FIFA 2001 (PlayStation 2)

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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 A free kick. I swear it was a genuine tackle 

Demo version
FIFA 2001 PlayStation 2 The game's title screen

Demo version
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 PlayStation 2 The end of the demo version shows the game's main features

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! Fake Spam (94) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

PlanetPS2 Dec 27, 2000 91 out of 100 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Apr 26, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Jun 07, 2000 9 out of 10 90
IGN Nov 28, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Nov, 2000 90 out of 100 90
GameZone Jan 15, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
PSM Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Gamezone (Germany) Apr 26, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 7 out of 10 70


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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.
Grant McLellan (544) added FIFA 2001 (PlayStation 2) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Andrew Hartnett (2196) and Grant McLellan (544)