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Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide and Tips

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The new season of Soccer Manager is finally here, and the developers have impressed yet again. Filled with improvements and new features, SM22 offers the next level of football manager simulation, corresponding to the 21/22 season. Soccer Manager 22 gives players a huge grasp of control over a huge plethora of clubs, encouraging decisions such as transfers, tactics, and even youth academy management. Whilst this much power feels brilliant to have, there may be some things that are difficult to understand or some things you may not even have heard of. This beginners guide will cover all those things, hopefully, to give a much clearer perspective of how to succeed in Soccer Manager 2022.

Understanding the Menus

Starting with the Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide, as with most other simulation games, the amount of UI buttons and menus are in great supply. Navigating this labyrinth takes some time to get used to, this section will explain all you need to know about each of the different menus.

The Main Menu

This is the main core menu, which covers most of the useful information you need about your next steps. This includes things like a snippet of the league table, upcoming fixtures, a bit about your manager profile, and more. To the left of the menu, you’ll see a box, just above the league table, and this is the notifications area. Here, you’ll get reminders of when transfer bids come in, training is available, etc. Keep an eye on this, and make sure it’s always empty, so all the important tasks have been dealt with.

Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide

Swiping left will bring you to the inbox, it is pretty much essential to always check this section and keep updated with everything. Everything new comes up in here, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t keep checking it. Swiping right brings you to the whole world news. Although this isn’t necessary to keep reading upon, it can be very interesting to see who the top goal-scorers are, and who’s making the big-money moves.

The Squad Menu

This is the section where you can view your whole club and all the players in an easy-to-navigate list format. If you ever need to manage individual players, compare contracts, or anything as such, this is the go-to place to do so. From this menu, you can also take a look at all the players you’ve loaned out too, it can be a good idea to see how you’re players are getting along.

Swiping right takes you to the squad stats section, and although you can view all these numbers from the main Squad menu, it looks much nicer! Swiping left brings you to one of the most useful reports in the game – the Squad report. This report covers literally everything you need to know about the players at your club, whether it be contract expiries, youth development, or the players with poor morale. It is recommended to refer to the Coach report too, as this highlights the pros and cons of the group of players you have. Although there is no need to take it too seriously, you may want to minimize the cons as best as possible.

The Manager Menu

This bit is all about you and your manager profile. The new edition of Soccer Manager 2022 introduced the new stats system, where you can improve your own abilities just like players, as well as more skills to unlock. Don’t worry too much about this as every time you level up, you usually get directed to this menu anyway. Whenever it pops up, just use all your manager points and skill points, as you’ll only need to start managing them carefully until you reach the higher levels. If you were wondering, leveling up is as easy as just playing the game!

Swiping right takes you to the Board section, where you can see all your objectives to complete (so you don’t get sacked), their overall confidence in you, as well as the fan confidence. There’s also the Job Vacancies section in this menu, so if you ever get fed up with managing at your current club, you can always move over to another. Swiping right again from there will take you to your manager career stats, where you can view all your records and accomplishments. The Hall of Fame menu is something new, which is basically a leader board of all managers in the virtual world of football, and where you stand amongst them. All in all, this bit is where you’d go if you’re looking to show off!

The Finances Menu

This could be one of the most complicated menus in the game, purely down to how many different tables there are. You don’t need to worry too much about this though, it is all mainly just more information on how your bank balance is what it is. There are different sections showing your projection (how much money you’re going to have at the end of the season if you continue as you are now), and summaries of prize money, sponsorships, merchandise, etc.

Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide

All in all, though, the only thing you need to keep an eye on is the Total income Weekly and the Total Expenditure Weekly. As long as you’re getting more than you’re spending every week, you’re fine. If it’s the other way around though, you should look to raise more funds or minimize the expenditure as best as you can.

The Tactics Menu

This is where you’ll be putting together your line-ups, and organizing instructions in preparation for the next game. It’s all in a drag-and-drop format, where you can shift around players wherever you want on the pitch. There are some issues with swapping 2 players about, but overall, the system is quite easy to use.

