Top Eleven: Be a Football Manager Tips and Hints

Updated on August 7, 2014
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Top Eleven: Be a Football Manager offers the same level of excitement you have experienced in popular football manager simulation games. You can create your own club: design its emblem and jerseys, train your squad, manage your club's finances, find advertisers, upgrade your home turf, and buy and sell club stars. The best aspect of the game is the opportunity to play against your friends as well as other FB users. You can track live matches and take actions in real-time according to circumstances that unfold during the game.

If you’re a newbie, then you may like to check out some key Top Eleven tips and tricks before playing your first competition. Here are some basic hints that might help you become a pro football manager.

How to Play

Beginners should know that this is a football manager simulation game, not an online soccer game. The game simulates the hard work, struggles, victories, and defeats of a football manager--not a player. You will have to make sure you get the best players from the pool, train them, use the right formations, and earn money by selling tickets and attracting sponsors.

When you start the game, you will have the opportunity to design your club emblem and jersey, choose a name for your club, and choose a country and city.

Once you’ve created your club from scratch, you can start training your players. You can also keep track of your players' defending skills, attacking skills, morale, and other aspects that determine the fitness levels of the players.

Game Interface: Seven Key Screens You Need to Know

In Top Eleven: Be a Football Manager, you will notice a small bar with different icons: News, Squad, Training, Fixtures, Competition, Transfers, Finances, Stadium, Club Information, and Trophy Room. Each icon serves a different purpose:

1. Clicking on the News icon will display the latest news, including new sponsorships available, which players are available, and which footballers have retired at the season end.

2. The Squad screen provides information on squad line-up as well as the available formations and tactics. You can check the defending and attacking skills line-up through the drop-down menu. You can also change the field tactics by clicking on the Formations tab. This tab allows switching between pre-defined tactics and active tactics.

The Squad tab also provides a “character map” of each player in your squad. Click on the player there, and get an in-depth analysis of his defense tactics, attack tactics, contract status, stats, and health. You can improve his skills and help him learn new roles.

3. The Training screen gives you an opportunity to train your players. You can assign personal trainers, give them a rigorous training and exercise session, and assign them a practice match. (More on Training in the Tips section of this Hub.)

4. Fixtures allow you to see the time and date of the competition your club will play. You can also see your friend's Fixtures.

5. The Competitions screen will display team standings, matches, top scorers, rules, and other aspects that will help you to learn more about league matches. Make sure you read the rules.

6. The Transfers screen shows you the listed players, favorites, and received orders for the players you’ve sold.

7. The Finances screen gives you the opportunity to manage your finances. In this screen, you can sign up for sponsorships (click the Sponsors section to sign up), set ticket prices and bonus, and get help from your bank.

8. The Stadium screen allows players to upgrade their stadiums. You can upgrade your stadium by increasing the spectator capacity; adding more facilities like snack bars, portable toilets, cafés, and restaurants; and providing emergency medical vans and first aids.

These key screens might help you get more out of the Top Eleven: Be a Football Manager Facebook game. Now let’s check out some tips.

Tips and Hints

1. Always remember that recruiting young players will give you an edge over your opponents. Click the Squad section and check whether your current players are on the brink of retirement, or low in skills or health. You can sack or sell your old, low-performing players. In the initial levels, you will have to sell your players in order to empty the space for new players.

2. Make sure you’ve got the right formations. They are crucial to your victory. In the Squad screen, select the Formations tab and select one active or pre-defined formation from top choices. Predefined Tactics give you more options to have a perfect formation for your squad.

Formations and Tactics
Formations and Tactics

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3. Always train your players whenever you get an opportunity. To train them, navigate to the Training Screen and choose the training type. You’ll have four training exercises to choose: Match Practice, Cardio, and Stretching. Some tips:

  • Training your players in all three types. This will help you immensely in generating skill points.
  • Each training session lasts 30-60 minutes. Clicking on these training modules will gain a certain percentage of skills but will also reduce the Health condition. For example, the Stretching exercise will help each player gain on the average 10% of a skill point, but will reduce the Health condition by 3%.
  • Training helps improve your player skills, but make sure you don’t overdo this process else there might be chances of an injury. Check the intensity, and make sure that the training level is “Normal” and not “Hard” to avoid injuries.

