Football Manager 2020 Mobile Review

Football Manager 2020 Mobile release date was on November 19, 2019, and the game is already growing its player base like crazy. Also dubbed FM20, this title brings the freshest player database with teams from all walks of the world football scene, but it also enhances the entire experience with some in-depth coaching features. However, since it also covered mobile devices, as well as PC, the game came out in three different versions. While we shall only mention the other two, our review will focus on the mobile gameplay.

Development and reception

This game is the successor to the Football Manager 2019, developed by Sports Interactive, a prominent British studio best known for this series. The developer was founded in 1994 and acquired by SEGA in 2006, who are the official publishers of this title and the series. Their other sports simulators include NHL Eastside Hockey Manager, Championship Manager Quiz, and the studio is credited for working on the cult favorite Championship Manager PC series.

As mentioned, this latest title is released in three different versions. The one titled Football Manager 2020 is built for PC, FM20 Touch is for both PC and mobile but it represents a reduced version of the original with gameplay more focused on matches, and this mobile version solely for mobile. Also important to note is that the game found its way to the twenty or so titles available at Google Stadia Launch.

As a football-management simulation mobile video game, this title is available for both Android and iOS. On Google Play, FM20 mobile Android has a rating of 3.6 stars from just over 1.6k votes, too little to be a representative sample. On the iTunes App Store, Football Manager 2020 mobile iOS version has a much better score of 4.8 stars, but an even smaller voting pool. However, it did reach #3 in the Sports category.

Playable leagues

This title comes with teams from 52 countries, across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. There are 116 leagues in total available, with some countries going down to their tier 3 leagues. Some leagues initially planned, have been dropped from the game, including the Romanian Liga III, which was available on the 2019’s edition. However, this 2020 installment brings Gibraltar National League and national team, and two Welsh second-tier divisions – Cymru South and Cymru North.

The list of leagues sorted by their respective continents and nations in alphabetical order is as follows:

EUROPE:

Austria

  • Austrian Football Bundesliga
  • Austrian Football Second League

Belarus

  • Belarusian Premier League
  • Belarusian First League

Belgium

  • Belgian First Division A
  • Belgian First Division B
  • Belgian First Amateur Division

Bulgaria

  • First Professional Football League
  • Second Professional Football League

Croatia

  • Croatian First Football League
  • Croatian Second Football League

Czech Republic

  • Czech First League
  • Czech National Football League

Denmark

  • Danish Superliga
  • Danish 1st Division
  • Danish 2nd Division

England

  • Premier League
  • EFL Championship
  • EFL League One
  • EFL League Two
  • National League
  • National League North
  • National League South

Finland

  • Veikkausliiga
  • Ykkönen

France

  • Ligue 1
  • Ligue 2
  • Championnat National
  • Championnat National 2

Germany

  • Bundesliga
  • 2. Bundesliga
  • 3. Liga

Gibraltar

  • Gibraltar National League

Greece

  • Superleague Greece
  • Football League

Holland

  • Eredivisie
  • Eerste Divisie

Hungary

  • Nemzeti Bajnokság I
  • Nemzeti Bajnokság II

Iceland

  • Úrvalsdeild karla
  • 1. deild karla

Israel

  • Israeli Premier League
  • Liga Leumit

Italy

  • Serie A
  • Serie B
  • Serie C

Northern Ireland

  • NIFL Premiership
  • NIFL Championship
  • NIFL Premier Intermediate League

Norway

  • Eliteserien
  • 1. divisjon
  • 2. divisjon
  • 3. divisjon

Poland

  • Ekstraklasa
  • I liga

Portugal

  • Primeira Liga
  • LigaPro
  • Campeonato de Portugal

Republic of Ireland

  • League of Ireland Premier Division
  • League of Ireland First Division

Romania

  • Liga I
  • Liga II

Russia

  • Russian Premier League
  • Russian Football National League

Scotland

  • Scottish Premiership
  • Scottish Championship
  • Scottish League One
  • Scottish League Two

Serbia

  • Serbian SuperLiga
  • Serbian First League

Slovakia

  • Slovak Super Liga
  • 2. Liga

Slovenia

  • Slovenian PrvaLiga
  • Slovenian Second League

Spain

  • La Liga
  • Segunda División
  • Segunda División B

Sweden

  • Allsvenskan
  • Superettan
  • Division 1
  • Division 2

Switzerland

  • Swiss Super League
  • Swiss Challenge League

Turkey

  • Süper Lig
  • TFF First League
  • TFF Second League

Ukraine

  • Ukrainian Premier League
  • Ukrainian First League

Wales

  • Welsh Premier League

 

ASIA:

Australia

  • A-League

China

  • Chinese Super League
  • China League One

Hong Kong China

  • Hong Kong Premier League

India

  • Indian Super League

Indonesia

  • Liga 1
  • Liga 2

Malaysia

  • Malaysia Super League
  • Malaysia Premier League

Singapore

  • Singapore Premier League

South Korea

  • K League 1
  • K League 2

 

SOUTH AMERICA:

Argentina

  • Argentine Primera División
  • Primera B Nacional

Brazil

  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série C

Chile

  • Chilean Primera División
  • Primera B de Chile

Colombia

  • Categoría Primera A
  • Categoría Primera B

Peru

  • Peruvian Primera División

Uruguay

  • Uruguayan Primera División
  • Uruguayan Segunda División

 

NORTH AMERICA

Mexico

  • Liga MX
  • Ascenso MX

United States

  • Major League Soccer

 

AFRICA:

South Africa

  • South African Premier Division
  • National First Division

26 of these leagues are fully licensed, across fourteen countries. Some teams lack it, but are reintroduced cleverly and are as accurate as possible given the lack of info available online.

Gameplay

In terms of gameplay, this game follows the standard path set by the original ultimate experience Championship Manager has set in the ‘90s. Being the developers of some of the titles in the old school series, Sports Interactive brought back some of the immersive features in this latest title. In the full edition, we start as a free agent and are employed by the club of our choosing, just like in the original game. 

However, the immersive experience has been increased a lot with interesting new features that delve deeper into the simulating nature of reality. Thus, we are even given info about the players’ attitudes towards other players, their plans for the future, and that sort of thing.

Appearance

Regarding its looks, FM20 again takes a lot from the Championship Manager series, with the User Interface looking a lot familiar to those who played the original titles. The games can also be viewed in the old school top-down dot style, or just highlights. The amount of details and info is incredible and it is all presented in a very comprehensive outlook.

Verdict

Football Manager 2020 mobile is now the ultimate management simulator experience. With other titles of the genre, like Soccer Manager or Top Eleven, now becoming slowly outdated, this represents the freshest database with the most innovative features. Choosing to develop this game with so many reminiscent features from the old school Championship Manager was a direct hit and the fans are slowly beginning to appreciate it. It is the most immersive sports manager simulator currently available to us.

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