The first time you view your First Team squad, your players will be sorted in order of team selection. Select 'View' to change the method of sorting.
Selecting the 'Detailed' view will allow you to see multiple stats on screen at the same time. These can be sorted by tapping the header of the relevant column. You can tap the tiles in the PKD column of this screen to access a selection pop-up from which you can assign a position to the player in question. You can also drag and drop to select players for your team by dragging the tiles in the PKD column to the left of the player names.
Select 'Actions' to completely clear your team selection, or if you need a hand, have your assistant pick the team for you. From the 'Actions' menu, you are also able to save and/or load your team selection or tactics.
A variety of sub-screens relating to your team such as Tactics, Fixtures and your Assistant's report on your team can be found via the Bookmarks Menu from this screen or by swiping sideways.
A player's attributes in Football Manager Mobile™ 2021 are rated on a scale of 1-20, with 1 being awful and 20 being outstanding. The player positions associated with each individual indicate where he can play.
The abbreviations and key attributes associated with that position are as follows:
|DL/R||Left or Right Back||Tackling/Stamina|
|ML/R||Left or Right Midfielder||Passing/Crossing/Pace|
|M/AM R/L||Midfielder/Att. Mid*||Pace/Crossing/Dribbling|
|AM L/R/C||Attacking Midfielder**||Creativity/Decisions/Passing|
|* (Right or Left) ** (Right, Left, or Centre)|
Within each position, a player can perform certain roles that ask them to play in a particular manner on the pitch. Their attributes determine their suitability within each role and the attributes for their best role are highlighted on their profile.
Player Attributes in Football Manager Mobile™ 2021 are grouped into collective areas in order for you to have as much information available as possible. The attributes themselves are divided into three areas of Technical, Mental and Physical ability, but unlike Football Manager™ 2021 only the key attributes are shown.
For example, under 'Physical', you will find a player's Pace attribute. This takes into account his flat out speed, his acceleration and his reactions, and displays an attribute that takes all of this into account. In short, the attribute display doesn't take anything away, but merely streamlines the information into a more succinct format.
Before you select your team, you need to know the availability of your players. Occasionally a player will be flagged up on the Squad screen with an icon indicating a personal status. You can find out what this means on the 'Availability' screen. These are displayed in the bottom row as follows:
Bid Under transfer bid
Ctr Out of contract
Cup The player is cup-tied for the next match
Fgn The player is considered a foreigner according to a competition’s rules
Ine The player is ineligible for the next match
Int On International duty
Loa Listed for loan
Lst Transfer Listed
Req Transfer Listed by request
Sct The player is being scouted by the user
Sus Suspended for next match
Trn Transfer Arranged
Unf Not fully fit
Wnt Wanted by a club
Yel The player is a yellow card away from suspension
A Player has various screens that can be viewed via the Bookmarks Menu button on his Profile or by swiping sideways:
Profile: The one-stop shop featuring all of the most pertinent information about the player. This is the screen you're likely to use most.
Personal: Displays the player's basic biographical details and happiness.
Positions: The Player Positions screen displays all positions an individual is capable of playing in, and their proficiency at the role should they be selected there. It also displays their preferred foot.
Contract: Displays the player's current contractual status and any interest in his services from other teams.
Eligibility: The Player Eligibility screen allows the user to see if a player is available for the next upcoming fixture and includes any details of injuries or suspensions currently being served. It will also display any of a player's status indicator icons.
History: Displays the player's career history and seasonal statistics.
Achievements: Displays all notable individual and team achievements from a player's career.
Coach Report: This option provides a report to you on the chosen individual by a member of the club's coaching staff. This gives you a different perspective on the player which you may not hold yourself, allowing you to make more informed decisions.
Training: Allows you full control over the player’s training regime. You can ask him to focus on a specific role, at a specific intensity, and even isolate a single attribute to improve. Your Assistant Manager will provide a summary of how the players has been doing lately, as well as a table of Pros and Cons regarding the immediate outlook for his development.
Progress: This option keeps track of the player's development on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis. A graph tracks the progression of Physical, Mental, Attacking and Defending attributes, as well as an overall view, with further indicators telling you if the player was injured, on loan, or on holiday during the off-season. Tap the tick icon next to one of the areas to add or remove it from your graph.
Form: Keeps track of the player's form over the course of the season, offering both a graph display and a list of the matches he plays in.
Football Manager Mobile™ 2021 features a revamped player interaction model. You can interact with any of their own players and talk to them in either a positive or negative manner about a number of subjects.
From the 'Actions' menu on any player belonging to your club, select the 'Talk to Player' option. You have the option to discuss a range of topics, with two types of interaction available to you, Praise and Criticise.
You can also find them a mentor. In asking a senior player to take a younger one under their wing, and pass on crucial experience, you can help to accelerate their overall development. The mentoring screen gives you a range of options for players to act as a mentor, with your assistant providing advice as to what benefit will come of choosing that particular player for the task.
With improved rationale across a range of areas, you have the ability to properly convey your thoughts to your players; praise their performances, discipline them for poor performances or disciplinary issues. The choice is yours but, be careful; handling things the wrong way could see what was a private interaction become public, and an unhappy player causing problems is not what any manager wants.
