Having installed and launched Football Manager™ Touch or Football Manager™ Football Manager™ Xbox Edition 2022, 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 or Football Manager™ Football Manager™ Xbox Edition 2022 is create your managerial profile. The first section concerns your biographical details.
Tick the ‘teach me about key management concepts’ if you want to be inducted into some of the most important areas of your job by a member of your backroom team. Leaving this option unticked will see them not sent to you, but they will remain accessible from the ‘?’ icon in the menu bar.
Then we move on to customising your physical appearance. The ‘Head’ section allows you to create a custom 3D face model based on an uploaded photograph by selecting the mesh-outlined image from the ‘Facial Structure’ section. Select a photo – the higher the quality, the better the end result – or use your webcam 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. You can also use the Body and Attire sections to make sure the finer details of your manager are perfected.
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, and you can also Save/Load Avatar from the new manager creation section).
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:
Select ‘Start a New Game’ from the Start Screen, followed by ‘Career’.
Select your chosen team from the pop-up dialog box.
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™.
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.