FIFA has sold numerous copies throughout the years. Here is a look at the most popular games in the franchise’s history.
In the majority of the world’s nations, football is the most popular sport. Once upon a time, EA’s FIFA and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer were the two most popular football video games available. Konami was defeated in this conflict.
EAsFIFA is currently the most popular football simulation game. It all began in 1994 with the release of the first FIFA International Soccer game, which faced competition from other football video games including Sensible Soccer, Kick-Off, and Match Day. The FIFA series is now one of the most successful gaming franchises in history; therefore, to emphasize the series’ success, we’ve ranked FIFA’s sales figures above the best-selling entries.
Jack Pursey last updated this on 7 November 2021: When looking back on games from franchises with yearly releases, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Even diehard fans who have purchased every FIFA game since FIFA 94 would likely have difficulty identifying key features and changes.
The latest installment, FIFA 22, has recently been released. The game suffers from many of the typical modern FIFA issues, such as the prioritization of the microtransaction-heavy Ultimate Team mode, but it has been praised for having some of the best gameplay in the series, which could one day help it land on this list.
To assist those who wish to reminisce or who may be curious as to why the games listed below sold as well as they did, we have updated this list to include the FIFA sales by year, the available platforms for each game, and the reason why each game sold so well.
Read also another article about FIFA 23 here.
10/10 FIFA 10 – 10m+
- Available Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS – Release Date: October 1, 2009 – iOS, Android, and Java ME
- Reasons Why It Sold So Well: Replaced eight-way player control with 360-degree movement.
FIFA 10 was the first installment of the franchise in the 2010s. In terms of graphics and gameplay, it’s quite similar to its predecessor. The new addition to the game is a feature called “Total Football Experience” that displays football news from around the world, including player transfers, fixtures, and results. In addition, improvements were made to the transfer system and the assistant manager.
In its first week of release in Europe, FIFA 10 sold 1,7 million copies, making it the fastest-selling sports video game ever. Since then, the game has sold slightly more than 10 million copies.
9/10 FIFA 12 – 10m+
- Available Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android, Java ME, Xperia Play – Release Date: September 27, 2011
- Reasons Why It Sold So Well: Tactical Defending was introduced and greatly improved the game’s balance.
FIFA 12 was released on all platforms, including PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and handheld platforms PlayStation Portable, Nintendo 3DS, Xperia Play, and iOS.
Similar to its predecessor, FIFA 12 has sold just over 10 million copies.
8/10 FIFA 16 – 11m+
- Release date: September 22, 2015 – Platforms supported: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, and iOS
- Why It Was So Popular: The establishment of women’s national teams
FIFA 16 is the first installment of the franchise to feature female players. It is also the first FIFA game since FIFA 2000 not to be released on a Nintendo console. The PlayStation Vita version was not created either. Aside from this, FIFA 16 is a classic installment in the series, with minor enhancements to the addition of new content, including new players and stadiums.
Lionel Messi is still featured on the global cover art, whereas female players are highlighted on the North American cover. FIFA 16 received favorable reviews and sold over 8 million PS4 copies and over 3 million Xbox One copies.
7/10 FIFA 17 – 13m+
Date of release: September 27, 2016 Platforms supported: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Why It Was So Popular: Since its implementation, the Frostbite engine has been utilized.
FIFA 17, the first FIFA game to utilize the Frostbite engine, also introduced a single-player story mode in which the player assumes the role of Alex Hunter, a fictional player. Additional new features include new attacking techniques, a rework of the physical player, an active intelligence system, and a rewrite of the set-pieces.
The Japanese premier league is available for the first time, as is the Norwegian women’s national team. The game’s cover features Marco Reus after he won a global vote conducted by EA sports. The game sold over 10 million PS4 copies and over 3 million Xbox One copies.
6/10 FIFA 14 – 14m+
Available Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Window Phone 8
- Reasons Why It Sold So Well: It was the first game for eighth-generation consoles and debuted the Ignite Engine.
