What do the Football Manager abbreviations stand for?

Football Manager abbreviations
FM dictionary: find out what those little labels mean

You’re looking down your squad list in Football Manager. They’re either a fine body of men or a useless ragbag of wastrels that are going to get you fired. Or worse still, the Sunderland job. To the left of player names, you’ll often see three-letter icons: some are perfectly obvious, others utterly obscure. Here’s our guide to what those Football Manager abbreviations are telling you.

The Football Manager abbreviations

Bid – Another club has tabled an offer for the player.

Cup – the player is cup-tied, meaning he’s already played in that same competition for someone else and thus can’t turn out for your boys.

Ctr – the player is out of contract, which normally means he can leave on a free at any time. Pro clubs can’t play non-contracted players.

Frt – the player is set to leave on a free transfer at the end of his current contract.

Fut – the player is uncertain about his future – perhaps because he’s not been offered a new deal.

Hol – the player is currently in Ibiza with the lads. Normally seen in pre-season to denote the player’s away on holiday.

Ine – the player is ineligible for the next match. He may be on loan from the club you’re playing next, he may not be registered for that competition’s squad, or he may be a trialist that hasn’t actually signed for your club.

Inj – There are no Curly Wurlys for guessing this one – the player is injured.

Int – the player has sodded off on international duty and isn’t available for selection.

iPR – the player has reacted to a comment made in the media about his international performance (see PR).

Loa – the player is available for loan.

Lmp – No, it doesn’t mean the player is limping. Lmp stands for lacking match practice.

Lrn – this young player is currently being mentored by one of the wise, old heads at the club (see Tut).

Lst – You’ve put the player on the transfer list. Have a whip-round for his leaving present.

PR – the player has reacted to something you or someone else has said about him or the team in the media. Click to find out if the sensitive little soul is upset you called him a bag of cement after missing three sitters on Saturday or loves your Mourinho mind games.

Req – the player is unhappy and has requested to leave your club. This is either the time to cash in or send him to train with the Under-15s.

Rst – the medical team are telling you the player needs a rest. Send him home from training with a pack of Rich Tea biscuits and a Netflix voucher, or sack your physio.

Slt – the player is slightly concerned about something, normally that he’s sat on the bench next to you instead of being on the pitch. Can often pay to nip such concerns in the bud.

Sus – Your player is suspended for the next match. Remind him not to call the referee a cunning stunt again.

Trn – you’ve accepted an offer for the player and he’ll be leaving in the next window. (Or through the next window if he’s wound you up with a transfer request.)

Tut – The player is currently mentoring another player at the club. It’s a good idea to get your best players to tutor the up-and-coming youngsters in the stiffs (or Development Squad as they insist on calling it these days).

Unf – the player is unfit, normally after recovering from a long injury such as ACL, broken leg or stubbed toe (painful).

Unh – for one reason or another, the player is unhappy. Sometimes these little moods pass, sometimes they turn into full-blown transfer requests. Click on the icon to find out what’s upset the little lamb.

Wdn – you’ve withdrawn the player from international duty. Will almost certainly result in a sulk.

Wnt – bad news, another club is interested in the player. Click on that little wanted tag to find out who’s tapping him up.

Wp – the player needs a work permit before he can appear for your first team. If you’re playing in the English leagues, loaning the player to another European club who will play him regularly can be enough to eventually get you a work permit.

Yel – the player is one yellow card away from triggering a suspension.

Yth – the player is on a youth contract, which sometimes means he can’t appear for the first team.

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Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at

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