Dream League Soccer 2016 is the latest instalment in the Dream League Soccer series and, as you would expect from a football sim, it will have you playing the role of both player and manager as you establish your very own club.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with football sims, here are some tips to help get you started.
Change your formation
Before you dive into your very first match, switch your team’s formation! While the default 4-4-2 setup isn’t bad by any means, in practise, a slightly more offensive formation (such as 4-3-3) will make it far easier to break through your opponent’s defence and, therefore, give you more opportunities to take shots.
Time for kick off!
Now that you’re on the field, the first thing to keep in mind is to play strategically. Bolting straight for the goal will get you nowhere, you should always be trying to pass to your teammates whenever you see an open gap.
Not only is this generally a more effective strategy to avoid getting tackled, it is also less tiring on your players, which will become important later.
Manage your stamina
This leads us on to stamina management. Stamina is something you should be keeping an eye on at all times, as players who are physically drained will run slower and perform worse than usual.
To prevent this, avoid sprinting excessively and make substitutions where appropriate.
Aiming is an aspect that would probably be the source of frustration for many newcomers.
It will take time to get used to, but on the whole, you should try to get into the habit of making smooth movements with the virtual stick.
The stick’s extreme sensitivity makes this particularly important while passing and shooting.
Improving your squad
Between matches, you are free to make improvements and adjustments to your team as the manager. I wouldn’t recommend selling any of your players initially, as you’ll need them to make substitutions.
At the start, you’ll probably want to spend your money on developing your existing line-up, but don’t rush!
The transfer market updates after every match, so spend some time to shop around for the best offers.
Do you have any tips for the beautiful game? Share these in the comments!