When Clubs Produce Newgens in Football Manager 2021? The FM21 Youth Intake Dates Calendar is here!
The Football Manager 2021 youth intake dates let you acquire the knowledge of when the playable nation produce newgens in Football Manager so you can scout for newgens as soon as they arrive!
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What are Newgens?
As seasons pass by, players and staff all around the world will naturally age and eventually retire since they either get too old to maintain the physical level required to play football at a certain level or too old to coach. To compensate for players (or staff) retiring in Football Manager, Sports Interactive has found a way to combat this by generating new players and enroll them into the game at certain points, which coincides with the annual youth intake.
These players are what we call newgens and are easily recognized by their unique newgen faces. By using a 3D model which randomly generates hairstyles, skin colors, and facial shapes according to the typical appearance from the player’s birthplace and the continent of origin, the Football Manager newgens may look very different to the Human players. They will even get a unique newgen name, which is based upon first- and surnames mostly used within a specific nation or region that’s randomly put together, which may create some strange compositions of names.
Their starting age can be between 14 to 16 years on the day of youth intake, but can also be as old as 21. They will develop according to their potential and your guidance, just as “regular” players. Eventually, as you advance through the years to let’s say, season 2035/36, the game will be filled with only Football Manager newgens.
These newgens will live for one lifetime, just like any Human player would do, and will eventually retire after creating history on their own.
The production of newgens helps to maintain a similar database size as the one you’ve set up, as well as keeping all clubs and nations competitive as you advance further and further into the game. Perhaps, if you play long enough you might even get your own son in Football Manager!
Football Manager Regens vs Newgens? What’s the correct term?
How newgens are produced in Football Manager has changed over the years. Earlier, Football Manager used retiring player’s database information to generate youth. These players were labeled as regens.
For instance, if Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo was to retire in your save, you would soon see a younger version of the player in the game, who inherits some of their skills (e.g attributes) and traits, their exact same potential ability score, personality and positional and role suitability that would make them world-class players in the future. It became too easy to discover new wonderkids and promising talents as all you need to know was who retired when – for example by copying their unique ID – and keep a close eye to new players generated at the upcoming youth intake. Then, the youth intake was normally happening in the summer when the game generated the new season.
Now, retiring player’s current abilities, potential, attributes or personalities are not taken into account when producing new players. Instead, the game generates youth randomly with their unique personality, skills, and potential abilities – completely different than those who have just retired.
How Clubs Produce Newgens in Football Manager? | Quick Insight
The quality and quantity of Football Manager newgens are based on a number of factors. For nations, their level of reputation, youth rating and game importance are decisive factors for the number of newgens generated in a nation and how often they will generate players of a certain quality.
A nation with a higher youth rating will generate a larger pool of player’s prior to the Youth Intake with more players with a higher average current and potential abilities than a nation where fewer plays football and the youth rating level is minimal.
Youth rating and game importance are static attributes set in the database. There’s no chance to improve a nation’s youth rating or game importance.
Then, will each club’s training facilities relating to youth be of importance! A club with State of the Art youth facilities and Exceptional Junior coaching will more likely produce newgens with a higher current and potential ability than one with minimal youth facilities. Apart from youth training facilities which influence on CA and PA score of players generated, comes each club’s youth recruitment.
A club’s youth recruitment level determines their reach of recruiting players of home and foreign origin. Put simply, it describes how wide-reach the Academy is and how large a pool of Juniors you potentially can recruit players from. It will be one of the factors for being able to poach players from further afield. It will basically determine how likely it is your club will poach Juniors along with the Reputation level. Besides that, will the level of youth recruitment and the club’s reputation determine the order of a nation’s youth intake.
For instance, a club with exceptional youth recruitment will be more likely to pick up the best Juniors within the nation first, as they will have their youth intake first. If two club’s got similar youth recruitment, then reputation comes into play.
A club lower down in the pecking order will NOT naturally generate only poor players whilst a club with a higher reputation and youth recruitment will generate only five-star players. It simply limits the chance of producing quality newgens by being behind in the pecking order.
What’s Youth Importance?
The youth importance describes how important the Board considers youth to be for the club. It ranges from 0-20 but the exact level is hidden and only visible within the editor due to realism and gameplay.
The youth importance level will be linked to the Club Vision (e.g. Develop players using the club’s youth system) and the likeliness of the board to grant permission to upgrade their training facilities relating to youth (e.g. Junior Coaching, Youth Facilities and Youth Recruitment). This means that it has no direct impact on the production of youth, the quality of the youth intake nor the Juniors quality but can be a decisive factor for minor teams who wish to improve future youth intakes by upgrading the facilities.
The Head of Youth Development’s Influence on the Youth Intake
Likewise, the quality of the head of youth development, or the one in charge of bringing through the next generation of young players at the youth intakes, can have a massive impact on the quality of youngsters coming through the ranks and its type of players. His abilities to identify a great player by appraising the potential future levels and bring them through the ranks can’t be underestimated.
