Football Manager 2018 Database: American Lower League Database Level 7
Welcome to the first Football Manager 2018 Database released. Today we have teamed up with Tavinho1077, an American born Football Manager enthusiast who have created a Football Manager 2018 American Lower Leagues Database with 7 tiers; featuring promotions and relegations!
This unauthentic Football Manager 2018 American lower league database let’s you experience a different kind of the United States football league system – A pyramid converted into a more playable version with promotions and relegations enabled within a 7 tier division system.
This FM 2018 American lower league database revamps MLS and NALS as they are official known as today and provides you with the chance of starting in the bottom tier of the American league system and work your way to the top. It’s perhaps a perfect fit for those of you who are looking to try out your skills in the Football Manager hexagon challenge.
We hereby give the word to the creator of the American lower leagues database for Football Manager 2018, who will give a more detailed explanation of this custom database and why he has moved away from the official United States football league system; MSL, NASL and USL divisions.
Although many like the nuances of the MLS system of Designated Players, roster limitations, salary cap, and lack of promotion and relegation, others have always envisioned a more “traditional” setup for purposes of Football Manager as well as real life. It is with these people in mind that I have created this database. Born and raised in New York and having followed MLS from the beginning, this is my idea of an ideal future for the American soccer landscape.
This database is available on steam at
About the FM 2018 American Lower Leagues Database (Promotions & Relegations Enabled)
- 7 Tier system
- Top 3 teams are promoted, while bottom 3 are relegated per division (*except division 7, where there is no relegation)
- All are single table format, each team plays each other twice a season
- 2 major cups ( US Open Cup and Knights National Cup)
The Setup of the Unauthorised FM 2018 American Lower League Database Level 7
When you start this Football Manager 2018 American lower leagues database, make sure to add players and staff to playable teams. At first, depending on the speed of your computer, adjust the database to “large.” You can adjust the database size by
Then you can decide to either select all players from the continents of North America and South America in companionship with selecting all players based in the Caribbean region, which will provide you with a database size of around 70000 players and staff.
Another option is to select all players based in the continent of North America plus Central America.
The last option is to select all players based in the continent of North America featuring all players based in USA. This third option will be the most minimalistic, as you will get a database size of nearly 39500 players and staff.
I tend to add all players from North America and the Caribbean. This will ensure that all teams have enough players and staff to field full teams. Many of the scouts for the various teams will be able to scout within the region, which is why I added all players from North America and the Caribbean. Although my machine could not handle much more, I would also add Central American players if possible, along with all players from South America.
Division 1 takes the place of MLS to get around salary cap issues and designated player rule. This league includes all current MLS teams. Since LAFC is not slated to start until next season, I have included them in division 2. All teams have a U20 and reserve teams. There are separate competitions for the U20s and Reserve teams.
Division 2 is made up of NASL and USL teams, with the exception of MLS “B” teams. I did not add these teams to the database, so teams such as Red Bulls 2, Timbers 2 and Orlando “B” will not appear.
The rest of the divisions were set up based on their Football Manager reputation rating, so there are teams that did not make it into the database.
I am open to suggestions for future updates and tweaks to the division setup.
I have eliminated all rules related to designated players for a simpler approach. Each team is allowed 6 foreign players per team. After some initial feedback, I have only allowed trialists to play in divisions 5-7. They are not allowed to play in The US Open Cup. Youth players can be as young as 15.
Calendar and Transfer Windows
I have adjusted the calendar so that all competitions start in September and end in June. All competitions reset on July 1st. The winter transfer window lasts for the month of January and the Summer window lasts the months of July and August, and players can be registered for league competitions within those same windows.
The US Open Cup is a single elimination tournament which includes all teams in all divisions. Winner gets a
spot in the CONCACAF Champions League, and clinches a spot in the Super Cup.
I have added a lower league cup for all teams division 2-7 which also gives a spot to the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Super Cup is played at the end of the season between the winner of Division 1 and the US Open Cup.
All teams in the available database are real teams, all of which have appropriate stadiums in their realistic locations. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how to update this database, please let me know. I will be working on a database for Peru next.
An unauthorized Football Manager 2018 lower league database which enables 5 tiers below MLS and NASL. The American lower league database features promotions and relegations for the 7 levels included*.
- Inside Football Manager 2018 – Locate the Downloads button of the main FM menu.
- Select Steam Workshop tab
- Choose Download Add-Ons Directly From Steam
- Paste this into the Steam browser URL:
- Or search:
USA 7 tier (With Promotion and Relegation UPDATED #2)
- Subscribe to the File by Steam Workshop
- You may need to Quit and Restart Football Manager 2018 to enable it
- Start a NEW Save
- Click the Databases: Football Manager 2018
- Tick the USA 7 Tier Editor Data file