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You need two things to play FIFA on Mac: A FIFA game code for PC and Windows installed on your Mac.

It’s now even easier to play FIFA on Mac using Parallels due to the introduction of DirectX 11 support and M1/M2 Mac compatibility in the latest versions of Parallels for Mac.

Apart from Windows, you’ll also need a FIFA 23 game code from the EA Origin store.

This is the only way to run FIFA on a Mac, Apple Silicon M1/M2 Mac or MacBook properly and legally.

Please beware of YouTube video tutorials and websites that claim to show you how to install or download FIFA for Mac.

Not only do they not work but they often involve illegal downloads of FIFA and may also infect your Mac with adware or malware.

This tutorial on how to install FIFA on Mac is easy, safe, legal and allows you to play FIFA online against friends. We even show you how you can connect your Xbox or Playstation controller to your Mac to play FIFA.

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Once you’ve learned how to run FIFA on macOS, you’ll also be able to install other games on your Mac that are PC only such as Rocket League, Among Us, Roblox, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Sam & Max Save the World, Battlefield 4, Grand Theft Auto 5, Steam games and other games on the EA Origin store that are not available for Mac.

Note that unfortunately you can’t use NVIDIA’S GeForce Now For Mac gaming platform to play FIFA because FIFA is not available via the Steam store.

For more on playing Windows PC games on a Mac, check out our guide to the best ways to play Windows games on Mac.

How To Play FIFA On Mac

Before you start, you’ll need to make sure you have an M1/M2 Mac or Intel Mac that’s no more than 3-4 years old with at least 8GB of RAM and 100GB of hard drive space for FIFA 23.

FIFA 23 will not launch on your Mac unless you have at least 8GB of RAM so it’s not even worth following this tutorial and installing it if you don’t.

Older Macs with less RAM simply will not be able to handle the demands of running Windows and macOS at the same time. You’ll find that FIFA either will not launch or be virtually unplayable on your Mac due to severe lag.

To check your Mac system specs, go to the Apple logo in the top left of your Mac desktop and select About this Mac.

Next to Memory you can see exactly how much RAM you have on your Mac.

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In addition, you’ll need a minimum of 16GB hard drive space to install Windows on your Mac. However, we recommend having far more than this – around at least 200GB+ to be safe.

This is because FIFA 23 requires a whopping 100GB of hard drive space so that means you’ll need at least 200GB of space to install both Windows and FIFA on your Mac.

This will very quickly eat up the hard drive space of the majority of Macs. If you don’t have space, don’t worry as you can also install Windows and FIFA on an external hard drive connected to your Mac too.

If you’ve got all this in place, you’re now ready to install the latest version of FIFA on your Mac.

  • First you need to install Windows on your Mac. By far the easiest way to do this is with Parallels which makes it extremely simple and convenient to switch between macOS and Windows at any moment.

  • Intel Macs can also install Windows using Boot Camp although this only allows you to run your Mac in macOS or Windows at one time – you have to reboot to switch between the two. Note that this is not an option for M1 or M2 Macs as Boot Camp does not work on Apple Silicon Macs.
  • Whichever method you choose, the great thing is that Windows is now free to install on a Mac so it won’t cost you a cent. Microsoft no longer requires users to activate it unless they want to customize the look of Windows 10.
  • When you’ve done that, check that DirectX 11 is installed in Windows.
  • Once Windows and DirectX are installed on your Mac, the process for installing FIFA is exactly the same as if you were using a PC. First you need to install EA Origin in Windows on your Mac. EA Origin is EA’s platform for distributing games such as FIFA, The Sims etc. Simply open Windows on your Mac and download and install EA Origin for PC. If you’ve already got an Origin ID, just login but if not, you’ll need to create a username and password to finish the setup.

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  • You then simply need to purchase FIFA which is available in the Origin store. When you’ve purchase FIFA, it will appear under My Games in Origin. You used to be able to buy it from Amazon too bit it’s always out of stock and seems that EA have stopped using Amazon as a distributor for FIFA.
  • Before you try to launch FIFA on your Mac, you need to make sure that Parallels can access your Mac’s graphics card. To do this, ensure that “Automatic graphics switching” is activated in the Virtual Machine Configuration Window under Hardware > Graphics > Advanced Settings. It should be noted however that it’s macOS rather than Parallels that decides whether you can switch or not when playing games.

