Here you can read about all the new features for Football Manager 2021 released by the SI team.
Read all about the new features that will be in Football Manager 2021 on this page, we will update this article as soon as new features are revealed by Sports Interactive.
It would be best to bookmark ⭐ FM21 New Features page and return daily to see what new features have been revealed.
Football Manager 2021 - New Features (📅 02/11/2020)
We've added much more context to the prospect of replacing your captain/vice-captain.
Now you get a warning message from your staff as well as additional responses to use in conversations with those players involved.
Better backroom advice
Your staff will notify you in advance if your squad is too big and in breach of competition squad rules.
We've revamped the in-game goal alert, inspired by a TV broadcast-style.
Affliliates in Club Vision
If your club vision demands you to sign players from a certain nation, you can now request an affiliate club that helps you do just that.
Planning for the future
You can now promise a player they'll become a regular starter once the man in front of him leaves.
A style named after you
If your unique brand of football catches the media's eye they'll give it a name to use in the press.
Combined goal and assist bonuses
Perfect for attacking midfielders or strikers that love to link play Smiling face with heart-shaped eyes.
From Assistant to Analyst
You now have far more role options to recommend when talking to your player about joining the backroom.
As part of the interaction revamp, FM21 has more contextual interaction.
As one of many examples, you can now talk to your attackers after they've been on a bit of a goal drought, to lead them back on track in front of goal.
Managers are constantly in the spotlight. So, FM21 adds more press speculation to your movements, especially around matches you attend...
Real life changes to league structure
Some examples picked at random follow - note that these are a handful of hundreds of changes in this area & the rest you'll find out when the game is released.
New format in Denmarks 2nd division, which then morphs into a new format for Denmark's lower leagues for the 21/22 season too.
New formats for lower divisions in Portugal for both the 20/21 season and the 21/22 season.
Regional grouping for the Bulgarian U19 regional groups
New rules for the Northern Irish Intermediate Cup
Playoff Mini League added in South Africa
Specific A-League teams play each other 3 times a season
Squad numbers can now be allocated in Sottish League 1
Chinese Maximum salary rules are implemented
New HG eligibility rule in Croatia
Add remove leagues update
You can make divisions in a nation you have playable "view only", not just the entire nation. Eg - you can have a top division "playable" & the lower divisions "view only"
Manager avatar update
Here's an updated picuture of how FM20 manager avater looks like comapred to the one in FM21.
Animations for player roles
There are now animations for every role, so you know exactly what you're asking your players to do when building a tactic.
I've been asked many times in the last few weeks whether we've improved role descriptions.— Miles Jacobson (@milesSI) October 29, 2020
We've gone one louder than that...
There are now animations for every role, so you know exactly what you're asking your players to do when building a tactic #FM21Features pic.twitter.com/wNJwL8PZwr
We've introduced a whole new bunch of them, adding detail & info across all aspects of the game.
Included are areas like transfers, loans, coaching badges, squad registration, the very important "posh" tooltip for condition and much more.
New interaction: Speed up decision making
You now have the ability to ask players to speed up their contract decision making - Perfect for crazy deadline days.
"It's a special day for you, go out there and enjoy it".
We've added a bunch of team talks to give to individuals who are on the verge of a landmark appearance.
Your social feed is getting louder
You'll now see fan-driven transfer rumours... some of which will come out of nowhere.
Goals and assists per position
Now you can view a player's goals and assists as well as match ratings per position to get a better idea of what suits them best.
Players, not celebrating goals
You'll now notice that certain players won't celebrate against old teams.
FM21 brings clearer news, advice and interaction around suspensions. So you can warn a player pre-game that he's just one yellow away from a ban.
You now have many more options when making a loan offer with an option to buy. Play with additional clauses to build the perfect package.
Fans now speculate more pre-match around team selections and fuss over who should (or shouldn't) start.
With players' schedules getting busier due to both the squeezing of league & international fixtures into a shorter calendar...
FM21 ensures that travelling long distances for international games has a more realistic impact on player conditioning.
We've introduced simple icons to indicate how your players previously performed in training.
This week's Training Ratings are great but it helps to know how that compares with the previous week.
A feature today for new players to FM21 and people returning after a break, that's still useful for experienced players too. Added another layer to some of the in-game tutorials. 'Tell me more' allows you to go deeper into the area
When you negotiate new contracts with multiple staff members at once, you'll now receive just one news item that merges all of the information in one handy place.
New Newgen Faces
Definition to defensive width Straight ruler
With refined descriptions and smooth visualisations you can see exactly how you're asking your players to defend.
New squad view
Now you can clearly see your player's playing time pathway so you know exactly what you've promised...
Goalkeeper Media Descriptions
We've added a whole bunch of goalkeeper media descriptions, from world-class to wonderkid, to add a new layer of detail to your no.1
New signings are a little more special now
FM21 allows you to instantly assign training focuses, new trait discussions and set-piece duties, if they're up for the task... all within one easy news item.
We've introduced new Club Vision objectives to make your experience more unique from club-to-club. We felt this one, in particular, might interest a few of you.
Before entering a shootout you'll now be able to see your player's body language, allowing you to get into the mind's of your potential takers before selecting that all-important order.
Football Manager 2021 New Features Video Breakdown
Let's try and see what the FM21 new features preview video revealed to us.
Finding your targets
There's now a recruitment meeting in which the staff members, such as Director of Football, will inform you on what player contracts are about to expire and on lack of depth for a specific role in your tactic.
Bid for Players
Bidding for a player on Football Manager is no new feature, but asking his agent for his availability definitely is!
It looks as media handling and talking to the press got a major overhaul, at least judging by the screenshot.
Perfect Your Tactics
It looks as if more pre-match advice from the staff awaits us in Football Manager 2021, as well as better preparation for match days.
Introducing the manager's movement and player's body language in player interactions!
More Match Detail than Ever Before
xG added or Expected goals - basically states the quality of a shot, and the “likelihood” of the shot going in. So, sometimes, you’ll have teams win 2-1 with an xG of 0.31 compared to an xG of 2.76, showing how the losing team lacks clinicality.
Improved 3D Match Engine
Nice little chip by Tolisso in the 3D match engine footage in the new features preview video.
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