To give your players the best training, you will have to sign the best coaches. Sounds logical doesn’t it? But how do you find the best coaches in Football Manager? In this guide we will explain the basic formula to calculate and find the best coaches for each and individual category in Football Manager. This is called the 5 star training method.

Coaches in Football Manager receive an amount of stars for a training category. 5 star training is the best you can get and 1 star is the worst. Although it shows the quality of that particular category, it also shows the Workload for a coach in a category.

Having a high Workload can result in having wining players about the quality of the training. So remember; if there is ever a player that is concerned about the Team Training, check the Workload first in the training tab in Football Manager.

General training in Football Manager can be divided in three different areas, which all have their own categories:

**FITNESS**

Strength

Aerobic

**GENERAL**

Tactics

Ball Control

Defending

Attacking

Shooting

**GOALKEEPING**

Shot Stopping

Handling

Distribution

## CALCULATING THE STARS

In an ideal situation, you would have a specialist coach for each of the nine different categories. Each coach will need different attributes, but there are three that are always needed if you want 5 star training. These are:

- Determination
- Discipline
- Motivation

From now on we will refer to these attributes as ‘**DDM’**.

Then using the following formula, you can calculate if a coach will get 5 star training before you sign him:

**Attribute * X + DDM * X**

Looks difficult, but believe us when we say this is very easy to apply in your game. We will show you every calculation and we will give some easy to follow examples.

If you don’t want to be busy calculating the stars manually, you can always use our list with the Best Coaches in Football Manager 2018.

FITNESS COACHING

A good fitness coach always needs Fitness training. So that is the attribute that is needed in for this calculation. Both Aerobic and Strength coaches have the same formula.

The formula is:

Fitness Training * 9 + DDM * 2

If the outcome is 270 or higher; the coach will get 5 stars. If the coach scores lower he will get:

240-269 = 4.5 stars

210-239 = 4 stars

180-209 = 3.5 stars

150-179 = 3 stars

120-149 = 2.5 stars

90-119 = 2 stars

60-89 = 1.5 stars

30-59 = 1 star

0-29 = 0.5 star

GOALKEEPING COACHING

A great goalkeeping coach always needs the attribute Goalkeeper Training. So that is the attribute he needs for this calculation for both goalkeeping areas Shot Stopping, Handling and Distribution.

The formula is:

Goalkeepers * 8 + Tactical * 3 + DDM * 3

If the outcome is 360 or higher; the coach will get 5 stars. If the coach scores lower he will get:

320-359 = 4.5 stars

280-319 = 4 stars

240-279 = 3.5 stars

200-239 = 3 stars

160-199 = 2.5 stars

120-159 = 2 stars

80-119 = 1.5 stars

40-79 = 1 star

0-39 = 0.5 star

TACTICS COACHING

A Tactics coach always needs the attribute Tactical . So this is needed for the calculation.

The formula is for a 5 star tactical coach is:

Tactical * 2 + DDM

If you want 5 star training, the outcome needs to be 90 or higher. If the coach scores lower he will get:

80-89 = 4.5 stars

70-79 = 4 stars

60-69 = 3.5 stars

50-59 = 3 stars

40-49 = 2.5 stars

30-39 = 2 stars

20-29 = 1.5 stars

10-19 = 1 star

0-9 = 0.5 star

BALL CONTROL COACHING

A ball control coach needs the attribute Technique. So that is the attribute he needs for this calculation.

The formula is:

Technique * 6 + Mental * 3 + DDM * 2

If you want 5 star training, the outcome will need to be 270 or higher. If the coach scores lower he will get:

240-269 = 4.5 stars

210-239 = 4 stars

180-209 = 3.5 stars

150-179 = 3 stars

120-149 = 2.5 stars

90-119 = 2 stars

60-89 = 1.5 stars

30-59 = 1 star

0-29 = 0.5 star

DEFENDING COACHING

A Defending coach always needs the attribute Defending. So this is needed for the calculation.

The formula is for a 5 star defending coach is:

Defending * 8 + Tactical * 3 + DDM * 3

If you want 5 star training, the outcome needs to be 360 or higher. If the coach scores lower he will get:

320-359 = 4.5 stars

280-319 = 4 stars

240-279 = 3.5 stars

200-239 = 3 stars

160-199 = 2.5 stars

120-159 = 2 stars

80-119 = 1.5 stars

40-79 = 1 star

0-39 = 0.5 star

ATTACKING COACHING

An Attacking coach always needs the attribute Attacking. So this is needed for the calculation.

The formula is for a 5 star attacking coach is:

Attacking * 6 + Tactical * 3 + DDM * 2

If you want 5 stars, the outcome needs to be 270 or higher. If the coach scores lower he will get:

240-269 = 4.5 stars

210-239 = 4 stars

180-209 = 3.5 stars

150-179 = 3 stars

120-149 = 2.5 stars

90-119 = 2 stars

60-89 = 1.5 stars

30-59 = 1 star

0-29 = 0.5 star

SHOOTING COACHING

A Shooting coach always needs the attributes Attacking & Technique. So this is needed for the calculation.

