Setting up your scouting network in Football Manager is a fundamental task for an ambitious club. By expanding the world knowledge outside the local regions of your club, you can spot more great players and future wonderkids as you increase your knowledge of players and competitions worldwide.
In your quest to find potential and suitable signings how you set up your scouting network can play a major role in the success of your scouting team’s abilities to identify the next stars, a future club legend or a great replacement for a player within your team.
In part 3 of our series, where we are delving into how to master the art of Football Manager Scouting, the time has come to take a closer look at how to utilize the Football Manager scouting network by setting up scouting assignments.
In the world of any Football Manager career, scouting is and should be at every manager’s core. The ability to create a reliable and efficient network of scouts is highly crucial to reaching the top of the game. You will need a good scouting program in order to succeed. One that builds upon the club’s vision and your football philosophy.
Setting up your scouting network should be done with the same importance as the focus you’ve used on building a ‘5-star coaching team’.
Today, I’ll share with you how you can set up a worldwide efficient scouting network that has comprehensive knowledge of all parts of the world and who updates you on the most promising talents before everyone else!
Hopefully, my approach to how I set up my scouting network in Football Manager will give you some great tips on how to expand your scouting knowledge in Football Manager, so you can track down the best players for your playing level!
This article is part of a wider series about scouting in Football Manager:
- #1 Scouting in Football Manager | The Definitive Guide
- #1.1 Scouting Regions & Nations Youth Ratings
- #1.2 Football Manager 2021 Youth Intake Dates | Scouting for Newgens
- #1.3 How to find the best scouts in Football Manager
- #2 How to scout for players in Football Manager
- #2.2 Using Statistics and Data Analytics to Scout for players
- #2.3 How to find the best hidden gems; wonderkids & newgens
Building the Scouting Network
Creating your club’s scouting network and turning your local scouting team into a worldwide scouting network that fills your scouting center with top-rated targets from all over the world can be both a fun and rewarding affair.
In order to create an extensive scouting network that is as effective as possible, it requires your immediate attention. Building the club’s scouting network is a duty of the highest importance. The sooner you start on it, the better!
Despite, building your scouting network is an eternal affair, it’s smart to sketch down a plan on how the structure of the club’s scouting network shall be, as quickly as possible.
Personally, I start on the task of structuring the scouting network already at day one. In the first days of management, I assess my scouting team; their capabilities and national knowledge.
The quality of the scouting network will largely depend on the nationality and quality of the scouts and the recruitment analysts’ abilities to judge a player’s abilities, potential and interpret data relevant to player’s performances and attributes. In addition, it will become as important to maintain the quality of the scouting network, by constantly hiring as many scouts the club allows, as taking advantage of the scouting team’s strengths in an as effective way as possible.
By maximizing the size of the recruitment team and utilize all the scouts at your club, you’ll find more players quicker and easier. The better scouts you hire, the more accurate scout reports they will deliver – something that makes it easier for you to make better decisions when signing players.
The scouting network of Real Betis will vary from that Borussia Dortmund got. While economics plays a major part, individual capabilities, creativity in using the tools at disposal and the club’s reputation might mean their approach to scouting will differ. In fact, both clubs may have the same tools to their disposal but transfer policies, budget and playing style will require going a different path when scouting for players.
The Scouting & Recruitment Team
In the overview of the recruitment team, and with a custom view applied, it’s easy to get an overview of which positions I need to strengthen in the scouting team and which roles they can perform in my scouting network. The information I receive will help to understand the types of scouting missions they can conduct and in which nations/regions they will do their job most effectively.
To give you a brief summary of the essence of how to find the best scouts, you’d like to enhance your scouting team with scouts who got;
- as high Judging Player Ability (JPA) as possible, according to the club level
- as high Judging Player Potential (JPP) as possible, according to the club level
- great Adaptability (ADA)
- knowledge of nations outside the club’s local knowledge
In my instance, at SPAL, any improvements to the scouting team should have a higher JPA, JPP and ADA of better than 14 and a better reputation than 2 stars.
The current team of scouts is all based on staff that got full knowledge of Italy and above-average knowledge of Argentina. In order to improve the current scouting team, I have a specific structure I’d like to establish in my clubs, that aims to increase the scouting knowledge within the club.
The Organizational Structure of An Efficient Scouting Team
Setting up the organizational structure to an efficient scouting team is far from hokus pokus but I find it beneficial to sketch down a plan for the types of scouts I need to sign, in order to improve the current scouting team, as well as the club’s scouting knowledge.
