Current AbilityPlayers in Football Manager have current abilities (CA) in the range of 1 to 200. The CA is essentially the weighted sum of their attributes. The higher the attributes, the better the player and higher the CA. You can use the figures below as a rough benchmark:
- 130 - Decent Premier League player
- 140 - Good Premier League player
- 150 - A leading Premier League player
- 170 - A world-class player
Recommended Current AbilitySince a player's CA depends on their attributes, the Editor and in-game editor (IGE) shows the recommended current ability (RCA) for each player.
This is essentially what value of CA is required in order to sustain their current attributes. So if you use one of the editors to increase an attribute, you'll also need to increase the CA to the RCA. Otherwise the attribute value will quickly fall back to a level that matches the CA.
It appears that the game periodically checks the attributes/CA balance and makes any adjustments required. It seems this happens particularly at the start of the game in order to account for any discrepencies with the player data in the database. You can also see it for yourself if you use the IGE. If you give a player a CA boost but do not increase the attributes, after a period of time (can be a few days or up to a month) the attributes will rise to match the increased CA. Similarly, if you decrease the CA but do not decrease the attributes after a period of time they'll fall to balance the lowered CA.