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How to Find the best Newgens on Football Manager

Finding a world-class wonderkid is a lot more difficult than one might imagine. This guide helps you find the best of them, so you can have an edge over AI clubs in signing them before they do.

By on May 10, 2021   4795 views   0 comments
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Developing a Newgen to reach their maximum potential is quite a difficult task, at times however – trying to even find these wonderkids is seemingly impossible. Here we will help you with that endeavor, of course as is true to the realism of Football Manager it is not as straight forward as one would like to believe.


USING TOOLS

One of the simplest ways to bypass this issue is to use scouting tools available here on FMScout. Tools such as Genie Scout and FMSE are powerful programs which can highlight the abilities and probable developments of newgens. They also allow you to view key attributes in a club to see which clubs are the best for consistently producing decent newgens and with some tools even allowing you to edit them.

Another tool to use is the “In-Game Editor” that Sports Interactive provide for purchase for on-point editing or using the database editor before starting a new save.


NEWGEN vs. REGEN

First things first – those of a certain age and those who have experience in playing FIFA and Football Manager will be familiar with the term “Regen” and still use it rather than the proper term “Newgen”. A simple error and one which many will bypass – but important to differentiate, especially for those coming from EA’s FIFA world.

A “Regen” is a regenerated player. This is how FIFA used to operate and the perception many people still have when beginning to play Football Manager, once a player retires – a new player is regenerated to replace that one player. Usually keeping the same position, nationality and attributes. This means that there is little fluctuation in terms of players available and the game is relatively straight forward – just look out for when Messi and Ronaldo retire and boom there is your next wonderkid. Some games have a mixture – some Regenerated players along with some Newgen players.

Football Manager is neither the above two – it is strictly all newgen players. This means that all generated players coming into the game are not based on any existing players and can be considered completely “random”. This is of course the most realistic, but that means its incredibly difficult to find the best newgens, so what factors are there to help us in this regard?


A COUNTRY'S YOUTH RATING

Think of who produces the best young talent in world football – you automatically think of Brazil, Germany, France and maybe a few others. This is what Sports Interactive have done behind the scenes, every country (or rather every association) has their own Youth Rating which is given between 0 – 200. With 200 being the absolute best.

Are there ways to edit the Youth Ratings? Through FMSE and the In-Game Editor you are able to adjust a nation’s Youth Rating. That makes it simple then if you want to go down that route, but overtime can you influence a nation’s youth rating without using the editors?

At this point it is speculation and theory, but yes it does seem like there is a way to influence a nation’s Youth Rating – however this takes decades to do so and there are so many factors that we need a separate guide – for now let us just focus on finding the best newgens.

It is important to understand that a high-country youth rating does not mean that every newgen is good from that one country, but rather the Youth Rating is a factor at which countries are best at producing raw talent.

Here is the table for every association in the game and their youth rating.

AFC
CountryValue
Afghanistan19
Australia90
Bahrain85
Bangladesh36
Bhutan4
Brunei Darussalam6
Cambodia8
China PR60
Chinese Taipei14
East Timor5
Guam6
Hong Kong47
India86
Indonesia56
Iran105
Iraq106
Japan112
Jordan107
Kuwait70
Kyrgyzstan17
Laos7
Lebanon70
Macau5
Malaysia35
Maldives50
Mongolia15
Myanmar50
Nepal13
North Korea84
Northern Mariana Islands1
Oman70
Pakistan37
Palestine51
Philippines30
Qatar50
Saudi Arabia85
Singapore35
South Korea110
Sri Lanka16
Syria85
Tajikistan37
Thailand75
Turkmenistan36
United Arab Emirates60
Uzbekistan55
Vietnam70
Yemen55

CAF
CountryValue
Algeria102
Angola75
Benin55
Botswana42
Burkina Faso70
Burundi40
Cameroon95
Cape Verde Islands46
Central African Republic17
Chad26
Comoros7
Congo43
Democratic Republic of Congo101
Djibouti7
Egypt138
Equatorial Guinea28
Eritrea8
Ethiopia51
Eswatini (Swaziland)14
Gabon49
Ghana99
Guinea64
Guinea-Bissau18
Ivory Coast105
Kenya45
Lesotho25
Liberia32
Libya46
Madagascar28
Malawi51
Mali73
Mauritania25
Mauritius21
Mayotte7
Morocco85
Mozambique64
Namibia39
Niger31
Nigeria120
Reunion7
Rwanda42
Sao Tome and Principe7
Senegal80
Seychelles21
Sierra Leone29
Somalia9
South Africa95
South Sudan7
Sudan74
Tanzania52
The Gambia49
Togo64
Tunisia82
Uganda59
Zambia61
Zanzibar7
Zimbabwe44

