Football Manager 2022 Editor: How to Download and Use the Customisation Tool

Here are the answers to all of your questions regarding the FM22 Editor tool.


Football Manager 2022 is loaded stats, data, and values that span the vast world of the sport. The core of the gameplay experience is the database, but you don’t have to be content with the values provided.

Through the use of the game’s accompanying editor tools, both the pre-game FM Editor and In-Game Editor, you can customise the database to your liking.


So, here’s everything that you need to know to use the FM22 editor.

What is the FM22 Editor tool?

The FM Editor tool is a free program that comes with Football Manager 2022; it allows you to search all of the databases of the game as well as edit values and then save the changes as a database to be used for a new game.

Many FM22 players will use this to alter the current ability, potential ability, and attribute ratings of players, as well as give their chosen club more money.

What is the Pre-Game editor tool for FM22?

The pre-game editor for FM22 is a free FM Editor program that’s accessed via your Steam library. This editor tool allows you to alter the values in the database of Football Manager 2022 outside of the game itself, save them, and then use your edited databases for a new game.


What is the In-Game Editor tool for FM22?

The in-game editor is a paid application available from the Steam or Epic Store, that can be accessed within your save, enabling you to edit aspects like player attributes, club finances, and see hidden ratings. It is different to the pre-game tool. You can make the In-Game Editor for Football Manager available within your save by changing the Advanced Options for your game set-up from ‘Prevent use of the In-Game Editor’ by unticking the box.  

How do you get and download the free editor tool in FM22?

The free pre-game editor tool in FM comes as a separate app that you install and open from the Steam launcher. To get FM Editor 2022, you need to purchase Football Manager 2022 (via a key from elsewhere or directly on Steam) and then install it from Steam. You’ll then find the FM Editor 2022 app in your Library, or via the search bar.

How do you access the FM22 Editor?

Once you’ve purchased Football Manager 2022, you’ll gain access to the FM Editor. To find the FM Editor tool, you need to:


  • Open the Steam launcher;
  • Click on “All” in the top-left of the window and ensure you have “Tools” checked;
  • Click on the search bar in the top-left of the window;
  • Search ‘Editor’ and press enter;
  • Click on the result that reads ‘Football Manager 2022 Editor.’
Tools option selected
FM22 Editor Tool

How do you use the FM22 Editor tool?

To use the FM Editor tool, you need to open the program from the Library section of your Steam launcher and install it if you haven’t done so already.

After selecting the Update Database to use (via the first prompt to show in the program), you’ll see two boxes of options down the left side under the Menu and Database headings.

Under Menu, you need to select Database. With that picked, you can then see all of the different databases of FM22 that you can edit under the Database heading.

To edit aspects about a team in FM22, such as finances, debts, colour scheme, board, or kits, select the Clubs option under the Database header. To edit the values of specific players, coaches, or any other human characters in the game, select People from under the Database header.

Once a database has been selected, you can search for who or what you wish to edit by adding filters on the right side of the window. To do this, select Add Condition and add a condition for your filtered search from the dropdown. If you want to find a specific person or team, select Name from the Add Condition options.

These conditions range all of the aspects that apply to the entries of your chosen database. You can search for potential ratings, age groups, nationalities, specific attribute ratings, reputations, and much more.

You can also add more than one condition to your filter to home-in on what you want to find. When you add more than one condition, you can alter the And/Or as the condition’s first option. This can either tighten your search by including And, or open it up to more options, such as more nationalities, with Or.

After putting in each line, you’ll need to adjust the condition’s input in the text bar on the right side. This might mean typing out a name or inputting a number value. Once you’ve added in all of the conditions that you want to use as your filter, press Apply Filter. The results will show underneath: each one is clickable for editing.

After double-clicking on one of the results, you’ll be able to navigate all of their data point pages via the bottom-left box. Here, you can select the different aspects to show on the right side, and then edit the entries by clicking on them and typing in new values or names.

To return to the filtered results, click Database under the Menu header to the top-left and continue to edit your Football Manager database.

How do you save changes in the FM22 Editor tool?

To save changes that you’ve made to an FM22 database in the FM Editor tool:

  • Select File from the top-left;
  • Click Save Editor Data As;
  • Give your database a title on the left side, under the image;
  • Press the Save button at the base of the pop-up window.

The next time that you go into Football Manager 2022, you can start a new game and select one of its pre-loaded databases, but also enable an Editor Data File by ticking the box next to its name. This way, your edited database gets applied to your save.

How do you edit finances in FM22?

To edit finances in FM and give your club more money or opposing teams less money, you need to:

  • Load FM Editor from Steam and select the Update Database;
  • Click Database from the top-left, and then Clubs from the bottom-left;
  • Click Add Condition and select Name from the dropdown;
  • Type the team’s name into the bar and press Apply Filter;
  • Double-click on the team’s name from the search result;
  • To the bottom-left, click on Finances and then General;
  • At the top of the results page, you can change the Balance, Transfer Budget, and Wage Budget;
  • Under Finances, you can also select Debts and press the Clear button to remove all debt.

How do you edit player stats in FM22?

To edit player stats in FM, you’ll need to open the FM Editor and do the following:

  • Load FM Editor from Steam and select the Update Database;
  • Click Database from the top-left, and People from the bottom-left;
  • Click Add Condition and select Name from the dropdown;
  • Type the player’s name into the bar and press Apply Filter;
  • Double-click on the player’s name from the search result;
  • To the bottom-left, click on Player Data and then the area that you want to change;
  • You’ll find CA and PA under General and attribute ratings under All Attributes;
  • Click on the box for the attribute or stat that you’d like to change and type in the new value;
  • When you’re done, click on Database from the top-left Menu and find your next player;
  • Save the new stats and ratings by selecting File and then Save Editor Data As.

FM22 Editor is not working

You have to have FM22 installed for the FM Editor 2022 to run; if the game isn’t installed, the Editor will not even load.

A frequent problem, particularly for players who are new to FM Editor, is that they don’t select a Database or the correct Database. So, if you’re looking for players or staff, be sure to:

  • Load FM Editor and select the Update Database;
  • In the top left-hand side, select Database (under Menu);
  • In the bottom left-hand side, select People (under Database);
  • Then put in your Conditions under the Add Filter section;
  • Press Apply Filter once you’ve configured your filters.

Should this not be why your FM Editor isn’t working, you could try uninstalling it from your computer (Windows: Control Panel, Programs, Uninstall a program) and then re-installing it from the Steam launcher.

FM22 Editor isn’t showing any data 

If FM Editor isn’t showing any data, you may not have selected the correct Database. To do this:

  • From the top-left side, select Database (under Menu);
  • In the bottom left-hand side, select People (under Database);
  • Then put in your Conditions under the Add Filter section;
  • Press Apply Filter once you’ve configured your filters.

From this Database section of FM Editor, you can bring up everything on all of the People, Stadiums, Derbies, Media Sources, and all other facets of the game’s data. Still, if you’re looking for players, coaches, scouts, referees, or other human characters in world football, use the People Database.

How to find coaches in FM22 Editor

To find coaches in FM Editor, you need to:

  • Select Database from the Menu and then People under Database;
  • Add Condition: Job > Is > Coach First Team
  • Add Condition: Secondary Job > Is > Coach First Team – set as Or

You can further home-in on the type and quality of coach that you want by selecting Add Condition and picking filters from the Non Player Attributes options.

Now that you have the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the FM Editor tool, you can adjust your Football Manager 2022 database to suit your preferences.


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