Did someone out there say pokies aren’t a sport? If they did, we certainly have what to say about that. Because in our books, there is enough overlap for them to qualify. True, you won’t get much of a muscular workout playing pokies, but you do get much of the same adrenaline rush. And while you aren’t competing against other players in the manner of a football match, at the end of the day, you are vying for the same (jackpot) prize. Also, while pokies may not require skill like most other sports we know, they do require a similar level of dedication, if you’d like to persevere. And finally, pokies, like sports, are so often driven by passion. That is pure and simple love of the game.
All of these sound like good arguments for why pokies can be seen as a sport, right? Whether or not we have you convinced, we have to be honest and say, that we don’t think pokies should replace a little actual activity in your daily life. That being said, if you want to combine the two loves – sports and pokies play – there are a fair number of viable options. One of the most popular of these, particularly here in Australia, is to play football-themed online pokies machines.
While this may sound too good to be true, it exists. More than simply exists, in fact, options are abundant when it comes to online football pokies games from which to choose. Which are the best and which should you try. Our bet is on these top ten games, each of which spins the football theme uniquely and wonderfully.
1. Top Trumps Football Legends (Playtech)
Today we’re going to start our best of football-themed online pokies list with a legendary game from Playtech, Top Trumps Football Legends. While the Trumps part of the name may have you wondering, rest-assured this game has nothing to do with the Don. Instead, what you’ll find here are familiar faces of many famous players from yesteryears including the Wild and highest paying game symbol in the form of none other than Pele. Other faces you’ll likely recognise include Johan Cruyff, Alfredo Di Stefano, Bobby Charlton, Franz Beckenbauer, and Michel Platini to name a few. If you don’t know who we’re talking about, you can look upon this as a great opportunity to learn about the legends of the beautiful game. Aside from a winning line-up, this 5-reel game also lets you win up to 10,000 times your bet, and has an RTP listed around 95.96%. There are also multipliers, free spins, and a great bonus round, a.k.a. the Wall of Fame Bonus, during which you select player pictures, to reveal cash prizes.
2. Football Star Online Slot (Microgaming)
Next up on the best football pokies roster comes Football Star Online Slot (yes the slot bit is an actual part of the game name). Brought to us by the legendary pokies development team at Microgaming, this fantastically fun game made its debut on our screens back in 2014 in celebration of that year’s World Cup. In addition to immersive graphics, complete with bright colour and animation, it has the much-loved feature of 243 ways to win. What else you ask? Well, the game’s symbols are particularly on the theme, including a referee, a flying football, a pair of red boots, the actual pitch, and several action shots. Beyond helping to create the right atmosphere, they are great for generating a payday. As for the wild, it’s the game’s logo here. Also, there’s the bonus round, better known as the Striking Wild feature, which can make a complete reel go wild at any given moment. And of course, to top it off, there are opportunities for scatters and free spins liberally mixed in.
3. Top Trumps World Football Stars (Playtech)
Did you just do a double-take when you read this? Thinking perhaps you caught us in a repeat? Fair enough. The names are similar enough to confuse even the most attentive of us. Yet, Top Trumps World Football Stars from Playtech, we assure you is a completely different game than the aforementioned Top Trumps Football Legends. So what’s different here? Well, the player roster has been changed, and this time features more recent names. So if you’re a newer fan of the sport, you might find more familiar faces on the team like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, Gareth Bale, and Wayne Rooney to name a few. There is also know what is called the Free Kick Respin feature in which a player randomly becomes a frozen wild that can keep on paying you more free spins, should you score a goal. There is also the Wild Free Games round in which you can pick between Top Trump cards to win multipliers and cash prizes. Plus, there is a Daily Jackpot, Weekly Jackpot, and Sporting Legends Jackpot (all of which are progressive) built-in. In other words, this star-studded game shines on its own.
4. The Champions (Pragmatic Play)
Moving right along in our list of the best online football pokies games, we come to The Champions game from Pragmatic Play. One of the things we like here is the ability to personalise your play. That is, you can choose your team to be featured on the reels, from a large selection of available countries. Overall, the energy level is high, with lots of excitement naturally worked in. So in addition to an invigorating soundtrack you’ve got sharp graphics and a blood-pumping design on the UI front. As important are the features, with the Momentum Progressive, which is a fancy name for progressive multiplier being the standout by far. There’s also another nice bonus round in which you can score as many as five penalty kicks at a time, to land prizes for your team (i.e. you). Overall, the theme is well done, and the look and feel are as a football pokies game should be.
