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(2)
FIFA 2001 PlayStation Playing a friendly match. The load screen shows the controller configuration. The same setup is used for leagues and tournaments
FIFA 2001 PlayStation 2 The demo version starts with the players on the pitch waiting for the player(s) to activate their controllers
FIFA 2001 PlayStation 2 A free kick. I swear it was a genuine tackle 

Demo version

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

Absolute Games ( Windows Nov 06, 2000 95 out of 100 95
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 2000 91 out of 100 91
PlanetPS2 PlayStation 2 Dec 27, 2000 91 out of 100 91
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Jun 07, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameZone PlayStation 2 Jan 15, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Unlimited Windows Jan, 2001 8.3 out of 10 83
PSM PlayStation Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Windows Dec 05, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PSM PlayStation 2 Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Super Play PlayStation Jan, 2001 6 out of 10 60


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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 (2216) and Grant McLellan (544)