Sign in to follow this Followers 7 FMM Begs Set Piece Instructions BatiGoal February 7 20 replies 6,252 Views Report · Posted February 7 FMM Begs Set Piece Instructions What's a superb corner deliverer worth when you can't select your best header to be at the end of it? What's an excellent set piece taker worth when you have no say in whether he's to take free kicks near to the box or far, direct or indirect. Such tactical instructions are absolutely vital to a football manager game like FMM. They're the tactical details that can win you games or lose you games, just like in real life. They're the tactical details that can bring FMM to the next level. Some people need the addition of new leagues. I understand that and I'm very happy for them. Others love the attention SI are paying to player and media interaction. I understand that as well and I'm very happy for those people too. Then mentoring comes, then reserve teams, next there's more leagues perhaps or a little more chitchat interaction. It's all very much appreciated, don't get me wrong, but I feel it's time to please the loyal and hardcore fans of FMM. And if it wasn't just for that, it's for adding a core feature of a game that should never have been ignored for years in the first place. It's been long overdue. A lot has been said already over the years regarding one of FMM's biggest "misses", FMM's own "gaping hole" or FMM's deliberate or undeliberate attempt to leave out a vital piece of the tactical puzzle that many football managers of the game have been craving for for years. Here's a collection of the most important set-piece instructions that the people in this community have written about, discussed into detail or requested in one thread or another. Goal Kicks This may not be the most requested instruction in the list, yet in the modern game it's becoming a very important piece to the tactical puzzle for managers seeking to build the attack from the back. Nobody wants to see the pass completion rate of GKs in its current state, 4 passes completed from 17 on a good day. Enable a manager to prioritize his CBs to receive the ball from the GK. Where's my Ball Playing Defender at? Is my Libero having a good game? If no defenders open to receive a pass, a second instruction tells a GK to play it long, center or wide. Obviously, the ability to perform this task to successful completion would very much depend on the necessary skill set of a GK. But being able to choose in slightly more detail how we wish to build attacks would greatly add to the tactical experience of the game. Throw Ins Another instruction that may not have been as heavily requested as some others, we'll get to the more popular ones in a bit, but for teams with the right "pair of hands" this certainly can be a very useful weapon. The little bit of football enthusiast can remember one or two goals that came directly from a throw-in. Or at least one that's tested the opponent's organizational structure at the back. Short throw-ins with the aim to hold possession and/or waste time. Long throw-ins to launch attacks for our headers in the box. Quick throw-ins to exploit the open space or simply to give the opponent less time to re-structure. Again, how well these things are executed would greatly depend on the ability of the throw-in taker. At present, we have no say in the matter. That metaphorical ball still lies in the game's court. Defending Corners So many variables yet no options given when defending corners, not one. Where do we start. OK, just to name a few, do we place a player on the near post or on the far post? Both or neither? Which of my players are burdened with such tasks, and who's assigned to staying near the corner taker(s) as to minimize chances of being surprised with a short version. While we're at it, I'd like to shift the main responsibility of stopping that towering Target Man, who's already on a corner goal btw, to my best Center Back. Sometimes it's best to fight power with power and I'd like to be given that possibility. Across the field, blue Advanced Forward dot #19 is the more technical but less pacier one of the scoring pair up front. An option to swap positions with his pacey cousin would be most welcome. A small detail that enhances one's counter-attacking intentions of turning draws into wins. How can one play a football manager game without setting these instructions for players I know better than anyone else. Instead, having the game somewhat randomly pre-instruct our players for us within the formation we're playing, regardless the circumstances. We as managers need to be in charge of such tactical tweaks. After all, they could be game changers, and at the end of the day it could save our job. Zone Marking vs Man Marking This is basically an extension to my previous point. Very effective when defending corners, especially with the intention of sharp counter-attacking moves once retrieving the ball. Obviously, there are certain risks involved too, but that's the Risk Vs Reward a manager may - or needs, given the minutes on the clock - opt to play for. Examine screenshot above. However amateurish it may look, we're in a top division. I'm the manager of Blue Dots City Vs Atletico White Dots, and we're clearly Zone Marking. Well, or could we possibly be Man Marking 7 vs 2 strikers. A possible parking-the-bus strategy opted for by the AI manager "watching over me". Whatever the above tactical embarrassement shows, I think - correction - I know I can do better if given the button pad. At least 3 out of those 7 should be standing 10-20 yards to the front to occupy midfield and be available for a pass or second ball. This is an addition I'd absolutely love to see in FMM. Even if it were in the simplest of forms, it would add an extra layer of tactical depth to our beloved game. Attacking Corners On the other side of the spectrum we have corners to take the opponent's goal under fire. I could literally waste hundreds of words on this single instruction alone, but I'll shorten it to the two main advantages I see. Firstly, ever since playing my "Scoring