The FIFA Timeline – Key Dates in FIFA’s History

The FIFA Timeline - Key Dates in FIFA's History

The first title was released in 1993 but FIFA’s history has started much earlier. In this page, you can find the FIFA Timeline and its most important dates.

 

The FIFA Timeline

A potted history of how an ‘experiment’ became a behemoth

You regard it today as the world’s biggest sports video game franchise, an unstoppable series that commands recognition and respect the world over. But it wasn’t always that way. Here are the key dates in FIFA’s history – a kind of FIFA Timeline – how it started off small, before becoming a global giant.

1982
Electronic Arts is founded by Trip Hawkins, leaving Apple Inc. to do so. Initially, it was known as Amazin’ Software, but that was ditched.

1983
Hawkins decides to package his products in square CD-style boxes with ‘album art’ on the front. This fitted in with EA’s philosophy to celebrate their developers as rock stars.

1984
Having been rejected by his favourite NFL player, Joe Montana, Hawkins agrees an endorsement deal with retired coach John Madden, who envisions it as an educational tool. It is released four years later.

1991
Hawkins transitions from EA to form a new console platform, the 3DO – short for three-dimensional operating system. Despite being founded in partnership with the likes of LG, Panasonic and, of course, EA, the firm went bankrupt in 2003, without major success.

1991
On the back of Madden’s popularity, and subsequent releases in Golf and Ice Hockey, the Electronic Arts Sports Network, known as EASN, is formed, as a sports branch of the by now successful EA.

1993
The company’s first soccer title, FIFA International Soccer, debuts and, against all expectations, proves an immediate success story.

1995
FIFA 96 is the first title in the series to use real player names, after securing the FIFPro license to their rights. This was a significant early step to attracting gamers, despite fierce competition elsewhere.

1997
An early sighting of the depth EA Sports would strive towards, as FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 game secures the long-desired World Cup rights, and celebrates by including all 172 FIFA-registered national teams.

2000
FIFA 2001 is the first game in the series that can be played online, on the PC.

2010
The FIFA series reaches more than 100 million sales, confirming its role as the biggest-selling sports game on the market – as well as EA Sports’ most profitable game.

2012
EA make a big signing, that of Lionel Messi as cover star. The Argentine previously served the same role for rivals Pro Evolution Soccer.

2013
Released in 2012, FIFA 13 now becomes the best-selling sports video game in history, selling more than eight million copies.

2015
Female teams were added to FIFA for the first time, with 12 of the women’s national teams from the 2015 World Cup playable in the new game.

2016
For the first time ever, a game story mode was added to FIFA. The last of the three episodes was released on FIFA 19.

2016
FUT Champions, a competitive game mode, was added to FIFA.

2018
EA make another big signing, that of Cristiano Ronaldo as cover star. The Portuguese previously served the same role for rivals Pro Evolution Soccer.

 
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Born in the late 70s, Rodrigo Lopes is a video game enthusiast. He started on the old ZX Spectrum 48k and has played every FIFA game to present day. He is an engineer, that also writes about FIFA games on another popular website. Rodrigo is an Ultimate Team expert, he loves football and is a huge Benfica fan. He has influenced thousands of FIFA gaming fans with his cutting edge insights and scientific level approach to writing about FIFA gaming modes. Join him on Google Plus.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Rodrigo, venho acompanhando seu trabalho desde o FIFA 16. Gostaria de saber se você vai fazer uma guia especial sobre os melhores jogadores de cada posição!? como você fez no ano passado (FIFA 18).

    Me ajudou MUITO na hora de execução da montagem de times híbridos.

    Parabéns, Abraços…

    • Antes de mais obrigado. Já estamos a trabalhar em FIFA 20 pelo que isso estará fora de hipótese. Para FIFA 19 vamos apenas atualizando os novos eventos mas é uma ideia que poderemos sim seguir para FIFA 20.
      Abraço

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