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Football Manager 2014 New Features we'd like to see

Suggestions from the community on how to improve FM 2013. To be updated weekly!

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Football Manager 2014 New Features we'd like to see
As kids, all of us have had our favourite toys which we used to play with for days on end. Eventually we did get bored with them though. There was always something wrong with it or something that could have made it much better. Nothing was perfect. It’s been the same case with Football Manager 2013. No matter how frustrated we've felt with the match engine – especially when our goalkeeper scores the silliest own goal we've ever seen - we've all had our good saves and we've all seen the thrilling games where our team scored a stoppage time winner or where we went through a nail-biting penalty shootout in the Champions League final.

In a few months it will be time to say goodbye to FM13 and say hello to FM14. Sports Interactive will probably add a touch here and there, add a couple of new features, but if you think you have a really good idea that will improve the game, how do you make sure that it is heard? The answer is simple – post on our FM 2014 Facebook page! The best suggestions posted will be featured below, and in the likely event that someone from SI has a look, there’s a chance that your suggestion will end up on the next edition of Football Manager!

We'll be updating this article once a week to include fresh feature requests, so make sure to come back for more ;)

Officially confirmed FM14 news and FAQ

Now, let’s get underway with your own feature requests!

Player Interaction

Having control over whether your players dive or not would by a cool addition.
Michael Miller

As manager we should have the possibility for make "team-talk" to the players which is substituted off the field. Ex: You have a yellow card, don't want you to get sent off. ex: You played like crap! ex: need you fit for the next match also.
Håkon Kristiansen

I would like to be able to inform the players that Capital One Cup (as an example) is NOT a priority, so I can play youth or backup players without the main squad’s morale dropping.
Kjetil Thuen Tønnesen

When disciplining a player it would be nice to have more options to explain why they are being disciplined, and also if players are worried about lack of discipline asking them what specific issues they have.
Gary Foster

Would be interesting if two players in a team with different personalities clash with each other and get into a fight and/or have each other in their disliked personnel. Would certainly spice things up.
Jozef Ostrowski

Testimonials for retiring players would be awesome!
Stuart Bennett

During the off-season, we should be allowed to schedule team-building activities, or take the team out(like the Manchester United squad recently went to the horse races). Such activities could make the players happier as well as increase team cohesion.


Bring back the old fashioned training schedules.
Jørgen Fjellstad Arnesen

It would be nice to have the choice between using the old and new training.
Kevin Wilson


Prevent teams from buying the same players on every save. For example, PSG usually sign Schneiderlin, City usually buy Sandro etc.
Sean Lowrey

Would like to be able to be able to offer a certain club a player of mine in exchange of a player of theirs plus money. For example if I have a goalkeeper ‘A’, I could be able to offer it to a club for a player ‘B’ and a sum of 3m. The other club could haggle around with the fee if they are interested in ‘A’ or reject the deal completely.
Arvind Krishna

Have the ability to buy players and loan them back to their clubs like Stoke and Manchester United have done with Jack Butland and Wilfried Zaha respectively.
Tommy Stewart Colquhoun, Muzi 'Rafa' Nadal, Daniel Moore

Would like to have the option of sending a player on loan to a club as a part of a transfer deal of another player.
Alexander Rigby

Be able to have a conversation with a transfer target who has no intention of signing for your club to try and sell the club to the player.
Andy Wilson

Match Engine

When your team wins a trophy, there should be a celebration or a cut-scene showing your team lifting the trophy.
Several People

Concept of drop balls and foul throws implemented in the game.
Николай Николов

Goalkeepers should be booked when time wasting.
Håkon Kristiansen

Would love it if we could have a sort of a manager view from the dugout or touchlines.
Robert McPhee

What about having a commentator during the match, like in FIFA?
Sebastian Dabrowski
More atmosphere in stadiums, I just want to here the fans singing, that'll make the match experience more realistic.
Daan Vd Broek


To be invited to attend shows like MOTD or to be on Sky Sports etc would be cool.
John Reynolds

More types of questions from the media and different answers available depending on the emotion chosen by us.
Several people

I'd like if the press actually noticed when you make a huge leap with a club in the lower divisions. As in if Perugia in Lega Pro manages to get to Serie A in a few seasons. Now the press is more like, "meh... Whatever." even though it's a huge achievement.
Felix Raisma


Ability to get your team to play proper ‘Total Football’. Currently we’re able to swap only two players with each other and set the our team to play a very fluid style, but it would be cool if it was easier to play Total Football.
Arvind Krishna

I’d like to assign players to mark certain opponents during defensive set pieces and not just mark tall/short or man mark/go back.
Lars Madsen

It would be great if we can assign fix tactic's player instruction individually on the player itself that would replace team or position's player instruction. For example, I wouldnt want this specific (A) player to play long shot for his whole life so I set the Long shot bar to Rarely for this guy and whenever I sub him into the game I dont have to worry about changing it again in team tactic.

