Real Football Manager 2013 is the fourth manager game in the Real Football series and the first one since the 2010 edition. It contains 13 leagues, the same as in the previous release: top two from England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France as well as the premier divisions of Portugal, Argentina and Brazil. The game has largely the same features as the other release in the series. Like with Real Football 2013 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.
A new addition is a mall where the player can buy various items that affect the team in various ways. This includes clearing red and yellow cards, healing players, increasing the abilities of the team or their morale or energy. The items are bought with the game's in-game currency which is called manager credits. They are then added to the manager's bag and can be used ahead of a match.