The FM21 Adboard Patch


The Football Manager Adboard Patch contains thousands of static and video adboard’s to bring the 3D match engine to life. The patch contains video adboard’s for the most popular European leagues and its continental competitions. In addition, some clubs have fan banners as close to their real-life locations as possible adding some character and realism to the match engine, some examples are below.

https://i.postimg.cc/BtgGLgsq/fc-Basel.png https://i.postimg.cc/xc1VKzTL/man-utd.png


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Installation Instructions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5pi0g-teKM&t=25s

1.Extract the folders to your desktop
2.Place the graphics folder into the following directory;

https://i.postimg.cc/TwDMqGGN/graphics.png
PC: My documents/sports interactive/football manager 2021

MAC: Macintosh HD/Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/football manager 2021

You may be asked if you want to replace existing files and folders, agreeing to this will just update previous adboards and will not result in the loss of any previous graphics.

3. Open up the xml folder on your desktop and copy the ‘ads’ folder into this directory:
https://i.postimg.cc/yNWzxcGH/ads.png
PC: My documents/sports interactive/football manager 2021

MAC: Macintosh HD/Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/football manager 2021

4. Now open the ‘ads’ folder, you will notice two folders one called ‘Club Adboards’ and one called ‘Non Club Adboards’.

Choose your preferred fm.xml file from either folder and copy and paste the file into the ads folder,
https://i.postimg.cc/8cR29H7h/xml.png

5. Place the steam folder into the following directory;

PC: C:\Program Files (x86)
https://i.postimg.cc/zvYmxMGz/steam.png

MAC: Macintosh HD/Users/myusername/Library/Application Support

If playing Football Manager via ‘Epic Games’ open the folders within the ‘Steam’ folder until you reach the Football Manager 2021’ folder and place this folder in the following directory: PC: C:\Program Files (x86)/epic games

6. Open the ‘How to stop Bidstack Ads’ folder and copy the ‘bidstack_enabled.xml’ file to this directory

PC: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2021\Preferences\version 4
https://i.postimg.cc/ry52D8fK/bidstack.png

MAC: Macintosh HD/Users/myusername/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2021/Preferences/version 4

7. Load up FM21 and in the preferences menu open up the match tab and ensure that the match graphics quality is set to at least medium, but high or very high is best.
https://i.postimg.cc/cJvV0ZK1/pref.png

I have dedicated 1000's of hours, making and coding adboard’s for Football Manager since 2008. These adboard patches have attracted over 100,000 downloads and remain the only real way to inject some personality into the Football Manager match engine. While this is a free patch if you wish to donate as way of thanking me for my time you can do so by the link below
https://i.postimg.cc/FRCphfYp/button.png
Comments
Chrissy10970
8 years ago
4 hours ago
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Check the FAQ:
https://sortitoutsi.net/content/57672/adboard-patch-faq-technical-support-thread


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How can I play in a cup match (Champions League, FA Cup etc) and see these competitions adboard’s instead of club specific adboard’s?
Before entering the match engine, place the ‘no clubs’ fm.xml file into this location: C:\Users\name\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2021\ads

When using the ‘clubs’ fm.xml file and playing a game at a natural venue why do club ads show instead of competition ads?
It’s a bug within the game, for some reason the FM21 match engine treats all matches at a neutral venue as a home/away game. to combat this, you can switch to the ‘no clubs’ fm.xml file. *****


I switch with no clubs xml but I have the same problem. I don't see club adboards but only competitions.
Chrissy10970
8 years ago
4 hours ago
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Check the FAQ:
https://sortitoutsi.net/content/57672/adboard-patch-faq-technical-support-thread


****

How can I play in a cup match (Champions League, FA Cup etc) and see these competitions adboard’s instead of club specific adboard’s?
Before entering the match engine, place the ‘no clubs’ fm.xml file into this location: C:\Users\name\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2021\ads

When using the ‘clubs’ fm.xml file and playing a game at a natural venue why do club ads show instead of competition ads?
It’s a bug within the game, for some reason the FM21 match engine treats all matches at a neutral venue as a home/away game. to combat this, you can switch to the ‘no clubs’ fm.xml file. *****


I switch with no clubs fm.xml but the problem is the same.
rabcp
14 years ago
2 hours ago
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I switch with no clubs xml but I have the same problem. I don't see club adboards but only competitions.

You will need to start FM21 with the clubs xml otherwise the game will not load all of the club specific ads into the game, I’ll make this more clear in the FAQ section.
bartdude
12 years ago
17 hours ago
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This is not an issue I am aware off, are there any particular video ads that are displaying too quickly?

For me, ALL video adboards run at least twice as fast as they did in FM20. It's not a major issue for me as I am running a heavily modified FM.xml file based on the original collaboration between yourself and Daz and because of the team/competition additions I've made over time. Great work though mate and many thanks for the additiona/updated video boards !
machanical
14 years ago
2 days ago
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Have to change “hd” to “sd” like fm 2020 ?
rabcp
14 years ago
2 hours ago
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Hi there

Thanks so much for sharing this it looks awesome!

It won't let me open the bidtstack file. do i need to download a specific app to open it with? and what do i do when I've opened it?

Many thanks


Gregg

You do not need to open the file, just follow the installation instructions in the read me of the view the video on the first post of this thread.

Ok thanks rabcp and does the updated config file slow down some of the video ads because since fm21 as come out some video ads display to quickly


For me, ALL video adboards run at least twice as fast as they did in FM20. It's not a major issue for me as I am running a heavily modified FM.xml file based on the original collaboration between yourself and Daz and because of the team/competition additions I've made over time. Great work though mate and many thanks for the additiona/updated video boards !


In FM21 the video adboard speed is now linked to the 'match speed during highlights' setting, the faster this setting is then the faster the adboard’s run, I would advise you to set this speed to the middle setting for the ads to display at their intended speed.
https://i.postimg.cc/QdFCNX6H/match-speed.png
Jeff's72
9 years ago
2 weeks ago
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You do not need to open the file, just follow the installation instructions in the read me of the view the video on the first post of this thread.



In FM21 the video adboard speed is now linked to the 'match speed during highlights' setting, the faster this setting is then the faster the adboard’s run, I would advise you to set this speed to the middle setting for the ads to display at their intended speed.
https://i.postimg.cc/QdFCNX6H/match-speed.png


@rabcp ha right i see thanks for that i will take a look later on did you get the static ads i sent you the other day in a private message
rabcp
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@rabcp ha right i see thanks for that i will take a look later on did you get the static ads i sent you the other day in a private message

I did thanks, but I have not had a chance to look at them in game yet though.
bartdude
12 years ago
17 hours ago
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You do not need to open the file, just follow the installation instructions in the read me of the view the video on the first post of this thread.



In FM21 the video adboard speed is now linked to the 'match speed during highlights' setting, the faster this setting is then the faster the adboard’s run, I would advise you to set this speed to the middle setting for the ads to display at their intended speed.
https://i.postimg.cc/QdFCNX6H/match-speed.png

I only ever run FM in real time, it looks ridiculous running it slower or especialy faster, so that's not the issue.
rabcp
14 years ago
2 hours ago
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I only ever run FM in real time, it looks ridiculous running it slower or especialy faster, so that's not the issue.

From my testing that seems to the issue, unless you can provide an example of which ads you think are too fast?

Edit: having looked at some newer video boards I have just made is seems like the game is skipping parts of the animation and not playing the video board in full, I’ll investigate this further, I wonder if SI have placed some restrictions into the game or changed the formatting 🙈
Fozzie193
4 years ago
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For some reason, there is a "black" adboard line in my game? Here is the screenshot.

I opted for the non club xml file, maybe that was the wrong choice? I am managing Mestre, so they do not have "special" ads for them.
I have blank adboards as well. I used the club ones. Ive obviously doen something wrong here.
Chunky677
4 years ago
1 hour ago
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Amazing stuff Rab! Thanks again, it makes such a difference to the game. I was wondering about changes to the Celtic boarding (the ads, not the clowns that are running the real life club!) On your current boarding, there are New Balance static boards and New Balance boots are advertised on the e-boards, but Adidas has become the official provider for the club. Is there any chance this could be updated in a future patch? All the best.
rabcp
14 years ago
2 hours ago
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For some reason, there is a "black" adboard line in my game? Here is the screenshot.

I opted for the non club xml file, maybe that was the wrong choice? I am managing Mestre, so they do not have "special" ads for them.


I have blank adboards as well. I used the club ones. Ive obviously doen something wrong here.


If you give the first post of the FAQ thread a read it'll tell you how to overcome this issue: https://sortitoutsi.net/content/57672/adboard-patch-faq-technical-support-thread

Amazing stuff Rab! Thanks again, it makes such a difference to the game. I was wondering about changes to the Celtic boarding (the ads, not the clowns that are running the real life club!) On your current boarding, there are New Balance static boards and New Balance boots are advertised on the e-boards, but Adidas has become the official provider for the club. Is there any chance this could be updated in a future patch? All the best.

