Football Manager 2018/Changelog

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Steam: 18.2.2

Football Manager 2018 18.2.2 Hotfix Out Now!
16 January - Neil Brock	
As some of you may already have noticed, we've just released hotfix 18.2.2 for Football Manager 2018.

This hotfix is save game compatible and we recommend if FM is open, saving your game then exiting screen to prompt the update. Otherwise it should just update the next time you launch Steam.

Changelist includes the fixes shown below. As always if you encounter any issues please do take the time to raise them on our Bugs Forum -



Fixed crash during team talk
Fixed crash when managing two teams on the same day with same manager
Fixed crash during processing
Fixed crash when setting multiple short-term scouting assignments
Fixed crash with edited data


Fixed tactics screen showing player duplicated in lineup and on bench after substitution
Fixed ad hoardings displaying in black
Improvements to performance of 3D match on some NVIDIA GPUs

Steam: 18.2.1

Football Manager 18.2.1 Hotfix Out Now!
21 December, 2017 - Neil Brock	
One more update for Football Manager 2018 and Football Manager Touch 2018 before the end of 2017, this one mainly to address a couple of stability issues which have been raised to us via the community.

As always it's save game compatible and we recommend if FM is open, saving your game then exiting screen to prompt the update. Otherwise it should just update the next time you launch Steam.

So one last opportunity from me to say on behalf of everyone at SI, happy holidays, merry Christmas and a happy new year to all!

Changelist includes but is not limited to those listed below:


- Fixed crash that could occur when multiple human managers had match at same time
- Fixed rare crash when viewing inbox
- Fixed rare crash when loading save
- Fixed rare crash during processing

- Fixed rare instance of commentary referencing wrong team for an own goal
- Fixed rare instance of penalty being taken by wrong team if a red card was awarded at the same time
- Fixed match widgets not fixing in place


- Fixed crash when selecting Tactics in match
- Fixed crash when navigating 'Back' from scouting
- Fixed recovery saves not loading

- Fixed rare instance of commentary referencing wrong team for an own goal
- Fixed rare instance of penalty being taken by wrong team if a red card was awarded at the same time
- Fixed match widgets not fixing in place

Steam: 18.2.0

Football Manager 18.2.0 Update OUT NOW!
14 December, 2017 - Neil Brock	
We're happy to announce the release of Update 18.2.0 for Football Manager 2018. Included are a number of fixes within the game which are listed within a change list below.

As with all previous updates, it's save game compatible meaning you'll be able to continue any existing save game.

We'd recommend if you have the game open, save any save before exiting, then close FM down and relaunch Steam to make sure the update is downloaded and installed. If you're unsure if it's downloaded, on the game's main menu the version number appears in the top-left hand corner.

If you encounter any issues at all, please use the relevant section of our FM18 Bugs Forum[].

On behalf of everyone at Sports Interactive, just want to take this early opportunity to wish everyone happy holidays and to recommend what better way to celebrate them than by putting the feet up and playing Football Manager?

Changelist includes but is not limited to those listed below:


- Fixed crash during match
- Fixed crash during processing
- Fixed crash entering match with large number of hotseat managers in save
- Fixed crash during Fantasy Draft setup
- Fixed crash on exiting game
- Fixed crashes when using edited data

- Optimised processing speed during scouting assignments
- Optimised match performance when running high number of leagues
- Optimised performance and stability of match controller

- Improved highlight selection for red cards and penalties
- Improved player ratings balance in background leagues
- Fixed 3D cut scenes appearing when playing in 2D or commentary only
- Fixed instances of crowd kits being carried over between matches
- Fixed issue where user could not take off an injured player and go down to 10 men when they have used all 3 subs
- Fixed user being unable to make Half-Time Team Talk
- Improved the functionality for the user to use their 4th sub in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in extra time
- Improved substitution decisions by AI Managers
- Improved balance of crosses going too close to the goalkeeper
- Improved free kicks
- Fixed player clearing ball at kick off
- Improved on ball decisions
- Fixed issues with keeper saving ball at near post
- Fixed player slide tackling nobody
- Fixed keeper standing in the wrong place after taking a penalty in the ABBA format penalty shootout
- Improved keeper position when backpass option needed by ball player
- Fixed bug where keeper may go for unattainable ball that his team mate is already favourite for
- Fixed bug where keeper may try to pick up ball while in his own goalmouth causing it to be carried over line
- Fixed some instances of players trying to control or tackle ball that is far from their feet
- Fixed penalty taker change not being applied
- Fixed instances of the assist player being wrongly set
- Fixed instances of players being considered to have an injury when they didn't
- Improved marking of ball player
- Fixed keeper coming for ball and not using feet when easier than a save
- Fixed keeper making unrealistic and impossible effort to save again when he himself just made a save
- Various animation fixes

