Even if you prefer not to play sports in real life, sometimes it’s nice to play videogame adaptations. Plus, if you’re not athletically gifted, it’s nice to destroy some competition virtually. So, what are the best football games? Which ones make you cheer so much that you throw your beer in the air? It’s crucial to know, and that’s why we put on our boots, took to the pitch, all just to discover what the crowd-pleasing football games are on Switch and mobile – sure, we came across some that are okay substitutes, and others that deserve red cards, but they can stay on the sidelines.
However, if football isn’t the physical activity of your choice, perhaps our lists of the best basketball games, golf games, and tennis games can score some more points with you. Or, if the idea of virtual exercise is less appealing than a colonoscopy, our lists of the best Disney games and Lego games are light-hearted, fun, and sure to make you forget all your worries and your strife.
Anyway, let’s get out there and kick some balls with our picks for the best football games on Switch and mobile.
Given Fifa is the Call of Duty of the football world, I’m just going to suggest the entire Fifa series, especially since few changes are made with each release – seriously, if you want to see a huge difference besides players being on different teams, maybe only buy it brand new every three years or so.
Still, it’s arguably the most popular football game in the world, and with good reason, as it features every team across a countless number of leagues from around the world, and now, it includes the women’s division too. Not only do you get to play some of your dream matches in Fifa, but these days you can take part in an original story, as well as either play a single player in a career mode, or as a manager.
Of course, for all you mobile gamers out there, you can give Fifa Mobile a whirl, but bear in mind that it’s missing some features found in the mainline series, but it does have the basics, and lets you live out your footballing fantasy.
Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition
Is this a football game? I mean, it says so in the title, but it depends on where you are in the world. If you’re in North America, then yes, if you’re in the UK, technically not, but we still recognise it as American football, so it counts. Besides, it’s an ultra-violent version that features all sorts of great moments as a range of mutants take to the pitch – that alone means it deserves some attention.
Much like Madden, the game allows you to either become the coach or GM of your favourite team, leading them to victory by any means necessary – even if it means broken bones, well, so long as it’s not your players that receive the injuries.
Madden NFL 23 Mobile Football
It’s time to score some touchdowns on the small screen. Much like the mainline Madden series, Madden NFL 23 Mobile Football is a must-play for American football fans, as it features all of the NFL’s teams, stadiums, and players. Furthermore, it has a range of game modes to sink your teeth into, including the ability to create a player and lead them to stardom. Or, you can put together your dream team, and fill it with the stars of the past, present, and future.
If you’re looking for a Madden game to play on the go, take a punt on this one, at least until the mainline games make their Nintendo Switch debut.
Before you form a lynch mob and cuss me out, take a second to consider what Rocket League is – the closest thing you can get to a football game without the use of feet. You drive around instead of running, yet the aim of the game is still to strike the ball into the back of the net. Therefore, it gets a place on this list.
Perhaps the best thing about Rocket League is that the matches are short, so if you only have a bit of game time, you can squeeze several matches in. This also makes the mobile version, Rocket League Sideswipe, great. Speaking of which, if you want to show off your mad skills, check out our Rocket League Sideswipe air roll guide.
If we compare this game to other entries on this list, it’s not exactly amazing, but hey, for what it is, it’s not a bad football game – we certainly won’t give it a red card, maybe a yellow on a bad day. In all seriousness, it’s a solid title, especially on mobile, and it offers a lot of the same content that Fifa does. In fact, it’s fair to say that it comes down to personal preference, with some preferring EA’s title, and others wanting to take to the pitch with Konami’s game.
If you want some easy-going football action, eFootball has you covered, but prepare yourself, as some of your favourite players and teams might not be what they are in real life – licences sure are a pain.
Mario Strikers: Battle League Football
As the name of the game implies, Mario and co lace up their boots, put their competitive hats on, and take to the pitch for a 5v5 match of strike, a sport that’s just like football, except, you know, it’s a bit more heavy on the offence, what with the bombs, bananas, and ability to wipe out your opponents.
If you want to be in the know, make sure you bookmark our Mario Strikers: Battle League release date guide – it’s full of game details, trailers, and more.
Mixing top-down football game vibes with colourful, fast-paced 3v3 MOBA action, Omega Strikers is the debut title from Odyssey Interactive, a studio made up of ex-Riot employees. Kick, bash, and shoot your way to victory amongst slime girls, giant hamsters, and kitsunes.
We’ve got an Omega Strikers review that goes into more detail and an Omega Strikers tier list if you want to know who to pick to get some early wins.
So, what do you think? Are these games championship-worthy, or do they face relegation? Either way, we consider them to be some of the best football games on Switch and mobile. If sports aren’t your thing, check out our picks for the best Switch games and best mobile games to see what else is out there