FIFA Football 2002

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FIFA Football 2002
Fifa 2002 soccer.jpg
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series FIFA
Platform(s) Windows
PlayStation 2
Release date(s) Windows
  • NA October 29, 2001
  • EU November 2, 2001
  • NA November 1, 2001
  • EU November 2, 2001
PlayStation 2
  • JP November 29, 2001
  • NA November 1, 2001
  • EU November 2, 2001
  • JP November 15, 2001
  • NA November 21, 2001
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer, Online multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM
GameCube optical disc

FIFA Football 2002 (known as FIFA Soccer 2002 in North America) commonly known as FIFA 2002, is a football video game released in November 2001, produced by Electronic Arts and released by EA Sports. FIFA 2002 is the ninth game in the FIFA series.

Power bars for passes were introduced, and dribbling reduced in order to attain a higher challenge level. The power bar can also be customised to suit the gamer's preference. The game also includes club emblems for many more European clubs as well as for major Dutch clubs such as PSV, AFC Ajax and Feyenoord, although there was no Dutch league of any kind (they were under the "Rest of World" header). This game also features, for the first time, the Swiss Super League, at the cost of excluding the Greek League. A card reward system licensed from Panini was also introduced where, after winning a particular competition, a star player card is unlocked. There is also a bonus game with the nations that had automatically qualified for the 2002 World Cup (France, Japan and South Korea), in which the player tries to improve the FIFA ranking of their chosen team by participating in international friendlies.

Many of the international teams in the game are not licensed (some of them down to the players' names like the Netherlands), as well as smaller countries such as Barbados, who were only given numbers as player names. Also, to date, this was the last FIFA edition (not counting the World Cup versions) to feature the Japanese national team, since Japan Football Association would go on to concede exclusive rights to Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series.

FIFA Football 2002 ran for 10 years as the last FIFA to have only one person as cover, before Lionel Messi appeared alone on FIFA 13.


The soundtrack for this game is made up of a selection of tracks primarily from artists signed to electronic music label Ministry of Sound, while the theme song is supplied by Gorillaz, represented commercially by Virgin Records.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 82/100 (PS2)[1] 77/100 (PC)[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 34/40 (GC)[3]
32/40 (PS2)[4]
GameSpot 8.7/10 (PS2) 9.3/10 (PC)
GameZone 8.6/10 (PS2) 8.8/10 (PC)
IGN 8.5/10 (PS2) 6.3/10 (PC)

The game received generally favourable reviews. In the PC version, GameSpot stated "EA Sports decided to key on gameplay this time around, and in the process it has successfully propelled the game dangerously close to reality. This should sit well with anyone who truly appreciates the nuances, subtlety, and pace of the real-world sport."[5] GameZone noted "This game transcends previous incarnations of the sport, enlivening the screen with realistic game play, and lively graphical elements."[6] In contrast, IGN commented "The only decent camera angle in the game is side on, so you cannot aim accurately because you can't see all of the net."[7]

In the PS2 version, GameSpot noted "With the addition of enhanced graphics, as well as an all-new passing system, fans of soccer will find that this latest FIFA game is the most challenging, most realistic, and also the greatest yet."[8] GameZone commented "The result is a next generation soccer game that is enjoyable to play and more importantly, an accurate simulation of how the game is actually played by the pros."[9] IGN stated "It still has some ways to go before it replaces Konami's series ["ISS Pro Evolution"] in the hearts and minds of many soccer diehards, but as is FIFA Soccer 2002 is a splendid soccer title."[10]


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