Even those who don't particularly warm to the pampered prima donnas and cynical play acting of the modern game should take a closer look. Most of our favourites aren't the licensed FIFA-aping borefests you might expect.
We've got something for all levels of footy and videogame fandom in the following list. Here, then, are 25 of the best footy games on Android.
The brilliant New Star Soccer set the terms for a brilliant mobile-focused football game of depth and nuance. New Star Manager goes even deeper by shifting the focus from the individual to the team, with masterful results.
Score! Hero plays like a Match of the Day highlights package, placing you in control of the decisive passes and shots of each game. It's a bit like a flashier (though much less charming) New Star Soccer.
Rumble Stars Soccer has more in common with Clash Royale than FIFA, but we're not complaining. This is a brilliantly tactical online multiplayer kick-around with larger-than-life animal players and sharp presentation.
Not as in-depth or sophisticated as Football Manager Touch 2018, Football Manager Mobile 2018 nonetheless provides an accessible footy management game for Android smartphone owners and those who don't want to get too involved.
If you want an in-depth console-style take on football for your mobile, there's only really one choice - and it isn't FIFA Mobile. PES 2019 isn't perfect, but it's built on the same engine as the console games.