CONCACAF
CountryValue
Anguilla4
Antigua and Barbuda21
Aruba4
Bahamas11
Barbados34
Belize10
Bermuda28
Bonaire0
British Virgin Islands6
Canada54
Cayman Islands16
Costa Rica66
Cuba51
Curacao25
Dominica10
Dominican Republic20
El Salvador55
French Guiana24
Grenada26
Guadeloupe36
Guatemala58
Guyana34
Haiti43
Honduras68
Jamaica59
Martinique32
Mexico120
Montserrat1
Nicaragua18
Panama49
Puerto Rico23
Saint Barthelemy25
Saint Kitts and Nevis28
Saint Lucia28
Saint Martin10
Saint Pierre and Miquelon5
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines34
Trinidad and Tobago57
Turks and Caicos Islands6
United States of America110
U.S. Virgin Islands3

CONMEBOL
CountryValue
Argentina140
Bolivia59
Brazil163
Chile93
Colombia117
Ecuador94
Paraguay90
Peru97
Uruguay90
Venezuela91

OFC
CountryValue
Cook Islands6
Fiji36
Kiribati1
Micronesia0
New Caledonia29
New Zealand67
Papua New Guinea34
Samoa14
Solomon Islands40
Tahiti39
Tonga8
Tuvalu5
Vanuatu33
Wallis and Futuna Islands3

UEFA
CountryValue
Albania65
Andorra36
Armenia41
Austria79
Azerbaijan43
Belarus62
Belgium110
Bosnia and Herzegovina78
Bulgaria72
Crimea0
Croatia98
Cyprus74
Czech Republic94
Denmark91
England120
Estonia62
Faroe Islands42
Finland75
France140
Georgia65
Germany155
Gibraltar15
Greece94
Holland122
Hungary68
Iceland67
Israel84
Italy144
Kazakhstan47
Kosovo0
Latvia63
Liechtenstein42
Lithuania59
Luxembourg35
Malta42
Moldova46
Montenegro60
North Macedonia64
Northern Ireland76
Norway82
Poland94
Portugal114
Republic of Ireland83
Romania91
Russia118
San Marino29
Scotland83
Serbia100
Slovakia79
Slovenia78
Spain140
Sweden88
Switzerland90
Turkey124
Ukraine95
Wales71

It seems quite shocking some of the numbers and where some nations are ranked. Plus, when you go into some of these nations it may not seem like they have any good players.

But this does not mean that lesser nations cannot produce high quality players, it is just on a less consistent basis or they do not have the foundations and infrastructure to increase the quality of players on a more consistent basis.

So, what are the main factors to consider? Looking at Clubs individually.

CLUBS

There are 4 main factors in youth development for clubs to consider when scouting for newgens; Youth Importance, Youth Facilities, Youth Coaching and Youth Recruitment. Every category is rated from 0-20 with 20 being the absolute best.

YOUTH IMPORTANCE

One of the first things to consider is does a club put any emphasis on youth?

We would put together a table to show all clubs who have max youth importance, but there are simply too many clubs. In truth so many more clubs have a rating of 20 – especially secondary or youth clubs as their whole purpose is to develop and work with youngsters.

Is there much we can learn then?

Maybe a little, we can understand how some clubs operate in terms of bringing in players and balancing their expectations accordingly – some expect silverware even with youngsters, while other’s sole purpose is to bring through young prospects and sell for a profit to operate.

We can spot this while looking at first team squads and of course focusing on common footballing knowledge such as which leagues and clubs emphasize youth.

What we as managers can glean is that some of these clubs put an emphasis on youth players and are more likely to invest in their youngsters via development and play them compared to other teams.

Therefore, some of these teams may be worth looking at, however this is not an indicator for quality newgens. This is strictly a point on how a club views developing youths.

