In spite of the ever-growing popularity of FUT and the novelty of The Journey, Career Mode remains one of the main activities you can enjoy on FIFA 17, and for the first time in quite a while, this year it comes with loads of interesting new management features. For several entries now, the Career Mode has allowed you to either manage a full team or control a single player (either created from scratch or coming out of the FIFA database). With this quick guide, you can get some advice on the former: how to become the next Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone. Take this as a complement to our other FIFA-related guides such as:
First off, you have to select between the different leagues available the group you're aiming for: a top team, a mid-size team, or those struggling to avoid relegation, the choice is yours. Now, your success in FIFA 17 doesn't just depend on winning titles or keeping your financials healthy, as the owners will task you with achieving objectives in five different areas.
The five requirements from the board you'll have to meet are split up by the level of their demands: max, high, mid, low and very low. Let's take a look at these requirements before entering Career mode proper, as it's useful before making that first decision:
1. National success: Here, depending on what the board is asking you, you must reach a specific position in the national league. This is not based on any current standings or trends, as it all depends on your team's reputation and value.
2. Continental success: Same as with the previous requirement, but focused on the Champions League or the Europa League, giving you an international focus. If you are managing a team that's not competing internationally for this season, the board may ask you to qualify for next year's competition.
3. Branding: What bosses want with this goal is that you increase the brand and the marketing interest in your team. For that, they'll specify an amount you'll have to earn through jersey selling, for example. In this case, signing players with several international reputation stars will help completing this goal.
4. Finances: Having a team with development potential is not the same as being part of a top world elite club. Board members will ask you to keep a budget in line with their expectations, or to raise the team value by a set percentage. The key is to sign with care and intention, always keeping an eye on figures; if you finish the season on a negative, it's more likely you'll get the pink slip.
5. Youth development: Finally, depending on boss's criteria, you'll have to push your young player pool to a greater or lesser degree. Some milestones to get might be signing a young player for a specific position, or getting others upgraded to the first team if their potential is above average. The possibilities are huge and the requirements are different depending on the budget. With modest, smaller teams, where the money is limited, taking advantage of the young player pool is beneficial and goes far towards establishing trust with the board.