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BeneLiga for FM21 (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg combined)

Play the much-discussed super league combining pyramids from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. 8 tiers, 10 divisions, enhanced finances and custom logos.

By on Dec 21, 2020   7151 views   27 comments
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Overview

Sharing a Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg combined pyramid for FM21.

This mod gives you a chance to play through the proposed league merger that has been discussed for several years in Europe.

Key database features:

  • Moved all professional and majority of semi-professional clubs in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg to Luxembourg under new league "BeneLiga"
  • Created a FA Cup equivalent, League trophy and Super Cup competition
  • Edited league coefficient data to improve CL Qualification
  • Improved prize money to help lower league climb and reflect league's focus on financial competition with other major leagues in Europe

How to Install

1. Extract the contents of the .zip file
2. Copy Benelux.fmf to Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2021/editor data/
NOTE: You may have to create the editor data folder if it doesn't already exist.
3. If you want to install the custom logos, move the content of the graphics folder to your own graphics folder at Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2021/graphics/

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When I load the database, Belgium and Netherlands are not playable.
In order for the pyramid to function, all of the clubs in the combined pyramid must be listed under the same nation -- in this case, Luxembourg. This means there are no playable leagues in either Belgium or Netherlands in this save. Those leagues (with the exception of amateur-tier clubs) have folded into the new BeneLiga pyramid.
Q: How did you select the teams seeded into each league?
Teams were sorted based on recent performances, league position and financial power. While some teams in the 3rd and 4th tiers are overmatched, I worked to build a structure that felt realistic and not terribly lopsided. I took inspiration for initial placements from Moxley's FM20 Be/Ne mod.
Q: What about legacy results from the Eredivisie and Jupiler Pro League?
Unfortunately, these results will not be visible except through team history (to my knowledge).
Q: Ajax are really good.
Yes, Ajax are really good -- and they should be! If this league really existed, it's likely they would be at the top of it until new investment entered the league. Continue their dominance or challenge them from the lower leagues -- that's the point.
Q: Will you continue to update this mod?
Yes, within reason. FM is my hobby, but I welcome feedback and edits to the mod to make it more stable and playable for many seasons.

Changelog

v1 Uploaded base file and graphics

Credit to Moxley for inspiration from their great FM20 mod. >> https://www.fmscout.com/a-bene-pro-league-fm20.html

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Discussion: BeneLiga for FM21 (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg combined)

27 comments have been posted so far.

  • daanvanderplas's avatar
    @Ungaro

    Great job, much appreciated!

    I guess it is because of FM club reputation sorting that some clubs ended 3 to 4 divisions higher or lower than real life.
    Also a lot of lower league teams are without league in this file, a lower league structure would make this db even more great in my opinion.
    I'll take a look on that, but my editing skills are not so great anymore...
  • Ungaro's avatar
    My previous PC decided to retire so I've been blocked until I could get the components for a new one. (Endless respect for the i7-2600k who after 10 years was still holding up well but it's time to jump on the AMD bandwagon)

    I've switched the RWDM team for @daanvanderplas. I won't be adjusting leagues as I wasn't the one who originally did it and I don't have a strong opinion about the current config. Eventually it'll always be a difficult discussion where everyone might have a different view. If I do create a db file for the next FM I'll probably spend a ton of time finding a balanced config.

    Either way, I've updated my files to be compatible with the latest db.
    Links:
    - BeneLiga
    - BeneLiga with some expanded transfer preferences in line with majesticeternity mod.

    Changelog:
    - Verified editor files with 21.4.0 DB update
    - Fixed end date for team registration rules that apply to the first two seasons and was overlapping with the one that starts in 2022. (8 players trained in Luxemburg between 15 and 23 changing to 15 and 21).
  • daanvanderplas's avatar
    This looks great!

    There is however an issue with the clubs, you've added the wrong RWDM to the league and also I have my considerations how well the clubs are sorted in the league, for example Racing Mechelen, who are put into a way higher division then in real life. WIth a little bit more care put to the clubs this database would be absolutely great!
  • YerrollP's avatar
    Really appreciate all the work that has been put into the database guys!

    Simulated a few seasons to check whether it would work out and noticed something about the transfers.. remarkable low player values are developing for the players, including the best players/prospects of the best clubs in the BeNeLiga.

    Furthermore noticed minimal amount of transfers in the competition, whether it would be being forced to sell your best players to the top 5 leagues, or bringing in players from elsewhere.

