Football Manager Handheld 2012 is the PSP version of the annual Football Manager series and as with the PSP Handheld releases of the previous years, it offers a stripped-down experience of the main PC version. It is also different from the Android / iOS title Football Manager Handheld 2012, which has more content than this PSP version.
The game offers control of a selection of 50 clubs from all over the world with some major ones, but not all squads are complete or entirely accurate. The basic simulation focuses on the team selection, trainings and preparations, transfers, contracts and scouting, and in-game tactics. Additional depth to the strategy is provided through a boardroom, and player and media interaction. At some stages the conversations and decisions can be steered by selecting from five options that influence the talks.
The simulation of the games is provided through a 3D engine. Improvements are introduced through the interaction with the media, social networking, friendly games and international management.