Like any squad building, the organizational structure of the scouting network will need to relate to the club’s overall vision, your football philosophy and according to financial constraints. Truth be told, different clubs may have different scouting strategies according to their transfer policy or resources available.
You might like to use a similar structure to the scouting network as me, despite not prioritizing the same nations or regions. This means that how you set up your scouting network might be totally different from my approach.
As the image shows, the current scouting team already got the scouts I need to scout for players in Italy but according to my plan, I would need a total of 20 scouts to cover both Europe and South America.
Some will need to have the expertise to scout for players under the age of 21, others need to be specialists at roaming regions, and a few others need to analyze players’ current abilities. Having 1 to 3 scouts that have better JPA is great if you need to set up a short-term scouting focus to identify suitable targets for the first-team.
The job going forward is to expand the scouting team for the areas closest to the middle of the diagram, such as Scandinavia and Western Europe, in addition, to targeting specific nations that could help me bring in players that are affordable and can play at the level I’m at.
Then, the actual job of setting up your scouting network will be a long-term prospect, especially when managing a club beneath the top levels. Due to financial restrictions and reputation, it may take time to expand the club’s world knowledge to Manchester City’s, RB Salzburg or Barcelona’s level. But that’s part of the fun!
The Club’s Scouting Knowledge & Allowed Scouting Scope
When entering a new club it’s lots of information to digest. You need to learn as much about your players and your own club as external clubs, players and competitions around you. In fact, you’ll notice that specific information about players and staff outside your club is hidden.
In fact, the level of the clubs’ world scouting knowledge will determine the level of detail within the game.
Your knowledge level of players, staff and external clubs are limited by;
- the club’s scouting knowledge of a certain nation
- the nationality, reputation and past experience of the current club’s backroom staff
- the division or league the player is at. You will automatically have better knowledge of players within your same division. Similarly you’ll have better knowledge of players in the nation your club is at compared to a nation far away.
- the player’s reputation. It’s more natural to have greater knowledge of some of the most reputable players in the world.
- any affiliate clubs and partnership links to the club
- The Human Manager’s past experience and level of reputation
Which nations your current club has knowledge of can be discovered under Scouting – Knowledge:
About the Knowledge Levels
The club’s scouting knowledge will be determined by members of your backroom staff’s nationality, knowledge of nations according to previous experience along with affiliated clubs and partnership links to other clubs.
By clicking the different regions, you’ll get further information about the percentage knowledge of the nations within that region displayed in a colored coding from dark grey – low levels of knowledge to green (high knowledge).
The knowledge level of a nation in the nation’s overview equals the best source’s knowledge level, whilst the regional knowledge equals to the combined knowledge the club has over nations within that region. This means that if you’d like to have full or extensive knowledge of a particular region (e.g. South Europe where SPAL is located), you need to improve your backroom staff with coaches, scouts or affiliates from Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Albania.
The priority will be to make sure your scouting knowledge is as wide-reach as possible. It’s here setting up a scouting network comes in!
Why you shall improve your club’s world knowledge?
There are many benefits of improving the world scouting knowledge – the most important aspects is highlighted below;
- Increase the scouting pool and number of players found in search results. By increasing the amount of “People Found” when conducting searches, it will let you identify more suitable targets when conducting filtered searches. An higher level of knowledge of a region will let you discover more players with lower levels of reputation in the search results. The objective must be to unearth hidden gems and potential cheap wonderkids that can improve your club’s finances and performances for the long-term, right?!
- when setting up your save will you perhaps select a database size of 65,000 players. If you’re managing a smaller club with limited scouting knowledge, only 20% of the players and staff might be visible to you. This means that many good players, or staff, are omitted in the search results. People that potentially could bring the club to another level, as they would basically improve the overall squad quality.
- Improve the knowledge of suitable targets and these player’s abilities (strength and weaknesses). In fact, with more player’s at your disposal, it’s easier to improve the current squad depth, as well as getting aware of rising talents before their value increases that might makes them unaffordable to you. You’d like to build a stronger and more competitive squad that can hunt for trophies and achieve success on the pitch, right?!
- without 100% knowledge on a player this information will not be accurate or visible;
- current and potential ability star rating – the player’s abilities in comparison to your squad’s overall abilities
- the player’s specific attributes and other hidden attributes that affect his player performances, development and overall happiness.
- personality and media handling style
- natural positional abilities and games played i position
- role suitability
- player traits
- current form and overall statistics
- current happiness and plans
- dynamics; how the player might fit into the social groups at your club
- contract clauses, potential asking prices and other contract information that will give you hints about the overall transfer cost.