You need to consider the staff’s preferred formation, personality, media-handling style, and tactical style relevant to your preferred system and playing identity. An head of youth development with a preferred formation of 3-5-2 will naturally bring through more wide midfielders than fullbacks and wingers, but this may also relate to the historical traditions of the nation. Similarly, an head of youth development who prefers 4-2-4 will be more likely to bring through defensive midfielders and attackers as opposed to attacking midfielders.
All in all, you’ll need to consider all these factors together. Even then, it’s not a certain factor that your team will generate five-star newgens season after season simply by having the best facilities possible, it just increases the probability.
Youth Intake Preview
Around 3 months prior to when the youth intake will happen, the head of youth development will forward an inbox message about this year’s youth candidates coming through the Academy. The youth intake preview lets you get a quick overview of this year’s youth intake and the standard of the Juniors coming through.
The preview of this year’s youth intake will also be visible in the Development Centre under Youth Candidates.
The preview lets you get an insight into which positions you can expect to receive players in and whether there are players with higher current abilities or potential that looks promising.
The youth intake preview will also give you information about positions you won’t get players in or perhaps lacks the standard required to make an impact for your club in the future.
While you won’t see the player’s abilities or profile until the day of the youth intake, the Youth Candidate overview will give you a chance to decide upon a recruitment plan for the future since you get the chance to head into the transfer market to strengthen your youth team with promising talents that you will lack depth in.
Perhaps you’ll be blessed with players with the potential to become a real golden generation for the club and can eagerly anticipate youth intake day to arrive!
How to scout for Newgens Generated From the Annual Youth Intake?
There are multiple ways of scouting for newgens in Football Manager. You might use search filters, screen flow, or specific scouting assignments to find future wonderkids and hidden gems, but a great way to find every player generated from the annual youth intake is by visiting the World Transfers and sort by Youth Intakes.
World > Transfers > Youth Intake
You can filter by specific nations or browse through all players generated in a year. Then, you can browse player by player, move them all to a shortlist and eventually acquire a scout to do an individual scouting trip to get scout reports of those you’re most interested in.
If money is not a problem, you can basically scout all players generated from the top clubs and biggest nations in Football Manager.
By keeping tabs on the youth intakes of specific nations you’ll be able to spot new talents generated from the annual youth intake as quickly as possible! Setting some reminders according to the list of youth intake dates provided below will let you get knowledge of the best newgens available in Football Manager, as soon as they arrive in the game!
Similarly, the list of Football Manager 2021 youth intake dates will help you set up scouting assignments to track down the best newgens “before everyone else”, and bring them into your own youth academy. You might want to send out a scout to England before the start of March to scout players under the age of 18.
For more tips about scouting for newgens, read our guide on how to find the best wonderkids and hidden gems.
Youth Intake Dates Sorted by Continents & Nations
The Football Manager 2021 youth intake dates provides you with a list of when the playable nations generate Juniors in Football Manager. For a long time, I took it for granted that the youth intake was deemed to be completely random as the youth intake dates happen at different times for each saves – thorough research proved otherwise.
After holidaying until 2031 and doing so for additional saves I discovered that the youth intakes in Football Manager 2021 start at the same time for each nation. What varies are how long the youth intake lasts and depending on a club’s level of youth recruitment who will have their youth intake first.
Then, it all depends on whether the game finds it purposeful to generate Juniors within a nation and how many clubs will have their youth intake that year. For some smaller nations, the youth intake may only last a day or two, while others will last approximately a month. A playable nation with more active divisions will take a longer time to generate youth than a smaller nation of less Game Importance.
About the Dates
You will experience that nation’s may not have a youth intake at all. This is when countries do not have newgen dates due to the game not finding it useful enough to generate them. Not me being lazy. This is common in the smaller nations as the clubs do not ‘exist’ in the game, for example, if they are not active. This may just have happened on my save, and could be different on yours.
The youth intakes of 2023 and 2027 will change with (1) day, meaning the youth intake might be March 9th for 2021 and then March 10th for 2023.
You will also notice that inactive nations will have a fixed youth intake date as well – the same date from save to save, season to season.
How to take advantage of the youth intake dates?
To help you see the order of clubs who will have their youth intake first I’ve listed the clubs with the highest youth recruitment according to the sorting within the editor. As you advance in the future, the clubs may improve their reputation and upgrade their youth recruitment which may move clubs up or down the ranking.
It can be used to create reminders of visiting specific clubs’ youth teams in order to try poaching Juniors from teams around you or to know when to assign scouts out on missions to track down youngsters and future wonderkids.
For instance, a great approach is to set up scouting assignments to Central Europe prior to March as most of the European nations have youth intake from the beginning of March to the end of April. Similarly, most of the clubs in the continent of America will have youth intakes between September and November.