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And that’s it, you’re now ready to launch and play FIFA 23 on your Mac!

Once Origin has downloaded and installed FIFA, you can play it on your Mac just as if you were playing on a PC, including online against friends.

You will also get updates to teams and squads throughout the season just as if you were playing FIFA on PC.

If FIFA 23 Is Not Working On Your Mac In Parallels

If you’re having problems launching FIFA 23 in Parallels using Origin on your Mac then it’s probably due to EA’s new anti-cheat software in FIFA 23.

EA introduced a new EA AntiCheat (EAAC) software in FIFA 23 which has been preventing FIFA 23 launching on all platforms for some users including Windows.

If FIFA 23 won’t launch on your Mac in Parallels, it’s probable that it’s EA AntiCheat that is blocking it.

There is no single solution to this but one solution that has worked for some is to right-click on the EA Origin app in Windows and select “run as administrator” and click “yes” when prompted to run FIFA 23.

If this doesn’t work, try searching for the EAAntiCheat.Installer.exe in Windows, double click on it to open it and then close it. Then right-click on the EAAntiCheat.Installer.exe and delete it from the pop-up menu that appears.

Open FIFA 23 in Origin and it will force a re-install of EAAntiCheat that should fix the problem.

If neither of these work, then you can try running EA Origin as an administrator, uninstall FIFA 23 and then reinstall it again.

Can You Play FIFA For Xbox On Mac?

Finally, if you’re having no luck getting FIFA 23 to work on a Mac using Parallels, you can try playing the Xbox version of FIFA on your Mac instead.

You can do this running Windows in Parallels by downloading the Xbox app from the Windows store which allows you to play Xbox games in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

You will however also need an Xbox Game Pass but you can get one for an introductory offer of $1 for the first month and then $9.99 per month afterwards.

Even better, you can connect your Xbox controller to a Mac via Bluetooth meaning you can enjoy the full Xbox experience on your Mac (see below).

Connecting An Xbox Or Playstation Controller To FIFA On Mac

The great thing about Parallels is that it now recognizes Xbox and Playstation controllers connected to your Mac via Bluetooth. This is very simple to setup as you can see below.

If you’ve installed Windows using Boot Camp, it’s slightly more complicated and you’ll need a third party app to handle external controllers.

Joystick Mapper allows you to connect external controllers and even allows you to use Playstation gamepads to play FIFA.

There is a trick you can use to make your Playstation controller trigger the FIFA PC keyboard controls on Mac using Joystick Mapper.

Why Hasn’t EA Released FIFA For Mac?

The last time EA released FIFA on Mac was back in 2011 when they released FIFA 12.

FIFA 13 was released the following year but since then, EA hasn’t released any newer versions for Mac and it seems they have no intention of doing so.

It may have something to do with the fact that EA simply don’t want to invest the resources into developing a version of FIFA for Mac which is comparable with the PC and console version.

Very little effort was put into FIFA 12 and FIFA 13 and they were basically poorly ported PC versions that were full of bugs, poor graphics and you couldn’t even play online or update teams.

But don’t worry – if you follow these instructions, you can install the PC version of FIFA on your Mac (and it also works as far back as FIFA 14 on Mac if you can find a copy of it somewhere!).

If you have any problems or issues installing FIFA on your Mac using this tutorial, or you have any questions or suggestions, let us know below.

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78 Responses

  1. yousef john

    I want to buy macbook Pro with M1 max and 64 GB ram but I am a Fifa player So can I run Fifa 22 with parallels ?
    did anyone try this?

  2. yousef john

    can I launch Fifa 22 on M1 max 64 GB ram with parallels?
    did anyone try this?

  3. Gerald Vidic

    I strongly suggests you to just go with a PS5/XBOX. In spite of whatever specs you have for an M1 Mac, an M1 Max won’t run the game much better than an entry level M1 because of the lack of optimisation. And I don’t think there’s any incentives for developers to change that.


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