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Football Manager 2021
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Developer Sports Interactive
Publisher Sega
Series Football Manager
Date released 24 November 2020
Modes multiplayer (turn-based)
Platforms Microsoft Windows
OS X
Linux

Football Manager 2021 (officially abbreviated as FM21) is a football-management simulation video game developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. It was released worldwide for iOS, Android, macOS and Windows on 24 November, 2020. The streamlined version of the game titled Football Manager 2021 Touch was released on 1 December, 2020 for the same platforms, and for Nintendo Switch on 15 December, 2020. The similar version titled Xbox Edition was released on December 1, 2020 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Windows 10 via the Microsoft Store. It will be the first game in the series to appear on an Xbox platform since Football Manager 2008.

Features

FM21's headline features cover a number of key areas of the game including the interaction system, matchday experience and the recruitment module. There are new communication methods, including gestures, and new interaction options between the manager, their players and the media. There are new presentation elements before, during and after a match and an overhaul to the match engine AI. Expected goals (or xG) makes its debut in the series as part of a wider suite of data analysis changes through an xG model, built by Sports Interactive in partnership with SciSports. Trophy presentations have been revamped too.

Managers can also take more control of their club's recruitment strategy with a new recruitment meeting.

Playable leagues

FM21 features 117 leagues from 52 nations across five continents: Africa, Asia (including Australia), Europe, North America and South America. Coverage is heavily slanted towards European teams, with 34 of its 51 constituent countries having playable leagues, while South Africa is the only country of Africa's total 54 that is covered.

Europe

Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
England
Finland
France
Germany
Gibraltar
  • Gibraltar National League
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
  • Úrvalsdeild karla
  • 1. deild karla
Israel
Italy
The Netherlands
Northern Ireland
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Ireland
Romania
Russia
Scotland
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
Wales

Asia

Australia
China
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Malaysia
  • Malaysia Super League
  • Malaysia Premier League
Singapore
  • Singapore Premier League
South Korea

South America

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
  • Categoría Primera A
  • Categoría Primera B
Peru
Uruguay
  • Uruguayan Primera División
  • Uruguayan Segunda División

North America

Canada
  • Canadian Premier League
Mexico
United States

Africa

South Africa

Licensing

29 leagues (across 14 countries) were fully licenced for the game, as was KNVB ("Team Holland"). Italy's Serie A has licences for all its clubs except Juventus, who appear as Zebre once again. The German national team was not licenced, however, having been reintroduced in FM20.

The licenced leagues:

Australia
  • Hyundai A-League
Canada
  • Canadian Premier League
Denmark
England
France
Germany
Gibraltar
The Netherlands
Northern Ireland
Poland
Scotland
South Korea
United States
Wales

Xbox edition

Football Manager 2021 saw the series return to Xbox consoles for the first time since 2007. Modelled on Football Manager Touch, the game's user interface has been designed to work with the Xbox controller and the game will take advantage of Microsoft's Smart Delivery and Play Anywhere technology to enable cross-play across Xbox One, Xbox One X|S, Xbox Series X|S and FM21 Xbox on Windows 10.

FM21 Xbox will be enhanced on Xbox Series X with matches displaying in native 4K and up to 10 nations can be loaded up at any one time.

The game released on 1 December 2020.

Mobile

Football Manager 2021 Mobile introduced three new nations to the game: Argentina, Canada and Mexico, which took the total number of playable nations to 24.

Tactical templates have been introduced for the first time that replicate the most popular styles of play in world football and managers can now develop their own set-piece routines. The Dynamics module has new displays of social groups, player relationships and squad hierarchy while the way that human managers can communicate with their players has been redefined.

Other features include the ability to set up links with feeder clubs and arrange pre-season friendlies.

FM21 Mobile was released on iOS and Android on 24 November 2020.

Football Manager 2021 Touch

Football Manager 2021 Touch encompasses many of the new additions from the Windows and macOS versions. The interaction system, matchday experience and new data analysis elements are included in the game.

FM21 Touch for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android was released on 1 December 2020 and the Nintendo Switch edition was released on 15 December 2020.

External links

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