Football Manager Guide Current & Potential Player Abilities

Football Manager Guide - Current And Potential Player Abilities
What are the main factors you should consider when developing a player and what types of abilities are there in Football Manager.

Each and every player in FM is actually given a particular current ability along with a potential ability.

Any player’s current ability determines to a huge level how good he'll perform. 

Current Ability will usually improve for a player as he develops prior to dropping once the player passes the peak of his playing days.


Potential Ability, however, is actually static and also determines the most that your player’s current ability may in theory achieve.


The amount of his potential ability that player actually fulfils is determined by things like his personality, his scheduled and specific training, standard of his club’s training facilities plus the workload that you appoint him and the coaches quality (which are rated by stars in Football Manager, 5 being the maximum amount), the calibre of any type of teaching he gets from your more older and skilled players in the club (tutoring), how much 1st team football he plays and also the quality level of the league where he takes on his games.

The higher level of league means that more faster will be his progress of development.


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Each current ability together with potential ability will be hidden in Football Manager and  for this reason you need to apply your personal  judgement of the player’s capabilities, personality and performances, together with the reports from your coaches and scouts, to evaluate the capability as well as future potential of a player.

Additionally, you can discover players current and potential ability simply by using in-game or pre-game Football Manager editors, which will reveal you particular players current and potential abilities.

Football Manager Editor Current & Potential Player Abilities


To be able to assist you with this you have to be familiar with how the player’s current ability as well as performances are usually determined.

Understanding the determinants of current ability allows you to priorities specific elements in a player’s development, so you don't squander his remaining potential ability.

Being familiar with  a variety of influences on match performance allows you to get the very best from all of your players in each and every game.

Quick summary, on what are current ability and potential ability and on what factors they relay on;

Current Ability – is an ability that’s given to all players at the start of the game in Football Manager


Any player’s current ability depends upon these factors:
  • Visible Player Attributes - weighted towards those regarded as most vital regarding his position. For this reason a player uses up more from his remaining potential ability simply by developing in more necessary attributes compared to all those regarded less necessary. Keep in mind that Acceleration together with Pace (speed)  are given a higher weight for any outfield positions. In addition, Aggression, Determination, Flair, together with Natural Fitness, in conjunction with Eccentricity, Rushing Out as well as Tendency to Punch for goalkeepers, don't have an effect on a player’s current ability.
  • Preferred moves held by your player.
  • How good the player is with his weaker foot - now this can be seen in the Positions area in the player’s Overview.

Potential Ability – is an ability that’s given to all players, and represents their maximum that they can achieve in their playing career


Any player’s potential ability depends upon these factors:
  • Quality and the amount of first team football player gets.
  • Your training ground quality alongside with your coaching staff rating.
  • Individual training and tutoring a player receives from more experienced players at the club.

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