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FM 2021 Regen Youth Intake Guide – Find The Best Wonderkids

FM 2021 Regen Youth Intake

Hey guys and welcome to our FM 2021 regen youth intake guide which is modelled on last years popular system. We cover how to find the best FM21 wonderkids.

FM 2021 Regen Dates – Youth Intake dates

In years gone by finding the best regens was relatively simple. We could predict the exact day of a Newgen would generate for every country and various lists were available online. This is no longer possible because FM 2021 youth intake dates vary by club not country adding new levels of randomness to an already complicated equation.

I could create an FM 2021 regen dates list including date range, but it would be useless, but not all is lost. Last year we released an exclusive work around for finding the best FM 2021 newgens. We have a structured system for not only finding FM21 wonderkids but refining the search to suit your own personal tastes.

Football Manager 2021 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.

The goal of this guide is to get you a shortlist with the very best wonderkids, that is easy to manage and filter. I’ll lay out a four point plan first, 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 FM21 wonderkids, for you.

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

FM 2021 Regen Youth Intake Guide Video Tutorial

While this method produces some exceptional results it can be hard to follow, so we created the video guide below last year. This tutorial is still relevant for FM21.

Step 1 – How to find FM 2021 regen youth intakes

Create a shortlist and name it ‘Youth Intake’.

On the 1st of every month 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. Note: you can only add 500 players to a shortlist in one go.

Follow the in-game instructions below to find every Football Manager 2021 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. Note: You can add a maximum of 500 players to a shortlist at any one time.
  8. Now right click, hover over ‘add to shortlist’>’Youth Intake’ and click ‘indefinitely’.
  9. 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. The deeper into a save you are the longer this may take time. You may want a fresh start or simply do the last 4-5 months of youth intake.

Step 2 – Optimise your shortlist

I use a custom view when scouting FM21 regens, you can find 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 2021/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 2021/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 2021’

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.

Heres a breakdown of what we use the view for:

Personalty: A big factor in development.

Minimum fee release clause: There are three of these, the standard, domestic and foreign clause. When scouting South American regens the foreign minimum fee release clause can be handy!

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

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

Ability/potential: Again for scouting, I find it handy to order a long shortlist by star ratings. We’ll move to scouting in a second.

Days old: Is your scout report is oudated?

The key to this FM 2021 regen youth intake guide is in the detail. 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, beware of shortlisted regen notifications in your inbox. You can reduce the notifications for shortlists from your social feed. 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 2021 regens

Filter and search your regens 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 personally look for fast 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: Model citizen, professional, ambitious, driven, determined and born leaders

 – Media description: promising or wonderkid.

 – Determination attribute: 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.

football manager best personalties

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


This guide means nothing unless you understand what to look for in a Wonderkid, we have a guide for that here.


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 FM21 regen wonderkids. Again, note the importance of our custom ‘FMS Youth Intake view’, do not skip this step.


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I hope this Football Manager 2021 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.


Every year we test countless tactics and review the very best. For FM21 these systems will be ranked and listed within our tactics index linked below.


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