Finally, a new season, a new game in FIFA 22, a new Career mode, a return to normality, here we go!
I opted for the Master League style, ‘create a club’ route, which is new to FIFA 22, and will offer as close to an old style PES ML as possible, within the confines of the FIFA framework. I chose to go with a traditional hometown fictional team, and chose to start as an average aged 2 star team in England’s League One, regenerating the players un til i had a mainly English looking roster. as shown below:
Probably a slightly better rated bunch of players than you’d get with a core ML experience, but still very uncapable with only 2 noteworthy players, in Francis at CF, rated 72, and miles at CB (73), the subs bench and reserves are pure fodder too, with average rating being around 60. Some large scale development of this squad will be needed.
I picked 2 kits from the half-decent selection of pre made kits available, opting for red and white for home colours and a high contrast black/yellow for away, unfortunately you can’t add a bespoke badge or sponsor, so chose a red/.white shield to represent our little town team.
Upon starting my new career I was presented with a list of youth team players, and a scouting report, but i have purposely ignored the transfer market because I want to assess what we currently have at the club first, and adopt a youth promotion strategy, certainly during these early days anyway, as I chose a moderately low (£200k) transfer budget to start with.
Uponn starting create a club CM, you can decide what level of strictness the board take with you, and what they expect you to achieve, as this is a ‘from the roots’ style ML adventure, I have chosen a fairly lenient approach to begin with, with emphasis on getting promoted and developing the squad, you can see a summary of the board expectations below:
The first 6-8 weeks of the season will be all about analysing the players I have, working out a preferred formation and sets of tactics, and identifying where priority transfers should be made. There are 2 youth players with a possible high potential, a GK and a RWB, so i will look to bring those into the fold also.
We accepted a pre-season tournament invite so I could get some games under my belt, learn the new mechanics, try out players and see who stands out, with a baptism of fire after suffering an opening 4-2 defeat against Gillingham, swiftly followed by a classic last minute 4-3 win over Peterborough.
I have started on World Class difficulty, with 6 minute halves, with the usual mix of semi and assisted passing and crossing controls.
This is more of an introductory welcome, to the new team and career, in future posts I will go into more detail about players, tactics and so forth, I will also be looking to post regularly on a Monday, every week going forward.
For now, I will leave you with the first few goals scored within the first couple of pre-season matches, Stubbs looks like he could be my standout player.