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FM20 Realistic Transfer Preferences v2

Complete real life transfer data applied to top 35 nations, and more realistic transfer preferences for all 228 nations. A database for FM 2020.

By on Feb 27, 2020   30315 views   6 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Data Updates - FM20 Realistic Transfer Preferences v2
The real life transfer market is extremely complex, and every nation has their own tendencies. These tendencies vary greatly.

For example, Northern Ireland may get their players mostly from within their own nation, or from Ireland, and never from South America.

Whereas Scotland may get more players from England than their own nation, and randomly in small numbers from all over the European continent.

This "transfer flow" for each nation is poorly represented in FM.

In the default database, there are 3 sections regarding transfers, yet England has nation preferences set for only 2 out of 228 nations, and the continent and region sections are completely empty.

This file changes that.

We have compiled huge amounts of research/data/charts/etc and combined our work, to create the largest and most realistic set of transfer preferences ever created for FM.

Databases Features:

  • Increased number of transfers within the same nation, for all 228 nations
  • Reduced overall number of transfers
  • Reduced China's strength in buying too many good players
  • Removed every nation's ability to scout everywhere at any time
  • Applied data for incoming transfers and loans for past 2 decades(if possible) to top 35 nations
  • Top 35 Nations have individual transfer preferences applied for 65-70 nations
  • Top 35 Nations have individual transfer preferences applied for all 21 regions
  • Top 35 Nations have individual transfer preferences applied for all continents
  • Added age restrictions for a few nations (USA, China, Japan, Turkey, Ireland, Serbia, Switzerland)
  • Minor increase in Scotland/Ireland to encourage English transfers to those countries
  • Affiliations increased within the same nation
  • Affiliation tendencies applied to top 20 nations

Guides for a Realistic Setup:

Any nations not loaded as playable are hardly used for transfers. This means your save setup could be unrealistic.

For example, you want to manage in Portugal, and load England, Spain, Italy, and France also. This means Brazil is left out, the nation that Portugal most often gets players.

So, here is a list of basic guides by nation, to help you set up a decent save.

The most important nations are listed first, then gradually less important, followed by optional ones.

England: France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal. Optional - Belgium, Norway, Greece, Ireland, Argentina, Denmark
Spain: England, Italy, Portugal, France, Argentina. Optional - Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Russia
Germany: England, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Italy. Optional - Poland, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Norway
Italy: Spain, England, France, Argentina. Optional - Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Nigeria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Senegal
France: England, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Senegal, Cameroon, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland. Optional - Argentina, Netherlands, Mali, Ivory Coast, Algeria
Portugal: Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, England. Optional - Argentina, Romania, Greece, Russia, Belgium, Nigeria, Senegal
Argentina: Uruguay, Mexico, Chile, Colombia. Optional - Italy, Spain, Brazil, USA, Portugal, Ecuador
Australia: England, New Zealand. Optional - Netherlands, Germany, Japan, China, Scotland, South Korea
Austria: Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Czech. Optional - Belgium, France, Norway, Greece, Turkey, Russia
Belgium: France, Netherlands, England, Italy, Portugal. Optional - Germany, Spain, Norway, Senegal, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia
Brazil: Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Japan, Spain, Italy. Optional - Uruguay, Germany, Ukraine, France, Turkey, Russia, Colombia
Chile: Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru. Optional - USA, Colombia, Brazil
China - Brazil, South Korea, Portugal, England, Australia, Serbia, Germany. Optional - Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Bulgaria
Colombia - Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay. Optional - Chile, USA, Brazil, Ecuador
Croatia - Bosnia, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, Austria. Optional - Germany, Portugal, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, Greece
Czech - Slovakia, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Italy. Optional - Poland, Belgium, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia
Denmark - Norway, Sweden, Germany, England, Netherlands. Optional - Belgium, France, Italy
Greece - Spain, France, Argentina, Italy, Portugal, Germany, England, Cyprus. Optional - Serbia, Poland
Hong Kong - China, Spain, South Korea. Optional - Serbia, Bosnia, Australia, Indonesia, Japan
Ireland: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland. Optional - USA
Japan: Brazil, South Korea. Optional - Germany, Portugal, Thailand, Australia, China
Mexico: Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil. Optional - USA, Spain, Peru, Ecuador
Netherlands: England, Belgium, Germany. Optional - France, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Japan
Northern Ireland: Ireland, England, Scotland
Norway: Denmark, England, Sweden. Optional - Iceland, Germany, USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria
Poland - Germany, Slovakia, Portugal, Greece, Russia, Czech. Optional - Serbia, Netherlands
Russia - Georgia, Belarus. Optional - Portugal, Germany, Czech, France, Italy, Romania, Poland, Brazil, Belgium
Scotland - England. Optional - Netherlands, France, Lithuania, Italy
Serbia - Bosnia, Greece, Montenegro. Optional - Russia, Hungary, Portugal, North Macedonia, Romania, Spain, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Slovenia
South Africa - Ghana, Israel. Optional - Netherlands, Nigeria, Belgium, Germany
Sweden - Norway, Denmark, England, Finland, Netherlands. Optional - Iceland, Turkey, Belgium, Brazil, USA
Switzerland - Germany, France, Italy. Optional - Spain, Austria, England, Netherlands
Turkey - Germany, France, England, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Italy. Optional - Netherlands, Brazil, Russia
Ukraine - Russia, Belarus, Brazil, Georgia. Optional - Romania, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Belgium, Italy
Uruguay - Argentina, Mexico. Optional - Chile, Peru, Italy, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil
USA - Mexico, England, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica. Optional - Spain, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Norway, Switzerland, France, Netherlands
Wales - England, Scotland. Optional - New Zealand