TIP! Use the ‘Ask Agent About Availability‘ button to get a better picture of transfer value and demands. The button is found under Player Profile – Transfers
- without 100% knowledge on a player this information will not be accurate or visible;
- Information within a player’s profile is not only important when scouting for players that can improve the current squad, now or for the future. With more information about upcoming opponent’s players you can better set up opposition instructions and analyze the opposition teams strength and weaknesses.
- With poor knowledge of nations you will be omitted from getting more in-depth information about the teams in that country. For instance, full squad lists or information about formation and playing style, which may be valuable when your team plays continental tournaments, such as in the UEFA Champions League.
- NB! You can easily avoid getting into this situation by setting up next opposition scouting assignments
- With 100% knowledge of a nation you are more likely to get newgens from that specific country in the yearly youth intake. This statement also relies to, or depends on, the club’s level of youth recruitment and the skills, personality and preferences of the backroom staff responsible for youth recruitment – normally managed by the Football Manager staff role head of youth development.
You can read more about how youth intakes work in Football Manager and how to get better newgens in the annual youth intakein this article.
In general, no matter which league you play in or the level of clubs knowledge it’s vital to try to maximize it in order to broaden your world knowledge; the depth in every nation.
As you saw above, there are many benefits of always looking to increase your scouting knowledge.
Below we’ll quickly go through some methods to how you quickly can enhance your club’s scouting knowledge, then I’ll share with you the approaches I use in Football Manager to set up a worldwide scouting network.
How to Increase the Club’s Scouting Knowledge?
Already when setting up your new save, you can affect the club scouting knowledge and influence of the number of players available to search through. While I won’t spend too much time delving into how to set up your save in this instance, the number of playable nations and leagues, database size and other settings will determine your knowledge level.
In addition, there are six alternative methods, or quick tips to take advantage of, to quickly improve the club’s scouting knowledge!
You can increase your Football Manager scouting knowledge easily by;
1) Be sly and creative enough to choose a home nation and a secondary nation different from the nation of the managing club when creating your managerial profile. You could select that you’re born in Brazil but has a secondary nationality of Italian, despite you know you’ll be managing a club in Belgium.
1.1) Then you can select that you’re fluent in a language outside your nation of origin which will give you brief knowledge of that nation.
This means that you will already have an average knowledge of at least three different nations.
In my SPAL save, I’ve got thorough scouting knowledge of France, since I selected Auxurre as my birthplace and widespread knowledge of England, as I can speak English fluently.
2) broaden your club’s backroom staff team with the coaching staff and administrative staff from different parts of the world, such as hiring coaches, assistant manager or scouts with knowledge from different nations and regions.
The simplest method is to improve the scouting team by expanding the number of scouts and bringing in scouts with a different scouting knowledge than the current ones and sending them out on assignments to travel regions or multiple nations.
A scout with a greater level of knowledge within a nation will be more effective scouting that nation. The scout will be far quicker completing assignments in a nation, or delivering individual scout reports of players based in that nation if he has 100% knowledge of that nation.
3) by making a boardroom request to increase the number of affiliated clubs. Your club’s feeder and parent clubs will let you have better knowledge of the nation their based in. For some partnership types, it may even provide you with limited knowledge of the region they are based in.
You got specific partnership links where the clubs share the scouting knowledge between eachother – perfect for improving your scouting network!
NB! Feeder and parent clubs will not only add depth to the level of nation knowledge but also be useful when the annual youth intake happens. It can increase the chance of getting newgens from feeder clubs’ nation. The link type must be a mutually beneficial relationship where the affiliated club can send academy players to the senior affiliated club to gain experience.
4) Selecting the appropriate recruitment package which will increase the knowledge level of players within specific division(s), nation, region or contintent. You can read more about the recruitment packages and how it affect the pool of players found in any player searches.
5) by playing competitive matches, or friendlies, against other teams. This will increase the knowledge of the players in the starting XI and let you learn more about the squad.
6) and finally, the main core of this article, by setting up a scouting assignments and building a professional scouting team of 5-star scouts, and send them out to all the different parts of the world; increasing your scouting knowledge with an efficient scouting network.
In the sections below, I’ll explain how I approach setting up my scouting network in Football Manager, and how I set up assignments for my scouts to gain worldwide scouting knowledge to track down great players for your club, or the best talents and 5-star newgens as soon as they come through in your long-term save.
