How To Fix Football Manager 2021 Keeps Crashing on Startup 2024

Football Manager 2021 keeps crashing on launch/Startup or does FM 2021 crash mid-game on PC? Don’t worry you will find our fixes helpful.

Many users reported that Football Manager 2021 crashes when continue the next day or on a particular date. According to players, the FM21 crashes occur always on a matchday, and even applying these fixes didn’t help them.

  • Resigning from the club.
  • Use the in-game editor to move to another club and back to your original.
  • Try to resign and ask the chairman to raise the transfer budget if he asks you to stay
  • Use the editor to change the budget before the date it crashes on

If you are still dealing with Football Manager 2021 keeps crashing and constantly becomes unplayable, then we have found the fixes that will help you.

Why is Football Manager Keep Crashing on PC?

There are numerous reasons why the Football manager crashes on Startup. However, the common causes include:

  • Your PC not meeting the system requirements to play the game
  • Corrupted game file
  • Outdated graphics driver
  • Antivirus software prevents games from launching.
  • Wrongly configures Windows settings.

System Requirements To Play Football Manager 2021 on PC

In most cases, the Football Manager crashes on startup due to PC hardware that is not supporting the gameplay.

You need to make sure that your system meets the minimum requirements otherwise think about investing in a new gaming PC. In case, you don’t know about your PC specs you can download Speccy.

System RequirementsMinimumMaximum
OSWindows 7 (SP1), 8/8.1, 10 (Update 1903/May 2019 or later) – 64-bitWindows 7 (SP1), 8/8.1, 10 (Update 1903/May 2019 or later) – 64-bit
CPUIntel Core 2 or AMD Athlon 64 – 1.8 GHzIntel Core 2 or AMD Athlon 64 – 1.8 GHz
GPUIntel GMA X4500, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, or AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 – 256MMIntel GMA X4500, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, or AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 – 256MB

How To Fix Football Manager Keeps Crashing On PC

If the FM21 crashes during a match on a certain date then apply the below fixes to get rid of this issue.

1. Verify Game Integrity

In most cases, the game file gets corrupted or missing causing crashes on launch or during the game. All you need is to verify the integrity of game files.

For that follow these steps:

  • Open Steam and move to the LIBRARY tab.
  • Right-click on Football Manager 2021 and select Properties.
  • Now, go to the LOCAL FILES tab and click VERIFY INTEGRITY OF THE GAME FILES.

2. Update Graphics Driver

To play a PC game without any glitches crashes or freezing you need updated graphics card drivers. If the graphics card drivers are outdated to faulty you will have to deal with random crashing errors.

You can update NVIDIA/AMD GPU drivers manually by visiting their official sites but finding the latest correct driver is often difficult.

So we recommend you download Driver Easy on your PC. It’s a driver updater tool that will automatically scan and update all the system’s old drivers. All you need to do is to:

  • Download and Install Driver Easy.
  • Run this program and click on Scan Now button. (It will scan your PC telling you how many drivers need attention)
  • Now click on Update All or choose anyone at a time.
  • Now Restart your PC.

You can also create a restore point, in case an updated driver causes the problem you can revert to its previous version.

3. Disable your Firewall or Antivirus

The problem of Football Manager keeps crashing on the PC arises when you have antivirus software or Firewall. These programs tend to consider game files as threats preventing them from running.

Try to disable them from running in the background or you can also uninstall them temporarily to check if it helps the game is running.

4. Delete the Preferences and Cache folder

Clearing the cache of Football Manager 2021 on the Windows 10/11 PC can help you fix crashes, freezes, or even glitches. Follow these steps:

  • Press Win + E to open File Explorer.
  • Click the View tab and make sure Hidden items is ticked.
  • Navigate to the following locations:
    C:\Users[Your Windows Username]\AppData\Local\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2021
  • Now Delete the Preferences and Caches folder.

After deleting the preference and cache folder try running the game to see if it works.

5. Use Low Configuration

If you are also seeing a DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE error message or an application error along with Football manager crashes. The problem is linked to the graphics card settings.

You should lower the graphics settings by modifying the launch options. Follow these steps:

  • Open Steam and move to the LIBRARY tab.
  • Right-click on Football Manager 2021 and select Properties.
  • Go to the GENERAL tab, and click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS.
  • Type this command –config very_low and click Ok.

6. Set High Prioritize For Football Manager 2021

The Football Manager is crashing with a DXGI error because the Windows OS is not allowing the game to access more resources. You should set the game’s process priority to high.

Read this article on How To Set CPU Process Priority for Applications in Windows 10 and then try to launch the game.

7. Run FM21021 in Compatibility Mode

Sometimes running the game in a compatibility mod can resolve the startup crashing issues.

Follow these steps:

  • Right-click on the FM2021 exe and select Properties.
  • Under the Compatibility tab, check “run this program as an administrator” and hit apply.

Now launch the game.

8. Directly Launch it from the Game’s exe Directory

In case the Football manager 2021 still crashes on launch without giving any error then go to its installation folder. Locate the FM2021 exe and launch it directly. Doing so will show you any Dll-related errors.

In that case, you should visit the Microsoft website and proceed to download the most recent version of Visual C++ Redistributable. After downloading, proceed to install the software.

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