Having installed and launched Football Manager™ Touch 2021, you’ll understandably want to get stuck right in to a new game. The very first thing you need to do, however, is create your Manager Profile.
Creating a Manager Profile
The very first thing you’ll do upon starting Football Manager™ Touch 2021 is create your managerial profile.
The first section concerns your biographical details. Following this, you tailor your physical appearance. The ‘Appearance’ section allows you to create a custom 3D face model based on an uploaded photograph. Select a photo or use your webcam – the higher the quality, the better the end result – and then adjust the dots on the PhotoFit to align with your own facial features. Hit ‘Generate model’ to watch it take effect on your managerial avatar. Please note that this is only available on the PC version of the game.
Alternatively, you can opt for the manual approach (which is the sole option on mobile devices) and use the in-game settings to build your own facial features, or use a completely randomised creation. Having completed this stage, you can then move on to customising skin and eye colours, hair (and facial hair) colour and style, attire and glasses.
If you set yourself to be experienced, you do not receive the full benefit of the induction tutorials to some of the most important parts of the game. They are, however, still accessible should you want to brush up on the fundamentals of playing the game.
Once you’re done, that managerial profile is available to you every time you start a new game (if you create multiple profiles you are given the option to select the one you wish to use).
It’s time to start a new game!
Starting a New Game
Once your profile is set up, you can get stuck in to management. The quickest way to do this is as follows:
1. Select ‘Career’ from the Start Screen.
2. Select your chosen nation, continent and team.
3. Select the ‘Quick Start’ button.
Your new saved game will take a few moments to set up and, before you know it, you’ll be welcomed to your new club!
What team should I manage?
By default, the teams you’re presented with as options to take charge of in the Quick Start mode are from the top division in your region. Managing a bigger team gives you a theoretically greater chance of experiencing success right from the off, as they tend to have better players and more money to spend, but they also come with loftier expectations that can be hard to maintain for a newcomer to Football Manager™ Touch.
If you want to start out lower down the leagues and take charge of a smaller team, you might find the Board to be a little more patient with their demands, but the depth and breadth of talent available to you might not be the same as it is at a higher level, and the resources at your disposal will almost certainly be more limited.
There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ team to pick at the end of the day. As long as you pay attention to the requirements of the job, and understand the tools you have to work with, you’ll be well-placed to make a flying start to your managerial career.