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FM 2020 Training Schedules: Create More Chances & Win Cup Finals

FM 2020 Training Schedules feature

Hey guys and welcome to this FM 2020 training schedules guide. I use five Football Manager 2020 training schedules during pre-season, a further four during match weeks and every single one is available to download at the bottom of this post. However, knowing when to use each schedule is half the battle so please read through this entire guide.

Ever wondered why you struggle to create chances and how to win cup finals in Football Manager 2020? Bet you never thought to check your FM 2020 training schedules. It is vital to a) set off on the right foot by addressing team chemistry plus physical condition and b) drill your players before each match. Lets begin with pre-season.

FM 2020 Training Schedules Guide Vide

FM 2020 Training Schedules Guide For Pre-Season

I think of pre-season as a process to prepare my players so we gradually build up layers. Use ‘week 1/2/3 pre-season training’ in its appropriate week. These are designed to build endurance and quickness.

During weeks four and five use said weeks training, these are designed to work on technical and overall physical. Below is how your calendar should look, scroll to the bottom for installation instructions and credit.

FM 2020 Training Schedules pre-season

FM 2020 Training Schedules Guide For Chance Creation

During game weeks I use four Football Manager 2020 training schedules, let me explain each schedule and its purpose. We have a mix of Passion4FM’s work and FM-Korea here.

FM 2020 Chance Creation Training Schedules

Every single game week bar cup finals should be trained using one of three schedules.

Chance creation

Chance creation Sunday game

Double game week

The standard chance creation schedule should be your default, then use the Sunday schedule when you have a game on the Sabbath and ‘double game week’ when you have two games in one week. Simples!

Only time I move away from this is if in lots of competitions and consistently playing two games per week. Here I alternate weeks between chance creation training and double game week. I found my players were under trained and complaining otherwise. This was in an extreme case of hunting down the quadruple!

FM 2020 Training Schedules win cup finals

Football Manager 2020 Training Schedules Guide To Win Cup Finals

Cup finals are a one off game which require specific preparation and we have one schedule for such occasions made by FM-Korea. Simply use the ‘Big Game’ schedule week of any cup final.


These schedules will not work for part time clubs but will suit lower league full time teams. I have only included the schedules I use for the first team, which are heavily based around chance creation because of the systems I use. I leave my Assistant to handle Youth training but if you want to take control of that, try Passion4FM’s guide here.

Need an attacking FM20 tactic, try Knap’s BEOWULF 4-4-2, we won the top flight quadruple with York City, just click here.

FM20 Training Schedules Download

How To Install

Use the download button above then extract the file using WinRAR for Windows or Archiver for Mac and extract to the file location below:

\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2020\schedules

Mac users put file in this folder: Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020/schedules. To access your files on Mac open ‘Finder’, click ‘Go’ from the menubar, press and hold the ‘alt’ key to show ‘library’ in your menu, while still holding ‘alt’ click it, then go to ‘Application Support’ > ‘Sports Interactive’ > ‘Football Manager 2020’

Load each individual schedule into Football Manager 2020

Training > Schedules > Select Schedules Dropdown > Custom Schedules > Import Schedule > Find schedules folder & load one by one > Once Opened Click Save – This needs repeating for every schedule

Pull each appropriate schedule into your calender

Training > Calendar > Dropdowns per each week (Use the guide above for which schedules to use when)


Huge thanks to Knap over on SIGames Forums for brining this variety of schedules to my attention. The pre-season and big game schedules come curtesy of FM-Korea and were translated by FM-Base. The chance creation and double day schedules are from Passion4FM, go check those guys out, all cracking lads.



  1. Andy

    May 6, 2020 at 15:55

    I have a question. I’m using this training schedules and I love it. It’s so good. But as a newbie I’m interested in the optimal settings for the rest tab for each player. Do you use the automatic settings or do you adjust the setting of each player according to the physio recommendation?

    • Darren Smith

      May 7, 2020 at 09:28

      I don’t use the rest tab just leave it to default mate

  2. Darragh

    May 21, 2020 at 18:34

    The training schedules are shit! my villa team conceding shit loads of goals, no defensive structure in these schedules at all. We’ve lost a shit load of matches using these schedules and Knap Beowulf tactic on your other forum.

    • Darren Smith

      May 22, 2020 at 06:41

      Sorry mate but thousands have found success with both tactic and training…might be worth considering if theres something else in your save amiss? Man management is massive and selecting suitable players likewise. Its hard to beleive a tactic and schedule can be at fault when a mass majority find it successful. I for instance found it ‘shit’ for Watford at start of the season but then every system I tried was the same due to their awful squad morale and mix.

