As the Christmas break approaches and you have more time on your hands, you may want to get stuck into some football gaming to keep yourself entertained. Whether you’re standing shivering in the stands at halftime on a cold winter’s day or sitting on the couch at home and feeling bored, there are many easy ways to keep yourself entertained via the use of football games. Even more, the use of football games can increase tactical understanding and knowledge on the game – for all you football educators and lovers of the beautiful game. But with a myriad of games out there to choose from, it can be difficult to find the very best games for increasing tactical knowledge and keeping yourself entertained. That’s why we provide you this quick guide to some of the best footballing games around.
When it comes to an increased understanding of football through a video game, you can’t do much better than Football Manager. Our friend RDF Tactics on YouTube knows this better than anyone, having gained a massive knowledge of the tactical side of the game through playing Football Manager, which he now uses in a professional setting for a pro women’s team. Alex Stewart of Tifo Football also posits the exact same belief, telling us exactly that in a message on Twitter after our analysis on Manchester City last year.
The game is so in-depth that sports betting aficionados often use it to check out club data before placing a wager. Pro managers themselves have admitted to playing the game to understand opposition tactics and player roles. Each release has bang up to date data on all players and teams, providing an always up-to-date, realistic gaming experience. It’s come a long way since the first release entitled ‘Championship Manager’ back in 1992. On Football Manager 2022, you can guide a top club to success, or even choose a local football team and test your managerial skills to build them up. The game also provides challenge and intrigue, requiring more focus and strategy to win and stay successful than other football games. The one downside is that it is incredibly addictive, as RDF Tactics told us last year, and requires you to have more time on your hands than you probably do in your busy life. So let’s now move on to a few hidden gems that require less time, while still providing entertainment and intrigue.
A bit of a hidden gem, Football Star is a casino game from Microgaming. On the opposite end of the spectrum from Football Manager, it is not the type of game to increase tactical knowledge or understanding of the game. But if you’re looking for entertainment or to cure that casino craving, Football Star is a great game to keep you entertained. The slot features some of the best teams in Europe, uber-realistic crowd noises, and colourful reels. It’s an easy way to pass the time while you grab yourself some refreshments during half time and requires very little experience in casino games to pick up. The controls are simple and intuitive, and a single spin only takes a few seconds.
FIFA and Fifa Mobile
Any football enthusiast has likely played FIFA at some point in their life, and many adore the game. FIFA is another game touted by pro managers as helping to enhance their tactical knowledge and understanding of their opposition. You can try your hands at being a manager of virtually hundreds of clubs from around the world, and gain valuable insight into how the industry works. But the lesser known cousin of FIFA is also just as entertaining. FIFA Mobile is unrivalled when it comes to games that can be played on your phone, and has improved with each edition since EA Sports launched the game in 2016. Although the game doesn’t feature the complexities of the FIFA games available for dedicated consoles, it showcases equally great graphics, and some of the most popular features like FIFA Ultimate Team and Career Mode. While the controls can be tricky to pick up at first, it will quickly become muscle memory with greater use. Besides, that slight downfall is worth it for being the most in-depth mobile football game around. So while it won’t stack up to the dedicated gaming console versions and should be considered a standalone version, FIFA Mobile is certainly worth your time if looking for a new game to try.
While these three football games will help to keep you entertained, two of them may even help you expand your tactical knowledge and understanding of the game. The other may help you win some money, which as we know, is something many football fans can get on board with. So if you’re looking for something to do during this Christmas break, why not check out the three games provided here, and keep yourself entertained all winter long.
So there it is! A quick guide to football gaming. Thanks for reading and see you soon!
Even despite six of their potential pre-tournament starters now missing, France continue to be one of the most electric sides at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Supercharged by the vibrancy in attack of Kylian Mbappé and masterfully supported by Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud – France’s front four quartet work together wonderfully to bring out the best in one another. The French put on a dominant display on Sunday, rolling to a rollicking 3-0 win over the Poles in the Round of 16. Here is our match analysis.
Three games down and England have made it out of Group B with seven points, on nine goals scored and two allowed. It sounds dominant, but skepticism remains among fans across the country as to how the Three Lions will react against a higher-quality, more expansive footballing side. USA were a tough matchup: tight marking and possession-oriented. Yet, England’s squad should still have blasted past the young Americans without too much trouble. Senegal next, and without Sadio Mané, they also lack world class talent; but their high pressing game and expert transitional attacks make them a dangerous opponent in the Round of 16. Here is our analysis of Gareth Southgate’s England at the 2022 World Cup, after the group stage.
After taking a few days to reflect on Canada’s disappointing loss against Croatia, I have been able to take away many positives from the performance. Kamal Miller won’t get much in the way of praise after being hung out to dry at the end of the game, but he had another brilliant performance at the back. Alphonso Davies meanwhile bagged the nation’s first goal at a Men’s World Cup inside just two minutes of action, waking my neighbours up as I yelled of joy. But in dissecting the game further, it’s clear to see that Croatia operated at a higher level, with their fanciful one-touch triangulations causing chaos for Canada every time they had the ball. For what feels like the first time ever, a few things will need to drastically change from a tactical standpoint heading into the next fixture from John Herdman’s team. Here are my reflections on Canada’s 4-1 defeat to Croatia.
Canadian footballers operating in the MLS have been notoriously underrated over the years, but now with the nation putting themselves on the world stage, clubs across the globe should start to pay more attention to our greatest players. One of those who has announced himself on the grandest stage is CF Montreal’s Kamal Miller. Miller’s been arguably Canada’s best defender across the two opening group stage matches at the 2022 World Cup, serving as a nice compliment to his defensive partner Steven Vitoria at the back. With a range of qualities on and off the ball, Miller could easily be playing for a club in Europe’s top five leagues already. So with that, we aim to strengthen Miller’s case for a move across the pond.