FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022 BEST ACADEMIES

FROM CHELSEA TO GENK, SOME OF THE BEST ACADEMIES IN FM22

Bringing wonderkids through the youth academy and into the first team is one of the most rewarding aspects of Football Manager. FM22’s best youth academies combine the best training facilities, recruitment and coaches, to deliver the best crops of newgens/regens possible.

To either develop or recruit the best talent, either manage or recruit players from the following clubs, who all have at least 18/20 ratings in the three key areas of a FM22 youth academy – youth recruitment, youth facilities, and junior coaching.

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LAST UPDATED: APRIL 16, 2022

ATALANTA BC

Atalanta BC's FM22 youth academy

NATION

Italy

YOUTH FACILITIES

4.5/5

YOUTH COACHING

4/5

YOUTH RECRUITMENT

5/5

Atalanta’s senior team have been one of the most exciting teams to watch, but it is a little known fact that their academy is one of Italy’s best talent producers. Some of their former academy graduates include Dejan Kulusevski, Alessandro Bastoni and Amad Diallo, while a strong new batch including Giorgio Scalvini, Roberto Piccoli, and Matteo Ruggeri is starting to come through.

CHELSEA

Chelsea's FM22 youth academy

NATION

England

YOUTH FACILITIES

5/5

YOUTH COACHING

5/5

YOUTH RECRUITMENT

4/5

As one of the best performing academies of the last decade, Chelsea have thoroughly deserved their place on this list. The clubs 2021/22 squad is stacked with academy graduates, including Mason Mount, Andreas Christensen, Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevoh Chalobah and Callum Hudson-Odoi while there are many more waiting in the wings for their opportunity to shine.

FC BARCELONA

FC Barcelona's FM22 youth academy

NATION

Spain

YOUTH FACILITIES

4.5/5

YOUTH COACHING

5/5

YOUTH RECRUITMENT

4.5/5

La Masia, the academy that helped form Lionel Messi, was always going to get a mention on this list. Like Real Madrid, and all other Spanish clubs, mandatory release clauses mean that there is the opportunity to pick up a cheap bargain. However, should you wish to take control of the Catalan club yourself, the superb academy set-up guarantees a steady pipeline of first team quality youth products.

KRC GENK

KRC Genk's FM22 youth academy

NATION

Belgium

YOUTH FACILITIES

4.5/5

YOUTH COACHING

4/5

YOUTH RECRUITMENT

4.5/5

The broader Belgian youth football scene is quickly developing into one of the most exciting in Europe, headline by Club Brugge and KRC Genk. With a league structure and level that promotes bringing young players into the senior team and then selling them for a profit, Genk have been beneficiaries of this for a long time now, and that looks set to continue with players such as Luca Oyen emerging from their academy.

MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City's FM22 youth academy

NATION

England

YOUTH FACILITIES

5/5

YOUTH COACHING

3.5/5

YOUTH RECRUITMENT

5/5

Like with everything at the club, Manchester City have invested heavily in developing an elite level academy set-up that not only houses enormous amounts of local talent, but also expensive acquisitions from abroad, such as Kayky. With players such as Cole Palmer and James McAtee looking to follow in the footsteps of Phil Foden by making the leap from City’s academy into the first team, expect to hear more about the success of City’s academy in the coming years.

REAL MADRID

Real Madrid's FM22 youth academy

NATION

Spain

YOUTH FACILITIES

4.5/5

YOUTH COACHING

4/5

YOUTH RECRUITMENT

4.5/5

It’s no surprise that the giants of European football have some of the best youth facilities as well. Competing for Champions League titles every year means that you can attract the best talent, and that includes young talent, as you push for trophies. However, if you are managing another club, the difficulty of breaking into Real Madrid’s first team may throw up a bargain or two – also keep an eye on the mandatory release clauses on Spanish players.

RED BULL SALZBURG

Red Bull Salzburg's FM22 youth academy

NATION

Austria

YOUTH FACILITIES

4.5/5

YOUTH COACHING

3.5/5

YOUTH RECRUITMENT

5/5

RB Salzburg have become a titan of an academy in recent years, including winning the UEFA Youth League in 2017, and bringing young talents such as Patson Daka and Karim Adeyemi through the youth ranks at the club, onto their feeder club FC Liefering, and then into the first team squad.

SPORTING CP

Sporting CP's FM22 youth academy

NATION

Portugal

YOUTH FACILITIES

4.5/5

YOUTH COACHING

4.5/5

YOUTH RECRUITMENT

4.5/5

The club that moulded Cristiano Ronaldo was obviously going to make our list. With a strong legacy of youth development, having brought through the likes of Daniel Braganca, Ruben Vinagre, Nuno Mendes, Tiago Tomas and Goncalo Inacio in recent seasons. And with a youth academy that slightly edges out rivals FC Porto and SL Benfica, Sporting are a great choice to take over for a long-term save, or a perfect talent pool to plunder from if you are managing elsewhere.

WHAT ARE FOOTBALL MANAGER NEWGENS?

Football Manager newgens are the AI-generated young players that start to populate the game after the first in-game season. You may know them as regens, which would be an oudated term. Newgens are completely unique players, rather than replicas of retired players.

Each will have specific play styles and personalitis that can be moulded by your clubs academy and backroom staff.

HOW TO DEVELOP THE BEST NEWGENS IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

To develop the best newgens in FM22, you need an excellent youth academy. For that, you need a youth system with high ratings for youth facilities, youth recruitment and youth coaching.

That said, there is an element of luck too. Factors such as geographical location and club reputation play their part. A poor acadmey may stumble upon a wonderkid, although extremely unlikely.

WHAT DETERMINES THE QUALITY OF YOUTH INTAKES IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

While your club’s coaches, recruitment and facilities are vitally important to developing the best youth players, the attributes and personality of your head of youth development is also influential. Model citizen and perfectionist are the best person mentalities.

You also need your head of youth development to be an adept talent-spotter. A person with a high rating for judging player potential will help find the best newgens.

WHEN ARE YOUTH INTAKES IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

The date for your academy’s youth intake will depend on the nation your managing in. For instance, an English club will have their youth intake in March whereas Scandinavian club will have their youth intake in September/October.

Every nation has a specific youth intake date, and many will coincide with each other (England with France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and so on). Typically though, clubs’ youth intakes happen around two-thirds into their seasons.

WHICH CLUBS HAVE THE HIGHEST YOUTH RECRUITMENT RATING IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

There are almost 200 clubs with the perfect 20 youth recruitment rating, however this score must also be balanced with the youth level of the country that club plays in. But here’s a list of relevant clubs from which you should hopefully be able to sign your next 5-star recruit:

SL Benfica, River Plate, Guadalajara, Sao Paulo (SPO), Santos (SAN), Rangers, Celtic, FC Copenhagen, PAOK, LA Galaxy, Colo Colo, Dinamo Zagreb, LAFC, and many more.

WHICH NATIONS HAVE THE BEST YOUTH RATINGS IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

National youth ratings determine the underlying ability for countries to develop newgens. A high rating means that nation will develop high-level young players with regularity.

Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Argentina, England, Portugal, Holland and Egypt are the countries that have the highest youth ratings in FM, followed by Turkey, Nigeria, Mexico, Belgium and Colombia.

There are the obvious ones – Chelsea and Barcelona, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain – as well as the less obvious ones, like Atalanta and Red Bull Salzburg. South America also have a number of excellent youth academies in every FM.

To develop the best newgens in Football Manager 2022, you need a strong youth academy. For one of those, you need a system with high ratings for youth facilities, youth coaching and youth recruitment. You will also need a competent Head of Youth Development.