Football Manager 2022 release date, new features and beta early access details

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Sports Interactive’s Football Manager 2022 will be released very soon, with a host of new features added to this year’s game.

Some of the FM22’s new features include a brand new data hub, innovative tactics and new player positions. FM fans have been able to get hands-on with the new game prior to the game’s official release date, with players who pre-ordered the game being given access to an early beta version of the game.

Football Manager 2022 will also be available to play Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One, with the game enjoying a successful debut on console last year. In fact, FM22 and FM22 Xbox Edition will also be available with Xbox Game Pass from Day One when both titles launch.

So, here’s everything you need to know about Football Manager 2022 including release date, new features and more!

The confirmed Football Manager 2022 release date

Football Manager 2022 will be released on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 for PC, Mac, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Mobile devices.

Last year’s edition, FM21, was delayed until late November due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Football Manager 2022 Early Access Beta

The early access beta was made available from Friday, October 22, 2021, for players who’ve pre-ordered Football Manager 2022 from a SEGA-approved digital retailer. Players who begin a new save on the FM22 Beta can carry their save progress into the full game on release.

Here’s how to install the Football Manager 2022 Beta on both PC and Mac.

FM22 Beta Download – Steam

Simply quit and restart Steam and you’ll see that Football Manager 2022 is available to install.

FM22 Beta Download – Epic

Quit and restart the Epic Games Launcher and you’ll see that Football Manager 2022 is available to install.

FM22 Beta Download – Other digital retailers

Your retailer should have sent you a confirmation email with a code, or a link to redeem your code which can be activated on Steam by following the instructions below:

1. Launch the Steam client software and log into your Steam account or create a new, free account

2. Click the Games Menu

3. Choose Activate a Product on Steam

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the activation process

* The Store, Steam Workshop and both the Pre and In-Game Editor are not available in the Beta.

How to play Football Manager 2022 – Devices list

Football Manager 2022 will be available to play on the following platforms:

  • PC
  • Mac
  • Xbox Series X/S
  • Xbox One
  • Mobile devices

Football Manager 2022 release date, new features and beta early access details
© Football Manager 2022. FM22 cover.

The Xbox edition of Football Manager 2022 will launch on the same date as the PC/Mac version, as will FM22 Mobile, with Football Manager 2022 Touch only be available to play on the Nintendo Switch.

FM22 and FM22 Xbox Edition will also be available with Xbox Game Pass from Day One when both titles launch on November 9th.

Football Manager 2022 new features

Innovative Tactics

Football Manager 2022 is set to add a new player role, allowing players to be more innovative with their tactics and team set-ups.

The teaser trailer released earlier this year shows the addition of a new player role in defence, with players now able to set central defender to a ‘wide centre-back position’, as shown in the screenshot below.

Football Manager 2022 release date, new features and beta early access details
© Football Manager 2022. New player role in FM22.

The description for this player role says, “the main job of the Wide Centre-Back position is to stop the opposing attackers from playing and to clear the ball from danger when required. However, unlike standard central defenders, the Wide Centre-Back is encouraged to stay wide in possession and support the midfield more like a fullback.”

This is going to completely change your game plan in FM22 and allow for more creativity as a manager.

Create headlines on Deadline Day

The trailer teased a rework to the transfer window in FM22, specifically on deadline day, giving players the ability to simulate forward in shorter periods of time, allowing players to make smarter decisions and steal the headlines with a last-minute signing.

Sports Interactive released information on a few of the gameplay updates coming to FM22 in a recent development update:

  • The in-game transfer system will be reworked to be more flexible

  • Many clubs will start with smaller transfer budgets and have to sell players in order to sign players
  • Some clubs will have to focus on reducing squad size and wage bills

New Data Hub – Match Momentum/Passing Charts

One thing FM is famous for is the sheer quantity of data available for players to make informed decisions when it comes to tactics and transfers. FM22 will feature a brand new ‘Data Hub’, giving players the ability to analyse previous match data in more depth than ever before.

Football Manager 2022 release date, new features and beta early access details
© Football Manager 2022. FM22 new ‘Key Findings’ window.

The Match Momentum screen shows the ‘danger of possession’ across both the first and second half of the match, whilst the new Passing Chart will every pass your team made throughout the game. The new data window will give players suggestions on what to adjust or keep the same in the next match, along with a new ‘key findings’ window that gives managers a short summary of where to improve ahead of the next fixture.

Fantasy Draft revamp

The Fantasy Draft game mode was first introduced in Football Manager 2016, bringing a new way to play the game for the first time by drafting a dream squad and challenging your mates. Every year since then, we’ve added to it, improving the mode step-by-step.

Football Manager 2022 release date, new features and beta early access details
© Football Manager 2022. FM22 Fantasy Draft.

FM22 includes a raft of new features in the Fantasy Draft game mode including some frequently requested features from the community. We worked closely with some of the leading Football Manager content creators to ensure the features they wanted to see added were integrated into this year’s game, which we hope will make the experience of watching their online content even more enjoyable.

More ways to customise your look

We know that your manager’s appearance is a vital part of every Football Manager career. It’s a visual representation of how you see yourself, or how you’d see yourself looking if you were in the hot seat for real. Alternatively, it’s an opportunity for you to impersonate someone else entirely. Whatever look you choose, getting it just right is all part of the unparalleled immersion offered by FM.

Football Manager 2022 release date, new features and beta early access details
© Football Manager 2022. More ways to customise your manager in FM22.

In FM22, there are more choices than ever before for players to create their perfect manager, whether they’re replicating themselves in-game or creating a celebrity, ex-pro or friend.

Leagues & licensing

For the first time in the history of the game, Manchester United will be known as ‘Manchester UFC’ or ‘Man UFC’ instead of their official name, after Sports Interactive and United settled a trademark dispute earlier this year.

Are you excited about the official launch of Football Manager 2022? And, who will your first save be with? Let us know in the comments!

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