23 Jul 2021 3:10 PM +00:00

Everything you need to know about Football Manager 2022

The new football season is not far away, and we can't wait for the release of Football Manager 2022.

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Latest - Women's Football ambitions

Women's football is coming to the FM series, but it won't be in Football Manager 2022, and even 2023 looks unlikely.

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GAME CHANGER - Women's football will arrive in the coming years

Integrating women's football into the database will take some time, with dicussions with women's leagues around the world commencing.

Check out our interview with two of the team at Football Manager here.

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Football Manager 2022 Release Date

Last year's game, Football Manager 2021, arrived on 24 November 2020 - which was slightly later than the previous two editions of the game.

The earliest we could see the game could be 26 October 2021, with a more likely release date being 16 November 2021.

We saw the above trailer arrive on 12 October 2020, so don't expect to see any new features until around a month before release.

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Beta

Those in the know that the FM Beta can be accessed if you pre-order the game.

This tends to be two weeks before the game's full release - therefore you may be able to get playing from 4 November.

Platforms

Last year, FM was playable on more consoles than ever before.

PC is what most of you will play on, with the title available on Windows and macOS via Steam.

In December we saw the arrival of the handheld version for iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch - as well as the full game returning to Xbox consoles for the first time since 2007.

We saw FM20 available on Google Stadia, but that did not continue for FM21.

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Price

Going off last year's prices, we expect FM 21 to cost £39.99 / $49.99 on Steam, £29.99 / $39.99 on Xbox and Nintendo Switch and £8.99 / $8.99 on Mobile.

Expect this to remain the same this year.

New Features

Sports Interactive always make changes to the game's features and gameplay each season, so what could we see from FM22?

Well, first and foremost, there is room for improvement in the match engine.

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MOVING WITH THE TIMES - The Match Engine does lack a bit of wow factor

Counter-attacks were too powerful in FM21, and set pieces don't quite have that realistic feel to them.

Outside of matchday's we would like to see the inclusion of more player faces on the game - yes they can be downloaded via a third party, but with the vast majority of players not having faces on their profiles, this is an area Sports Interactive should look to address.

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Licences

The Football Manager franchise does languish behind other football games when it comes to licences.

FM21 Licensed Leagues

On FM21 the following leagues were fully licensed:

  • Australian A-League
  • Canadian Premier League
  • Danish Superliga
  • English Football League (EFL)
  • English National League
  • French Ligue 1
  • French Ligue 2
  • German Bundesliga
  • German 2. Bundesliga
  • German 3. Liga
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SLIM PICKINGS - Sports Interactive had just five significant licences for FM21
  • Gibraltar National League
  • Dutch Eredivisie
  • Dutch Eerste Divisie
  • North Ireland Football League
  • Polish Ekstraklasa
  • Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL)
  • South Korea K League 1
  • South Korea K League 2
  • MLS
  • Welsh Cymru Premier, North & South
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FM21 Licensed Teams

As well as these licenced teams:

  • Dinamo Zagreb
  • Leicester City
  • Southampton
  • Chievo
  • Empoli
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OH WHEN THE SAINTS - A Southampton edition of the game was available last year
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OH WHEN THE SAINTS - A Southampton edition of the game was available last year
  • Lecce
  • SPAL
  • All Serie A clubs excluding Juventus
  • Dutch National Team
  • Gibraltar National Team
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The above licences will be difficult to add to given many clubs have licensing deals with EA Sports' FIFA franchise and Konami's PES - but for first-time players it can be a huge turn-off.

We may not see the Bundesliga licences appear on the game this year, with the German top-flight appearing on rival title We Are Football.

Wonderkids

An FM wonderkid is likely to be the first on your transfer shortlist, so watch out for these stars on the new game:

  • Youssoufa Moukoko - Borussia Dortmund
  • Mason Greenwood- Manchester United
  • Pedri - Barcelona
  • Eduardo Camavinga - Rennes
  • Fabio Silva - Wolves
  • Yusuf Demir - Rapid Vienna
  • Nico Serrano - Bilbao Athletic
  • Rayan Cherki - Lyon
  • Ilaix Moriba - Barcelona B
  • Vitor Ferreira - Porto
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Is Football Manager 2022 coming to PS5/PS4?

At this time, no information has officially been confirmed regarding whether Sony users get the chance to play Football Manager.

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ALL CHANGE: Could FM 2022 be coming to PlayStation?

However, we think it is unlikely.

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Sports Interactive confirmed before the introduction of last year's game and explained why PS5/PS4 players will miss out.

"Our friends at @Xbox have spent years asking for us to come back to their consoles. It's how both FM19 & FM20 ended up on game pass towards the end of the cycle, and now FM21 on Xbox One & Series X/S.

"Sony didn't."

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