Shouts to individual players should be added, not just ones to the entire team.
Kevin Raymond Marshall

'Undo last' button when making 'quick substitutions' during a game.

FM Handheld

I would think it would be fantastic if you could improve FM Handheld. Like put in more leagues and so.
Ludvig Karlsson

Regarding the handheld version, please put at least a 2D view on it. It would really entice me to buy an iPad or a Galaxy note just for this game.
Doni Teodorico Capuyan

Your Manager

Have a manager profile of your own and have the ability to increase your own stats.
Mihai Ene

Something needs to be done with the wages we earn over time or else it is just a redundant figure staring back at us. Perhaps the ability to buy shares of a club with the wages we have got?
Leon Tan, several others

I would like to apply for a job and have the club offer me an interview if they consider me for the job.
Mike Reid, Mikey Duckworth

Would like my manager to be able to speak languages other than the ones spoken in the country he hails from.
Freddy Chartier

An option to be real life managers or be able to become a staff member or player in game and turn them into a manager. For example, we could have the option of becoming Brendan Rodgers or becoming Ruud van Nistelrooy and turning him into a manager.
John Reynolds

Being given the option to start off as the manager of a reserve or under-18 side would be cool. We could build up our reputation and move to a club’s senior side or apply for the post of Senior Squad manager of the same club if the job is vacant.
Callum Stewart, Brett Goacher

Past Managing Experience?

It's become a little trendy to start promoting assistant managers up to the big seat once their seniors have moved on, Barcelona being the main reference. I don't think many people (anyone?) knew who Tito Vilanova was until he was appointed manager; it would be nice if some prior history with the club was offered where by the current clubs players see you as Jesus reincarnate but everyone else hasn't even heard your name.

I'm sick and tired of Rooney slagging me off for my lack of playing experience...
Come Clarity


Introduce medical centres in clubs as an independent facility similar to training grounds.
It's OK having 5 star coaching but if your grounds are 2 star you will suffer for it. I propose a similar set up for the medical center, e.g. a star rating on physios, and on the center's: size, and quality. Within reason of course, as however good your physios, a broken bone will still take a set time to heal but in the same way that a specialist takes less time than a physio. A better medical center should equal less healing time and decreased frequency for injuries.
Mike Hackett

A legends mode with all time legends like Maradona, Pele and Cruyff would be totally awesome.
Rune Andersen

I would add a value graph just like the attributes graph but it will show the player's value progress through the years just like the one that is in transfermarkt.
Dimitris Koutsogiannakis

Want to be able to host friendly in different countries at neutral venues. For example: Celtic vs Real Madrid in the USA. Both clubs could split the profits and have a boost in their fan base and merchandise sales.
Paul Kirkpatrick

Being able to change kits every season.
Николай Николов

With the influx of players getting into trouble for biting players, being racist etc it would be good for this to be introduced into the new football manager. I think it would be good if players on the game got a 10 game ban for example for an incident other than just a regular bad tackle.
Kieran Statham

Promises from your chairman to encourage you not to quit and join another club. EG, next seasons transfer budget, ground expansion
Andy Crawley

It's not a major thing but being able to add staff to a shortlist would be useful.
Chris Wild

While searching for staff, we should be able to filter based on scouting knowledge as well. For example, if I want a scout with knowledge about the players in French leagues, the only thing I can do to find one is filter based on nationality or where he is based. But sometimes there could be a Belgian, Dutch or African scout with the desired scouting knowledge as well.

The history of players should show all games, not only league games!

Ability to upgrade medical facilities and not just hire physios( this to have bearing on injury times i.e a pulled muscle takes less time to heal with Arsenal than Watford) Also, please put Youth Coach search back into the Staff Search.

Regens and Youth

A small one - make regens have favorite numbers.
Fancy Gaffot

One thing I would really love to see in the new FM which is regens that are actually related to current football players. It would be unrealistic for everyone to have a kid that plays football, but it would be cool to see a player with the surname Rooney, Messi or Ronaldo once in a while.
Rob Fitzpatrick

We should have the option of using the FMC skin in the regular FM.
Several People

A challenge where we have to follow the footsteps of legendary managers like Sir Alex and win 'x' amount of titles with a club, or stay in one club for a certain number of years would be cool.
Van Persie

Currently we're only able to see appearance, goals, assists stats for a season, but even though it's a small addition I'd like it if in FM14 we view a list of top 10 players of our club sorted by appearances, goals, assists, clean sheets etc.
Herbert Fandel

Tired of seeing clubs get new stadiums with the same names, such as the "Hoddle Arena". Names for them should be different than just legends, perhaps sponsored stadium names or names based on the stadium's location or the club's nickname.

