The Chilean footballing pyramid is a tricky pyramid to get used to, as are most South American leagues. Especially as in this incarnation of Football Manager the Chilean football structure is in transition.
From 2018 the league will run from February until November as opposed to the current July to April format. Therefore in 2017 there will be one half-season to count as a full season, running from July 17 – Dec 17.
Chile is a very fun country to play in and in this following post I will be giving several tips that help you on your way to conquering Chilean soil.
1. Use The Youth
One of the rules in the Chilean leagues is that each match squad must contain at least two players qualified as U20. This means that it becomes ever more important to have at least two players under the age of 20 to be able to play in your first-team.
Due to the low reputation of the Chilean league in regards to World football your players will quite often be worth very little. This can be a pain but in reality it is a strength of the Chilean league.
Your youth players, if good enough, can often be sold for £1M plus to foreign teams despite their low value. This often gives you the chance to buy the best Chilean talent for smaller fees and thereby improving the quality of your first team.
But you will only be able to sell on your youngsters if you play them. It will be worth it in the long run.
2. Foreign Players
Another squad registration rule in Chile is that you may only register 7 foreign (non-Chilean) players. Of those 7 only five can be present in the starting XI during matches.
As you can only have five foreign players in the starting XI it is usually best to have those players outfield. As such you should look to have Chilean goalkeepers to allow you to find the best foreign outfielders.
Quite often foreign youngsters (Brazilian or Argentinean) are better than Chilean youngsters and as such could well be used to satisfy your foreign player quote and the under 20 rule.
However be aware that foreign players will attract interest from elsewhere and you may not be able to keep hold of them. Make sure you use your foreign player spots wisely and import a couple of experienced foreigners too.
3. Transfer Windows
There are two transfer windows in Chile. One lasts just over a month from June to August and the other is a weeklong window at the beginning of January.
The January window has a restriction of three transfers per side. This works well in the first season, however when the transition happens this window falls at the beginning of a new season which is an inconvenience.
Therefore from 2018 onwards you should look to make the majority of your transfers in the July transfer window as you will only be able to make three transfers before the start of the next season.
In order to maintain good finances in Chile you need to keep control of your wages. In lower league teams you will not have too large a fanbase and will struggle to earn enough income through match days.
I try to implement a rule in that no player can earn more than myself. If I earn £1000 per week no player will earn more than me.
This helps to keep the team below the wage budget. It will actually help to improve your finances as, if done correctly, you can end up well below your set wage budget.
I have often had success in Chile by employing a counter tactic that uses the wings. Especially if you are at a lower league team you can have terrific success by waiting on the counter and exploiting the wings through direct play.
When I play on the counter I tend to sit deep and remain structured. In addition I will close down less and remain compact in defensive situations.
It might be worth giving a counter tactic a go if you are unable to break teams down through controlling the play.
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