The Football Manager Community is one of the largest Gaming Communites in the world, with thousands of FM-Fans creating custom items. The game itself is released in a pretty basic form, mostly because of licensing issues. But through the amazing community the game can be altered in a spectacular way, making it more realistic and much more fun to play.
In this guide we hope to assist you in the moment right after you have installed Football Manager 2016. Which steps do you have to take to add realism to your game: how to download custom graphics, how to add custom and/or new Leagues or updating the standard database. After you read this guide your are able to start a more realistic and fun to play FM16!
STEP 1: INSTALL FOOTBALL MANAGER AND START THE GAME
After you installed FM on your computer, it is advised to start the game at least once. This way the game will create certain folders - you will need to add custom data - on it's own.
STEP 2: DELETING FAKE NAMES & APPLY REAL NAME FIX
One of the things Football Manager has to deal with are licenses. This means that FM is not allowed to use the names of certain leagues, teams or players. For example: The national teams of Germany and Japan aren't playable and contain Fake Players.
Luckily there is a simple work around to Fix these licensing problems in FM. These are called Real Name Fixes. You can read more about downloading and applying a Real Name Fix in FM in our Step by Step Guide.
STEP 3: DOWNLOAD & ADD CUSTOM GFX
After applying the Real Name Fix, you are ready for the next step: Adding Custom Graphics to FM.
There are several Graphical Add-Ons you can download. The most important are:
But there are also downloads that add new balls, ad-boards or Trophies to the game. You can find a great variety of Graphical Add-Ons in our Download section.
After you have made your choice which Custom Graphics you want in your game, and have downloaded them, you will have to add them to the game. You can read more about Downloading and Adding Custom Graphics to FM in our Step by Step Guide.
STEP 4: DOWNLOAD A SKIN
The Basic and Standard Skins that are released together with FM are pretty good looking Skins, but by downloading a Custom Skin you can give the game a make-over but also add new and improved options to the game. There are some skins that add an Instant Result Button, Changeable Backgrounds or Extra Panels that are not available in the Basic FM Skin.
The best custom skins available for Football Manager can be downloaded in the Skin section of our Download area.
Downloading and Installing a Skin is very easy. You can read more about Custom Skins in our Step by Step Guide.
STEP 5: DOWNLOAD CUSTOM LEAGUES
The Standard edition of Football Manager offers over a hundred different Leagues from all over the World. Since a few years it possible to add Custom Leagues to the game. You can add:
- League Expansions for Nations that are already available (for example Regional Leagues in England),
- New Nations to the game that aren't available in the standard game (nations like San Marino, Cyprus, Qatar, Egypt and many others),
- Custom and fictional Leagues to the game.
We have a wide range of Custom Leagues available in our Download area.
STEP 6: ADD CUSTOM DATABASE
The research team at Sports Interactive always try to update as many data as they probably can, but sometimes some data gets missed by the research team. Luckily the FM-community offer a wide range of Custom Databases that can add missed transfers, new contracts, manager movements and even young talented players that weren't added to the game. Be careful though when downloading custom Databases. If you try to apply too much or multiple Databases to your game you can corrupt the game. But when applied correctly, it can make your game even more realistic.
We offer a wide range of Custom Databases for FM17 in our Download section.
STEP 7: ADDING CUSTOM ADD ONS PART II
The FM Community also offer a wide range of downloads that will offer many other add-ons to the game. There are Add-Ons that add new hairstyles for Newgens, Add realistic Player Agents or Media Sources from all around the world.
You can find these Add-Ons in our Download Section.
STEP 8: FM IS NOW READY TO PLAY
Start the game, choose your nations & leagues and have fun!!