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10 Teams to Manage after the FM23 Main Data Update
Challenges 02.03.23 - FM Admin
Following the arrival of the FM23 Main Data Update, we know that a lot of you are getting ready to kick off your next big adventure.
All the major recent transfers, updated player ratings and the real-life fortunes of clubs around the world open up a tremendous number of possibilities.
It can be tricky to work out where to start, so to help you, we’ve put together a list of 10 of our favourite FM23 challenges ready for you to dive into.
A Guide to MLS
Guides 22.02.23 - FM Admin
The United States of America. A country that is so vast it spans five different time zones. The country famous for Stars and Stripes on its flag, Times Square, and Hollywood, is also home to Major League Soccer (MLS).
MLS started on the back of the success of USA ‘94, with the inaugural season taking place in 1996 with 10 teams. Like most American sports, it was divided into regional conferences, East and West, and since that first season the league has continued to grow. Toronto FC became the first Canadian franchise to join the league in 2007 and the 2023 season will be contested by 29 teams following the arrival of St Louis City SC.
The league is unique with a lot of rules that may be unfamiliar to those normally playing in the European leagues. Here’s a guide to help familiarise yourself with them and help you guide your team to MLS Cup glory.
How to use the new Recruitment Focus in FM23
Guides 08.02.23 - FM Stag / Dan Gear
Across Football Manager 2023, there have been enhancements which align in-game actions with how real-life clubs operate more so than in any previous edition.
Working with a variety of clubs and contacts across the globe, insight into how teams utilise their scouting network and complete player transfers has resulted in a fully updated scouting system for FM23. The main product of this is the brand new Recruitment Focus.
In this article, FM Stag and Dan Gear take us through what the Recruitment Focus is, how it works and how to get the best out of it to help with your player recruitment
Power your FM23 performances with the Half Back
Player Roles 31.01.23 - FM Admin
The changes to the match engine in Football Manager 2023 have made it more important than ever to ensure that you’ve got the right balance in your midfield.
One key defensive midfield role that’s been getting a lot of love recently is the Half Back. We’ve built a tactic around it with EFL side West Bromwich Albion, who have two natural Half Backs in Okay Yokuslu and Jake Livermore, to show you how best to play with the role in FM23.
Developing devastating throw-ins in FM23
Tactics 27.01.23 - Guido Merry
Set pieces in football, and therefore in Football Manager, are the subject of attention and study. That attention is usually reserved for Free-Kicks and Corners but what about the innocuous throw-in? Apart from when a team develops a long throw-in programme (think Stoke City), they’re largely ignored.
This doesn’t do the humble throw-in justice, as they are an essential component of any Football Manager career.
Just throwing the ball somewhere willy-nilly not only robs you of a potential goalscoring opportunity (depending on your location, of course), but it also increases your risk of losing the ball and ending up on the wrong side of a devastating counter-attack. So again, throw-ins are far more important than you might think. Guido Merry explains how he’s developed devastating throw-in routines in Football Manager 2023.
A Guide to the FM23 Mobile Challenges
Challenges 19.01.23 - FM Admin
Imagine that you’ve just finished a career – or perhaps you don’t have the time to play a full save – but you want something to put your managerial prowess to scrutiny. Challenge mode on FM23 Mobile has you covered.
The custom-built challenges place you into a variety of situations that’ll allow you to test your skills, prove your class, and perhaps even give you some inspiration for a future career. With challenges ranging from leading a team unbeaten to winning with youngsters, there are plenty of possible achievements to help you enrich your Football Manager CV.
Maximising New Player Stats in FM23
Guides 13.01.23 - FM Stag
In line with their increasing real-life popularity, football analytics are an increasingly important aspect of Football Manager. This is seen most clearly through the Data Hub, first introduced in Football Manager 2022 and hugely expanded in FM23.
In his last post on The Byline, FM Stag introduced all of the newly-added team performance metrics in FM23.
Here, he walks through the newly added player performance metrics in FM23 and suggests ways you can translate these numbers into meaningful insights that’ll help elevate your player selection decision-making.
Dominate with a 4-4-2 Narrow Diamond in FM23
Tactics 11.01.23 - Ihor Crusadertsar
For Football Manager 2021, Ihor Crusadertsar wrote about how to build a simple, winning tactic using the classic 4-4-2.
Now, he’s returned to The Byline to provide another explainer, this time inspired by a certain Portuguese coach and focused on the Narrow Diamond variant of the same formation.
Top Tips for Youth Recruitment in FM23
Guides 22.12.22 - FM Admin
Seasoned Football Manager players will know that developing young players and watching them shine on the world’s biggest stages is one of the most satisfying feelings the game can provide.
However, FM fans will also know that not every club has a strong youth team when you take over and that it can often take a while for you to be greeted with a ‘Golden Generation’ on Youth Intake Day.
Although you can work with your board to improve your facilities and Youth Intake prospects, sometimes it’s necessary to look further afield to get the stars of tomorrow lining up in your team’s colours. Here’s a list of our top tips for youth recruitment in Football Manager 2023.
Create Future Superstars in the Development Hub on FM23 Mobile
Guides 21.12.22 - FM Admin
Developing your promising squad into a world-class side is one of the most rewarding experiences in Football Manager.
There are a number of tools available for you to use in your quest to create future superstars, and the arrival of the Development Hub on Football Manager 2023 Mobile offers you a home in which you can nurture your squad.
Bringing together Training, Mentoring, Squad Management and Youth Development in one place, the key elements of squad development are easily accessible to you this season.
So, whether you want to keep track of your youth prospects, pair up experienced pros with exciting youngsters or make tweaks to your all-important training schedule, let’s take a look at how you can use the Development Hub to full effect…
How to use Data in FM23 to improve your team
Guides 07.12.22 - FM Stag
The stratospheric rise in the popularity of analytics in football is undeniable. From various notable sports publications and football broadcasters embracing Expected Goals (xG), to websites and social media accounts dedicated entirely to the examination of the beautiful game in the form of meaningful numbers and useful metrics, it’s everywhere. Analytics have been an integral part of Football Manager for a number of years, and Football Manager 2023 takes this to new heights.
In this article, FM Stag takes us through the newly added team performance metrics in FM23 and suggests ways you can translate these numbers into meaningful insights that’ll help you elevate your tactical decision-making.
The Top 12 EFL Young Stars in FM23
Wonderkids 28.11.22 - FM Admin
The English Football League (EFL) is one of the UK’s best breeding grounds for talented young footballers. EFL clubs are typically keen to give academy prospects first-team opportunities earlier than those in the top-flight, allowing them to gain valuable experience and accelerate their development.
Many of those EFL young stars will be popular transfer targets in Football Manager 2023. Here, we’ve worked with our Research team to produce a definitive list of the best.
10 Teams to Manage during FM23 Early Access
Challenges 26.10.2022 - FM Admin
Early Access for Football Manager 2023 has arrived, and you are no doubt seeking a challenge to take on.
With plenty of new features available in FM23, we have ten short-term save suggestions for you to get stuck into.
Let’s dig in…
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