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Training improves the abilities of a player, the main five skills (goalkeeping, defending, playmaking, winger or scoring) and other secondary ones. Young players train much faster than old players.

Improving abilities is one of the most important aspects of a successful team in Hattrick. By concentrating on training a team can take medium just one skilled, young players and train them up to become superstars, who can then be sold for a profit or kept thus to improve the senior squad.

Training takes place once a week, typically on a Thursday night updates. Only players who played on certain positions are trained and only player fielded for 90 minute are fully trained, as training is minute based.

To train the maximum number of players each week it is important to arrange friendlies where you play your trainees who did not play in the league match in the same week.

Training adjustments

Choosing the correct players to train is a balancing act. There are a lot of factors to consider: age, main skill and secondary skills (usually related to the main skill), price (initial and final).

Training also has benefits and disadvantages associated. For example, a playmaking trainer can't train his players efficiently in the cup rounds mantaining performance.

Training depends on fielded formation played. For instance, while a goalkeeper trainer is not limited to specific position, forwards receive training only if they played as forward in one of the two games in that specific week.

  • If a player has played in two different positions during the week, the position that grants him the best training effect will be chosen at the update.
  • When you train Set Pieces, your Goalkeeper and your Set Pieces Taker will get a 25% bonus on training.
  • The harder you train, the better the squad's form becomes in general, and effects from training increase.
  • When you buy a new player, matches played for other teams do not count for training purposes, stamina is counted like he had played 0 minutes (equal to 50% stamina training), although form update does take account of these matches

There are 11 types of training. Each have their own potential for generating profit or improving your team.
(Brackets indicate small effects. Double brackets indicate very small effects).

Training type
Types Improves ...for... Trainings required * Trainees
Goalkeeping Goalkeeping Goalkeepers 3 2
Crossing (Winger) Winger Wingers (Wing backs) ((others)) 3 4 (4)
Scoring Scoring Forwards ((others)) 4 6
Playmaking Playmaking Inner midfielders (Wingers) ((Others)) 4 6 (4)
Wing attacks Winger Forwards and wingers ((Others)) 5 10
Defending Defending Defenders, Wing backs ((Others)) 5 10
Short passes Passing Midfielders, wingers and forwards ((Others)) 4 16
Through passes Passing Defenders, midfielders and wingers ((Others)) 5 20
Defensive positions Defending Goalkeepers, defenders, inner midfielders and wingers ((Others)) 10 22
Shooting Scoring Outfielders ((Others)) 7 20
Set pieces ((All who played a game during the week)) About a season 22
Set pieces Set pieces All who played a game during the week, 25% bonus to the set pieces taker and goalkeeper 1 22

Important: Training has been speeded up starting with season 43
   Magnifier.png   Further information: Faster training next season

(*) The Training Speed values in column "Trainings required (from next level)" are based on 100% training intensity, 15% stamina training, 17 year old trainees having a skillup from Solid to Excellent, using a Solid coach, and 2 top level assistants.

A training speed of, lets say, 3.7 weeks is presented in this table as 4 trainings required to pop to excellent, since a player cannot pop in a middle of a week.

A very rough rule is that for each year above 17 it takes approximately 4% longer to train a player than stated in the above table.
Also remember that these training speed values are given as an average, and can (and will) vary from player to player. This means, for example, that

if the value presented for a given training is 5 weeks, some players will take 4, others 6, but if you look at a large number of players they should average at 5.
This might be due to the fact that the player gets a part of the next level after a pop. When that happens he needs less time to pop again. For example: When the first pop ends up to solid and a very little bit (7,02) he needs more time to go to excellent than when his first pop gives him a bit more (7,12).

Intensity and Stamina

The best is to train at 100% intensity, the benefits are clear in that skills increase more quickly. Higher training intensity is also more likely to improve the form of your players.

However, the amount of training that you devote to stamina will cut into the amount of training intensity, meaning a part of your training will always be stamina.

Lower stamina means low performances; you will have to balance the amount of stamina training you need to maintain your preferred squad level (as well as any added stamina for trainees). Most team managers agree that at least 15% of stamina per week is needed. Teams with young trainees often use 10% in order to train skills as fast as possible.


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To achieve the optimal training, a coach with Solid coaching skills is required. A coaching level below that lengthens training time.

A general rule of thumb is one extra week for every level below solid, although this rule is not so accurate with the faster training types. Excellent coaches train slightly faster than Solid ones by roughly half a week but are generally seen as too expensive to be profitable in the long term.


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Assistant coaches also help with training. A team may only have 2 of them.

A team van Aldo hire one one form coach to try to mantain form higher.

Training loss

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The only way still remaining to have a partial training loss is by causing a Walkover in any match of the week (cup, friendly or league matches).

Anyway, a player can receive a maximum of 90 minutes training per week. If a player plays more than 90 minutes in a trainable position, he will get the most beneficial 90 minutes only.

Individual instruction

Starting from July 2008 (but only for a short period), "individual training instruction" has been available. It excluded up to three players from getting any training except Stamina at all. The main point of this feature was to avoid paying excessive salaries for players that were already very highly skilled.

Note: Not to be confused with Youth Academy "Individual training" (each player randomly gets a small boost to a relevant skill, though the owner has no control over which skill gets chosen, and a skill that is already capped may get picked, resulting in no training for that player).

See also