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Football Manager 2021 New Features

The complete list of officially confirmed new and improved Football Manager 2021 features. Updated on October 18th.

By Updated on Oct 18, 2020   21373 views   8 comments
News - Football Manager 2021 New Features
Unlike last year, Sports Interactive revealed the new gameplay features that will make it onto Football Manager 2021 by initially releasing an one-minute long fast paced video without commentary, and then elaborated on that few days later by unleashing a longer video with commentary.

More information will be dropping in the next few weeks leading to the pre-release Beta access in early November. This article will always be updated with new info as it becomes available.

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FM2021 new additions and game upgrades deliver added levels of depth, drama and football authenticity. FM21 empowers you like never before to develop your managerial prowess and command success at your club.

In Football Manager 2021 dynamic, true-to-life management experiences and next-level detail renews that focus on you like never before; from small time conversations to big time cup finals, equipping you with all the tools to achieve elite status.

So here are some of the biggest features to expect from the latest edition of the award-winning football management series.

FM 2021 New Gameplay Features

✔️ Match Day Improvements
✔️ Next-gen Match Analytics
✔️ Squad Building Expanded
✔️ Media Handling Revamped
✔️ Interactions Re-Designed
✔️ End of Season Experience

Various Other Improvements

✔️ Squad View Enhancements
✔️ Licensing Updates
✔️ Misc

FM21 screenshots thumbnail pic
Football Manager 2021 Screenshots


Key new addition

The Match Day Experience has been improved in FM 2021. Every fixture now feels like a proper spectacle.

A new build-up and post-match experience bring you closer to the action than ever before.

Pre-game, it’s about utilising your backroom staff who’re there for you with all the info and advice you need to dominate straight from kick-off.

Tactical insight, team sheets and opposition reports contain both existing and brand-new data analysis to give you the ability to fine tune your tactics ahead of kick-off.

You can now see your squad down below on the screen by opening a pop up menu, where you can also see the new green / yellow / red hearts depicting the status of your players fitness, allowing you to make easy decisions for substitutions underway.

The match UI itself has been completely remodelled and modernized. Your screen is now dominated by the action, giving you the full view of the game, allowing you to appreciate a host of graphical improvements including improved player models, an improved animation system and improved lighting.

What we know about Football Manager 2021


Key new addition

Sports Interactive teamed up with SciSports to bring in more advanced metrics. You can now manage the game in more detail than ever before! Data-driven player and team insights are increasingly part of the way football fans and professionals experience and analyse matches.

Popular metrics like Expected Goals (xG) will be featured heavily in FM2021.

A post-match summary gives you the complete story of the game, including reaction from the press and social media as well as a suite of statistical information including SI’s own xG system, which makes an exciting debut in conjunction with the team at SciSports.

FM21 xG - FM2021 Headline Feature - Football Manager 2021 Screenshot

Delve into advanced match analysis statistics, such as xG match story, xG shot map and enhanced visuals for average positions. The xG shot map graph in particular shows the xG quality based on the position each shot was made from, on a scale from 1 to 12.

You’ll now be able to see just how clinical your players were or weren’t in front of goal.

How do you think this will affect you playing style? Will you be paying more attention to stats as xG in FM21? Imagine the scenes when your top of the league team racks up an xG of 4.5 and you lose 1-0 late on to a freekick to the back post with an xG of 0.2.

Football Manager 2021 Minimum System Requirements


Key new addition

Squad building has been expanded this season; bringing you closer to your scouting and data team to help secure your top targets. To do this, FM21 introduces a new staff role, new meetings and also new interactions all within a fresh and true-to-life transfer landscape.

You can now power your scouting and set your transfer intentions with brand-new recruitment meetings.

Before the start of every window you’re invited into a meeting with your club’s top decision makers. Here you’ll take advice from staff on the positions you need to strengthen while giving your thoughts and setting new assignments for your scouts.

