Sports Interactive has released the latest title in the Football Manager series, Football Manager 2022 (FM22).
Football Manager 2022 introduces a host of new features for players to get to grips with, including a brand new data hub, innovative tactics and new player roles.
Both Manchester City and Manchester United are included in the popular simulation game, but United have been named ‘Man UFC’ after a recent trademark dispute was settled between the club and Football Manager developers, Sports Interactive and Sega.
Football Manager 2022 is also available to play on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One now, with the game available on the Xbox Game Pass, after a successful debut on console last year.
Football Manager fans have been able to get hands-on with the new game prior to the game’s official release today, as players who pre-ordered the game received access to an early beta version of the game.
So, here’s everything you need to know about Football Manager 2022 including new features and more!
How to play Football Manager 2022 Football Manager 2022 is available to play now on the following platforms:
PC Mac Xbox Series X/S Xbox One Mobile devices The Xbox edition of Football Manager 2022 is now available, as is the PC/Mac version and FM22 Mobile, with Football Manager 2022 Touch only being available to play on the Nintendo Switch.
FM22 and FM22 Xbox Edition are now available on Xbox Game Pass.
‘Manchester United’ missing from Football Manager 2022 Manchester United will be renamed on Football Manager games from FM22 onwards, with Sega confirming that the two parties have agreed a settlement that resolves their trademark dispute.
United took legal action against Sega and Sports Interactive, the makers of the popular Football Manager video game series, in May 2020.
United argued that Sega and Sports Interactive infringed their trademark over the logo by not using the official Manchester United badge in the game, instead “replacing the club crest with a simplified red and white striped logo”.
The club claimed this “deprives the registered proprietor of its right to have the club crest licensed”.
Sega and Sports Interactive said that the use of the club’s name is “a legitimate reference to the Manchester United football team in a football context” and has been used in Football Manager and its predecessor Championship Manager since 1992 “without complaint by the claimant”.
In their written defence to United’s claim, Sega and Sports Interactive said: “The claimant has acquiesced in the use by the defendants of the name of the Manchester United football team in the Football Manager game and cannot now complain of such use.”
Following the trademark settlement, a Sega spokesperson told MEN Sport that they have agreed to rename Manchester United on Football Manager games, starting with their upcoming release, FM22.
“From FM22 onwards, the Manchester United football club will be named ‘Manchester UFC’ or ‘Man UFC’,” A Sega Spokesperson told MEN Sport.
“These name changes have been made purely to settle the dispute on a no admissions basis.
“SEGA and Sports Interactive maintain that they do not need a licence to use the ‘Manchester United’ name but have made the change as a gesture of goodwill so that both parties can move on.”
Football Manager 2022 new features Brand new animation engine
The previous FM animation engine actually tied players to the 2D discs that formed the basis of our switch from the 2D to 3D view, restricting real-life movement and motion.
But the new FM22 engine is built around the new addition of root motion, which means that the players move off those 2D discs, and the 3D model movement is instead now based on the animation of their skeleton, allowing for much more realistic movements.
Updated Match AI
The match AI in FM22 has taken another step forward with a suite of upgrades that make them the most intelligent in the series’ history.
Sports Interactive has rebalanced the way that the length and difficulty of a pass affects the accuracy so, for example, long-range through balls will have less chance of finding their target. The way under-hit and overhit passes look in the match is also significantly improved.
Errors have also been applied to first touches for the first time, so it’ll be more obvious when players have overhit or mistimed their first touch. This all leads to a more realistic representation of how possession and momentum shifts over the course of a match.
The changes made to accuracy and inaccuracy go hand-in-hand with the overhaul to the pressing system in FM22. If your players are pressing too hard and lacking condition during a match as a result then you’ll see your team making more inaccurate passes, taking heavier first touches and making more errors.
It’s worth bearing that in mind when you’re setting up your tactical system and making your second half substitutions as forcing your team to cover plenty of ground in the first half can have consequences as the clock ticks down to the final whistle.
Football Manager 2022 is set to add a new player role, allowing players to be more innovative with their tactics and team set-ups.
The teaser trailer released earlier this year shows the addition of a new player role in defence, with players now able to set central defender to a ‘wide centre-back position’, as shown in the screenshot below.
New player roles feature in FM22. The description for this player role says, “the main job of the Wide Centre-Back position is to stop the opposing attackers from playing and to clear the ball from danger when required. However, unlike standard central defenders, the Wide Centre-Back is encouraged to stay wide in possession and support the midfield more like a fullback.”
This will completely change your playstyle in FM22 and allow for more creativity as a manager.
New Data Hub – Match Momentum/Passing Charts
One thing FM is famous for is the sheer quantity of data available for players to make informed decisions when it comes to tactics and transfers. FM22 will feature a brand new ‘Data Hub’, giving players the ability to analyse previous match data in more depth than ever before.
The brand new Data Hub features a ‘key findings’ tab. The Match Momentum screen shows the ‘danger of possession’ across both the first and second half of the match, whilst the new Passing Chart will every pass your team made throughout the game. The new data window will give players suggestions on what to adjust or keep the same in the next match, along with a new ‘key findings’ window that gives managers a short summary of where to improve ahead of the next fixture.
Create headlines on Deadline Day
The trailer teased a rework to the transfer window in FM22, specifically on deadline day, giving players the ability to simulate forward in shorter periods of time, allowing players to make smarter decisions and steal the headlines with a last-minute signing.
Sports Interactive released information on a few of the gameplay updates coming to FM22 in a recent development update:
The in-game transfer system will be reworked to be more flexible
Many clubs will start with smaller transfer budgets and have to sell players in order to sign players Some clubs will have to focus on reducing squad size and wage bills Fantasy Draft revamp
The Fantasy Draft game mode was first introduced in Football Manager 2016, bringing a new way to play the game for the first time by drafting a dream squad and challenging your mates. Every year since then, we’ve added to it, improving the mode step-by-step.
Fantasy Draft has been revamped in FM22. FM22 includes a raft of new features in the Fantasy Draft game mode including some frequently requested features from the community. We worked closely with some of the leading Football Manager content creators to ensure the features they wanted to see added were integrated into this year’s game, which we hope will make the experience of watching their online content even more enjoyable.
Which team will you manage first on Football Manager 2022? Let us know in the comments!
Football Manager (FM) is the world’s leading football management simulation title. With more than 50 countries to manage in and a database of over 800,000 players and staff it offers an incredibly detailed and immersive experience.