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The 25 best football games for Android

25 efforts on target
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Updated May 23, 2018: New entries added

Football is the most popular sport in the world, so it should come as no surprise to learn that there are a lot of footy-themed mobile games out there.

It's a surprisingly varied field, too, with far fewer FIFA knock-offs than you might expect. There are casual swipe-fests, in-depth management simulations, and crazy genre hybrids.

There's something for all levels of footy and videogame fandom. Given that we're mere weeks away from the next World Cup, now's the perfect time to get in the mood.

Here, then, are 25 of the best footy games on Android.

#1 New Star Soccer

Product: New Star SoccerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS VitaDeveloper: New Star GamesPublisher: New Star GamesGenres: Sports

New Star Soccer
New Star Soccer presents a style of football that's unique to the smartphone format, with a deft mixture of swipe-based scenarios and light management.

#2 Football Manager Touch 2018

Product: Football Manager Touch 2018Formats: Android, iPadPublisher: Sega

Football Manager Touch 2018
It was always the dream to have a full version of Sports Interactive's epic football simulation game on our Android tablets. Football Manage Touch 2018 is just that.

#3 Flick Kick Football

Product: Flick Kick FootballFormats: Android, iPhoneDeveloper: PikPok GamesGenres: Sports

Flick Kick Football
The game that introduced ball flicking to the Google Play Store remains the best, thanks largely to a gloriously tactile swipe control system.

#4 Pixel Cup Soccer 16

Product: Pixel Cup Soccer 16Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Batovi Games StudioGenres: Sports

Pixel Cup Soccer 16
FIFA can keep its licenses and accurate player likenesses. We'll take Pixel Cup Soccer 2016's joyful arcade soccer any day of the week.

#5 Score! Hero

Product: Score! HeroFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: First Touch Games

Score! Hero
Score! Hero plays like a Match of the Day highlights package, placing you in control of the decisive passes and shots of each game. It's a bit like a flashier (though much less charming) New Star Soccer.

#6 Tiki Taka Soccer

Product: Tiki Taka SoccerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows PhoneDeveloper: Panic BarnPublisher: Panic BarnGenres: Arcade, Simulation, Sports

Tiki Taka Soccer
Tiki Taka Soccer's tap-based control system is a thoughtful attempt to get football action feeling natural on mobile, while its zoomed-out Amiga graphics get our nostalgic juices flowing.

#7 Active Soccer 2 DX

Product: Active Soccer 2 DXFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: The Fox Software

Active Soccer 2 DX
If you've ever played Sensible Soccer, then you should feel right at home with Active Soccer 2 DX's fast-paced top down action.

#8 Pocket League Story 2

Product: Pocket League Story 2Formats: AndroidDeveloper: KairosoftGenres: Simulation

Pocket League Story 2
Pocket League Story 2 is a management game, but it's nothing like Football Manager. It's a particularly quirky, lo-fi job sim with oodles of charm.

#9 Football Manager Mobile 2018

Product: Football Manager Mobile 2018Formats: Android, iPhonePublisher: Sports Interactive

Football Manager Mobile 2018
Not as in-depth or sophisticated as Football Manager Touch 2018, Football Manager Mobile 2018 nonetheless provides an accessible footy management game for Android smartphone owners and those who don't want to get too involved.

#10 Uppercup Football

Product: Uppercup FootballFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Motion-TwinGenres: Sports

Uppercup Football
Uppercup Football manages to provide a hectic football experience with just one-button. Its pitch, ball, and team variations further ramp up the fun factor.

#11 PES 2018

Product: PES 2018Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Konami

PES 2018
If you want an in-depth console-style take on football for your mobile, there's only really one choice - and it isn't FIFA Mobile. PES 2018 isn't perfect, but it's built on the same engine as the console games.

#12 Flick Soccer 17

Product: Flick Soccer 17Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Full FatGenres: Sports

Flick Soccer 17
Flick Soccer isn't quite as instinctively fun as Flick Kick, but it provides a number of interesting ideas of its own.

#13 Dream League Soccer 2018

Product: Dream League Soccer 2018Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: First Touch Games

Dream League Soccer 2018
First Touch Games has built a reputation over many years for being one of the best at translating the console footy experience to mobile. Dream League Soccer 18 is another shot on target.

#14 Tiny Striker

Product: Tiny StrikerFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Fat Fish GamesGenres: Arcade, Sports

Tiny Striker
Take Flick Kick Football and zoom out to a simplified top-down perspective. That's Tiny Striker, and it's ace.

#15 Retro Soccer

Product: Retro SoccerFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Eight Pixels Square

Retro Soccer
Another fast-paced arcade kick-around that draws inspiration from the classic top-down games of yesteryear. Retro Soccer is rough around the edges, but it's never less than a giggle to play.

#16 Kind of Soccer

Product: Kind of SoccerFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Christian SchnellmannGenres: Action, Sports

Kind of Soccer
Kind of Soccer is a finely honed and deceptively smart football game that has you passing the ball around your static team in a bid to take out the fleeing ref.

#17 Big Win Soccer

Product: Big Win SoccerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Hothead GamesGenres: Sports

Big Win Soccer
Open packs of 'stickers,' build your team, and cheer them to victory over other players. The Big Win template is simple but strangely moreish.

#18 Tiny Goalie

Product: Tiny GoalieFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Fat Fish GamesGenres: Arcade, Sports

Tiny Goalie
A rare game that focuses on the overlooked art of goalkeeping, Tiny Goalie has you saving shots through a screen-swiping control system.

#19 Goal Finger

Product: Goal FingerFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: GlobZGenres: Sports

Goal Finger
Goal Finger is an accessible mixture of Subbuteo, chess and Rocket League as you swipe your players into position and outscore your real life opposition.

#20 Soccer Stars

Product: Soccer StarsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Miniclip

Soccer Stars
More casual multiplayer action here, as you flick your counters around the pitch to score goals. If you like Subbuteo and air hockey, give it a shot.

#21 Blocky Soccer

Product: Blocky SoccerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Full FatGenres: Endless running, Sports

Blocky Soccer
Endless runner meets football in Full Fat's Block Soccer, with a satisfying 'shoot on goal' mechanic thrown in for good measure.

#22 FIFA Mobile

Product: FIFA MobileFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: EA SportsGenres: Sports

FIFA Mobile
It's far from the best game in the franchise, but you can't really have a comprehensive footy game list without a FIFA game. This one's freemium, social, and nicely polished.

#23 PES Club Manager

Product: PES Club ManagerFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: KonamiGenres: Sports, Strategy

PES Club Manager
It's not Football Manager, but PES Club Manager has a lot going for it - including a slick 3D match engine and a surprising amount of tactical depth.

#24 Super Party Sports: Football

Product: Super Party Sports: FootballFormats: Android, iPhonePublisher: HandyGamesGenres: Puzzle, Sports

Super Party Sports: Football
More of a physics puzzler than an outright footy game, Super Party Sports: Football tasks you with judging the angle and power of your kick to take out a bunch of hooligans.

#25 Stick Soccer 2

Product: Stick Soccer 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Stick SportsGenres: Casual, Sports

Stick Soccer 2
Stick Soccer 2 expands upon the ball-flicking template with varied scenarios, a degree of personalisation, and charming graphics.


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Jon Mundy 14 June 2018
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