With that in mind, we want to take a look at every officially licensed league available to use in FM23.
LATEST - Juventus set for FM return?
Konami has announced that Juventus and eFootball's exclusive license deal is coming to an end, allowing the Italian giants to be officially licensed in other games.
Juventus - one of Italy's biggest sides - have been absent in traditional form in Football Manager for many years, going instead by the name of Zebre.
Unlicensed teams are the bain of anyone's gaming experience, especially in a game like FM, where immersion and realism is the name of the game.
Thankfully, the end of Juventus' exclusive deal with eFootball may open the pathway for Italy's Old Lady to make a return in Football Manager 2023.
The Serie A license deal also expires with Serie A, meaning official badges and aesthetics could also return in FM23.
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
- 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.