Football Manager 2016 is the most realistic, in-depth and immersive football management simulation available – it’s the closest thing to doing the job for real.

FM16 lets you take full control of real football clubs from 137 top leagues, and you’ll be managing and making transfers from a database of over 400,000 real players and staff. You're in full control of training, tactics and player instructions and you’ll follow your matches live with our acclaimed 3D match engine.

Football Manager 2016 has over 1000 new features and below is just a small taster of what you can expect.  

Key Features

Manager on the Touchline

Get closer to the action than ever before with your own customisable character to bark out instructions and join the celebrations from the touchline.

New Game Mode – Fantasy Draft

Create your dream team and take on your mates in ‘Fantasy Draft’ mode. Starting with a fixed budget, each manager builds a squad from scratch, competing with other managers to sign the best talent before going head-to-head against one another in a mini-league.

New Game Mode - Create-A-Club

For the first time, Football Manager 2016 allows fans to add their own custom-built club to any league they choose, through the single player ‘Create-a-club’ mode. Create-A-Club allows you to name the club, add yourself and friends to the line-up, edit the squad to your heart’s content and even choose the colours.

Multi Match Highlights

A highlights package available to easily view other fixtures in your own competition (or others) to keep you up-to-date with everything that’s going on in the world around you.

The highlights package is just like an evening TV round up – showing comprehensive, extended, key or just the goals for each match in the division played that day.

Prozone Match Analysis

Sports Interactive’s partnership with the leading sports statistics provider, Prozone, has seen a wide reaching revamp of the in-game match analysis tool, adding lots of useful functionality whilst also making it a lot more prominent and easier to use.

Set-Piece Creator

Football Manager 2016’s powerful, yet easy-to-use set piece creator allows managers to set up multiple set piece routines to be used across multiple tactics; with different set pieces for each set piece taker, new zonal marking options and much, much more.

Expanded Press Interaction

Press conferences are more varied than ever before, with many new conversations to be had with the press, especially more contextual questions & responses. In addition, unemployed managers can now use media interviews to help get them back into the game.

Football Manager Touch - Cross-Save

All versions of Football Manager Touch 2016 are 'cross-save compatible' with one another, so a career started on a tablet can be saved to the cloud and continued on computer (and vice versa).

More Realistic Injuries

Sports Interactive has worked alongside a number of physiotherapists, doctors and related organisations to ensure that the depiction and treatment of injuries in Football Manager 2016 is more realistic than ever before. This doesn’t mean that fewer injuries will be sustained, but that those which do occur will be treated and develop more realistically. Injuries will now be determined during matches, while new injury types have been added and there is now a tangible distinction between player condition and match sharpness.

And Much, Much More

Further additions and updates include staff shortlisting, improved manager and staff movement, revised board requests, a revamp of board confidence, more contextual team talks, fully updated competition rules & squad information, an improved financial module, improved AI transfers and team selection, new social media features and many more – all of which combine to make Football Manager 2016 the most complete and immersive simulation of football management ever.

Matchday

Suggested Substitutions

Character Models - Hair Revamp

Outside Scenes

Stadiums: Renovated Stands

Advantage Icon

Manager Head to Head

Pop-Up Injury Status Notifications

Key Battles

Prior to the match, the media will now preview the impact that each team’s key man might have on the game.

Match Talking Points

Managers will now be able to replay highlights of key talking points during matches, such as red cards, fouls or controversial goals.

Late Fitness Tests

You will now receive advice from your physio on whether to field a player, based on a ore-match fitness test. 

Player Birthdays

Player birthdays will now be referenced in the game commentary text.

Multi Match Highlights

A highlights package available to easily view other fixtures in your own competition (or others) to keep you up-to-date with everything that’s going on in the world around you. 

The highlights package is just like an evening TV round up – showing comprehensive, extended, key or just the goals for each match in the division played that day. 

Press Conferences & News

Competition Round-Up News Item

End of Season Review Revamp

Questions about AI Managerial Sackings

Swap Deals

News Screen Revamp

Player of the Week Award Revamp

Managers Watching Your Players

Playing Against Newly Appointed Managers

Shock Managerial Sackings

International Football?

