Football, or soccer for those American fans, is notoriously difficult to do right in a video game. It’s not just the fact that there are some crazy physics involved in how the ball moves, but rather that there’s a lot going on at any given time. With twenty-two players on the field at the same time, that’s a lot to render and keep track of. That’s probably why most browser football games simplify the game by quite a bit, either by reducing the number of players or by focusing on other aspects of the game. Most of the games in the Football Games category definitely fall into one of those two categories.
The bulk of the games in the Football category take football and simplify it down to two players, usually through a simple attack and defend mechanic. The sole player on each team focuses on both striker and goalie, making the game a bit less like football and a bit more like air hockey. These games are usually more about physics than basic soccer skills, as the player needs to figure out the right angle to get the ball above or below the opposing goalie. There are sometimes cartoon-like physics involved that give the game an extra bit of a difficulty.
Most of the other Football games focus on single skills. Many of them, for example, focus on trying to score a goal. This is usually done by either positioning the player in a number of different spots against a goalie or having the player use an angle and power combination to get past obstacles. Other games focus on having the player play goalie, which usually is something closer to a rhythm or bullet-hell type of game. Both types of games are represented in various graphical styles ranging from somewhat-realistic to outright cartoony.
There are certainly enough football games that players won’t hurt for choice. Looking deeply at these games, though, will reveal that you’re mostly looking at relatively similar games that have minor differences. If you like the mechanics of one game but not the look, you’ll probably find a game that has a better graphical style. If your problem is the fact that you need a more realistic depiction of football, then you should try one of the simulators and play with famous FIFA players. These games really do represent the best of what you’re going to be able to find in a browser game site.