Fix Football Manager 2021 Stuck on Loading Screen, Crashing, and Not Launching

If you preordered Football Manager 2021, you have access to the undergoing beta of the game. Otherwise, the game releases on 24th of this month merely ten days from now. The game is one of the fan favorites and no less popular than FIFA series. The game is already topping the Steam charts and over 70,000 players are already participating in the beta of the game. But, not all players have had a smooth start with the game. Some players are complaining of the Football Manager 2021 crash at startup or stuck on loading screen.

There are several reasons the game may fail to load or crash when launching the game. But, the primary culprit is a third-party program that may be interfering with the game. Other causes includes missing game files, outdated driver software, overlay, and overclocking. But, there can be several other causes. Let’s look at all the solutions to resolve the issue.

Fix Football Manager 2021 Stuck on Loading Screen, Crashing, and Not Launching

Before we proceed with the solutions, ensure that your system meets the requirements to play the game. Here are the system specifications.

Minimum WindowsMinimum Mac
OS: Windows 7 (SP1), 8/8.1, 10 (Update 1903/May 2019 or later) – 64-bitOS: 10.13.6, 10.14.6, 10.15.5, 11 – 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD Athlon 64 – 1.8 GHzProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo – 1.8 GHz +
Memory: 4 GB RAMMemory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel GMA X4500, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 – 256MB VRAMGraphics: Intel GMA X4500, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 – 256MB VRAM macOS 10.14 and later requires Metal API: Version 1 macOS 10.13 requires OpenGL: Version 2.1
DirectX: Version 11Storage: 7 GB available space
Storage: 7 GB available space 

One of the reasons Football Manger is so famous is due to its low system requirements. For most users, you would meet the specifications to play the game. As such, let’s proceed to the solutions to resolve the Football Manager 2021 stuck on loading screen, crashing, and not launching.

Terminate Unnecessary Applications and Perform Clean Boot

With so many games, third-party software that forcefully inject themselves between operations cause crash in the game. Hence, the first thing we must do to resolve the Football Manager 2021 crashing on startup or failed to launch error is suspend all unnecessary programs and then launch the game. Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
  2. Go to the Services tab
  3. Check Hide all Microsoft services
  4. Now, click Disable all
  5. Go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager
  6. Disable one task at a time and restart the system.

Try launching the game, check if the error still occurs.

Update the Graphics Card

The first thing you must do before launch the game on your PC is to update the graphics card. Nvidia recently launched the new Game Ready Driver with day-one support for a range of games. Use the above link to download the software and perform a clean install. For users on AMD cards, you should also check for the latest driver. Outdated driver is the single most critical reason for most games crashing at startup.

Verify Integrity of Game Files on Steam

Depending on the launcher you are using to play the game, the process is similar. Steam offers a feature to scan and replace any corrupt files of the game. Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Launch the Steam client
  2. From the LIBRARY, right-click on Football Manager 2021 and select Properties

Disable Steam Overlay

If the game crashes right after the intro video, the cause of the problem can be the Steam Overlay. This feature has been known to act up with some games. You can resolve the error by disabling the Steam Overlay. Launch Steam client. Click on Library and right-click on Football Manager 2021. Select Properties and uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

Close Steam and check if the in-game crash or Football Manager 2021  crash at startup still occurs.

Set Launch Option on Steam for Windowed Mode

  1. Launch the Steam client
  2. Go to Libraries and locate Baldur’s Gate 3. Right-click on the game and select Properties
  3. Click on the General tab and click on SET LAUNCH OPTIONS
  4. In the field type or paste -windowed –noborder
  5. Press Ok and exit
  6. Restart the system and check if the Football Manager 2021 crash at startup still occurs.

Turn Off the Antivirus or Windows Firewall

The most likely cause of the Football Manager 2021crash at startup is your antivirus software. Therefore, disable the software and try to play the game. If the works, you need to whitelist the game as you cannot have the antivirus disabled for long. Here are the steps to whitelist the game in the respective antivirus software.    

Windows Virus & Threat Protection

Windows Key + I > Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & Threat Protection > Virus & threat protection settings > Manage settings > Exclusions > Add or remove exclusions > Add an exclusion.

Kaspersky Internet Security

Home > Settings > Additional > Threats and Exclusions > Exclusions > Specify Trusted Applications > Add.


Home >> Settings > Components > Web Shield > Exceptions > Set the exception.

Avast Antivirus

Home > Settings > General > Exclusions > Set the exclusion.

Installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2015

Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Press Windows + R and type appwiz.cpl, hit Enter
  2. Locate Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable. Right-click on it and select Uninstall
  3. Reboot the system and try to play the game. If it still crashes proceed to install Visual C++
  4. Download and install both the x86 and x64 versions
  5. Restart the system.

Hopefully, the above solutions have resolved the Football Manager 2021 crashing at startup and won’t launch problem with the game. Let us know in the comments if you have better solutions. You can also share other errors in the game and we will help you with a new guide.

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  1. Junior 29 November 2020

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