After years and years of playing football manager games, I stumbled upon Trophy Manager, an online football manager simulation game which lets you control a lot of your very own fictional team’s inner workings. The game has lots of upsides but there are also some areas that have room for further development.

Trophy Manager has been a staple in my daily routine that it’s tough to not visit it everyday. It’s tough not having internet sometimes, especially when I’m off at provincial trips and the occasional internet interruptions. I’ll try to enumerate some of the things that have me hooked in this online game and hope that I can convince the dear readers to love it as well.

The Game

Well it goes without saying that if you love football then you’ll love this game. Matches are run three times a week (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). You get to view the game real time (see the pic below) and at the same time chat with all your buddies in the same country as yours. The matches last the full 90 minutes with extra time. You’ll find yourself engaged in the game from elation of your team’s first goal up to despair when you’re team’s being beat by three goals.


I have to warn potential players that the game has a pretty steep learning curve and it’s pretty difficult to win at first. Similar to real life football, teams that start in the bottom (new teams) will have a tough time defeating the league giants composed of experienced and established managers. The game is not ruthless, though, that new teams cannot win games and work themselves to the top. In time the new teams can get the hang of how the game works and new teams can have chances in promotion.

The Philippine community is a very tight knit bunch of managers who know their football and are like family, if anything else. Some managers are not form the Philippines, as foreigners may choose to play in the countries of their choice. A player is only allowed one team which is challenging in the sense that a player has only one crack at bringing success to his team and at the same time forges love with that team he created. It can be frustrating and at the same time, rewarding in the long run.

The Community

Managers in the game are people too. At times the managers in the game are like family to the newcomers. But be warned, some managers are not too friendly as well. I think it reflects what is really happening in real life as well. There are forums where people can post their questions about the game, life sentiments, and off topic stuff. Politics and religion is kept off the forums as it can lead to serious effects if not kept in check plus they are pretty sensitive topics so it’s decided to never post about them.

There are teamsters who serve as prefects who man the forums and catch cheaters in their free time. Forum Teamsters (FT) man the forums, Language Teamsters (LT) translate the game into different languages, Development Teamsters (DT) collect valid points from other managers that can be used to further improve the game, Game Teamsters (GT) patrol the game searching for cheaters and give out warnings, or dish out fines, or if worse comes to worst, removes them from the game. Master Teamsters (MT) are the owners of the game or are people helping with the inner workings of the game. Joining the Teamster team in 2013 gave me a big responsibility to protecting the game that I love (TM and football) and at the same time trying to make things fun for people around me. Hence I created this blog.

There is almost no limit at to who you may meet in the game. You’ll never know, maybe a pro footballer may be one of the managers and no one knows.

Developing Players

This is possibly the part of the game that could either bring a player much fun or much frustration. In the game, you get the chance of creating the next best football super star even though you are at the bottom of the league or in low divisions. This comes in the form of 15-20 year old players who you may draft on Saturdays. It’s purely random though. This is to be fair to all teams and also look unfair at the same time if your luck is that bad. But if you’re not lucky in the draft, you can always try buying players in the communal transfer list. In the transfer list you can always find good players if you have the right scouts for the job. Scouting can be a very tricky thing to master in the game. Many players get frustrated when their scouts are wrong after investing on a player. But then, it’s all part of the game. It makes you think.

Telling whether your player will become the next Messi or a big flop depends on the player’s potential which is also determined by the scout. Scouting is really important in the game which could be the difference in the long run.

On Tuesdays the training update is run. Players gain or lose skills on this day which depends on the players’ age, potential, training program, and training facilities. There are lots more to consider in developing players and it’s best to play the game to find out more. I must say I’m far from being an expert in training players but it sure is fun seeing their skills rise from being a teenager to an adult playing in the senior team. It’s like a parent seeing his/her child grow. It’s a great feeling.

Once a player is developed you can either sell the player for profit, or you can keep him in your team as a backup or a starter. Whichever you choose. Many players buy young players, train them well, and sell them. We call this trading. Good managers are often separated from mediocre ones by the way they trade players. Money is a huge factor in the success of a club. Similar to real life football, a club with little funds cannot buy the best players available.

The picture bellow shows the training page of my senior team. The color red means a skill has decreased and a bright green color means a skill has been improved.

Senior team training



1. The community in the game is very friendly and may seem like family to Filipinos

2. The game is technical but learning the game does not take too long and not too punishing to newbies.

3. The game is not that time consuming once you get the hang of how things work.

4. Getting rich via trading. 

5. It’s football baby!


1. The pace can be a bit slow for players looking for action.

2. The graphics can look pretty bad for most players used to high end video games.

3. The game has a pretty steep learning curve. I’m still learning new things about the game and I’ve been playing it for 7 years already!

There it is my reasons why Trophy Manager is one of the best, if not the best online football manger game out there. So if you don’t have the time or technical know how to be a real life football manager like Jose Mourinho or Luis Van Gaal then this game is for you.


Manager of the Green Archers (TM)