4. You can earn tokens and cash by dealing with sponsors, increasing your ticket sales, or getting money from the bank. Here are some key tips regarding earning money and tokens in Top Eleven: Be a Football Manager:

  • Sponsorship deals are a sure-shot way to earn cash. To sign up for a deal, go to the Finances screen and click on the Sponsorship tab. Click on the available sponsor to find out how much cash you can earn for one season.
  • To earn tokens, you can sign up for television rights. To sign a deal, click on the TV Rights tab at the top and click on the open deals. You will get up to 30 tokens for a period of 10 days. Make sure you come back often (i.e. sign in to Facebook and play the game) to earn tokens. For every sign-in, you get one extra token.
  • Another way to earn cash is to increase ticket sales. In the Finances screen, set the ticket price and winning bonus to encourage your club players for a win.
  • To increase ticket sales, all you have to do is to select the Stadium and click on Upgrades button at the bottom right side of the screen. A separate window will open up giving you options to increase your seats, change the field type, and add more facilities. The bigger and better your stadium, the more spectators you are likely to attract.
  • If none of these give you enough cash to meet your club’s needs, you can get financial aid from banks. In the Finances screen, click on the Help from Bank tab to get cash. But remember that you will have to spend some tokens to get the money from a bank.

Earning Tokens and Cash in Top Eleven Football Manager
Earning Tokens and Cash in Top Eleven Football Manager

5. Avoid cheats and hacks. You might try trainers, but personally I am against using any shortcut to success. It kills the spirit of the game and there’s no fun in cheating at all.

Do You Have Any Suggestions or Questions?

I hope these Top Eleven: Be a Football Manager tips will help you get tokens, train your players, and set the right formations. Share your own tips and hints with me and my readers, and I am sure they will benefit from your advice. You can also ask for tips and we will try our best to help you out.


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    saurab 2 years ago

    since last few week i am in lvl 1 i dint c any progess in my xp lvl what should i do to increase mya level

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    addu 3 years ago

    its real sad to see.people hacking dis game

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    Vanjul Motwani 3 years ago

    Why does possession get less if I buy a center midfielder?

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    Mahbub Alam 4 years ago

    How will I realize that a player will retire at the next season or not???

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    lesliegarland 4 years ago

    latest time you can pick your before kick off

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    skydevils 4 years ago

    what happen if i have 8 player injured?will i disqualify to play the next match?

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    Jon m 5 years ago

    for some reason my players never sell? Any ideas on why not? I can't even see a place where they are on auction, is there a selling section of the transfers tab that I just can't find?

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    Al 5 years ago

    What about recruiting players who turn up to be reserves? They can't play in any competitive game.

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    Marius93 5 years ago

    Great tips!

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    Gerardo 5 years ago

    Thanx for the tips And keep it up

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    Igor 5 years ago

    Please tell me do i get from the stable income for the tv rights 28 tokens after the 10 days duration?

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    Henry 5 years ago

    I never lost à game it is not Fun

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    Anders 5 years ago

    The game is a joke. The only purpose is to get your money, when you can't wait anymore and have to buy tokens... Buy yourself football manager 2013 or another manager game. It is way better and you actually get the feeling of managing a team..

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    Miska(Star1 FC) 5 years ago

    4-3-1-2 Intresting Formation

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    miri 5 years ago


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    Bryan 5 years ago

    Your players loose a star because you have moved up a league. The players skill level stays the same but they are now playing in a higher league so they aren't as good in this new league.

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    Jase 5 years ago

    The advantage of building junior pitch is to new young players added to squad per season. Does anyone know how to make investments?

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    nathan 5 years ago

    how comes wen u win a league all your playes stars go down by 1 and the quality stays the same all tht hard work of buying good players with high stars to lose them the next season bit of a jke really. and how u get 50 tokens to by scouted playerrs with 8 stars and 4 red theses players are inmense

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    Kedz_Keda 5 years ago

    I s there any restriction to the amount that can be set as tckt fee?

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    Steven iNet7 5 years ago

    how to change league because my league play so midnight

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    ketan 5 years ago

    there r only 3 types of tournaments, league,champions league,nd cup...wen will world cup nd other tounaments will be held...need some additions in the game...

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    ketan 5 years ago

    what is the advantage of building a junior pitch?

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    Fred 5 years ago

    It's good that you took the time to post this, but these are not tips, it's simply pointing out the features of the game.

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    cr 5 years ago

    You can upgrade your stadium facilities by phone by logging on to facebook fullsite login and using the link to desk top site! It takes a few minutes to load up so be patient

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    barak 5 years ago

    does anyone have a suggestion about how much should be the fee of a game? and also if i should give my fans money when i win?

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    Jim 5 years ago

    I need too upgrade stadium can anyone help p.s I only play game on iPhone app !!

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    Hollypop 5 years ago

    Can you not create more seats on iPhone app as I only play on my phone

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    Salim 5 years ago

    Is there any way you can buy a player from someone without the player being in the transfer market?

    If htere is please tell me how?

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    Vasi 5 years ago

    So far good game , but the way you control the game sucks and cup sucks they make u play a team with all players 44 and your just a new ie with 13 skill players wtf ... That's not fair .

