Do you favor developing your own youth rather than spending huge resources in the scouting and recruitment of players? Today our partner MurphFM brings you the best Football Manager 2023 Youth Development challenges you need to try!
The La Masia Challenge: Football Manager 2023 Youth Development Challenge Explained
When FC Barcelona fielded an entire team of home-grown talents back in 2012 it became a symbol of the club’s identity to look to their youth academy La Masia for developing youth. Back then, it remarked a significant moment to the club’s history as all players on the pitch all were Spaniards and had come through the La Masia Academy in different stages.
The challenges of youth development are many. Finally being able to field an entire team of home-grown talents might not be possible without a lot of effort, great training facilities in the club and a coaching team superb at working with youth and get the best out of them.
By deciding to take on a Football Manager 2023 youth development challenge, it means you will only use the Youth resources within the club and rely on the club’s youth intake days to improve your squad. With new gen players from your own academy as your main source of recruitment, it might take years fielding a strong enough team to compete for the major titles but the reward is significant.
The rules are simple:
- no transfers allowed (hardest challenge level – optionally)
- nurture the talents coming through the Youth Intake (necessary)
- upgrade your training facilities at every opportunity (necessary)
- include one new Under-20 player to your first team each season (optionally)
To help you on your way to find the perfect team for a youth development challenge on Football Manager 2023, or the La Masia Challenge as I like to call it, MurphFM looks at five clubs across Europe and South America with the ideal foundation for developing youth.
In fact, he identifies clubs to manage who you might not have heard of with great training facilities, good youth facilities, or the foundation to help YOU make the most of your youth / new gens and wonderkids in Football Manager 2023.
These clubs might not be historically known for producing the best players in the world, like Barcelona or Ajax but that’s part of the challenge – trying to establish a youth development program at a club and invest in youth only which you eventually might profit from.
We’ve seen it’s possible for clubs like FC Nordsjælland and RB Salzburg, so why not limit your transfer policy to rely on getting a golden generation from your club’s youth intake in your long-term Football Manager save!
Do you got some other suggestions clubs ideal for a youth development challenge on Football Manager 2023? Let us know down in the comments.
You can also find a massive list of the 100 best youth academy clubs in Football Manager right here.