On the road to 100% world knowledge, if it’s possible… or advantage at all(!), you will need to sort through thousands of scout reports on potential new signings, monitor and setup scouting assignments that let’s you find the best transfer targets for your playing style and transfer budget.
Setting up Scouting Assignments
Before you start setting up scout assignments and take advantage of your highly efficient scouting network, it is important to set yourself as responsible for setting up the assignments. You can do that in the staff responsibilities screen found under main tab Staff. Then let your chief scout be responsible for delivering the scout reports and update you on the recommended players found.
When setting up your club’s scouting mission, it should conform to the club’s transfer policy, but still, it should not limit your leeway when scouting for players. You need to take into account all scenarios within your save; injury crisis, players stagnating or not performing in your tactics, players leaving or requesting transfers, or players reaching the latter stages of their career, which means you need to look for short- or long-term signings outside your initial transfer plans or policy.
At SPAL, the board favors me to sign players based in Italy, and who is Italian. But I wish to restrict my business of signing players to certain transfer policies that will influence the way I set up my scouting assignments and the way I scout for players.
The transfer policies I want to incorporate at SPAL is;
- signing Italian under-23 players
- signing Under-23 players from Scandinavian nations, plus Poland.
- signing French, Swiss, Croatian and Serbian Under-23 players
- signing Under-21 players from Argentina and Brazil
Setting up the club’s scouting structure is something to have in mind from the time you create your new save. By carefully considering and selecting the playable nations, you’ll decide which nations and competitions to get statistics and data from, which the recruitment team can acquire player analysis from.
The Ideal Setup of Scouting Assignments in Football Manager
What is the ‘fog of war’?
In our guide to how to make Football Manager harder, we looked at the Football Manager Player attribute masking aka the fog of war in strategy games. The concept is simple. The game assumes according to the manager’s reputation, past experience and nationality that certain information about players and staff is hidden or made invisible until knowledge is gained. It can be player attributes and hidden attributes, their overall strengths and weaknesses, their positional abilities or information about contracts and availability.
With the Football Manager player attribute masking enabled you will need to acquire that information by acquiring scout reports of players outside your club’s scouting scope.
Even within the permitted scouting scope, some information about the players isn’t available at once. Player attributes may be displayed in ranges between 10-14, star ratings that reflect a player’s current ability or potential ability level are hidden. Then, other information about a player’s happiness, transfer cost, and interest may be hidden until one in your recruitment team watch the player in action by attending matches, get a scout report of him, or bring the players into the club on trials to quickly assess the player’s abilities.
When setting up scouting assignments, it’s worth considering the scouting cost. You need to balance the cost of sending out scouts to ‘all’ corners of the world, with the advantage of finding suitable prospects that fit the club’s football philosophy and finances.
Or, simply, if finances don’t allow it, let the ‘fog of war’ disappear bit by bit by acquiring knowledge of players within a new region or nation, perhaps even outside your current scouting range.
The best way to set up your scouting assignments, at least from my perspective, is to prioritize scouting nations, regions and competitions close to you before increasing the knowledge of regions (or continents you have none or little knowledge of.
Recommended Scouting Priority
Your order of setting up assignments for the different scouting regions is important as well. In the moment of setting up the club’s scouting assignments, you will need to have several thoughts in the head.
There are several things you will have to consider when choosing the order and priority;
1. Where is the managing club located in the world?
Scouting your local region should be your first priority. The cheapest option to find new players and increase scouting knowledge at the same time is to scout countries in close proximity. For example, if you manage in England you should focus on UK & Ireland and if you manage in Mexico you should focus on North America as your first priority.
1.1 What is the overall cost of prioritizing certain areas over others?
Will it be beneficial to scout a region far away that might produce lots of great players and future wonderkids, but rules don’t allow me to sign them? Similarly, is it beneficial to scout a region where it’s less chance of producing great players or finding players that can play at my level?
2. How many scouts are you allowed to have?
This is easily done by checking the staff box in the boardroom section. Since you always have a limited amount of scouts – depending on your finances and club reputation – the order of region priority should be considered.
2.1 What are the scouts’ best strengths, and which task can they be more effective at?
3. Where is it most proficient to scout? Which clubs, regions or nations produce the best players?
3.1 Where can I find suitable players for my club that will improve my squad and make me beat my rival’s over top signings?
Your priorities in terms of assignments will also influence which scouts you target, as you want scouts who complement each other’s scouting knowledge.