Different types of youth intakes
Do remember that all clubs will have their youth intake starting from 2021. Only the lower leagues of Sweden may produce Juniors on Christmas Day 2020 (25.12.2020). Which nations will produce newgens and the quantity of the youth intake will depend on the playable nations you select and their neighboring countries.
In fact, there are two types of youth intakes in Football Manager. The ordinary one which this article depicts and a second one where the game itself adds players to lower-league teams since the game felt it necessary to generate more players. Most often, the age of these players is above their 30s.
This kind of intakes may happen in every country and they take place at the beginning of each countries season (when fixtures are released).
As the youth intake will be very unpredictable, you will discover the importance of sending scouts to all regions of the world, in order to track down the new Football Manager wonderkids and talents.
To help you get a complete insight into when the annual youth intakes happen in Football Manager 2021 we give you the newgen dates exclusive at Passion4FM!
The list of youth intake dates is sorted according to continents with the list of playable nations in alphabetical order. Featuring is club’s with the highest youth recruitment at the start of 2020-21 season. This means you’ll be able to know when RB Salzburg got their youth intake in FM21 (March 3rd, 2022 or March 4th, 2023), with the next club the day after.
Basically, the list shows the date of newgens arriving in Football Manager 2021 according to nations and the biggest clubs.!
RB Salzburg (Exceptional)
Austria Wien (Exceptional)
FC Admira Wacker (Excellent)
KRC Anderlecht (Exceptional)
KRC Genk (Exceptional)
Club Brugge (Excellent)
PFK Ludogorets (Exceptional)
CSKA Sofia (Exceptional)
Dinamo Zagreb (Exceptional)
Hajduk Split (Good)
Czech Rep.: 19/03-16/04
Slavia Prague (Good)
Viktoria Plzen (Good)
Sparta Prague (Good)
FC Midtjylland (Exceptional)
FC Nordsjælland (Excellent)
Man Utd (Excellent)
Man City (Excellent)
Paris SG (Excellent)
AS Monaco (Good)
FC Bayern München (Excellent)
Borussia Dortmund (Excellent)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Good)
Hertha Berlin (Good)
RB Leipzig (Good)
AFC Ajax (Exceptional)
AZ Alkmaar (Excellent)
Sparta Rotterdam (Excellent)
MTK Budapest (Exceptional)
Shamrock Rovers (Adequate)
Inter Milan (Excellent)
AS Roma (Excellent)
San Marino Academy (Excellent)
Riga (Fairly Basic)
N. Ireland: 14/03
Legia Warszawa (Exceptional)
KGHM Zaglebie (Excellent)
SL Benfica (Exceptional)
Sporting CP (Exceptional)
FC Porto (Excellent)
Sporting Clube de Braga (Excellent)
Vítoria de Guimarães (Good)
Viitorul Constanta (Exceptional)
1907 Cluj (Exceptional)
Universitatea Craiova (Exceptional)
Spartak Moscow (Excellent)
CSKA Moscow (Adequate)
Dinamo Moscow (Adequate)
Crvena Cvezda (Exceptional)
Partizan Belgrade (Exceptional)
Vojvodina Novi Sad (Excellent)
Slovan Bratislava (Excellent)
Real Madrid (Excellent)
At. Madrid (Excellent)
Brommapojkarna (Exceptional) – Division 1
Galatasaray (Fairly Basic)
Fenerbahce (Fairly Basic)
Besiktas (Fairly Basic)
Dynamo Kyiv (Adequate)
River Plate (Exceptional)
Velez Sarsfield (Exceptional)
Boca Juniors (Exceptional)
Sao Paulo (Exceptional)
SC Internacional (Excellent)
Colo Colo (Exceptional)
Universidad de Chile (Exceptional)
Universidad Católica (Excellent)
Deportivo Cali (Excellent)
Atlético Nacional (Good)
Liga de Quito (Excellent)
Cerro Porteño (Excellent)
C Olimpia (Good)
Defensor Sporting (Exceptional)
Liverpool de Montevideo (Adequate)
North & Central America
Club América (Exceptional)
Cruz Azul (Exceptional)
FC Dallas Jr
Toronto FC Academy
Costa Rica: 08/04-06/05
South Africa: 03/04-01/05
Orlando Pirates (Good)
Ivory Coast: 08/04-11/04
Asia & Oceania
South Korea: 15/09-13/10
New Zealand: 08/04
Lower Leagues Youth Intake Dates:
So, there you have the Football Manager 2021 youth intake dates. As you see, each nation will begin its youth intake at the same date every season. For clubs with the best youth recruitment level, you will experience their youth intake happening at the same date every year (except 2023 and 2027). And even with fierce competition with many clubs with similar youth recruitment and reputation, it’s 99% certain they will have their youth intake within the first three days.
We hope you have learned more about newgens production in Football Manager and that you find our newgen dates list valuable when setting up your scouting network.
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