With A Defender" career I've noticed a very significant tactical decision the game makes for us. Depending on the formation and the number of defenders, the game selects which of the CBs go forward to support the attack during corners, and which stay put. Trust me, that career led me to delve in detail. Oftentimes playing 2 CBs both get into the box, however, never all 3 when playing a 5-defender formation like in the screenshot above. Not that I'd ever send all three, but I'd like the option to in case of the Hail Mary and all. As I would the option to pick between any of my players. Yellow defending dot #21 is the unfortunate chosen CB who's instructed (not by me) to not get anywhere near their box, regardless his magnificent heading capabilities. Clever managers know how to work around that tactical hiccup and swap CB positions. This time-waste of having to discover why my top defender wasn't ever scoring enough at corners while his fellow CBs were, should never be allowed to happen. A simple corner instruction would help a simple manager to get his message across. A second point is that we're always seeing the same striker at the near post. And again, depending on formation and number of forwards, this too is a pre-programmed thing kept out of our managerial hands. Why can't I as the boss determine where my best headers go? I'm 100% convinced the fat majority of us managers don't want the game to instruct our players for us. Such instructions are crucial to our challenges and careers, we'd very much like to make those calls ourselves, thank you. Indirect Free Kicks The current version of the game makes no distinction between near or far, direct or indirect, provided we're on the opponent half of the pitch. There's little more upsetting than watching your TM taking an indirect free kick far from the goal, where he'd be much better served at the end of it to smash the ball into the net. So this ever returning dilemma I have, and surely many of you alike, is prioritizing free kick takers. Do I go with my long-distance shooter? Trust my set piece specialist? My most technically gifted crosser of the ball? What if either one is my best header? In that case I can't really ever pick the right man for the job if we aren't given all information. How many yards to the goal? Is it a direct free kick? The game in its current state simply allows for no good answer, least damaging at best. This differs per matchday, but what generally happens now is that some free kicks work well and others badly. That's in big part the roll of the dice or the "one size fits all" approach we're forced to take. The lack of tactical options we currently have at our disposal kind of devalues today's crop of set piece Gods. Direct Free Kicks This is in many ways the same as the previous instruction. The exact same questions should be asked yet the exact opposite action taken. With direct free kicks, such as shown above, and at a relatively close range to the goal, also such as shown above, we as managers have all the necessary info to make the best next step for the team. Perhaps the only missing data is whether we're kicking free from the right or the left. In that case we'd like a left-footer for the right zone and a right-footer for the left zone. Unless of course one's managerial preferences lean towards the opposite approach. If (in)direct free kicks is a hard thing to implement, perhaps the zonal set piece system as an alternative deserves consideration. Should work nearly as well, giving the managers the option to select set piece takers according to distance to the goal. This, just like in real life, is how one fulfills the potential of a player's wide range of talents. Not to mention why we decide to buy certain individuals in the first place. Placing more emphasis on such set piece characteristics would undoubtedly put an entirely new spin on a manager's transfer dealings. Select Set Piece-Takers In-Game This last one is a bonus. It requires the game already offering us these more detailed set piece instructions, so I don't want to get ahead of myself. At the same time, it's been requested a good number of times so I couldn't leave it unmentioned. A very useful option for a manager to have. For instance, to get a player a third goal for a hattrick, or to change your regular penalty taker in-game because he's having a nightmare of a match. No manager wants to see his low confidence player miss a penalty in any game, competitive or friendly. Another very useful benefit of this instruction could be to allow your out-of-form star player to get an easy goal to boost his ego. And how about letting a new signing score and hit the ground running at his new club. Sometimes it's the simplest of things that can have the biggest of effects. That's the beauty of having such options available. The more casual player could still ignore the extra buttons, much like the case today, while the less casual has an extra button or two to push. Final Words I understand there's a lot up here and I also understand that we're unlikely to see everything implemented we're asking for. I'm not asking for a full fat FM with great in-depth detail that comes with it. At the moment, we're playing a version of FMM that has none of the above. None. No developer can convince me this was how the game was intended to be designed from the start, lacking a key ingredient. I refuse to believe that recipe. So what I am asking is that set piece instructions are prioritized over other low-key stuff as forthcoming features. And sooner rather than later make their long-awaited introduction into FMM, be it in the simplest of forms possible to SI. I had a much larger paragraph written here, but to be honest, I didn't feel it necessary to repeat myself. I think you get the point, so instead I'll leave you with the words as to why I felt compelled to writing this piece: "Sometimes I feel like a mere assistant to the AI manager that is making the biggest tactical decisions for me". 11 Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites Share this with others!