Swiping right takes you to the instructions part of the tactical setup, where you can define what kind of football you want your side to play. Swiping left will take you to an overview of your next opposition, their predicted line-up, and more. Note that the line-up is predicted and is subject to change when your actual match comes around.

The Transfers Menu

This is the main hub of all things transfers. Here you can search through the huge database of real players to find the ideal player for your team, and make the deals happen. There’s a bunch of filters you can use to pick out the kind of player you want, however, there is also the option to search for a club as well, which may come in handy in some situations.

Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide

Swiping right will take you to the world transfers section, where you can view a list of all the people that have moved clubs. Swiping left will take you to a list of all the players that have moved in and out of your club, be it loans or transfers. You can also see your shortlist here, if you ever see a player you like, or that can be a realistic addition to your club soon, you can add them to your shortlist, so they’re in an easy-to-access place for the future.

The Club Facility Menus

The bottom 5 menus in the menu list are all part of the club facilities group, where you can look through their respective purposes, as well as upgrade their quality.

Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide
  • Stadium – This is where you can upgrade the appearance and the capacity of your stands, giving you high income through ticket sales.
  • Club Zone – This section features a bunch of different aspects which all just act as a bonus bit of help. The sponsorships are deals you can sign for some easy money, and upgrading the club zone will bump up a lot of stuff too, like cash income and injury management.
  • Training – This is where you can conduct training drills, and view progress on individual player development. The reminders in the Main Menu will automatically bring you to this section when your training drills are ready to do, so don’t worry too much. Upgrading this area opens up more spots so you can conduct more drills at once, and also makes the quality of training better.
  • Scouting – This is where you can view your scouting reports, and set your scouts off on other assignments too. Upgrading here gives you more scouts, makes them quicker and gives them better judgment.
  • Youth Academy – This is where you can sign youth players and see them develop until you think they’d be ready to be called up to the main side. It will be long filling this up at first, but after a while, you will start to have a bustling academy with a variety of promising players. Upgrading this will improve the capacity, and allow you to sign more players at once to your academy.

Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide: Tips and Tricks

1. Ceate a gameplan to organise your squad

All good managers have a good gameplan, and that is probably the best way to achieve success with your club in SM22. Improvising may work for the odd run of games, but you may need a robust idea of how you will want to be playing football. This involves the formation you want to be playing, the individual roles of each player, and their squad statuses too. Having all this sorted out means that in the future of your career, you’ll be able to easily identify areas of improvement, and managing the team will become much simpler too.

2. Keep upgrading your stadium facilities

Stadium facility upgrades are brilliant ways to drastically improve your club as a whole for the long term. Make sure that these are getting upgraded where possible. The initial upgrades are usually quite cheap and will not be much of a hit to your budget. Obviously, they’ll get pricier, as you go higher up the levels, but the benefits are huge and will make the money worthwhile in the future.

3. Keep an eye on your Board Objectives

Head over to the Manager menu and swipe right once to see what your objectives are. They may go unnoticed, so keep an eye on your progress, as this is essential if you want to keep your job at the club. Some are pretty easy to do, whilst others are more focused on improvement over time.

4. Keep tracking the Free Agents list

The Free Agents list is way more overpowered than you may think. There will always be some way in which it helps you out. Obviously, there are some good, decently rated, players up for grabs there, that have had their contracts run down. They will usually be old though, so consider them short-term fixes. As well as that, there may be some bargains you can pick up on fairly priced contracts, that can turn out to be solid rotation players, or even starters if you so wish.

Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide

That isn’t the best part of it though. When searching through the list, try adding a filter for under 19 free agents. You’ll probably see a bunch of low-rated youngsters around the 50s range, yet with oddly high price tags of up to 15 million. Well, the reasoning behind these prices is that these players a future stars and have an incredibly high potential. The higher the value, the higher you can assume the potential is, without even needing to scout the player! If you’re in a position where your main squad is running smooth, then you can start offering contracts to these wonder kids, and training them up.