    • MarcoCarvalho

      May 28, 2020 at 19:44

      I start to agree with u, since i put this training my team almost never attack…I´m a week team but i don´t see any vantage to use this…

      • Darren Smith

        May 29, 2020 at 06:19

        Look in the mirror and not out of the window mate…it works, if it works for many its something the few are doing wrong. Consider your team talks, man management, squad suitability…you just pointed out you are a weak team, but you have mentioned nothing about the TYPE of players you ahve, are your strikers proper advanced forward? Are they fast in behind and good finishers? Thats one consideration that will cripple the tactic. I can guarantee it is something YOU are doing wrong.

  3. MarcoCarvalho

    May 27, 2020 at 11:20

    Hello and thanks for that… I will start use this training..
    Just a doubt, i´m training Bolton 4ª season and i reach to premier league in this season.. When i have one match against one team that suppose to be in relegation zone with me, can i use big games match preparation? And when u have a week without games?

    • Darren Smith

      May 27, 2020 at 14:18

      No you should not use big match training for that, only for cup finals.

      • MarcoCarvalho

        May 27, 2020 at 19:12

        Thanks for your answer… Will be tuff this season for me… i made a mistake to buy a lot of players

        • MarcoCarvalho

          May 27, 2020 at 21:45

          I have a lot of weeks with one game only… Do u have to put the same training or can i mixed with other?

          • Darren Smith

            May 28, 2020 at 09:05

            This is all explained in the post and video. You use the chance creation Saturday game or Sunday game in that scenario. If you mean you have a few weeks and one game in total same applies.

  4. Crass76

    July 7, 2020 at 16:17

    Hey, ca I ask what to use if you have no teams to play in one week?

  5. Mohd Shafiq

    July 13, 2020 at 14:57

    Hi Darren. Thanks for the training schedules. One question, half of my squad unhappy and said they wanted more quickness training. Should I leave them be or adjust the schedule? Currently managing Chesterfield in Sky Bet League One.

    • Darren Smith

      July 14, 2020 at 06:51

      I would probably adjust the schedule mate, these are made for chance creation and scoring goals, not aimed toward development. I am trying to develop my own schedules now as have not found an ideal system elsewhere yet, this one was just great for match results but not sure how good it is long term for development.

      • Mohd Shafiq

        July 17, 2020 at 18:45

        Thanks a lot for the reply and keep up with the good work!

  6. Greeky

    July 23, 2020 at 16:54

    This training schedule could work with your tactic Concerto?

    • Darren Smith

      July 23, 2020 at 20:30

      YEs it certainly should.

      • Greeky

        July 24, 2020 at 10:19

        Whats the difference between Chance creation & score more goals (sunday) than the other one?
        We have to use Sunday only if we have a sunday match and the other one if we have on saturday as an example?
        Sorry for the bombing of questions

        • Darren Smith

          July 24, 2020 at 12:26

          They’re all chance creation and score more goals just one is for Sunday games and the default which has no day in the title is for Saturday games. If you have two game sin a week you should use the two matches schedule.

          • Greeky

            July 24, 2020 at 18:24

            Oh i get it now, i will change it asap

  7. Tommy

    August 11, 2020 at 13:49

    Hi. First of all i would like to thank you for your tactic and training schedule. I have one question, i can’t see any focusing on defense. How it works in long therm ? Won’t my defenders lose their skills or something ? What i can say is that almost instantly scoring has improved since I started using this training schedule.

    • Darren Smith

      August 11, 2020 at 13:58

      The schedules are designed for chance creation and conversion they’re not for long term use mate. You should have other training schedules ideally to compliment.

  8. cracky

    September 4, 2020 at 23:47

    hi guys i have a little problem with the training schedule when i try to export them i can see they are here but i can’t select it because i’m not the original user.

    • Darren Smith

      September 6, 2020 at 14:06

      If you follow the instructions it will work. Watch the video again, no reason it won’t work mate.

  9. yoga

    September 19, 2020 at 16:54

    hai, can you help me, there is no get more when i checked Training > Schedules > Dropdown > Custom Schedules >
    can you give me the solution?

    • Darren Smith

      September 20, 2020 at 08:05

      Hi. If you have added the files correctly then you should see this

      I assume you’re playing the full version of the game on PC? Have you found the folder location on your computer and checked the files are in there.

    • Lukasz Paralusz

      September 20, 2020 at 16:45

      I have the same problem I am playing Leeds got full game no option to get more :(

      Got game from Epic Store

      • Darren Smith

        September 20, 2020 at 18:18

        I would say its an issue with downloading from Epic store then. Have you definitely transfered the files to the correct location. Not sure what limitations getting the game from Epic store has, may be that downloads don’t work

  10. Jezz

    October 28, 2020 at 13:53

    I download it, but couldn’t open it. The various unpackers said that either the file was corrupted or simply could not be unpacked.

    • Darren Smith

      October 28, 2020 at 16:09

      Seems fine to me so not sure where its going wrong. You just use WinRAR to extract the files into the schedules folder.

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