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While series developer EA Canada moved the FIFA soccer series to new graphics engine technology with FIFA 2001 on PC and PlayStation 2, it fell to Software Creations to update the series for the original PlayStation, with graphics similar to those from the previous years' versions and less teams and features than the next generation version.

The game includes teams from 16 national leagues (missing the Korean league from the PC/PS2 version) and 58 international teams (10 less than the PC/PS2 version). Gameplay modes are the same as on PS2: exhibition games, season play for the included leagues (without Brazil), tournaments (World Cup, EFA trophy and ECC) and a training mode. There is a player and team editor, but due to engine limitations, players are not modeled after their real-life counterparts as on PS2.

Four different camera perspectives are available in-game, customizable in height and zoom factor. Again due to engine limitations, the PS1 version does not feature any licensed stadiums. Controls are mostly the same as on the other versions, with simple, intermediate and advanced controls allowing for headers, volleys, one-touch moves, skill moves and in-game tactics changes. Noticeably absent however is the new power bar mechanic for controlling shot power.


FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer PlayStation When the game is paused, here it's at half time but it can be during a match, the player can change the team's tactics
FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer PlayStation Playing a friendly match. This is the team selection screen. The highlighted control scrolls through countries from Austria to Sweden and has more countries under International & Other
FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer PlayStation End of match statistics. The same screen, different numbers, is shown at half time too
FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer 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

Promo Images

FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer Screenshot
FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer Screenshot
FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer Screenshot
FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 2001" -- European / in-game title

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Critic Reviews

Absolute Playstation 2001 96 out of 100 96
IGN Dec 05, 2000 9.2 out of 10 92
PSX Extreme Dec 03, 2000 9.1 out of 10 91
GameSpot Jun 07, 2000 9 out of 10 90 Dec 07, 2000 88 out of 100 88
PSM Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Dec, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Super Play (Sweden) Jan, 2001 6 out of 10 60


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Scratch and Sniff

The CD reads: "Smell the pitch - Scratch and sniff". This refers to olfactory rubber on the media which smells like grass.
Terok Nor (32097) added FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer (PlayStation) on Jun 03, 2016
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