There are very limited Football/Soccer games available as it is. There are even fewer free football games for PC.
The most up-to-date and recent football game available to play for free is eFootball 2024. This is konamis free-to-play version of Pro Evolution.
Alternatively, I’d recommend Championship Manager 01/02 if you’re looking for a management game.
For now, the 5 games listed below are the best free football games available for PC
- eFootball 2024
- Pro Evolution Soccer 6
- Championship Manager 01/02
- Soccer Manager 2022
- Rocket League
Top 5 Free Football Games On PC
Hopefully, in 2024, UFL will come out. This looks as though it will compete with eFootball at the very least, but may also challenge EAFC. Unfortunately, it was supposed to be released in 2022 and has been delayed twice since.
Without further ado, here’s a more in-depth look into the 5 best free football games that are available right now.
eFootball is by far the “best” football game that’s available to play for free. This is Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer gone free-to-play.
The actual gameplay and footballing aspects are very good. It’s a pretty enjoyable experience playing and plays a lot closer to a real game of football than EAFC.
It’s a lot slower and requires a lot of passing and moving, as opposed to hitting the byline and cutting the ball back.
Until UFL is released, this is the only free AAA game where you can control the 11 players. (As far as I’m aware).
However, if you’re expecting the pro-evolution experience with Master League you’re gonna be disappointed.
Konami has moved away from the enjoyable single-player experience to recreating FIFA’s successful Ultimate Team mode.
In PES this used to be called “MyClub”.
This is where most of the negative reviews came from. It’s turned into a “freemium” game where you can pay to open packs and unlock better players.
It does seem somewhat Pay To Win. While you can grind and unlock a lot of high-end players with a lot of time and effort, there are a lot of things that are entirely behind a paywall.
At the lower levels, this isn’t a huge issue, but may become a bigger problem as you progress through divisions into the higher tier.
Once you accept the game for what it is, it’s a decent enough option to pass some time. Being able to play a licensed football game for free, with a lot of throwback players from previous years is always going to be a positive.
If you prefer the older Pro Evolution Experience, take a look at PES 6 which is next on this list.
Pro Evolution Soccer 6
Growing up as a 2000’s child, Pro Evolution 6 was a big part of my childhood. I can remember it like it was yesterday.
While it’s not entirely easy to access. You can’t get it from Steam, or any other reputable gaming client. It is still possible to download online.
EvoWeb the Pro Evo forum has a download link for PES 6. This will give you the full version of PES 6 as it was when it was first released.
From there, you can play it as it is or install some of the various mods.
Given the age of this game, there’s still a massive amount of community content and support. Patches vary from early 90’s football up to the latest season.
Being able to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy what is known to be the best-ever PES for free is a huge win.
The amount of playability in this game, especially with updated patches, will lead to hundreds of hours of free footballing fun.
This is completely safe to download and Evo Web is a very reputable website. I recommend you give the game a shot, especially if you’re looking for a football game for a low-end PC.
Championship Manager 01/02
Another trip down memory lane. The championship manager is the original Football manager.
Depending on your age, you or your father may have fond memories of this game. It’s still fondly remembered by many, and almost every football fan in the early 2000s would have played this game.
Its popularity is the reason why it’s available to download fully and legally for free today.
In 2008, Eidos Interactive released CM 01/02 as freeware and it’s still available to download on reputable FM sites such as FM Scout.
The whole premise of this game is that you pick a club and manage them, taking them to success.
Without mods, there are 100 playable leagues from 26 countries. However, with modding support, you are able to expand this, and even get data updates as recent as 2023.
If you’re looking for a management sim, this is a no-brainer. It’s literally Football Manager, just older and with fewer features.
In some respect, it’s actually better with the older players too, as it’s a trip down memory lane for those that grew up around that time.
Soccer Manager 2022
Similar to Championship Manager. It’s the same concept, however more up-to-date and a little bit easier.
Soccer Manager 2022 is a free-to-play management game that has licensed players. A free game with licensed players is a rarity.
Immerse yourself in the authentic world of football management, choosing from over 900 clubs and 25,000 FIFPro™ players. Engage in realistic 3D simulations, strategically lead your team, sign promising players, and build impressive stadiums.
Your managerial decisions have a real impact, shaping success and opening doors to prestigious job offers for a genuine career progression.
One thing I will say is that it’s quite an easy game, especially as the real-life players start retiring. When the regens start to come into the game, the opponent’s teams significantly drop off.
I’ve also found that the match engine doesn’t represent each player’s attributes. For example, players like Modric outmuscle Giroud.
Overall for an F2P game, it will keep you entertained and give you some sense of achievement. I prefer CM 01/02 personally, but Soccer Manager is a nice alternative for someone who’s looking for a more up-to-date and brighter option.
Rocket League is like soccer, but with rocket-powered cars instead of people.
You zoom around in your customizable car, trying to score goals by hitting a giant ball into the other team’s net. It’s fast, fun, and you can pull off cool tricks in the air.
Released in 2015, Rocket League has become a popular and competitive game, bringing together players for some high-flying, car-soccer excitement!
It’s the perfect game for those who like to play alone or as part of a team. With multiple modes, such as 1v1, 2v2 & 3v3. There are also other modes, like hoops (basketball) and snow days (ice hockey).
You can also decide whether you want to play unranked casual modes or go full try-hard in competitive.
Overall it’s a great game and meets almost everyone’s needs, whether it’s competitive, casual, or group fun.
Best of all, it’s completely free.
The only microtransactions are cosmetic. Unlike E-Football.
Sure it’s not your traditional football game, but it is great fun and gives you the same buzz.