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Whilefootball is loved and played by millions, it is a sad fact that few people are any good at it. Even the best amateur players will never get to experience the pleasure of pulling on the colors of their favorite team or winning a trophy in front of an adoring crowd.

To fill this gap, however, game makers identified early that there was a huge market for games that offered all the excitement offootball for the armchair fan to play in their bedroom or living room. That demand has, in turn, created a whole industry, ranging from simple 2D stick-like figures to entire 3D simulations where players compete against each other to become League Champions or Cup winners. 

Football games are available fordownload on a variety of platforms –PCs,play stations,smartphones, and othermobile devices. And they vary in price, from the expensive elite games like FIFA and PES with annual releases where fans scramble to obtain the latest versions, to others which are free to download and play (although players might have to accept in-game advertising as a trade-off. 

Here are some of the best football games ever. 


FIFA is listed in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling sports video game ever. The 2012 version, for example, saw over 3.2 million games sold worldwide in its first week of release. It is known for the fact that it had an official license from FIFA to feature its teams, the latest version – FIFA 20 – includes nearly all the world’s top leagues, including the EnglishPremier League,German Bundesliga, and the top leagues in Italy, Spain, France, and the Netherlands to name but a few.

A new version of FIFA is released every year and is eagerly awaited by game players and esports fans alike. Over the years, the quality of graphics and screen pixelation has improved immensely and continues to do so as technology involves.

One of the many unique features of FIFA is the skill games which are mini-games that are played in advance of actual matches on the pitch. In an example of art influencing real life, many professional football clubs have begun to create their own mini-games and to post these on social media. 

Another facet that makes the game stand out is itsJourney mode which lets the player control an aspiring professional and builds them up into a superstar, and the Career mode which allows people to manage their favorite team both on, and off, the field.

FIFA is one of the few football games currently on the market to feature women’s teams.

Pro Evolution Football 

Pro Evolution Football (PES) is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful of all the football simulation video football games ever produced, with a new version released annually since 2001.

The game seeks to mimic realfootball, with the same rules, as players control either an entire team or a selected player, as they fight to win matches, leagues, and cups. Winning results in the award of points which can be used to buy real players to add to a team. Variousgameplay modes are offered by PES including Kick Off, Online, and Offline. 

The series has also been used in e-sports, with an official world championship held every year since 2010. 

Football Manager

Football Manager is a series offootball management simulation games which aim to give players an insight into the challenges and demands of managing a professional football club. It encompasses everything from the tactics on the field, to massaging the egos of players which have been dropped or working with the medical team to work out why specific injuries keep occurring.

The game is enormous and contains almost every player in every league around the world. It is known, by its devotees, for the frequency with which situations develop in Football Manager which mirror what is happening in the real football world. 

Football Tactics and Glory

Football Tactics and Glory is a combinedturn-based strategy and role-playing game. It gives the player the chance to create and manage a team and make all the hard choices that help it either succeed or fail. Matches are played, new skills learned, players are bought and sold, or are brought thoroughly from the academy, as in real-life.

It concentrates on the big decisions rather than micromanagement issues, and has the benefit, unlike many other competing products, that an entire season can be played out in a few hours, as opposed to days, or even weeks. It has been described as the football game for those who do not like football.  

New Star Manager

While this game may lack the glitz and impressive graphics of some of the other games, New Star Manager is simple to grasp, and easier to play than many others, while still offering a lot for a player to absorb. Like Football Manager, the player is in charge of a whole team, so they have a lot of managerial tasks that they have to perform. And, once a game starts, they have to take control, moving players, passing via an intuitive interface, and then shooting once the ball finds a forward.  

Football Stars

Football Stars is a multi-playerfootball platform which offers an easy to use game interface and realistic graphics. It allows users to play with a community of similar enthusiasts from all around the world. This game can be played with different teams and styles, and offers fully customizable options.

The game can be played in both online and offline mode.

Score! Hero

This game is regarded as one of the bestmobile football games on the market, offering players the chance to win medals, trophies, coins and more. It is a 3D game with excellent graphics and sound quality and offers more than 500 different levels of play. Designed for mobile phones and devices. It provides smooth scrolling and control functions.

It is regarded as easy to play, but tough to master. 

World Football League

This game is free todownload and play from app stores and provides both a realistic set-up and smooth graphics integration. Offering more than 200 players and 60 national teams from which to pick, it comes with a variety ofgameplay modes, and the ability to compete for leagues and cups. It features real-life football skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting.