Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. There are hundreds of leagues, thousands of teams, and tens of thousands of players. It’s a phenomenon, really. There are a ton of soccer apps. However, like most sports, the mobile gaming side of things isn’t great. There are a few gems, though. Most soccer (football) games either let you play on the field with your favorite players or sim the game and make you the manager. We have a nice sprinkling of both. Here are the best soccer games and European football games for Android.
List of the best soccer games for Android
1. Final Kick
Final Kick 2020 is a simple soccer game with an arcade feel. It lets you play a shootout over and over again. Your goal is to score goals, obviously. The game features decent graphics, offline tournaments, online multiplayer, weekly tournaments, and simple controls. There isn’t a whole lot to this one. However, that is part of its charm. It’s good for killing a few minutes, although the tournaments can take a while to finish. It is freemium and that’s probably the worst part about it.
2. Football Manager 2022
Football Manager 2021 is SEGA’s latest entrant in the popular soccer manager franchise. Players manage a soccer team and face off against opponents across 60 leagues in 24 countries. You’ll be responsible for things like player bonds to encourage better play, motivate your players to do better, and make a winning team. The base mechanics are the same from year to year with a varying amount of polish and fixes from the previous year. There is more than enough content here to last you until next year’s iteration comes out. It’s also free on Google Play Pass if you use it.
3. Head Football
Head Socer La Liga is the official soccer game of, well, La Liga in Spain. It’s a fun little arcade game. Two players (or one player versus AI) square off in a one-on-one match. It plays a little bit like pong, but in a good way. It features real players, a collection and upgrade mechanic, and some power-ups to help out. The gameplay is super simple. This is another decent game for killing a few minutes. It’s also a freemium game, but we expected that.
4. Dream League Soccer
Dream League Soccer 2019 is one of the bigger soccer games on mobile. It features full teams, complete games, and a full field of action. The front of the game is a sim. You build a team, make them good, and win championships. However, you can also play actual soccer with the team you made. The graphics and controls aren’t half bad either. That puts it in the upper echelon of soccer games. It also features six divisions, Google Play Games achievements, saves, and leaderboards, and more. This one is surprisingly good, even for a freemium game.
5. eFootball PES 2021
eFootball PES 2021 is FIFA’s biggest competitor on mobile. Many believe it to be a better game as well. The game features good graphics, outstanding mechanics and controls, a team-building mechanic, online multiplayer, local multiplayer, and more. FIFA has more stuff to do, but PES is a more enjoyable game to play. That should help most people make the right choice for them. PES 2018 is also a freemium game and that will get in the way eventually. Until then, this is an outstanding soccer game.
6. FIFA Soccer
FIFA Soccer is arguably the most popular soccer game on mobile. Of course, that means it’s a shameless cash grab by EA Sports! There are some likable things about the game, much like their other sports offerings. It has outstanding graphics, decent mechanics, and a lot of content. That includes a single-player campaign mode, online PvP, online leagues, players from over 550 teams, and more. It has more content than just about any other game in the genre. However, its freemium tactics are a little aggressive for our taste. Enjoy, but tread carefully.
7. Kevin Tom’s Football Manager
Kevin Tom’s Football Manager is a neat little soccer simulator. The graphics won’t win any awards. It’s basically stick figures playing on a field and kicking four or five pixels around. However, the game is much deeper than that. You pick a team, buy and sell your players, use some strategy, and try to win everything. There are four divisions, various tournaments, and more. It’s a port of an old C64 game, and the graphics reflect that. It’s a nice retro football manager with some nostalgic value for older football fans. The game runs for $3.49 and you get the whole game for that.
8. New Star Soccer and New Star Manager
New Star Soccer and New Star Manager are two soccer games from the same developer. Both get regular updates and maintenance so we’ll include them both on this list. New Star Soccer lets you live the life of a single player. You start as a 16-year-old and build yourself up to a soccer star. This includes managing relationships and sponsors, your skills, and more. New Star Manager, by contrast, is a GM mode simulator. You take control of a whole team and are in control of things like the team’s facilities, drama-ridden stars, and other things a general manager might handle. Both games are surprisingly excellent in this genre and you can choose either one depending on what kind of soccer game you want.
9. Rumble Stars
Price: Free to play
Rumble Stars is one of the newer soccer games on the list. It’s an arcade soccer (football) game with colorful graphics, ridiculous abilities, and animals. The game features PvP online gameplay with tons of characters and customizations. You also get clubs, various leagues and other competitive challenges, and you can even watch game streamers in the game itself. This one requires a network connection, but its arcade goofiness takes the edge off of the competitive aspects of the game. It’s not bad if you want to just play to have fun.
10. Sega Pocket Club Manager
Sega Pocket Club Manager is a club manager simulator. Players start with a team in a local league and try to build them up to an international powerhouse. You have to scout and train talent, upgrade your stadium, and grow your fanbase. The game also features online PvP where you can pit your team against other people’s teams. There is even a feature to take a picture of your friends and family members and make them part of your team. It has a lot of gimmicks, but most of them hit well. There are some bugs here and there and the game’s microtransactions can be a bit of a bother in the late game. Otherwise, the game is pretty good.
11. Soccer Manager 2022
Soccer Manager 2022 is the latest in a long-running series of soccer management sims. The game boasts over 25,000 licensed players across 900 clubs in 35 countries around the world. It plays like its predecessors. You build yourself a soccer team from a large cast of players and try to improve their skills and your team. You can sign players in free agency, deal with the team’s board of directors, and even change jobs to more prestigious teams. This year’s variant adds improved transfer market options, a better match engine, and more. It’s free-to-play just like it always has been.
12. Soccer Star 2021
Price: Free to play
Soccer Star 2020 is a fun soccer game. However, it skews closer to average than it does to great. It’s built for mobile. That means there are a ton of players and items to collect. The game starts out easy enough. The controls are simple to learn and the graphics are pretty good. However, the game gets difficult over time unless you take advantage of the freemium mechanics. Still, it’s a fun game, at least for a little while. It’s nowhere near as good as some of these other games, but it’s definitely better than most others.
13. World Soccer League
Price: Free to play
World Soccer League is a bit of a dark horse on this list. It’s better than most soccer games. However, it doesn’t have the mass reception of games like FIFA or PES. The game features full soccer games, around 120 teams, 2,000 players, four game modes, achievements, leaderboards, and support for 15 languages. The mechanics are simple enough, even if they are a bit slow and the graphics are above average in this genre. It’s a freemium game because of course it is. However, that’s about the worst thing about it.
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