Polished sports simulator will be a family favorite.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Electronic Arts has revamped the control structure for the game, greatly improving it from previous installments of the game. Controlling the ball and players is much easier. The game also offers a deep practice mode to let you build up skills. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Consumer branding is everywhere in this game, as it is in the real sport of soccer. Stadium banners promote publisher Electronic Arts, while player uniforms have company names and logos on them, such as United Healthcare and Herbalife. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One team's jersey promotes Corona beer. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that FIFA SOCCER 12 is a sports simulation game that is very authentic to the real-world soccer experience. One country's jerseys have the Corona beer logo on them, but there's no violence, foul language, sex, or other inappropriate content.

What kids can learn



  • sports



  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Engagement, Approach, Support


One of the best sports games in the App Store. The entire FIFA Soccer game has been overhauled, and the improvements are vast. Absolutely fantastic.

Learning Approach

This is a realistic soccer simulation game, which teachs kids not only the rules of the game, but basic concepts of teamwork and strategy. They also learn that one player alone can't win, no matter how good he is. It takes the efforts of the team.


What kids can learn



  • sports



  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Kids can learn the rules of soccer as well as the basic concepts of teamwork and strategy in FIFA SOCCER 12. As kids move the ball down the field, they have to pass it to teammates and not violate any of the rules of the game. Young soccer fans can learn some basics and watch how simulated pros play -- and perhaps better their own game.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Like console FIFA games, FIFA SOCCER 12 is a realistic simulation of the sport of soccer, letting fans play as their favorite team and following the rules of the sport. The focus is less on star soccer players and more on teamwork, letting game players easily pass the ball back and forth and get a feel for the game. This can be done via a virtual joystick or new swipe controls, which open up special shots. Players can also control the game in manager mode, adjusting the roster and lineup -- and even making trades and scouting players.

Is it any good?


Previous FIFA soccer games in the App Store have been good, but not great. FIFA SOCCER 12, though, is absolutely fantastic -- and may be one of the best sports games available in the App Store. The entire game, from the controls to the graphics, has been overhauled -- and the improvements are vast. The game makes excellent use of the touchscreen without slowing down the pace of the game. The graphics are quite smooth, and there's even a manager mode, letting you experience soccer from the other side of the sidelines. 

The addition of a changing daily challenge will keep core players hooked, but this is a title that even non-soccer fans will embrace. It's a huge game, taking up over 1 GB of space, but its quality and depth indicate that's not an unreasonable size. 

Families can talk about...

  • See if the game sparks an increased interest in real-world soccer, and if so, take kids to a game.

  • Steer kids who tend to be sedentary to this game to show them the thrill of running up and down a field, playing with others.

  • Ask kids to describe a time when they had to use teamwork to accomplish a goal -- sports-related or otherwise.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date:September 29, 2011
Category:Sports Games
Size:1020.00 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later, Android 2.3.3 and up

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