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Football Manager 2019 Guides | Youth Development

With the new installment of Football Manager, everybody wants to become the best manager of all time. That will naturally take time in game and requires lots of effort from players. These guides will help you to accelerate this process whilst we do the leg-work for you and give you the best tips for 2019. Here’s some tips on Youth Development


These guides on Youth Development will cover all areas of the game regarding producing young players. I plan to make a few of these articles as covering all the information in one article might be a bit overwhelming! I plan to make guides on the following topics and will link them as I complete them:

1. Introduction: Regens/Newgens and Youth Ratings for top Countries and Clubs.

2. Scouting: Youth Intakes, What to look for in young players and how to sign them.

3. Facilities: How to improve your facilities to maximize your youth academy.

4. Development: How to grow and develop young talent and knowing when to offload.

Part 1: What are Newgens/Regens?

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.


Whilst they don’t look particularly human, the players will overtake the current series of players. This differs from FIFA as players aren’t literally re-created and you will always have an Argentine attacker as the best player in the world. The game generates players based on factors including country and club facilities.

As stated above, the game uses data about a country that the club is based as well as the club itself to generate players. For countries, its one variable known at ‘Youth Rating‘. This is an integer between 0 and 200, with 200 being the best and 0 being the worst.

Regarding clubs there are multiple factors that affect the current and potential ability of youth players. We are also unsure as to which factors have more of an impact. However those factors are: , Youth Facilities Youth Coaching, Youth Importance and Youth Recruitment.

Part 2: Top Countries to Scout




Youth Rating

BrazilSouth America163
ArgentinaSouth America140
MexicoNorth America120
ColombiaSouth America117
South KoreaAsia110
U.S.A.North America110

The above graph shows the top countries in the world for producing raw talent, regardless of clubs. Therefore if every club in the game had the same youth facilities then this would closely resemble the world rankings.

However this raises some concerns; Egypt is significantly above England and Holland? Nigeria are above Portugal? Belgium have one of the best squads in the world and they are beaten by Japan? That is due to the other major factor: Clubs! This also explains why countries such as Sweden (Zlatan Ibrahimović), Ukraine (Andriy Shevchenko)  and Wales (Gareth Bale) occasionally produce incredible talent with less consistency.

Part 3: Top Clubs to Scout

Again, the four factors affecting youth development for clubs are Youth Facilities (YF), Youth Coaching (YC), Youth Importance (YI) and Youth Recruitment (YR) Each of these variables for each club is an integer between 0 and 20. As part of these guides I will be looking into how the four factors affect youth development.

For now though, I will list the teams with the best in each category, this means when I find my results I can use that list to suggest the best clubs to search. I’m assuming each variable affects the result in a different way. I’m looking to create a function in which you input all the data and it gives you a score. That score will tell you how good that club is at developing youth talent.


Youth Facilities:

In game, the actual values aren’t displayed, but text is used. The general progression of Youth facilities are as follows:

Poor > Basic > Below Average > Adequate > Average > Good > Great > Excellent > Superb > State of the Art

Clubs with the best Youth Facilities are as follows:

Youth Facilities
FC RB SalzburgAustria20
Man UtdEngland20
Man CityEngland20
FC BayernGermany19
RB LeipzigGermany19
Toronto FCU.S.A.19
Dynamo KyivUkraine20

Youth Coaching:

Again the actual values aren’t displayed, but text is used. The general progression of youth coaching are as follows:

Minimal > Fairly Basic > Average > Adequate > Good > Excellent > Exceptional

Clubs with the best Youth Facilities are as follows:

Youth Coaching
Rapid ViennaAustria18
FC RB SalzburgAustria19
Deportivo EstudiantilColombia18
Envigado F.C.Colombia18
Man UtdEngland18
Olimpia (HON)Honduras19
CD MarathónHonduras18
FC ViitorulRomania19
R. MadridSpain18
IF BrommapojkarnaSweden18
Defensor SportingUruguay19

Youth Importance:

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. As 1000’s of clubs have the maximum value for this stat, it wouldn’t make sense to list them as it is a trivial case.

Youth intake

Youth Recruitment:

Unsurprisingly the actual values aren’t displayed, but text is used. The general progression of youth recruitment are as follows:

No (Youth Recruitment) > Limited > Basic > Fairly Basic > Average > Above Average > Established > Well Established > Extensive

This category is more common to have higher values. However I will list some notable clubs here, all of which having 20/20 youth recruitment.





RiverArgentinaRenato CesariniArgentina
BocaArgentinaSouth MelbourneAustralia
FC RB SalzburgAustriaSANBrazil
SPOBrazilColo ColoChile
DinamoCroatiaFC MidtjyllandDenmark
OLFranceVfB StuttgartGermany
OlympiakosGreeceCork CityIreland
SLBPortugalFC ViitorulRomania
PartizanSerbiaRed StarSerbia

From this, you should be able to find some clubs that produce some good players, some clubs that aren’t on this list may produce better players, but these clubs will consistently produce the better players on average.

As I do more research into the youth development aspect of this game. I may revisit this article and update where I see necessary. Thank you very much for reading and I hope you learnt something new!

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