Real Football 2013 is the tenth 2D entry in Gameloft's annual series of mobile football games. Like with Real Football 2012 there are two different versions. For phones with buttons the game uses the traditional portrait mode with an isometric camera while for devices with higher resolutions and touch screens the game uses an elevated side view perspective. The game uses the same controls as previous releases and has mostly the same visuals.
The main new feature of the game is that the player can collect cards. This uses an in-game currency system. The player can earn cash by winning matches and competitions and passing training and history challenges. The cash is then spent on a lottery where the player draws packs of cards. The player chooses between three random card packs and the cards are then added to the player's collection. Collected cards can be used as boosts in the game or unlocks content such as new leagues and game modes. The game modes included in this version are the same as the previous year's with the addition of a 2012 Euro Cup tournament based on the real life Euro 2012.