As a football fan, it has been a good twenty decades, in the world of video games. Ever since 1995, there have been consecutive releases of various football video games, most of which had local multiplayer. Some had online multiplayer, though, in the late 1990s, that was far from viable as an option to many players.
During the mid-2000s, there were plenty of football games which you could have played online, without the support of 3rd party utilities such as GameSpy Arcade or Garena, all of which were not as good as people thought them to be, initially. You did not need to resort to using VPNs like Hamachi.
Today, there are plenty of football video games which you can play both online and offline, enjoying a wonderful multiplayer experience. Here they are, in no particular order.
EA Sports strike again with another FIFA title. The great thing about this FIFA title is that they licensed the UEFA Champions Cup from UEFA, buying the license for the first time, after the licenses expired with Konami.
Other than that, FIFA has 55 countries, or rather, national teams, 35 licensed leagues. That means plenty of opportunities for players to find their own favorite teams and enjoy improved gameplay.
Speaking of gameplay, they added a 50/50 feature, which determines which player will get a loose ball. Likewise, they added another feature which makes kicks more precise, by a second press of the kick button.
There is also a campaign, actually a continuation of the previous campaign, following the protagonist Alex Hunter, as he signs with Real Madrid, following Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Juventus.
FIFA is well-known for its online community, having active online members, meaning that you can easily find a match once you queue. Playing with friends is also easy, whether online or offline.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
The Konami Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 was looking grim once people found out that they did not renew their license with UEFA. Even though they have not renewed their license with UEFA, for the first time after 10 years, they did increase the number of playable clubs, as well as the number of license clubs. In total, the number of playable clubs is 355, of which 293 are licensed. The increase of licensed clubs compared to PES 2018 is 79.
Even though the game is often criticized for not having enough licenses, it is still praised for its gameplay.
PES is generally considered the better of the two football giants when it comes to gameplay. Players often turn to PES if they are playing at home, versus their friends, live. FIFA is usually considered better for online gameplay, even though PES has online multiplayer options, viable as much as FIFA, although probably with a smaller player base.
The fully licensed leagues for PES 2019 are Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Primeira Liga, the Danish Superliga, the Turkish Süper Lig, the Scottish Premiership, the Chilean Primera División, the Swiss Super League, the Colombian Categoría Primera A, the Dutch Eredivisie and the Russian Premier League.
These are the most popular and quite frankly the best online multiplayer football games you can play today. Whether you lean one way or another is completely up to you, given that both PES 2019 and FIFA 19 are great games, on their own.