    Anybody noticed this as well, or tips how to alter this myself? :)
    Thanks!!
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  • Enos's avatar
    @Ungaro Thanks! I'll definitley post here if I run into an issue. I was worried that some of the real transfer/youth updates may not take for Belgium and Netherlands since they're all consolidating into Luxembourg.
  • Ungaro's avatar
    Enos:
    I'm planning on playing this mod. Are there any other editor packs that cause problems? I typically use a media pack with my saves. This looks super cool.
    Hi! I'm using several other db files for different countries and some of the enhancements from majesticeternity and I haven't run into an issue yet. If you do, let me know as I'ld like to look into it then.
  • chigo's avatar
    @ScheveStek some teams can have more than 1 assistant manager. If you go to your staff page and it shows "assistant manager" it means you can have only one and if you have "assistant" within your coaches it means you can have more
  • Enos's avatar
    I'm planning on playing this mod. Are there any other editor packs that cause problems? I typically use a media pack with my saves. This looks super cool.
  • Ungaro's avatar
    ScheveStek:
    On my current team (Standard Liege) there is an issue with the assistents from the 1st team, B-squad and youth squad.

    There is an assistent however it doesnt show as an assistent.
    He is categorized as a regular coach in the training.
    Therefore i cant recruit a new assistent.

    Bit hard to explain since english is not my native language but i hope you understand what im trying to explain?

    I don't see anything strange at first glance but shoot me a PM and we'll see what I can do. I'm fine with Dutch, French or English if that helps.
  • ScheveStek's avatar
    @Ungaro

    Mate!

    I love this mod!

    I do have one remark..
    On my current team (Standard Liege) there is an issue with the assistents from the 1st team, B-squad and youth squad.

    There is an assistent however it doesnt show as an assistent.
    He is categorized as a regular coach in the training.
    Therefore i cant recruit a new assistent.

    Bit hard to explain since english is not my native language but i hope you understand what im trying to explain?
  • Ungaro's avatar
    I've updated my files to fix a couple of things:
    - Dutch and Belgian referees were unfortunately still not assigned to leagues after explicitly doing so. I changed their nationality to Luxemburg and the pool is now used. Gives some more diversity to the games.
    - I've adapted the squad registration windows so you don't get duplicate registration messages anymore. There was also a discrepancy with the closing of the summer transfer window.
    - I've moved the summer transfer window to be in line with FIFA recommendations and the Dutch one. The summer transfer window now starts mid June and ends September 2nd.
    - The default DB has some funky abbreviations of the team names that were annoying me during matches (VVV-Venlo being "VVV-Ve" for example). I went through all the teams in the leagues and updated them to what they abbreviations have been on TV broadcasts.

    You can find the updated file here: https://www.fmscout.com/datas/users/beneligaupd_201981.fmf

    Also, majesticeternity has shared some really cool database files. One of them is the Realistic Transfer preferences. As his updates to Belgium and the Netherlands wouldn't have much with this db I have combined and configured them to Luxemburg so there's more diversity compared to the default settings. The file below is the same as the one above with the changes to transfer preferences:
    https://www.fmscout.com/datas/users/beneligaxferpref_201981.fmf
  • ScheveStek's avatar
    Ungaro:
    ScheveStek • 16 minutes ago
    Ungaro:
    Woah, that's odd! In my save he's shown being worth 8,75M at the start of the season and 9 months later he's at 8,5M.

    Hmmm... Might test it without other editor files.
    Perhaps this could cause some conflict.

    Yep! I think it was the "Daveincid's mods_improved market values_improved salaries and sponsors" mod which caused the conflict.

    It's ok now!

    On first glance this mod could be very interesting!


    Cheers!
  • ScheveStek's avatar
    Ungaro:
    Woah, that's odd! In my save he's shown being worth 8,75M at the start of the season and 9 months later he's at 8,5M.

    Hmmm... Might test it without other editor files.
    Perhaps this could cause some conflict.
  • Ungaro's avatar
    ScheveStek:
    My best player (Zinho Vanheusden) is worth 225k

    Woah, that's odd! In my save he's shown being worth 8,75M at the start of the season and 9 months later he's at 8,5M.
  • ScheveStek's avatar
    Hi!

    I've just loaded up a game, i'm really curious for this!

    But what happened to the player values?

    My best player (Zinho Vanheusden) is worth 225k :D
  • Ungaro's avatar
    kvtomino:
    Great work guys! Was looking for this. Is it stable to play yet? Anyone who is a season or a couple of seasons in?
    Thanks! I believe so yes, I've ran several tests and the competitions ran well every time. I've started a new larger save with KVC Westerlo in the third league and everything is running smoothly except for 2 small glitches.
    1. At the start of a save you get a message with the squad registration rules, the min and max sqd size is listed twice but does not affect the game further.
    2. Squad registration messages can be displayed twice when the regular transfer period closes as there is a small domestic loan period that opens on the same day. I believe that should be fixed easily but it won't break anything.
    kvtomino:
    One more question. What about regen/newgen generation. I had the Beneliga MOD last year and the regens were terrible Luxemburg players.
    I can confirm that every team still gets regens with the nationality from the country where the club is based in.
  • kvtomino's avatar
    One more question. What about regen/newgen generation. I had the Beneliga MOD last year and the regens were terrible Luxemburg players.
  • kvtomino's avatar
    Great work guys! Was looking for this. Is it stable to play yet? Anyone who is a season or a couple of seasons in?
  • Ungaro's avatar
    Looks like some calendar fixes disappeared. I've updated my last uploaded file.
  • Ungaro's avatar
    ohtwozero:
    Thank you for all of this feedback! I'll take a look at your file and see what I can pull into my edit. Always want to make this better if possible. At first glance, all of this looks great.

