Football Manager 2014 Errors, Steam, Crashes, Bugs, Freezes and Fixes


The football simulation lovers must be happy since Football Manager 2014 is out on Steam. Sega’s FM series has been a popular soccer simulation letting players live a career of a manager close to reality.

Although the game is as addictive as its previous iterations, there are some technical issues that may create problems for you. We have compiled a list of known issues related to the game and their possible fixes for you so that you can get into action soon.

Browse the following listing to find the workarounds:

#1 Football Manager 2014 Download/Activation Issues
As you might already know, the beta for Football Manager 2014 is over and you will have to activate the full version of the game to continue playing. If you can’t download the game, your game has not been activated properly.

You need to follow these instructions to get the problem fixed.

#2 Football Manager 2014 Launch Problems Fix
If you are unable to launch the game, first thing you should try is delete the “preferences” in your documents.

If you are using Windows XP, the folder will be found in C:\Documents and Settings\[Your User Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Sports Interactive.

If the folder isn’t there, you need to show hidden files from the folder options.

Windows 7/Vista users can search for it by entering %localappdata%/sports interactive/football manager 2014 in the “Search Programs and Files” option from the Start menu. You should know that this folder does not contain your save game files and its totally unrelated to your saves.

#3 Football Manager 2014 Servers Too Busy, Error Code (53)
The error code is associated with the network problems. To fix this issue, you should make sure that your security/antivirus tool isn’t blocking Steam or FM’s connection.

To check it out whether it’s blocking or not, try disabling your antivirus/firewall temporarily.

If the game works fine after disabling those tools, you can add FM’s exception into them or disable them before playing the game.

#4 Football Manager 2014 Error ‘The game is already Running’
First, you try verify your game’s cache through Steam. You can also try deleting the preferences folder as mentioned in #1. If that doesn’t work, you should try disabling third party tools like msi afterburner/rivatuner as they can cause conflict with the game.

#5 Football Manager 2014 Transfer Bug
If you have been following the FM series, you might have noticed that there were multiple games with a strange transfer bug that teams will want to buy a play, but they will eventually fall short on the bid due to lack of funds. It can happen multiple times for the same player.

Some users have reported that the same bug is also present in FM 2014. Unfortunately, there is no proper workaround for it except waiting for a patch. If you have stumbled upon on any fix related to the issue, share with us in the comments below.

#6 Football Manager 2014 Unhandled Exception in the Host Library or Error Message 5 or 740
If you are facing this error, you should try running the game ‘as administrator’. The error pops up due to access issues, which will be solved if you run the game with admin privileges.

#7 Football Manager 2014 Update is Stuck
First thing you want to do is restart your Steam. There is also a probability that you might have a corrupt Steam installation. So, re-installing Steam can also resolve the problem.

You can refer to here for more details on update related issues.

#8 Football Manager 2014 Error ‘Unable to find Essential Data’
You need to adjust the Steam’s compatibility mode to fix this issue. The procedure is as follows:

  • First, you need to shut down Steam.
  • Right click on Steam shortcut and click “properties”.
  • After that, you need to select the “Compatibility” tab.
  • Uncheck the box “Run in Compatibility mode for” and click OK. Start Steam again to see if the problem is gone.

#9 Football Manager 2014 ‘The game Crashes on Laptops with Dual Cards’
It’s a common problem with many games these days as they tend to select the integrated graphics than the dedicated memory for gaming. You need to make sure that your game is being run using the dedicated memory. You can use your manufacturer’s GPU tool to do that.

#10 Football Manager 2014 Black Screen Fix
If you are getting black screen on launching the game, it can most probably a resolution problem.

You need to start the game in windowed mode If you can see the interface in the windowed mode, try changing the in-game visual settings. This problem can be more common on Laptops and Net books with low specs.

#11 Football Manager 2014 Beta Won’t Update to Full Version
If you are quite sure that you entered the right code and the game is still not being updated or you have the retail copy, you should try out the following steps:

  • Exit out from the Steam client.
  • Then, you need to navigate to C:\Program Files\Steam (or the Steam directory that was specified during installation).
  • Locate ClientRegistry.blob and rename this file to ClientRegistryOld.blob.
  • Restart Steam and try running the game again.

#12 Football Manager 2014 – An error has occurred while installing Football Manager 14 (missing app configuration)’
If you are getting this message while installing the game, there is a simple workaround. Shut down your Steam and then delete the file in C:->Program Files->Steam->appcache->appinfo.vdf.

#13 Football Manager 2014 XML Parsing Errors
You can fix them by deleting the “preferences” folder. Refer to the fix #1 for details. Furthermore, try verifying the cache of your game files.

If you come across any other issue, comment and we will help you out!

By Ali Asif

Being the managing editor, Ali manages a lot of the editorial duties as well as publishing stories for you. A long-time gamer, his favorite game series is the Gears of War but when he's not gaming he likes to kick back with a few popular animes like Naruto.


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    • rattlesnake_906

      You are running it on a laptop or desktop? What are your specs?

    • daveo

      i cant score, win or defend. cant believe how difficult im finding it. im sheffield wednesday in the championship in my 1st season W1 D6 L17!! This is the worse iv ever done. Been given 5 games to turn things round but cant see it happening. any tips?

    • rattlesnake_906

      What OS are you using?

    • Andy Conlan

      hi guys can u help me out it wont let me interact with board or players when i request it no options come up for me to discuss can any1 help?

    • Aditya Panca

      Same problem. Can you send me the link where you downloaded the patch?

      • Polivios Tsourdalakis

        i don’t have it anymore…you can google it as i did ….!!!

    • daddo88

      i used to have the same problem but I solved it with database update, but later it happens again on the other date

    • Neil Meta

      I get to 24th June 2014 on the classic version of the game, and half my squad vanishes. I play with Arsenal, and the likes of Szczesny, Walcott and Mertesacker simply vanish. When I search for them, they are nowhere. From the 25 players I had in the squad, only 9 or so remain. I have no idea how this happened. I have no problems on my laptop. I carried on going to see if they reappeared, but at 2nd July, they are still nowhere!

      I would greatly appreciate some guidance, Thanks in advance.

      • rattlesnake_906

        Tried the mentioned fixes?

    • Vadakin

      I have a strange problem. I can’t connect to Downloads. Whenever I try, it says “Unable To Connect – Error Code: 1007″