Player Urged Me To Stay

Substituting A Substitute

Player/Agent Talk

Contextual Press Questions

When you’ve come to end of your tenure at a club in FM16 you’ll be able to tell the world how you feel about it. Leave the door open for a potential comeback by praising the club you’re leaving or pull no punches and criticise the board, the fans and the players. The choice is yours!

Player Contracts

There are new press conference questions related to the impending expiry of a player's contract.

 

Contextual Press Conference Questions

You'll now be asked press conference questions about managerial appointments and sackings in your division.

Expanded Press Interaction

Press conferences are more varied than ever before, with many new conversations to be had with the press, especially more contextual questions & responses. In addition, unemployed managers can now use media interviews to help get them back into the game. 

Staff & Non-players

Director of Football Responsibilities

Backroom Staff Questions/Philosophies

Staff Responsibilities

Manager Reputation

Assistant Manager Best XI

Head of Youth Development Tips

Players Moving Between Squads

Backroom Staff Negotiation

Move Previous Manager Into Director of Football Role

Scout Players to Meet Squad Rules

Clubs Owned By Same Owner

Expansion of Match Confidence

Position Changes

Player Progression

Staff Revamp

Physio Medical Reports

Before you sign a player, your Head Physio will assess him and feedback on any issues with their medical as well as any warning signs with their injury record.

Director of Football

You can now give your Director of Football full selling responsibility, to handle the transfer of current members.

Competition Feedback

The board and fans will give you more relevant and detailed feedback on your performance within each competition.

Improved Manager Movements

AI managers will apply for jobs that are appropriate for their reputation, ability and past successes and coaches will be more likely to apply for vacant managerial jobs.

Dual Roles

Non-players may now perform more than one role at a club.

Staff Revamp

It is now clearer why some staff members are not interested in joining your club. 

  • You can now compile shortlists for prospective staff members.

Staff Recommendations

Around the opening of the transfer window, you’ll have possible signings recommended to your by your Chief Scout or Director of Football.

 

AI Management Improvements

AI managers will now handle player unhappiness better in FM16, working to repair relationships as opposed to simply placing players on the transfer list. 

Staff Suspensions

Non-playing staff who are serving suspensions in real life will also now serve the same ban in-game.

Staff Revamp

Manager reputation is no longer judged on a 1-6 scale and is now 20 point, similar to player attributes.

 

  • Your staff will now be more pro-active in offering advice on players who they think should be moved to and from your B team, based on changes to their ability.
  • If you're tinkering with your tactics and player roles, your Assistant Manager will now show you his best XI based on your selections.
  • We've improved the layout of the staff overview screen in FM16.
  • We've also made improvements to the layout of the staff profile screen.
  • Improvements to the staff responsibilities screen, with each area being split out for ease.

Transfers & Contracts

Make Decisions Over Players' Injury Records.

Scout Report Summaries

Foreign Pre-Contract Signings Learn The Language

Injury Clauses in Contracts

New Scottish Development Team Loan Rules

England Work Permit Regulation Change

Loan To Get Work Permit

You can now set a player's loan to last only up until they have been granted a work permit.

Language Courses

Pre-contract signings can now be asked to start learning a new language before joining a club.

  • If a new signing doesn’t speak much or any of the language of the country that you’re managing in, you can send them on an intensive language course as soon as they join you.

Contract Offer Screen

We’ve also improved the look of the contract offer news item, making the important information much more visible. 

View Player Contract

You can now view the agreed contract terms of a player who has signed a pre-contract agreement. 

Loan Players

It is now more transparent than ever as to exactly how much a loan player is costing you per month, in terms of fees and salary.

Marketability

Your scout will now indicate how 'marketable' a transfer target may be, which could have a dramatic effect on your finances based on the status of the player. 

Work Permits

You'll get a lot more support and advice now from your Assistant regarding what to do with players you've signed who don't yet have work permits. 

