FIFA Soccer 2002 is an early mobile release in the FIFA series. The game is played from a top down perspective and uses a mix of stylus and button controls. Tapping and holding down the stylus moves a player around while lifting the stylus and then tapping again leads to a pass being made. Shooting is done by pressing a button, and holding it down gives extra height, but it is also possible to use the stylus to add aftertouch and curve the ball's movement.
In addition to single matches and a practice mode, the game contains a FIFA World Cup Qualifier mode which despite its name is the actual 2002 World Cup. All 32 teams are included and they are grouped like in the real tournament. The best teams in each group goes through to the knockout stages where each match has to be won to reach the final qualifier game. The game also contains teams from six national leagues but these can only be played in friendlies.