How to fix the Football Manager 2022 crash at launch issue on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Football Manager 2022

Football Manager 2022 is the latest entry in the sports management series from SEGA and Sports Interactive. The yearly release has finally made its way to PC, and consoles, with new features, and added depth. The title has been met with positive reception from both fans, and critics alike, and continues to be a great series. Similar to last year’s title though, there are some technical issues at launch. If you are running into the Football Manager 2022 crash at launch issue, here are a few things you can try to fix that.

Currently, the game has a Very Positive rating on PC from Steam users. The game peaked with over 50K concurrent players, which is a huge number for a title that just came out.

Fixing the Football Manager 2022 crash at launch issue

If the game is crashing at launch for you, there can be a number of causes for that. However, in most cases, after updating a few things you can start the game normally. In the case of this title, however, there can be an added hardware reason as well. To fix this problem, try our methods below.

For users with AMD Phenom II processors

The developers are aware that users with AMD Phenom(tm) II processors are running into a crash at launch. To fix that, you can follow the steps below.

  • Open Steam
  • Go to ‘Football Manager 2022‘ within your Steam Library
  • Right-Click on the game and select ‘Properties
You can access various settings for any title by clicking the properties part in Steam library
Steam Properties
  • Select ‘Betas’ from the left-hand side
The BETAS section of Steam properties allows you to access specific test branches for a title, potentially fixing the Football Manager 2022 crash at launch
Betas Section in Steam Properties
  • From the ‘Select the beta you would like to opt into‘ dropdown, select ‘public-test
  • Click the ‘X’ in the top-right hand corner to close this popup.

This will automatically download the test branch update for you. If that doesn’t happen, restart Steam.

Run the game as an admin

Try running the game as an administrator. This might launch the game and bypass any admin restrictions from Windows.

  • Open Steam and then your library
  • Here, right-click on Football Manager 2022
  • Click Manage
  • Then select Browse local files
You can browse local files of any Steam title through the library
Browse local files
  • Right-click on FM.exe and select Properties
  • Click the Compatibility tab
  • Check “Run this program as an administrator

Force the game to run in Borderless Windowed Mode

Running the game in Borderless Windowed Mode can also fix any black screens or freezes at launch. To do this in Steam, follow the steps below.

  • Open Steam and then your library
  • Here, right-click on Football Manager 2022
  • Select Properties
  • Now, in the GENERAL tab, under launch options enter the following
You can use different launch commands for vairous functions, like running the game in borderless windowed mode
Adding a launch option in Steam
  • Close the Window, and launch the game again

Disable the GeForce Experience In-game overlay

It is possible that GeForce Experience might be interfering with the title, as the developers on the support page have pointed out. Try disabling that, and launching the game again. You can read on how to disable that at the following link.

Verify Game Files (Steam)

  • Right-click on Football Manager 2022 in your library, and click Properties
  • Now, in the LOCAL FILES tab, select Verify Integrity of local files…
Verifying local files can potentially fix the Football Manager 2022 crash at launch issue, by downloading and installing any corrupted files
Verify local files

This will download any corrupted or missing files, and ensure everything is in order, potentially fixing the crash at launch problem.

Manually update your GPU Drivers

Ensure that you are on the latest drivers of your GPU which add support for Football Manager 2022. You can get the latest ones from the links below.

Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables

Ensure that both DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables are on the latest version.

We hope this guide helped fix the Football Manager 2022 crash at launch issue. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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