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5 Best Online Football Games

soccer manager 5 Best Online Football Games

In 1982, when Kevin Toms launched the original Football Manager simulation game, it was a seismic event that allowed football supporters, for the first time, to experience what it was like to be in the manager’s hot seat.The role of a manager and football simulation games have changed a lot since then, but at the heart of all of the games, they’re still incredibly addictive. Like a drug dealer hooking his customers on illegal substances, here are five free samples of the best football simulation games available online:

Soccer Manager. Their owners call their site “The world’s best free online soccer manager game,” and they may be right. This highly addictive game allows you to pick your favorite club and play against fellow fans from around the world. The concept of the game is pretty straightforward so it’s easy to get started. The design and navigation could be improved to make the experience more intuitive, but overall this is definitely a winner.

Hattrick. The granddaddy of online football simulation games is celebrating 10 years in existence and is nearing the one million mark in the number of registered players. It’s been a while since I’ve played this one, but it was easy to use and the type of game you could easily spend tons of quality time on. Hattrick has an international flavor about it, which isn’t surprising considering that it was developed in Sweden and has 44 different language versions.

Power Soccer. This Java-based game works best on a Windows machine with a broadband connection. I’m running Leopard on a Macbook so I had difficulty getting the game to work, but from what I saw, this looks like it could keep soccer fans up through the night — not only from the constant loading of files, but also from hours of playing the game.

Football Superstars. Football Superstars is the first and only Virtual Football World. An entire online football game designed by football fans exclusively for football fans, where you can enjoy a FREE to play massively multiplayer experience on your PC.

I AM PLAYR. The game allows users to witness first hand exactly what it’s like to be a young, up and coming footballer working your way up through the ranks at River Park F.C. Training, match day and extra-curricular activities are all interspersed with real life live footage provided by professional actors who make you feel as if you’re actually in the changing room getting the hair dryer treatment at halftime. But beware, when brash playmaker Billy Laidlaw asks you to join him at the club after your first match, you better be ready to make a quick decision to accept his invitation or head home for some much needed recovery.

What’s been your experience with online football simulation games and are you addicted to any of the ones mentioned above? Share your opinion by clicking the comments link below.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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61 Responses to 5 Best Online Football Games

  1. Ahmed Bilal says:

    You left out OFM – online football manager – probably the most popular online footy game around

  2. brent says:

    I go for Trophy Manager (trophymanager.com) for my browser-based multiplayer manager simming myself.

    Football Manager Live is on my radar, but TM is free, and I don’t quite think I’m interested in /paying/ for the inevitable balance issues that ensue in these games.

    (re: Hattrick et al, I don’t know who decided to replace using the numbers 1-15 for stats with descriptives like “wretched”, “poor”, “weak”, “good”, “very good”, “fantastic”, “lousy”, “so-so”, etc etc, but it’s just about the worst idea in the entire history of computer games.)

  3. Excellent links . Was tired of playing Football Manager on my machine.

    Thanks.

  4. Shakira says:

    I am a FM junkie, I don’t know how many hours of my life or how many grades have suffered due to the game. I am looking forward to FM online as well.

  5. Michael D says:

    I just signed up for Soccer Manager (Xpert11 was blocked at work, so I need a new addiction). Is anyone else on SM and has recommendations for where I should play?

  6. Ferd says:

    I been playing SM for awhile now and I would suggest getting into a new league that has not yet begun to play. This way you have recent players and can start making moves before the season starts. Be aware that the popular teams get taken really fast so you may just have to keep checking leagues to find a open team you want.

  7. Cara says:

    You also left out sportsims.net – a really deep and realistic online franchise football sim.

  8. hese two different games are tied for fifth place for a few good reasons. One, both games are not yet available but are scheduled to launch this summer

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  10. Ova says:

    http://www.trophymanager.com/index.php?ref=548278
    This is the best online football manager game ever !!!!

  11. Rob says:

    looks like sunderland may go down in the premiership but this leaves opportunity for Hull or Newcastle to survive … whos going to take it ? hmmm …

  12. Hazan Builla says:

    Itsagoal.com Superb game . You have to stick at it but it’s well worth while.

  13. asda says:

    bad bad bad bad bad

  14. Rohan says:

    hattrick can be the best….its only tht u hv to w8 a long tym fr ur team so its only 4 people who hv months to burn

  15. frenky says:

    Try this one fdmpro.com

  16. Vian says:

    i think soccer manager is the best soccer game

  17. ege soybil says:

    I do not know how to enter the match

  18. daji says:

    I think that much better than others Football Managers written above is the Footballarena.org. Try it! It’s much easier to play, changes and improvements are done all the time and the community is great!

    http://www.footballarena.org/

  19. Toko says:

    Soccer Manager series 12 still the best :D

  20. itu95 says:

    hattrick is the best online manager game :D

  21. Bandolero says:

    No, guys. You think the managers are so good. They just have a lot of active people there. http://www.freekick.org is the best manager, but just there is a commercial needed….

