Did you know you could create your own custom cup competition in football Manager 2020, Now you know and I will be listing steps below on how to do so.
First what do we mean by a custom cup competition. It simply means creating a competition with selected clubs put together in your own competition on FM20, whether that’s a second-tier Champions League, Andrea Agnelli’s sycophantic ‘Super League’ or any other tournament for that matter, we have a step-by-step guide below on how to create your own custom cup competition.
Step 1: Install FOOTBALL MANAGER Editor
To make any adjustments to your Football Manager save you must first download and install the pre-game Editor.
To do this you must first open up Steam, click on the ‘Library’ tab, select ‘Tools’, locate ‘Football Manager Editor’ and right click to install.
(Steam → Library → Tools → Football Manager 20 Editor → Download)
There is also the option of an In-Game Editor which you will have to purchase, but for the purpose of this guide, that is not necessary.
Step 2: Load up FOOTBALL MANAGER Editor and add competition
Your first step will be to add your own competition once you’ve loaded up FM Editor, and that can simply be done by clicking on the ‘competition’ icon.
Once there, select the ‘add’ icon and begin filling in the details of your competition. For the example below we have used the aforementioned ‘British Cup’.
Since our competition will involve multiple nations, select the ‘Continent’ icon and add in the necessary region. If you are putting together a domestic competition, then fill out the ‘Nation’ icon and leave the ‘Continent’ option blank, and vice versa.
You will also be required to select the style of your competition by ticking the ‘Type’ box and choosing from the options. We went with ‘Domestic League Cup’.
There are no other required steps to make in this section, but you may want to tweak a few minor details such as the ‘Winter Ball Colour’ and the ‘Use Extra Officials’ option, but again these are not necessary, only minor additions.
For the purpose of our tournament, we are replacing the Carabao Cup, so we first had to delete that by simply searching for the competition by name, clicking on the icon and removing it from the database, but this is not necessary if you’re creating an entirely new competition.
Step 3: Add Club Continental Rules
Unfortunately the above stage only scratches the surfaces. In order to make this whole operation come together and work smoothly we must fill out all the blanks ourselves, including the start date of the competition, when the proceeding fixtures will take place and of course, the final date.
To do that you must hover your mouse over to the ‘Rules’ tab at the top of your screen, and select ‘Add Club Continental Rules’ in the dropdown menu.
Once there you must decide when the tournament will reset every season. For the ‘British Cup’ (League Cup) we are looking at a March finish, so select a date immediately after the final has taken place — and of course, select the correct continent in the tab above.
You will then select which countries will be participating in the tournament and how the clubs will qualify. For that, select the ‘Qualification System’ tab, then ‘Nations’ and add your countries of choice — for us it’s the Home Nations.
For the specific clubs, select ‘Teams’, followed by ‘Add’ and then decide how many teams from each nation will enter the tournament. For us, we went with 128 clubs.
To determine how each team will register for the tournament, select ‘Type’ which will bring up an array of qualification options, but we just want ‘Nation Top Division Teams’, meaning clubs will enter your custom competition for simply being in the higher divisions.