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Hello,

I started a save with Boston United (Vanarama North), which doesn't have a reserve squad at the beginning. At the start you get the option to ask the board for a under-23 squad, which I did, but it got rejected. Now, more than a season later I still don't have a under-23 squad and I never had the option again to ask the board for it (I checked regularly if the option popped-up at the ask the board menu). 

So the question is, will the option ever come back to ask the board for the under-23 squad or will they give you one at a certain point in the game (f.e. when you get promoted to Premier League)?

I know from a previous FM years ago which I also had a save which hasn't had a reserve squad, that it was not possible for that club to add one (it was a bug in the game at that point). It really ruines the save for me if you have not the option or possibility to add a reserve squad to a club.

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Are you still having this problem @Maikelinho? I'm having it too and it's really annoying. 

I'm at Bradford City, in the 23/24 season now and the option to ask for a reserve or U23 team has never come up. It was in the networking area under Board Requests before in former games but the option just never appears anymore. I only have an U18 squad, but as I'm in the championship now i'd like to find a way to expand my youth options with a U23 team. 

Is this a bug?

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I would like to add that this is also an issue for me.  I'm playing as Wrexham, I'm now in the Championship.  My under 18's are inundated with players too old to play in the under 18's but not yet good enough for my first team squad and I don't want them bloating that.  It's also going to effect the training of my other players, by adding to the workload of either u18 or first team coaches depending on where I put these players who are in limbo and playing zero games.   I wondered if maybe there is a specific point in the season where the u23 option is available but I've regularly checked through the season and off season and it has never shown.

While searching these forums, I read someone suggesting somewhere that you might need to improve your youth facilities or level but that makes no sense, I've looked at many teams in divisions below me with far worse level and facilities and they've got u23 squads.  There is another post from someone saying they are in the Premiership, I think with Boreham Wood, with top facilities, youth level & huge finances but there is still no option.  I took from that thread that it must be a bug and have once again put my save on hold.

 

If you need another save game, I can upload one too.  Although, I did upload one a while back about another issue and nothing has changed, other than that I'm a season or two on.

 

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Out of nowhere, on 5th August 2024 the board just announced a change to staff numbers.  The change was that I'm now allowed under 23 staff & have access to an under 23 squad in the dev centre.  I didn't ask for it & have absolutely no idea what may have triggered it.  Was this fixed in the latest patch from 7th Jan?

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