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I have been playing football manager since Championship Manager 91-92 on floppy disk and decided to share my tactic I have used for the last 3 or 4 years to take teams from lower league to the premiership.

I have got to the premiership and champions league with teams like Wrexham and Coventry over the years, but Barnet are my goto team and I always start with them and try to achieve premier league within 5 or 6 seasons from conference.

The formations main features are full backs with the attacking wingback role who will get forward and overlap and get assists and goals. The wide attacking players are inside forwards who will cut it and facilitate the wingbacks overlapping. Which ever side the ball is on, the opposing inside forward will attack the far post and score a lot of goals from the wingbacks crosses.

In terms of results, as long as you train your team properly, have reasonably suited players in the key roles and man manage your squad well, this tactic can easily get you to the championship without having to change it. I start in the vanarama conference usually so this is my base of reference.

At championship level I do tweak the formation usually. I will switch the target man striker to a F9 and the DM to a Regista. It is hard to acquire good players for these roles in the lower leagues and the jump up in quality from L1 to Championship sometimes requires a change of tactics to progress onwards. I usually aim to survive first season of championship and then push for promotion in the second.

You should also change the mentality to suit. Attacking if you want to attack more (weaker opponent possibly or chasing game), counter or standard if you are playing someone obviously stronger etc.

The other good thing about this formation is it doesn't really seem to require many signings at all, if any. I always get a few loan players in, however the formation always gets the best out of players and you will see constant over performance on a regular basis.

In terms of results so far in FM2020, I have just started the beta and already the formation is working as it does in every other game for me. I started with a 7 match winning streak with a goal diff double that of second place. Unfortunately I had a squad issue where it was suggested I change a backups role from first team regular to back up which caused a rift in the team affecting 20 odd players lol.

I believe this causes a blip for 3 or 4 games where we conceded first place. After recovering we did beat the top team and are currently chasing them moving into January.

In previous titles I expect to gain automatic promotion in my first two seasons without an issue.

Let me know if you need any other tips or advice, or let me know what you think!
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Will give this a go
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.



Hope it works for you!
I'll have a try!
I have been playing a season nearly now and to be honest I think I used the wrong formation... lol. So basically I have 3 formations I rotate between and tweak as I move up the leagues. The one I shared the one I use against tougher opposition... slightly tweaked.

Its not the correct one, though the season went ok for me and I am virtually guaranteed promotion the goals were lacking a bit and I hit a spell where I was drawing 2 out of 3 games and finding it a real struggle to win games. I am going to change the file to the correct formation. Apologies to anyone who has been using this so far, it probably won't work as well as the one I am about to upload.
Hi, did you manage to upload the correct formation? Looking forward to giving it a go!
Hi, did you manage to upload the correct formation? Looking forward to giving it a go!


Yes I uploaded the correct formation. When I switched to it in game it made a big difference, we immediately began performing and winning virtually every game. We won the league, starting league 2 now.

Hope it works out for you!
Just a quick update for anyone thinking of trying the tactic. Finished my second season and came second in L2 gaining promotion. Tactic worked great for most of the first half, then come December performances dropped, but we still ground out results. Then in January we couldn't win or score for love nor money and lost five games on the bounce going from 1st in the league to fifth.

The game was prompting me to change my formation to get a win, however I do believe it was mental issue with the squad and also some lazy man management on my part.

Anyway I made some slight alterations and finished strongly missing out on top spot by 1 point. I am not sure whether to update tactic here or not as I started using a F9 as I have a strong player for the role. I will add images of formation and roles in this post along with some pictures for the end of year.

League Table
https://i.imgur.com/TVRM61X.png

Team of the Year
https://i.imgur.com/4I22Bty.png

Current Tactics
https://i.imgur.com/YNJXzQ3.png
https://i.imgur.com/3eZUzEs.png
https://i.imgur.com/jY2JDcK.png
https://i.imgur.com/s81DyfA.png

Star Player
https://i.imgur.com/qgOsVKn.png
https://i.imgur.com/tQ0vU0R.png

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