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Where to find the Best Newgens (Youth Ratings) in Football Manager 2022

Youth ratings are now dynamic - but the question remains where are the best newgens and raw talent produced? This guide has the answer for you.

By on Mar 19, 2022   6066 views   2 comments
Football Manager Guides - Where to find the Best Newgens (Youth Ratings) in Football Manager 2022
- UPDATED FOR FM22 -

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 to explore which countries produce the best raw talents. Of course as is true to the realism of Football Manager it is not as straightforward 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 provides for purchase for on-point editing or using the database editor before starting a new save.


What is a Newgen and 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 straightforward – 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 of 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 it's 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 or find the Youth Ratings? Through FMSE and the In-Game Editor you are able to find and adjust a nation’s Youth Rating. That makes it simple then if you want to go down that route, but a question remains - overtime can you influence a nation’s youth rating without using the editors?

Dynamic Youth Ratings does exist in the game. This means that over time, nations’ youth ratings can fluctuate both up and down due to a multitude of factors. This can include foreign investment or government investment, reputation fluctuations due to league, club or nation performances and a lack or increase of a world-class/star players coming from a particular nation.

Along the lines of dynamic youth ratings, we also note Game Importance in this section as well. What is it? Well game importance takes into account how the whole nation views the sport relative to the population of that nation. This is important to consider because it has a direct link to a nation’s infrastructure, the economy, the population and the willingness from the government to see improvement in the football economy of the nation. Over time this may fluctuate and/or a certain lack of interest or view of football or increase in its importance can, over time, affect the Youth Rating of a nation.

I would like to reference SMoorey7’s All Nations Youth Rating article which can be found here → All Nations Youth Ratings in FM22. There, SMoorey7 lists out all starting Youth Ratings in order of the overall rating.

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

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

AFC
CountryValueGame Importance
Afghanistan19Unimportant
Australia90Important
Bahrain82Important
Bangladesh36Completely Useless
Bhutan4Unimportant
Brunei Darussalam6Completely Useless
Cambodia8Important
China PR60Very Important
Chinese Taipei14Completely Useless
East Timor5Unimportant
Guam6Completely Useless
Hong Kong47Completely Useless
India86Unimportant
Indonesia56Important
Iran110Very Important
Iraq103Important
Japan112Very Important
Jordan90Unimportant
Kuwait75Unimportant
Kyrgyzstan17Unimportant
Laos7Completely Useless
Lebanon85Important
Macau5Completely Useless
Malaysia35Unimportant
Maldives50Completely Useless
Mongolia15Completely Useless
Myanmar50Important
Nepal13Completely Useless
North Korea84Unimportant
Northern Mariana Islands1Completely Useless
Oman70Completely Useless
Pakistan37Completely Useless
Palestine51Unimportant
Philippines30Completely Useless
Qatar105Important
Saudi Arabia105Important
Singapore35Completely Useless
South Korea110Important
Sri Lanka16Completely Useless
Syria85Very Important
Tajikistan37Unimportant
Thailand86Very Important
Turkmenistan36Unimportant
United Arab Emirates97Important
Uzbekistan55Important
Vietnam70Important
Yemen55Completely Useless

CAF
CountryValueGame Importance
Algeria102Very Important
Angola75Very Important
Benin55Very Important
Botswana42Unimportant
Burkina Faso70Very Important
Burundi40Unimportant
Cameroon100Very Important
Cape Verde Islands46Unimportant
Central African Republic17Unimportant
Chad26Completely Useless
Comoros7Unimportant
Congo50Very Important
Democratic Republic of Congo101Very Important
Djibouti7Completely Useless
Egypt125Very Important
Equatorial Guinea28Completely Useless
Eritrea8Completely Useless
Ethiopia51Important
Eswatini (Swaziland)14Completely Useless
Gabon49Important
Ghana99Very Important
Guinea64Very Important
Guinea-Bissau18Very Important
Ivory Coast105Very Important
Kenya55Important
Lesotho25Unimportant
Liberia32Important
Libya46Very Important
Madagascar28Completely Useless
Malawi51Important
Mali73Very Important
Mauritania25Important
Mauritius21Completely Useless
Mayotte7Unimportant
Morocco85Very Important
Mozambique64Very Important
Namibia39Unimportant
Niger31Important
Nigeria120Unimportant
Reunion7Completely Useless
Rwanda42Important
Sao Tome and Principe7Completely Useless
Senegal80Very Important
Seychelles21Completely Useless
Sierra Leone29Very Important
Somalia9Completely Useless
South Africa95Very Important
South Sudan7Very Important
Sudan74Very Important
Tanzania80Very Important
The Gambia49Important
Togo64Very Important
Tunisia82Very Important
Uganda59Very Important
Zambia61Very Important
Zanzibar7Important
Zimbabwe44Very Important

