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13 best soccer games and European football games for Android

European football (or soccer) is one of the most popular sports in the world. Here are the best soccer games for Android.
December 13, 2022
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European football (or soccer as it’s known in the states) 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.

The best soccer games for Android

Final Kick

Price: Free to play

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.

Football Manager 2023

Price: $9.99 with in-app purchases

Football Manager 2023 is SEGA’s latest entrant into the popular Football Manager franchise. It has similar game features as most others in the franchise. You build a team of superstars, dominate your league, and win as much as you can. The game is a simulator, so you’ll play the role of manager. That includes developing young stars into elite talent, trading players, dealing with injuries, and other such things. In terms of gameplay, it’s mostly clicking around menus and making decisions. Games are simulated with a top-down style, so you can kind of watch how your team does. We think the yearly release cycle is starting to affect the developers, and this version has a few extra bugs over prior years, but otherwise, it’s pretty good.

Head Football by La Liga 2023

Price: Free to play

Head Football by La Liga 2023 screenshot

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, and you’ll see what we mean when you try it. You can train and improve your players, do a bunch of specialty shots, and even edit characters if you want to. The gameplay is super simple, and should only take a couple of play sessions to get down well enough to enjoy the game. It gets updated every year with updated rosters along with some improvements to previous mechanics.

Dream League Soccer 2023

Price: Free to play

Dream League Soccer 2023 is the latest release in the Dream League Soccer franchise. Since the other Dream League Soccer games were removed from Google Play, it’s currently the only option from this developer. Thankfully, the game is pretty decent. The game is a simulator like many others on this list. You build a roster, play against other players, and even do stuff like build your own stadium. It has over 4,000 licensed players, so the world is your oyster here. You do get to play actual soccer with this one, and the 2023 variant boasts better AI with smoother gameplay than prior years.

eFootball PES 2023

Price: Free to play

eFootball PES 2023 is FIFA’s biggest competitor on mobile. Many believe it to be a better game as well. Like most, it’s a simulation game where you build a team, develop talent, and try to run a successful organization. It also lets you play soccer with good graphics, above-average controls, and a large roster of licensed players. The game has undergone tons of updates over the years. Some of them are good, and others aren’t so great. For example, the pace of play is slower than it used to be, and the controls have dipped in quality from their once high peaks. We’re not sure if this is better than FIFA, but it’s still a worthy competitor.

FIFA Mobile

Price: Free to play

FIFA Soccer is arguably the most popular soccer game on mobile. It’s fairly well done most of the time, but you do need to navigate the typical EA Sports cash grab stuff if you want to have fun. The game includes good graphics, good controls, and the usual blend of real soccer and team management simulation. The game is updated all the time, and often includes current events like the World Cup. There are also some unique features like 11 vs 11 gameplay as well. This is the gold standard of soccer games on mobile, even if the free to play elements get a little irritating after a while. Most other soccer games try to emulate this experience to at least some degree.

Kevin Tom’s Football Manager

Price: $3.49 + $0.99

Kevin Toms Football screenshot

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.

New Star Soccer and New Star Manager

Price: Free to play

New Star Soccer screenshot
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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.

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.

Sega Pocket Club Manager

Price: Free to play

Sega Pocket Club Manager screenshot
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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.

Soccer Manager 2023

Price: Free to play

Soccer Manager 2023 is the latest game in the successful Soccer Manager franchise. The latest edition plays much like its predecessors, with a few choice updates and upgrades from prior years. It is a team management simulator like most soccer games on Android. You start by managing a team in the league of your choice. As you play, you build up the team, the facilities, and other aspects of your franchise. It boasts over 900 clubs, 25,000 players, and a fairly in-depth look at your play stats as you accrue them. Like most, the yearly release cycle means there are more bugs than average, so keep an eye out for that.

Soccer Star 2022

Price: Free to play

Soccer Star 2022 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. Everything is fairly typical for a game that lets you play soccer. It leans on its PvP experience, but there are some non-PvP things there as well. As far as uniqueness goes, this game doesn’t have a ton of it. You’ll also find some annoyances like an energy system that inhibits consistent play. Even so, the developer does update it every year, and that’s not terribly common on mobile these days. It’s a good soccer game, even if it’s not a great one.

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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