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What we know about Football Manager 2020

Officially confirmed news and answers to frequently asked questions about the upcoming release of FM 2020. Updated September 17th.

By Updated on Sep 17, 2019   29597 views   0 comments
News - What we know about Football Manager 2020
Football Manager 2020 was announced on August 27th, not unveiling any new features as expected. There are certain facts we already knew before that and some others within the announcement.

On this page, we're listing all officially confirmed facts alongside estimates of what we can expect and when. This way you can be easily checking everything we know about Football Manager 2020 during the pre-release period.

I'll keep this summary piece constantly updated, so check back often for new information.

FM 2020 Release Dates

  • FM20 out on early November, possibly on the 8th.

  • FM 20, FM Touch 20 and FM Mobile 20 will all be released simultaneously on the same day, like last year.

  • FM 20 coming to Google Stadia as a launch title in Founder's Edition, sometime in November.

  • FM20 & FMT20 Beta versions will be made available at least two weeks prior to the official release date. October 25th is a possible date.

  • The free FM2020 Demo is expected on the same day as the final game release.

  • FM 2020 Touch for Nintendo Switch will follow in late November.

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Timeline of official FM20 News

Sports Interactive's studio director Miles Jacobson and the official Football Manager account (both on Twitter) are the 2 sources of verified news about the game. The details below are all originally posted on these 2 Twitter accounts.


Gameplay feature complete
mid August (estimate)
UI feature complete
late August (estimate)
Art complete
mid September (estimate)
Start taking screens/videos
mid-late September onward
Feature announce
late September
Beta release
late October
Estimates are based on what happened last year.

FM20 Trailer

News between announce day and feature reveals

  • No more Czech language support because it had become unsustainable.
    September 6th / Source

  • Sports Interactive will continue to provide a translation tool which allows people to translate the game in languages missing from those originally available.
    September 7th / Source

  • The addition of women's football won't happen this year. It's something SI want to do, but will wait until it's financially viable.
    September 7th / Source

  • FM20 on Xbox Game Pass for PC won't be available at launch.
    September 9th / Source

  • FM20 Feature Reveals will most likely begin towards the end of next week (16-20 September).
    September 15th / Source

  • Packaging for Football Manager 2020 will be eco-friendly and recyclable, an industry first.
    September 17th / Source

FM20 Announce Day - 27 August 2019

  • New FM20 features will be announced in mid-late September.

  • FM20 release date announced.

  • FM20 on Stadia includes an exclusive technology that is only available on that platform, utilising the power of the cloud and Google’s data centres to ensure that more matches can be processed in parallel utilising spare bandwidth across the whole system.

  • FM20 minimum system requirements made public.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the new features of FM20?
Sports Interactive won't say because the game is not ready for showing yet. Not all features are final at this point, they’ll begin to showcase new features from late September.

Can my computer run FM20? It runs FM19 no problem.
According to the official product page on Steam store, here are FM20 minimum system requirements. Sports Interactive suggest that if your computer runs FM19 okay, you should be fine with FM20 as the system specs are almost identical. Key difference is dropping support for 32-bit computers, and raising the minimum version of DirectX required.

When is the Pre-Release Beta?
The pre-release Beta is out approximately two weeks before the final release, so it should unlock in late October.

Why is the game not available for purchase in Brazil?
Sadly, due to licensing restrictions we are legally not currently able to sell the game in Brazil and few other countries.

Will Football Manager Touch 2020 run on my Tablet?
A compatibility list for tablets will be made available closer to release.

What's happening with the Nintendo Switch version?
The Nintendo Switch version of the FM Touch 2020 will be released towards the end of November.

Will FM20 come to PlayStation or XBOX?
No. Sports Interactive have ruled out a possible return to non-handheld console games for the foreseeable future.

If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comment section down below.

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