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FIFA Football

FIFA Football is a gaming app where you can build and manage your own football team and play against other users from around the world. You can also join forces with friends or other gamers by creating leagues. The app includes links out to external sites and social networks.

13+

Official age rating

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Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for FIFA Football

Average

We think this game is suitable for kids aged 13+ to play with people they know offline, like friends from school.

There is a basic chat function when you reach the Expert chapter of the game that lets you create your own leagues, chat and play with friends. When your child reaches this level of the game make sure to switch off friend requests so people they don’t know can’t try to add them. You should also agree some rules around which friends they can play with on the app.

You can join public leagues on Fifa mobile and play with random users. You should show your child how to set up their own league so they can only play with friends they actually know.

Be aware that you can buy access to different features so you should make sure in-app purchases are switched off on your child’s device.

Safety features

There are no in-game parental controls available. However, if you let your child play other EA games you might want to explore how to set up a child’s account.

Privacy & location

Only your nickname appears to other players and the game does not record your location. You should help your child create an appropriate nickname that doesn’t reference any personal information.

You should switch off friend requests on your child’s account so they can’t be added by people they don’t know.

Reporting & blocking

There are no communication features available until you reach the expert chapter of the academy. Once you’ve reached this level, you can easily unfriend players, report and block.

 

Content

We didn’t come across anything inappropriate while exploring the app and the football theme is suitable for young children. However, because there is an in-game chat function there might still be a chance your chid could be sent something that upsets them.

O2 Guru top tip

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On FIFA Football safety

There aren't any communication features in this game but it does link out to other sites and social networks, which you might want to explore to check they're ok.

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Top tips for staying safe

Playing Fifa Football with your child is a great way for you to learn more about the game and the different features available.

As a player progresses further in the game, they gain access to more features. One of these is a chat function that lets you speak to your friends on the game. Make sure to talk to your child about this and agree some rules about who they can add as a friend and talk to while playing.

As your child won’t have access to this function straight away, it’s important to have regular conversations with them about how they’re progressing on the game and the different features they’re using.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

Gaming is a fun way for kids to relax and stay entertained outside of school but it’s important to agree rules to keep them safe whilst gaming. These could include which games are safe to play, who they can play with, where they can use their devices at home or how long they can play for.

For example, you might agree with them they can play in the main family rooms at the weekends with their school friends. Different rules will work for different families but often work best when agreed together as a family. That way your child can share things like how long each game lasts which is helpful to know when agreeing time limits.

It can help to write down any new rules together as a family so you can come back to them later. Use our family agreement to get you started.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

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Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

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