FIFA World Cup 2030 Venue Causes Controversy but Online Football Games Offer Stress Free Fun

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Last Updated 4th Jun 2024, 12:55 PM

FIFA World Cup 2030 Venue Causes Controversy but Online Football Games Offer Stress Free Fun

The Sports World was furious when FIFA announced the decision to host the 2030 World Cup at venues in six different countries spanning three continents.  

A Logistical Nightmare for Players and Fans 

The coordination of such a grand scale event is difficult enough but now the first three games will be held in the South American nations of Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay to celebrate 100 years of the tournament.

Those three nations and their opponents will travel across the Atlantic to play the rest of the tournament in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Concerns have been expressed over the impact the tournament will have on Climate Change.

Football and Football Gaming Worth Billions in Revenue 

The sale of rights related to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar alone generated $6.3 billion in revenue for FIFA between 2019 and 2022, amounting to 83 percent of the organization’s total revenue during that period.

FIFA, football (soccer) electronic game series was published from 1993 to 2022 by EA Sports, a division of the American gaming company Electronic Arts, and licensed from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. It set the standard for the electronic football gaming industry. 

What Are the Best Football Games?

  • Football Legends: 2021 
  • Penalty Shooters 2
  • Soccer Skills: Euro Cup 2021 
  • Penalty Shooter 3 
  • Penalty Shootout: Euro Cup 2016 
  • Bubble Shooter World Cup 
  • Real Football Challenge 

Not All Football Tournaments Will Cost a Packet 

With the rise in the cost of viewing tournaments on Terrestrial TV and online there are some who prefer to set up their own tournaments and pick their own teams to play whenever they like. The rise in online gaming around football is phenomenal - it can be compared to the rise in popularity of online casino slots.

Although FIFA, Pro Evolution and Football Manager control a sizeable chunk of the market there are some free football games that are improving in quality despite having lower budgets.  

Top 5 football games you can play online for free include:

Sociable Soccer  

  • Fun
  • Regular tournaments

Football Legend Online 

  • Great graphics
  • Create own avatar
  • Competitive community

Freestyle Football 

  • Colourful and entertaining
  • Create own player
  • League tables

Goal United Pro (managerial role) 

  • Build own stadium
  • Buy and sell players
  • Decide team’s tactics


  • Create and manage your team
  • 128 different countries available
  • Pick first eleven
  • Implement training and transfers

Whatever you think of FIFA there is no doubt that football has skyrocketed across the world. From its humble beginnings in England to remote outposts of the world where in some cases they have now dominated world football competitions. The real and virtual reality game continues to attract new fans.

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Alan Evans
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Most of my career was spent in teaching including at one of the UK’s top private schools. I left London in 2000 and set up home in Wales raising four beautiful children. I enrolled at University where I studied Photography and film and gained a Degree and subsequently a Masters Degree. In 2014 I helped launch a new local newspaper and managed to get front and back page as well as 6 filler pages on a weekly basis. I saw that journalism was changing and was a pioneer of hyperlocal news in Wales. In 2017 I started one of the first 24/7 free independent news sites for Wales. Having taken that to a successful business model I was keen for a new challenge. Joining the company is exciting for me especially as it is a new role in Europe. I am keen to establish myself and help others to do the same.

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