- Added ability to undertake multiple actions on scout reports
- Balanced time taken to gain knowledge of players during scouting assignments
- Balanced progression of scouting assignments via scouting queue
- Balanced amount players will complain about first team football
- Fixed instances of clubs not having league expectations set
- Fixed rare issue where users would be sacked for failing an unachievable promise made via a board request
- Fixed rare issue where a player would not enter contract talks despite being happy to do so according to their agent
- Fixed deadline day not appearing for winter window in Greece
- Fixed missing transfer window closing news items in March for Vanarama leagues
- Fixed manager being asked who will win the title when it has already been decided
- Fixed journalist not recognising that a match went to penalties
- Fixed record transfer narrative incorrectly triggering when record breaks from empty/missing data
- Fixed national squad selection changing randomly after submission
- Various award fixes and improvements
- Fixed Turkish clubs paying excessive rent
- Fixed problems with forced stadium expansions reducing capacity

- Combined List and Pitch view on in-match tactics in resolutions of 1600 and wider
- Added Opposition Instructions to in-match quick tactics bar
- Added attributes pop-up to player names on between highlights panel
- Match widget headers now clickable links to provide quicker access to full panels
- Added player stats to post-match review screen in wide enough resolutions
- Added tickboxes for ‘Add to Shortlist’ and ‘Add as Transfer Target’ to Scouting Centre so user can do these alongside other actions
- Fixed view being forgotten on player search screen upon exiting the game
- Fixed column size increasing on a custom view when you expand/reduce the tactics pitch
- Fixed custom view column sizes changing when continuing
- Fixed rare issue where match widgets would disappear but remain selected
- Fixed issue where tactics analysis would stop recognising a player with personalised instructions
- Fixed issue where text would overlap on happiness section of Player Information panel
- Fixed being unable to change formation via quick tactics bar in match
- Fixed match widgets not becoming transparent when the action is occurring behind them
- Fixed issue where player suitability circles would remain black if changes made when tactics pitch was hidden
- Fixed missing stats for youth and reserve competitions

– Fixed Spanish first team squad registrations making some players unnecessarily ineligible for the B team
– Fixed Spanish B team players being marked as unavailable despite being eligible to play
– Fixed default nation advanced rules errors for Austria & Portugal
– Fixed Slovenian Second League team would not get promoted if they won the promotion playoff
- Fixed scenario that would cause the U20 leagues in Italy to stop being scheduled
- Improved AI club registration in Brazil (new games only)
- Amended registration rules for some Brexit scenarios

Steam: 18.1.3

Football Manager 18.1.3 Hotfix OUT NOW!
23 November, 2017 - Neil Brock	
Another quick message to say we’ve released a hotfix today to address the issues listed below. As with previously the hotfix is save game compatible.

We’d recommend exiting Football Manager, then restarting Steam to make sure the download and installation occurs.

Again we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has raised any issue, left us any feedback or left us any kind of review. We really appreciate all contributions from our community and with your help we continue to try and make Football Manager the best possible game it can be,

Changes include but are not limited to:



- Fixed crash during processing
- Addressed rare crash when hovering over player role on quick sub panel
- Fixed rare crash occurring during post-match team talk
- Addressed match freezing when multiple players are in online match
- Fixed issue with certain editor files creating saves which cannot be reloaded

- Fixed rare issue of substituted player appearing on bench and pitch at same time on tactics screen
- Reduces incidences of cross/shots highlights
- Fixed rare case of ball not re-entering play after a throw in
- Further fixes for player names not appearing correctly within match

- Fixed players being re-suggested in scouting inbox despite having already been acknowledged
- Fixes so Carabao Cup 2nd round draw is completed correctly

Steam: 18.1.2

Football Manager 18.1.2 Update OUT NOW
17 November, 2017 - Neil Brock	
Just a quick notice to say we've released version 18.1.2 to address some issues raised here on our community forums. As with all updates, we suggest closing down Football Manager and restarting Steam to enable the update to start downloading.

Just to confirm as always, this update is save game compatible.

