Best Lower League Teams to Manage in Football Manager 24

Football Manager saves get boring real quick when you’re managing the big clubs in the big leagues. 

The sense of financial stability, state of art facilities, and large budgets are not something worth calling a “challenge”.

If you’re like me who is a fan of restricted budgets, thin squads, and lower league football, then I’ve got some interesting teams for you to manage. 

With the launch of Football Manager 24, we’ve got some new teams that have burst onto the scene. And we have teams that are spiraling down towards darker times. 

We’ve picked clubs from both ends of the spectrum. Whether you’re up for a rebuild or push for glory is up to you.

Here are 5 best lower league teams to manage in Football Manager 24:

ClubCountryLeagueBalance
Torquay FCEnglandVanarama National League South£221k
Piacenza Calcio 1919ItalyItalian Serie D Grp. B£731k
Royal CappellenBelgianBelgian First National Amateur Division £10k
1860 MünchenGermany3. Liga£6m
Arendal NorwayNorwegian Second Division Group 1£326k

1. Torquay FC – England

LeagueVanarama National League South
Professional StatusProfessional
Average Squad Age25.5
Balance£221k
Wage Budget£15k
StadiumPlainmoor
Stadium Capacity6,200
Training FacilitiesAdequate Training Facilities
Youth FacilitiesAdequate Training Facilities
Youth RecruitmentFairly Basic
Newgen RatingAdequate

If you’re looking for an easy challenge in the lower tiers of English football, you can start a save with Torquay FC in Football Manager. 

Torquay FC has been on a slow decline since their relegation to the non-league during the 2014/15 season. 

Since then, the club has floated in the 5th tier of English Football for a while, eventually getting relegated to sixth tier football in the 22/23  season. 

Compared to the other clubs in the league, Torquay has a decent balance and wage budget to recruit players who can help them climb the ladder of lower-league football in England. They also have better facilities than the rest of the league.

And with the Plainmoor stadium able to seat 6200 supporters, Torquay has a decent revenue stream to keep the club afloat financially.

As a manager, you’ll be handed a good squad with an average age of 25.5 to claw your way to the Vanarama National League in the first season. After that, you’ll be expected to slowly build the club to win the Vanarama National League and strengthen the club’s footing in English Football. 

Image of Torquay FC players celebrating after scoring a goal.

2. Piacenza Calcio 1919 – Italy

LeagueItalian Serie D Group B
Professional StatusProfessional
Average Squad Age20.36
Balance£731k
Wage Budget£0
StadiumLeonardo Garilli
Stadium Capacity21,668
Training FacilitiesGood training facilities
Youth FacilitiesAverage youth facilities
Youth RecruitmentAdequate
Newgen RatingAdequate

Before its bankruptcy in 2012, Piacenza Calcio used to feature regularly in Serie B. 

Since then, the club has been refounded and stayed in the Italian third division for 7 years before getting relegated to Serie D in 22/23 season. 

For a club in Italy’s fourth-tier, Piacenza is financially stable and plays in a stadium able to seat 21,668 fans. They’ve got good training facilities and a squad brimming with young talent who recently featured in the first team. 

Currently sitting 4th in the league at the time of writing, Piacenza is looking to be well on their way to climbing back to Serie C. 

For the FM24 players looking for a challenge in Italian lower leagues, Piacenza is a club to rebuild

3. Royal Cappellen – Belgium

LeagueBelgian First National Amateur Division
Professional StatusSemi-professional
Average Squad Age23.56
Balance£10k
Wage Budget£7k
StadiumStadion Jos Van Wellen
Stadium Capacity3,506
Training FacilitiesAverage Training Facilities
Youth FacilitiesAverage Youth Facilities
Youth RecruitmentAdequate
Newgen RatingAverage

Royal Cappellen is one interesting lower-league club who have recently managed to secure a promotion to the Belgian First National Amateur Division after 20 years in the fourth tier of the Belgian league. 

The northern Antwerp club presents an opportunity to etch history as one of Belgium’s traditional minor clubs.

Leveraging the proximity to Roosendaal, you can scout promising talents from North Brabant or those groomed by Royal Antwerp, NAC Breda, KAA Gent, and Club Brugge, strategically located nearby.

As the manager, your initial goal is steering clear of relegation in the first season, slowly establishing the club in the league before eyeing a promotion.

It’s not going to be easy. Especially with a balance of £10k and a wage budget of £7k.

This means you’ll have to work your way with breadcrumbs for a while and establish the club brick by brick. 

4. 1860 München – Germany

League3. Liga
Professional StatusProfessional
Average Squad Age19.51
Balance£6m
Wage Budget£58k
StadiumStädtisches Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße
Stadium Capacity15,000
Training FacilitiesGood
Youth FacilitiesGood
Youth RecruitmentAdequate
Newgen RatingAverage

It’s getting old at this point. 

The rebuilding of 1860 Munchen has been a constant fantasy among every FIFA and Football Manager player since the introduction of career mode. 

TSV 1860 Munchen was a regular Bundesliga team in the 90s and early 2000s before facing relegation in the 03/04 season. 

What followed was a 13-year-long struggle to get back to the top tier of German football before the club was forced to play in the Regionalliga Bayern due to operating mismanagement. 

1860 Munchen, however, was quick to get back to 3. Liga, but struggled to get back to the second tier since then. 

Currently standing 15th in the recent season, things are bleaker than ever for the club, and they need some serious reforming. 

That’s where you come into play as their savior. 

For a club struggling in the 3rd tier, 1860 Munchen has a decent club balance and a wage budget of £58k. The club also has a good training, and youth facilities meaning you won’t have to invest much in the infrastructure for a while. 

As the manager, your job is to make smart transfer signings and comply with the board’s demand to sign players under 23 years old. From there on, you’ll have to bring the club out of the lower-leagues and establish their dominance in the top tier of German football. 

5. Arendal Fotboll – Norway

LeagueNorwegian Second Division Group 1
Professional StatusSemi-professional
Average Squad Age25.09
Balance£326k
Wage Budget£12k
StadiumNorac Stadion
Stadium Capacity3,238
Training FacilitiesGreat
Youth FacilitiesGood
Youth RecruitmentAdequate
Newgen RatingAverage

Arendal is a team for those looking to manage a lower league team in Norway in Football Manager 24. 

Established near the latter part of 2010, Arendal is a relatively new face in the footballing landscape, starting its journey in the 3. division(fourth tier). 

The team soon secured promotion in its second season of existence, gaining promotion to the third tier. They secured yet another promotion after 3 years, making their first appearance in 1. division(second tier).

Arendal Fotboll players celebrating after scoring a goal.

After getting relegated from their one-season spell in the Norwegian second division in 2017, Arendal Fotball has since been trying to make their way back to the top. 

They were very close to getting back to second-division football on two occasions, managing a 2nd place finish.

For a team that has been only around for 13 years, Arendal Fotboll has great training and youth facilities, making them an attractive stepping stone for many young talents. 

A small squad of 15 players with an average age of 25.09 makes it one of the best clubs to take control over for lower-league experience in Football Manager 24.

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