How football has influenced online slot games


Slot games use everything from Greek mythology to animals galore as their theme. It’s inevitable, therefore, that the sport of football has made its way in the world of slot games. The incredibly popular sport has been utilised in many ways, including one that is out of this world. Let’s look at some of the best online slots with a football theme you can try out at sites like

The Champions

We all dream of our country becoming the world champions. Major tournaments such as the World Cup and European Championships are good source material for slot games. ‘The Champions’ is a slot released by Pragmatic Play and was released in time for the 2018 World Cup.

Firstly, you must choose which country you will be from the 32 teams that qualified for the 2018 World Cup. Once that’s been done, it’s time for the game, and there are lots of ways to get a win. Symbols include a football, goalkeepers’ gloves, the referee’s whistle and there’s a football stadium in the background.

The game includes a Penalty Shots Bonus Game that could see you win 100x your total bet.  There’s also the Momentum Progressive Game where the more goals you score, the higher the multiplier given.

Microgaming’s Football Star Slot

This is a popular release by the ever-dependable designers Microgaming. If there were a league table for designers, they’d be challenging for the title. When a slot game has a theme, it’s important that it is adhered to well. That’s 100% the case with ‘Football Star’ as every symbol is football related. No playing cards or fruit have been signed during the transfer window. There’s everything from goalkeepers making a save to a striker heading the ball.

With 243 ways to win, a Rolling Reels feature and 40 wild symbols on the reels, it’s a game that can produce wins aplenty. There’s even a striking wild feature with a footballer kicking a ball at the reels to turn a whole reel wild. That striker is far more accurate than the ones our local team has! Best of all, you can try it out here.

Top Trumps Football Stars

Here’s another game released by Playtech in time for the 2018 World Cup. The bonus with this game is that it includes images of top players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale (even though Wales didn’t qualify).  With a progressive jackpot to win, this is a great game to play.


Here’s a game that will bring back plenty of childhood memories. Oh, for the days when our evenings were spent playing Subbuteo football, either on a table or laid out on the carpet. This NextGen slot is based on the game and is an entertaining slot to play.

Symbols include Subbuteo players referees’ whistles, trophies and football boots. You can win extra players via the Manager of the Month feature. The highlight though is the Free Spins feature triggered once you get 11 players. This has everything from free kicks and penalties to goals and an action replay.

Universal Cup

Who are the best football team in the universe?  This slot from Leander Games features a universal football tournament though how they deal with any gravity problems isn’t explained. The symbols include a collection of alien footballers and they are a fearsome looking lot who make Roy Keane look like a pussycat. There’s a dramatic soundtrack that’s not quite as catchy as the ‘Match of the Day’ theme, but some good bonuses are available. This includes the Manager Bonus feature (a pick me round), and the Free Kick Spins Bonus feature with stacked wilds producing more wins.

Could VAR Be on its Way?

The slot industry is an ever-changing one and so now is football. Could perhaps future slot games include VAR?  This could allow players the chance to have a break from the screen as VAR takes forever to reach a decision.

Was that really a penalty? VAR can make its decision as the graphics show fans waiting and praying for the right result. Actually, this could be a good addition to a slot game with the tension building as the decision is reached (eventually). That could be swiftly followed by players/managers /fans complaining and preparing to write nasty tweets after the game

The Future

Slot designers will always be keen to produce football-related games. We’re only a year away from the 2020 European Championships, and the next World Cup is in 2022. Keep an eye out for more games being released in the coming years.