Used wisely, the interaction model will enable you to get your players playing at the top of their game consistently and remain motivated. Used badly, you could have a squad of unhappy players on your hands.
Part of successful team-building is ensuring that your squad comes together in the right way, developing inter-personal relationships and having the right characters to pick the team up when they’re doing badly and to keep things going when doing well. The Dynamics section provides a full and comprehensive insight into the network of relationships that exist within the squad that you have put together.
From the Team Report screen, select ‘Dynamics’ for an overview of how the relationships with your squad affect the team as a whole, and how key mental attributes impact the team’s fortunes.
The ‘Social’ tab displays the relative social groups the players have gathered into. The Core Group is the main unit within the squad, while the Secondary and Other Groups usually consist of players who haven’t spent very long at the club or who are yet to build relationships with senior players.
The ‘Hierarchy’ screen presents the overall squad hierarchy to you in a rough pyramid system, although the exact nature of each squad might differ in terms of the number of players residing within each section. The manager oversees everything above the hierarchy; clicking on them will display their overall Managerial Support in a side panel as well as a visual indicator of each player’s support.
Team Leaders sit at the top of the pyramid and are the most influential players at the club. They typically have leadership and experience in abundance and other players will naturally gravitate towards them. As the most significant players in the squad, they are the ones you want to keep happiest, as any grievances will not only affect them but also permeate through the rest of the squad.
Influencers are next and exhibit many of the same hallmarks as the Team Leaders do. They provide stability and bring the core of the squad together, as they will typically be more leading players than team leaders, who are generally the few who emerge from this group and take the overall lead.
Other Players make up the remainder of the group and haven’t generated enough leadership experience during their time at the club, or don’t have the requisite personality to lead, and tend to gravitate towards others at the current time.
Selecting your Team
Before each match you will need to select a starting line-up and substitutes. To add a player to the starting line-up, press the icon to the left of his name. This will prompt you to select the position in which you wish to place him. You can also press and hold the player's name before dragging it to the desired spot, then releasing it to complete the action.
On iPad and select devices, you can tap or drag the tiles from the top of the squad screen on to a player to pick him. You can swap players around within the line-up by dragging them on to each other. You can also tap the player's icon to assign him to a free position in the formation or to remove him from the line-up.
You will need to select a full starting eleven plus however many substitutes are permitted for the competition in which you are participating. Should you want some advice on selecting a starting line-up, you may ask your Assistant Manager for a team selection by pressing 'Actions' and then 'Pick Team'.
You are able to save up to four team selections, which can then be loaded for future matches. To do this, select 'Actions' from the squad screen, and then 'Save Selection'. The saved selections can also be loaded from here.
Selecting your Captain
To select your team captain, go to the Home screen and select your Club panel, then 'Tactics'.
Select the 'Tactics' icon from the bottom right corner of the screen (or from the side menu on select devices by choosing ‘Assignments’ and then ‘Captain’) and then the 'Captain' option.
Tap the tile of the player you would like to select as team captain to add them to the column on the right. This sets the order in which they will be used as captain. If you need to review any player's attributes before selecting them, tap on their name and you will be taken to the Player Profile screen, where you can review each candidate before deciding on who to nominate. Tap 'Back' to return to the Captain Selection screen.
Negotiating Player Contracts
This section applies to both re-negotiating contracts with your current players as well as discussing terms with a potential new signing.
If you have had a transfer offer accepted for a player, or you are looking to sign a player (see Transfers), you will be taken to the 'Contract Offer' pop-up. Alternatively, if you are looking to renegotiate a contract with a current member of your squad, go to that player's profile screen and select the 'Offer Contract' option from the Action Bar.
On the 'Contract Offer' screen you will be informed of exactly what the player expects. Tweak the various terms of the contract, such as 'Wage', 'Contract Length', and 'Signing-On Fee', to your taste before submitting the offer. The ‘Mood’ gauge offers an insight into how the player will react to your offer; each time you hit ‘Suggest Terms’, the mood will react to your latest deal on the table.
Some players might demand a release clause, such as a Minimum Fee Release Clause. To enable or disable these clauses tap On or Off depending on whether or not you wish to include them.
Once you are happy with the contract offer, press 'Confirm'. You will be informed of the player's response via the 'News' screen within a few days. Should he refuse the offer but feels there are grounds to continue discussions, he will give you the chance to negotiate further.
Terminating Player Contracts
If you have a player in your squad who you have no use for, and you are unable to tempt another club into taking him off your hands, you can release him on a free transfer. To do this, go to the player profile screen and select 'Release' from the 'Actions' menu. You will need to then confirm that this is your intended course of action. The player will leave the club immediately and you will have to pay off the remainder of his contract.
Important: Since Football Manager Mobile™ 2021 uses a maximum squad limit of 40 players (with a further 40 also allowed in the reserves), releasing players might become more important than you initially think. If you've lined up a potential signing but have no squad room, somebody will have to be released. Think carefully about signings and the consequences that come with them.