Advanced Game Setup
If you want to have greater control about the setup of your new career, and include several more leagues than the Quick Start setup allows, then you should use the Advanced Setup option.
Rather than selecting a team and getting into your career as quickly as possible, you can tweak and tailor things to your exact requirements here. The Active Leagues in the main screen area are available for selection; add as many as you wish after ticking the ‘Remove nation and league restrictions’ checkbox. Doing so disables all Cross-Sync compatibility with mobile devices and means the saved game can only be played on PC.
From here, you can then use the check boxes in the top right for each selected country to determine how many leagues from that nation are loaded in. The more leagues you include, the more players are in your saved game, and the slower the Estimated Game Speed – indicated in the panel to the right of the screen – theoretically becomes.
In a similar manner to the loading of numerous leagues and nations into a save, the size of the database loaded into a save determines to some extent the level of realism managers experience in their saved game. You can choose this, and the start date, from the ‘Advanced Setup’ button on the bottom of the screen.
Naturally, a larger database includes more players and teams from the football world, whereas a smaller one includes what are considered the core and most important items. More capable PCs are able to handle larger databases, but less capable ones may want to consider using a smaller option.
Depending on the size of database you’ve chosen to load, you will see a different number of players loaded into the saved game. For example, a small database might load 8000 players worldwide into the saved game, but a large database adds closer to 15000.
Custom Screen Flow
The Screen Flow section can be found by searching for Screen Flow on the Preferences screen. This allows you to configure a series of screens to display at determined intervals during the course of your game.
For example, you can ask the game to show you the ‘English Sky Bet Championship’ ‘Overview|Stages’ ‘Every Week’ ‘During Competition’ and have it stop the game from processing during the ‘Morning’, by adding an entry with each of those settings. The end product is that, at weekly intervals (the start day is determined by the day you set up the Screen Flow item), you are taken to the ‘Stages’ screen of that competition, giving you the opportunity to review whatever content you want to from that competition. Repeat the process as much as you like for as many competitions as you need to.
It is designed to aid immersion in your own personal game world and keep you abreast of what’s going on outside of your immediate league.
Please note Screen Flow only appears when a saved game is loaded and the options are configurable on a per-saved game basis.
Online Play and Streaming (PC only)
It couldn’t be easier to stream Football Manager™ Touch 2021 and share your experience with a wider audience.
Broadcasting Setup and Software
Once you’ve installed and familiarised yourself with your choice of streaming software and how to integrate it with your desired platform, all you need to do is set Football Manager™ Touch 2021 as your source material for your window/monitor/game capture (or equivalent), and away you go!
Downloads and Unlockables
The Steam Workshop is your one-stop shop for additional Football Manager™ content. You can find customisable content as well as challenges and unlockables.
Remove Loan Restrictions
- This abolishes all loan rules and allows you to loan as many players as you want, in or out.
No Transfer Windows
- This abolishes Transfer Windows and allows you to complete deals year-round.
- This effectively means you can never be sacked for poor performance. Job security is guaranteed.
Become National Manager
- This allows you to manage international teams from the start of a new game.
- This allows you a single, one-off guaranteed successful Board request.
Abolish Work Permits
- This abolishes the work permit rule and ensures that players no longer need to apply for permits in leagues where they previously would have had to.
- This results in your fictional son appearing in your squad.
All Players Interested
- This makes every player interested in joining you. A successful transfer and contract offer still need to be negotiated.
Lift Transfer Rules
- This lifts all foreign player-related squad and matchday rules and allows you to play with no such restrictions.
- This gives you worldwide scouting scope as well as allowing up to ten individual player scout reports to be processed for the next day.
- Approves the building and development of a new stadium.
Enable Fog of War
- Allows the use of the Attribute Masking mode.
Boost Bank Balance
- Allows you to buy additional transfer funds; you decide your level of investment.
- Allows use of the In-Game Editor.
- Changes every player in your squad to have Superb morale.
