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Club Banners & Adboards for FM20

This mod turns FM 2020 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 Sep 08, 2020   9227 views   11 comments
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Downloads: 1817 / Size: 1.3 GB / Added: 2020-09-08
FM 2020 Misc Graphics - Club Banners & Adboards for FM20
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 2020 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.

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.

NOTE: it DOES NOT mimic contemporary advertising adboards around a stadium. Please look for rabcp's excellent Adboard Patch for that. This is a fantasy mod that just gives each stadium a look mirrored around each team's fan culture and colors.

This mod was originally created for FM14, then updated and released for FM15, FM16, and FM18. All versions work with newer versions of the game, but each update has new teams added, graphics updated and refreshed, etc. Hopefully this version will work with future releases as well. All thanks to rabcp, jeffroberts, and others for allowing me to use their custom video adboards in this mod.
Most graphics created by myself, using images of team scarves, ultras photography, tifos and banners, and various PES/FIFA mods (thanks to those creators). As mentioned before, this mod has no basis in advertising reality or in mimicking the ads you'd see at a stadium; rather, it highlights the colors, flags, and banners of supporter culture, and hopes to at least enliven each stadium.
Views best with TV or Behind Goal angle, with camera at lowest point.

Club Banners & Adboards | What's included

11,209 images for roughly 800 clubs.

All clubs from the top leagues in Europe plus Argentina, Brazil, USA, Mexico, Japan.
Now with more South American, Central American, Japanese, USA, Russian, Scandinavian, Indian clubs.
Includes 48 national teams for the first time!

Download Options

I've created two versions, one with full custom video adboards, the other without them and with a rewritten xml file that accesses the default SI video boards that come with the game. That would be for people who either have too much trouble accessing the video files or getting them to work, or who just prefer not to use them, or to DL such a larger file.

FULL VERSION (with custom video ads) 1.29GB
Download Full Version (1.37GB)

LO-FI VERSION (no custom video adboards - only uses default SI ads that come with game) 748MB
Download Lo-FiVersion (0.74GB)

Club Banners & Adboards FM20 Preview

Club Banners & Adboards | How to install on FM20

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 FM20 user data folder, that by default is found at:
Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020

3. Place the large "pictures/ads" folder inside your FM "graphics" folder located here:
Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020/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 logos, flags, city pics, etc.
If you don’t have a graphics folder, please create one, in all small caps. (Capitalization throws off the routing system).

Full route should now be:

Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020/graphics/pictures/ads

4. If you've downloaded the full version with the video ads: 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), but is found in this pathway:
steam > steamapps > common > Football Manager 2020 > data

Full route should now be:

steam > steamapps > common > Football Manager 2020 > data>simatchviewer_uncompressed

(There is an existing fmf file there with the same name: just leave it).

You'll also notice another folder, with a file called bidstack_enabled.xml. This basically prevents the game from constantly loading and displaying random video ads if you're online. Place that in

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Sports Interactive\Football Manager2020 \Preferences\version 3

or for Mac: Library/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020/Preferences/version 3

5. Please restart FM20 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 FM20 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". This tells the game that hey, there's new visuals to load, otherwise it may reuse older ones.

ENJOY! Issues?

Remember to restart the game after first installing.

Remember to clear cache and reload skin.

Pay attention to where you're placing the files.

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Downloads: 1817 / Size: 1.3 GB / Added: 2020-09-08
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Discussion: Club Banners & Adboards for FM20

11 comments have been posted so far.

  • Seminar's avatar
    Hi! I can't unzip the file! Asks for a password!
  • ACI's avatar
    Hey man, seems nice and would love to try it out.
    Though when i'm entering this path - Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020, i cannot find the user data folder, should i just creae it then?

    Nevermind, opened the full version guide and found the answer :)
  • GMM's avatar
    Thanks for the new updated version. I have been using you mod for years and is one of the most immersive mods for FM.
  • strangerthankindness's avatar
    el-tev, as stam mentioned there's about 100 new clubs, plus national teams if you ever manage those, but also about 500-700 existing images have been refreshed or updated. there's enough changes to make it worth downloading, i'd say. Thanks for the kind words.
  • strangerthankindness's avatar
    teknik, this pack mainly has club banners, not adboards. however some clubs and leagues are hard-coded to display video ads no matter what; for that, you could DL the 'lo-fi' version,' which just uses the generic FM20 video adboards, and doesn't bother with other video advertisements.
  • strangerthankindness's avatar
    hi dichrott, rather than delete a png or ivf you could just replace it with another one that you'd prefer. (you could just copy and paste an existing one). just use the same name as the one you're deleting. sometimes if the game doesn't find an image, though, it does just move on to the next one; other times (for png's), it replaces it with a generic FM2008 image, or for video a blank blue flash along the boards. it won't crash the game, though.
  • dichrott's avatar
    hi, really appreciated this, makes the atmosphere authentic. need to ask just one question: can i delete pngs or ivfs as some of them are outdated? will it crash the game or will it go without them?
  • Teknik Direktör's avatar
    is it possible to use only Club banners ? I do not want to use adboards.
  • LandonDonovan10's avatar
    can you upload on mega? i cant download big size files. theres something wrong with my internet...
  • Stam's avatar
    Stam Staff1 week ago
    @EL-TEV: There are more contents in this pack; like 100 more clubs covered in comparison and also national teams for the first time.
  • EL-TEV's avatar
    Hi, great work! Are this updated from the previous version like the one for fm18?
    Any new ad boards or the same as before?
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