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FIFA 09 is the 2008 installment of Electronic Arts' FIFA series of football video games. Developed by EA Canada, it is published by Electronic Arts worldwide under the EA Sports label. It was released on 2 October 2008 in Australia, 3 October 2008 in Europe, and 14 October in North America. The N-Gage version was released on 18 November 2008.

The demo was released on 10 September 2008 for PC and on 11 September 2008 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The PS3 and Xbox 360 demos were identical with the exception of the stadium used with the PS3 featuring the FIWC Stadium and the Xbox 360 version using the new Wembley Stadiummarker. The tagline for the game is "Let's FIFA 09."


It has been stated in an interview with game producer David Rutter that there are over 250 improvements in the game.

Among the improvements in the new FIFA are improved responsiveness that allows for quicker release of the ball, greater urgency in off-the-ball running, a new jostle system that takes into account the strength of the players when going shoulder-to-shoulder, and subtle animations that enable players to take first-time shots.

Another of the edition's biggest changes is a completely revamped collision system, which calculates speed, weight, and power when the players collide, as each player will have their own individual strength and power statistics depending on their body characteristics.

New goalkeeper technology has also been added which allows for better positioning, better reactions to saves, and faster recovery after a save has been made.

A further improvement from FIFA 08 is the weather and time. Rain and snow matches can be played from Kick-off mode, however there are no weather effects in Manager Mode. Games can be played at either day, dusk or night, depending on the stadium choice.

FIFA 09 includes a "10 vs. 10" "Be a Pro" online game. The game also features user-controlled player celebrations, like in UEFA Euro 2008, in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.

The "Be A Pro" mode of the game has also been improved. On the PC, Xbox360, and PS3 version, the user can now play four seasons as a single player. The PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles also allow the player to change clubs, and play for his national team, depending on their performance. This feature is not present in the PC version.

Adidas Live Season

On 20 August 2008, EA unveiled the new Adidas Live Season feature that will dynamically update player form and attributes each week, in-game, based on the player's last game to reflect real-world ups and downs. Live Season is a premium service that will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC and covers six leagues: the Barclays Premier League, the Liga BBVA, the Ligue 1, the Bundesliga, the Serie A, and the Primera División de México. Gamers have access to one league of their choice as a free trial that runs from the moment they activate the service to the end of the 2008–09 season, while purchasing extra leagues will cost £4.99 (US$7.99) each, or all six leagues can be purchased for £12.99 (US$20.00).

User-controlled celebration

User-controlled goal celebrations are also featured for the first time in the FIFA series, having been trialled in the official video game of Euro 2008. The player can choose from a variety of pre-loaded celebrations. This feature is on seventh generation consoles only (excludes PC and Wii) due to capacity limits.


FIFA 09 was updated to correspond with the transfers made in the January 2009 transfer window. This update was added on to the game via an online squad download on 10 February 2009.

On 19 March 2009, FIFA 09 was updated to version 1.02 that added the Ultimate Team mode and also Trophies for the PlayStation 3. On 6 June, version 1.03 was released. It fixed various bugs that were caused from the previous patch.

Ultimate Team Mode

Ultimate Team Mode is a downloadable game mode expansion for FIFA 09 available only on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. It lets users create their own teams by buying, selling, trading, and auctioning off their players with thousands of other users. Gamers earn points by playing their teams online or offline or by using Microsoft Points to buy card packs, or you can use coins which you gain from playing matches. Card packs are categorized as Gold (5,000 pts), Silver (2,500 pts), or Bronze (500 pts). Card pack contain random cards, so the user does not know exactly what he or she will get in them. Essentially, Ultimate Team is geared toward letting the user have full, customizable control over their teams. "You can also compete with your squad against others across the world"


There are different covers for the regional versions of FIFA 09. All covers feature Ronaldinho with different players for each region except for the cover in Spain: the UKmarker and Australian covers feature Wayne Rooney; the Germanmarker cover features Kevin Kurányi; the Italianmarker cover features Daniele De Rossi; the Irishmarker cover features Richard Dunne; the Czechmarker cover features Petr Čech; the Frenchmarker cover features Franck Ribéry and Karim Benzema; the Hungarian cover features Balázs Dzsudzsák; the Portuguesemarker cover features Ricardo Quaresma; the Spanishmarker cover features Gonzalo Higuaín; the Swiss cover features Tranquillo Barnetta; and the North American version features Guillermo Ochoa and Maurice Edu. Edu signed for Scottishmarker team Rangers, which caused the cover to be altered to feature Edu in a US national team shirt and Ronaldinho appeared in a Milan shirt, so that a club shirt was featured.

Leagues and teams

There are over 500 teams and 30 leagues in the game, as well as 41 national teams, two fewer than in FIFA 08.


1Rheindorf Altach and Sturm Graz feature unlicensed badges.