- The ‘Magic Sponge’ instantly heals any injured player and restores them to full fitness.
- A bout of sickness strikes your next opponents.
- Allows you to sign a single player to a perpetual rolling contract.
Remove Player Suspension
- Removes a suspension from a player for their next fixture.
All Job Applications
- Ensures that all job applications are successful and result in you being offered the position.
Design a Son
- This takes the ‘Generate Son’ unlockable a stage further and allows you to have input on their biographical and footballing details.
- This generates a group of potentially world-class youth players in your next intake.
- This allows you to make one unrestricted transfer of your choice. Any player from anywhere in the world!
There are a number of challenge situations to immerse yourself in; each challenge can be continued upon completion into a full saved game.
The Saviour Cometh
Your team are embroiled in a relegation battle halfway through the season. Can you take the reins and guide them to safety?
Your team is swamped with injury problems, leading to most of your first team players being on the treatment table. Can you meet the Board’s expectations in the league?
You’ve gone on a long run without defeat. Can you cement your place in history by going the full season unbeaten?
You can’t win anything with kids
A batch of exceptional youth players has risen through the ranks and joined your first team. Can you claim silverware with a side built around this core of young home-grown talent?
Unrest at Home
Your appointment as manager has left some senior players unhappy. How will you handle the dressing room and the inevitable egos within? Can you avoid being sacked before the end of the season by matching the Board's expectations?
Top Division Underdog
Your side is immediately promoted to the top division in their country. How will you fare as massive underdogs?
Your club is in financial peril. Can you maintain competitiveness on the pitch while reducing the club's debt and wage bill off it?
Rise from the Ashes
You may no longer be in administration but, with no players under contract and limited resources, the start of the season looms large with plenty of work still to do. Can you assemble a squad to guide the club to safety?
Inclement weather has resulted in the mother of all fixture pile-ups. Can you negotiate a congested fixture list for the rest of the season while achieving the targets set by the Board?
Starting from the Bottom
Your team has been relegated to the bottom tier. With a squad full of unhappy players and under strict demands from the Board, your task is to ensure promotion by going unbeaten in the league.
Additional challenges can be created, shared and downloaded by using the Challenge Creator in the Pre-Game Editor.
The fantasy draft mode allows you to build a brand-new squad from a pool of players. Every participating club takes it in turn to select a player from the pool, until the squads are complete, at which point they are pitted against one another in a league or cup format.
When starting the Fantasy Draft mode, you have three options: Quick Start, Create Draft or Join Draft. The quickest way to get stuck in is to join an existing Fantasy Draft game; selecting ‘Join Draft’ allows you to filter out the available online Fantasy Draft games to find the one that suits you.
If you want to create your own, select ‘Create Draft’. Pick your choice of Player Pool – World Pool is the default selection with a wide range of alternatives available from the Downloads section – and set the desired parameters for Squad Budget, Draft Time Round Limit, and further competition rules. Alternatively, create your own pool from the powerful options behind the ‘Create Custom Pool’ button.
Once you’re in a competition, you need to Create Your Club. Conjure up a name, nickname and stadium name, upload a custom logo, and settle on your home and away kit colours and styles. Choose carefully though as, once set, these are your choices for all subsequent Fantasy Draft games.
After a brief wait in the lobby for all participants to fully prepare themselves, the draft begins. You have five minutes to add players from the pool to your shortlist, using the search functions and filters available, before the clock starts ticking and the draft itself gets underway. You have the option to ‘Auto Pick’ (three suggested picks are made based on your budget and current squad, allowing you to make the final decision) or ‘Auto Draft’ (control of the draft is handed over to your assistant), while ‘Finish Draft’ appears once you’ve made all necessary selections.
Once you’ve completed the draft, you need to get to grips with your squad inside the game mode, with several screens similar or identical in nature to those described throughout this manual. Good luck!
Football Manager™ Touch 2021 comes with a thirty-season playing limit on tablet devices. Should you wish to continue your career beyond that point you can do so only on the PC version of the game.