FM Base FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

Install Tactics

To view a simple video tutorial on how to install downloaded tactics for FM 2009 please click this link.

Installing Player Faces

For this example we will use the All Premier League Teams (Player Faces) which can be downloaded here.

1) Save the English_Premier_League.rar file to a temporary folder. Eg: Desktop or My Documents

2) You will need to download WinRAR to install this file. You can download it here.

2) Once downloaded right click on the English_Premier_League.rar file and choose WinRAR > Extract Files...

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3) Change the destination path to

Vista -> C:\Users\Your Account Name\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\graphics\players\

XP -> C:\Documents and Setting\Your Account Name\My Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\graphics\players\

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4) Run Football Manager 2009

5) Go onto Preferences and click on Display & Sound (on the left). On this screen untick the box that says Use Skin Cache and tick the box that says Always Reload Skin on Confirm.

6) Press Confirm and it should reload the skin data and that should be it. The player pictures should now be working.

Installing A Skin

For this example we will use the Flex09 skin which can be downloaded here.

1) Save the flex09.rar skin file to a temporary folder. Eg: Desktop or My Documents

2) You will need to download WinRAR to install this file. You can download it here.

2) Once downloaded right click on the flex09.rar file and choose WinRAR > Extract Files...

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3) Change the destination path to

Vista -> C:\Users\Your Account Name\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\skins

XP -> C:\Documents and Setting\Your Account Name\My Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\skins

4) Run Football Manager 2009.

5) Go onto Preferences.

6) On the Display & Sound section select the skin you want, in this case Flex09 and then make sure Skin Cache is unticked.

7) Click Confirm and your new skin should load up.

Use a Downloaded Shortlist

Follow these simple instructions to use a downloaded shortlist.

Add Your Picture To Your Manager Profile

If you forgot to add a picture for your manager profile at the start of the game then follow these simple instructions to add one.

Step 1
On the FM 2009 Preferences make sure Show Unique ID's is ticked

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Step 2
Go to your manager home page and it should have your unique ID at the top.

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Step 3
Create a folder called me in Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\graphics\

Step 4
Download this config.xml file and save it to that folder you just created. Open it in a text editor and change the 2 values shown to your unique id.

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Step 5
Create an image of yourself (the game will resize it for you). When finished save the image in the same folder and call the image your unique id (eg: 1394642823.png). The image I used is..

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Step 6
Open FM. On Preferences > Display & Sound and untick 'Use Skin Cache' and tick 'Always Reload Skin on Confirm'. Once done press Confirm and it should now work.

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Create a Facepack

Here's a simple guide to help you get started with your first ever face pack for FM2009.

In this guide I will use Fulham as an example.

1) Create a folder called fulham or anything else meaningful.

2) Create an image for the player roughly 140px x 180px and give it a meaningful name. eg: dempsey.png

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3) Create a config.xml file (download this example config.xml file to make it easier) and save it in the same folder as the player pictures.

4) Open up the config.xml file in a text editor. The part of the config.xml file that you edit is shown below.

<record from="dempsey" to="graphics/pictures/person/980561/portrait"/>
<record from="filename1" to="graphics/pictures/person/PLAYER-ID-HERE/portrait"/>
<record from="filename2" to="graphics/pictures/person/PLAYER-ID-HERE/portrait"/>
<record from="filename3" to="graphics/pictures/person/PLAYER-ID-HERE/portrait"/>
<record from="etc..." to="graphics/pictures/person/PLAYER-ID-HERE/portrait"/>
<record from="etc..." to="graphics/pictures/person/PLAYER-ID-HERE/portrait"/>

5) Open FM 2009, go onto Preferences > Display & Sound and tick Show Unique IDs and click confirm.

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6) Browse to the player and on his profile it will now have his unique ID.

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7) When you're finished. Put the folder into: ...[root to your documents]\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\graphics\Players Personally I would create a folder called eng or england and then even a folder called premiership just to keep the facepacks well sorted so you know which ones you have.

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