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    Pre-Season Frendlies - What's the point???

    As the title suggests what is the point in playing pre-season friendlies? my squad is always shattered by game 3 of the pre-arranged games the game gives you and you get no gate receipts for playing home fixtures against bigger teams so the 6-2 thrashing my Huddersfield side just took from Leeds (ODB) was all for nothing...

    Is there any benefit to playing the pre-season games I've not spotted or should I just delete them and let the team train until the next season starts?

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    For starters it's nice to try out a new formation before the season begins. That way the players get used to the new formation and they need less time adapting to it in the actual season.

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    I find it shake off the cobwebs of players (not being fit due to lack of match pratice)

    As Samsami said - good for trying things, building combinations, and I just due it to actually feel we are going on "pre-season" somewhere

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    The pittance in gate receipts can be helpful...

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    I don't think it matters at all. I never play friendlies, unless someone challenges me and I fancy beating them, and I never notice any difference.

    It's more of a "in your head" thing, friendlies in pre-season are important in real life football, so we want them to be important in the game too. It just "feels" right.

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    Thanks for the input lads, I think you all make very fair points. I think I just assumed the game would treat a pre-season game against a much bigger team as a good thing and fill the stadium a bit like we see IRL and I was disappointed when there seemed to be no payoff! I guess I should remember this is just a game lol!

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    There is a thread "Alternative guide to financial management", or something like that, that goes into arranging friendlies over the course of the season as a means to boost money and control youth development. Takes quite a bit of micromanagement from what I remember. And obviously is geared more towards lower end teams/leagues that don't have reserve matches.

    As Redknapp said, it can get the players hitting the league running, instead of going from holiday lethargy (or 2 months no training, if you do that) to competitive games. But as most have said it's as much a roleplay thing as anything else... weekend in Barrow in Furness for the Cumbria Cup anyone?

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    Other than finances when you are in dire need, there is no point. Unfit players = injuries. I never bother.

    I like friendlies on international weekends to give fringe players an outing when I have a big squad.
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    If you play one of your three "rival teams" you'll invariably get a full (or at least boosted) house and benefit from the extra revenue - still not as much as you'd get for a competitive fixture but as previously mentioned it can help if you're a smaller club with finance issues

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    I always play a Friendly Cup I call "The Cup Cup." I always play Bognor, Worthing and Waterlooville. I use it to get fitness up. I cancel/ refuse all other friendlies. I also play them at least 2 weeks before the first game. When I win, mostly, the game says that "The board are delighted to win the Cup Cup Cup." I then giggle.

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    Is there any evidence that it helps with fitness ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Is there any evidence that it helps with fitness ?
    The ones that are not match fit I would assume. I just like winning the Cup Cup Cup!

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    I used to play 3 games against gradually improving opposition. I now just play one game on the Saturday before the season starts at home to a local non league team in my area....habit

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    In CM I always cancel the friendlies. There is absolutely no point in doing them on this match engine... I rather spend that time and train my players to ~90% fitness so they are ready for 1st game of the season.

    It's a different story on FM however, there playing friendlies is, in my opinion, a must. Due to few features only FM has like tactic familiarity levels and few other quirks.

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    Don't play them at all, just running the risk of injuries for no reason.

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    I arrange four or five friendlies and just use the reserve team players and any useful looking kids to see if I have any 'hidden gems' lurking in my squad.

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    I use friendlies to make it look real.

    Some small road trip on a country (3 games, Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday) and then it depends on the club. With Benfica I usually go with a friendly vs Benfica B (just fun to have a friendly with almost 40000 on the stands). With Rome I was doind a colosseum cup always with me and Lazio and some other two teams. With Barreirense I used to have a cup with my rivals or other teams from the Lisbon South Bay (as the majority of teams from there I had on the 1st division was 3: me, Seixal and Amora... or 4, if you count Vitória de Setúbal) or a friendly against Fabril (stadium full of fans).

    What do I use it? To get the subs ready to play. At the start of the season, I usually use the starters a lot because they are fresh... It is good to give the subs some games so that it takes longer for them to need matches to be fit.

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