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Nov 16, 2010
Sharing Your Tactic
To even begin sharing a tactic you need to have the .fmf file (found in Documents\FM21\Tactics (by default for Windows) and then click on the post thread button in the shared tactics area.

Please add as much detail as possible as you can when you share a tactic. It helps immensely to those that download and use your tactic. Will also help you get better reponses from the community. We've provided you initially with a tickbox to complete to get you started and prevent lower-quality submissions:


This includes tweaks! If you've downloaded someone's tactic changed some bits around, and want to share it. Upload it but make sure in the title/thread that you mention it's a tweak of "abcxyz tactic" Like how @White Europe uploaded a tweaked spirit of 99. This benefits the community as more tactics/settings can be tested.

Completing everying in the template is only the initial part though. Think about what else you can add, what would you like to see if you were going to download someone else's tactic for the first time? Some examples would be:
  • What inspired you?
  • What to expect?
  • Set piece takers
  • Opposition Instructions (OIs)
  • Player Instructions (PIs) - very useful for FM Touch users
  • Recommended players
  • Recommended attributes per position
  • Any specific training
  • Footedness of player per position
  • Top scoring position
  • Is it in English?
If you want to see an example of a very well wrote tactic, check out BJT's Skyball.

Downloading and Installing Tactics
Place the tactic file (.fmf) into Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2020\tactics.
Then from within FM21, you will be able to go to load tactic.

Leaving Feedback
To help this out when you're using a tactic you've downloaded there's a few things to note to why things maybe not going your way:
  • Tactical Familiarity - This generally needs to be maxed out. If you try to plug a tactic in halfway through the season and wonder why it doesn't work, this is probably why.
  • Player PPMs - Do your defenders/holding midfielders have traits such as "Dwells On Ball" and "Stops Play". These two PPMs alone can get your players caught while on the ball leading to a chance for the opposition.
  • Team Talks - If you're not doing them yourself let your Assistant Manager do them as long as they have high Motivation, Level of Discipline and Man Management.
  • Team Morale - This can cause your team to perform poorly. Hold a team meeting / speak to players. Bring that morale back up!
  • Still not performing well? Where are the goals coming from? Have a look at those comprehensive highlights.
  • Could it be the players you have aren't suitable for the tactic?
  • Bought/Sold a lot of players? Maybe not enough time for the team to have gelled and developed partnerships.
  • Are your staff in charge of OIs which could be ruining the tactic? (Staff > Responsibilities > Provides Opposition Instructions - Make sure this is set to YOU).

After going through the above these can be useful to provide when leaving feedback:
  • Team you're playing as / squad.
  • Where were you predicted and in comparison, how good are the teams you've faced.
  • GIFs/Youtube of goals
  • Are all the instructions followed as requested by the author? If so, let them know you've done those things.
  • If things are going well, let them know! Always good to hear good things!
  • Made tweaks? Again, let them know. It may be useful for others and could improve making tactics.
Good Feedback Examples
  • "I've tried this for half a season with Norwich and constantly going behind. It's the first season and I've bought no players. When I've watched the highlights it's the typical balls over the top causing the conceded goals. Any tips?"
  • "Great tactic, works a treat. Made a few transfers at the start of my season with Lille and we managed to come second! Victor Osimhen was the league's top scorer!"
Bad Feedback Examples
  • "Tactic doesn't work. Don't download."
  • "Great tactic."
I'm sure you get the gist of it, be more constructive and expand on your feedback.
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May 23, 2018
Hello I just upload my tactic with all information about and it was deleted?Can somebody explane me why?


Staff member
Apr 12, 2009
Guys, Seriously. Please read this before posting. I have just had to delete over 150 tactics which were posted in the last day or so, which were all just one line of text. Please, put some effort into your threads.
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Staff member
Apr 12, 2009
Bumping this again as it is still happening. I understand Zealand did a video today regarding tactics testing, but you still need to follow the above


Aug 16, 2020
can anyone tell me if my tactic is going to get tested or did fail to put enough info
Jan 5, 2021
Hey I've just posted a Tactic well... A few hours ago and I've had this link put in it as a comment. I spent hours putting detail into it. Please can you explain why I have this link? Please don't delete it I spent hours doing it. Just some advice on why this got mentioned.

Also will it get tested?


Staff member
Apr 12, 2009


Jul 13, 2010
Hi, im trying to post a tactic and follow the guidelines to the best of my ability, but im wondering how to actually do this correctly. As i click "preview" it tells me to set a formation and match engine version. However i see no field where i can set this. Its stated in attched pictures but im sure the upload page isen't aware of what the pictures ilustrate.. How can i actually accomodate this??

It also states i have to provide a web url for additional information??

I managed to click save atleast and now it says "pending approval" witch is fine, i just wish i knew how i can provide whatever information it asks for

EDIT: i see now that the OP is dated back in 2019, so is it safe to assume its a little outdated by now?
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