Madden 22 Relocation Guide - How to Relocate in Franchise Mode

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Madden 22 continues to thrive this year with an upgraded Franchise Mode, and one feature many players will look to is relocation.

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This detailed Madden 22 guide will give you all the details on how to relocate, the cities and teams you'll be able to choose from, and how that all changes your Franchise experience.

Latest - December Title Update includes Franchise bug fixes

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The Madden 22 December Title Update has officially been released, and this latest set of changes includes a flurry of Franchise Mode bug fixes.

Multiple lingering issues have now been resolved, and they also made changes to which players currently have X-Factor Abilities.

You can find the full details and patch notes here for Madden 22 Update 2.04.

Madden 22 Relocation: How to relocate a team in Franchise Mode

The very first thing you need to be sure of is that your Franchise Mode save was started with you in the role of Owner in order to use Madden 22 relocation.

Unfortunately, any other role will not allow you to relocate, and if you've already started a Franchise Mode save with another role, you'll have to start a new one to relocate.

When choosing which team to relocate, the most important factor is whether you want to use the traditional relocation method or use League Settings to force relocation as an option.

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METLIFE: The Jets' home starts too high quality to relocate on "Normal"

If you are using the normal League Settings with Relocation set to "Normal," you will only be able to relocate when your Stadium has reached a rating below 20, and most NFL stadiums are well above that, which can get in the way of Madden 22 relocation.

If you attempt to relocate with a team that has a good stadium, you'll have to sim forward upwards of a decade or more before the stadium has deteriorated enough to allow Madden 22 relocation.

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However, the Tennessee Titans are primed for Madden 22 relocation, as their stadium begins the game with a mere rating of 10, allowing you to begin relocation immediately.

If you want to use any other team to relocate, you need to make sure you set Relocation in League Settings to "Users Only" or "Everyone (Can Relocate)" in order to make the move without needing the deteriorating stadium.

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This will allow you to choose any existing NFL team as your starting point and get the Madden 22 relocation process going.

How long does relocation take?

It's important to keep in mind that relocation is a lengthy process in Franchise Mode, and you won't get to become your new team in a new location until the following season.

You can trigger Madden 22 relocation as soon as your Franchise begins, but you won't be prompted to choose a location until week four or week five of the regular season.

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STARTING THE PROCESS: Get the ball rolling on Relocation

It's up to you whether you want to meticulously play through the first season to ensure success heading into the move, but you can also just sim forward through the season.

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Make sure to only move forward one week at a time, as you'll be prompted on different weeks to then choose a new team name and logo, new uniforms, and make choices about your new stadium.

When the dust settles, you'll be able to begin the second season with your fully relocated team in place for Franchise Mode.

How do you know which location to choose?

You'll have several different cities to pick from when deciding what location is right for your relocated team in Franchise, and there are three key factors that will most influence things moving forward.

Each location has a rating for Fan Interest, Market Size, and Personality, all of which will affect how your Franchise could succeed or struggle after Madden 22 relocation is complete.

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GIVE LONDON WHAT IT WANTS: The UK needs their own NFL team

Choosing somewhere with the best Market Size and Fan Interest will make things easier on you financially following the move, but areas with less of each may need more success to truly thrive.

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It's not fully clear how much impact Personality plays in your Franchise, but it references the nature of the fanbase if you choose to move there with your Madden 22 relocation.

Ultimately, you really wanna pick the location that interests you, as the journey will be more fun with a new team you like.

All Cities & Team Names

If you're trying to decide where to go, getting a full picture of your options can be crucial before you start Madden 22 relocation.

First, it's important to point out that you can choose to keep your original team name, uniforms, and logo when relocating to any location, but the Fan Interest is often low for keeping the existing branding.

Here, we'll list each location with its details, the teams you have to choose from, and the logos that come with each team.

In addition to a level of Fan Interest that is specific to the prospect of each location, there is different also a separate Fan Interest rating for each team name.

As a note, there are two locations (St. Louis and Oakland) which don't let you change your uniforms, logo, or team name, and instead will keep your current team and only shift the location name.

