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Retain Players File
Two files, one retains all players from nations unplayable in the game, one retains players for all clubs with a UEFA coefficient.
Place into the EDT folder before starting a new game for this to work
(note applying the Sortitoutsi licence fix, place my files after the licence fix.
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Hi there,

Not sure If that would work (for IOS Touch version)? I may give it a go though.

Would I have to create a folder called EDT folder? I don’t even know what that is?

Where would that even go in the folder route?

Any clues appreciated.


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The correct path on PC is this (where XX indicate the database version):
C: \ Program Files \ Steam \ SteamApps \ common \ football manager 2020 \ data \ updates \ update-20XX \ db \ 20XX \ edt

However, I don't know if it will work on IOS Touch version given the limitation of the game on this platform. It definitely work on PC Touch version, though.
I have just tried it out and unfortunately this doesn't work for the ios version of the game. No getting around the ridiculous 3 nation rule, which is a nuisance.
I have just tried it out and unfortunately this doesn't work for the ios version of the game. No getting around the ridiculous 3 nation rule, which is a nuisance.


Stupidly, I uploaded without checking in the game first- I saved as a EDT file instead of a DDT file.

Re-uploaded and now should work (not sure if in the iOS version though)

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Stupidly, I uploaded without checking in the game first- I saved as a EDT file instead of a DDT file.

Re-uploaded and now should work (not sure if in the iOS version though)


I don’t think the ddt files work on the iOS version which is a shame. Can’t get around the three nation only rule sigh .....
Stupidly, I uploaded without checking in the game first- I saved as a EDT file instead of a DDT file.

Re-uploaded and now should work (not sure if in the iOS version though)


Can I just confirm them for Windows routing it should be ........


C: \ Program Files \ Steam \ SteamApps \ common \ football manager 2020 \ data \ updates \ update-2020 \ db \ 2020 \ ddt

Just questioning this and also that the football manager part should be in lower case, not Football Manager?

Cheers
Not quite, path should be:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2020 Touch\data\database\db\2040\ddt\

Lower case or upper case not important really, just paste the file in the right place using Windows File Explorer
(the path you showed was for full version of Football Manager, not FMT. File should work with that version too, but not necessary, as the advanced start game options in full version allow a lot more freedom to choose all players from nationality, all players based in nation, all players in top division etc. etc. for any country you like, so don't need to go to the trouble of creating a DDT file, much easier)

Also, depends which version of the database you are going to start your game with, if latest database in the 2040 folder, if original database, 2000 folder etc. etc.
Not quite, path should be:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2020 Touch\data\database\db\2040\ddt\

Lower case or upper case not important really, just paste the file in the right place using Windows File Explorer
(the path you showed was for full version of Football Manager, not FMT. File should work with that version too, but not necessary, as the advanced start game options in full version allow a lot more freedom to choose all players from nationality, all players based in nation, all players in top division etc. etc. for any country you like, so don't need to go to the trouble of creating a DDT file, much easier)

Also, depends which version of the database you are going to start your game with, if latest database in the 2040 folder, if original database, 2000 folder etc. etc.


Hi there, I have followed your guide to the T. Cleared cache in game on the PC and tried in both career mode and also create a club mode. All of the time, none of the main internationals from Malta come up, yet there is a retain Malta line of code in your .ddt file.

I have even copied the same files into the various databases in case there was an issue there. I am using the most up-to-date database that there is (20.4 i believe).

Any help from anyone is appreciated. This is for the PC Touch version of FMT 20.

Many thanks
Also, I haven't downloaded the name fix, I would have thought that wouldn't have mattered? ...................
Typo in the file path I provided:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2020 Touch\data\database\db\2040\edt\

(file extension should be a ddt, but should be in the edt folder)

So that should make the files work at least:
However, it will only retain as many players as there are in the database in the first place, and there aren't that many Maltese players in the FMT database...

(not sure how the FMT and FM full databases link together. If you are using the file that retains all teams with a UEFA coefficient file as well, you will see for some reason Balzan seem to have a full squad, including several Maltesers. But the other six teams only have between 4 and 8 players retained, and amongst those only 2 or 3 altogether of Maltese nationality. Seemed to be 5 or 6 additional Maltesers retained from foreign clubs. So you might struggle to get enough players to make the national team playable due to these database limitations.)
Ah ok, perhaps that’s all I get then. I had hoped to get a plethora of Maltese players who are at the Maltese clubs and rated quite well but not high enough world rating to be in-game.

The next thing I was thinking of was using FMRTE to create the players over un-attached ones and then adding their photos to their respective new players id’s. Not ideal but would be a way of getting another 25-30 Maltese players into the database.

Thanks for your reply anyway.
I can confirm that I got this working but not with the players that aren’t already in the FM Touch database, which is obviously smaller than the ‘full fat’ version of the game.

Thanks for your help along the way jbz.
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