Football Manager 2022: Fun Challenges to Try

There are plenty of challenges you can try in Football Manager 2022, many of which have been featured in past installments of the FM series, but today we are focussing on some of the more fun challenges you can attempt in FM22.

Finding inspiration for any Football Manager save can be tricky, especially if you are a die-hard fan of the series that likes to have an end goal in sight before you even pick which team you are going to manage. Some of the challenges we have selected will be harder than others but each of them will possess an element of fun that will make you want to try them out.

We have to start our list with our own personal favourite fun challenge,

The Mike Bassett Challenge

This particular challenge is a bit of a throwback to the early days of the Premier League and, of course, the popular film and television series that birthed the legendary fictional football manager, Mike Bassett, portrayed by Ricky Tomlinson.

The idea behind this fun challenge is to start in the lower-leagues of English football and work your way all the way to the top and the England national team job. The trickier part of this challenge is that you can only do it by playing a 4-4-2 system that almost all English teams used back in the day and your style has to be direct/long ball, hard-tackling fast play, lots of crosses and playing for setpieces. Basically, trying to earn success playing the way Mike Bassett would.


  • You must start the game with no coaching badges and the lowest form of experience.
  • Take control of a team in the lowest division available (National League North/South, or lower if you have a database that allows it).
  • Work your way up through the English football league system, winning trophies and titles before being offered the England job.
  • Win the World Cup and European Championship with England.

The Finding Your Way Home Challenge

The idea of this challenge is to try and manage your way back to the country of your birth, only moving from one bordering country to another until you are back home. For example, if you decide to be an English manager then you would start your save in another European country, preferably landlocked, and then make your way one country at a time until you get to France whereby you can hope on a ferry or the Eurostar and return to England.

There is plenty of managing to be done in this challenge so make sure you only take it on if you enjoy a nice long save with lots of different clubs and countries to manage in.


  • Pick the nationality of your manager, think carefully about the end goal and how you might be able to get there.
  • Either start unemployed with no coaching badges and limited previous experience in football or start in the lowest league available that is furthest away from your end goal.
  • Each time you win the top domestic title in a country move on to your next job in a bordering country and repeat this until you get back to England.
  • Once you return to England, win the Premier League and your challenge is complete.

Local Lads Only Challenge

If you are into your football and you know the restrictions in place when you manage a club like Athletic Bilbao, then you know what this challenge entails.

For years now, Athletic Bilbao have only signed and played players that are Basque, yet somehow they have, though not all the time obviously, been able to compete in the top-tier of Spanish football and have even secured major honours, but could you do the same with your club?

In this challenge, you can pick any team you want but you will only be allowed to sign and play players that are from that area of the world. Another good real-world example of this would be Celtic's 1967 European Cup winning side that consisted of players that were born within 30 miles of Celtic Park. To be able to achieve this challenge and keep it fun, you may have to widen your regen and not restrict yourself to players from a particular town but if you were managing Everton, Liverpool or Tranmere you could decide to only pick players born in Merseyside.

To go one step further with this challenge you could make it so that the same restrictions applied to your staff as well. Developing players through your youth system will be key to your success in the long run and making sure you have top-of-the-range facilities will keep you producing top talent season after season.


  • All players in your first-team squad must be from the nearby area.
  • Win major trophies with only local players and staff.

The Director of Football Challenge

Director's of football have become commonplace in modern football with their chief task being to work with the scouting and recruitment team to sign new players for the football club. Often tension between DoF and managers grows over time as they disagree on the type of player needed at the club.

In this challenge, you will have to let your Director of Football sign all players and staff during your entire save, but can you make a competitive side out of the players someone else has chosen for you? That is the ultimate question.

You can choose any club for this challenge but the idea is to win trophies so you may want to start higher up the pyramid depending on how long you want this challenge to last, as it may get very frustrating but should still be fun to negotiate. You get to choose who the Director of Football is, so make sure you choose wisely as this person will be in sole charge of player recruitment.


  • Only the DoF can sign players for you, but you can choose which players to sell.
  • You can hire any Director of Football you want and be in charge of replacing them with someone else at any time that suits you.
  • Win trophies and titles without getting to choose which players join your club.

A lifelong Evertonian, James started writing for an Everton fan site in the mid-2000s and then developed his own blog covering football transfers from across Europe's big leagues before becoming a regular match preview and betting tips writer for Biggest Free Bets. James moved to Free Super Tips next, and then Racing Post, where he worked as a full-time betting tips writer for a few years. Following that, James joined Football Whispers in December 2020 and has been a permanent fixture ever-since, currently covering the Premier League amongst other things