Football season is back here in the United States - there were two, count 'em, two NFL apps in the last game roundup alone. But if you didn't get enough of the other football during the World Cup, EA would like to provide a digital alternative. At least if you live in Canada, that is - the company just published the Android version of FIFA 15 up north. Canucks, all the soccer you want is free for the asking... plus whatever in-app purchases you choose to expend.

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The latest version of the evergreen football franchise has the usual improved graphics and updated rosters, and the Quick Simulation mode lets you drop into any matchup without dedicating yourself to a full season (the titular "Ultimate Team" mode), but it still relies on strategic substitutions when your underpowered players are lacking in a little IAP stamina. FIFA 15 features "classic" controls with a new through pass maneuver (forgive my ignorance on that one) or more casual controls that might make for a less cluttered touchscreen. This is also the first Android release to support hardware controls - SHIELD or SHIELD Tablet owners, it might be worth a try just for that. The game also has weekly match-ups that correspond to any real FIFA games that are occurring.

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This full 3D game is a sizeable 1.35GB download, and it may not run on less powerful hardware. It won't run at all on anything older than Gingerbread. Everyone outside of the Great White North, be patient - EA tends to release its games in one or two locations first to fix any major problems, then go for a worldwide release. It shouldn't be too long before FIFA 15 comes to a Play Store near you.

Thanks, Rajan Verma!

The app was not found in the store. :-(