How you set up your scouting assignment and scout for players may vary throughout the year, according to what you need to prioritize.
Even though, I favor this setup of scouting assignments. The layout is one I’ve used for years with great results.
- Chief Scout: requires high reputation, JPA and JPP (>15)
Task: provide the final report and secondary opinions of potential signings.
- One Next Opposition Scout: requires the best JPA & Tactical Knowledge in your scouting team
Assignment: Team – Ongoing reports on next opposition
Often the job of the chief scout – depends on his capabilities
- One to 3 First-Team scouts: requires better JPA than JPP
Assignment: Competitions (e.g. Serie A and Serie B), or Squad Player
These scouts will also be accessible to take on short-term scouting focuses decided upon at Recruitment meetings. A normal scouting focus requires 2 scouts available.
- At least 1 Youth Scout: requires better JPP + Adaptability
Assignment: Roam the allowed Scouting scope for Under-19 talents
+ scout specific youth competitions (in region or locally)
- Minimum 3 Roaming Scouts: requires Adaptability, great knowledge of different nations in a region + JPA and/or JPP depending on your transfer policy
- Head of Regions scouts: requires good JPA and JPP (and knowledge of big nations in that region)
e.g. scouts with knowledge of Brazil, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Italy or England – nations great at producing youth players and got a great standard on their leagues.
- Nations Scouts: requires 100% knowledge of specific nations within regions I want to find players in and good JPA, JPP and Adaptability,
Assignment: Roam nations for players according to maximum age.
These scouts’ task is to bring further knowledge to the region they are based in and often has a different nation knowledge to the Region Scouts (e.g 100% knowledge of Croatia, Belgium, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Russia, Uruguay, Colombia or Argentina).
Approach 1: Scouting Regions
How you set up your scouting network will be based on many factors. Your network should be as expansive as possible. In order to expand your knowledge, it’s worthy to learn more about regional scouting.
As you might’ve experienced from reading part 1 of our Football Manager Scouting guides How to find the best scouts, we introduced you to the term Roaming scouts and what they require. You will now experience how we take advantage of the regional or roaming scouts to both increase scouting knowledge and find the “hidden wonderkids” and bargains from all over the world in Football Manager!
Which Areas of The World / Nations Are Proficient to scout?
Which regions you are allowed to send your scouts to, can be found in the overview of scouting assignments. This is determined by the board, and you got no possibilities to affect it. The club’s allowed scouting range is divided between being able to:
- Scout the entire world – no restrictions
- Scout the continent you’re in
- Scout the region you’re in
- Scout the country you’re in
- Scout divisions in your nation
- Scout the division you’re in
Most often a lower league club or a minor club will only be allowed to scout their own division, for example, Serie C, if they got the financial power to have a scouting budget at all!
You can also get permission to scout foreign nations that the club got close links with.
Recommended Regions to Scout
Football Manager comes with 24 regions as seen in our overview of the Football Manager scouting regions. I won’t recommend you to prioritize scouting all these regions. Instead, you should build knowledge of certain areas in the world that generates the best newgens and potentially the most wonderkids. Despite there might be a few occasions where future stars come through at smaller nations, it’s most cost-effective to prioritize nations and regions closest to you.
The article about scouting regions and nations youth ratings (linked to above) can be used to give you an idea of regions worthy to scout, as it literally provides you with the order of where to scout for players first.
As you’ll notice, there is a huge difference between the 24 regions. Some are bigger and more demanding, some are fairly small and involve fewer countries, like Northern Europe. This means that to gain full knowledge of all nations within a greater region like Central Europe or South America (south), it will require more resources as it will take a longer time.
This means that you need more scouts traveling within that region in order to gain knowledge more rapidly, which is why I favor head of region scouts along with roaming scouts.
The top 10 regions I prioritize scouting are:
- South America (South) – Argentina and Brazil
- Central Europe – Germany, Holland, Belgium
- Western Europe – France, Spain, Portugal
- South Europe – Italy, Croatia
- UK & Ireland – England
- South America (North) – Colombia (cheap talents)
- Northern Europe – Denmark, Sweden, Norway (cheap talents)
- Eastern Europe – Serbia, Romania (cheap talents)
The order depends on the region you’re managing in and the league level.
Approach 2: Scout Specific Nations (With Highest Youth Rating)
Let’s face it, it’s difficult to let one scout get full knowledge of a region. At least, it will require a lot of time and maintenance by renewing assignments and making sure he covers all nations in the region equally.
