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How to play Football Manager 2021 on Linux

Football Manager 2021 is a simulation management game developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. In the game, the player is the manager of a football (soccer) team. The game was never released on Linux, but it is possible to play it on Linux thanks to Steam Play and Proton. Here’s how to do it.

Football Manager 2021 on Linux

Football Manager 2021 on Linux

It is possible to play Football Manager 2021 on Linux, but only with Steam Play’s help, a feature present in the Linux Steam client. For this reason, we must demonstrate how to install the Steam app on your Linux system.

Install Steam

To install Steam on Linux, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard or search for “terminal” in the app menu. From there, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below that corresponds with the Linux OS you use.


If you’re an Ubuntu user, the Steam app is straightforward to install. To get it working, enter the following Apt command.

sudo apt install steam


On Debian, Steam is available for installation in the “non-free” software repository. However, we do not recommend installing the software in this way. Instead, we highly recommend downloading the Steam DEB package directly from Valve via the Steam website.

To download the Steam DEB package, make use of the wget download command below. 

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

The command above will download the Steam DEB package directly to your home folder (~). Once the download is complete, the installation can begin. Using the dpkg command below, set up Steam.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

During the installation of Steam on your Linux PC, some dependency errors may occur. These errors are fixable by entering the following apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

Steam is available on Arch Linux via the “multilib” software repository. To install the Steam application on your Arch Linux system, ensure you have the “multilib” software repo enabled in the Pacman configuration file. After that, install the software using the following pacman command.

sudo pacman -S steam


If you’re a Fedora Linux user or an OpenSUSE Linux user, it is possible to install Steam using an RPM package. However, the installation method for Steam on both of these operating systems isn’t great, especially if you’re a new user. Instead, we recommend installing the software via Flatpak.


Steam is available as a Flatpak package in the Flathub app store. However, to install this package on your Linux PC, you must enable the Flatpak runtime. To enable the Flatpak runtime, install the “flatpak” package on your computer. For more guidance, please follow our guide on the subject.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your Linux PC, the next step is to enable the Flathub app store. Flathub houses many different apps, including the Steam application. To add Flathub, execute the flatpak remote-add command below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now that the Flathub app store is enabled on your Linux PC, you will install the Steam application using the flatpak install command below. 

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Football Manager 2021 on Linux

With the Steam application installed on your Linux PC, open it up by searching for it in the app menu. Once Steam is open on the Linux desktop, log into your Steam account using your user name and password credentials. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Football Manager 2021 working.

Step 1: Find the “Steam” menu and click on it with the mouse. Then, select the “Settings” option to open up Steam settings. Inside the Steam settings area, locate the “Steam Play” area, and click on it with the mouse.

Check the boxes “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.” Select the “OK” button to save the changes to Steam.

Step 2: Click on the “STORE” button at the top of Steam to go to the Steam store. From there, find the search box, and click on it with the mouse. Type in “Football Manager 2021” in the text box, and press the Enter key to search.

Step 3: Look through the Steam search results for “Football Manager 2021” and select it with the mouse to go to the game’s Store page. Then, look for the green “Add to cart” button, and click on it to purchase and add the game to your Steam account.

Step 4: Select the “LIBRARY” button at the top of Steam to access your Steam library. From there, locate “Football Manager 2021” and click on it. Then, select the blue “INSTALL” button with the mouse to download and install the game to your computer.

Step 5: After downloading and installing Football Manager 2021 to your Linux PC, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Click on this button to start up the game! Enjoy!

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