Youth development – internal factors

youth development internal factors

Once you’ve took time to improve your annual youth intake in Football Manager, it’s time to focus on youth development. Everyone who is playing Football Manager, dreams about managing a team which consists of his own, unique newgens and bring them to glory. This guide will give you some insights on the internal factors and how they affect youth development.


Internal factors are circumstances which are related to the player himself, obviously his potential ability is one of them but you can think of his personality too which reflects in small bits the hidden attribute professionalism.


The hidden attribute ‘Professionalism’ is the most influential in player development. A player with 20 on professionalism will progress much faster than a player who has 12. The personality of a player is a very good indicator of this hidden attribute.

A young talent with a positive personality will develop much faster than a player who has a negative one. You can influence the personalities of your players in different ways:

This starts with your Head of Youth Development. If he has a positive personality, the players who are coming through your youth system will tend to have a similar personality. Also tutoring can change the character of your player, make sure you’ll use a tutor with a positive personality.


Young players that are injury prone tend to fail to reach their maximum potential. Be very careful with his training, as the player won’t develop if he is sidelined most of the time. Make sure you don’t overtrain him and rest him enough if you want to keep hold of him.

But actually we will always advice you to get rid of the injury prone player. Even though he is considered to be a massive wonderkid, you would probably be better off without him. He is not of any use to your or your team if he misses out on 50% of your games during a season. Besides, his recovery could also cost you a lot of money.


The development rate of a player will drop when he is around 24-years-old. If you have scouted a player with a massive potential but a low current ability, keep a close eye on his age. If this player is, for example, twenty-two years old, he has very little time to develop fast enough to fulfil his potential ability.

This is the same reason why very young players get black stars in their reports, because it’s uncertain if he’ll progress fast enough.

You’ll have to ask yourself if it’s profitable to put time and effort in developing a player who has a big difference between current and potential ability, when he’s past the age of twenty-two. Maybe it’s wiser to keep searching for a younger player or someone who has had more progression in his development.


It’s obvious that the potential ability of a player has an influence in developing the player. The difference between the current and potential ability is, in my opinion, more important than the potential ability alone. The bigger the difference, the faster he’ll progress. The last few steps to reaching a player’s potential are the toughest and will take the most time.


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