5. Send youngsters out on loan for more gametime

It is likely at some point in your club career, the 25-man limit on the first team will begin to feel more of a stronger restriction. The abundance of quality players and the boundary of how many you can play at once will likely become more difficult to manage, forcing you to make decisions on which players to prioritize. Obviously, you’ll want to play your high-value stars as much as possible, however, this may be a burden on the minutes of your youngsters. Luckily, there’s a really useful tool at your disposal, allowing you to temporarily loan out your players to other clubs.

Any players you don’t need but may need in the future, you can send out to loan to get some minutes under their belt. This is a very useful way of developing youngsters, without actually handling them yourself, and you won’t even need to pay their full wages either! Make sure to be comfortable with loaning out a player too, if they play as a back-up to one of your first-team players, you should probably keep him just in case.

6. Keep an eye on your upcoming schedule

The schedule menu gives a complete view of what games are coming up for your club. It can be very useful to keep a close eye on what the full view looks like, rather than just the short snippet of dates on the main menu. Also, this menu offers good visualization of how packed the fixtures are too.

For example, in the screenshot below, the club plays Manchester United and Chelsea within the space of 3 days, as well as a 2-day rest between another game against Brentford. It’s an annoying sight to see, but in a way, it provides another level of challenge too.

By knowing the sequence of matches coming up, managers should select a balance of players so that fitness can be maintained, and injuries prevented. In the case of the image above, it will be difficult trying to maintain fitness across 2 very tough fixtures, but a makeshift solution (without using fitness boosts) would be to pick half starters and half rotation and hope for the best for when Brentford comes around!

7. Try out your luck with loans

Especially with lower league teams, loan moves are really useful ways to pick up quality players. Perhaps the sound of signing a new player and getting used to them, only for them to leave in a season may sound underwhelming. However, they can be really good placeholders and even star players that can drive you to victories. Try digging through a bunch of popular top-flight clubs and looking at their youngsters and reverse players.

8. Don’t forget your optional free rewards

Soccer Manager 2022 offers a range of free loyalty bonuses, including the daily login system and the Free Pack system. These are just small things that offer small packets of cash, boosts, and maybe even credits, but they’re free and you can’t complain! The reason why this is tagged as optional is that obviously, there’s an element of unrealism here, so conversely, if you want to play a realistic game, with no free bumps, you may want to avoid them.

9. Spend Manager Points and Tokens as soon as possible

The brand new manager upgrade system gives both Manager Points and Tokens which you can use to upgrade your manager. It’s highly advised to use these up as soon as you can since there really is no point in holding them. The traits are pretty straightforward, simply pick whichever looks appealing to you. For the first few levels, you’ll find that by the time you reach the level required to unlock the next set of traits, you’ll have unlocked every single one in the previous category already. The attributes are a bit more complicated. There may be some which you find particularly useful, but if you’re still confused, just try going for an equal spread.

10. Take advantage of all the shortcuts

There is a range of ways in Soccer Manager 2022 in which you can beat the laws of physics and advance through time. Put simply, there is the option to watch ads to speed up cooldowns. If you’re going for a realistic career save, obviously ignore these. If not, these are genuinely close-to-overpowered shortcuts you can use to skip waiting times and get a bunch of upgrades to your club instantly.

Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide

There’s also the option to boost a player’s overall by a decent amount prior to a game, by watching an ad. Just as it sounds, this is also close-to-overpowered and makes a huge difference to their ability when playing. If you want to have a fair game, avoid this completely, but if you don’t care, this can be a really useful tool to win games.

That’s all for today folks! Go ahead and give it a try and if you are finding trouble, don’t hesitate to fall back to this The Soccer Manager 2022 Beginners Guide and Tips!

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Jan

Hi, thanx for great work. One question: I have, one od the Objectives, to upgrade Club facilieties. I have youth 2, scout 3, etc… I upgraded it by 1, there is still 0 and objective not Done…any help? Thanx

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