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Soccer Manager 2023: The complete Scouting Guide and Tips

Find the gem among the pebbles with the best filters and scouting tips!

For the majority of the season, all football teams aim to make the most of every day, training and working ahead to eventually go for victory in their next match. However, every time half a season passes, the transfer window opens and that’s when the underlying transfer business slowly comes into light. Clubs are always working to put together plans for future transfers plans and potential deals to bolster their squad. To find the best additions most suited to their requirements, scouts travel all over the place in search of the next new signing. So, we brought you the complete guide on scouting in Soccer Manager 2023.

In Soccer Manager 2023, building a good Scouting Network can be a very helpful tool when it comes to signing new players in the transfer window. Not only does it help profile key players to accurately pick out which ones suit the team better, but scouting also reveals hidden talent which may not initially be on the shortlist already.

Upgrading the Scouting Facility in Soccer Manager 2023

Initially, the Scouting Network facility is quite restrictive. It’s a good idea to do some early upgrades for this facility as it can be a useful tool later. The benefits of upgrading the Scouting Network are:

  • Reduced Report Return Time
  • Increased number of available scouts
  • Improved accuracy of scouts

Ideally, 3/4 of the scouts are enough for basic scouting. Some can be sent on scouting assignments while a few should stay unassigned, just in case there is a specific player you’d like more information about.

Understanding the Scout Reports

After every assignment, the scouts will bring forward a list of all the players they’ve analyzed in a format like the one below. It’s important to understand how they function, and how to make the most of these useful tools.

SM23 Scouting Report Soccer Manager 2023 Scouting
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Every time a new scouting assignment is returned, it’s a good idea to run through and clean up the analyzed players. For any player on inspection that does not fit your vision, simply click the bin icon to remove them from the report. Once the report builds up with more players, the names you definitely don’t want won’t obscure the view. Below are a couple of things important to look out for on this menu.

Potential Rating

This element will only show for players under a certain age cap. Depending on which kind of player you’re looking for, there are 2 ways the potential can be interpreted. For potential starter players that are expected to make an instant impact, the higher the potential the better.

However, for wonderkids, look at the difference between the current rating and the potential rating as well. A greater difference in the range shows that the player has a lot of room for growth. In addition, a low current rating might also impact the price of the player.

How well the player fits in

The report also outlines how well the player would fit into the squad given the squad dynamics. Obviously, over time, players naturally try to adapt to the environment around them. However, if the player in question should be making an instant impact on the starting XI, they should fit in well before signing. With most youngsters, this makes less of an impact as they are intended as long-term options anyway.

Best Scouting Filters in SM23

1. Valuable Youngsters

SM23 Scouting Filters Youth players
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Most of the fresh wonder kids come under the 18-year-old range, but this could be raised to 21 if needed. The Player Value function is a very good way of singling out the higher potential players, and so anyone that young, with a value of 10 million+ will very likely be a youngster with a high ceiling.

2. Loan-Listed Youngsters

SM23 Scouting Filter Loan-listed Youngsters Soccer Manager 2023 Scouting
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It is very common for the leading clubs to loan-list their youngsters as they may not find regular playing time in the first team. The above filter is a great way to pick out the more valuable youngsters on the loan list and could help uncover some hidden gems. Actually loaning them is also a good method to get players for lower-league teams too.

3. Youth Free Agents

SM23 Scouting Filter Young free agents
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The Free Agents list slowly becomes a source for some of the best youngsters in the game, including regens. Rather than regularly checking in to see what’s new, a scout assignment is a nifty trick to get someone else to do the job for you! Again, the maximum age is set at 18 in the filter, but for younger stars, 21 and below is another alternative.

4. Transfer-Listed Players

SM23 Scouting Filter Transfer-listed Soccer Manager 2023 Scouting
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Clubs commonly look to offload some of their fringe players throughout the season and transfer-listing them is a great way to attract interest. With this filter, the aim is more to try and pick up some cheap squad players for the short term. The minimum value of 10 million is just a way of getting rid of the players that might not be good enough, but this can be altered accordingly.

5. Contract Expiry

SM23 Scouting Filter Contact expiry
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Managers can approach players with less than 12 months left on their current contract, to sign them on a pre-contract agreement. Essentially, you offer them a contract, and if they agree, they’ll automatically transfer over as soon as their contract ends. The filter above helps identify the best bunch out of these players. Additional filters like value and age might come in handy as well, for picking out the more valuable names.

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