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Title: SECTION 1: WIN THE MATCH, WIN THE GAME
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So you’ve got yourself an Xpert Eleven team and you
want to do well at the game?
The following words can help you develop into an all-knowing beast of a
manager able to create a monster squad capable of reaching the very
top.
Xpert Eleven is a web-based football-management game, all about managing
a completely fictitious football team through development and winning
leagues. Accordingly this guide is split into two main sections – one on each
aspect of the game. It can be read end to end, or dipped in and out of as
needed.
This guide has come from many years of research and knowledge about the
game, sourced from a diverse range of influences such as personal
discussions and experience, Coach’s Corner articles in the Xpert Daily, The
Rules, still current bits from Leftblank’s Guide, game clarifications from Iwe
the originator of the game, and trawling the forum for buried nuggets, insights
and factual percentages.
All this information has been condensed into a useful compendium; grouped
and moved about into a structure that’s, hopefully, an easy and
comprehensive read. If there’s any unaccredited quoting that’s because it’s
come from my scrapbooks, noted down along the way and now just part of the
information soup. The aim is to inform and instruct all those who wish to
develop their understanding and winning ways at Xpert Eleven.
Xpert Eleven is free to join and play, however what’s known as VIP status can
be purchased for the cost of £22 per year (other price/time-ranges are
available including a trial of 10p for 1 month). VIP gives access to stats more
easily, especially to those of your opponent and training.
I’ll try and point out when the advice is for a VIP-only part of the game (mainly
in ‘Scout Your Opponent’ and ‘Change Reports’) but forgive me if I’ve
forgotten. Some say VIP gives an unfair advantage, and the same may be
said of this guide. However heed the wise words of manager Michelep:
“My personal opinion is, the point is to seek an advantage. The question is
whether those advantages are legitimate or not. Using mechanisms of the
game, something that is available to all, is not cheating IMO. On the other
hand something that manipulates the fact this is an internet based game is
clearly cheating: URL manipulation, multiple accounts, paying REAL money

for players, bids, games etc. Thing is technically, if the rules don't say it's
cheating then it isn't.”
This guide assumes the reader to have been playing the game, have a basic
knowledge of how it operates and wants to get an edge on their competition.
There is a beginners guide on the site, which explains the various functions
and navigation of the game - http://www.xperteleven.com/getstarted.aspx
More coverage of the basic rules and explanations can be found via the ‘The
Game’, ‘Forum’ and ‘Help’ drop down menus from the tool bar along the top of
the website. There’s lots of information hidden away in those upside down
triangles; I still find valuable hints in there, sometimes even things I’ve written
myself.
This guide covers Xpert Eleven at time of writing, though the game is always
changing/evolving and these changes often alter the way to be successful.
Some recent changes for example have been: the introduction of
substitutions; Stamina SQ (which rendered some formations and playing
styles obsolete); Compatibility was introduced, or made transparent, adding
another aspect; Youth Academy investment; Transfer market deadline
changing from daily to hourly then all private league markets merged into one.
There are also ongoing, subtle changes to what is known as The Game
Engine, the software program that computes everything which happens in the
Xpert Eleven. Iwe has always said that any changes to the software will not
be felt immediately but creep into the game over a period of time.
The layout and presentation of the game has also gone through some major
upheavals
Future editions of this Guide will keep apace with developments in the game.
I’ve tried not to keep referring to the ‘old days’ or saying ‘it used to be like’.
One day there might be a history of Xpert Eleven but this is not it. This is
intended for the present day player playing the game today not yesterday.
I hope you enjoy it,
The Secret Fantasy Footballer
January 2014

