Updated September 22, 2021: New entries and download links added

At the time of writing we're mere weeks away from the European Championships. If you're from Europe, or simply love the game of soccer, then this will be extremely exciting news to you.

If you're itching to kick things off early, why not dabble in a few football games on your Android? If you haven't checked in on this quietly burgeoning scene, you might be surprised how deep it runs.

You've got your FIFA and your PES, of course. It might surprise you how faithful these have gotten, at least in terms of the engines used.

But there are also a bunch of footy games that hark back to the golden ear of home computer soccer, full of frant fast-paced arcade action.

At the other end of the footballing spectrum there's the football management genre, which lets you take on the role of a digital Guardiola. The best examples of these can be more absorbing than the finest 200 hour RPG.

And then there are the oddballs, which splice soccer rules to all manner of other genres and ideas.

Can't see your favourite Android football game on the list? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Original list by Jon Mundy, updated by Pocket Gamer Staff