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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 2 The players leave the field at half time. In the demo version that is all the play that is allowed
FIFA 2001 Windows FIFA(5)
FIFA 2001 PlayStation Changing the way the team plays. Each of the options in the list can be changed via the left/right controls
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

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

PSX Extreme PlayStation Dec 03, 2000 9.1 out of 10 91
GameSpot PlayStation Jun 07, 2000 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de PlayStation Dec 07, 2000 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec, 2000 88 out of 100 88
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2000 88 out of 100 88
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 May 28, 2001 B+ 83
Gry OnLine Windows Dec 21, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Dec 06, 2000 16 out of 20 80
Video Games PlayStation Dec, 2000 78 out of 100 78
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 (2197) and Grant McLellan (544)