CONTENTS
FIRST HALF: WIN THE MATCH ............................................................................... 9
Introduction ................................................................................................................ 9
Formations ................................................................................................................... 10
4-5-1 and 3-5-2 ........................................................................................................ 11
5-4-1 and 3-4-3 ........................................................................................................ 11
4-4-2 ......................................................................................................................... 12
5-3-2 ......................................................................................................................... 13
4-3-3 ......................................................................................................................... 13
5-2-3 and 4-2-4 ........................................................................................................ 13
What if a team doesn’t fit into the formation? ......................................................... 14
Defence Against ........................................................................................................... 14
Table 1: Defence Against preparation illustrating rating ......................................... 15
Playing style ................................................................................................................. 17
Very Offensive ......................................................................................................... 18
Offensive .................................................................................................................. 18
Normal ..................................................................................................................... 18
Cautious ................................................................................................................... 19
Defensive ................................................................................................................. 19
Very Defensive ........................................................................................................ 20
How Playing Style influences the matchplay, countering ‘park the bus’ and highly
skilled goalkeepers, plus cup matches ..................................................................... 20
Home Advantage ..................................................................................................... 23
The 50/30/20 Rule.................................................................................................... 23
Offensive and Defensive Strategies ............................................................................. 23
Wing Plays/ Tighten The Wings .............................................................................. 24
Through Plays/Tighten The Centre .......................................................................... 24
Long Range Shots/Tighten The Centre.................................................................... 24
Varied/Normal ......................................................................................................... 25
Table 2: Offensive Strategy v Defence Strategy showing increased chance of
breakaways and headers at goal. .............................................................................. 25
Formation regarding strategies ................................................................................ 26
Skill Qualities of players regarding strategies ......................................................... 26
Bluffing, Counterbluffing and Stealth ..................................................................... 28
Table 3: Offensive Strategy v Defence Strategy for home and away match sequence
.................................................................................................................................. 28
Long Balls and Pressure............................................................................................... 29
Long Balls ................................................................................................................ 29
Pressure .................................................................................................................... 29
Aggression, Offside Traps and Cheating ..................................................................... 30
Careful/Normal/Bruise ............................................................................................. 30
Performance change due to Aggression levels ........................................................ 30
Chances of Injury with differing Aggression levels ................................................ 31
Aggression levels and team building/development ................................................. 32
Offside Traps and Cheating ..................................................................................... 32
Referees: Rosscoe’s Guide .......................................................................................... 32
The Enforcers: High S and High H .......................................................................... 33
Tony Nolan .............................................................................................................. 33
Al Reddy .................................................................................................................. 33

Dick Tator ................................................................................................................ 33
The Grandparents: High S and Low H .................................................................... 34
Wanda Rinn ............................................................................................................. 34
Michael Steen........................................................................................................... 34
The Wildcards: Low S and High H.......................................................................... 35
George Buske ........................................................................................................... 35
Constance Paine ....................................................................................................... 35
Manuel Ficuz ........................................................................................................... 35
Stellan Offsajed ........................................................................................................ 35
Seymour Red ............................................................................................................ 35
The Big Softies: Low S and Low H ......................................................................... 35
Luke Bribe ............................................................................................................... 35
Hugh Cango ............................................................................................................. 35
Charlie Fender .......................................................................................................... 35
All the rest! .............................................................................................................. 36
Al Beback (S6 H3) ................................................................................................... 36
Hans Gruber (S5 H9) ............................................................................................... 37
Ian Hartman (S4 H4) ................................................................................................ 37
Sten Koll (S9 H5)..................................................................................................... 38
Irre Levant (S5 H6) .................................................................................................. 38
Robert Nixon (S8 H6) .............................................................................................. 39
Laura Norder (S7 H4) .............................................................................................. 39
Ann Onym (S6 H4) and ........................................................................................... 40
Travis Tee (S6 H4)................................................................................................... 40
Warren Peace (S5 H5) ............................................................................................. 40
Frank Redkard (S4 H8) ............................................................................................ 41
Donald Scott (S3 H6) ............................................................................................... 41
Will Taykabribe (S3 H5) ......................................................................................... 42
Justin Thyme (S5 H7) .............................................................................................. 42
Stats for refs ............................................................................................................. 43
Referees; random red cards, breaking the rules, freekick specialists, team selection
and manager ranking ................................................................................................ 43
How to be prepared ...................................................................................................... 44
What type of manager are you? ............................................................................... 45
1) The Sloth.............................................................................................................. 45
2) The Lion .............................................................................................................. 45
3) The Hyena............................................................................................................ 46
4) The Hawk ............................................................................................................ 46
How To Scout Your Opponent .................................................................................... 46
Note taking and the opposition ................................................................................ 47
Club Stats ................................................................................................................. 47
Table 4: a baseline average of how goals are scored and how goals are conceded . 48
Match Reports .......................................................................................................... 50
Win bonus .................................................................................................................... 50
Big win bonus experiment and late goals ................................................................ 52
Win bonuses and losing, friendlies, default tactics and second leg cup fixtures ..... 53
Percentages of influence .......................................................................................... 53
The percentage weight given to each tactical aspect ................................................... 54
The percentages of influence ................................................................................... 55
The tactical game consists of 25-30 points .............................................................. 56