Changes include but are not limited to the following:



- Fixed crash/freeze during processing
- Fixed rare crash when joining online game
- Fixed rare crash when offering player contract
- Fixed Windows 32-bit crash on launch
- Improved graphics benchmarking for Windows 32-bit systems
- Fixed slowdown encountered when running custom data
- Fixed slowdown whilst editing attributes with IGE


- Fixed match freeze after tactical changes
- Fixed 'Teams Are Warming Up' dialog showing at incorrect time
- Fixed replay displaying at incorrect time
- Fixed missing flashing goal text in Commentary Only
- Fixed score inconsistency upon completion of network game match
- Fixed representation of player height in match
- Fixed invisible players on Mac OS X 10.9 NVIDIA systems
- Fixed instances of player names not appearing correctly within the match


- Balanced scouting costs within scouting range
- Fixed missing league expectations in Belgium

Steam: 18.0.3

Football Manager 2018 18.0.3 Update OUT NOW!
4 November, 2017 - Neil Brock	
We're pleased to announce the release of update 18.0.3 for the Football Manager 2018 Early Access Beta.

As always you need to quit out of Football Manager and restart Steam to be sure of downloading the update. The update is save game compatible allowing you to carry on with any careers you may have already started.

As with the original Early Access Beta, this update contains no Pre-Game or In-Game Editor, the generated player & staff portraits are still disabled and no there's Steam Workshop. These will all be made available on the full release of the game on November 10th.

Change list includes (but is not limited to) the following:

Beta Changelist 18.0.3

Stability and Tech

- Further stability fixes
- Improvements to slowdown and lag found in game
- In-match sounds now play across entire match and in commentary only mode
- Removal of incorrect Hz display setting preferences

Graphics and UI

- Fixes to Retina Mac
- Fix to white screen appearing on launch
- Processing panel now appears with correct information
- Fixtures on the processing panel no longer overlapping other text
- Pitch image used in news and inbox items now appearing correctly
- Social feed and inbox items appearing correctly when scrolling
- Added condition & match sharpness numerical values to match tactics screen


- Improved Set Piece default settings, AI and Positioning
- Ball Visibility / Change Ball Option now available
- Director Camera Tweaks
- Improvements to match display in low settings
- Fixed players figures appearing all in black incorrectly
- Fixed score divergence in hotseat matches
- Tweaked Additional Time Level
- Goalkeepers not wearing outfield kits
- Show/disable condition option now working in matches
- Red chequered flags no longer appearing


- Scouting reports no longer showing minus days
- Cancel scouting assignment working correctly when used on scouted player

Please bear in mind this version of the beta is still a work in progress and do raise any issues you come across with the game. As stated above there are other fixes that won’t be included in this list, so please do check within the game before asking about them on the official Sports Interactive forums.

We’d also just like to take this opportunity to say many thanks for all the feedback and comments made so far.

Steam: 18.0.2

Football Manager 2018 18.0.2 Hotfix OUT NOW!
30 October, 2017 - Neil Brock	
We're pleased to announce the release of update 18.0.2 for the Football Manager 2018 Early Access Beta.

You will need to quit out of Football Manager and restart Steam in order to download and install the update.

The update includes the following changes:

- Stability fixes
- Added new preference for "data language", allowing you to have game text in one language, and the in-game data in another language
- Added zoom functionality to 2D Classic
- Improved pitch lighting in 2D Classic
- Improvements to game speed and fluidity
- Enabled Online Career and Fantasy Draft modes

We appreciate everyone who's taken the time to raise any issues with us so far. As stated in the original beta build notes, there are some other issues we've been made aware of which we're currently investigating for full release. If you come across any of the following please don't feel like you need to raise them with us on our bugs forum.

Early Access Beta Build Notes

- Steam Workshop disabled

- Generated player & staff portraits disabled
- Launch may hang on a white screen
- Game may hang on black screen after splash screens
- Text on Retina Mac display not sharp
- Processing panel can occasionally appear blank
- Fixtures can occasionally overlap on processing panel
- Social feed can bleed if scrolling

- Default attacking corner routines lacking variation
- Some red & checkered flags showing in crowd
- Camera height can reset on game reboot
- Unable to disable in-match condition icon

- AI sometimes offer £0 for a player offered to clubs with an asking price
- Too many loan rumours in the social feed
- Player can incorrectly receive Dynamics boost due to incorrectly registered international appearance
- Assistant may not arrange youth team friendlies when instructed to do so if there are no competitive matches