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    Siva.N 5 years ago

    when my sponsors will be unlocked? (level need to unlock next sponsor contract)

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    Marko 5 years ago

    How to increase wage to my players ?

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    Flash 5 years ago

    Kako da povecam platu svojim igracima ?

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    mark 5 years ago

    my formation is 2-3-2-3 with 2 centre backs 2 wing backs 1 defensive mid 2 winger 3 forwards

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    Kevin 5 years ago

    I can't find the icon for stadium. I want to make my stadium bigger and begin construction. Can somebody please direct me to the icon. Thanks

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    sean 5 years ago

    best formation i have used is 4-4-2 with the two wide players having the little arrows pointing towards the strikers and on the settings have ur play going down the flanks superb

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    roronoa7 5 years ago

    the best formation for me is 4-2-3-1 with attacking team mentality, through the middle focus passing and whole pitch pressing style. It gives me wins with much better teams and 2 champions leagues with easy wins in finals . But you need an exellent AMC player and very good AML and AMR.

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    sake 5 years ago

    i would recommend for get good team...

    you can try this formation


    but you must get excellent or very good player on MC n MR,ML

    get tall defender to protect from header...ok...

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    alan 6 years ago

    great game!

    got me hooked to the point i set my day/night around my games!

    love it!

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    sadip 6 years ago

    thanks bro for nice tips

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    Wayne Aylmer 6 years ago

    brilliant game, I just need to get it on a pc cos my stadium is only 200 seats game tho!!!!

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    Ravi Poon 6 years ago

    Is there some way to get free tokens in our region (Nepal) asia.

    There are no offers , so i would appreciate if you can give me some link or something like that to get tokens for free.

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    Kenrick 6 years ago

    whats the deal for TV right in level 4 ?

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    george 6 years ago


    can you have two accounts at the same time?

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    creamanal 6 years ago

    28 days

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    Ben 6 years ago

    How long is it between seasons??

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    stelios 6 years ago

    this games is terrible!!!!

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    Thomas 6 years ago

    Guys the most annoying tactic I recently encountered is just a good defense with a decent midfield. No matter how well your strikers are they stand no chance against the opposing defenders. Sometimes they will get the chance to test your goalkeeper like in corner and free kicks then thats when you know you lost the game despite encouraging your players with a crap ton of money for reward.

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    bvb 6 years ago


    there is no absolute formation for every team..

    it depends on rolls of players you have.

    ok now if you aren't opening for 2wks,

    just try to make a formation which fits the rolls of your players..and if u need, try to buy new players too..

    also make ur fomation logical..

    like example, even if you make players fits in their rolls, if there aren't enough DF, it is not a good formation..

    also the substitutions are important but auto subs is unlikely to happen tho..

    then try also to raise your win bonus..

    anyway if you aren't opening for 2weeks, it means players will not train. so they will have enough time to rest i guess..

    only problems are injuries and cards..

    and try to upgrade stadium (which takes 16 days)while you are out 2weeks so you wont waste your time.

    maybe you should try to post here what rolls of your players are..

    then maybe i can help you out a bit.

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    Adam 6 years ago

    you level up every season

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    DotA 6 years ago

    how to win if enemy using formation 4-1-2-1-2. one more thing, what formation can always win or draw not lose because i cannot open 2 weeks. help me plz

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    Wade 6 years ago

    You cannot upgrade your stadium on the iPhone. You can only upgrade it on a computer or laptop. My question is. How do I level up? I'm into Semis on my Cup and have only lost 1 game of 14 in League. I don't get how I can't be higher then Lv.1 yet?

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    Danny 6 years ago

    Y can't I increase my stadium capacity on my phone I haven't got a stadium icon on my home page

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    Kurosava 6 years ago

    Game is trash.

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    Matt 6 years ago

    How do the numbered formations work?

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    Anurag Ghosh 6 years ago


    Yes, there's a free Top Eleven app for Android device users. Here's the link:

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    brianoconnor 6 years ago

    whill this game be relased on android softvares

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    Ραφαήλ Τριανταφυλλιδης 6 years ago

    how i can lvl up?

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    kieran 6 years ago

    how do i start again

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    keith pritchard 6 years ago

    be good idea if possible to show pictures of the players. give them more a personal effect to us it would. also award tokens for winning the league and cups as well as the cash you give out now. could be somrthing like this ... 1st place 100 tokens 2nd 50 and 3rd 25 tokens for both league and cup. obviously in the cup you award 25 tokens for reaching the semi final or have a 3rd place playoff? and team that lose the 3rd place playoff maybe award them with 10 tokens?

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    Anurag Ghosh 6 years ago

    Thanks so much, Donna!

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    Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

    Voted up...I know your advice is sound and valuable:)