Fan-made logo and pack-shot

Below you can check out a fake, fan-made pack-shot of FM14 created for fun by Stam. Can you figure out who's the manager on the cover? :)


Discussion on "Football Manager 2014 New Features we'd like to see"

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    I actually always thought it was weird that you play a manager for a club, but you're never seen on the bench, or at the line outside your hud :)

    And, I thought it would be cool, if they made a cam-view, from the managers eyes, like right outside the hud or from the bench... :) That would give me a more realistic feeling of being a manager, that is in the spot were real managers are.

    And maybe some more different questions, when being asked by reporters, gets kind of easy, when you know the questions, and always just use the same answers :)

    Other than that, loooooove the game :)
  • They need to change individual instructions especially for goalkeepers. They don't need options like Wide play, Closing down, Run with ball, Creative freedom, Throw ins. Instructions for corners and free kicks (attacking) olso unnecessary.

    There are more imortant things for them. For ex. how to react on cross ball(stay on the line or to box the ball), or how to organize his teammates to form a wall. How goalkeeper needs to react when he is under preashure (to shoot ball anywhere or to pass it calmly)
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    In FM13 there are no loyal managers and players. As soon as a job is vacant a manager will leave their job to go to that one, and this has a domino effect of managers constantly leaving and joining other clubs. And also players deciding to stay at a club becasue they see a future with them and progressing to the next stage with them etc. Of course it would be determined by their personality. This is something that is vital for the game in my eyes!
  • The history of players should show all games, not only league games!
  • we could waste our wages on learning new languages or upgrading our stats, if that request of us managers having stats, it would be cool
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    i have a few ideas..
    1. i think injury proneness should be able to be decreased by good medical staff and taking better care of the players physic.
    2. like how neymar had an operation to remove hes tonsillitis leading to less flu maybe an operation should be a viable option.
    3. i think maybe at some point you should be able to become a Chairman or be more involved by buying shares in the club and attending annual meetings.
    4. i think you should receive a daily report of training sessions and if something does go wrong you should be able to be notified immediately similarly you should be able to watch the training sessions and get involved in youngsters improving and learning skills in which case when they perform in a champions league final you feel proud as you learnt them the skill..
    5. During watching the matches you should be able to see skills by skillful players being performed not watching some one like Cristiano Ronaldo just run down the wing and cross or just run past a player with just pace
    6. i think by building up a better reputation in the game you should be able to attract high quality players at lower clubs if you decide to move..
    7. the handshakes before the match should be shown.
    8. as manager you should be able to argue with the fourth official about any decisions and if you are overly aggressive maybe sent to the stands.
    9. you should be able to let your assistant manager take control of matches if you want to go to watch a potential target play or just if something has come instead of having to go on holiday.
    10. maybe have a facility where if a player is really tired they could have massages which could increase the fitness levels but would resort in a miss in training.
    11. You should be able to choose your training equipment for your team and purchase them out of a set budget at your club and maybe ask the players themselves about which ones they are interested in.
    12. i think like how you see in real life spectacular goals they do not occur as often as they should on the game.
    13. If you bring on a sub he should a chance of turning the game around like how Hernandez did for Man Utd last season on a numerous amount of occasions.
  • If you have a director of football you should be able to tell him to go and get you player for a certain position and role. For example; we're lacking firepower up front, can you get me a poacher? Sure I can either go ahead and sign who I think fits the bill or can come back to you with a handfull of realistic targets given our club rep and budgets
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    just won league with six matches to go, nothing left to play for so i put in younger and inexperienced players to gain first team experience and then you get your first team players asking to move if they are not going to feature in your plans. would be nice to reply to there question with "we have nothing to play for so giving others vital experience"
  • add 3d match engine for a training session, and add more specific training focus attack crossing, defend crossing, passing training, penalty shoot-out training
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    Two suggestions I could think of right now, apologies if they have been mentioned in previous posts.
    1) Audio commentary during the different highlight modes.
    2) Performance Analysts - a) Opposition scouting (Home and Away), which reports detailed trends of strengths and weaknesses, rather than just info on their formations. For example, what playing styles they adopt at home compared to away + how that changes their overall strategy (Short/Direct Passing + Set Piece analysis + Movement trends)
    Own team analysis - With suggestions from your Coaches of the criterion they believe are important aspects of the game the analyst should be looking for, in order to tailor subsequent training sessions to improve/build on areas of strengths and weaknesses identified.
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  • We should have a more realistic transfer.

    for example, i offered Napoli 55 mil for Hamsik and they rejected it, then a few days later RM bought Hamsik for only 35 mil. some of the transfer logic doesnt make sense
  • Here's an interesting thought... we already have reserve teams and youth teams... how about implementing women's teams next, add a new dimension to the game as well as new trophies to be won :)
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    Would like to see the ridiculous prices of regens dropped.

