Football Manager 2023: Five features we'd love to see

Football Manager 2022

Football Manager 2023 is likely to come out later this year, but what are some of the features we would like to see added to the latest iteration of the massively popular franchise?

The game follows an annual release schedule, so we’re expecting the game to hit shelves in a couple of months.

The beta always comes out two weeks prior, and we expect to see features being revealed over the coming weeks and months prior to the game’s release.

As a result, we’ve taken a look at some of the features we’d most like to see added to the game as FM23 nears its reveal.

Take a look below and see if you agree with our choices!

Five FM23 Features We’d Love To See

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Women’s Football

This is a feature that is requested every year and Sports Interactive has confirmed that the women’s game is coming to FM23.

You will be able to take control of the biggest names in women’s football and players will be champing at the bit after the amazing success of England’s Lionesses at Euro 2022.

It remains to be seen exactly when women’s football will be in FM, but we’re hoping it’ll be FM23!


More Specific Team Talks

As it stands, you can say the same thing before every game. Occasionally you can tell your players to exact revenge on a team if they’ve been beaten by them earlier in the season.

But we’d love to see the ability to really hone in on weaknesses or strengths. For example, it’d be great if you could tell your team to watch out for Kevin De Bruyne’s through balls, or Liverpool’s high press.

It would add some realism and feed into how tactical preparation works.


More Realistic Man UFC

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag passes instructions onto his players
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag passes instructions onto his players from the touchline

Man UFC, or Manchester United for if you’ve fixed the fake names, tend to dominate on FM.

They always have, and they’re one of the easiest saves you can take on.

But this year, their attributes need to reflect the fact that they are playing remarkably poorly in real life.

We’re not saying that Manchester United can’t win, but we are saying that they need to be weaker in the game, to bring them in line with real life!


Better Player Interaction

Players only tend to want to talk if they’re annoyed – maybe they want to leave, maybe they’re worried about a new signing.

It’s very rare that they come to you for advice or a hint as to your plans for them.

That would be really cool, to have one of your players telling you they want to know how they can improve or what you see as their best position.


Less VAR Involvement

We all want this, don’t we? On FM22, VAR gets a little too involved in the gameplay. It can sometimes feel like every single goal is reviewed by VAR for a potential offside.

That needs to be toned down in FM23, without taking away the realism of the technology.

VAR is omnipresent in real life but it isn’t used constantly; less is more.


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