How Football Manager’s scouting network unearths the wonderkids of real world football

How Football Manager's scouting network unearths the wonderkids of real world football

Below that are Assistant Researchers who focus on individual clubs. They go to youth games, reserve games, first team games, read everything they can and file their opinion on the players they’ve seen… and they do this work for free. Who would do such a thing?
“It varies wildly,” says Stephen Davidson, part of the research department at Sports Interactive. “They might be Uefa qualified, they might have nothing – it can be kids at school who are fanatical about their clubs. We have people who work at clubs, data analysts at clubs, recruitment people, scouts, coaches… we’ve had players at clubs doing research on the clubs they play for.”
Assigning attributes
Each player in Football Manager is assigned a rating out of 20 for a number of different attributes. The hierarchy of researchers works to eliminate any erroneous data (hello there, To Madeira) from making it into the game, ensuring consistency and a sense that Neymar’s rating is as accurate as that of QPR’s reserve goalkeeper.
Individual ratings are highly scrutinised. It makes sense that Luka Modric – one of the best passers in the world – is level with Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva on a passing attribute of 19 out of 20, but why is Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester’s superb young midfielder, only a 12?

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