USING TOOLSOne 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. REGENFirst 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 RATINGThink 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.
Here is the table for every association in the game and their youth rating.
|Northern Mariana Islands||1|
|United Arab Emirates||60|
|Cape Verde Islands||46|
|Central African Republic||17|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||101|
|Sao Tome and Principe||7|
|Antigua and Barbuda||21|
|British Virgin Islands||6|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||28|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon||5|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||34|
|Trinidad and Tobago||57|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||6|
|United States of America||110|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||3|
|Papua New Guinea||34|
|Wallis and Futuna Islands||3|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||78|
|Republic of Ireland||83|
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.
YOUTH IMPORTANCEOne 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.
YOUTH FACILITIESYouth 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.
|Australia||Melbourne City FC||18|
|South Africa||Cape Town Spurs FC||18|
|United States||Toronto FC||19|
|United States||LA Galaxy||18|
|United States||New York City FC||18|
|United States||Sporting Kansas City||18|
|Austria||FC Red Bull Salzburg||19|
|England||Brighton & Hove Albion||18|
|Spain||Athletic Club Bilbao||18|
YOUTH COACHINGThe 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.
|Uruguay||Defensor Sporting Club||19|
|Belarus||FC Smena Minsk||18|
YOUTH RECRUITMENTSimilarly – 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.
|Australia||Western City Wanderers FC||20|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Rangers||20|
|Japan||Kyoto Sanga FC||20|
|Jordan||Al-Jazeera Club (JOR)||20|
|South Korea||Ulsan Hyundai||20|
|South Korea||Pohang Steelers||20|
|Vietnam||Ha Noi FC||20|
|Vietnam||Song Lam Nghe An||20|
|Congo||Racing Club de Brazzaville||20|
|Ivory Coast||Academie de Football Amadou Diallo||20|
|Barbados||Barbados Defence Force||20|
|Cuba||FC Villa Clara||20|
|Dominican Republic||Cibao Futbol Club||20|
|Guyana||Guyana Defence Force||20|
|Haiti||Baltimor Sportif Club||20|
|Puerto Rico||Bayamon FC||20|
|Suriname||SV Inter Moengotapoe||20|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Williams Connection||20|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Central FC||20|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Jabloteh Sports Club||20|
|United States||LA Galaxy||20|
|United States||Los Angeles FC||20|
|United States||FC Dallas||20|
|Brazil||Sao Paulo FC||20|
|Uruguay||Denfsor Sporting Club||20|
|Austria||FC Red Bull Salzburg||20|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||Zeljeznicar Sarajevo||20|
|Gibraltar||Lincoln Red Imps||20|
|Serbia||Red Star Belgrade||20|
OTHER NOTES AND CONCLUSIONAll 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.