HeadCoachFM
5 years ago
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The Premise

Put simply, the structural dynamics of flow refer to the principles involved in moving anything from point A to point B. In this save I will use randomcity.net to generate my starting point and ending point, beginning without a coaching license at the worst club in City A and ending by winning the biggest trophy attainable in City B. To make the save a bit more challenging and realistic, I will be relinquishing control over player and staff recruitment to the director of football/technical director. I will also leave much of the scouting responsibilities to the scouting team, though I will still suggest areas of focus to the scouting pool, oversee scouting meetings, and suggest transfer targets to the director of football based on these findings. 

 

City A

As a city-state, every football club in the Singapore football league system could be considered a part of the greater Singapore (city) area, so I will have to begin my journey with the worst playable club in the Singapore football league system. After setting up the save and checking the Season Preview odds in the lowest playable tier of the mod installed, I have arrived at SG United in the Island Wide League 2 (4th tier). 

 

Based on their website, SG United appears to be a youth club, which would explain my 10000-1 title odds in the Season Preview. Copied from the “About Us” section on their website: “SG United Soccer was curated by experts and supported by experienced coaches.  Empowered with unique and extensive sets of teaching resources, we will enhance each individual’s football skills as well as general health and fitness.​ We specialise in coaching children from ages 6 to 18 years old. ​ On top of that, we believe that football is an ideal tool to build valuable life skills, such as team work, hard work, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication. Here in SG United Soccer, it’s not about being perfect. It’s about getting better and improving; one of the life lessons we hope our children will learn through football.” Based on these values, I will try to coach SG United properly by focusing on player development over results. Every player in the squad is 15 years old, and the club's transfer policy states “SG Utd can only buy players who are under 18 years old.” 

 

City B

Lisbon, Portugal will be my ending point. SL Benfica and Sporting CP are obviously the two biggest clubs in the city, but Benfica is ahead of Sporting both in terms of reputation (in-game) and in current league position. I will therefore make Benfica my favorite club (in-game) and my ultimate goal in the save will be to win a European trophy with them (either the Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League). Let the journey begin!

HeadCoachFM
5 years ago
2 hours ago
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2022 Island Wide League 2 Preview

The Island Wide League 2 consists of 4 groups of 10 teams, with the winner of each group achieving promotion to the Island Wide League. As you can see from the Season Preview above, we are the worst of 40 clubs in the division. To get a better idea of the strength of our group, I've created a narrower Season Preview of our group:

 

  1. Kembangan Utd 6-4
  2. Dare to Dream FC 7-1
  3. Elias Park 14-1
  4. Ottawa Serpent 18-1
  5. Gombak Utd 50-1
  6. Academy Junior 250-1
  7. Admiralty Rangers 450-1
  8. British Club First XI 4000-1
  9. Etoile (SIN) 10000-1
  10. SG Utd 10000-1

Luckily, we ended up in the same group as Etoile (SIN), giving us a decent chance of avoiding finishing bottom of the group. As you can see below, the board only expects us to “attempt to avoid finishing bottom of the Island Wide League 2.” With Etoile (SIN) in our group, we should be able to exceed those expectations. 

 

The Squad

Our standout player is a left back named Mohd Noor. Decisions and determination are his highest attributes, and two of the most important attributes I tend to focus on when I'm building a team. I always look at decisions, determination, teamwork, work rate, and composure before any of the technical or physical attributes as I find these players are more reliable, level-headed, committed, and work much harder in training. 

Another player a notch above the rest of the squad is a defensive midfielder named Muhamad Ghazali. His teamwork and tackling are his strongest attributes by far, though his low determination and injury proneness may inhibit his performances and consistency. 

Our goalkeeper, Mohd Arif Jupri, is the final pillar of the team, with the rest of the squad possessing 2 star current ability or lower. With relatively high determination and leadership, I will likely make him my captain. 

 

The System

The squad is severely lacking in pace, height, and technical ability, so I've gone with a very defensive approach. The low block with 5 deep defenders and 2 defensive midfielders should allow us to limit space as much as possible, however it may invite crosses. The average height of our center backs is 5'8, so excessive crossing could be an issue. I'm still debating whether or not I want to use the pressing trap instruction “trap inside," as I do have enough players to really congest the middle, but I don't know what the true knock on effect of that instruction would look like just yet. I am slightly concerned at how many instructions I have set up already because in my experience, simple tactics are better in lower divisions. However, my team is so far below the other teams in this division that I feel the increased discipline may be necessary. Only time will tell.

FMSonny
3 years ago
1 day ago
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Cool idea, I´d like to try this myself after my current Journeyman.

Can you choose any clubs or do you also only allow yourself to change to the next country with a border to your current one? (Malaysia in your example)

HeadCoachFM
5 years ago
2 hours ago
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By FMSonny 27 January 2023 - 19:44 PM UTC 

Cool idea, I´d like to try this myself after my current Journeyman.

Can you choose any clubs or do you also only allow yourself to change to the next country with a border to your current one? (Malaysia in your example)

Thanks! I hadn't actually considered that idea but that is a very intriguing concept. I was planning to work my way up the Singapore divisions before moving to somewhere like Japan to win the Asian Champions League, and then trying to jump to Portugal from there. I don't have databases loaded for Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, or Pakistan, which I'd need to go from border to border, so unfortunately I can't go that route. I'll definitely try that next time though, great idea!

 

bigmattb28
9 years ago
6 hours ago
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Interesting idea this. Definitely a lot of scope for you to manage a lot of unknown teams

HeadCoachFM
5 years ago
2 hours ago
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2022 Season Review

Despite my 10000-1 title odds placing us firmly at the foot of the table in the season preview, we managed a respectable mid-table finish with a positive goal difference. Our strict defensive approach created plenty of counter attacking opportunities against often less organized opponents. We also achieved our goal of finishing above Etoile (SIN), who similarly had 10000-1 title odds yet punched above their weight for large parts of the season. 

