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Football Manager 2018 Real Names & Licence Fix

Fix competition, club and award names in Football Manager 2018. Works with current FM18 saves.

By on Oct 27, 2017   Jan 27, 2018   275548 views   128 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Data Updates - Football Manager 2018 Real Names & Licence Fix

Hey look guys, the 18.3 update is out - that means the instructions below work IF YOU SWAP THE 1810 FOLDER IN THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR 1830. It is that simple.

Welcome to the Real Names Fix project for Football Manager 2018.

You don't have to start a new save for this to work, except for Brazilian clubs.


This is an essential add-on for your game. Due to licensing issues, vanilla FM18 contains fake names for some players, teams and competitions. With this add-on and the instructions below you can fix that and enjoy FM18 with real names.

FM18 Real Names Corrected

  • Playable club names from most continents
  • Major league clubs
  • Non-playable Europe top league club names
  • Minor leagues names
  • Continental and national competition names

Note - there are now two versions of this fix to choose from.

The first is Daniel's, which unfortunately has not been updated since 2015 and so contains some out of date information. The second is from Carlos, created this year. Carlos has decided on more concise names, anglicised text, and the removal of competition sponsors (ie Serie A TIM is simply Serie A, Sky Bet Championship is simply Championship).

Brazilian clubs have three-letter names in my game. How do I fix?

Hardcoding means games created BEFORE applying this fix will always have three-letter Brazil names. Names will only be correct on games created AFTER applying the fix.

I applied the fix, but I'm still seeing wrong names.

When you start a new save, you will still see incorrect names for three Spanish clubs, but once you select your club and start playing, the names will be correct.

Don't like a name? Change it!

Open the fix file in a text editor such as Notepad, search for the name you want to change, change it, and save. It's really that simple. The fix will apply the next time you start FM18.

Ajax staff. Gaaaaaaaaaah.

Missing in the database. has a fix.

Why doesn't this work?

It does work. You're doing it wrong.

FM 2018 Name Fix Preview


If you find errors in translation/names or need a fix for other club/league/competition names, please post a comment below. Carlos will attempt to act on all queries.

Fixing fake club and competition names

  1. Quit the game.
  2. Find the "1830" folder.


    \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2018\data\db\1830\


    /Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2018/data/db/1830/

  3. Open the "lnc" folder and then enter the "all" sub-folder. It will look like this:

  4. Delete the highlighted 3 files:

    • fake.lnc
    • lic_dan_swe_fra.lnc
    • nleague.lnc
  5. Place "Daniel FM18 Fix.lnc" and "Daniel FM18 Club Names.lnc", or "Carlos FM18 Club Names.lnc" and "Carlos FM18 Fix.lnc" inside this folder, so it will look like this:

  6. Go 2 folders back to find the "edt" folder. Open it and then enter the "permanent" sub-folder. It will look like this:

  7. Delete the highlighted file "fake.edt".

    This will fix Danny Blind from getting renamed to Jan Jansen.

  8. Again go 2 folders back, this time to find the "dbc" folder. Open it and then enter the "permanent" sub-folder. It will look like this:

  9. Delete the 3 highlighted files:

    • brazil_kits.dbc
    • forbidden names.dbc
    • Licensing2.dbc
    • Licensing3.dbc - THIS IS A NEW ONE IN 1830

    This will prevent Brazilian clubs from reverting to three-letter names and will allow certain kits to be visible again.

  10. Important:
  11. These screenshots relate to 1810 update but use these instructions for the new database update (1830). I can't be arsed to take loads of new screenshots.

  12. Open Football Manager 2018 and enjoy real names.

Real Names Fix Video Tutorial

    Where is Application Support folder on Mac OS X

    Mac users who have trouble locating their Application Support folder, please follow these steps:

    1. Open the "Go to Folder" menu

    2. Enter the path of the Application Support folder

    3. Copy the following path and paste it into the "Go to Folder" input field.

    4. ~/Library/Application Support

      [*]Finally click "Go" to go to the folder.

