With that in mind, we want to take a look at every officially licensed league available to use in FM23.
LATEST - UCL Implementation CONFIRMED
We already knew that Football Manager 2023 will have new licenses for all UEFA Club Competitions, but now the full extent of implementation has been confirmed.
This will change things on a deeper level in the game for things like club walkouts heading into the match, trophy celebrations, music, sleeve patches, and more to match the real things.
And yes, FM fans, that iconic Champions League anthem will also feature in this year's game.
Man City X Football Manager 2023
The current Premier League title holders have confirmed a new deal with Sports Interactive, which will see the Citizens be fully licensed in Football Manager 2023.
The deal will see Sports Interactive, developers of Football Manager, becoming an official partner of Manchester City, bringing new eyes to the blossoming product.
As many FM players will know, the Premier League is NOT officially licensed in FM23 and, currently, Manchester City will be the only team that will appear in authentic form in this year's game.
Champions League Coming to FM23!
The brand new Football Manager 2023 release date announcement may not have given us too much new information, but it certainly confirmed one brand new license coming to the year's game.
You may notice the fancy new kits or slogans, but what about that Champions League badge?!
Eagle-eyed fans have noticed that Sports Interactive has used official Champions League branding in their release date trailer, meaning that the major European competition WILL be fully licensed in this year's game.
The Football Manager franchise doesn't languish behind other football games when it comes to licences.
With the Russian Leagues' inclusion in the game still up in the air, here's what we are expecting to see in Football Manager 2023 - based on the leagues we saw featured in FM22.
- Dinamo Zagreb ONLY
- Manchester City
- EFL Championship
- EFL League One
- EFL League Two
- EFL Cup
- EFL Trophy
- National League (including North and South)
- Hashtag United (non-playable)
- LFP Ligue 1
- LFP Ligue 2
- 2. Bundesliga
- 3. LigaSupercup
- DFB 3. Liga
- Gibraltar National League (post-release)
- National Team
- Chievo Verona
- Inter Milan
- AC Milan
- Juventus (?)
- Hellas Verona
- Eerste Divisie
- National Team
- Northern Ireland Premiership
- Northern Ireland Championship
- Intermediate League
- Scottish Premiership
- Scottish Championship
- Scottish League One
- Scottish League Two
- Scottish League Cup
- Scottish Challenge Cup
- K League 1
- K League 2
- MLS (including new franchises Austin FC and Charlotte FC)
- Cymru Premier
- Cymru North
- Cymru South
- Cymru Cup
- Cymru League Cup
With the ever-changing landscape of football gaming licenses set to bite FM23, we could see a change in some of the divisions included, but we are still expecting this year's offering to be more immersive than ever.
Russia included in FM23?
With the ongoing conflict in Ukraine still present, it's looking incredibly unlikely that Russia will feature in any capacity in Football Manager 2023.
Sports Interactive made its stance known following the beginning of the conflict, with Russia immediately removed from Football Manager 2022.
Whilst some fans may bemoan the reflection of real-world events into a game, it's clear to see why SI have taken this action.
Football Manager 2023 Release Date
Whilst there is no current confirmed release date for Football Manager 2023, we are expecting the game to launch at a similar time to FM22.
Football Manager 2022 released on 8 November 2021, and we are expecting FM23 to follow in these footsteps with an early-November release date.