have fewer comments about "golfers", best formations are those that only have 8 players and the goalkeeper, and nobody on the bench. However, if you don't have enough time to look after your young academy, is not advisable to continue this line. It is really important to always set in your lineup 9 valid players! So there mustn't be any player who has been recently promoted to the main squad, suspended nor injured, and nobody who has become 19! Those who do want to play with 9 should keep approximately 11 players to always have a couple extras in case there is a suspended or injured player.


cprevost's picture


I do not agree with the 9 member team to maximize training.  The possibility of obtaining full training credit when a player plays 44 minutes permits the training of two players on the same position thus maximizing training for all 16 players by use of the replacement of players after 44 minutes. 
When a skill is not revealed, it is possible to obtain a relative information on that skill by noting the number of stars obtained in a game played in a given position.  It is thus possible to eliminate positions that obtain less than 5 stars for that position.  By changing the positions played by that player, you can get  very good estimation of his best positions without having the information of the actual skill strength.