 

Standout Players

One of my first signings was Malaysian striker Dhia Azrai Naim Rosman. Surprisingly, I managed to poach him from Tampines Rovers FC in the Singaporean Premier League and he duly delivered. Our top scorer finished with 8 goals in 16 league appearances. Though hardly groundbreaking numbers, he was a reliable threat and scored several valuable goals in our attempts to avoid finishing bottom of the table. He's attracted the interest of 16 different clubs across the Singaporean pyramid so he's unfortunately likely to be moving on to bigger and better things (as am I, more on that later). 

As I predicted in the season preview, Mohd Arif Jupri proved to be an invaluable asset and our most consistent performer. He maintained an average rating of 7.17 from 16 appearances, conceding 16 over the course of the season while notching an impressive 58 saves. Hopefully SG United can hang onto him for another year or two to give the team a solid base to continue improving.

A fierce ball-winning midfielder, Tan Terence continually broke apart opponents' build-up, preventing them from advancing through to our defense along with his defensive midfield partner, Muhamad Ghazali. Terence was our most improved player by some distance and I think he has a bright future in Singaporean football and perhaps even further. 

 

The Next Step

Having had my request to begin a coaching course rejected by SG United, I selfishly decided to pursue other opportunities in the division above, the Island Wide League. I interviewed with two clubs, Geylang Serai FC and Girls Dream Team (GDT) Circuit FC. Geyland Serai FC is certainly the better team, but they refused to agree to my condition that they fund my National B coaching course. Luckily GDT Circuit FC were more than happy to grant this request. I committed to a long-term project during the interview but I will not turn down a paid opportunity if it arises as GDT Circuit is an amateur club, so I am still working on a rolling non-contract with no pay. I'm not quite sure where the name “Girls Dream Team Circuit FC” comes from. It's certainly not a girls' team, nor a youth team as far as I can tell. My online research didn't provide any answers, though their flamboyantly bright pink jerseys in several photos suggests a strong feminine influence at the very least. Unlike SG United, there are no age restrictions on the GDT Circuit squad which will undoubtedly make my job easier. While SG United's season has already wrapped up, the Island Wide League still has two rounds of fixtures to go and I may have leaped onto a sinking ship that could take me back to where I began. 

I'm optimistic about our chances of avoiding the drop based on our current position. With only a week to go to prepare my team for the final two matches, I'll have to work out a simple functional system quickly in order to give my squad the best chance possible of gaining at least 2 points to ensure survival. Wish me luck!

FMSonny
3 years ago
1 day ago
30
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Girls Dream Team, how great is that :-D

HeadCoachFM
5 years ago
2 hours ago
184

2023 Season Preview

Lucky for us, the bottom 2 were unable to pick up any points in their final 2 matches and we managed survival despite losing my first match in charge 1-4 at home. We followed that up with a 0-0 draw after I switched to a more defensive approach similar to the one I had used at SG United, cementing our 7th-place finish. This year, however, things will be different. 

The bookies think we have a solid chance at promotion this season, with 7-2 title odds putting us joint-2nd in our group (league is divided into 2 groups of 10). This in large part thanks to some excellent recruitment by my Director of Football and scouting team, whom I've delegated almost all of my recruitment responsibilities to. All in all we brought in 14 new faces, significantly bolstering almost every area of the squad, the midfield in particular. The board expects a top 2 finish, and I believe we have the quality to do it.

 

The Squad

Left inverted winger Mohd Rosman is the standout player in the squad, not to be confused with my former SG United striker Dhia Azrai Naim Rosman, who was also the best player in the squad (must run in the family). According to my assistant manager, Rosman possesses the ability to be a leading Singaporean Football League Division 1 player, which is 2 divisions above the Island Wide League we're currently competing in. A talented, versatile, consistent player who thrives in big matches, Rosman will no doubt be vital to our promotion hopes.

Seasoned veteran goalkeeper Jasper Chan was my first signing at the club, having played much of his career in the top 2 divisions of the Singaporean football league system. Another consistent performer, Jasper Chan will provide security behind a defense that isn't quite at the level of the other departments in the squad. 

Sadik Said is our midfield goal threat, possessing strong long shots and free kick attributes as well as the “places shots” and “tries long range free kicks” traits. He has the dreaded combination of very low dribbling and very high flair attributes, but he has impressive pace for this level and I've begun training him to simply knock the ball past his opponents when dribbling to limit his attempts to try flair dribbles.

 

The System

I've gone with a fairly simple positive 4-3-3 system to begin with, though I may switch to a balanced approach fairly often depending on the opponent, at least until the squad's tactical familiarity increases. I settled on this system after some experimentation in pre-season. 

We began our pre-season in the 5-4-1 shape that I used in the final 2 matches of the previous season. Due to our lack of real quality in defense, I wanted to focus on solidity and hitting on the break as I did with SG United. However, we got absolutely battered by the Pasirian Lions in the first half despite only conceding one goal and I knew something had to change. Rather than compensating for the lack of quality in defense with another defender, I decided to focus on getting the most out of our strongest department, the midfield. We have 4 midfielders of very high ability in respect to this league, so I decided to try to dominate the midfield a bit more and play on the front foot in a mid-block with a moderate press. We managed to come back and win 2-1 against the Lions after an awful first half, so I ditched the 5-4-1 and switched to the 4-3-3. A close 1-2 loss to Singaporean Premier League club Tanjong Pagar and a subsequent 3-0 victory over 2nd tier Project Vaults vindicated this system shift, and we're now ready to kick off the 2023 season! 

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