In sporting terminology, a youth system is a youth investment program within a particular team or league, which develops and nurtures young talent in farm teams, with the vision of using them in the first team if they show enough promise and potential, and to fill up squad numbers in some teams with small budgets. In contrast to most sports in the United States where the high school and collegiate system is responsible for developing young sports people, most football clubs, especially in Europe and Latin America, take responsibility for developing their own players of the future.
Most youth systems attached exclusively to one club are often called youth academies. In a youth academy, a club will sign multiple players at a very young age and teach them football skills required to play at that club's standard. Clubs are often restricted to recruiting locally based youngsters, but some larger clubs such as Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea have recruited foreign talent.
The game begins with the player creating a new football team under the supervision of former Chelsea Football ClubmanagerLuiz Felipe Scolari, who in the game serves as the "Academy Master". After demonstrating knowledge of the sport and building a team, players can enter their team in matches against real European teams, the results of which are statistically determined.
The game includes 14 minigames, "Football IQ" assessments, player collection, team building, and interactive matches. Players can also play matches and trade players with one another over wi-fi.
The game received mixed reviews upon release and has a Metacritic score of 66/100 based on 12 reviews. Wesley Yin-Poole, writing for VideoGamer.com, praised the addictive nature of player collection and gave the game a score of 8/10.