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AFC & OFC Nations League for FM23 by Chillumu

This is a fantasy database that explores the implementation of Nations Leagues for Asian and Oceania nations with existing competitions and fixtures in mind.

By on Oct 30, 2023   9505 views   5 comments
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Football Manager 2023 League Updates - AFC & OFC Nations League for FM23 by Chillumu
Currently, there are 2 confederations (CONCACAF & UEFA), who have a nations league setup, aimed at providing a competitive replacement for friendlies. The other confederations however, do not have such a setup, either owing to logistical issues, or due to an already packed international calendar.

This database provides a fictional alternative to this for AFC and OFC, with a 3 and 2 tier Nations League setup for each case respectively.

Things are discussed in more detail below, please note the following disclaimers:

  • The setup in each case has been devised based on the planned 24-25 UEFA nations league setup, and based on the number of teams in each confederation. Also taken into consideration is the relative reputation of teams, which determines how many tiers there should be for a given confederation.
  • The number of nations and their statistics have not been altered. Neither have any player statistics. OFC Associate nations are included in its nations league.
  • There is no setup for a CAF nations league in this database owing to the packed calendar their countries have, accounting for the biannual Cup of Nations and its qualifiers, and the World Cup qualifiers. Similarly, there is no setup for COMNEBOL as they have just 10 nations, and already play a single group World Cup qualifying stage which becomes analogous to a Nations League.
  • Though both CONCACAF and UEFA use their nations league for seeding and/or qualifying for their continental competitions, this is not considered for this database as the AFC nations cup has a vigorous qualification campaign and reducing slots for Round 3 (where 6 teams qualify from 24) is not considered advisable, and the OFC nations cup includes all of it's 11 members in the tournament anyway.
  • Though fictional awards (based on CONCACAF nations league) and records are listed, new awards and records may not be recorded in some tournaments due to a common bug in FM with created tournaments


The following competitions are included in this database:

  • AFC Nations League: 47 nations split into 3 divisions of 16, 16 and 15 teams respectively, with fixtures played home and away. The AFC Nations league is held every 4 years (starting from 2023) instead of 2 due to the fixture congestion for AFC nations, who also play regional confederation competitions in differing windows. The tournament format is as follows (please refer to the format image as well):
    • Division A: 16 teams are divided into 4 groups of 4 teams, seeded in pots based on world rankings. The top two teams from each group qualify for the quarterfinals, while the third place teams move to the promotion/relegations playoffs. The last placed team in each group is relegated to League B.Each quarterfinal is played over two legs between a group winner and a runner up, with the former hosting the second leg. The winner qualifies for the nations league finals - March 2023 to March 2024.
    • Finals: The 4 winning quarterfinalists qualify for the nations league finals, hosted by one of the 4 teams at random. - Single leg semifinals with a third place match and a final - June 2024
    • Division B: 16 teams are divided into 4 groups of 4 teams, seeded in pots based on world rankings. The top team from each group is promoted to League A, while the second placed team qualifies for the the promotion/relegations playoffs. The last placed team in each group moves to the relegation playoffs. These 4 teams play a double leg semifinal and final, with the the loser of each fixture relegated to League C. - March 2023 to June 2024
    • League A vs League B Playoffs: The 4 third placed teams from League A face the 4 second placed teams in a randomly drawn two legged playoff match, with the former being seeded and playing the second leg. The winner gets to play in League A and the loser in League B in the next edition. - June 2024
    • League C: 15 teams are divided into 3 groups of 5 teams, seeded in pots based on world rankings. The group winners are promoted to League B. League C has more fixtures to help balance out the lack of international matches for lower ranked AFC teams. - March 2023 to March 2024

  • OFC Nations League: 13 nations (including associate nations Tuvalu & Kiribati) split into 2 divisions of 5 and 8 teams respectively (distributed based on the fact that the OFC Nations Cup is contested by 8 teams, unlike other confederations that have 24), with fixtures played home and away. The OFC Nations league is held every 2 years (starting from 2024). The tournament format is as follows (please refer to the format image as well):
    • Division A: 5 teams included within a single group. The top 3 teams qualify for the finals, while the fourth placed team moves to the promotion/relegations playoff. The last placed team is relegated to League B. - March of even year to March of odd year.
    • Finals: The 2nd placed team hosts the 3rd placed team in a single leg semifinal, with the winner qualifying for the final, hosted by the group winner. - Single leg semifinals with a third place match and a final - June of every odd year
    • Division B: 8 teams are divided into 2 groups of 4 teams, seeded in pots based on world rankings. The top team from each group qualifies for the League B final. The final is held over two legs, with the winner becoming champions of League B, and automatically promoted to League A. The loser qualifies for the Promotion/Relegation Playoff against the 4th placed League A team. - September of even year to March of odd year
    • Promotion/Relegation Playoff: The 4th placed League A team face the League B losing finalist for a two legged playoff match, with the former being seeded and playing the second leg. The winner gets to play in League A and the loser in League B in the next edition. - June of every odd year



The databased has been tested in game for 30 years. Please let me know if any errors need to be fixed, or if you need an alternative database with some changes.

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Discussion: AFC & OFC Nations League for FM23 by Chillumu

5 comments have been posted so far.

  • Chillumu's avatar
    @yoyo: Sometime in the latter part of June or in July, sorry things are rather busy for me till summer!
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  • yoyo1600's avatar
    hi, when will you make fm 24 version?
  • Chillumu's avatar
    @ivanlim: Thanks!
    @bosco: I don't know when I'll buy FM 24, but when I do I'll definitely be doing updated versions of all my databases. It won't be before January though for sure.
  • boscolam1234's avatar
    will you make fm24 version when editor 2024 release
  • ivanlim90's avatar
    haven't tried it yet but did dl your micronesia and conifa dbs. Keep it up
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