The Best PlayStation Football Games

Over 100 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best PlayStation Football Games
Voting Rules
Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for PlayStation at some point.

If you owned a PlayStation at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few football games in your collection. Whether it's NFL or NCAA college football, taking the role of quarterback and slinging touchdown passes to teammates is one of the greatest joys a video game can bring you. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best PS1 football games of all time.

This list features the most popular and best-selling football games that were released for PlayStation. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. This poll features items like Madden NFL 2002 and Madden NFL GameDay 2005. Vote for your favorite video games for the PS1 below.

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  • Madden NFL 2001
    55 votes
    • Developer: EA Tiburon, 3d6 games

    Featuring the all-new "Madden Card" feature, Madden NFL 2001 provided an exciting twist to the classic formula by allowing players to collect and trade virtual trading cards that granted in-game power-ups and cheats. Additionally, this iteration introduced the innovative "Two-Minute Drill" mode, where players were challenged to score as many points as possible within two minutes, providing a fresh gameplay option for veterans and newcomers alike. The game also boasted a revamped audio experience, with improved commentary from legendary announcer John Madden himself and enhanced crowd noise. Moreover, Madden NFL 2001 earned its spot among the best football games, thanks to its excellent graphics, seamless animations, and continuous updates to team rosters.

  • NFL GameDay 99
    Sep 15 1998
    68 votes
    • Developer: 989 Studios

    Making significant strides from its predecessors, NFL GameDay 99 pioneered the use of the "Dual Shock" controller, allowing for more precise gameplay and added immersion through force feedback. Additionally, the game featured a groundbreaking "Total Control Passing" system, giving players unparalleled control over their quarterback's accuracy and arm strength. As if that wasn't enough, NFL GameDay 99 also provided more than 100 new offensive and defensive plays to choose from, enhancing the game's strategic element. Lastly, the game's smooth frame rate and realistic player models set a new standard for football games on the PlayStation console.

  • NFL GameDay 2000

    NFL GameDay 2000

    Jul 31 1999
    39 votes

    Known for its sheer strategic depth, NFL GameDay 2000 allowed players to take their gameplay to the next level with the implementation of an in-depth "Create-a-Playbook" feature. This gave users the ability to create their own custom plays and formations, allowing for endless possibilities on the field. Alongside this came the all-new "Arcade Mode," which spiced things up with larger-than-life players, entertaining animations, and unexpected surprises. Last but not least, NFL GameDay 2000 showcased improved graphics, smoother animations, and more accurate player representations than ever before.

  • NFL GameDay 2005

    NFL GameDay 2005

    68 votes

    Brimming with fresh gameplay options, NFL GameDay 2005 broke new ground with its innovative "Online Leagues" feature, allowing players to build their own custom leagues with friends or strangers for the first time in the series. Furthermore, the game upped the ante with the "Player Ranking System," which assigned each player a unique skill rating based on their performance in online matches. Another noteworthy addition was the "SportsCenter" mode, where players could watch virtual ESPN segments with all the latest news, scores, and highlights from around the league. Topping it off with a revamped playbook and improved graphics, NFL GameDay 2005 offered plenty for football aficionados to sink their teeth into.

  • Madden NFL 2000
    67 votes
    • Developer: EA Tiburon

    Arguably one of the most refined iterations in the series, Madden NFL 2000 delivered a treasure trove of improvements and new features that redefined the football gaming experience. Among its standout accomplishments was the introduction of the "Franchise Mode," offering players the opportunity to control every aspect of their chosen team's management, from drafting rookies to negotiating contracts. Additionally, the game boasted a wealth of new animations, including diving catches, high-stepping players, and bone-crushing tackles. Furthermore, Madden NFL 2000 distinguished itself with its impressive weather effects and detailed stadiums, resulting in a lifelike and immersive experience for gamers worldwide.

  • Madden NFL 2002
    38 votes
    • Developer: EA Tiburon, Budcat Creations

    Continuing the series' trend of innovation, Madden NFL 2002 introduced the groundbreaking "Create-a-Team" mode, where players could build their fantasy football squad from scratch—customizing everything from the team logo to the uniform colors. This edition also refined gameplay mechanics with the inclusion of the "Sprint Button," providing a noticeable speed boost when evading defenders or charging towards the endzone. Additionally, the game's revamped AI provided a more challenging and lifelike experience for seasoned players, thanks to its improved pathfinding and decision-making capabilities. On top of all these innovations, Madden NFL 2002 continued to excel in the graphics department, delivering state-of-the-art visuals that pushed the PlayStation hardware to its limits.