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Discussion: Football Manager 2018 Real Names & Licence Fix

128 comments have been posted so far.

  • Svante's avatar
    Since the 3.18 update I cant seem to get te real players & licence fix to work. I've tried what i believe is everything. Deleted 1800, 1810 and editing in 1830. uninstalled and reinstalled fm 18. Edited all the files. I have tried daniels and carlos and ive tried using them both at the same time.

    I followed the guide to the dot but it just does not want to work for me. Any suggestions?
  • VagnerL0ve's avatar
    Hi Justice, was there some other step i was to take for it to work on my current save? i'm 3 seasons into my game and not ready to start a new save for the name fixes to work. any help from here is much appreciated.
  • Justice's avatar
    I can vouch for this file working in current saves. Heck, I've even added some name fixes myself to regen stadiums, and changed some of the award names, for my current save, which have worked!
  • VagnerL0ve's avatar
    update: Works with a new save, but does not work with my current save even though it says in the description you don't have to start a new game.
  • VagnerL0ve's avatar
    i followed all the correct steps, does this not work with patch 18.3?
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    wozza: why not read the instructions?
    restet: ask sortitoutsi.
  • restet's avatar
    Help please... where is "Ajax staff fix" on ?
  • wozza2017's avatar
    Anyone know what is the difference between Carlos version and Daniel version please thanks
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    dunno about that... give it a whirl, see what happens!
  • lijieneo's avatar
    Are we deleting "removemediasources.dbc" file too?
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    I wouldn't in a million years suggest that some people are as simple as the fix: follow the instructions above but reinstall the files into the new patch update folder ie 1830 not 1810 or 1800.
  • downloadkct's avatar
    Doesnt work for 18.3 update
  • bernardorsilveira's avatar
    Can`t find the Steam folder within Application Support on Mac! What should I do?
  • Mundensi's avatar
    Game was not loaded. Closed it and all. Got rid of all workshop addons aswell. All the steps ive done, i also uninstalled and reinstalled fm but still nothing works.
  • Justice's avatar
    There is absolutely no reason as to why badges would be updated to real badges using this.
  • bellidne's avatar
    Mundensi Why would the badges change with this fix? it's for Real names and German team only? I followed step by step and all mine are now correct including Germany and Japan National teams. TIP: Dont do the fix while game is loaded.
  • Mundensi's avatar
    so yea im in the same boat here. I did all the steps above and then some. I have yet to see any fixes at all. German national team is still random and no badges being updated to real badges. I went into a old save and i also went into a new save just to be sure and no change like nothing happened.
  • Fabrizio99's avatar
    I have successfully done the steps above , however the teams names haven't changed. I did use the Carlos FM18 Club Names.lnc and the Carlos FM18 Fix.lnc file. Does somebody know what I might have done wrong?
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    yep you're right on that. How they are often termed and written in the UK.
  • NorthernSentinel's avatar
    Thanks for the answer, I am currently working on it for myself. I was just curious as to if there were any special reasons for the names not being right. It said in the first note that your update was focusing on anglicised text, and I thought it had something to do with that.
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    Hi Sentinel, change them if you don't like them. The instructions are on this page. My files are default and will not change.
  • NorthernSentinel's avatar
    Hi, recently started a save, but noticed that most of the Norwegian names are off for all the playable leagues. Any particular reason for not using the Norwegian letters æøå. As I see it, there is no reason to change it just for the sake of making it 'English', as instead it just becomes wrong. Additionally the full names were made into shortened names, something that also seems weird, considering that the display names are different already. I'll be happy to help with the correct full names and 'correct' shortened names (from a Norwegian's POV) if you want/there is need.
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    And updated again - awards formats standardised for England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France.
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    Meanwhile, the Carlos fix files have been updated. A few minor tweaks etc and some typos sorted out. Please download and replace the old files you have.
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    I honestly don't know - I'm very busy doing facepack stuff during the transfer window...

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