Jul 18 AT 6:28 PM Anthony Domanico 26 Comments


It’s been difficult for me over the past month or so not to renew my childhood excitement about soccer–or football as you non-US folks like to call it. Growing up, I played soccer for years and years and up until 2004 I owned just about every reputable soccer video game ever created (in fact, you can still find me on FIFA online from time to time). A few weeks ago, I learned of EA Sports’ Android entry into the FIFA series, FIFA 10.

FIFA 10 is a toned-down (though not by much) version of EA Sports’ popular console/PC game of the same name which brings the world of soccer to your portable Android device.

Overall Thoughts and Impressions

EA Sports’ FIFA series is the only soccer game on any platform with full licensing rights to team names and logos, as well as player information. This allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience and play as the actual members of your favorite team as you take on the competition.

The game feels very well put together and has many if not all of the features you have come to expect from the FIFA franchise, even the coveted “Be a Pro” mode which I have greatly enjoyed in the EA Sports series. Users can select from exhibition games, manager mode, tournament, Be a Pro, training, or penalty shootout game modes.


Overall, controlling your character is fairly straight forward. Users have the option to use their phone’s accelerometer or an on-screen control pad to control their selected players.  Whichever control mode you choose, there is a very high learning curve on the control schemes which has often left me in states of frustration as I can’t seem to work the controls well.

On-screen A and B buttons are used to perform all actions, either by tapping, holding, or sliding between one or both buttons. This has also lead to some problems for me, as often when I’ve tried to tap B in order to change the player I’m controlling, the button registered a slide from B to A resulting in a slide tackle. After several days of use, I still haven’t managed to get the controls down long enough to be able to actually score a goal, a frustration I chalk up to problems with the control scheme (after all, it couldn’t be user error!).

Once you get over the initial frustrations with the control scheme, the controls are fairly intuitive, and have the potential to work quite well.


Gameplay is much as you’d expect from EA Sports games of late. Actions are as true to life as possible on a 3-5 inch screen. Love or hate the pace of most soccer games, FIFA 10 holds true to its realism form in this area as well. Most games are not high-scoring affairs and last a total of 5 minutes with the accelerated clock.

The computer AI is fairly decent, and I (as mentioned above) have yet to score a goal off of the computer’s defense.


  • Very realistic soccer experience
  • EA’s exclusive FIFA license provides accurate team and player information
  • Multiple game modes so you can play whatever you want


  • Controls are complicated to master
  • Buttons register unwanted touches/swipes

Final Verdict

It’s very difficult for me to recommend FIFA 10 to the masses. FIFA 10 comes with a $7 price tag, which will (and should) likely detract all but the most dedicated of soccer fans. Overall, FIFA 10 is a pretty solid and full-featured sporting game for Android, albeit with a few hiccups regarding the on-screen controls. If you’re truly into soccer, I would highly recommend you pony up the $7 for this game. If you’re not, I think I can safely advise you to skip this one.

FIFA 10 Banner Image Controls1 Controls2 EA Sports Game Modes gameplay1 gameplay2 Main Screen Select Teams

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  • http://Website Rolex

    Is this only for Android 2.1+? like most decent games?

  • http://Website aaron

    Did you play it with the Nexus One? I bought the game and have suffered from the same “unwanted touches/swipes” on my nexus. Although, I think it’s because of the cheap sensors on my phone :’-(
    You should try it on a Droid or a galaxy S and see if you get the same results

  • http://Website joe

    It’s not appearing in the Android market? Droid incredible

  • http://Website zipperlipper

    this isn’t showing up on the market for samsung vibrant

    • http://Website androidrocks135

      +1 (Samsung Captivate)

  • http://Website Kevin

    This doesn’t come up on my mytouch slide. I think its only for android 2.2 cuz the guy with nexus one says that he has it. Hate it when they do this

    • http://Website SirWally

      You hate it when a developer chooses to support only versions of the operating system that provide features needed for the game to run properly (for whatever reason), or that the Marketplace tries to prevent you from installing apps that won’t work properly on your phone?

      I think it is a little too early for developers to start releasing apps that require Froyo, given the small percentage of phones that have Froyo, but at some point it is is bound to happen.

  • http://Website john

    Doesn’t show up on the vibrant maybe its only for 2.2

  • http://Website ari-free

    “On-screen A and B buttons are used to perform all actions, either by tapping, holding, or sliding between one or both buttons. This has also lead to some problems for me…”

    That’s why we need physical controls….oh wait. They are ‘obsolete’ right?

  • http://Website manteka

    Does it have bluetooth support? It would be awesome if you could use it with wiimote.

  • http://Website Ole K

    Can’t find it on market either (Hero with SuperHero rom (Android 2.1)).

    Was really exited when I first read this, EA being the firts (?) really big game developer coming with a proper Android release. Major disappointment when I couldn’t find it on market :(

  • http://www.jedimoose.org mrben

    I bought this game from the UK marketplace on my 2.1 HTC Desire. Works great :) I agree about the swipe issues at times, although I have managed plenty of goals at amateur level. Will move up a level as I get used to the d-pad. Sometimes it fails to register a shoot click, which gets frustrating but overall I was really impressed.

    I expect someone to attempt a phone with hardware game controls in the next 12 months.

  • http://Website joe

    Not in the market when searching with HTC EVO, in the US. What gives EA?

  • http://Website landykos

    No go on mytouch slide 2.1
    I may try and flash the 2.2 ROM and see if it comes up with that.

  • http://Website Zer0-9

    DROID running 2.2 via Cyannogen, not in the market.

  • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

    Weird. I just looked again on AndroLib and it says this application may have been removed from the market.

    Lousy EA.

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      download it at blackdroiddotcom

  • http://Website Jr.

    i have a nexus one (us) and it works fine for me on froyo .. the app is still in the market im looking at it right now so.. dont know whats up with you guys but mines working fine..

  • http://Website Ryan

    I have a Droid Incredible and its not showing up in the market for me either.

  • http://Website Mike D

    I have an Evo and can’t find this game on the market??? I clicked the link and is said not found check spelling. Now what. What about other ea sports games coming out like ncaa and madden?

  • http://Website xallies

    Samsung galaxy s Cant find it

  • http://Website Xombie

    I was looking for this game on the android market for awhile on the mytouch slide. Recently I notice it’s available for download. I am still on android 2.1 but with the recent update from tmobile. Has anyone tried it on the mytouch slide? I am curious about the 3d performance on the slide device.

  • http://Website newsccrfan

    this was the first real game i bought on my samsung captivate (at&t) and a day after i bought it they came out with an update. no more “swiping” of the buttons…they are now press and release just like a real controller. and the controls are more fluid now making it easier to chip shots, cross passes, and thru balls. great game. excellent for a several hour car ride with the parents

  • http://thisone fifafan

    my control only uses the phone motion, how do i get the actual “joystick” to appear?

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