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COME BACK: St. Louis and Oakland really want their own teams back

It's very likely that, as the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders both moved very recently, these choices were made so players can take those teams and move them back to their former home without having to change names, and in a way that prevents two Rams or Raiders teams from existing in the same league.

We've also included a quoted blurb for each location, these are shown in-game when hovering over each potential city.

Austin Teams & Logos

"Austin is the perfect place to relocate. Your team choices are Bats, Armadillos and Desperados."

  • Market Size: Decent
  • Personality: Front Runner
  • Location Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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Austin Team Logos (Left to Right): Desperados, Armadillos, Bats
  • Armadillos Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Bats Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Desperados Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Brooklyn Teams & Logos

"Brooklyn features a huge market and very passionate fans. Choose from the Beats, Bulls and Barons."

  • Market Size: Huge
  • Personality: Hardcore
  • Fan Interest: 5 out of 6
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Brooklyn Team Logos (Left to Right): Beats, Bulls, Barons
  • Barons Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
  • Beats Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
  • Bulls Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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Chicago Teams & Logos

"Chicago is the perfect city for a 2nd NFL team. Choose from the Tigers, Blues and Cougars."

  • Market Size: Huge
  • Personality: Hardcore
  • Location Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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Chicago Team Logos (Left to Right): Tigers, Cougars, Blues
  • Blues Fan Interest: 3 out of 6
  • Cougars Fan Interest: 1 out of 6
  • Tigers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Columbus Teams & Logos

"Columbus is a decent market with fairly rabid fans. Choose from the Aviators, Caps and Explorers."

  • Market Size: Decent
  • Personality: Front Runner
  • Location Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Colums Team Logos (Left to Right): Caps, Explorers, Aviators
  • Aviators Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Caps Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Explorers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Dublin Teams & Logos

"Dublin is a great spot. Choose from the Celtic Tigers, Antlers and Shamrocks."

  • Market Size: Decent
  • Personality: Laid Back
  • Location Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Dublin Team Logos (Left to Right): Antlers, Celtic Tigers, Shamrocks
  • Antlers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Celtic Tigers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Shamrocks Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Houston Teams & Logos

"Moving a 2nd team to Houston is a bold move. Choose from the Oilers, Gunners and Voyagers."

  • Market Size: Huge
  • Personality: Loyal
  • Location Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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Houston Team Logos (Left to Right): Voyagers, Gunners, Oilers
  • Gunners Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Oilers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Voyagers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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London Teams & Logos

"London is a huge market that would love an NFL team. Choose from the Bulldogs, Monarchs and Black Knights."

  • Market Size: Huge
  • Personality: Loyal
  • Location Fan Interest: 6 out of 6
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London Team Logos (Left to Right): Monarchs, Bulldogs, Black Knights
  • Black Knights Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
  • Bulldogs Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
  • Monarchs Fan Interest: 5 out of 6
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Memphis Teams & Logos

"You might get the blues if you move here. Choose from the Hounds, Egyptians and Steamers."

  • Market Size: Small
  • Personality: Laid Back
  • Location Fan Interest: 1 out of 6
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Memphis Team Logos (Left to Right): Steamers, Hounds, Egyptians
  • Egyptians Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Hounds Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Steamers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Mexico City Teams & Logos

"Mexico City is a prime destination. Choose from the Diablos and Golden Eagles."

  • Market Size: Huge
  • Personality: Hardcore
  • Location Fan Interest: 5 out of 6
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Mexico City Team Logos (Left to Right): Diablos, Golden Eagles
  • Diablos Fan Interest: 5 out of 6
  • Golden Eagles Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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Oakland Teams & Logos

"Choosing this city keeps existing branding, including uniforms, logo, and nickname. There are no re-brand options in this location."

  • Market Size: Large
  • Personality: Front Runner
  • Location Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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Oklahoma City Teams & Logos

"OKC has loyal fans but is a small market. Choose from the Lancers, Nighthawks and Bisons."

