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
Now, let’s get underway with your own feature requests!
Having control over whether your players dive or not would by a cool addition.
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.
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.
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.
Testimonials for retiring players would be awesome!
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.
Prevent teams from buying the same players on every save. For example, PSG usually sign Schneiderlin, City usually buy Sandro etc.
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.
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.
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.
When your team wins a trophy, there should be a celebration or a cut-scene showing your team lifting the trophy.
Concept of drop balls and foul throws implemented in the game.
Goalkeepers should be booked when time wasting.
Would love it if we could have a sort of a manager view from the dugout or touchlines.
What about having a commentator during the match, like in FIFA?
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.
More types of questions from the media and different answers available depending on the emotion chosen by us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would think it would be fantastic if you could improve FM Handheld. Like put in more leagues and so.
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
Have a manager profile of your own and have the ability to increase your own stats.
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.
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.
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...
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.
A legends mode with all time legends like Maradona, Pele and Cruyff would be totally awesome.
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.
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.
Being able to change kits every season.
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.
Promises from your chairman to encourage you not to quit and join another club. EG, next seasons transfer budget, ground expansion
It's not a major thing but being able to add staff to a shortlist would be useful.
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 YouthA small one - make regens have favorite numbers.
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.
We should have the option of using the FMC skin in the regular FM.
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.
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.
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?