Best youth academies in FM18

Building a super team with players from your own academy is probably the biggest wet dream for any Football Manager player. But, we can all agree that it is also one of the most difficult tasks at a club. Building a dynasty to rule the world is something that will take ages, so sometime you just want to land your feet at a club with good standards. For those of you we have created this list. This list shows the best Youth Academies in Football Manager 2018.

We have opened the Football Manager 2018 database and we have found over 20 clubs that met our standards. To get on this list, clubs needed to match certain expectations. We filtered clubs based on their Youth:

  • Facilities
  • Recruitment
  • Coaching

All three areas need to be 15 or higher, or we won’t add the club to this list. Also, the club needs to be active in an official league. For that reason INF Clairefontaine (France’s biggest youth academy) and RGUOR (Belarus’ Academy) aren’t on the list.

Having the best facilities, the best coaches and the best recruitment isn’t a garantee for getting the best youth players. But, luckily there are some things you can do to increase the level of your yearly youth intake.

With that in mind; this is the list with the best youth academies in FM18

CLUBNATIONFACILITIESRECRUITMENTCOACHING
AjaxHolland NED181920
AnderlechtBelgium BEL191916
AS RomaItaly ITA181916
AZHolland NED181817
BenficaPortugal POR202019
ChelseaEngland ENG201618
FC BarcelonaSpain ESP201918
FC BaselSwitzerland SWI192017
FC PortoPortugal POR181719
FeyenoordHolland NED181819
GrasshoppersSwitzerland SWI171816
KRC GenkBelgium BEL181816
Maccabi HaifaIsrael ISR171816
Maccabi Tel-AVIVIsrael ISR171817
Manchester UnitedEngland ENG201818
PSVHolland NED171818
Real MadridSpain ESP181818
Red Bull SalzburgAustria AUT201717
SouthamptonEngland ENG181716
Sporting PortugalPortugal POR192018
Standard LiegeBelgium BEL181816
Tottenham HotspurEngland ENG201616