I have recently created an update to this article for Football Manager 2019! You can find it here:
Many football manager players will spend countless hours searching the obscure leagues for the perfect regens and young players, as part of this guide I will be showing you how to speed up that process, find better players and look in some surprising places.
For those unaware, in football manager players will naturally retire due to old age in game. To compensate for this players are brought into each clubs youth academy on certain days each season. In older versions of the game the date was fixed but in later editions the date seems to fluctuate each year, for most European clubs its around early March. The players brought in are often referred to as ‘Regens’ or ‘Newgens’ due to their computer image.
Many players know that FM doesn’t just randomly give smaller countries good players, in fact each country is given a “Youth Rating” score which seems to affect the quality of the regens produced by this country. The value of the youth rating does not seem to change over time in game, which implies that these scores are fixed. Here are all the teams that have scores over 100. The highest possible value is 200 and the lowest is 0.
|Country||Youth Rating (0-200)|
This should show you some countries that you should definitely be scouting, the higher up this list the better. It comes with some surprising results too, for instance England are lower on the list than Egypt and Turkey, and Nigeria and Mexico are higher than Portugal. The reason that this isn’t a list of how good the players are is because another factor is in play: the quality of the clubs in the country, which leads me nicely on!
For this part of the guide it will be explaining different levels of each stat affecting youth prospects. In the next part of this guide I will look into exactly how each stat affects the players.
In the editor, where I have done a lot of my research so far, for each club there are four scores that I think affect how good the players are:
- Youth Facilities
|Youth Facilities||Comment in game|
|00:00||State of the Art|
|List of teams with State of the Art Youth Facilities||Nation|
|FC Red Bull Salzburg||Austria|
|List of teams with Superb Youth Facilities||Nation|
|Ajax CT||South Africa|
|Sporting Kansas City||USA|
Youth importance has been harder to exactly pin down what it does, however I’m hoping that more on Youth importance will be revealed in my experiments in the next post. Also I think that this is the only stat which cannot be improved in the same way as facilities, recruitment and coaching as all can be improved via board requests.
|Youth Coaching||Comment in game|
|List of teams with Exceptional Junior coaching||Nation|
|List of teams with Excellent Junior Coaching||Nation|
|FC Red Bull Salazburg||Austria|
The wording in game for youth recruitment seems to be affected by youth importance but the general trend is:
No youth recruitment -> Limited youth recruitment -> Basic youth recruitment -> Fairly Basic youth recruitment -> Average youth recruitment -> Above Average youth recruitment -> Established youth recruitment -> Well Established youth recruitment ->Extensive youth recruitment
|List of teams with Extensive youth recruitment||Nation|
A lot of popular teams appear on these lists, but some fly under the radar and could be producing your next top talents. Would definitely check out teams in the less popular leagues as they are likely to be convinced to join your club.