ManagerZone began in 2001 and many of the first Managers remain in the game You can easily identify them by their Legends Badges .
To help you begin your potentially legendary career, we will guide you through theg game’s essential over the next four chapters. You can ask for further help in the Forums or via our Support Team. Remember, never to share your account details or password with anyone!
ManagerZone is a long-term challenge and you should think and plan long term as you develop your team. Competing in Leagues with real people from around the world makes this a tough but extremely enjoyable game!
In order for you to enjoy the full ManagerZone experience, you will need to use some popular third-party software. Remember, only download them from their official sites - which can be reached by clicking the links in the box - and always follow their instructions carefully.
You will need Adobe Flash Player installed in order to set your Tactics and to place Players on the Training Field. To watch a match in 2D or 3D, Java is required.
If you have all the necessary third-party software and still experience problems whilst watching matches or saving Tactics, please ensure you have the latest versions installed. If the problems continue, please contact our Support Team.
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ManagerZone contains many different features and it might seem difficult to find your way around at first. Don't worry though, once you learn the structure, navigation is quick and easy. To begin with, lets have a look at the header panel, which contains several shortcuts to the most-used game features.
The site is divided into six main menu sections; Clubhouse, Matches, Office, Community, Store and Help. Each section has several related sub-menus. See below for a summary of each main section.
ManagerZone Seasons last 91 days (the current Season can be seen in the header panel). Each game week consist of two "Rounds" and there are 22 Rounds per Season.
League Matches occur automatically each Wednesday and Sunday, with additional Play Off matches scheduled at the end of the Season.
There are other types of competitions in ManagerZone, which are described in Chapter III.
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You will meet all your Players on the Squad Screen. Each Player has different strengths and weaknesses, indicated by the number of "skill balls" (), next to their various attributes. You can also view Players' personal information including their age, height, weight, nationality, current market value, salary and strongest Foot.
Players age once per Season and from the age of 31 they may decide to retire at the end of that Season. Former Players may be persuaded to become Coaches to help train your current team and develop the next generation of Players.
On the left-hand side of each Player profile there are a number of icons, providing you with additional information or links to further game features. Each has a tooltip providing more information.
A Player can have between 0 and 10 skill balls and this can increase or decrease at different rates during Training depending on his training efficiency, injuries, age and how close he is to reaching his limit in an attribute (an event known as “maxing”). The eleven trainable attributes can be found in the information box to the right.
Your Players’ Form and Experience levels, which are both affected by the number of matches they play, have as much of an impact on their performances as the attributes mentioned above.
Form is an important part of ManagerZone and you should try to maintain good Form for all your Players. To stay “match fit” a Player should be playing 5 or 6 matches per gameweek. Friendly, Friendly League, Official Cup and Prize/Friendly Cup matches can be arranged to help maintain the Form of Players not getting enough game time.
Be aware though that too many League and Friendly matches can negatively affect your Players’ Form. Friendly League, Official Cup and Prize/Friendly Cup matches, on the other hand, can only positively affect it.
An indication of the number of competitive matches a Player has been involved in during their career, contributes to a Player’s overall footballing ability and is therefore an important factor for all Players. High Experience levels can, for instance, enable Players to avoid making bad tackles.
Loyal Players are Players that have been part of your Club since they were kids. They are very passionate about the Club and would never agree to being transferred. They can be fired, but never sold.
Loyal Players are identified by a different background colour and the icon.
These Players form the core of any new team and are most likely the Players around which you will build. Over time they may be replaced by Youths you have trained via your Youth Academy or supplemented by purchases from the Transfer Market.
Tip: Don’t rush into the Transfer Market immediately. Remember you need to balance your Club’s Finances as well as performing in matches.
Clubhouse My Team
On the My Team Home screen you will find a summary of your team’s status. This includes its current ManagerZone ranking and Form trend, the League(s) and cup competitions in which it is participating, and the trophies it has won. From here you can also personalise your team.
In ManagerZone, a healthy bank balance is as important as a good league position. If you go bankrupt, you will lose your job and your whole Club. That means all the hours spent building your team would have been in vain; your results, trophies and Players all lost! To ensure this doesn’t happen, you need to earn Team Money.
|Match type||Number of matches with income|
|Friendly/Prized Cup group play||5|
|Friendly/Prized Cup play off||5|
You can view your current Stadium, including its name, capacity and facilities in the My Stadium screen. The higher your team climbs in the League, the more people will want to use your facilities and support you, both of which provide income for your Club.
The Stadium’s capacity comprises terracing, seating and VIP seats. Bear in mind that different spectators have different requirements, so ensure you provide enough of each of these elements in order to maximise attendance. The bigger your Stadium becomes, the grander it will look in the My Stadium screen.
You can choose to change the Stadium's name, increase its capacity by adding more terracing, seating and VIP seats or build new facilities (e.g. hotdog stands) for fans to visit while they’re watching matches. Like any investment, the more money you put into your Stadium, the more you’re likely to get out of it.
By hiring extra construction workers your new constructions will be completed faster. If you want to entirely change the look of your home venue, and impress other Managers, it is also possible to get a magnificent new Premium Stadium, and chose its color scheme.
You need to ensure your redevelopments don’t outpace your team’s performances and stature because, without a winning team, you won’t attract enough extra fans to pay for the increased upkeep costs. Teams in higher Divisions attract more fans than those in the lower reaches of the League.
There are nearly 100 different countries represented in ManagerZone. Each country has their own Senior League. Managers of countries not represented will play in the ubiquitous “MZ Country”.
Each league comprises Divisions and Series. Below the top Division, each tier comprises 3 sub Divisions and this is repeated tier-by-tier. Teams are promoted and relegated up and down the tree at the end of each Season, based on the final positions in their Division .
Some countries have more than 7 tiers that comprise tens of thousands of teams. Even if you are not competing in the top Division, there are plenty of teams around you to compete with.
Senior League Divisions consist of 12 teams that play each other twice, resulting in a total of 22 Rounds per Season. League matches occur on Wednesdays and Sundays and the fixture list can be found under Matches->League Schedule.
All teams belong to a Senior League and you can also join a number of fantastic premium Leagues, including Youth Leagues, to extend your experience.
One of the greatest things in ManagerZone is the Community. Managers from all over the world meet to chat, help each other and exchange hints and tips about the game. Many of our users have created new friendships through our Community, over the Internet and in real life! You’ll be surprised how many people there are out there sharing the same passion as you do.
With this basic knowledge of the game you are now one step closer to becoming a great manager. In the next Chapter, you can find out how to set your Tactics and train your Players.