  • Market Size: Small
  • Personality: Loyal
  • Location Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Oklahoma City Team Logos (Left to Right): Bisons, Lancers, Night Hawks
  • Bisons Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Lancers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Night Hawks Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Orlando Teams & Logos

"Orlando will be a tough market to succeed in. Choices include Orbits, Sentinels and Wizards."

  • Market Size: Decent
  • Personality: Front Runner
  • Location Fan Interest: 1 out of 6
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Orlando Team Logos (Left to Right): Orbits, Sentinels, Wizards
  • Orbits Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Sentinels Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Wizards: 3 out of 6
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Portland Teams & Logos

"Portland's passionate fans support the team even with a small market. Choose from the River Hogs, Snowhawks and Lumberjacks."

  • Market Size: Small
  • Personality: Hardcore
  • Location Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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Portland Team Logos (Left to Right): River Hogs, Lumberjacks, Snowhawks
  • Lumberjacks Fan Interest: 3 out of 6
  • River Hogs Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Snowhawks Fan Interest: 1 out of 6
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Sacramento Teams & Logos

"Sacramento is an average sized market. Choose from the Condors, Miners and Redwoods."

  • Market Size: Average
  • Personality: Laid Back
  • Location Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Sacramento Team Logos (Left to Right): Condors, Miners, Redwoods
  • Condors Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Miners Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Redwoods Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Salt Lake City Teams & Logos

"Salt Lake has loyal fans but is a pretty small market. Choose from the Elks, Flyers and Pioneers."

  • Market Size: Small
  • Personality: Loyal
  • Location Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Salt Lake City Team Logos (Left to Right): Elks, Flyers, Pioneers
  • Elks Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Flyers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Pioneers Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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San Antonio Teams & Logos

"San Antonio is an average sized market with loyal fans. Choose from the Dreadnoughts and Express."

  • Market Size: Average
  • Personality: Loyal
  • Location Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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San Antonio Team Logos (Left to Right): Dreadnoughts, Express
  • Dreadnoughts Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Express Fan Interest: 1 out of 6
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San Diego Teams & Logos

"San Diego can't wait to get back to cheering on their team on Sundays. Choose from the Crusaders, Red Dragons and Aftershocks."

  • Market Size: Average
  • Personality: Laid Back
  • Location Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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San Diego Team Logos (Left to Right): Aftershocks, Crusaders, Red Dragons
  • Aftershocks Fan Interest: 5 out of 6
  • Crusaders Fan Interest: 5 out of 6
  • Red Dragons Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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St. Louis Teams & Logos

"Choosing this city keeps existing branding, including uniforms, logo, and nickname. There are no re-brand options in this location."

  • Market Size: Average
  • Personality: Laid Back
  • Location Fan Interest: 4 out of 6
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Toronto Teams & Logos

"Toronto features loyal fans and a large sized market. Choose from the Huskies, Mounties and Thunderbirds."

  • Market Size: Large
  • Personality: Loyal
  • Location Fan Interest: 3 out of 6
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Toronto Team Logos (Left to Right): Mounties, Huskies, Thunderbirds
  • Mounties Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
  • Huskies Fan Interest: 1 out of 6
  • Thunderbirds Fan Interest: 2 out of 6
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Choosing your Stadium for Madden 22 relocation

The final step in your Madden 22 relocation process is choosing a new stadium, and the options will be the same regardless of which location or team you've picked.

The following ten Madden 22 relocation stadiums are available:

  • Basic Canopy Stadium
  • Basic Futuristic Stadium
  • Basic Hybrid Stadium
  • Basic Sphere Stadium
  • Basic Traditional Stadium
  • Deluxe Canopy Stadium
  • Deluxe Futuristic Stadium
  • Deluxe Hybrid Stadium
  • Deluxe Sphere Stadium
  • Deluxe Traditional Stadium
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Choosing a stadium ultimately comes down to your own personal preference and exactly how fiscally responsible you want to be with the decision.

The latter will vary depending on whether you're choosing to run Franchise Mode with a salary cap or not and how much starting money you've got based on which type of Owner you decided to be.

Make sure to look closest at the Weekly Cost figure, rather than total Build Cost, which will indicate how much it'll actually affect your regular financial operations in Franchise Mode.