How to apply realistic transfer preferences to FM20

Place in Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2020\editor data folder.
Start a new save.
When selecting the database(before Advanced Setup), be sure to select the checkbox to enable this file.


Overall: This has been thoroughly tested by both of us, but considering there are so many nations and aspect to this, as well as variation in each save, there can be issues remaining. Any feedback you have would be great!

African nations: There is less data to help determine destinations of players born in African nations, and it is very tedious to compile. Data has been compiled for Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Cameroon, Morocco, and South Africa. This data has then been applied to Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, France, England, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, USA, Turkey. As there are very few default playable African leagues, testers that load custom African leagues would be needed to ensure this information represents real life data accurately.

Affiliations: It's hard to find the data and research to determine affiliation tendencies for nations, and is also hard to know the mechanics FM uses. A few outside-of-nation tendencies have been applied, but more information could be used.

Ages: Age data is a huge task, and difficult to acquire, as well FM does not really apply the rules, but varies as it wishes. But any additional information is helpful.

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Discussion: FM20 Realistic Transfer Preferences v2

6 comments have been posted so far.

  • nesta's avatar
    Does this work with FM21? I can't seem to get it working it says it needs to be tested.
  • SZ4U's avatar
    Has it working in new update?
  • mrtepig's avatar
    This is a great mod! However I have one problem, the argentinian and brazilian leagues (especially the bigger teams like River or Boca) are buying mexican players. This is pretty much unrealistic as very few mexican players have played in the argentinian league. The last high-profile signing was Luis Hernández to Boca in 1997. Is it in any way possible to change this?
  • Iqbalev's avatar
    Would you like to update all of your mods for update 20.4?
  • GfxJG's avatar
    Interesting information, something I initially observed in my game, but since also confirmed via a test save: It appears the frequency of transfers taking place in January is drastically reduced. Is this something you can confirm/deny, or at least take a look at?

    I'm running your reccomended setup for England, using both this file and also your Realistic Transfer Values, but I suspect this is the most likely culprit. In my actual save, only 5 clubs in the PL actually conducted business in January. It wasn't quite so drastic in the test save, but worth noticing perhaps?
  • GfxJG's avatar
    This sounds incredible, will certainly try it out! Thanks for your hard work!
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