The new Fantasy mode is one many want to try but here are a number of scenarios and challenges you can try to make your fantasy game more interesting.
We've all noticed the new mode on FM16 and months after it's release many will still have not played or stuck to a save using the new mode. There are people who will claim it's not interesting enough because you can get who you want but for me it is one of the most interesting modes.
Here are 5 ways to make your fantasy save more interesting...
1. Youth ChallengeNow many will have tried the youth challenge but this is a bit different. For the Fantasy Youth Challenge here are the rules:
- Pick 1 nation and create your team in that country
- You can only sign players of that countries nationality
- You can only sign players Under 21
- You have to create your own back room
The first season you can't get promoted so it gives you a chance to develop your players and mould the team into one you feel you can succeed with. The challenge of the game will come in transfer windows when the big prospects are all hunted by bigger teams and it causes upsets in the squad.
The aim of the challenge is to create a team made of the future players of your chosen nation. In other words the future of your chosen countries international team lies in your hands. Playing them regularly you will be able to develop them and eventually you should have a winning team both domestically and internationally.
Creating your own back room is optional but I find that having to start from scratch completely alters how you want to play the save out. Creating your own coaching room allows you to find coaches who work well with kids and creating your own scout team allows you to scout for potential future stars as current ability for under 21's may not be as important.
2. Recreate A Past ClubMany clubs have gone out of existence. Think of teams like Stockport and the original Wimbledon who both went into administration and out of existence. The challenge here is to start in the bottom tier of your chosen country and recreate your chosen team and lead them to glory.
The challenge here is starting with a small budget and not knowing lower league players for your squad. It isn't easy to complete this challenge as you have to start with an unknown squad and find your way back up.
To make this challenge even more frustrating try selecting the team with the smallest budget, there may be a couple of teams with good sized budget for their level but if you select a team who are in financial struggles you may have to fight through the struggles that the former version of that club went through.
3. Experience WinsThis is the opposite to the Youth challenge as the rule to this save is that you can only have players over 30 in your squad. This is to see whether experienced heads are required for success in football and it is certainly an interesting idea.
You may be able to get success early on but when you get into your second or third season and players are starting to decline and possibly even retire then you will struggle a bit more. You can only sign players over 30 so you then replace those who leave with players coming towards the end of their career.
The challenge is that your squad will only stay together for a season or two at a time so you have to have mass replacements. It isn't just the challenge of starting off with older players but also finding ways to replace them.
Another concept you could follow to make this save interesting is to try and make any retiring players join your coaching staff. See if their playing experience translate into coaching success.
It is a slightly different challenge to normal but it is certainly an interesting one.
4. Replace A Big TeamMany people get bored of the big teams controlling a division. Look at PSG in France. Juventus in Italy. Even Real and Barca in Spain.
But what would happen if one of these teams were to disappear and be released with a new club. You can build you club with a large budget and take out the team who would be your main competition.
Now many would consider just keeping the team that monopolised a division previously, why get rid of the squad that won so much before? But the twist is you can't include players who were in that squad. If you were to manage Juventus you wouldn't have any Pogba to control your midfield.
Replacing the big boy could be interesting as you have to fight to keep the supremacy they created and if you can replicate it then you have succeeded.
The challenge after that? Go to the team who were always chasing you and try to knock your club off of the top.
5. Replace The FavouriteEvery division has a favourite to win the division. This challenge is similar to the previous one but rather than taking the leading team from a country you go to the second or third tier, or lower, and fight for promotion.
You have to pick the team expected to finish top of their division. Then using their budget create a squad you think can win the division. You can keep players from their squad or you can do a complete rebuild and kick them all out.
Once you have your club set up you have to win the league, that's the expectation and you've built the squad you believe can do it. If you don't finish top then you have failed.
However if you do finish top you can't get promoted so it makes it more interesting in that you then have to replicate your success in season 2. You have done it once and now you have to do it again in order to get that promotion and push for a better future for your club.
The second season will be more interesting as you have the squad who won the league the first time round but this time you are fighting against teams who have just been relegated and will be expected to bounce back.