5. Soccer Safari (Microgaming)
If an original twist on a well-known theme is your cup of tea, then this game is certainly for you. Soccer Safari may perhaps be the most uniquely named pokies of the lot that have managed to make our top ten list. But it’s not only the name that is original here. Case in point? This time the players are familiar, but not in the way you might think. Instead of football legends or current stars, you have African animals forming the team. That means a lion, zebra, elephant, jaguar, giraffe, and other furry friends lining the reels in full gear – ready to take to the pitch and score the winning goal. Adorable? Yes. Worthwhile? For sure. This 5-reel, 30 pay line game has plenty of prize money up for grabs. Plus, you’ve got the Gamble option in there, which players always love.
6. Football: Champions Cup (NetEnt)
Usually, pokies games from NetEnt rank higher on these types of top lists. Which in a way goes to show just how competitive the football online pokies space is. Still, number six is a decent showing from this casino software powerhouse’s Football: Champions Cup game. As for what to expect, overall the game looks fantastic, with lovely graphics and an electrifying, realistic atmosphere, complete with the stadium’s fans cheering wildly in their seats. Many would say this graphics victory is Football: Champions Cup’s main selling point, as it offers an animated experience above the rest. Other than that, game play is smooth and secure. And the features are along the lines of what you would expect, with a now somewhat standard penalty shoot-out style bonus game.
7. Football Carnival (Playtech)
Released in time for the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, this festive football game is sure to give you World Cup fever year-round. Also, it may well leave you longing for a trip to Brazil. So while the game’s inspiration may have long passed, Football Carnival pokies’ fun and allure continue to hold strong straight through to this very day. Why? Besides an epic party atmosphere, you get to see the backdrop of the always lovely Rio de Janeiro. In terms of symbols, you’ve got football players, a football stadium, the Christ of Rio statue, several enthusiastic fans, and of course, the Brazilian flag. As for the basics, there are 5 reels and 50 pay lines, which you can activate at will. You can also set your bet each time, or turn Auto play on if you want to keep playing more simply at the same rate. Bottom line, it’s attractive and engaging, and always has nice prizes up for grabs should you land a winning combination.
8. Football (Evoplay)
Once again, we have ourselves a rather literally named game. And here it is, the Football game from Evoplay. While we think they could have worked up something a little more creative, perhaps it’s been chosen to help us make a rather intuitive choice – so we know exactly what we’re going to get. An online football pokies game. Luckily the game isn’t as bland as that. In fact, it’s got some nice action going on with cute and colourful animation, rather scantily clad girls, and 243 ways to win. The real differentiator here, however, is what is called the Reel Re-spin – a unique feature that lets you spin a select reel in order to complete a winning combination, by paying a set fee, as displayed beneath the reel. Available for both mobile and desktop play, Football’s downside is a somewhat low RTP of 94%, though we do like its full HD resolution quality.
9. Knockout Football (Habanero)
As we start to close our top 10 football themed pokies roster, it’s time we make space for number nine. And that is the Knockout Football game from Habanero. Released in 2018, Knockout Football is an attractive video poker machine with a top potential payout of a very impressive 2,000,000 coins. Making it even more attractive is the game’s 96.8% RTP. Interestingly, like many of the other soccer slots we’ve featured, this game also has 243 ways to win. And it’s also got great animation with a roaring crowd packing the stadium behind the reels, plus appropriately animated symbols like football boots, a goalie glove, and the referee’s whistle. There are also two distinct features here. The first is the Super Striker feature, while the other is a Trophy Bonus game.
10. Football Superstar (Endorphina)
Last up on our favourite football-themed online pokies list we bring you Football Superstar courtesy of the developers at Endorphina. This game, we must say, is nothing you might immediately imagine when you think of the genre. At least not in terms of the game itself. Rather, Football Superstar takes a spin on the footballer’s lifestyle and gives you reels lined with the decadent status symbols with which many of the more successful players have become associated. That means you’ve got beautiful women, preening men, gold watches, fancy cars, and only a football mixed in to give you a hint of what it all means. Still, we always appreciate an attempt at being different. And for that alone, Football Superstar earns its place on our top ten list.
A few final words
While we have taken the time to scour the internet in search of the many football pokies available online, those we have covered are only a few of the titles that you can find. A such, feel free to take our opinion with a grain of salt. Put another way, this top ten football pokies list is meant, more than anything, as inspiration. That is, a way for you to get a sense of all the great options out there, in their many different forms. It is in no way definitive of what you may decide for yourself. More than that, we encourage you to try these ten games and then go on spinning other footie games from there. If you love this format, rest assured, there are plenty more equally terrific pokies which can get your adrenaline going, as you spin the reels in search of goals. Or more simply put big wins.