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An FM22 Development UpdateSep 17, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/41188435/faf66e7806d19d13763e3004e01a43aa6e2dcee1.png A blog from Studio Director Miles Jacobson on continuing to create games in a pandemic.Football Manager 2022 – Debuts November 9thSep 9, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/c09b5e990c140b622e0fcd9f7142ff6855b7c9de.png Overcome the odds and earn your success in Football Manager 2022, launching Tuesday, 9th November on PC/Mac. Following an incredibly successful campaign on Xbox last year, Football Manager 2022 Xbox Edition also debuts on 9th November. For the first time in the history of our series, FM22 and FM22 Xbox will be available with Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC from launch. More information on FM22 Xbox and what playing on Game Pass means for you is available in our dedicated Game Pass announcement. New Features and Game Upgrades Starting with FM22 on PC/Mac, new features and licensing updates will begin to be released from late September onwards across our social media channels. Join the FMFC squad to get feature details and member exclusives direct to your inbox before anyone else. Game upgrades and a host of exciting additions across all platforms will be also be revealed from early October across our website and social media, so get following to get ahead of the game. Get Early Access to FM22 Managers pre-purchasing FM22 (Steam/Epic/Windows) before launch from a participating digital retailer* will net a 10% discount and the Early Access version of the game, which is typically available two weeks before the street release date.** Handheld titles return for the new season FM22 Mobile (iOS/Android) also steps out onto the pitch on November 9th. FM22 Mobile should be available for pre-order on the App Store and pre-registration on Google Play from early October. By pre-ordering FM22 Mobile on iOS, you’ll own the game and be able to play immediately upon release. For Android users, FM22 Mobile pre-registration means you’ll get notified when the game is ready for download. Full release details for FM22 Touch, including our return to Nintendo Switch™, are coming soon. Earn it for the fans Big dreams realised through craft and skill is what Football Manager is all about. Powered by new, progressive ways to impart your footballing philosophy, it's time to earn the success that the fans of your club have been dreaming of and for you to take place your place amongst the managerial greats. *Early Access is available from SEGA-approved digital retailers only. Please check to see if the store you’re purchasing from is participating in the offer. **Please note – The Early Access version of the game may go live at different times on different platforms. Match Plans In FM21 - The Art Of Game ManagementAug 31, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/275371412ec8b552cd1dfbe7121d4fd688bab75a.png Game management has become more and more vital as the tactical side of football has taken on growing importance. Once a manager develops a revolutionary style, there will be a host of others adapting their own approaches to try and get results against them. One of the most under-utilised, but hugely valuable features in Football Manager 2021 replicates this process - Match Plans. Visit The Byline on the Football Manager Website to see On The Break FM explains how to make the most of them. Crafting an effective midfield in FM21Aug 20, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/2ddddbd872537012ec67a1f5e9f7a3f75f248b3d.png Central midfield is the battleground of this piece. It’s the area of the pitch where creativity stems, where defence transitions into attack, and where it can either go horribly wrong or wonderfully right. In recent decades football’s brightest minds have dabbled with two- and three-man midfields, and both systems have their merits. Which is better though? Sports Interactive's Andrew Sinclair and FM Grasshopper can’t hope to answer that, but they have done an experiment with two K-League 1 clubs to demonstrate two contrasting approaches to setting up your midfield, showing how they differ and offering insight into how the central midfielders complement your wider tactical approach. Visit The Byline on the Football Manager Website to find out how they've got on with their experiment. Football Manager 2021 now up to 60% offAug 12, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/14badd1e0f2a14e59082ad11e186289c8c52d332.png Complete your pre-season preparations and join the summer transfer party by downloading FM21, now at up to 60% off on all platforms. The sale period runs until 6pm GMT on Wednesday 18th August, but timings vary by platform (see table below for full information). Take the reins at your club and assess what shape the squad is in. Work out the areas for improvement before silencing your critics in style on the pitch. Purchasing FM21 (Epic/Steam/Xsolla for PC/Mac) gets you FM21 Touch (PC/Mac on Epic/Steam), the time-saving alternative to the desktop classic that largely focuses on the managerial essentials, for free. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/1a51af0ef2279833b28a792138240c6f01cc7a05.png To get a better grasp on which of our games is best for you, visit our Games Comparison page. Spot next season’s stars before a ball is kicked and make the moves you want your club to make in this summer’s transfer market. *This is the end time in the European region. The sale in the Americas region ends at 07:59 BST on 19/08/2021. There is no discount to FM21 Touch (Switch™) in Asia during this sale period. How To Utilise Playmakers In Your SystemAug 9, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/474fee2e38c3de4d68d2a22e12a2e36dbaa1ee71.png It's an eternal debate among Football Manager tactics aficionados. Is it best to use a single playmaker in your formation or multiple designated playmakers? Do you use an Advanced Playmaker, Deep-Lying Playmaker, or a Wide Playmaker? Ihor Crusadertsar will tell you that the answer is not that simple. Unsurprisingly, it all depends on your desired tactical style and what you are trying to achieve with your tactics. Visit the Byline on the Football Manager Website to see how Ihor explains how to use playmakers in your team and get maximum results from them.Manchester United to be renamed Manchester UFC from Football Manager 22 onwards after trademark disputeAug 6, 2021 - EurogamerManchester United will be renamed Manchester UFC from Football Manager 22 onwards after the resolution of a trademark dispute. The Premier League club sued Football Manager publisher Sega in May last year, 16 years after the release of Sports Interactive's first Football Manager game, and 28 years after the launch of the first Championship Manager game. Manchester United had launched legal action against Sega and Sports Interactive for infringing its trademark. Read more A Guide to International Management in FM21Jul 30, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/67592a882ca0d890de62f1fbea11a308d8483a35.jpg As most footballers will attest, there's quite nothing like the joy of representing your nation; every sweat-drenched shirt and every tear shed (of happiness or hurt) in the name of your country means more. Rock’s End FM breaks down international management in FM21, allowing you to lead your nation to glory and a place in immortality. Visit the Byline on the Football Manager Website to see how Rock's End FM breaks down international management in FM21, allowing you to lead your nation to glory and a place in immortality. How we're introducing women's football into Football ManagerJul 23, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/a2aeafac25fe45a6b2a4d48de07255a6ab4acd10.png A Blog by Studio Director Miles Jacobson on the multi-year project coming to a future version of Football Manager Whenever I mention women’s football on social media, people inevitably respond by asking when we’re going to release a women’s football version of Football Manager. Up until now, I’ve always replied with vague answers such as “When we do it, we’ll do it properly”. What I haven’t said, because we tend to keep our plans under wraps, is that we’ve been working on women’s football in the background for some time now. A few people inside football are aware of this, as we’ve been talking to them about it behind the scenes, but now I believe that the time is right to go public with our plans. Before I get into the detail, though, I would like to make one thing incredibly clear… we have NO interest whatsoever in making a standalone women’s football version of FM. What we are doing is adding women’s football to FM... one sport, one game. FM players will be able to move seamlessly from managing a men’s team to a women’s team and back again. Women’s football will be a part of the living, breathing world that constitutes every one of your FM saves; that world will just be whole lot bigger and a little more varied. We also know that adding women’s football to Football Manager is going to cost millions and that the short-term return it delivers will be minimal. But that’s not the point. There’s no hiding that there’s currently a glass ceiling for women’s football and we want to do what we can to help smash through it. We believe in equality for all and we want to be part of the solution. We want to be a part of the process that puts women’s football on an equal footing with the men’s game. We know that we’re not alone in this – the historic TV deal that Sky and the BBC recently agreed with WSL in England is proof of that – but we intend to do everything we can to get women’s football to where it deserves to be. We know that our voice is very powerful and we want to use it for good. Longer term, as the women’s game grows in popularity, the financial rewards may come, but at the moment we’re embarking on this journey because we know it’s the right thing to do. So let’s dig a little into the details... One request we’ve had over the years is to release a women’s database that works with the existing FM. This simply wouldn’t work, as there’s a lot more to adding women’s football to FM than simply replacing the male players with female players, but the question of women’s data is an interesting one, so let’s start there. First of all, it’s going to take some time to build a comprehensive global database of women’s football. Our existing database has taken 28 years to build (so far) and there’s a lot of info in there that we need to research when adding just one team, let alone multiple leagues. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/cbc7df041dee16e8f46e3249d54182d4f7065e05.jpg To get our wome...Football Manager will soon include women's footballJul 22, 2021 - PCGamesNFootball Manager 2021 developer Sports Interactive has announced it is currently working on adding women's football into its complex football management game system. While the developer can't say when this feature will arrive in the series, studio director Miles Jacobson tells us he feels strongly that it's "the right thing to do" to help advance women's football generally. "It's not something the company should normally admit to, but we were a part of the problem, and are now determined to fix that, and to force others along the way as well," Jacobson explains. "Which is one of the reasons why we're announcing it without a timeline - to say that we're doing it, it's partly because we need to throw down that gauntlet to others, to be doing the same." Tina Keech, a former player and qualified football coach who is also the former head of research and analysis for Smartodds, is heading up Sports Interactive's research into women's football for the project, which will see the women's sport incorporated into Football Manager rather than spun out as a separate game. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Football Manager has joined a social media boycott to protest online abuse Football Manager 2021's final winter update is out now Football Manager 2021 mods add new tactics, leagues, skins, and much more Football Manager is finally getting women's footballJul 22, 2021 - EurogamerFootball Manager is getting women's football in the future, developer Sports Interactive has announced. This is not via a separate standalone Football Manager game - rather, it is via complete integration into the mainline Football Manager. The addition of women's football won't make it into FM22, Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson told Eurogamer in an interview today. But women's football is coming - and could be added to FM post-launch in the middle of its year-long life cycle. Read more Maximising Individual Training In FM21Jul 9, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/9ca4684879b6a7d71fa0c1be206745ca71d19791.png Training is one of those areas of Football Manager that a lot of us look at, think about, and then leave to our assistant. Of course, if you have a decent assistant, your team will trundle along nicely through training, certainly not regressing, but definitely not excelling. Training not only sets your team up for future success by working on players' attributes but it can also be used to fine-tune your team for big games, improve team cohesion and turn an average season into a great one. While previous articles on The Byline have spoken in depth about setting up Team Training to get the most out of your players throughout a season, K19x is here to look in some more detail at the benefits of the individual training regimes available to managers, and how they can help you mould the players at your club in a way that best fits your vision and goals. To see the full article, visit the Byline on the Football Manager Website. Scouting For Success: A Guide To Assignments In FM21Jun 28, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/b450d3c97b8dd7e6c5b05a3db854daf2476e8875.png The Scouting Centre… it’s the place where legendary wonderkids are found and it’s the key to taking your squad to the next level. It’s also the place where many tenured FM players have seen their scouting instructions return strong recommendations, only for those players not turn out to be quite what they seemed. Visit the Byline on the Football Manager Website, as Will Goddard shows you how to maximise the potential of the Scouting assignments.Customise Training Schedules For Success In FM21Jun 18, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/ca69d992c160e5a3816e93990d1b77e14896f832.png Training can often be overlooked in Football Manager. It’s understandable; it doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of developing a groundbreaking tactic, nor does it give the same adrenaline rush you get when making a top-quality signing. Nonetheless, it’s every bit as vital to your team’s success. Without the right training schedule, that revolutionary tactical style you’ve developed won’t work as it should and you won’t get the most from your stars. Visit the Byline on the Football Manager Website to see how Rock’s End FM maximise training by developing custom schedules. At least 45% off FM21 across all platformsJun 10, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/375c42ddadb3785acce51a1dbdaef69cf50bf5fe.png Secure the perfect companion for this summer of football with all versions of Football Manager 2021 now at least 45% off across a wide range of digital retailers. The sale period runs until 6pm on July 12th but timings vary by platform and region (see table below for full details). Game Discount Sale End Date FM21 (PC/Mac) 50% 6pm BST, 12/07/2021 FM21 (Windows Store) 