Football Manager 2018

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Football Manager 2018
Football Manager 2018 Cover.jpg
Developer(s)Sports Interactive
SeriesFootball Manager
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch
  • WW: 10 November 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: 13 April 2018
Genre(s)Sport simulations

Football Manager 2018[a] is a 2017 football management simulation video game developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega which was released worldwide on 10 November 2017 for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux. The Nintendo Switch version was released later, on 13 April 2018.[4][1] For the first time in the series, all three versions of the game, FM 18 for PC, Mac and Linux, FM Touch 2018 for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, and Football Manager Mobile 2018 for iOS and Android were all released on the same day.[5][6]


FM18 features similar gameplay to that of the Football Manager series. Gameplay consists of taking charge of a professional[b] association football team, as the team manager. Players can sign football players to contracts, manage finances for the club, and give team talks to players. FM18 is a simulation of real world management, with the player being judged on various factors by the club's AI owners and board.[7]


FM 18 was developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. The first details of new features and upgrades in Football Manager 2018 would not be announced until late September, with FM Touch additions following in October via the games official website and social media channels.[8] New editions of the football game included updated squads and kits, and improvements to the match engine, among other features.

Players who pre-purchased Football Manager 2018 through a SEGA approved digital retailer will be able to start pre-season at least two weeks prior to the official street date through a fully playable beta version.[1] Single-player careers started in the Beta can be also continued in the full game.[2]

A screenshot from the beta-build of the game confirmed that the possibility for players to come out as homosexual was added for FM 18. Only computer-generated players can possibly come out, not already existing ones. Such an occurrence results in a small news report and a boost in revenue.[9]

Featured leagues[edit]

Football Manager 2018 contained the same playable leagues as Football Manager 2017[c] during release but Indonesian League is reduced from 3 playable levels to 2 playable levels. English League has the most playable levels (up to 6) while Swedish League has the most playable divisions (up to 10). The total number of playable divisions is 147 (116 levels, 52 countries), with over 2,500 clubs available.[citation needed]


The management simulation video game was launched for PC, Mac, and Linux on 10 November. For the first time, the mobile and tablet versions Football Manager Mobile 2018 and Football Manager Touch 2018 were all launched simultaneously with the desktop version, as they also arrived on 10 November.[8] Players who had previous versions of the series (Football Manager 2017, Football Manager 2016 etc.) could get up to a 25% discount on the game on pre-ordering. Football Manager Touch 2018 was later released for the Nintendo Switch on 13 April 2018.[10]


Aggregate score
MetacriticPC: 82/100[11]
NS: 77/100[12]
Review scores
PC Gamer (US)89%[14]
Trusted Reviews4/5 stars
TouchArcade(Touch) iOS: 5/5 stars[15]

Media review aggregator website Metacritic, Football Manager 2018 received a score of 82 out of 100, based on 33 critics indicating "generally favorable reviews", when reviewing the PC version.[11] PC Gamer gave the game a score of 89/100, saying the game is the most ambitious instalment yet from the previous versions.[14] GameSpot gave the game a 9/10, talking about how the dynamics broadens with the ways you interact with your team, more information about how and why your players are injured allows you to adjust, the increased scouting makes unearthing hidden gems more rewarding and also a slew of new player animations and increased intelligence improves the 3D match engine.[13]


  1. ^ (officially abbreviated as FM18)
  2. ^ FM18 also includes semi-professional, amateur and international teams
  3. ^ A total of 51 playable leagues
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