Best FM 2015 Tactics: Tinkerman’s Magical 3-1-3-3

FM 2015 Tactics

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FM 2015 tactics Tinkerman's Magical

Hi guys

Welcome to my latest tactic in the series. If you have been trying to master three at the back, this is the tactic for you. Testing has been carried out with West Ham and the Premier League was won in the first season scoring a staggering 128 goals along the way. Many of the goals were scored from brilliant attacking play making it a pleasure to watch the magical 3-1-3-3 in action.

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Formation


The tactic as stated already is in the shape of 3-1-3-3. The back three central defenders are protected by the ball wining midfielder. These four players generally remain in defensive positions when attacking. Then we have the three midfielders, two wide midfielders and one central midfielder. All three contribute a lot going forward both in terms of assists and goals. Then we have the front three who cause pure devastation in the opposition defence.

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Team Instructions


The magical 3-1-3-3 uses a control mentality and fluid team shape. This was maintained for all matches including home, away and tough opposition. Generally this tactic dominates possession, we had the highest average possession in the league (55%). I feel this is mainly due to the control mentality and team instructions to work the ball into box and play out of defence which also creates fantastic football to watch with many goals coming from great passing moves. The rest of the team instructions are self explanatory.

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Player Roles

GK – goalkeeper (defend) – standard goalkeeper

CD – central defender (defend) – typical central defenders as ever, tackling, positioning, strength and heading are key attributes, I suggest playing your centre back with the most pace in the centre as he may be best placed to make recovery tackles and will have the pace to get there.

DM – ball wining midfielder (defend) – This guy will stay deep when attacking, a very important player in the team who has a lot of work to do defensively. Important attributes are tackling, positioning and work rate.

CM – central midfielder (support) – Gets up and down the pitch contributing to defence and attack, must have a good engine ability to run all game. Will chip in with a few goals.

RM/LM – wide midfielder (attack) – lots of goals and assists from these two players, the ability to score and create is important. They are out wide on their own so should also have high levels of work rate and team work.

ST – deep lying forward (support) – these two players will drop into midfield, pick up the ball and look to play in the other strikers or wide midfielders. They will also chip in with a few goals.

ST – advanced forward (attack) – a goalscoring machine, put your best finisher here, ideally he will have reasonable pace and off the ball movement as well. Sakho scored 39 goals from 31 games in this role. He missed a few games due to the African cup of nations and injury.

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Results

Premier League




A fantastic season for the Hammers, winning the title with 93 points. A total of 128 goals scored is fantastic. We did concede quite a few but at the end of the day, its the results that matter, 30 wins from 38 games is a great achievement.

Player Stats


The stats above show just how well the players performed in the tactic and pretty much self explanatory.

Results with Juventus

I wanted to have a look at the tactic in a top team in another country to check it’s performance. I was pretty happy with the results. See the league table below, after the first 10 matches. A 100% win record and lots of goals scored. Crucially the defence performed very well suggesting that with a good squad and good defenders, good defensive figures can be achieved. Higher quality players also exert more control of the game hence less opportunities for the opposition.


Best FM 2015 Tactics: Tinkerman’s Top Tips

  • Pre-season:  General training – team cohesion  with high intensity (alternate weeks), Match Preparation – match tactics (50%).
  • During Season: General Training – balanced, Match Preparation – attacking movement (10%).
  • Keep corner instructions as they are with the download but set your left midfielder to take right sided corners and your right midfielder to take left sided corners.
  • Keep set piece instructions for free kicks and throws as they are with the download.
  • For opposition instructions use your assistant manager or coach with best tactical knowledge.
  • Try to get the tactic as fluid as possible during pre-season by organising more friendlies if necessary.


  • Don’t expect to keep a record number of clean sheets, but do expect to witness some truly magical football and score an incredible number of goals :)

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Download

If you would like to give the tactic a try, follow the instructions below:

FM 2014 Download

1. Click the download link above and download the file.

2. Once the file is downloaded move it to the following folder documents>sports interactive>football manager 2015>tactics

3. Now load the game as normal and enter the tactics screen.

4. In the tactics screen, click the tactic you currently have loaded then select manage tactics from the drop-down menu

5. Then Import and then load ‘Tinkerman’s Magical 3-1-3-3 into your game, then you will be able to select the tactic from the list.

Thanks for reading. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know how the tactic works for you. Hope you enjoy :)

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What was your Starting XI in Juventus save?


Just the usual suspects, made no transfers. Buffon, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellllini, Vidal, Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Asamoah, Llorente, Tevez, Morata.


Ok Thank you :)

Marijus Kulvietis

2 questions-1)who is carlos in your team? You bought carlos fierro? 2)who is set to take corners-the same as in previous your tactics-wing backs? thx.

Marijus Kulvietis

i see your wide midfielders are similar to wing backs-attack, like in strikeforce tactics. Thus most wing backs like kaderabek fit to this role. Also Kaderabek is a wing back. Correct?


Yes most wing backs should be able to play rm if they are trained to do so. But it will depend how versatile they are.


Is this tactic for patch 15.3.1?


Hi Rale, the above with the Hammers and Juve was on patch 15.3.2


Thanks for another great tactic.I have made a small tweak in my games to reduce the goals Agains.
Before every game i manual set the left DL striker to man-mark the opponents MCR player.
Then he falls down to mark the MCR when opponent have the ball… and goes back to the top when the team have he ball.
Works great for my team.


Sounds like a good tweak Kenneth :)

Richard Williams

Just downloaded this pal, will it work on the default patch?

Dmitrij Prokofjič

well i was doing something simillar and with a couple of changes in my tactic that I included from yours I have found a beautiful combination that works great for me (better than mine before , and better than yours that I have tried for 15 or so matches). The differences are – no CM(s) , instead of him Regista on DM position. The attackers are two F9 + AF instead of DLF + AF and it’s control+standard instead of control+fluid. Also I have retain possesion and use ofside orders + orders for my WM’s to shoot more (but that is because they have good LS). Very simmilar but still a little different aproach. Didn’t bring me as much goals as your tactic but it gave me lower goals recieved and a little better possesion.


Thanks for your comment mate, keep up the good work :)

xxx yyy

This tactic is just ridiculously good.I did remove the tight marking and hard tackling from all my players as it was causing too many yellow/red cards and penalties and also was conceding quite alot with my Liverpool boys.Other than that is just incredible.Nice work buddy.