50% 6pm BST, 12/07/2021 FM21 Touch (Epic/Steam) 50% 6pm BST, 12/07/2021 FM21 Touch (Windows Store) 50% 6pm BST, 12/07/2021 FM21 Touch (iOS/Android) 45% 11:59pm BST, 17/06/2021 FM21 Touch (Switch™) 50% 11:59pm BST, 10/07/2021* FM21 Xbox 50% 11am BST, 13/07/2021** FM21 Mobile (iOS/Android) 45% 11:59pm BST, 17/06/2021 Purchasing FM21 on the Epic Games Store or Steam also gets you a free copy of FM21 Touch (PC/Mac), the streamlined alternative to our desktop classic that allows you to speed through the seasons without getting bogged down in the detail, on the same store you’ve purchased it from. To better understand which of our games suits your style, head over to our Game Comparison page. Make the decisions that matter in FM21 and lead your team to glory this summer and beyond. Will you take a club to domestic glory or secure international honours with your nation? It’s up to you to create the future. *11:59pm BST on July 10th is the end of the sale in the European region. The sale ends in the Americas region at 7:59am BST on July 1st and in Asia at 3:59pm on July 8th. Full details on each region are available on the Nintendo eShop. **Between June 15th and June 21st, the discount on FM21 Xbox is only available for Gold Xbox Live subscribers. Before and after that period, the game will be 50% off for all customers. Six Tools You Might Not Be Using In FM21Jun 9, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/8c0cad3edbde3f42d1a201acd40dfa469ea92d69.png FM21 offers the ultimate football management experience; tinker with your tactics, complete deals in the transfer market and revolutionise training schedules on your way to success. However, with so much immersion provided by the current game and so much detail at your disposal, it’s inevitable that even the most experienced player will have missed some of the tools and information in-game. Rock’s End FM has come to the Byline on the Football Manager Website to details six that you might have missed.Jack Bassett – The best Newgen you’ve never heard ofJun 4, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/ef7db532c464524eba3db4fd5ad415c7e86d4c82.jpg Earlier this year we ran the competition of a lifetime through FMFC, offering one lucky member a true money can’t buy prize – the chance to enter themselves as a Newgen in Football Manager 2021. This was an incredibly rare opportunity that we don't usually make available to the public. Jack Bassett from Bournemouth, England won the proverbial ‘golden ticket’, joining the game in the Final Winter Update as a striker. Visit the Byline on the Football Manager Website to see how Jack has got on as a Newgen in Football Manager 2021. Sign up to FMFC, our exclusive members hub, for the opportunity to join competitions like this, get studio insight and be in with the chance of winning an FMFC jersey every week until the end of the season.How To Train Your Newgens in FM21May 28, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/cd3708f9a90cd2950fa96618766f91f6880e3bf9.png One of the most appealing aspects of Football Manager is when the fictional players known as Newgens join your universe. For many players, that means scouring the globe for the wonderkids through the Player Search menu or trawling through the hundreds of international youth squads. For others, it can be rewarding to work with what you get from your own internal intake. Build a team of local lads and inspire them to stardom, taking your club forward with every well-worked goal scored and bit of silverware won. Visit the Byline on the Football Manager Website to see what tips Dan Gear and FM Grasshopper, co-hosts of the GrassNGear podcast, have in mind when training your Newgens. Building Tactics Around Your Best Players In FM21May 17, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/28a1f26d010b168ca6e010da85f15c3f771a5c65.png After choosing your new club in FM21, one of the first things you should do is identify the key players in your squad. When crafting a winning tactic, the number one rule is playing to your strengths. Invariably, your best players are going contribute to these strengths. Visit the Byline on the Football Manager Website to see how Ihor Crusadertsar from Dictate the Game explains what is required to build a successful tactic around your key players.Retraining Players For Success In FM21May 7, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/38803033/eb569b547ed2f2b51a7bbe616c9a0fe80b576710.png You’ve seen it in real life - clubs losing a series of key players through injury or transfer deals and then struggling as they lack suitable backup in those areas. You’ll also have seen it in Football Manager, where you reach a pivotal point in a campaign only to suffer the ignominy of a mid-season injury crisis which can completely derail a good run of form or, worse still, your entire season. You feel these issues particularly when the transfer window is closed and/or you can’t afford to bring in like-for-like replacements. That ends here. Visit the Byline on the Football Manager Website to see how much MaddFM values retraining players in new positions in FM21 and explain how it can assist your recruitment strategy and your overall player development in a longer-term save.