The formula is for a 5 star shooting coach is:

Technique * 6 + Attacking * 3 + DDM * 2

If you want 5 star training, the outcome needs to be 270 or higher. If the coach scores lower he will get:

210-239 = 4 stars

180-209 = 3.5 stars

150-179 = 3 stars

120-149 = 2.5 stars

90-119 = 2 stars

60-89 = 1.5 stars

30-59 = 1 star

0-29 = 0.5 star

EXAMPLE

You have the following coach under contract and we would like to know how many stars he will get for his best attribute: fitness.

As you have learned before, you will need the following formula:

Fitness * 9 + DDM * 2

If you use the formula correctly you will get:

14 * 9 + 37 * 2 = 126 + 74 = 200

If we the take a look at the results for the Fitness Training Category, we see that: 180-209 = 3.5 star. This means that this coach will receive a 3.5 star maximum on fitness training.

Use our formula’s to create the best possible coaching staff at your club. If you play your cards right, you will have no troubles getting 5 stars on all categories.

Would you like to learn more about training in Football Manager? We have some excellent guides on Setting up Basic Training and Preseason training.

you sure that DDM totals 35? it should be 36 if I am not mistaken and as such the total if 255. Stars won’t change but at least people will not get confused.

Yo are right m8. Little typo. Cheers for the feedback, we have changed and corrected it.

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I think you need to have another look at your Goalkeeping calculation – when I do the math for my coaches the numbers doesn’t add up. First of all I assume that you mean that you should use GK Shot Stopping for Shot Stopping, GK Handling for Handling and so on, but I also think that Distribution is not based on tactical stat, but technical stat

Here is my calc based on a coach with the following stats:

Determination 10; Discipline 17; Motivation 13; Tactical = 10; Technical 11; Distribution 1; Handling 2; Shot Stopping 2, so DDM = 40

ShotStopping Calc = (Shot Stopping 2 * 8 (16) + Tactical 10 * 3 (30) + DDM 40 * 3 (120) = 166 = 2,5stars (Game show 2 stars)

Handling Calc = (Handling 2 * 8 (16) + Tactical 10 * 3 (30) + DDM 40 * 3 (120) = 166 = 2,5stars (Game show 2 stars)

Distribution Calc (Distribution 1 * 8 (8) + Tactical 10 * 3 (30) + DDM 40 * 3 (120) = 158 = 2stars (Game shot 1,5 stars)

Hi m8, Thanks for the feedback. The distribution; noted. We will look into that. About the calculations; the article states; a maximum of stars. So if 166 will give 2.5 stars, it means that this coach will have a maximum of 2.5 stars not a minimum. Also if a coach will get the maximum depends on the situation at the club.

What besides the coaches stats will affect the stars and is there a way to calculate it, so if you are looking for new coach for defending you can calculate the exact amount of stars he will get when hired?

not exactly i am afraid. It depends on the level of your facilities, the number of coaches you have. The stars that are given for the different categories reflect quality, but also workload. If you have a large group of players and a coach is assigned to a category on his own you will never get the full 5 stars, simply because of the high workload. So its not possible to calculate the exact amount a coach will get, only a suggested maximum with his stats. Maybe there is a formula available, but we haven’t found it (yet :P)

Okay. I am aware that the stars calculated will be be wrong if you assign a coach to several categories, and guess that I am okay with maximum stars.

As part of my job I am working with a reporting tool from Microsoft called Power BI and I am creating a model that will be able to calculate maximum possible training stars per category for either yourself, coaches in club or couches you want to scout. The way that the models work is that you from FM18 go to the coaches profile and print them as a .html file and then put them into one of 3 folders and then update the model and it will calculate the maximum number of available stars per category per coach.

I know that there are several compareable tools available in the FM community. They all work different though.

There might also be a problem with the tactical calc?

Same person give 3,5 stars based on your rules, but game show 3 stars. The calculation give exactly 60 (10*2)+40 could it be that it was 0-10 that was 0,5 stars and not 0-9 and so on?

The calculator is wrong, the Tactics training also needs Mental attribute.

The above calculations can’t be right in FM18. Just to test with Tactics, I used the in-game editor on myself (the head coach). I’m at a EPL club with full state-of-the-art facilities, and I assigned every other coach to Tactics to mitigate workload issues. Here’s what I get:

Tac Disc Det Mot True Stars This Calc

—– —- —– —– ———— ———-

19 12 1 1 3.5 52 pts (3 stars)

19 13 1 1 4 53 pts (3 star)

19 7 5 5 3.5 55 pts (3 stars)

19 8 5 5 4 56 pts (3 stars)

20 12 1 1 3.5 54 pts (3 stars)

20 13 1 1 4 55 pts (3 stars)

It looks like there must be something non-linear happening with stats to star ratings in FM 18.

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Thanks for the post very enlightening! I have 3 GK Coaches with 5 star training but using the aforementioned formula (Goalkeepers * 8 + Tactical * 3 + DDM * 3) their score is lower than 360:

1) GK Shot Stopping 20, Tactical 08, Det 17, LoD 18, Mot 17 = 340

2) GK Handling 20, Tactical 10, Det 16, LoD 17, Mot 12 = 325

3) GK Distribution 20, Tactical 09, Det 16, LoD 17, Mot 18 = 340

(Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining or anything, just trying to figure out the game)