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The 19 best football games for iPhone and iPad

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Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
Updated May 15, 2018: New entries added, plus a few notable subtractions

Football. Soccer. The beautiful game. It's the most popular sport in the world, which is why it's no surprise that footy games are pretty big business.

On mobile, in particular, there's a surprisingly varied range of football games on offer. From casual time wasters to in-depth management simulations, you can enjoy a quality kick-around regardless of your commitment to the sport.

Having said that, the past year or two hasn't been kind on some of our favourite iOS footy games. Whether through the iOS 11 Appocalypse or other reasons (RIP Soccer Physics), we've lost some true champs.

Which is why, rather than replace the fallen with inferior fare, we've reduced our usual list of 25 footy games on iPhone and iPad to just 19 - with a couple of notable additions.

Come on iOS developers. Give us some more great mobile footy games to play in World Cup year.

#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 dared to present a new way to play football that was specifically designed for touchscreen devices. The result is a game that mixes casual swipe-based gameplay and light management, and the king of mobile footy.

#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 iPads. Football Manage Touch 2018 is just that.

#3 Flick Kick Football

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

Flick Kick Football
There are plenty of ball flicking games on the App Store, but the original is still the best. From its delicate swipe controls to its pitch-perfect art style, Flick Kick Football is the established champion.

#4 Pixel Cup Soccer 16

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

Pixel Cup Soccer 16
FIFA might have the licenses and a certain degree of realism, but Pixel Cup Soccer 2016 nails the straight-forward joy of those classic arcade soccer games of the '90s.

#5 Tiki Taka Soccer

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

Tiki Taka Soccer
No, it's not a game about boring the opponent to death with metronomic passing. In fact, Tiki Taka Soccer is one of the most thrillingly instinctive games of virtual soccer on the App Store.

#6 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 iPhone owners and those who don't want to get too involved.

#7 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.

#8 Active Soccer 2 DX

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

Active Soccer 2 DX
Ever played Sensible Soccer? Then you should feel right at home with Active Soccer 2 DX's scrappy and immediately entertaining top down action.

#9 Pocket League Story 2

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

Pocket League Story 2
Manage your team of no-hopers to victory in true Kairosoft style. It's a particularly quirky, lo-fi approach to management that's nowhere near as in-depth as FM, but is a whole lot cuter.

#10 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.

#11 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.

#12 Flick Soccer 17

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

Flick Soccer 17
Okay, so we've established that Flick Kick Football is the king of ball flicking. But Flick Soccer comes forward with a number of interesting ideas of its own, and is undoubtedly the deeper experience.

#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
Like Flick Kick Football with a top-down perspective, Tiny Striker has you bending the ball into the back of the net from a variety of improbable positions.

#15 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.

#16 Big Win Soccer

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

Big Win Soccer
Big Win Soccer brings a dose of the Panini sticker album (or Pokemon, if you're young) to the footy game genre. Open packs, build your team, and cheer them to victory over other players.

#17 FIFA Mobile

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

FIFA Mobile
You can't have a list of football games without a FIFA - even if this is one of the weaker additions to the series. Footy goes freemium and deeply social in this polished sports game.

#18 Rumble Stars

Product: Rumble Stars SoccerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Frogmind Games

Rumble Stars Soccer
Rumble Stars has only soft launched in a handful of areas at the time of writing, but it provides an interesting Soccer Stars-meets-Clash Royale twist on the beautiful game.

#19 Goal Finger

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

Goal Finger
From the makers of Mucho Party and Lamp and Vamp comes this unlikely mixture of Subbuteo, chess and Rocket League. Swipe your players into position and outscore the (real life) opposition.


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Jon Mundy 14 June 2018
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