Football Manager 2023 Best Youth Academies: Wonderkid factories REVEALED

Football Manager 2023

Football Manager 2023 has arrived across all major platforms, with this year's game proving to be bigger and better than ever.

Signing wonderkids is one of the most vital parts of any save, and these clubs listed below possess the academies that you need to scout and be ready to poach from on youth intake day.

From known powerhouses to those operating in the shadows, these are the clubs you need to be scouting closely in order to find your next star.

Football Manager 2023 Best Youth Academies

Everyone knows that wonderkids are the lifeblood of any good FM save, but these rising stars don't always make themselves known.

In order to find and raise the best, you'll need to raid the best academies and that's exactly what this article exposes.

From clubs with pedigree to those you may not know about, these five academies listed below are a must-scout when it comes to improving your Football Manager 2023 save.


The famous La Masia complex has raised some of the greatest players to ever grace the game. From Lionel Messi to Ansu Fati, the Catalan giants are set to have one of the best youth academies in Football Manager 2023.

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CATALAN GIANTS - Can you restore Barcelona?

Whilst this entry may be obvious, any FM player looking to rebuild Barcelona will want to focus on keeping their youth team happy, nurturing selected talent through to the first team, before another European giant tries to sign them.

On the flip side, with Barcelona struggling financially, gazumping them with a big wage offer for their latest wonderkid could be a great way to bag a bargain superstar.


Ajax has always been known as a club that places an emphasis on youth development.

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SPECIFIC STYLE - The Cruyff influence will be felt at Ajax

In FM23, their academy is set to be one of the best in Europe, meaning you need to keep a close eye on their youth intake on that all-important day.

Whether you're attempting to swoop in for regens or making enticing bids for their academy wonderkids, Ajax is a team certain to produce superstars in Football Manager 2023


An English club with a prestigious record of producing some phenomenal talent over the past ten years, Southampton should be one of the first teams you look to poach from.

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NEW LEGENDS - Can you find the next JWP at Southmapton?

From Gareth Bale to Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Luke Shaw, you're certain to find some talent in the Southampton ranks that could fire your team to the next level.

FC Copenhagen

There has been a huge investment in Scandinavian football over the past few years, leading to the development of superstars like Erling Haaland.

With Denmark also reaching the latter stages of major competitions, their success will undoubtedly be reflected in the developing talent in their youth systems.

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RISING STARS - Bardghji is one of the best wonderkids in FM23

If you're searching for the next big superstar, look no further than FC Copenhagen's academy, it promises to be a hotbed for top wonderkids.

Club Brugge

Belgian superstars dominate Europe's top leagues nowadays, and that's thanks to the hard work of top academies like Club Brugge.

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FUTURE GREATS - Can you find the next Endrick?

FM22 introduce a new dynamic youth rating system rewarding nations at the top of the rankings, and you're certain to find some superstars in the youth ranks at Belgian clubs. Alongside Anderlecht, there's no better place to look than Club Brugge.

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