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 PlayStation A goal kick. The symbols show who the keeper can pass the ball to. The same idea is used for corners and throw-ins. The current active player, Yorke, is nowhere near any of them
FIFA 2001 Windows FIFA(2)
FIFA 2001 PlayStation After displaying the game's load screen screen, EA Sports logo and licensing information there's an animated sequence that showcases the game's action
FIFA 2001 PlayStation 2 The game's title screen

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

PlanetPS2 PlayStation 2 Dec 27, 2000 91 out of 100 91
PC Gamer Brasil Windows Dec, 2000 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Jun 07, 2000 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation 2 Nov 28, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Video Games PlayStation 2 Nov, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2000 89 out of 100 89
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 May 28, 2001 B+ 83
PSM PlayStation Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Spel för Alla Windows Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
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)