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Football Manager 2020 is Free on Steam Through April 1


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Football Manager 2020 is Free on Steam Through April 1

Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe Ltd have announced that Football Manager 2020 is free on Steam for the next week, starting today and ending at 11:00 AM ET on Wednesday, March 25.

UPDATE: (3-23) This has been extended until Wednesday, April 1 at 11:00 AM ET.

If you already have a Steam account, getting access to the game is straightforward. All you have to do is head to the Football Manager 2020 page and hit the download button. The game will move to your library and will be fully playable until the free week ends.

If you don’t already have a Steam account, go to, click on ‘Install Steam’ and follow the instructions. Once Steam is installed and you’ve set up an account, the process is the same as above.

This free access only applies to the PC/Mac game (on Steam) and it will only be playable free-of-charge until the week has expired. After that, if you wish to continue playing, you can carry on the journey by purchasing the full game from Steam to ensure FM20 stays in your library.

Football Manager 2020 allows you to run your football club, your way. Every decision counts in this year’s game with new features and polished game mechanics rewarding planning and progression like never before, empowering managers to develop and refine both your club’s and your own unique identity. For more on all things FM20 head over to

Also, if you missed our Football Manager 2020 review, read it here.

The core of any video game comes down to the overall gameplay. If a game isn’t fun or competitive, there’s really no reason to continue to play. Obviously, with a game like Football Manager, there’s plenty to love about the overall experience because you would be hard pressed to find a more compelling representation of the sport of soccer. From preparing your team for the next matchup to pre and postgame interviews, there’s so much for the consumer to do. I’ve logged many hours playing FM and very rarely have things felt repetitive or bogged down. Sure, there’s a lot going on (as I will touch on later), but overall you won’t find a better experience.

Sports Interactive has also posted seven ways to maximize your free week of Football Manager 2020, passing on some advice on how to get as much out of the game, as quickly as possible.

Lastly, here’s a list of just some of the features in the game.

  • You can now keep track of the investment your owner/board puts into the club
  • Owners now consider the international break as a point where it may make sense to replace a manager
  • Previous player partnerships have been added into tactics. So players at a club who’ve got an established partnership will appear in-game and if you reunite two players who have played well together previously, they may still have a connection
  • Player values are now reflected in the transfer budget when signing a player in create a club
  • You now have the ability to save all set pieces at once in one single file
  • Improved movement map function in match analysis. Reduced lag and increased functionality
  • You now have the ability to set up your own friendly pre-season competition. As long as give it the same name every year you can track its history and previous winners.
  • There’s now more flexibility when creating kits in Create-A-Club mode
  • You now have the ability to save a created player in Create a Club. So you can take your players into any new save you wish to start, with any club
  • When creating your dream squad in create a club, you can now search for home grown players to ensure you’re adhering to registration rules
  • In a fantasy draft you now have the option for the AI to pick all remaining players for you. This will speed up the process and ensure you only need to focus on the players you want to pick
  • When creating your manager and set to “Experienced”, you can add your favourite style and formation to bring more personality to your profile
  • You can now extract your manager model so you’ll never need to recreate them
  • You now have the choice to upload an image or use your manager’s created face for your in-game profile
  • You’ll now receive a congratulatory message from the board on any and all award wins
  • Managers now have the ability to stall a loan offer. Perfect for getting in a replacement before looking to get a youngster more experience
  • In the event of a takeover, new ownership may ask you to sign a certain player in line with the promises they made when buying the club
  • FM20 includes a new free agent trial tournament. The Bosman tournament features out of contract players from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Ireland.
  • It’s the last one of the day. So to wrap things up, of course there is a whole host of new achievements to earn across different game modes
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