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Championship Manager 2003-04 Database on FM22

62 leagues with full squads, adapted from MadScientistFM's work 3 years ago.

By on Feb 13, 2022   79154 views   25 comments
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Downloads: 20170 / Size: 33.6 MB / Added: 2022-02-13
FM 2022 Fantasy Scenarios - Championship Manager 2003-04 Database on FM22
DISCLAIMER: IF you download the DATABASE on Steam Workshop - Because this file is so huge, it takes about three hours to start a new save game with the file loaded. In addition to deleting all the modern players, 39000+ retro staff and players were edited or created from scratch. Three hours is a very long time, but it was actually much worse on FM21. It looks frozen on the setting up database screen, but it isn't frozen. Once it gets past that, it runs normally.
If you don't want to wait that long to start your save, just pick 1 of the "day one saves" available. The main download button is such a save (with 62 leagues). It will allow you to look at the database or even play it without leaving FM open for three hours.

This is a comprehensive retro database with players and squads from the 2003-04 season. Legends, lower-league plodders, wonderkids and Freddy Adu. Relive great memories, create new ones, leave the thing on holiday overnight and watch a bizarre football-themed snow globe. 62 leagues have their full squads, giving you a rich and dynamic game world even if you don't want to load everything.

This database has been released three years in a row, first by MadScientistFM and later by myself. I'm very happy to build off his great work and bring it to the FM community once again for FM22. Would be nice to smash all the download records!

Data was used from the original CM03-04 for the leagues and players that were fully researched at the time, from later FMs for leagues and players with murkier original research, and sometimes just from a newspaper report or a post on a fan forum saying a Conference North or Serie C player was fast or good at dribbling. Thankfully, there are so many online resources with accurate squad lists for such a wide variety of leagues.

Everything should be in a good release state, but with more users poking through the database I should be able to see more issues. Common issues in past releases are duplicate players (a player I accidentally created twice) and typos in player attributes. There are also smaller issues like history records showing recent seasons that are more trouble to fix than they're worth. If you see something, don't feel shy about telling me in the comments.


All 62 Leagues
18 European Leagues
22 Leagues

Companion Files
Required to run Australia, Egypt and Japan. The USA one doesn't work; I included it in case we have a big brain advanced editor rules guy who can help me out. Extract and paste into Documents/Sports Interactive/FM22/editor data folder.

Facepack (1 GB)
Actually less of a disaster to put together than I expected (they change the UIDs every year). Extract and paste into Documents/Sports Interactive/FM22/graphics/faces/faces folder. These faces and the faces from any megapack you have should be in the same folder at the end.

FM22 Screenshots

Fully playable leagues

  • Asia: Australia, China, S. Korea (first division only), Japan (first two divisions)
  • Africa: Egypt, South Africa (first division only)
  • North America: Mexico (first division only)
  • South America: Colombia, Uruguay (first division only), Argentina, Brazil (first two divisions)
  • Europe:
    • Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine (first division only)
    • Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden (first two divisions)
    • France, Italy, Scotland, Spain (first three divisions)
    • England (first six divisions, down to conference N/S)

If you want to play a more realistic game in the English lower leagues, I would like you to load in the players from the four leagues beneath the English Conference North/South. For some reason I added those too.

Known issues:

There is an editor problem with the USA leagues and continental qualification, so for now I can't release a complimentary MLS+USL A-League file. I wouldn't recommend loading or playing MLS, since none of the newer clubs (LAFC, Atlanta etc) will have any players. Retro MLS and USMNT players are still included.

The Serbian league and the Polish league don't create fixtures for the first season, but they're fine after that, not sure what the issue is there.

Points deductions (including Derby County's whopping -21 for their administration) are impossible to remove without making a separate advanced rules file for each effected country. VAR is also an absolute menace to get rid of.

Some modern day financial stuff might be grafted on top of this, though I made sure to get rid of the obvious ones like Newcastle, Man City and PSG.

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Discussion: Championship Manager 2003-04 Database on FM22

25 comments have been posted so far.

  • Bar's avatar
    Hey, I don't know how to download it from Xbox user (game pass on the computer). It's the same download like the new 93-94 roster?
  • Stam's avatar
    @dalledarrel: Just hit the big red "Direct Download" button mate. Or better yet, grab 1 of the save game files which are linked within the article above (scroll up to find the red buttons for them).
  • dalledarrel's avatar
    Hey man, can we have the direct download link for the .fmf file. Us epic game users can't use the steam workshop :D
  • j_ribeiro's avatar
    Hello! Is it possible to upload the day 1 save without the hidden attributes? Thanks :)
  • AJAXMONACO's avatar
    hey man, is it possible to have the .fmf ? ( i means the database itself ) ? please :'(
  • nufc4ever's avatar
    although this is great i have found alan shearer at 32 is still playing for england when irl he retired from international duty at 29
  • yg0r's avatar
    Hey, friend. Do you have the link for the database itself? I'm only finding the day-one saves and can't take it from steam (Epic Games user).
  • Paulfit81's avatar
    The amount of injuries you get is ruining the game.

    players constantly getting injured for 2 month spells. 6 players injured within a month
  • bigmen's avatar
    Is the exact same database as Championship manager 2003-04 or are there future players like Pogba, Mbappé, etc?
  • r1cky's avatar
    Is there a better facepack for this? The one included seems to hardly include many players at all (probably due to the players ID's not matching)
  • craglyboy's avatar
    Can someone help me with the facepack. It work on most players, but players with like 4 digit ID's don't seem to work. For example, Thierry Henry ID is 9888 and whilst the config file seems correct. it doesn't show him in game
  • peper's avatar
    Please I beg you don't upload it as saves only, upload fmf files too please.
  • newgrubby's avatar
    pls 11-12, 12-13 years with russian leagues and other top
  • M7's avatar
    A shame that you can't set the Date back to 2004
  • Starwolf's avatar
    Do real players come out on youth intakes or is it just the ones in the beginning of the game?
  • mtasvur's avatar
    How can I download the FMF file?
  • nickrufc's avatar
    Got the original game aswell an that. Plays perfect on win 10 this is awesome tho just take ages to load
  • jorg3he's avatar
    what a wonderful job, excellent!! thanks a lot baby
  • AD1990's avatar
    vielen dank =)
  • Stam's avatar
    @AD1990 @ByM1T2: Just use 1 of the 'day one' saves instead.

    @daveo72: I hope you mean loading and not downloading.
  • AD1990's avatar
    what am i doing wrong? the database takes forever to open. i have to close the fm
  • daveo72's avatar
    Not sure if my database has frozen, been stuck downloading at the same point since 9pm last night. Its now 7am the following morning
  • ByM1T2's avatar
    Hi. I am using XBOX Game-pass. I want to play this patch online with my friends. My problem is that I can't use the patch with xbox gamepass by subscribing from steam. Can you upload the direct download of the patch?
  • Stam's avatar
    @LazarN: Easiest and fastest way is to grab a 'day one' save file and load that (move the file to your 'games' folder so you can find it). The main download button will get you such a file. Alternatively, you could grab the database file from Steam Workshop, but you'd have to wait 2-3 hours for the game to actually load the db.
  • LazarN's avatar
    How to install this database?
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