These meetings prompt you to continuously think about you club’s next move and longer term strategy whether you need players immediately, or are looking at the long term, you’ll get help and advice from your backroom staff.

The positions that can be approved are based on criteria such as: not good enough first team quality, lack of squad depth, or simply players who are on expiring contracts, loan or are already sold.

This makes it easier for you to know where to strengthen in the transfer market and keep an eye on your squad and first eleven weaker points.

Football Manager 2021 Preview Videos


Key new addition

The media handling is revamped on FM 2021, with the press conferences now showing all journalists present, their questions if you click on them, and their opinion of you as manager.

Will you be able to keep them on your good side, without saying things that will upset the board, players or fans?

Today's media are relentless in their search for headlines, so you better have a good think while you try to manage all balls in the air at the same time. If one drops, so might all others fall.

Football Manager 2021 Giveaway


Key new addition

Communication in FM21 now has far more purpose. What you say and how you say it has completely changed. Not only have the press conference and conversation systems been completely re-designed but so has the way you speak. This is now far more human and more real than ever before.

Introducing Quick Chats that represent short, informal conversations that's like grabbing a player for a one or two minute conversation on a particular topic.

It can also cover remote conversations with people who aren’t at the club, so like players out on loan, opposition managers and even journalists.

Gestures are also a replacement of the tone system that’s been in FM for years. They allow you to be far more expressive with options for every situation you find yourself in from meetings with your squad to your weekly press conference.

So if you’re greeting a new signing, you’ll maybe welcome him with a wide armed greeting but if you’re unhappy with a question from the media, you may choose to be folding your arms.

You can use gestures to influence people on what you’re saying but they will also shape your personality and how your players and the media view you.

Football Manager 2021 Trailer


Key new addition

FM21 is going to let you re-live the highs and lows of your success like never before. Success doesn’t just mean winning trophies it could be avoiding relegation narrowly on the final day, or securing promotion via the playoffs.

Not only will these celebrations look better on the pitch with improved title presentations we’re talking trophy lifts, podiums and confetti canons but post-match there’ll be more media attention and hype too.

At the end of each campaign you’ll also get a brand-new season review presentation which will take you through your highlights, both on and off the pitch.

You’ve worked hard for the success, so you should enjoy it, no matter how big or small, put your feet up and revel in your achievements.

Various Other Improvements

Squad View Enhancements

  • Fitness now being shown in a green, yellow or red heart instead of a percentage value.

  • Sharpness has had the same change into green thumbs and yellow and green arrows signaling a decrease or increase in sharpness.

Licensing Updates

  • Leicester City FC, the Premier League champions of season 2015–16, is now licensed.


  • You can now ask a player's agent for his availability.

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Discussion: Football Manager 2021 New Features

8 comments have been posted so far.

  • Richardcharlston's avatar
    The new features today look poor. SI are struggling now
    needs competition in the market, the game is improved on every level by 3rd parties
  • Richardcharlston's avatar
    SI are really concerned about fm21 judging by the comments and reaction to their poorly structured forum.
    they won’t accept any criticism of the match engine, licensing etc
    all the upgrades are poor interactions, rather than improving the game
  • t.roysavager's avatar
    1on1 miss in the trailer LOOOOOOOOOL
  • Gajos's avatar
    #fmreskin21 nothing more
  • Ice30's avatar
    With such profits, they make such small changes. Do not buy licenses, do not change the 3D match and the faces of the regens. Nightmare.
  • humboy's avatar
    disappointing at the moment...
  • Stam's avatar
    Stam Page Author Staff6 days ago
    @dmcgrath: I think there will be more sneak peek videos coming up revealing further improvements in FM21. They did say "we're just getting started", so maybe the initial preview video was just an appetizer.
  • dmcgrath82's avatar
    Can't believe they've 'improved' press conferences, of all the things that need adding to the game, making press conferences longer isnt one of them!!
    Been saying a good set piece creator needed for last decade
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