Football Manager 2022 New Features: Everything we know so far

Football Manager 2022 is expected to be released before the end of 2021.

Football Manager 2022 is coming and we are expecting a vast amount of new features to be included in this year's game.

There is no doubting that the virtual management series is easily the biggest of its kind in the gaming industry, despite having begun life as Championship Manager all the way back in 1992.

Its rich heritage and realism has even led real-life football clubs to use their database for scouting analysis. Everton went down this route in 2008 having done a deal with Sports Interactive, the game's developers, where they would have had access to data compiled by over 1000 scouts, with 370,000 descriptions from 20,000 teams in over 50 countries across the globe (via Eurogamer).

There have been plenty of success stories that have come from the use of the Football Manager franchise - including an Azerbaijani student that became the manager of FC Baku's reserve team based on his success in the game (via Digital Spy).

As well as this, an anonymous Football Manager player tipped off the Philippines national team regarding the eligibility of Phil and James Younghusband to represent their country, to which the former went on to become the record goalscorer with over 50 goals.

This is mainly down to the extensive and detailed featured that are included in the series, with the last game, 2021, including the impressive matchday experience and all-new communication methods which got instructions across more effectively to the players on the pitch - even trophy presentations were reconstructed to look more realistic.

We are expecting plenty more in 2022, with some of the much-loved features retained from previous titles.

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Football Manager 2022 is expected to be released before the end of 2021.

Football Manager 2022 New Features

Sports Interactive, at first, were holding their cards close to their chest concerning the game's new features. Now, we are much more knowledgeable about what's coming in FM22.

Data Hub

The all-new Data Hub interface, which gives virtual managers an in-depth look into their team's performance, identifying what their team is doing right, wrong and what can be improved.

This is fantastic for those players that love some good, hard stats, as Jack Kenmare of SPORTbible identified. The data visuals complete with assistant manager feedback helps paint the perfect picture of what can be implemented in your tactics to take your side to the next level or make the most of certain positions on the pitch.

As a brief example, if your main striker is isolated and not getting fed the ball through the midfield, this will be highlighted in the all-new pass maps that SI have integrated into FM22 this year. Real football clubs are using a similar system to this day.

Transfer Deadline Day

Your screen will be festooned in black and gold as the clock counts down towards zero, with agents contacting you offering players, negotiations and players approaching you to talk contracts.

The feature appears to be neat, tidy and all in one place and is ideal for the casual gamer who does not want an overly complicated gaming interface. Good work here, Sports Interactive.

Fantasy Draft

FM22 Fantasy Draft

This may not be a new feature as such, but upgrades have been provided to ensure that the interface is much easier to navigate.

A new format called 'Group Stage & Knockout' has been added this year, with teams separated in up to eight groups of four teams before taking part before the classic knockout cup format, that's if all slots are allocated.

If you want to know more about the Fantasy Draft, check out more here.

Manager Creation

FM22 Manager Creation

Again, not a new feature but the new manager creation interface can help you create your own look more accurately, with more facial features and cosmetics than ever before. 

It's important to get the perfect look before you immerse yourself into the hectic world of management, so make sure you are looking just right before hitting that spacebar!

More features are expected to be added soon so be sure to come back when further details are announced by Sports Interactive.

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