The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has sparked a worldwide conversation about football. Across the globe, people from all backgrounds and age groups have been drawn into watching the game.
But behind the main event, the enthusiasm for the virtual game is building too. And in its very first week of release, 77% of FIFA 22 sales were digital, proving its global accessibility.
We’ve written a quick guide to help you learn more about the game – and how you could gain more skills and learn more about your team.
What is FIFA?
FIFA is a football simulation video game. The FIFA series started in the 1990s, with the earliest editions of the video game released in 1993 on Mega Drive consoles.
Since then, the graphics and technologies used in the game have become some of the most refined in the world. FIFA 22 can be bought digitally online via its producer, Electronic Arts Sports. You can play it on various consoles and software, including:
- PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
- Xbox Series X|S
- Xbox One
So, whether you’ve invested in the latest gaming equipment or you’re using your desktop computer, FIFA is available to you.
Can I find my team on FIFA?
Yes! FIFA uses historic gameplay statistics to build its player database. In the game, each player is given a player rating of up to 100 – with the highest being awarded to Lionel Messi at 93 overall.
Player ratings can easily be checked online, so whether you’re a big fan of Liverpool’s Van Dijk or the Tottenham Hotspur legend Harry Kane, you can keep your loyalties stronger than ever.
Why is FIFA so popular?
FIFA connects real fans with the beautiful game across the globe. The best thing about football is that it’s a universal game: you don’t need to speak the same language as your teammates to play.
When it comes down to the details, FIFA allows genuine football fans to enjoy the game differently. Along with simply being good fun, it can be used to:
- Gain a better understanding of the game
- Learn the skills and trends behind favorite players
- Connect and play live with friends
- Learn about international teams and playing standards
Does FIFA help fans engage with the real game?
FIFA also helps players build real team-building skills despite being a virtual game.
Fans might spend hours both on the real pitch and the game, and the tactics can be carried and shared across both. By keeping an eye on player ratings, you can watch real football with an informed perspective on their performance and talent.
Looking to start on FIFA? Share any tips with future readers in the comments section below!