Stats, Training & Tactics

Add New Formations

More Influence on B-Team Training/Line-ups

More Influence on B-Team training

Player Instructions

Stat Comparison Graphic

Train Youth Players to Match Senior Formation

'Dribble Less' Instruction

Calendar Revamp

'Play Much Wider' and 'Play Much Narrower' Instructions

Training In Relation To First Team

New Formations

There are new default formations in FM16 that reflect real world tactical trends.

Tactics Screen Revamp

We've made a number of changes to the Tactics Screen, all of which are explained in the short video below.

Set-Piece Creator

Football Manager 2016’s powerful, yet easy-to-use set piece creator allows managers to set up multiple set piece routines to be used across multiple tactics; with different set pieces for each set piece taker, new zonal marking options and much, much more. 

Prozone Match Analysis

Sports Interactive’s partnership with the leading sports statistics provider, Prozone, has seen a wide reaching revamp of the in-game match analysis tool, adding lots of useful functionality whilst also making it a lot more prominent and easier to use. 

Prozone Match Analysis

Sports Interactive’s partnership with the leading sports statistics provider, Prozone, has seen a wide reaching revamp of the in-game match analysis tool, adding lots of useful functionality whilst also making it a lot more prominent and easier to use. 

Prozone Match Analysis

Sports Interactive’s partnership with the leading sports statistics provider, Prozone, has seen a wide reaching revamp of the in-game match analysis tool, adding lots of useful functionality whilst also making it a lot more prominent and easier to use. 

Competitions, Players & Teams

Form Shown in League Tables

Licensed Trophy Graphics

Dynamic Rivalries

Fixture Scheduling Improvements

There has been significant improvements made to alleviate fixture congestion.

Argentinian League

In Argentina, injury replacements may now be signed outside of the Transfer Windows, if signed as a free agent or from a local club. 

Player International Preference

If a player is eligible to play for more than one international team, you’ll be able to see which nation he would prefer to play for.

Players Used

Season review news items now display a "total players used" stat. 

Team Stats Revamp

We’ve improved the look of the team stats overview screen, placing more emphasis on the key statistics.

 

Player Condition

Players' conditions now appear above them in 3D match views so you can easily see how tired a player is during a match (this is an optional feature and can be turned off).

 

Friendly Improvements

Big improvements to the frequency, quality and purpose of friendlies for reserves, B teams and youth teams, which will positively affect player development.

 

FM Touch - Design a Son Unlockable

There's a new unlockable on Football Manager Touch mode whereby you can 'design your own son' after 20 years service at one club. 

Player Retirements

You are now less likely to see 'world class' players languishing in the lower leagues as they'll be more likely to retire before the end of their prime, rather than play on into their late 30s at a lower level.

More Realistic Injuries

Sports Interactive has worked alongside a number of physiotherapists, doctors and related organisations to ensure that the depiction and treatment of injuries in Football Manager 2016 is more realistic than ever before. This doesn’t mean that fewer injuries will be sustained, but that those which do occur will be treated and develop more realistically. Injuries will now be determined during matches, while new injury types have been added and there is now a tangible distinction between player condition and match sharpness.

Testimonials

Players who are still active in FM16 and non-retired will now be able to return for former teammates testimonial

Finances

Finances Panel Revamp

MLS Targeted Allocated Money Rules

FM16 features the targeted allocation money rule which allows you to buy down a player’s salary cap hit.

Injury Revamp

Should you lose a big player to injury in FM16 their salary is covered by player insurance.

 

Interaction

Injury Interactions & Clauses

Manager's can now have private chats with players regarding severe injuries.

  • Managers can also now add an injury release clause into contract negotiations.

Manager Approach

When you, the human manager, are approached by another club you'll now have the ability to have a private team meeting with your players to discuss the situation.

Social media, Streaming & Preferences

Advanced Display Settings

Auto Save Improvements

We've improved the auto-save options and usability, to help prevent against managers losing progress due to computer crashes etc.

Social Team Sharer

There's now a 'Share Team' feature that allows you to share your line-up with friends via social, or show how you'd line-up that team in real life.

Twitch TV

Number of improvements for Twitch streamers as there's now support for broadcast titling and your mouse cursor will now display on your live stream.