2Goiás and Internacional feature unlicensed team names, kits and badges.

3Chester City feature unlicensed team names and kits.

4Bologna, Catania, Cagliari, Genoa, Napoli, and Palermo all feature unlicensed team names, kits and badges.

5Ancona, Cittadella, and Salernitana all feature unlicensed team names, kits, and badges.

6Modena and Treviso feature last season's official team kit.

7Piast Gliwicemarker, Polonia Warsaw, and Śląsk Wrocław all feature unlicensed team names, kits, and badges.

8AIK, Djurgården, Hammarby, and IFK Göteborg all feature unlicensed team names, kits, and badges.

Rest of World

This section is for clubs whose leagues are not represented in the game. This is also the league where any team the player makes belongs to.

1 On the Current Gen version, Classic XI and World XI are found in a separate 'world league.'

National teams

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1 contains one or more fictitious players.

2 without national federation's crest included in game, and without branded kits.

3 with federation's crest, but not branded kits.


Below is a complete list of stadia featured in FIFA 09 on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. There are also designated stadia for clubs in England, Scotland and Australia. Stadia in bold are national teams' stadia.

Licensed stadia









South Korea:

United States
Generic stadia

  • Aloha Park
  • Closed Square Style2
  • Crown Lane
  • Div1 Euro Style2
  • Div2 Euro Style2
  • Div3 Euro Style2
  • Div1 UK Style2
  • Div2 UK Style2
  • Div3 UK Style2
  • El Bombastico
  • El Medio
  • El Reducto
  • Estadio de las Artes
  • Estadio del Pueblo
  • Estadio Latino
  • Euro Arena
  • Euro Park
  • FIWC Stadium
  • Football Ground

  • Fussball Stadion
  • Generic Modern2
  • Ivy Lane
  • Modern Euro2
  • Modern South America2
  • O Dromo
  • Olimpico Generitico
  • Olympic Style2
  • Open Square Style2
  • Oval Style2
  • Square Ground
  • Stade Kokoto
  • Stade Municipal
  • Stadio Classico
  • Stadion 23. Maj
  • Stadion Europa
  • Stadion Hanguk
  • Stadion Neder
  • Stadion Olympik
  • Town Park

1Juventus and Torino have not occupied this stadium for the past two seasons. Both play at the Stadio Olimpico di Torinomarker, which is not featured in the game.

2PC, PS2, Wii and PSP only. These are the only generic stadia in the PS2 and Wii versions

3PS2 and Wii only

4Teams are not included in the game but their Stadium is.


Martin Tyler and Andy Gray provide the English-language commentary for the game, although Tyler is replaced by Clive Tyldesley for the PC, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 and Wii versions. Users can also download free alternative commentators in different languages from the PlayStation Store (PlayStation 3) and Xbox Live Marketplace (Xbox 360). Another option for the English language is Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend. The commentators for other languages are:

Platform information

Wii version

The Wii version of the game is titled FIFA 09 All-Play (FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play in the US) and was launched under EA Sports' new All-Play brand exclusive to the platform. Even though it features the normal 11 vs 11 football match like the other consoles, a new, exclusive feature was introduced called 'Footii Match', which is an 8 vs 8 football match. The object of this feature is to beat certain teams from around the world and unlock their "superstar team captain". For the first time, FIFA 09 on this platform features "Manager Mode" as found on other platforms. Also for the first time ever, users can now use GameCube and Classic Controller along with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. There are two methods of playing. Firstly, All-Play is for players less experienced, as it has basic controls and the players move themselves unless a nunchuk is connected. The other method of playing is advanced play, which involves moving the player with the nunchuk and pointing the remote to the player the user wants to pass to.

DS and PSP

The PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS versions include a "Be a Pro" mode for the first time.

PS3 Version

The PlayStation 3 exclusive game mode is a built-in FIFA Interactive World Cup. This will enable gamers to track their progress and play games through the game rather than relying on the website. FIFA 09 for the PS3 also supports rumble with the DualShock 3. In addition, like previous FIFA games, the PS3 version has support for seven players on the same screen. In the 1.02 update, Trophies were also included.

PC and PS2

The PC and PlayStation 2 versions features a special Tournament Mode, in which there are a total of 61 tournaments, including 42 officially-licensed ones. The user can also create their own tournaments. Moreover, the PC version of the game contains mouse controls in addition to keyboard controls, by which the player can draw the trick moves using the middle mouse button.


The complete FIFA 09 soundtrack was announced by EA Sports on 14 August 2008. It features 42 songs from 22 different countries.


FIFA 09 was given an IGN rating of 8.6 out of 10 and received the Editor's Choice Award. It was also a nominee for Best Sports Game for the Nintendo DS by IGN for their 2008 video game awards. In addition, FIFA 09 got a Gamespot rating of 8.5 out of 10.


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