    Thanks! It's my pleasure to help! I played a season with the file I uploaded and noticed that the cup finals weren't played in the stadiums I assigned. Unfortunately I tried other ways and nothing worked. I've enlarged the Luxemburg national stadium as that's the only approach I could get to work without having the finals being played on neutral grounds with a capacity of 1000. Given it is Luxemburg I don't think it breaks the game much or even at all.
    While I went down the rabbit hole I also did the following:
    - Found a fix for the language settings, Dutch is now the dominant language
    - Found a way for the coefficient changes to actually go through after I changed them in the editor. It's now at 51,6.
    - Updated the media sources so that the Dutch and Belgian now actually show up for the leagues. Also added Sporza and AD to add some differentiation.
    - Updated the Dutch and Belgian referees so that they actually are defaulted to the leagues you created. (Damn, that was tedious work..)
    - There were no awards so I've merged the Dutch and Belgian ones and now there are national awards as well as awards for the top 3 leagues.

    Pretty happy with how it looks right now. Just hope I can find a way to fix that glitch in the Squad Selection Rules message you get when you start a save. Here's my uploaded file: https://www.fmscout.com/datas/users/beneliga_201981.fmf
  • ohtwozero's avatar
    Ungaro:
    I tried it out for a couple of days and then I dove into the editor to figure out a couple of things. Several days later and I've made some adjustments that you might like. Many of these are based on the Belgian model, BeneLiga studies (Deloitte) and personal experience.
    Thank you for all of this feedback! I'll take a look at your file and see what I can pull into my edit. Always want to make this better if possible. At first glance, all of this looks great.
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  • ohtwozero's avatar
    MinusFifteen:
    Does it clash with other graphics packs?
    If you have another pack that contains league graphics, that may be the issue. For me, it took saving the save file, closing FM21 and reopening it after reloading the skin a couple of times and it worked.
  • MinusFifteen's avatar
    This might be me being dumb, but I can't seem to get the graphics pack to work for whatever reason. Does it clash with other graphics packs? I've tried it where you've suggested it be places, as well as attempting to incorporate it within my graphics pack for all the other leagues but I can't seem to get it to work. Any advice?
  • Ungaro's avatar
    This is great stuff! Thank you!
    I've always wondered if this would be possible.
    I tried it out for a couple of days and then I dove into the editor to figure out a couple of things. Several days later and I've made some adjustments that you might like. Many of these are based on the Belgian model, BeneLiga studies (Deloitte) and personal experience.

    - Added TV Dates to first 3 divs so that the games are spread out over the weekend more like the real model.
    - Added TV money up to 300M to be spread across div 1 and 2. Some trickles down to div 3.
    - Starting div 3 there are 24 teams and thus 46 games. The default scheduling forced the games that wouldn't fit into every week available to all the first wednesdays. This meant that for the first ~8 weeks all the teams would be playing atleast 2 games a week. I have spread them across the season.
    - I moved cup games to Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the last round. The last round is played on Neutral ground, Heizel, Johan Cruijff Arena and De Kuip.
    - VAR has been added to the highest division
    - Some minor Stadium requirements were added with a disparation period
    - The homegrown requirements could have been an issue EU competitions. I found a way in the editor to mark Belgian and Dutch nationalities to be the same as Luxemburg. This means that players trained in either of those countries before 21 should count for the homegrown squad registration requirement.
    - I have added squad registration requirements to all division as well. The first 3 leagues are close to the Belgian standard meaning that it is already close for EU competitions. There is a grace period configured in the first 2 years to count for ages up to 23 for the national divisions. After that the requirements are identical to EU competitions.
    - As I wasn't able to change the calendar for the reserves and U18 leagues I have added extra leagues and lowered the amount of teams per division to 20. This way there's only one game a week.
    - Reputation has been increased so the highest div is ranked 6th in Europe. This would be in line with the Euro coefficients placing the league as 6th with 51,6 pts.
    - Transfer window adjusted so it will allow to sign emergency GKs anytime as well as free agents.
    Some things that I can't figure out however:

    - I can't seem to change the euro coefficients to a total 51,6 in the last years. Once I adjust them in the editor it resets after running the tests.
    - The squad registration rules message that is showed when you start a new save list min sqd size twice and another max sqd size of -1 is shown as well. I can't seem to find where that would be set in the editor.
    - I've set Dutch language to 100% for Luxemburg in the hope it would replace it as the default language but that doesn't seem to be the case. Setting it in the ingame editor to 100% does do that.

    If you want to have a look I've uploaded it to my profile, I hope you can access it this way: https://www.fmscout.com/datas/users/beneenhanced_201981.fmf
  • JamesFR12's avatar
    Did you start a new career ?. You should see database if you start a new career. Then you click on Database and then you should see Benelux.

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