CONCACAF
CountryValueGame Importance
Anguilla8Unimportant
Antigua and Barbuda30Important
Aruba20Completely Useless
Bahamas11Completely Useless
Barbados34Completely Useless
Belize15Completely Useless
Bermuda28Unimportant
Bonaire15Important
British Virgin Islands10Unimportant
Canada54Unimportant
Cayman Islands16Important
Costa Rica66Very Important
Cuba51Unimportant
Curacao35Completely Useless
Dominica15Important
Dominican Republic35Unimportant
El Salvador55Very Important
French Guiana40Completely Useless
Grenada26Unimportant
Guadeloupe48Important
Guatemala58Important
Guyana37Unimportant
Haiti59Very Important
Honduras68Important
Jamaica59Very Important
Martinique46Important
Mexico120Very Important
Montserrat8Unimportant
Nicaragua18Completely Useless
Panama49Completely Useless
Puerto Rico30Unimportant
Saint Barthelemy20Unimportant
Saint Kitts and Nevis28Unimportant
Saint Lucia28Completely Useless
Saint Martin10Completely Useless
Saint Pierre and Miquelon5Unimportant
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines34Completely Useless
Sint Maarten10Completely Useless
Suriname47Very Important
Trinidad and Tobago57Important
Turks and Caicos Islands9Unimportant
United States of America110Unimportant
U.S. Virgin Islands8Completely Useless

CONMEBOL
CountryValueGame Importance
Argentina140Very Important
Bolivia59Very Important
Brazil163Very Important
Chile93Very Important
Colombia117Very Important
Ecuador94Very Important
Paraguay90Very Important
Peru97Very Important
Uruguay90Very Important
Venezuela71Very Important

OFC
CountryValueGame Importance
American Samoa5Completely Useless
Cook Islands8Completely Useless
Fiji36Unimportant
Kiribati1Completely Useless
Micronesia0Completely Useless
New Caledonia34Important
New Zealand88Unimportant
Papua New Guinea34Unimportant
Samoa14Completely Useless
Solomon Islands40Unimportant
Tahiti39Unimportant
Tonga8Completely Useless
Tuvalu5Completely Useless
Vanuatu33Completely Useless
Wallis and Futuna Islands3Unimportant

UEFA
CountryValueGame Importance
Albania65Very Important
Andorra36Completely Useless
Armenia41Important
Austria79Very Important
Azerbaijan43Unimportant
Belarus62Important
Belgium120Very Important
Bosnia and Herzegovina78Very Important
Bulgaria72Very Important
Crimea0Not Set
Croatia98Very Important
Cyprus74Very Important
Czech Republic94Important
Denmark91Very Important
England135Very Important
Estonia62Important
Faroe Islands42Very Important
Finland75Important
France155Very Important
Georgia65Very Important
Germany155Very Important
Gibraltar35Important
Greece94Very Important
Holland132Very Important
Hungary68Important
Iceland67Very Important
Israel84Important
Italy144Very Important
Kazakhstan47Unimportant
Kosovo60Important
Latvia63Important
Liechtenstein42Completely Useless
Lithuania59Important
Luxembourg35Unimportant
Malta42Unimportant
Moldova46Unimportant
Montenegro60Important
North Macedonia71Important
Northern Ireland79Important
Norway82Very Important
Poland94Important
Portugal134Very Important
Republic of Ireland83Important
Romania91Very Important
Russia118Important
San Marino29Completely Useless
Scotland83Very Important
Serbia100Very Important
Slovakia79Important
Slovenia78Important
Spain145Very Important
Sweden88Very Important
Switzerland90Important
Turkey124Very Important
Ukraine110Important
Wales71Important

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. This makes sense, after all considering how some of the world’s best players throughout history have come from nations which are not considered one of the best. In modern times, both Salah and Haaland are examples of world-class players who come from nations (Egypt and Norway respectively) that are not considered on the same level as Germany, Brazil, Italy and the likes.

So, what are the main factors to consider? We now know what associations to focus on in the beginning, but keep in mind that these ratings are now DYNAMIC and will fluctuate. Plus it seems rather difficult to scout - it will take forever to go association by association to continuously scout and find promising raw talents to invest in. To help cover the grounds, it would be best to scout by region - in the next guide, we will highlight and focus on what are the best Regions to scout in the game.

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Discussion: Where to find the Best Newgens (Youth Ratings) in Football Manager 2022

2 comments have been posted so far.

  • seabas3's avatar
    fc.cadoni:
    Hey,
    I would to add some extra nation parameters about newgens (according to SI):

    - Game Importance
    - State of Development
    - FA Financial Power
    - Economic Factor
    - Youth Rating

    For club parameters:

    - Youth Coaching
    - Youth Facilities
    - Youth Recruitment
    - Youth Importance

    Yea I agree, I am going to add that information starting for FM23. For now just an update is done from the previous edition to FM22 and adding Game Importance as a start.
  • fc.cadoni's avatar
    Hey,

    I would to add some extra nation parameters about newgens (according to SI):

    - Game Importance
    - State of Development
    - FA Financial Power
    - Economic Factor
    - Youth Rating

    For club parameters:

    - Youth Coaching
    - Youth Facilities
    - Youth Recruitment
    - Youth Importance
    1
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