FIFA Football, also known as FIFA Soccer or FIFA in some countries, is a series of football (soccer) video games, released annually by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports label. While there was no major competition when EA released the first titles in their Madden NFL and NHL series, soccer video games such as Sensible Soccer, Kick Off and Matchday Soccer had been developed since the late eighties and were already competitive in the games market when EA announced a soccer game as their next addition to the EA Sports label.
When the series began in late 1993 it was notable for being the first to have an official licence from FIFA. The latest installments in the series contain many exclusively-licenced leagues and teams from around the world, including the English Premier League and Football League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, the Australian A-League and US Major League Soccer, allowing the use of real leagues, clubs, and player names and likenesses within the games.
The main series has been complemented by additional installments based on single major soccer tournaments, such as the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship, and UEFA Champions League, as well as a series of football management titles.
Despite the obvious commercial success of the franchise, the games more often than not receive poor to average reviews from the dedicated press.
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