Whether you’re a follower of non-league football or you can’t look beyond the Premier League, football fans generally have one thing in common – we all love to sample the odd football-themed game from time to time. After all, football games can provide a great deal of entertainment and can enable a fan to recreate some magical moments in the virtual world.
Football games also give fans the opportunity to battle it out against their friends and family. Most senior supporters have taken part in epic Pro Evolution Soccer 6 battles growing up and scored belters with Adriano, for example, while younger fans are more used to FIFA Ultimate Team. There are also gaming options such as Premier League Fantasy Football, where fans can select their ultimate XI as they attempt to gather the most points for goals, assists, and clean sheets over the course of a season, while some fans might turn to football sticker books to get some additional entertainment.
Smartphone gaming has certainly risen to prominence in recent times also, which is why games developers have tapped into a football audience with a range of games. We have already seen the likes of FIFA make a successful transition from console over to mobile, and it accompanies the already extensive offering in this space. With that in mind, below is a look at some of the top football games available on Android.
Still the best football management game around
Football Manager 2021 Touch is a hugely popular game with football fans. In fact, nothing comes close to it in terms of presenting fans with the ultimate football management experience. You scout the players, choose the tactics, face the wrath of supporters if you lose a local derby, and get sacked if you fail to win PSG the Champions League at the first time of asking. With a database of thousands of players, Sports Interactive’s epic Android football simulation game is well worth experiencing on mobile.
A fantastic option for slot game players
Games developer Microgaming has smashed it with the 11 Champions slot game, which offers fans the opportunity to add their favourite team’s jersey as they embark on a journey to win four progressive jackpots. With its 5 reels, 5 rows, and 20 paylines, the 11 Champions slot game is a football-themed title which can be enjoyed on the coach to an away game or during a morning commute to work. Should you make the $50 max bet, then you could bring home a whopping $250,000 in the process. It even has crowd noise, too.
FIFA or PES?
The debate will rumble on for years to come, but there is no doubting that FIFA and PES are the two best options in terms of football simulation video games available on mobile. In terms of eFootball PES 2021, it offers an extremely fluid and nuanced take on football gaming, although some gamers have failed to see the difference between the latest version of the game and last year’s title. As for FIFA Mobile, the free-to-play title works perfectly on Android, with regular updates and live features added too. Whether or not its graphics and gameplay are as good as PES, though, is up for debate.
A couple of great alternatives
Rumble Stars is an arcade release with colourful graphics, funny abilities, and odd animals. A fun game, it comes with PvP online gameplay too. Another solid option is Sega Pocket Club Manager, a manager simulator where you try and build an obscure minnow up into a top-flight powerhouse while taking on other players’ squads online.