A Football Manager Challenge which focuses on Youth Development
There is nothing more satisfying than developing your own youth talents and wonderkids and see them progress to become world class players. In this Football Manager Challenge we ask; Who is the best in the Football Manager Community to develop new talents? This challenge will turn the regen dates and the yearly youth intake to the most anticipated day of the year!
The Football Manager Challenge Talent Factory will be a great scenario for all who favour scouting and youth development. This FM Challenge will certainly test your Football Manager skills, but the final aim is to compete with the famous La Masia Talent academy of Barcelona and Ajax Academy by producing a team consisting of only homegrown players of the highest quality!
Lead your squad of homegrown talents and regens to new glories in the The Talent Factory Football Manager Challenge!
Talent Factory - Rules and Limitations
Your mission in this Football Manager Challenge is to pick any team from all eligible nations and leagues in FM13, preferably a minor club where the facilities need to be upgraded through the first seasons, and turn the club into a world leading talent factory.
There are some limitations and guidelines though;
So buying some of the Promising Talents in Football Manager is a big NO-NO!
The Aim of this Challenge
The main goal of the Football Manager Talent Factory Challenge is to achieve the best possible results with the players you've developed yourself. Personally, there is nothing more satisfying than to see your developed players be called up for the national team. So in this Football Manager Challenge the mission is to produce new talents and nurture them into players who can compete at national level for the years to come.
How you succeed (or fail) with youth development and player development comes both down to the youth intake and the potential of the regens coming through the youth intakes.
As mentioned earlier, you can use any starting league and club, but obviously the lower league and club you start with, the harder it will be. Being Barcelona won't be as big a challenge as for example Portsmouth or Rostock.
Examples of other future goals to aim for and reach after;
FM Challenge - Talent Factory Achievements and Results
When I started this Talent Factory challenge I chose AFC Wimbledon in League 2.
I wish to point out that all results in this save, and every promotion, is achieved with the FM13 attacking tactic Earn it 3-6-1. You can download and read more about this exceptional teamwork tactic here.
To show you a little bit about my talent factory and how important scouting is, I will display screenshot of some of the regens acquired through the different youth intakes. When I became able to scout Europe, after upgrading the scouting range, I got a Greek and a Spanish regen in the next youth intake, due to maxed out scouting knowledge of those countries. I've also got players from Burundi, Swaziland(!) and Sierra Leone, among others
What do you think about these regens?
Here is a screenshot of how an ideal Transfer history will turn out:
Just keep in mind, if you purchase or buy a player, you have failed in this Football Manager Challenge
AFC Wimbledon Facilities Development 2012-2018:
Here is a screenshot of my scouting knowledge in 2018:
Additional resources and Tips to Succeed
To succeed with this challenge you need to know;
How to setup your scouting network to increase scouting knowledge
The importance of upgrading youth facilities and increasing levels of junior coaching
Basic knowledge of youth development and individual training
How you can get the best regens at youth intake
The important knowledge of finding excellent coaches and Backroom staff Why signing a good Head of Youth Development can become vital for getting better regens
You can see a full list of our backroom staff recommendations and download our staff search filter here
I have to say it's been the most fun I have had with Football Manager in years! So hope you enjoy it!
Feel free to share your progress, results and achievements and post your own results in the comment field below.
Don't be afraid to ask for advice and check back for more Football Manager Challenges and related guides and articles about team management youth development, scouting and youth intake!