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Club Banners & Adboards for FM18

This mod turns FM 2018 generic adboards into club-specific colors, flags, and banners, giving each stadium its own flair and feel and adding some much-needed individuality to the 3D match-game engine.

By on May 13, 2018   82586 views   45 comments
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FM 2018 Misc Graphics - Club Banners & Adboards for FM18
Tired of looking at the same old generic stadiums and Football Manager adboards during nearly every match?
Hoping to add a little variety and diversity to your match-game experience?
Wanting to give each stadium its own club color and culture?

This mod turns FM 2018 generic adboards into club-specific colors, flags, and banners, giving each stadium its own flair and feel and adding some much-needed individuality to the 3D match-game engine.

With over 700 clubs and thousands of images, it's not a perfect duplication of a stadium's adboards or look, but at least offers up something new to look at.

One of the biggest complaints of the FM gaming system is how little diversity is shown in each club stadium, and how gamers can’t really adapt or change those stadiums. While this mod doesn’t adjust the physical structure of the stadiums, it definitely adds some flavor to each match experience.

I originally created this mod for FM14 and FM15, and worked on it during FM16 and 17 but never posted it because of being too busy with real-world duties.

The way that SI changed the video adboard system for FM18 threw me for a further loop, but I’ve figured out how to work with it, and I'm now ready to share the results.

The earlier mods also only featured static adboards that were tied to the teams. What’s exciting this year is not just the addition of video adboards for top leagues, but also that those video boards can be coded to display ads for whatever competition your team is in, while the static adboards in the stadium stands can still reflect the individual team.

All thanks to jeffroberts and rabcp for allowing me to integrate their excellent video adboards into this mod, and to the creators of the original config file that I modified for my FM14 release, doc_debil and tv_capper. Their work focused on integrating corporate ads into the adboards, while mine does more club-specific fan imagery, but their file opened my eyes to what could be done.

Several years on, the current config file has been nearly entirely redone. All graphics are mine, culled from scouring the internet for images of club scarves, fan tifos, banners, flags, even PES/FIFA graphic mods.

My prior mods were downloaded nearly 11,000 times, so hopefully this will also be of use to people looking for some variety in the match engine.

Club Banners & Adboards | What's included

Over 700 clubs are featured, including:

Every club in the...
  • English Premier League / Championship / League One
  • Spanish La Liga / Liga Adelante
  • French Ligue 1 / Ligue 2
  • Italian Serie A / Serie B
  • German Bundesliga / 2.Bundesliga
  • Portuguese Primeira Liga
  • Swiss Super League
  • Turkish Super Lig
  • Dutch Eredivisie
  • and top Champions-League/Europa League teams from elsewhere in Europe

Each top league (plus Champions League) is coded to automatically display league-specific video adboards along the pitch, and static club-specific boards in the stands.
Each lower-league team in the 2nd division (or below) is coded to then “turn on” video adboards if they are promoted to top league, or if they make the Champions League.

Plus comprehensive coverage of...
  • Brazilian Serie A
  • American MLS (all clubs) and many lower-division US teams
  • Mexican Liga MX
  • Argentine Primera Divison
  • Heavy South American representation, including many other clubs from Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, etc
  • Top teams from Central America for those playing in US/Mexican club competitions
  • Japanese J-League (or "Nihon League" as its called in game) and some J2 League teams
  • Chinese Super League (most clubs)
  • Australia A-League (all clubs)

Club Banners & Adboards FM18 Preview

Club Banners & Adboards | How to install on FM18

This is a bit complicated, as there are 3 folders, 2 of which share the same name ("ads"), and this year there’s a video adboard folder to worry about too. Please read carefully and be patient until you complete all the steps outlined below.

Here we go:
  1. Extract the contents of the file. You don't need special software for that as it's a .zip file.

  2. Place the first "ads" folder (the one that has only the fm.xml file inside it) inside your FM18 user data folder, that by default is found at:
    Documents > Sports Interactive > Football Manager 2018

  3. Place the large "pictures/ads" folder inside your "graphics" folder:
    Documents > Sports Interactive > Football Manager 2018 > graphics
    If you already have a pictures folder, just place the large "ads" folder within it, so as not to erase whatever else is in your pictures folder, like stadiums, flags, city pics, etc.
    If you don’t have a graphics folder, please create one. Graphics folder should now read graphics/pictures/ads.

    See here for visual of both paths:

    The first "ads" folder is that small one with just the fm.xml file, the second one is in the graphics/pictures folder. My graphics folder already had other sub-folders for faces, logos, etc, while my pictures folder also has sub-folders for city pics, backgrounds, etc.

  4. Place the "simatchviewer_uncompressed" folder (this contains the video ads) into the "data" folder within your Steam installation folder (which is not located in the area of the first two folders):
    steam > steamapps > common > Football Manager 2018 > data

    Note: Many Mac users have a hard time finder their Library folder. Easiest way is to go to your Finder menu at the top of your Mac, click “Go,” and hold down the option key. The Library path will magically open up.

    See here for visual pathway (Mac):

    This simatchviewer_uncompressed folder has two sub-folders, one of fonts (which helps some computers read names while with the match engine) and the videos.

