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  1. Do not spend any money until you know what you are doing. One of the common mistakes by newbies is to 'buy buy buy' without realising what is important in Hattrick.

    A lot of newbies end up wasting their money on upgrading their stadium, buying bad coaches (eg. Inad/Inad) and spending loads of money on just one player.

    Do not invest in your youth squad either. As a newbie, you are just throwing valuable money down the drain.

  2. Read and understand the rules. This will prevent you from making any bad mistakes like above. The manager license requires you to do so, in order to complete the last five challenges. Do not cheat, and second guess the answers until you have all correct. This will only give you a greater chance of making a mistake. Other parts of this Wiki can also be a useful read.

  3. Familiarize yourself with your players. Check what skill rating is the best by clicking the link on any players skill. From this, you should be able to work out your best players. Any player with inadequate main skill, (unless an experienced player) should be fired.

  4. In this game, a large source of income is from trainees which you buy with the intention of training them up and selling them for a profit. You should choose from the following:
    Set pieces and passing can also be trained, but the are not recommended for beginners, because these training types require a lot of money tobuy good trainees.

  5. Once you have decided what you are going to train, you need to buy your trainees.
    The best trainees are 17 year olds, because you can train them for longer but 18 and 19 year olds are fine.
    Their main skill should be high ("excellent" or what you can afford).
    An "excellent" playmaker with high passing skills is better than a "formidable" playmaker with low passing as they will sell for more.

    If you decide to train, for example, playmaking, buy players with similar The stamina skill is less important as is trained automatically. Anyway to buy players with similar stamina level may be a good idea, so you don't end up training stamina for one person.

  6. The coach you start with is ok for the first seasons. Anyway a better coach is the solid one with poor leadership, but, unless you decide to train goalkeeping, you probably won't be able to afford one and be still able to buy good trainees. Once you have some more money, and have your trainees, then you can upgrade to a solid/poor coach.

    Set training intensity to 100% and keep it there.

  7. You then need to choose your formation, based on what you are training. Remember not to play more than 3 in a central position (central defender, inner midfielder, and forward). You can't have, for example, 4 inner midfielders, as you will lose training.
    • Goalkeeping allows you to play any formation you want,
    • Defending trainers should play 5 at the back, three CD's and 2 wingbacks, and formations advisable are 5-3-2 and 5-4-1,
    • Playmaking trainers should play 5 in midfield (three IM's and two wingers) and 3-5-2, 2-5-3, 4-5-1 are recognisable, thus should be played,
    • Scoring trainers would play 3 upfront and thus 3-4-3, 2-5-3 or 4-3-3, which are recognizable should be used,
    • Cross Passing allows you to play any formation with external players (2 wingers and two wing backs).

  8. Most importantly, have fun! The newbie conferences are very useful places if you become stuck or need any help.


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