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FM 2020 Regen Youth Intake Guide – Find The Best Wonderkids

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Hey guys and welcome to our FM 2020 regen youth intake guide. Today we cover, in great detail, how to find the best FM20 wonderkids. Yes I am referring to those funny faced players FM gives birth too month by month.

FM 2020 Regen Dates — Have Youth Intake dates changed?

Finding regens is harder than ever with the release of FM20, something Sports Interactive hinted at during pre-release. In the past we could predict the exact day every regen would be generated in every country, this is no longer possible. FM 2020 youth intake dates now vary by club, not just country, adding an extreme level of randomness to the equation.

I could create an FM 2020 regen dates list with a date range, but it would be useless. Instead why not try our approach to find the best FM 2020 regens. We have a structured system for not only finding FM20 wonderkids but refining the search to suit your own personal tastes.

Football Manager 2020 Regen Youth Intake Guide

Note: We recommend playing with attribute masking disabled. this should be done from the start screen of a new game and cannot be disabled once the game has loaded.

OK lets start with the end and the aim of this guide; To get you a shortlist with the very best wonderkids, that is easy to manage and filter. Below is the 4 point plan we will use, the detail will follow.

1 — Add every regen to a shortlist, every month.

2 — Delete the trash.

3 — Filter your shortlist down to the best FM20 wonderkids, for you.

4 — Scout and buy the very best or assign them to a long term targets list.

Stay with me guys, we are getting to the good stuff! Using the techniques below I found this cheap wonderkid within 10 minutes.

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FM 2020 Regen Youth Intake Guide Video Tutorial

While this method produces some exceptional results it can be hard to follow, so we have created the video guide below:

Step 1 — How to find FM 2020 regen youth intakes

Start by creating a shortlist and name it ‘Youth Intake’.

On the 1st of every month we need to add every newgen from the previous month to your shortlist, this takes seconds. If you are trying to add regens to your shortlist from multiple intake months this may not work due to size, you need to do each month individually. Follow the in-game instructions below to find every Football Manager 2020 regen by year.

  1. Click the globe icon in the top right corner.
  2. Select ‘world’ from the top options, not the left side.
  3. Select ‘transfers’ in the ‘general’ list.
  4. Now click the ‘all transfers’ drop-down menu and select ‘youth intake’.
  5. Select your first player for the months intake.
  6. Now scroll to the last player in that month, hold down ‘SHIFT’ and select that player. You should have highlighted each player from said month.
  7. Now right click, hover over ‘add to shortlist’>’Youth Intake’ and click ‘indefinitely’.
  8. Right click again while all players are still highlighted and click ‘unfollow all‘. If you miss this, your news feed will become a problem.

Repeat this for any months you have missed or would like to add. If you’re in March 2023 for instance, this may take a very long time, so you may want a fresh start or to just do the last 4-5 months of intake.

Step 2 — Optimise your shortlist

We need to use a custom view when scouting FM20 regens, but I have uploaded one to save you the hassle, download it here. To add this view to your game follow the 2 steps below;

1 — For Windows put the downloaded file in this folder: Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020/views. If the «views» folder doesn’t exist you will have to create it

Mac users put file in this folder: Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020/views. If «views» folder doesn’t exist create it. To access your files on Mac open ‘Finder’, click ‘Go’ from the menubar, press and hold the ‘alt’ key to show ‘library’ in your menu, while still holding ‘alt’ click it, then go to ‘Application Support’ > ‘Sports Interactive’ > ‘Football Manager 2020’

2 — Go to your shortlist which is located in the scouting sidebar. Select the view drop down menu (could currently be overview), hover over custom, click ‘import view’ and select ‘FMS Youth Intake view’. Your shortlist view should look something like this.


With our custom view scouting is made much easier. Heres a breakdown of what we use the view for:

Personalty: A big factor in development, crappy personality = crappy growth.

Minimum fee release clause: There are three of these, the standard, domestic and foreign clause. Pretty obvious what they are for, to find potential bargains. Note when checking South American regens the foreign minimum fee release clause can be very handy!

Media description: Easy way to spot ‘wonderkids’ and ‘promising’ talent.

Min/max asking price: For when you have assigned scouts and recieved reports. You can easily see who is affordable.

Ability/potential: Again for scouting so you can easily see which are the best wonderkids. We’ll move to scouting in a second.

Days old: Purely to see if your scout report is oudated.

The key to this FM 2020 regen youth intake guide is in the detail. Before we move on I now delete players with determination below 10. To do so order the list by determination, highlight every player with less than 10 determination, right click and select remove from shortlist.

Before moving on, if you find lots of notifications enter your inbox about regens, you can fix this in the social feed. Set as few notifications for the shortlist as possible. Otherwise your inbox will go crazy. Go to inbox>social feed>manage (bottom right.) Now click ‘all followed’ which is next to ‘follow’ and select your shortlist. Now adjust as you see fit, if you want no notifications at all enter custom mode and click the top right cross to uncheck all.

Step 3 — Filter your ‘Youth Intake’ shortlist to the best FM 2020 regens

First enter your shortlist, go into the search filter and adjust maximum age to 17. Otherwise this shortlist will become too big as the years tick by.