    For example, i'm playing as Man U, and i've just put in a 9m bid for a 16

    year old regen from Lyon, they've said back they they won't accept anything under


    This is just one example but the prices for young players are very unreasonable IMO
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    make the game 64-bit compatible to make game better would be good, ball boys in the game, hate seeing my keeper or whoever traveling thirty yards to get the ball, fan chants during the game, your scouts being able to tell you if your next opposition is strong at home or better suited to away games, option of 1 year extension on contracts like in real life, players getting into trouble at nightclubs etc. would be cool, players being sponsored by nike etc. thats all i can think of right now lol, a lot of ideas i've seen are good hope si games is reading
  • More interactive stadiums/facilities would be nice. Not over much like certain simulation games but enough to have an impact, for example: upgrade food stands and club shop to increase match day revenue. Naturally this could be covered by a new staff member 'stadium manager' or something for people who don't want to do it?

    Also being able to tout for sponsors would be nice, i'm a multi-award winning manager with a team that has hit the headlines more in the past 5 years then any other in my save, just entered the prem and only have a measly 75k a year sponsorship deal!

    Great article, roll on 2014!!
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    I would like the ability to encourage other coaching staff to apply for a vacant position that way it means that if your a skilful assistant you can apply for a decent job creating a link with your managers team
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    A LOT of FM gamers these days don't have a lot of time to play- which is why the Classic Mode is so awesome.

    However, its very difficult to holiday a season away- which again, a lot of us busy guys do- we can do the transfers, set up the team, then let the ass-man get on with the job.

    I want to propose that when holidaying you can assign team selections to different competitions. I always play a youth team with positive important matches, and an experienced, consistent team in the Prem.

    So as part of the holiday selection, there should be a selection of the different competitions you will be playing in that year, and choose a team selection (&even tactic along with it) that the ass-man uses for that competition, "wherever possible" :)

    Love the website, love the work people! :D
  • I think it'd be great if you could continue with a manager from a previous FM game, in order to continue the legacy. This way you wouldn't always have to start with an unproven manager.
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    I have a few ideas;

    1: Maybe player's morale can be affected by their performances or another player being picked over him and that player being fairly inconsistent or poor form.

    2: Maybe the user could add their favourite players before starting a game.

    3: Maybe the manager could add their own philosophies to their profile or their favourite moments of their career.

    4: Maybe the manager could talk to their country's specific FA (club/international/national) about improving the countries overall youth system.

    5: The manager should be able to nominate their club's stadium as the host venue of a competition.

    6: The manager should be able to nominate their nation (or assist in) for an international competition.

    7: If the manager's club is struggling with attendance, maybe the manager could ask the board to lower matchday prices to try and gain more fans to watch matches.

    8: Maybe the manager could ask fans for help in deciding potential signings.

    9: The manager should be able to hire/fire a supporter's spokesperson and a press officer.

    10: The manager should be able to decide on a potential squad for the next season

    11: The manager should be able to have a staff shortlist.

    12: I feel that (like Luis Suarez), if a player is unsettled and the club refuse to sell him, the player should be able to take the club to court.

    13: Maybe regens should have favourite people when they are generated.

    14: Managers should be able to gain recognition if they do well in their career i.e. OBE (like Sir Alex Ferguson).
  • Junior ....nice thinking ;D
  • Can you pless make an SLOVENIAN language we would be very happy :)
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    I'd love better game graphics so players look and play like their actual selves and that the game is football not some stupid stick figure game
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    A good addition would be a progress bar (or percentage with approximate weeks/days until finished) for the new moves you want a player to learn. It would be helpful when i.e. the player is unhappy with his training workload so you can decide whether to abort the specialisation or the individual training.
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    i would like to talk with players about red cards. i'm playing with liverpool and i have arturo vidal in my squad for 2 seasons. he is sent off every 5 matches or so! i would like to talk to him and make him understand that being sent off prejudicates very much the team and make him conscious about that. tell him that i'm disappointed with him for being sent off in the aftermatch and then disciplinate him even with 2 week salary off just doesn't seems to work