Football Manager 2024 24.2 patch notes: J-League update, match engine fixes, more

Aryan Singh
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Sports Interactive have released a new patch bringing many changes and fixes to Football Manager 2024. The patch also carries the J-League update that fans have been looking forward to. On that note, here are the full patch notes for Football Manager 2024 patch 24.2.

Football Manager 2024 is another feature-packed offering from Sports Interactive, bringing back the classic managerial sim fans know and love. Besides an updated database of players, FM24 offers some new features and enhancements to set-pieces. The game’s match engine has also seen improvements, but some aspects of the package still require a bit of fine-tuning.

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Sports Interactive have been addressing player feedback and bugs through a series of patches with the latest one being patch 24.2. The patch brings a variety of tweaks, fixes, the J-League, and more.

With that said, here are the full patch notes for Football Manager 2024 patch 24.2.

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Patch 24.2 brings fixes for Football Manager 2024’s match engine.

Football Manager 2024 patch 24.2 patch notes

The official patch notes for Football Manager 2024 patch 24.2 were shared by Sports Interactive on their community forums. Here is the full list of changes:

Match Engine

  • Fixes to AI positioning from defensive throw ins
  • Fixes for AI aerial threat positioning for attacking corners
  • Fixes to players rotating when blocking shots and improvements to deflections
  • Improvements to goalkeepers saving central long range shots
  • Fixes to goalkeepers not attempting to save penalty kicks
  • Fixes to AI selection for throw in takers
  • Fixes for AI selection for free kick takers
  • Tweaks to the AI substitution logic so they make use of substitutes more and/or earlier in the match
  • Fixes and improvements to AI managers team selection when using IFB and IWB roles
  • Fixed an issue where AI managers could use the wide centreback role in the centre of a back 3
  • Fix for the team talk reactions not staying past half-time
  • Fixes for too many defenders going for a header inside own area
  • Fixes for red cards being given for clean looking tackles
  • Fix for the attacker playing the ball straight back to throw-in taker in an offside position following the throw
  • Fixes for incorrect passive offside calls made by the ref and VAR when player is blocking the goalkeepers vision
  • Fix for odd duty and role selections in 442 formations for AI managers
  • Fix for set piece specialist tick staying on after specialist is subbed off as it was reset by the tactics change
  • Fix to human listed set piece takers not used properly for wide free kicks
  • Fix for players appealing for offside too often
  • Fix for a GK/Goalkeeper blooper where they let the ball go in their own net after controlling a short pass
  • Fix for a GK/Goalkeeper blooper where they turn on the ball inside own area when under pressure


  • General stability improvements
  • Newgens will no longer generate incorrect faces
  • Player stats no longer appear incorrectly
  • Improve AI team selection logic
  • Reduce the number of managers with ‘Wing Play’ tactical style
  • Players no longer incorrectly get unhappy over reasonable team talks
  • Players no longer get unhappy over team talks given by assistant manager
  • Promise to play in correct position/role now passes correctly when promise is fulfilled
  • Number of players that support an unhappy player has been reduced
  • Tweaks to Saudi teams transfer policy and negotiation behaviour 
  • Tweaks to AI teams in a number of leagues not registering enough players
  • Fixed an issue where the AI offers unrealistically low release clauses during player negotiations
  • Spanish clubs will now take more consideration of their current their salary cap during player contract negotiations
  • Fixed issue for Director of Football being unable to sign transfer targets 
  • Fixed issue for players getting upset over lack of squad depth when ‘no first transfer window’ is set
  • Fixed issue for user unable to take control of set pieces while managing u20s national team 
  • Fixed issue for user unable to proceed past the Set Piece Creator while managing а national team
  • Fixed scenario where AI clubs could transfer list players soon after signing them


  • Fixed an issue where countries for which scouts have knowledge are not marked on the map in Scouts Overview page
  • Fixed an issue where player search was returning players in incorrect positions due to misuse of the ‘And’ & ‘Or’ options when setting conditions
  • Fixed text cut offs in various resolutions on the Choose Managerial Style screen
  • Fixed long delay when confirming Set Piece changes
  • Transfer History -> Staff now updates accordingly
  • Fixed issue where Team Lineup would appear out of order
  • Recruitment Focus Updates will now generate with the correct set frequency
  • View Match button is no longer missing on Online Modes

Competitions and Rulegroups

  • [Argentina] Competitions now identify the correct winners
  • [Asia] VAR is now used from the Group Stage onwards in the Asian Champions League
  • [Brazil & South Africa] Updates to scheduling to ease fixture congestion
  • [England] Fixed issue where Championship Playoff and FA Cup final would take place on same day
  • [Germany] Update to squad number restrictions
  • [Greece] – Fixed an issue where Greece Super League 2 teams could participate in both championship & relegation group phases
  • [Indonesia] Update to foreign player restrictions
  • [Japan] Updates to match rules and squad registration
  • [Portugal] VAR now to being used in all rounds of the Portuguese League Cup
  • [Serbia] Updates to loan and squad rules 
  • [UEFA] Clubs from same nation now kept apart in League Phase of new UEFA Competition format
  • [UEFA] Fixed issue where correct seedings weren’t being applied for EUROs
  • [USA] Further fix to MLS international slots disappearing
  • [Various] Further updates to substitution rules to reflect real world
  • [Various] Fixed squad registration issues in continental competitions 

Database and Licensing

  • [J.League 1-3] Kits, logos and player faces update
  • Updated database to reflect real world key events  


  • [Pre-Game Editor] – Fixed an issue with nation short name resets when trying to change it
  • [Pre-Game Editor] – Fixed an issue with extinct clubs cannot be added as playable

Those were the full patch notes for Football Manager 2024 patch 24.2. For more on FM24, check out our other guides:

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Aryan is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel who specializes in EA Sports FC and single-player titles. He gathered experience in various fields of journalism before joining CharlieIntel in August 2023. When he isn't busy with another playthrough of Fallout: New Vegas, Aryan can be found stressing over football. You can contact him at [email protected].