Along with some scouts traveling regions, it’s smart to let some scouts scout specific nations that are great at producing newgens. An approach is to let scouts be in charge of one to maximum of three nations in close proximity. The number of nations they are in charge of and will scout in, will depend on the size of the nation. Some nations might require several scouts traveling around, such as Brazil.
For instance, the setup of scouts traveling nations could be;
- 1-3 scouts: Brazil (Santos, São Paulo, Fluminense, Gremio, Palmeiras)
- 1 scout: Spain and Portugal (Barcelona, Benfica, Sporting, Porto, Real Madrid, Villarreal)
- 1 scout: Holland, Belgium (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord, Club Brugge, Anderlecht, KRC Genk)
- 1 scout: France (Stade Rennais, Paris SG, Olympique Lyonnais, Sochaux)
- 1 scout: Germany and Poland (Bayern München, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bor. Dortmund, Legia Warzawa)
- 1 scout: England (Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal, Southampton).
- 1 scout: Argentina (River Plate, Velez Sarsfield, Boca Juniors, Newell’s Old Boys)
- 1 scout: Italy and Croatia (Atalanta, AS Roma, Inter Milan, A.C. Milan, Empoli)
- 1 scout: Austria and Switzerland (RB Salzburg, Liefering, Admira Wacker, Basel, Zürich, Grasshoppers)
In order to let scouts travel as short distances as possible between each nation, you can use Google Maps when setting up the scouting assignments.
Approach 3: Scouting Squads & Youth Intakes from Well-known Youth Academy Clubs
Within the 14 nations listed above, you’ll find some of the best clubs with the most renowned youth academy. A strategy is to take advantage of our list of Youth Intake dates to poach Juniors before they sign a professional contract. You might like to have dedicated scouts with great Judging Player Potential to look for Under-18/19 players.
His task may be to scout specific clubs or look for players coming through at youth intakes. Here you’ll be more hands-on than by setting up a simple assignment. Besides scouting for Under-18 players and traveling a continent, you might request Team reports and scout reports of newgens.
You can discover all players coming through in the game at; World – Transfers – Youth Intake
(browse by month to see the latest players coming through).
You can see a full list of the best youth academy clubs in Football Manager here.
Approach 4: Scout Competitions and Tournaments
The last approach I’d like to mention here is to scout specific competitions. This is useful to track down players who perform. You can let your scout identify great players playing at the national and international levels that tops the statistics chart. You can scout competitions at a relevant level as you’re managing at, or attend major continental continents.
For a deeper knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses, you can assign a recruitment analyst to get a deeper knowledge about the pros and cons of his game.
Some recommended competitions to scout are;
- World Cup (2022 and every four years)
- FIFA U-20 World Cup (2023)
- UEFA European Championship (2024)
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship
- CONMEBOL Copa Americana
- CONMEBOL Sudamericano Sub-20
- Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (Feb 2023)
- North American U20 Championship
International Club Competitions:
- Viareggio Cup World Football Tournament (March 2022)
- UEFA Champions League (Yearly)
- UEFA Youth League (Yearly)
- CONMEBOL Libertadores
- CONMEBOL Sudamericana
- CONMEBOL Libertadores sub-20
- Total CAF Champions League
You can set up screen flow to get information from the different tournaments without spending money from the scouting budget or tie up a scout to these kinds of assignments. You can read more about how to set up screen flow in Football Manager in our guide on how to scout for players.
You can get further information about how to set up scouting assignments in this piece.
Maintaining the Scouting Network
A club’s scouting knowledge of a certain nation will be in constant change. You will need to maintain your scouting network by updating and altering the types of scouting assignments you got going.
Since a nation’s knowledge level will be affected by youth intakes, as new players arrive into the game, the knowledge level will drop. You will then need to re-visit these leagues to retain its current knowledge or increase it by taking on a new assignment.
It will require a hands-on approach where you monitor the current players found from assignments, edit and set up new ones as soon as they are finished.
A scout which is tasked to assign a nation outside of his primary knowledge area for a longer time will gradually see his knowledge level of that nation drop. For instance, if you ask a scout with 100% knowledge of France to roam Northern Africa for months and years, he will gain knowledge of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt whilst knowledge of France will decrease.
That means it’s important to let your scouts be in charge of scouting nations they have full knowledge of. Not only will they provide reports quicker, but since he got great knowledge of players in that nation more players will be recommended to you.
That’s it for now! I hope you have found some great tips that help you to establish a worldwide scouting network in your Football Manager save. If you got some additional scouting tips, use the comment field below.
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