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When setting up a new game and selecting nations & leagues, how does "playable" versus "view only" affect demand for your players? If I have a player for sale, will there be more interest if I've selected 10 leagues as playable versus view only?

Playing FM for a long time, and still think the guide at the start isn't helpful enough. 

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There is more transfer activity in playable leagues (and also more players and staff). 

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1 hour ago, desmondwolff said:

Two years on, and I'm none the wiser! :-) 

 

On 15/02/2018 at 10:53, Mons said:

The only difference between loading a league as view-only and not loading it at all, is that you get to see the league table and other statistics. No extra players are loaded in a view-only league, other than players that would have been loaded anyway (i.e. higher reputation players). In this sense, there's little benefit having a league as view-only.

If you plan on staying with 1 team, I would strongly suggest having nearby countries loaded as playable. For example, if you intend to be based in Germany, I would say to also load Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Austria, and load whichever divisions are relevant.

Another thing to keep in mind is that, when you load a country as playable, not only does it load players from that country, but also higher reputation players in nearby countries. That is why I always try and have 1 country loaded as playable from each continent/region in order that the database size is increased. Also important is the database size that you choose. I prefer the large database size, as the more players are loaded, the more transfer options there will be and the more transfer movements will take place.

I can't really speak about the rate of development of players in non-loaded leagues, but I believe the level of football and of coaching and training facilities, allied with matchday exposure, are all much more important than whether a league is loaded or not.

Finally the star rating is an indication and is not to be considered the be-all and end-all. If you have a couple of applications running in the background when starting a new game, then the rating will be much lower than it really is.

Hope this helps.

From an old post of mine which may be of help ;)

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On old or low-power pc (like my atom-notebook) where you can select as playable few or one league at max i reccomand anyway to select the other most important like view-only 'cause only so players from those league get medals for victory. 

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On 25/11/2018 at 15:34, KUBI said:

There is more transfer activity in playable leagues (and also more players and staff). 

Thank you! A short note on this in the database set up screen would be great in the future. 

Edited by desmondwolff

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One year later, and another new FM to enjoy, but I've had to come back to the forum for a refresher on this issue. Would be great to have a simple explainer on the set up screen. Wouldn't imagine it would be difficult to do.

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Quote from old post above

'The only difference between loading a league as view-only and not loading it at all, is that you get to see the league table and other statistics. No extra players are loaded in a view-only league, other than players that would have been loaded anyway (i.e. higher reputation players). In this sense, there's little benefit having a league as view-only.'

 

So what happens if you decide to make a view only league active and playable later on in a journeyman save with the players using the add / remove leagues feature - does this mean that only the higher reputation players are loaded?

Edited by wazza

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30 minutes ago, wazza said:

Quote from old post above

'The only difference between loading a league as view-only and not loading it at all, is that you get to see the league table and other statistics. No extra players are loaded in a view-only league, other than players that would have been loaded anyway (i.e. higher reputation players). In this sense, there's little benefit having a league as view-only.'

 

So what happens if you decide to make a view only league active and playable later on in a journeyman save with the players using the add / remove leagues feature - does this mean that only the higher reputation players are loaded?

My understanding is that to make a view-only league playable, you would first need to disable it, then re-enable it the season after that, at which point the teams are populated with players who weren't being loaded before.

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If you use the advanced option for the database size than you can choose which players to load (by country, continent, etc) separate from the playable leagues.  I prefer to set many leagues to view only as then you get the table and stats from those leagues and can loan players to them. 

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