The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 2002 throughout the world.
- 13 February – Dick Advocaat is reinstated as the manager of the Netherlands, as the successor of the failing Louis van Gaal, with a 1–1 draw in a friendly against England in Amsterdam.
- The 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan is held from 31 May to 30 June in South Korea and Japan. Brazil wins its fifth title, defeating Germany 2–0 in the final. Surprisingly, Turkey and host nation South Korea take 3rd and 4th. This is the first time a World Cup is held in Asia and by two countries simultaneously.
- UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2–1 in the final. This was Real Madrid's 9th European Cup.
- UEFA Cup: Feyenoord wins 3–2 in the final against Borussia Dortmund, winning the cup for the second time.
- European Super Cup: Real Madrid wins 3–1 over Feyenoord, winning the cup for the first time.
- Scotland- Scottish Premier League: Celtic win the league with an overall points tally of 103, a new record.
- Copa Libertadores 2002: Olimpia of Paraguay wins the final on a penalty shootout (4–2) against São Caetano of Brazil.
- England – FA Cup: Arsenal wins 2–0 over Chelsea.
- Asian Champions Cup – Suwon Samsung Bluewings retain the Asian Champions Cup, defeating fellow South Korean club Anyang LG Cheetahs 4–2 on penalties. They also retained the Asian Super Cup.
- May – Arsenal wins The Double
- 31 August – Real Madrid signs Inter Milan's World Cup winner Ronaldo with a transfer fee of €45 million.
- 1 October – Gerard van der Lem is named manager of the Saudi Arabia national football team.
- 3 December – Real Madrid wins the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, Japan for the third time, by defeating Paraguay's Olimpia Asunción: 2–0.
Winners of national club championship
North- and Central America
National team results
- April 16 – Billy Ayre (49), English footballer and manager
- June 17 – Fritz Walter (81), German World cup winning (1954) footballer
- July 25 – Hans Dorjee (60), Dutch footballer and manager