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Football Manager 2023 Base Skins

Base skins are identical to the default skin that come with Football Manager 2023, so you can customize what you want without messing up the original skins.

By on Oct 22, 2022   31472 views   13 comments
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Downloads: 4097 / Size: 1.9 MB / Added: 2022-10-22
Football Manager 2023 Skins - Football Manager 2023 Base Skins
As with most recent Football Managers for you to make certain changes in Football Manager 2023 you need to create a new skin. Thankfully over the last few years some more stuff has been moved out of the skins folder so you only really need the Base skin if you are wanting to edit the skin graphics, fonts or colours. If you want to edit the match graphics or the most of the panel xml files you no longer really need the base skins.

So to make things easier for people I've put up a base skin that is identical to the default skin that comes with the game, so you can add new files/graphics to these without messing up the original skin, and anything that isn't located in these new skin folders will be taken from the default locations within the game.

For Football Manager 2023 there is just the one Base Skin based on the Default Skin which is the Dark version this year.

FM23 Base

FM23 Base Transparent

Install Instructions

When you extract the file you have downloaded you should have two folders named base22 and fm23BaseTrans.

Now copy the folders into your skins folder within your User Data Location, by default this is:

For Windows:
C:\Users\[Your Windows Username]\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2023\skins\

For Mac:
Users\[Your Mac Username]\Library\Application Support\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2023\skins

How to increase/decrease opacity of background

Go to your User Data Location (Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2023) and find the transparent skin.

Inside the panels folder, go into client_object and open "client object browser.xml" with a program such as notepad++ or VSCode.

Go to line 59: which has this line of code
<widget class="inner_contrast_box" appearance="boxes/custom/interface/content/secondary/paper" transparency="0.7">
The bold value is what you'll need to edit, the lower the number, the more transparent, the higher the more opaque.

Save your changes, clear the cache and reload your skin.


The base skins of FM23 have been put together by bluestillidie00. He's the author of the popular TCS skin and a moderator on the Skinning Hideout area of SI forums.

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Downloads: 4097 / Size: 1.9 MB / Added: 2022-10-22
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Discussion: Football Manager 2023 Base Skins

13 comments have been posted so far.

  • tomek0290's avatar
    could someone send files for TV photos with this skin to work. As in the picture[img][/img]
  • recordbusterman's avatar
    How do I increase the size of team logo and the player face in base skin? I guess theres lines somewhere that will do this. The 2022 Base skin had much larger logo and player faces.
  • black_wh11te's avatar
    hi can you add please Instant Result button?
  • preci88's avatar
    How to get this attributes graphic (last pic with Haaland)???
  • unitedarestillthebest's avatar
    Hi for the last 2 fm’s I have made one change to the base and I’ve forgotten how to do it. I want to make it it lighter so my backgrounds work can anyone help please?
  • hellwalker's avatar
    Can i use this skin at FM 22? I cant find FMF file.
  • ferrenberg's avatar
    can anyone tell me how can I add CA/PA to this skin?
  • Kaedninu's avatar
    @LMGSilva • 2 hours ago
    yes it comes with instant result button

    I've just tried the skins and they DO NOT have the instant button.
  • FroXu85's avatar
    I'm trying to add players faces to the the tactics screen, so inside the "skins\fm23Base\panels" directory I created the folder "tactics", and there I created the file "tactics icon info panel overview.xml" with the desired code. But this is the result ingame:

    Can anyone please help?
  • LMGSilva's avatar
    yes it comes with instant result button
  • ShermWorm's avatar
    These babies got the instant result button?
  • Richardcharlston's avatar
    Flut skin works if you change config to current game version
  • JamesFR12's avatar
    Can't wait till there are custom skins...All those base skins are really ugly. Maybe i will start making skins again.
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