Note: This rating is flexible, meaning that over periods of time and as owners, managers and player’s change – this can impact the youth importance rating as a club’s overall view may change over time.

YOUTH FACILITIES

Youth facilities are one of the key factors which contribute to the development and production of newgens. This numerical value which is given between 0-20 (but only displayed as text) describes the level a club’s training facilities are at from a global standpoint at their academy.

  • 0 - 3 = Poor
  • 4 - 5 = Basic
  • 6 - 7 = Below Average
  • 8 - 9 = Adequate
  • 10 - 11 = Average
  • 12 - 13 = Good
  • 14 - 15 = Great
  • 16 - 17 = Excellent
  • 18 - 19 = Superb
  • 20 = State of the Art

Better youth facilities mean you are more likely to see Youth Candidates with higher current abilities and possibly influence potential ability when coming through the Academy.

This is a flexible attribute – naturally as you simulate, overtime your facilities will become outdated and start to drop compared to the development of the world, meaning that after every few years some investment may be needed.

Also, while we have tabled below the best clubs – investment, changes at board level, new managers and changes in ethos of a club can manipulate the standard of a club’s youth facilities either for the good or worse.

AFC
CountryClubRating
AustraliaMelbourne City FC18

CAF
CountryClubRating
South AfricaCape Town Spurs FC18

CONCACAF
CountryClubRating
MexicoPachuca18
United StatesToronto FC19
United StatesLA Galaxy18
United StatesNew York City FC18
United StatesSporting Kansas City18

CONMEBOL
CountryClubRating
ArgentinaVelez Sarsfield18

OFC
None

UEFA
CountryClubRating
AustriaFC Red Bull Salzburg19
AustriaAdmira Wacker18
BelgiumClub Brugge20
BelgiumStandard Liege19
BelgiumGenk19
EnglandManchester City20
EnglandChelsea20
EnglandManchester United20
EnglandTottenham Hotspur20
EnglandBurton Albion20
EnglandLiverpool19
EnglandEverton18
EnglandSouthampton18
EnglandBrighton & Hove Albion18
EnglandMiddlesbrough18
FrancePSG18
FranceOlympique Lyonnais18
GermanyBayern Munich19
GermanyRB Leipzig19
GermanyBorussia Dortmund18
GermanyHoffenheim18
HollandPSV Eindhoven18
HollandAZ Alkmaar18
ItalyAS Roma18
ItalyAtalanta18
PolandLegia Warszawa18
PortugalBenfica20
PortugalSporting Club19
RussiaKrasnodar20
SpainFC Barcelona20
SpainReal Madrid18
SpainAthletic Club Bilbao18
SpainReal Sociedad18
SpainEspanyol18
SwitzerlandFC Basel19
UkraineDynamo Kyiv18
UkraineShakhtar Donetsk18

YOUTH COACHING

The youth coaching is a second key factor - describing the quality and quantity of your coaching team at your academy. As is typical of all these attributes they rank between 0-20, (however only displayed as text).

  • 0 - 2 = Minimal/Basic
  • 3 - 5 = Fairly Basic
  • 6 - 9 = Average
  • 10 - 13 = Adequate
  • 14 - 16 = Good
  • 17 - 19 = Excellent
  • 20 = Exceptional

The direct link is rather straight forward – the higher the quality of youth coaching the more players that will quickly reach their potential ability once entering the club on a newgen / youth intake date.

Note: This does not guarantee reaching potential ability.

AFC
None

CAF
None

CONCACAF
CountryClubRating
HondurasCD Olimpia19
HondurasCD Marathon18

CONMEBOL
CountryClubRating
ColombiaEnvigado FC18
UruguayDefensor Sporting Club19
UruguayDanubio FC18

OFC
None

UEFA
CountryClubRating
AustriaAustria Wien18
BelarusFC Smena Minsk18
BelgiumAnderlecht18
BelgiumGenk18
CroatiaDinamo Zagreb19
CroatiaHajduk Split18
EnglandChelsea20
EnglandManchester United18
HollandAjax18
ItalyAtalanta18
PortugalFC Porto20
PortugalBenfica19
RussiaAkademia Dimitrovgrad19
RussiaFC Togliatti19
SpainFC Barcelona19
SpainReal Madrid18

YOUTH RECRUITMENT

Similarly – attributes are between 0-20 and only displayed by text. Now in this category it is quite common to have high values as this describes how far and wide your reach is into recruiting players not only from your home nation – but also from foreign ones.