  5. Please restart FM18 entirely. If you just refresh the cache, the game may still not realize there is an entirely new place to find its graphics. Only when FM18 is restarted will it find and read the new ads xml file, and also discover the video ads.

  6. Go in-game to the Preferences > Interface screen; click on "Clear Cache". And then return to the same screen and click "Reload Skin".
    Individual team banners and flags should now appear. Enjoy!

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Discussion: Club Banners & Adboards for FM18

45 comments have been posted so far.

  • Jiveman's avatar
    works perfect! amazing how such a small change can have such a noticeable
    effect. thx allot man, kudos!
  • Deanjames2's avatar
    Copied the suggestion below and installed WinRAR, works perfect, looks great,
  • Deanjames2's avatar
    Hi, I have downloaded the file four times from here and each time the "simatchviewer_uncompressed" folder has not been included. I followed your tutorial/ discussion page and found the update you released and that did have the "simatchviewer_uncompressed" folder but only a handful of updates. Any idea why this is happening?
  • Blindhorizon86's avatar
    Thank you for your answer strangerkindness. I am currently playing italian Serie A with Fiorentina and watching the highlights on extended. The strange thing is that during replays of previous matches also other adboards are displayed, but during the match only the same is (in this case the eurosport ivf file over and over again). Thank you again.
  • steffesteffe's avatar
    Thank U @strangerthankindness i installed winrar again and it did work .
  • strangerthankindness's avatar
    Hi blindhorizon86, each competition/game should have more than one ivf file. what league are you playing? One issue I've noticed is that if you watch the highlights on Key, the ivf files start again with each new highlight, so you sometimes see the same one over and over again, especially with some ivf files that are longer than others. That may be what is happening here, but there's nothing to be done as that's how the game is programmed. I think the EPL for instance leads off with an ivf file that is about 20 seconds long, so sometimes it keeps repeating itself if each highlight is less than that.

    Steffesteffe, your extraction problem may be an issue with your extraction program? Or maybe try downloading again. I haven't heard of that issue occurring, sorry man.
  • steffesteffe's avatar
    Hello this look sick but when i try to extract, i get a invalid message
  • Blindhorizon86's avatar
    Hi, amazing job. Just one question: during the match only the first .ivf file is displayed over and over again. How can I change that? Thank you very much
  • shashikiran's avatar
    I had to delete cache, temp and preferences file then re-validate missing files from steam, now its working awesome banner and video boards never look the same, got bored of default one, thanks for the hard work we really appreciate.
  • gicajordi's avatar
    Hola a todo el mundo: Aprovecho mi malestar al ver en los banners del F.C. Barcelona, símbolos fascistas, como son "esteladas" y "senyeras" con la palabra Independencia.
    Que sepas que con esto estas apoyando a un grupo de fascistas y nazis que viven en el noreste de España, y que no representan ni a los aficionados de dicho club ni a los habitantes de esta región de España en la que vivo. Por lo que creo que seria conveniente modificar este magnifico complemento para nuestro FM18, para que no aparezcan estos simbolos. Muchas gracias y saludos a todos.
  • strangerthankindness's avatar
    Hi All -

    Please find a link to my tutorial on working with the config file and adding more static banners or clubs/leagues. Thanks!

    Seminar, while the concept works on FM17, this particular file won't, as I heavily reworked my FM17 file and ad folder, renaming too many things. Also the video ad system changed drastically for FM18, so it's different as well.

    Shashikiran, make sure to restart the entire game and refresh the cache/skin. I've often made changes and never noticed anything new, until I stopped and restarted the game, and then finally saw the changes. Hopefully that will help; if not, make sure everything's where it should be, as it should be good to go. Thanks.
  • Seminar's avatar
    Will work on FM17???
  • shashikiran's avatar
    Ive placed the folder as instructed but its not working ad boards remains the same
  • strangerthankindness's avatar
    Hi TBszmty, yes definitely. I'm working on a post on the SI forum (where this mod is also up) that goes into detail, but in a few hours I can share something here too. It's pretty straightforward actually. Thanks!
  • TBszmty's avatar
    I suppose it may be a trade secret, but, if it's possible, could you please give me any clue on how can I add more static banners to the existing ones? Cheers!
  • strangerthankindness's avatar
    Teknik - I don't quite follow why you can't copy/delete that folder, but I did discover the issue with it: there is an extra space at the end of the folder name. When you click on the chapecoense folder name you'll see an extra space at the end, just delete that. once you reload the cache the ads should display properly, and i assume you can do whatever else then.
  • Teknik Direktör's avatar
    there is something wrong with these files. i cannot copy or delete ''chapecoense'' foldier. it says foldier cannot find in position. specify the location of the item and try again. i tried shift delete and it did not work.
  • strangerthankindness's avatar
    TBszmty -

    I don't personally play to manage any national teams, so I kind of forgot to put anything in for national teams. Apologies for that. There are some video adboards for the upcoming World Cup, at least. One issue is that you'd need to code a couple of different routes, one for qualifiers with home teams that could display the home team banners, and the other for the actual tournaments, in neutral sites; for those you can't code for both teams playing. I'll see if I can put something together for a future update, though. Thanks!
  • Lio's avatar
    AMAZING! Thank you so much!
  • TBszmty's avatar
    This looks fantastic! But I was just wondering, does it include banners for the World Cup and other international competitions?

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