Now lets filter and search our regens, we do this at least every 6 months. Lets filter by position/role to find the very best newgens. To do this click ‘new search’ and click ‘pick’ situated below attributes. Now either select the core attributes you look for in any given position or choose from the roles on offer. The minimum attribute you look for in each area will vary, but when searching regens 17 years and under I would start with 8 or 9 as a minimum across every attribute.

If you have selected the role advanced forward for example, you will filter out any player with less than 9 for all 15 attributes selected. Your list will now be sparse because requesting EVERY attribute to be higher than 9 is too high.

To solve this click ‘match 15/15’ and play around with how many attributes must be matched. I find 10-12 matched attributes is about right. You can also lower and increase the individual attributes, I for instance hate slow strikers, so would bump pace and acceleration upto 11 or 12. You could up the attributes which don’t increase much over time, such as determination, work rate, flair and bravery.

I usually tweak things until the list has filtered down to a viewable amount, say 20 players. This does take some fiddling.

What to look for in a wonderkid: personality and media description

I would now check every player and assign a scout to any of interest. Let me explain what I like in a wonderkid, other than pure attributes. Certain personalties and media descriptions catch my eye. I would not rule out other players, but below are clear markers of potential and growth opportunity.

 — Personalty types: professional, ambitious, driven, determined and born leaders

 — Media description: promising or wonderkid.

 — Determination attribute: Not directly linked with development, but I do see better success with higher determination personally.

This is where the custom ‘FMS Youth Intake view’ comes in handy. We have all this information at a glance, making it easy to form a rounded opinion.

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Repeat the process for every position/role filter you like until your eyes water! Now sit back and let your scouts earn their keep.

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Step 4 — Scout, shortlist and buy!

Once all scout reports are complete, head back into your shortlist and re-order by ‘potential’ scout rating. Add the highest rated players you like to seperate ‘targets’ shortlists by position. These should look like this — ‘GK targets’ or ‘ML targets’ for example.

I now make a decision on which players to buy right now. Using the custom view we have a wealth of information in one place. Make your decision based on asking price, rating, personality, media description and attribute mix. Over time you will develop a trained eye for how to find the best FM20 regen wonderkids. Again, note the importance of our custom ‘FMS Youth Intake view’, do not skip this step.

I hope this Football Manager 2020 regen youth intake guide has helped. If so please do share on social media and spread the word. Likewise if you have any questions the comments section is below.

14 комментариев


  1. Alex

    24 ноября, 2019 at 21:38

    Awesome, great guide… But I’m playing as Bournemouth and any decent young players I’ve scouted from Brazil or many other countries can’t get work permits.. Do you just have to filter those countires out? Or is there a way around it?

    • Darren Smith

      25 ноября, 2019 at 06:32

      Already sorted this on Twitter DM but may be helpful for others so will reply here also. In FM19 there was more chance of none EU players getting a work permit after BREXIT in game, not sure if this will be the case for FM20. Also worth noting if you offer over a certain amount (I think its £8m for very young players) they will get a work permit, look to the bottom right of transfer offer screen, it says there. Then same in wage negotiations. So no I would still add them to the shortlist, you can then filter your shortlist as you like if its becoming a pain.

  2. Guy

    2 марта, 2020 at 11:10

    How do you get the determination to show before any other scouting? It stays blank to me until i assign a scout :(

    • Darren Smith

      2 марта, 2020 at 15:47

      You must have left ‘attribute masking’ ticked when first starting your game. You have to untick that for all attributes to show and it can only be done at the start of a new game, not changed during.

      • Guy

        3 марта, 2020 at 09:46

        Frustrating! Thanks for letting me know though!!!

        • Tim

          18 мая, 2020 at 00:20

          Frustrating, sure, but also way more realistic… I think it should be mentioned somewhere in the guide that all of this only works if attribute masking is deactivated. Because I think I have never played a game without attribute masking…

          • Darren Smith

            18 мая, 2020 at 15:19

            And I along with most of the people I personally know playing the have never played with attribute masking on but point taken and added.

          • giegerue

            7 октября, 2020 at 17:12

            Indeed, I have never played with attribute masking deactivated, for me personally it feels unrealistic and kinda like cheating (in my opinion). However, regardless of that the ‘view’ was a nice addition to the shortlists I always use for youth intake. just found one of the better youth intakes by this method, only took way longer than 10min lol as my scouts are quite slow I guess.

  3. Nick

    8 апреля, 2020 at 19:55

    When i try to import «FMS Youth Intake view» i take this screen.Do you know why?

    • Darren Smith

      9 апреля, 2020 at 07:12

      Hi Nick. Are you looking in the shortlist screen? It only works in that screen, if so it will possibly be your skin.

  4. Crobelius

    22 апреля, 2020 at 21:27


    I follow your guide step by step and there is a big issue with selecting the whole youth intake it doesn’t allow me to add them shortlist. Probably because there is a lot of players there.
    Should i add them partially ?
    Thanks in advance

    • Darren Smith

      23 апреля, 2020 at 16:07

      Yes you can not select more than 500 players it mentions this in the instructions.

  5. Kostis

    3 июня, 2020 at 19:11

    When i try to load the file, it says «Youth Intake View» is not available in this panel. What should i do?

    • Darren Smith

      4 июня, 2020 at 06:26

      Sounds like you’re trying to load it in the scouting area which won’t work this is a view for shortlists you need to load it in the shortlists.

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