Player personalities

Every single player in the Football Manager Database has a set of attributes (most hidden) which have effect on the way they behave on and off the pitch. These attributes combined determine the Personality of a player. A players personality will then determine if a player will work his socks of for you, trying to get the most out of his career or determine if a player will never fulfill his maximum potential, ending up on the bench at a lower league club. For a manager the personality of a player is visible on a players profile.


In this guide we will name the different personalities, explaining the meaning of every personality. We will divide them in 3 different groups:

  • Positive
  • Negative
  • Neutral

Obviously it is advised that your squad will have players with a positive or neutral personality. Negative personalities should be avoided at all costs. These players could make your life as a manager very difficult and have a negative influence on the rest of your squad. The negative influence could affect your performances in the league and therefore have a direct link with your position as a manager. A player riot could end up in you being sacked by the board. So; try to avoid negative personalities at all costs.



When viewing a player profile you will see an indication of the players personality on the right hand side of his profile (or in the information Tab). But be wary about this! This field can show you the wrong personality, as this is only an indication if you did not scout the player. You will need to fully scout a player to find out what his real Personality is. 


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The personality of a player is decided according to nine different Attributes. We will discuss them briefly:

  1. Ambition
    This drives a player to be as successful as he can be.
  2. Controversy
    How outspoken a player can be either in the media or in the dressing room
  3. Loyalty
    How much a player is willing to stay at his current club or the club he loves
  4. Pressure
    How well a player deals with situations on and off the pitch
  5. Professionalism
    How hard he is willing to work
  6. Sportsmanship
    How ethical a player is during games.
  7. Temperament
    How a player can handle situations when they go against him
  8. Determination
    Willpower to keep on fighting even in mentally exhausting circumstances.
  9. Leadership
    How inspirational and motivational a player is to his teammates.


Now you know how a players' personality is build, it is time to explain more about the different personalities Football Manager has. To start, there are three types of personalities:

  • Positive Personalities
  • Negative Personalities
  • Neutral Personalities


We will discuss every personalities by type.



  • Model citizen
  • Perfectionist
  • Resolute
  • Model professional
  • Professional
  • Fairly professional
  • Spirited
  • Very ambitious
  • Ambitious
  • Driven
  • Determined
  • Fairly determined
  • Charismatic leader
  • Born leader
  • Leader
  • Iron willed
  • Resilient



  • Slack
  • Casual
  • Temperamental
  • Unambitious
  • Easily discouraged
  • Low determination
  • Spineless
  • Low self belief



  • Jovial
  • Light hearted
  • Devoted / Very loyal
  • Loyal
  • Fairly loyal
  • Honest
  • Sporting
  • Fairly sporting
  • Unsporting
  • Realist
  • Balanced

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Hope to see this guide get a second part where getting players to a positive personality is explained. 

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On 20-5-2017 at 2:32 PM, Ves said:

Hope to see this guide get a second part where getting players to a positive personality is explained. 

Cheers for the feedback. We will be considering an article like that! We will add it to the list!

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