I'll be updating all Scottish Premiership ads within the next update
john holman
7 years ago
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Hi
This is a cry for help if nothing else. I have followed all instructions and and added 1.1 -1.4 plus the latest update but i still cannot get this to work.
It worked fine for me in fm 2020 .
The only ting i can think maybe my problem is i have steam and fm21 installed on my hd but my windows is on my SSD , would this make any difference ??

Any help gratefully received as this is a great addition to FM.
Chunky677
4 years ago
1 hour ago
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I'll be updating all Scottish Premiership ads within the next update


Great - many thanks!
rabcp
14 years ago
2 hours ago
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Ok thanks rabcp and does the updated config file slow down some of the video ads because since fm21 as come out some video ads display to quickly


For me, ALL video adboards run at least twice as fast as they did in FM20. It's not a major issue for me as I am running a heavily modified FM.xml file based on the original collaboration between yourself and Daz and because of the team/competition additions I've made over time. Great work though mate and many thanks for the additiona/updated video boards !

Having looked into this further the issue is, SI have decided to cap the length of a video adboard to 15 seconds, this results in video ads either being speed up to fit into 15 seconds or they run at normal speed and are then cut off. This is very frustrating as it means a lot of content will now not work as intended in spite of the fact, they worked fine in previous versions of FM.

I have posted this as a bug over at the SI forums, hopefully if a few people comment on the linked thread then they may remove the 15 second limit
https://community.sigames.com/forums/topic/547534-some-issues-with-adboards/
bartdude
12 years ago
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From my testing that seems to the issue, unless you can provide an example of which ads you think are too fast?

Edit: having looked at some newer video boards I have just made is seems like the game is skipping parts of the animation and not playing the video board in full, I’ll investigate this further, I wonder if SI have placed some restrictions into the game or changed the formatting 🙈

Yes, the anomalies are strange. I too have also noted not all video boards play in full. Also in FM20, when it moved to the next highlight, the previous video board would initially appear but in FM21, a new board will show, so as you suggest, the formatting is different.
bartdude
12 years ago
17 hours ago
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Having looked into this further the issue is, SI have decided to cap the length of a video adboard to 15 seconds, this results in video ads either being speed up to fit into 15 seconds or they run at normal speed and are then cut off. This is very frustrating as it means a lot of content will now not work as intended in spite of the fact, they worked fine in previous versions of FM.

I have posted this as a bug over at the SI forums, hopefully if a few people comment on the linked thread then they may remove the 15 second limit
https://community.sigames.com/forums/topic/547534-some-issues-with-adboards/

That would explain everything I'm experiencing. I'm surprised that not more people had complained, or maybe they hadn't noticed it. Well done on your research and hopefully Si will fix it.
R Charlston
7 years ago
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That would explain everything I'm experiencing. I'm surprised that not more people had complained, or maybe they hadn't noticed it. Well done on your research and hopefully Si will fix it.


Typical SI, preventing something good.

Their in house must be ashamed of their own capabilities when they see what the superb modding community can improve on
panicbuy
10 years ago
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is there an easier way to add this file on FM 21
panicbuy
10 years ago
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is there an easier way to add this file
R Charlston
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is there an easier way to add this file


It can be tricky first time, I suggest have 2 windows open side by side, folder and instruction file, just follow them closely
Jeff's72
9 years ago
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That would explain everything I'm experiencing. I'm surprised that not more people had complained, or maybe they hadn't noticed it. Well done on your research and hopefully Si will fix it.

thanks rabcp i thought they where running fast
panicbuy
10 years ago
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i think i will leave this alone as it looks to complicated
R Charlston
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i think i will leave this alone as it looks to complicated


It’s really not if you follow closely. And it’s most definitely worth it
stunic
8 years ago
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i think i will leave this alone as it looks to complicated
Give it a try, trust me I'm hopeless with things like this, but I can do it and it makes a world of difference
stunic
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Great work as always @rabcp
Chrissy10970
8 years ago
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There are adboards from the 2020 version (clubs) that are not present here. Do you think of integrating them in this version or is there a way to do it?
rabcp
14 years ago
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There are adboards from the 2020 version (clubs) that are not present here. Do you think of integrating them in this version or is there a way to do it?

To the best of my knowledge no files have been missed?

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