Youth Academy - is it worth it?

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Youth Academy - is it worth it?

Post by mattjair on Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:55 pm

So, I run three teams - main team in England and affiliates in Germany and USA.

My main team, I've run an academy at level 3 for as long as I can remember - 3 seasons, I think - and have pulled a good number of decent quality players now with many more to come. I also enjoy that style of play, growing a side in Div4 where I will be for a good few seasons more yet. So thats fine.

However - with my other two sides - I'm already in Div3 in those nations. I'm wondering if it's worth basically ignoring the YA and simply focusing on making money and buying in players. I've read on here that the YA cost is very high per player raised and I'm not making money from player sales - expensive in terms of coaching and weekly costs and the money I am making already with relatively low membership numbers makes me think I should just focus on training my existing players well with good quality staff, and buying players when I need them - I would likely free up plenty of cash this way.

Anyone got definite thoughts? Basically, other than the enjoyment of playing with a YA, there's no clear way of balancing the books while running one properly at level 3 - is that correct?

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Re: Youth Academy - is it worth it?

Post by agrimsley on Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:13 pm

I too run three teams so I can run them different ways.

England: here I am in div 4 and have built up my YA to a full level 3. I have found that I am developing solid players at over 50k by the time they are pulled at 20. I have also created some solid U20 prospects. For me, this is where you balance the books. I sold a single S20 player for 400k and then I have sold a S22 back for 200k. I am selling my second S22 player now and he is at 1M with a day to go. This more than covers the YA costs and allows me to build a homegrown team. I also run senior L4s and have advertised L5s so I think it is possible (not sensible) to run both.

In Belgium, I ran an accelerated push on seniors and after little team investment sit at the bottom of the second tier with full L5s in order to train English trainees.

In South Korea, I am running a YA alone to build a team and then expand into seniors once I have the first crop coming through. I also use this as a weekly MNF for my Belgian team so I can control the game and maximise my trainees IGT.

In my opinion, it is both feasible and enjoyable to run the YA. For me, this is what separates BR from other similar games.

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Re: Youth Academy - is it worth it?

Post by mattjair on Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:12 pm

Thanks - found that a really interesting read.

My primary team has a top academy setup and has indeed been useful pulling 55 - 60k 20 year olds - especially now I've sorted out my training of the youth team. Its a good shoutl to start heavily training players for sale now I have a full squad coming through at that high level so that'll be my plan.

Second team will be YA alone as you've suggested as I have a couple of heavy and a couple of tall players so that bodes well for them. Nice.

I definitely want to get one of the teams up to all level 5's - and train NT players. So that can be the third team which is already well on it's way there.

I didn't realise you were allowed to play your own affiliates - that's a good piece of info, too!

Much appreciated - cheers.

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Re: Youth Academy - is it worth it?

Post by agrimsley on Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:19 pm

When you play your own affiliate then you get all the igt benefits but there is no transfer of ranking points as there would be in other Monday friendlies. I just like to have control over the game and use it to maximise igt.

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