  • 0 - 2 = Limited
  • 3 - 5 = Basic
  • 6 - 8 = Fairly Basic
  • 9 - 11 = Adequate
  • 12 - 14 = Average
  • 15 - 16 = Good
  • 17 - 18 = Excellent
  • 19 - 20 = Exceptional

This can be considered like a tiered system, where the best of the best gets to choose… well the best youngsters from the best pools of talent while other clubs are at the bottom of the pecking order. A clubs’ youth recruitment is almost directly tied to their reputation (self explanatory) and a higher reputation will mean more players from all over the world will look to those clubs to become the best player they can be.

AFC
CountryClubRating
AustraliaWestern City Wanderers FC20
BahrainAl-Muharraq Club20
ChinaShandong Luneng20
Hong KongHong Kong Rangers20
IranSpeahan Isfahan20
IranFoolad Hkuzestan20
IraqAl-Zawra20
IraqAl-Quwa Al-Jawiya20
JapanKyoto Sanga FC20
JapanTokyo Verdy20
JordanAl-Wehdat20
JordanAl-Jazeera Club (JOR)20
KuwaitAl-Qasida20
LebanonAl-Ahed20
MalaysiaFAM-MSN Project20
QatarAl-Sadd20
Saudi ArabiaAl-Shabab20
South KoreaUlsan Hyundai20
South KoreaPohang Steelers20
ThailandMuangthong United20
UAEAl-Ain20
UAEAl-Jazira20
VietnamHa Noi FC20
VietnamSong Lam Nghe An20

CAF
CountryClubRating
CongoRacing Club de Brazzaville20
Ivory CoastAcademie de Football Amadou Diallo20

CONCACAF
CountryClubRating
BarbadosBarbados Defence Force20
BarbadosWeymouth Wales20
CubaFC Villa Clara20
Dominican RepublicCibao Futbol Club20
GuyanaAlpha United20
GuyanaGuyana Defence Force20
HaitiBaltimor Sportif Club20
MexicoGuadalajara20
Puerto RicoBayamon FC20
SurinameSV Inter Moengotapoe20
Trinidad & TobagoWilliams Connection20
Trinidad & TobagoCentral FC20
Trinidad & TobagoJabloteh Sports Club20
United StatesLA Galaxy20
United StatesLos Angeles FC20
United StatesFC Dallas20

CONMEBOL
CountryClubRating
ArgentinaRiver Plate20
BrazilSantos FC20
BrazilSao Paulo FC20
ChileColo-Colo20
ColombiaDeportivo Cali20
ColombiaEnvigado FC20
UruguayClub Nacional20
UruguayDenfsor Sporting Club20

OFC
None

UEFA
CountryClubRating
AustriaFC Red Bull Salzburg20
Bosnia & HerzegovinaZeljeznicar Sarajevo20
BulgariaLudogorets20
BulgariaCSKA-Sofia20
BulgariaLevski-Sofia20
CroatiaDinamo Zagreb20
DenmarkFC Midjylland20
GeorgiaDinamo Tbilisi20
GibraltarLincoln Red Imps20
GreecePAOK20
HungaryMTK Budapest20
IcelandBreioablik Ungmennafelag20
ItalyAtalanta20
KazakhstanKairat20
NorwayMolde FK20
NorwayFK Bodo/Glimt20
NorwayValarenga20
NorwayStabaek20
PolandLegia Warszawa20
PolandLech Poznan20
PortugalBenfica20
RomaniaViitorul20
RomaniaVoluntari20
ScotlandCeltic20
ScotlandRangers20
SerbiaRed Star Belgrade20
SerbiaFK Partizan20
SwitzerlandFC Basel18

OTHER NOTES AND CONCLUSION

All these factors contribute to producing high class newgens and can help you to find them accordingly. However, it is not a guarantee that world class talents will constantly be produced out of these clubs nor is it a guarantee that they will reach their potential.

The better a club's attributes are as noted above means that there is an increased chance of producing newgens with higher abilities and potential. Some luck is needed at times to find these players.

So, once you have your newgens, now you need to develop them. How do you do that?
Here on FMScout we have several guides which can help you in this regard.

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