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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

9+

Parent age rating

What do parents say?
5+

Child age rating

What do children say?

At a glance

Kids use this to...

Play

Create

Learn

Connect

Parents' view of the risks...

Sexual

Low Risk

Violence & hatred

Low Risk

Bullying

Low Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Low Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Low Risk

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Top tips for staying safe

Exploring apps, sites and games together is a great way to involve your child in the decision-making process.

Be positive about what you see, but also be open about your concerns. Ask them what they think is appropriate and what worries them.

If you decide it’s not appropriate, then make sure you explain your reasons why (and be prepared for an unhappy child).

You might decide it’s ok for your child to use. If so, make sure you follow the tips below to ensure it’s as safe as possible. And work out a time when you’ll next discuss the app.

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

You might want to start by asking:

  • What kinds of things do you share online?
  • Should we share everything?
  • What shouldn’t we share?

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You wouldn’t give your number to a stranger on the street. Is a stranger online 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 emails, names, phone numbers, school names
  • photos of themselves with strangers
  • photos of their body
  • gossip

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.

And if they feel like they can’t speak to you, tell them to talk to an adult they trust, like a teacher or Childline.

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Talking to your child

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.

Talk about staying safe online

What children and parents are saying about FIFA Football

We've spoken to over 2,000 parents and kids to find out what they think.

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Kids

What do children and young people dislike about FIFA Football?

• There are in-app purchases

I like that you can play single player or online. This game is very safe because you can block any users and players. Also I find it fun because I have an interest in football.

Boy, 11

What do children and young people like about FIFA Football?

• It’s fun and you can play with your friends
• The graphics are really good
• The game is strategic and tactical

It is a multiplayer game but there isn't an easy way others can contact you.

Boy, 12

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Parents

We asked parents about the following areas of FIFA Football:

Signing up

Everyone is forced to have an account as they assume everyone wants to play Ultimate Game and play online. They’ve taken off the option to only play Career Mode.

Father of three

 

Reporting

Overall, parents thought it was easy to find ways to report unsuitable content and behaviour and to block people from contacting them.

I think it would be good to have an easier icon and a quick explanation telling children that inappropriate behaviour should be reported.

Mum of 10 and 13 year old boys

Privacy settings

I couldn’t find any of these on the site.

Mum of 10 and 13 year old boys

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