This version of FIFA 13 is designed for touch-based mobile devices. It is the first mobile game in the series to feature the Ultimate Team mode. In addition to that, quick matches, practice, penalty shoot-outs and a career mode are included. It is also the first game in the series to offer online play. The career mode features both tournaments and a manager mode.
The game plays similarly to previous editions. A d-pad is used for moving the players around and context-sensitive buttons are used for actions. Compared to FIFA 12, a button for skill moves has been added. By holding down and sweeping it in different directions, different tricks are made. Another new feature is the addition of two-fingered sweeps which can be used to change team tactics to be more offensive or defensive during games. In defense, a button for calling a second defender has been added.