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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 2 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 3 years ago

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

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    lesliegarland 3 years ago

    latest time you can pick your before kick off

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