Take your dream team to soccer stardom
Always dreamed of being a star footballer? Build your own Dream League Soccer team and take your players from zero to hero. Forget FIFA or PSE – this is one of the most downloaded soccer apps for Android. With over 40 million downloads this is undoubtedly the soccer game of choice for Android users. What is the big deal? The game gives you overarching control over a soccer empire. Tailor-make your team using only the fastest and the fittest players. Customize your own stadium and lead your dream team to glory. In a nutshell: Dream League Soccer 2019 is a football manager game where you work your way up a fictitious league through match simulations.
Rumored to have better graphics than PES and be more customizable than Football Manager - is it really though? Let´s check out this game and find out.
Take control of your soccer empire and play your way to the top of the league.
Soccer in your pocket
Dream League Soccer 2019 stands apart from generic mobile soccer simulators for one main reason: authenticity. Developers First Touch Games sourced the licensing rights to FIFPro. This allows you to take on your favorite players. Recruit real licensed pros from Gareth Bale to Cristian Ronaldo and have a superstar studded soccer dream team. The latest version of the game released this year also offers updated seasonal information and enhanced graphics. The official leagues licensing means you can play your way from the bottom up through six divisions and over seven cup competitions. While Football Manager may nail the managerial experience and FIFA focuses on the players, Dream League Soccer team offers authenticity from both sidelines and field.
The match simulations offer phenomenal graphics and painstaking gameplay. Just three buttons to shoot, aim, and pass enable you to defend, attack, and dribble your way to an epic goal. Play virtually exactly as you would offline. Choose a classic 4-4-2 formation or go alternative. Soccer is all about tactics, but you will still need ruthless attacks to score those goals. The defense is made satisfyingly complex by a ruthless referee to ensure clean play and a pure game is delivered. Remember to swap out your players between seasons and up their energy levels after each game.
From the managerial perspective you can build your own virtual soccer empire from scratch. You are in control of everything from sourcing players to designing their kits. There are three modes of play to choose from: Events, Career or Multiplayer. Events lets you play in regional divisions, Career pits you against lower leagues or you can play against real players in Multiplayer mode. To buy new players or make changes to your soccer empire you will need “coins”. You earn coins through hitting your targets or winning matches. The settings are thorough – you can tweak pretty much everything from the commentary to the position of the players’ names. There is also a neat “Replay” option where you can re-watch goals or fouls (with option to skip forward and back) save them and upload them to social media.
Downloading Dream League Soccer 2019 is free. Do prepare yourself however to whip out your credit card as you play. Acquisition of extras are not obligatory to gameplay, but there is the temptation of an improved experience. It comes with the Freemium package; nevertheless, sneaky paywalls are always an irritating add-on to any game. The ratio of coins earned for a stellar match to those required to buy players or improve the stadium are appalling. (Imagine a paltry 30 coins versus the 1000 you may need, forcing you to buy coins or stagnate). The game could be made better through making the transfers seasonal instead of after every match, and why not award a Golden Boot and Golden Glove at the end? Also, while you can buy new players, no offers are made for your own which could be a fun improvement. For a mobile app, the gameplay is impressive – but not perfect. The players do lag occasionally which could lose you crucial seconds during a pass or score.
Where can you run this program?
Dream League Soccer 2019 is primarily for mobile devices. For Android mobiles or tablets you will need 4.4 or up, for iOS 5.0. Blackberry is not supported. The file size is smaller than rival games like PES and FIFA – only 365.98MB in this latest version. While the app is currently for mobile only (Android and iOS devices) there is software that will allow you to simulate the game on Mac or PC computers.
Is there a better alternative?
Sure. For precision, total control over game play and command-play synchronicity then no mobile game will beat an Xbox or PlayStation experience. FIFA is an arguably unparalleled soccer simulation. This legendary series has a new game released annually by the Electronic Arts under the EA Sports Label. FIFA arguably has the most advanced graphics and player controls. FIFA has a loyal fanbase and devout following for a reason, but you will have to pay the price – and it’s not cheap. For free alternatives check out Pro Evolution Soccer or PES the popular Konami series. Like Dream League Soccer 2019 this is a freemium and multiplatform game for mobiles, PC and tablets. Apple users may have less choice as soccer simulations go, but New Star Soccer is a well-rounded 3D soccer simulation that you can run on your Mac.
In the world of mobile soccer gaming this is a classic choice for a reason. Dream League Soccer 2019 may not be without its flaws. While it can be an ego boost to score 12 goals against a well-matched team nevertheless it cries for better AI. The coin system seems biased to earning money for the developers and there could be more accurate real-time info. That said, for a mobile game the graphics are excellent. The total immersion in the soccer empire is comprehensive and the small touches (convincing commentary, the rousing roar from the crowd) make for one awesome atmospheric world right on your phone.
Should you download it?
Do you love soccer? Whether you like kicking a ball on or offline Dream League Soccer will let you take your tailor-made team to the top of the league. And it fits in your pocket! Do download it and try it for yourself.
- Updated information from latest soccer season
- Coin system needs work
- Players lag
- Multiplayer mode affected by a slow connection