1. Extract your download
2. Where to put your file
Your download is likely to be in one of 4 formats:
If you file is .fmf
format then skip to section 2 but the first three are all compressed formats that you'll need to extract first. You're going to need some software installed to be able to do that (choose which one depending on your Operating System):
Windows XP/2000/Vista: 7-Zip
(Choose the most recent .exe. At time of writing it's this
MacOS X: The Unarchiver
7-Zip is installed using the .exe you download. To install The Unarchiver simply double click on the .zip file you download from their website then drag the program it extracts (called 'The Unarchiver') into your apps folder.
Once installed, create a new folder somewhere you can keep track of (on your desktop for instance) and place your downloaded graphics zip, rar or 7z in it. Now we extract:
Right click on your zip, rar or 7z. Choose 7-Zip from the menu, then select 'Extract Here'.
Right click (or ctrl + click) on your zip, rar or 7z. Choose 'open with' then select 'The Unarchiver'.
Your file should extract and most probably create a folder in the same directory, or perhaps a .fmf file.
Win Vista: C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\3. Finishing Up
Win 2000/XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\
Win 98/ME: C:\My Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\
Mac OS X: /Users/<username>/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2009/
NB: There is no folder called 'user data'. This is simply a name for the location specified above. Everything should be done in the root of the directory shown.
Those are the default locations (note that if Windows is installed on a drive other than C:\ your user data folder will be on that drive). You can change this folder's location from within game preferences should you wish. Find your user data folder then follow the instructions below for the type of graphics you're adding:
Now we've installed the graphics we need to get the game to load them up properly, a vital step. Launch Football Manager 2009. When loaded go straight into game preferences from the intro screen. Click on 'Display and Sound' on the tree menu. Make sure that you tick
the check box on the page called 'Always Reload Skin on Confirm' and un-tick
then box saying 'Use Skin Cache'. Now press confirm on the tree menu. There should be a box that pops up saying 'loading image data for the new skin'. Once this is done your graphics should be working within the game. You may want to quit the game and reload it - just to be sure.
To select a skin you've added choose it from the drop down menu in preferences and press confirm. Other graphics do not need choosing to enable them. You do not need to start a new save game for graphics to work.
Once you're sure your graphics have worked go into preferences again and change the tick boxes back to how they were if you wish (doing so will speed up the game load times).