7 ways to get the most out of Football Manager 2017 when you're short on time

Hectic job? Family commitments? Don’t worry! Here are the best ways to enjoy the game if you’re constantly busy

Football Manager is notorious for demanding every minute of your spare time. You can spend hours searching for the next wonderkid or developing an ultra-successful tactic that will lead your team to eventual glory, all before a ball has even been kicked.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have as much time to dedicate to our favourite management sim as we’d like. We’re forced to limit our sessions to lunch breaks, lazy Sunday afternoons or whenever the baby finally decides to get some sleep. We need a quicker way to progress if we’re ever going to take Torquay to the Champions League final.

With that in mind, here are some ideal ways to speed up your game.

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1. Try FM Mobile/FM Touch

FM Mobile is specifically tailored to those who are always on the go, offering a quicker game built around a unique interface

If you’re struggling to wrestle with the demands of the full Football Manager experience, it might be worth making the switch to Football Manager Mobile. Compatible with a wide variety of devices, FM Mobile is specifically tailored to those who are always on the go, offering a quicker game built around a unique interface.

Alternatively, Football Manager Touch is available for computer devices and high-end tablets. It’s very similar to the standard game, but offers a more streamlined experience. As part of this, features such as ‘Instant Result’ allow you to skip entire games if you wish.

2. Change your preferences

Tinkering with ‘Rendering Mode’ can also be useful for those with low-end computers

How many players throw themselves into a new game of FM without checking the preferences screen? It’s understandable, but by doing so they might be subjecting themselves to painfully long loading times.

There are a handful of obvious ways to speed up your game, including graphical adjustments for the 3D engine. Tinkering with ‘Rendering Mode’ can also be useful for those with low-end computers, while ‘Continue Game Timeout’ allows your game to continue processing without needing to manually force it. Be sure to spend five minutes finding the right settings for your needs.

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3. Put your staff to work

Almost any member of staff can handle transfers, conduct training sessions and attend press conferences on your behalf

The Mobile and Touch versions of Football Manager aren’t the only ways to reduce your in-game responsibilities on a day-to-day basis. By navigating to the ‘Responsibilities’ screen under ‘Staff’ in FM 2017, you can assign almost everything to do with your managerial duties to your assistant boss.

It’s not just your assistant, either. Almost any member of staff can handle transfers, conduct training sessions and attend press conferences on your behalf. Just make sure you assign the right person for each job, or you might pay for it down the line.

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4. Play with fewer active leagues

It’s tempting to load multiple countries and league structures, but try to resist doing so

When you first boot up Career mode in FM 2017, you’re prompted to select either Quick Start or Advanced Settings. The latter allows you to select how many active leagues you’d like to load (either playable or view-only) and, subsequently, you’re informed about how fast the game will run.

It’s tempting to load multiple countries and league structures, but try to resist doing so. Fewer leagues will result in a much quicker game, and you can always add more competitions later. Additionally, you can remove unwanted leagues in-game, too.

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