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Football Manager 2013 New Features: Competition Updates

When it comes to realism regarding competition rules the Football Manager series is by far the best on the market and FM 2013 does not disappoint. All the playable competitions were updated with their new real-life rules, plus some other improvements were made on already existing features.

Here’s a quick recap of what the most important new things regarding competitions in FM 2013:

  • revamped youth academy and reserves competitions in England
  • co-ownership deals updated giving more liberty to negotiate such transfers
  • MLS updated, Montreal Impact are included in the new game
  • all the playable leagues were updated, including a the new youth rules in the… Romanian league! (plus several others)

As always, Miles Jacobson gives you all the details in the video:

Here are the previously announced new features in Football Manager 2013:

FM 2013 Training

  • completely new module, much easier to manage as general and match training are in the same screen
  • improved individual training module
  • you can send your coaches to study and get training badges, improving their skills
  • training camps – you can send your team to training camps during the summer or, depending on the league, during the winter break as well

FM 2013 New Staff Roles

  • Head of youth development – the man who will make sure that you recruit the best youngsters in your region but also manage your youth team
  • Chief scout – the man who will filter the various scout reports, presenting you only the most viable options for transfers. This staff member can also handle assigning your scouts to specific tasks.

FM 2013 Director of Football

  • this new staff member will handle all kinds of transfer business for you, including selling unwanted players or loaning out youngsters

FM 2013 Leaderboards

  • separate leaderboards for each game mode (full career, FM Classic, challenges).
  • separate leaderboards for nations/divisions.
  • sophisticated scoring system that takes into account trophies, goals scored, but also the initial reputation of the club that you achieved those results with.
  • fully integrated with Steam, you will be able to compare your score to those of your Steam friends.
  • manager wages count towards the points you earn, so now there’s a point in negotiating a higher salary with your club.

FM 2013 Network Game Mode

  • much easier to set up, network games will run through the powerful Steam servers.
  • you have the possibility to export your team from single player mode into a network game. This way you can play against one of your friends regardless of which season your team is playing in the single player mode. For instance, I could play with Viitorul Constanta against Darren’s Scarborough or Kevin’s Toronto FC! 
  • agree on match view settings before the actual game, which avoids having the two players having different settings.

FM 2013 Match Engine

  • New physics engine, which allows more realistic ball trajectories. The ball is now affected by pitch conditions and weather.
  • Player bodies are more realistic.
  • AI (Artificial Intelligence) more realistic.
  • New cameras and the possibility to zoom in and out.
  • Increased stadium details.

FM 2013 Match Day Experience

  • live feed of suggestions and updates during the match in a single, customizable, panel, instead of multiple panels like in FM 2012
  • quicker in-game substitutions
  • animated action bar and match info bar during the match
  • easier access to camera selection and match speed settings

Remember that if you want to buy the game, which you should, you can do that at a reduced price from our Games Store: just 27 poundsIf you buy a legal copy of the game that means you support the guys who make the game, and if you buying it from us it means that you support this website that has served you pretty well for a few years now.

If you are feeling lucky you can take part in our FM 2013 GiveAway for a chance to win a free copy of Football Manager 2013, ready to download on release date!


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Dan Mills

hi johnny

are the german national team going to be finally included on fm 2013 or is there still an issue with it due to licensing issues?


Wow! The UI looks so slick!

Darren Smith

As always SI don’t seem to have disappointed with the database updates. I’m just biting at the bit to hear the release date but think it’ll be at least a week or so before they announce anything.

Niels Theis Bendtsen

I had hoped too see a few more nations added. I miss a few more african nations but more importantly cypres.

Bill Okpalor

Johnny I agree with you that The Football Manager Series is the be Football Managing game ever made.


Wow these videos are really starting to kill me. I’m hoping the demo is out latest 12th of October, and I’m liking the new layout of the League page


Hmmmm…..Montreal Impact eh??


Kevin’s interest is definitely piqued. To coin a phrase: “resistance is useless” :)


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Are the new fair play rules going to be introduced as well for the Championship and other leagues?

Victor Baluta

As usual FM producers are doing a great job by keeping the game as real as possible.

Martyn Hart
Martyn Hart


Has FM2013 included the J League, which Championship Manager has had for a few years now, but as CM now seems to have fallen by the wayside I am looking to Football Manager in the hope that they have taken this league on board.

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