FIFA 14 includes 33 fully licensed leagues across 69 stadiums, 600 clubs, over 16,000 players, and 47 national teams.
The game received favorable reviews across all platforms, with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 receiving slightly better reviews due to the use of the Ignite Engine. FIFA 14 also includes new signature goal celebrations from several players, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s “Calm Down,” Lionel Messi’s “Point to the Sky,” and Gareth Bale’s “11 of Hearts.”
FIFA 14 was the first game released for the eighth generation of home consoles, so its sales were distributed across multiple systems. The game sold slightly more than 3 million copies on PS4, 6 million copies on PS3, 1 million copies on Xbox One, and more than 4 million copies on Xbox 360.
5/10 FIFA 15 – 14m+
- Available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone
- Why It Was So Popular: It was the final FIFA game to be released for the Nintendo Wii and handheld consoles.
The sales cannot be attributed to FIFA 15’s new, improved, or innovative features, but rather to the fact that subsequent installments did not include them. Obviously, some individuals do not believe it is worthwhile to purchase a relatively similar game with minor improvements.
Regardless of sales, remains a fun and enjoyable football simulation experience with excellent graphics, a massive amount of content, and a faithful depiction of actual football. Similar to FIFA 14, FIFA 15 sales were divided between console generations. Over six million copies of the game were sold on PS4, over four million on PS3, over two million on Xbox 360, and over two million on Xbox One.
4/10 FIFA 13 – 14.5m+
Available Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Windows Phone 8, and Java ME.
- Why It Was So Popular: The additions of First Touch Control and Attacking Intelligence have significantly enhanced the series.
FIFA 13 was not a revolutionary entry, but it was able to garner critical acclaim and high sales by incorporating minor but noticeable enhancements. One of them is “First Touch Control,” and for the first time, Lionel Messi of Barcelona appears on the cover art.
The addition of National Teams to the game’s Career Mode, which allows players to manage two teams, is a notable improvement. FIFA 13 has sold slightly more than 14.5 million units.
3/10 FIFA 11 – 16m+
- Available Platforms: OS X, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Blackberry App World, and Java ME
- Reasons Why It Sold So Well: Career Mode, which is still a popular game mode today, was introduced.
FIFA 11 is the eighteenth installment in the series, available at the time for all major platforms, including Nintendo DS. Additionally, FIFA 11 received the Sports Game of the Year award at the Golden Joystick Awards, as its sales and reviews surpassed those of its predecessor.
Several new features, including “Street Football,” “Manual Leaderboard,” “Goalkeeper Intelligence,” and “Career Mode,” have been added to the game. FIFA 11 was able to sell just over 16 million copies due to overwhelmingly positive reviews and several changes and enhancements to the gameplay.
2/10 FIFA 19 – 20m+
- Date of Publication: September 28, 2018 – Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch are the available platforms.
- Why It Was So Popular: Featured the concluding chapter of the Alex Hunter saga, enticing players to purchase the game to see how his journey concludes.
FIFA 19 is noteworthy for concluding the FIFA series’ single-player story The Journey with the conclusion of the Alex Hunter trilogy. UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup competition rights, previously owned by Konami for their PES series, have finally been acquired.
FIFA 19 has sold slightly more than 20 million copies.
1/10 FIFA 18 – 26.4m+
- Date of Publication: September 29, 2017
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One are the available platforms.
- Why It Was So Popular: Implemented significant enhancements to the Ultimate Team mode, such as ICONS, solidifying the mode’s position as the primary focus of the FIFA series.
The Journey: The Hunter Returns is the title of the twenty-fifth installment in the series, which featured a story-based mode similar to that of its predecessor, The Journey: The Hunter Returns.
It also received positive reviews from critics and won awards for Best Sports Game at the Game Critic Awards and Best Sports Game of the Year at the 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. Commercially, FIFA 18 performed exceptionally well, selling just over 26,4 million units.
The most recent FIFA game, FIFA 22, is currently available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/X.