Individual player tactical options ............................................................................. 57
The Players................................................................................................................... 57
Individual Player Tactical Options: ............................................................................. 57
Playmaker and Tightly mark .................................................................................... 57
Playmaker, Tightly mark and substitutions ............................................................. 59
Captain ..................................................................................................................... 59
Freekick Taker ......................................................................................................... 61
Penalty taker (& in cups) ......................................................................................... 62
Injuries ..................................................................................................................... 63
Slightly injured......................................................................................................... 64
Tactical Substitutions ............................................................................................... 64
ME% & Game time (minutes played) ..................................................................... 65
Example of ‘Minutes played = ME’ bonus percentage ........................................... 67
Tactical substitutions and their effect on compatibility, average age, Form, DV,
unused substitutes, goalkeepers and the auto-sub option......................................... 67
Special Qualities and Skill bars ................................................................................... 68
Visible SQs .............................................................................................................. 69
Freekick and Cool ................................................................................................ 69
Stamina and All Round ........................................................................................ 69
Intelligent ............................................................................................................. 69
Outfield SQs............................................................................................................. 69
The 100% rule .......................................................................................................... 69
The 3% rule .......................................................................................................... 70
The linking tendency............................................................................................ 70
The beasts............................................................................................................. 71
Header and Quick ................................................................................................ 71
Table 5: amount of header and quick SQs in top teams ...................................... 71
Hard shooters and Goal Instinct ........................................................................... 73
Goalkeeping SQs ..................................................................................................... 74
Hidden SQs .............................................................................................................. 74
Hard trainer and Greedy....................................................................................... 75
Tough and Cheat .................................................................................................. 75
Leaders, Divas and Moody .................................................................................. 76
Mouthy and Fragile .............................................................................................. 77
SQ Combinations and experiments .......................................................................... 78
Skill bars ...................................................................................................................... 79
Skill paths................................................................................................................. 79
Skill bar is approximation not exact ........................................................................ 80
Exact skill calculator (VIP only).............................................................................. 80
Skill bars and the transfer market ............................................................................ 81
Skill bars and match winning ................................................................................... 81
Fluctuations from the baseline ................................................................................. 81
Hidden skill .............................................................................................................. 82
Naming, Sacking and Retiring ..................................................................................... 82
Naming players ........................................................................................................ 83
Sacking ..................................................................................................................... 83
Retirement ................................................................................................................ 84
Table 6: showing the increasing Age/Retirement baseline chance .......................... 84
Retirement decoys .................................................................................................... 85
Form ............................................................................................................................. 85

Form and the match ..................................................................................................... 85
4 form bars = 1 skill bar ........................................................................................... 86
Performing above skill value ................................................................................... 86
Injuries and form ...................................................................................................... 87
The Game Engine and form ..................................................................................... 87
Iwe’s explanation of form: summarised .................................................................. 87
Form and forwards ................................................................................................... 88
Form and training ......................................................................................................... 89
Pre-emptive training................................................................................................. 89
When to start training............................................................................................... 90
When not to train? .................................................................................................... 90
Training players on high form ................................................................................. 91
The Hard Training SQ ............................................................................................. 91
Form updates and form notations are confusing ...................................................... 91
Money and training .................................................................................................. 91
The player’s form graph (VIP only) ........................................................................ 92
Show me the FT ....................................................................................................... 93
The Change Report ...................................................................................................... 93
18 DV at end of the season ...................................................................................... 93
What to expect ......................................................................................................... 93
Table 7: chart showing skill increase by age and DV value. ................................... 94
SECOND HALF: WIN THE GAME .......................................................................... 95
The Team ..................................................................................................................... 95
Squad size and composition ..................................................................................... 95
Squad Size............................................................................................................ 95
Squad Composition .............................................................................................. 96
The Allrounder as aid to composition.................................................................. 97
Compatibility ........................................................................................................... 97
The clock face: making 9+3 equal 6 .................................................................... 97
12 o clock, always ................................................................................................ 98
Best/Worst............................................................................................................ 98
Matchplay ............................................................................................................ 98
Team Work Values .............................................................................................. 99
How long does it take? ......................................................................................... 99
Anomalies ............................................................................................................ 99
Universal clockface .............................................................................................. 99
Average Age .......................................................................................................... 100
Table 8: Effect of Average Age on Team Performance ....................................... 100
Friendlies................................................................................................................ 101
Getting A Team.......................................................................................................... 102
The three ways ....................................................................................................... 102
Strengths and weaknesses ...................................................................................... 102
Having more than one team ................................................................................... 102
Team Building ........................................................................................................... 103
What type of manager are you? ............................................................................. 103
Successful development strategies ............................................................................. 104
The conveyor belt strategy ..................................................................................... 104
Starting a conveyor team ................................................................................... 104
Keeping the conveyor belt moving .................................................................... 104
Pumping up the conveyor .................................................................................. 105

