FIFA 2001

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FIFA 2001 comes back to the series' fast-paced roots. The gameplay is balanced differently to previous versions, and includes online play as an option.

It includes 17 leagues from around the world in addition to over 50 national teams. Exhibition, Tournament, League, Cup, Season, and Training modes are available to play, ranging from simple round-robin competition to simple knock-outs to combinations of the two, and the player rosters are as up-to-date as possible.


FIFA 2001 Windows FIFA(1)
FIFA 2001 PlayStation A goal is scored. Quite a neat piece of play by the AI who tackled the keeper. Cue celebrations and action replays
FIFA 2001 PlayStation 2 The game's title screen

Demo version
FIFA 2001 PlayStation Changing the way the team plays. Each of the options in the list can be changed via the left/right controls

Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 2001: World Championship" -- PS2 Japanese Title
  • "FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer" -- PS2 Title

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User Reviews

Pixel City, if you don't find an excellent soccer game! PlayStation 2 Fake Spam (94)

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
IGN PlayStation Dec 05, 2000 9.2 out of 10 92
PSX Extreme PlayStation Dec 03, 2000 9.1 out of 10 91
Video Games PlayStation 2 Nov, 2000 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Power Unlimited Windows Jan, 2001 8.3 out of 10 83 (UK) Windows Dec 05, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PSM PlayStation 2 Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation Dec, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation 2 Jan, 2001 5 out of 10 50


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EA Cover Curse

Ben Olsen (featured on the cover of the US PS2 version) suffered the curse by breaking his ankle and missing the entire following season.

Missing Sponsors

While it was the first in the series to include real and unique kits, some teams did not carry shirt sponsors. The reason? They were sponsored by rival companies such as Eidos (Manchester City) or Infogrames (Olympique Lyon).

Scratch and Sniff

The Playstation CD reads: "Smell the pitch - Scratch and sniff". This refers to olfactory rubber on the media which smells like grass.

Information also contributed by Dudujones, Luis Silva.
Contributed to by Andrew Hartnett (2196) and Grant McLellan (544)