  22. Superstars says:

    What about Football Superstars? This game is the best by far and you play against real people. You could spend your entire life in there as they have nightclubs, gyms, everything!

  23. Stf says:

    Come on…
    None of these games ever come close to Planetarium Manager.
    It is the only manager game where the tactics play such a huge role. You can beat a better team if you hit them at their weak spot. The rest of the games out there are worthless in the sense that you send a starting 11 and you get a result that no one can explain…

    • Luis Basilio says:

      Plantarium has been the best for a while, i am playing it since 5 years ago.
      My name there is “Basilio the special one” (team id1940).
      If you like tactics, try it.
      You will not regret it guys

  24. Goalunited.org says:

    Goal united is the best online football manager ever found until now..
    try it really it good and its organized unlike the other websites
    http://www.goalunited.org

  25. Bad top 5 says:

    http://www.virtualmanager.com is the best! No dout about that!

  26. suja9 says:

    The best football manager online:
    http://www.powerplaymanager.com/r207353

    Try it!

  27. footballfreaky says:

    The latest Football Manager for EURO 2012 (with PRIZE!!)

    If you guy are interest, please join my league (Super Pro Manager -JM)
    http://fanxt.com/euro/invite.php?lid=417&flid=73833

  28. Ramce says:

    BEST ONLINE FOOTBALL MANAGER

    Try it

    http://trophymanager.com/?c=981367

  29. tizzee says:

    itsagoal.com is better than all of these! Might not be as popular but its one hell of a game:D

  30. Ronny G says:

    The next generation football manager game = http://footballboss.net

    Blows all listed above away. IMO

  31. NoName says:

    Best game is TrophyManager!

    Link: http://tiny.cc/pn93fw

  32. Charlie Hughes says:

    Soccer manager is a good game but I would not recommend it at the gold membership level, as the administrators are less than honest in their treatment of members. The free game is ok but too easy

  33. matt says:

    dont use http://www.virtualmanager.com the moderators are very harsh in their treatment of new members and look after their m8s, u play a game to destress not deal with idiots.

  34. CoolRosh says:

    Did any of you guys here about http://www.managerleague.com ???? Its orgasmic ;)

  35. Coolrosh says:

    Dont forget you can play on your mobile phone just go to mob.managerleague.com

  36. senorcoolguy says:

    the best i found is 11×11.com, great game and interface, yes some problems, but still the best i find so far.

    virtualmanager.com is okay, the rest are pretty terrible… either with features or interface. some are great games, but have terrible interface or other small problems.

  37. PIPO68 says:

    That is that you have not seen the last football manager who has left … Very good http://www.f7manager.org
    Prove that is going strong

  38. Sammer says:

    Uppssss, I’ve tried and it’s great, now in the beta but looks a good future … I recommend it

  39. Andrew says:

    Sammer +1, which is good and being the first to point us get up before … Simple to play and in turn has an engine with many game variations … Recommended 100% good, good, good;)

  40. Melany2234 says:

    Thanks for the post PIPO68, very good, the game promises

  41. Peter says:

    Will have to try it looks good

  42. pecko says:

    Best online footballmanager , u must try it
    http://trophymanager.com/?c=981367

  43. tm says:

    Trophymanager – Best online Football manager game with 200.000+ active managers. Cool graphics, challenging gameplay, national teams, Champions League. More football than other online football management games.
    http://trophymanager.com/?c=2474127

  44. Sean says:

    footiemanager.com

    It has been going since 1999. thats 14 years now. it has one programmar which continues to add to it in his spare time.

    Footiemanager isnt the best football management game out there but it is very addictive. Its a clean, simple game and a wonderful community of people who have been around from the start.

    Any game which can make people log in almost every day for 10+ years cant be bad.

    processing is twice a week.

    Try it out

  45. bApTizE says:

    Which game allows you to join live matches and change tactics/formation while playing live?

  46. A J says:

    I think this is the best (sorry if this is a duplicate post – it didn’t seem to work first time)

    http://taf.global.goalunited.org/c1f777/Jownes

  47. J P says:

    For the best interface of all and 3D match highlights.

    Simsoc Web Soccer

  48. Ant says:

    If you want to try a free football manager with tycoon elements and the ability to attack, bribe and vandalise opponents to gain an advantage, check out
    https://apps.facebook.com/footballunderworld

    I think it offers new features to a genre which could do with more variation

  49. Aninoo says:

    http://trophymanager.com/

    This is the only game I play. I have played for 5 years now and its the most addicting and fun game ive ever played. And ive played a lot of games.

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