Age sequence ..................................................................................................... 106
All Youth ............................................................................................................... 106
Fusion teams .......................................................................................................... 107
The Job Centre ........................................................................................................... 108
Manager Rating explained ..................................................................................... 108
Money management ................................................................................................... 108
2 Million econ profit per season ............................................................................ 109
Outgoings ............................................................................................................... 110
Income.................................................................................................................... 110
Money for winning things ...................................................................................... 110
Press releases ......................................................................................................... 111
Buying and Selling players ........................................................................................ 111
Youth Academy ..................................................................................................... 111
Transfer market ...................................................................................................... 112
Two transfer markets ......................................................................................... 112
Searching............................................................................................................ 113
Evaluations ......................................................................................................... 113
Pre-evaluations ................................................................................................... 114
Recommended players ....................................................................................... 114
Cheap players ..................................................................................................... 114
Farming .............................................................................................................. 114
Buying/Selling ....................................................................................................... 115
Buying ................................................................................................................ 115
Selling ................................................................................................................ 115
Timing ................................................................................................................ 116
Bidding process ...................................................................................................... 117
Maximum bid ..................................................................................................... 117
Sniping ............................................................................................................... 117
The long game............................................................................................................ 118
What separates the best from the rest? ................................................................... 118
Conclusion ................................................................................................................. 118
Appendix .................................................................................................................... 119
Iwe’s first explanation............................................................................................ 119
Iwe’s second explanation ....................................................................................... 121

Lets look at the team or teams you’ve got right now and get them winning.
Later comes the world of form, training, developing players and long term
strategies; but right now it’s all about your guys putting the ball into the back
of the net and winning the match.

FIRST HALF: WIN THE MATCH
Introduction
Winning is a combination of selecting the right players, formation, playing
style and tactical options; not only to get the best out of your players but also
to manipulate the strengths and weakness of both the ref and the opposition.
The insights in this section often refer to the opposition and tactics referred to
as ‘counter-tactics’ – because the strategy for winning each match is as much
about knowing your opponents as it is knowing your own team: the game was
designed in Sweden and ironically, when I prepare for matches, I find it helps
to sing Abba’s ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’. Maybe that’s just me.
Talk of ‘countering’ your opponent’s formation can be confusing – as until the
match is being played there’s no way of accurately knowing what they’ll do.
The art of countering is in researching your opponent by looking at their
previous matches, their squad and buying match reports. The ‘Scout Your
Opponent’ chapter deals with countering in more detail.
Each match does not start on a level playing field because there is a home
advantage built into the game. This needs to be factored into your tactics, and
there’s also a bogey factor; you will find there are some teams it is hard to
beat without some extra effort.
There is no one way to win in this game, as Iwe says, “you have to
understand that everything is about probability.” But using this guide will help
tip the odds in your favour or as manager Michelep’s quote says, “seek an
advantage”.
Michelep came to Xpert Eleven (X11) from a war-gaming background, and
the fact he transferred his skills from there to become a hugely successful
X11 manager has helped me understand both his approach and how to win at
the game.


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