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Football Manager 2021 Patch 21.3.0

Lazy Feb 23, 2021 Last modified: 24 Nov 6,300 views

Sports Interactive have released a major update for Football Manager 2021, which includes all the January transfers and several fixes.

The guys over at SI have released the long awaited January patch for Football Manager 2021, which is now available through Steam and Epic Games. This is the biggest update for the game since it was released back in November. This patch also includes the major update to the FM21 database, which includes all the transfers from January.

In a couple of weeks the team will release a second update, which will include transfers from other leagues that are completed in February. This patch is expected in early March. Updates for FM Mobile and Xbox versions are also expected in the coming weeks.

21.3 Changelist

Database and Research

  • Over 3.7 million updates reflect real life, including (but not limited to) transfers, managerial changes, and player attributes

Stability and Technical

  • Number of stability fixes and improvements


  • Further improvements to total player count and number of newgens generated in youth intakes
  • Number of improvements to keeping player promises
  • Re-enabled option to ask board for Reserve/U23 team
  • Improvements to Club Vision logic
  • Tweaked logic to make user manager appointments more realistic
  • Fixed press conference questions being asked incorrectly following certain results
  • Recruitment meetings being driven more by agreed club visions
  • 'Interest in transfer' filter player search fix for when user manager changes clubs
  • Improvements to staff given non-playing staff appointment responsibilities
  • Newgen staff now correctly having second nationalities set
  • Improved transfer logic for MLS teams at game start
  • Improved MLS teams salary cap management

Match Engine 21.6.0

  • Further balancing of player ratings across both full and quick match engines
  • Number of improvements and fixes to match stats, including key tackles, clear-cut chances and interceptions
  • Improved goalkeeper distribution when set tactically via instructions
  • Improvements to assistant advice during pre-game build up and matches

Competitions and Rule Groups

  • Removed salary cap for EFL League One and Two
  • AI teams making better player registration choices in England
  • Fix for user not being able to register squad changes
  • Champions Cup sub rules corrected for second knock-out round
  • Fixed incorrect age restriction appearing in Germany
  • Improvements to MLS transfer window and roster freeze dates
  • Added MLS 2021 Schedule dates and updated Superdraft process
  • Fixed incorrect Serie C and D teams appearing in Italian Cup in 2020/21
  • Updated structure in India for 2020-21 season
  • Various Brazilian state championship updates
  • Resolved Portuguese transfer window and registration window end date mismatch
  • Resolved French transfer window and registration window end date mismatch

User Interface

  • Added assist details to the goal caption in matches
  • Fix for blank speech bubble appearing when discussing broken promise with player
  • Sent off player now clearly shown during team talks
  • Fixed rare issue where goal captions could get stuck on screen
  • Fixed team beaten in the cup incorrectly displaying as the previous winner
  • Addressed issue where users unable to return to team talk after entering tactics at half-time

Pre-Game Editor

  • Enable users to be able to search by player attributes
  • Fixed warning when verifying any advanced European club continental rules file

Network Games

  • Fixes for mid-term draft process in Fantasy Draft
  • Fix for clients being able to set highlights level outside those set by host

How to install the patch

As always you will need to close down Football Manager 2021 if you are currently running the game. After you re-launch the game Steam/Epic should then automatically download & install the latest patch.


When you start a new game the game will automatically select the new database. This means that several data file, including the FMI Transfer Update aren't available. We will be releasing new updated after the second transfer update from SI.


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