You need two things to play FIFA on Mac: A FIFA 20 or FIFA 19 game code for PC and Windows installed on your Mac.

As of August 2019 it’s now even easier to play FIFA on Mac using Parallels due to the introduction of DirectX 11 support in Parallels 15.

Apart from Windows, you’ll also need a FIFA 20 game code or FIFA 19 game code from the EA Origin store.

This is the only way to run FIFA on a 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.

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 Skyrim, 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.

How To Play FIFA On Mac

Before you start, you’ll need to make sure you have an Intel Mac or Macbook that’s no more than 3-4 years old with at least 8GB of RAM for FIFA 20.

FIFA 20 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.

netflix for mac - about this mac

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 100GB+ to be safe.

This is because FIFA 20 requires a whopping 50GB of hard drive space so that means you’ll need at least 76GB of space to install both Windows and FIFA 19 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.

  • You 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.
  • Whichever method you choose, the great thing is that Windows 10 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.

fifa for mac - origin account

  • 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.
  • Finally, 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.

parallels graphics switcherAnd that’s it, you’re now ready to launch and play FIFA 20 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.

Connecting An Xbox Or Playstation Controller To FIFA On Mac

The great thing about Parallels 15 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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55 Responses

  1. MacHow2
    daan

    Dear MacHow2,

    GREAT NEWS!!!

    Can’t wait to try it!

    But I’m still a little bit sceptic…

    It looks to easy;)..

    Could you arrange some pics or YouTube movie to confirm your FIFA on Mac.

    Kind regards.

    Daan (from Holland)

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Hi Daan! It is indeed easy to play FIFA on Mac as long as you have Windows installed using the method described above.

      Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Yes – it will also work on the 2012 Macbooks as long as you install Windows on it. You may need to upgrade the RAM though to play FIFA smoothly on your Mac.

      Reply
  2. MacHow2
    muhammed kabir

    my macbook pro is (13-inch, mid 2009) version 10.10 with processor of 2ghz intel core duo & memory of 2gb ram & graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400m 256mb, can i run fifa16 on it

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      It will probably struggle with just 2GB of RAM on your Mac. If you turn the graphics setting in FIFA 16 to minimum it might work. You can however upgrade the RAM in your Macbook so we’d recommend doing that and you should be fine.

      Reply
  3. MacHow2
    sanyam

    Can you explain how to install fifa 16 without paying and downloading for windows (using crossover) ?

    Reply
  4. MacHow2
    Lloyd

    Every time I try to launch Fifa 15, it says an unhandled error has occurred. Can you explain how to fix this?

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Have you installed FIFA on your Mac following the instructions in the tutorial? If so, make sure that .Net Framework is installed and updated on Windows. If there is any antivirus software running on your Mac or Windows – including Microsoft Security Essentials – try deactivating that too.

      Reply
  5. MacHow2
    mark

    everything done. but when i click on launch it wont start. do nothing.
    can anyone help me please? its an 5K cto imac with 32gb ram. 3,5ghz i5, radeon m290x

    Reply
  6. MacHow2
    Anis Ghanem

    the only thing i wasn’t able to change was video memory. it was set to 512 and didnt give me option of changing it to 256. otherwise everything is as instructed. but it still wont start!

    Reply
  7. MacHow2
    CJTD

    My internet connection isn’t the best so downloading Fifa might be a problem. However, I do have a MacBook SuperDrive and could install Fifa via a PC disc. I assume this would still work with Windows on Parallel? Thanks

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Parallels can recognize external drives connected to your Mac so yes, installing FIFA on Mac via disc should work.

      Reply
      • MacHow2
        MacHow2

        How old is the Mac that you’re installing it on? If it’s an older Mac or MacBook, it may not have sufficient specs to support the system requirements of FIFA.

      • MacHow2
        CJTD

        I have a late-2013 MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM. I think the problem is FIFA 17 has a minimum requirement of 8GB RAM, whereas FIFA 16 was 4GB. Could it be that it doesn’t work as 4GB is still required by OS X?

    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      You need to check whether the Steelseries controllers are compatible with FIFA on PC. If they are, then it won’t be a problem.

      Reply
  8. MacHow2
    David Lui

    I have a Macbook Pro 13” (Mid-2012) and I can’t seem to launch FIFA 18. I have 8GB of RAM, an i5-3210M @2.5GHz processor and my graphics card is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 (I am clueless in terms of computers and specs, but I’m assuming that my graphics card isn’t good enough). I installed Windows 10 and have DirectX 12, which also might be the problem, but again, I have no clue. Please help!

    Reply
  9. MacHow2
    Praful

    Hi,

    I have 15″ Macbook Pro 2016 – intel core i7 98th gen0, 16 Gb ram.
    Installed Windows 10 through bootcamp and have installed FIFA 18 though Origin.
    The game launches all well, allows met to select the teams, change players, etc.
    However, when I hit the play button, I get a black screen.
    The audio plays for a short while and the game gets stuck.

    I have directX 12. Tried reinstalling Windows and FIFA.
    Please help me to fix the issue.

    Cheers.

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Try minimizing the game settings, resolution, frame rate etc in the FIFA options. You could also try using DirectX 11 instead of 12 to see if it helps solve it for you.

      Reply
  10. MacHow2
    Praful

    Hello,

    Thanks for your reply. I tried lowering the Graphics, still the same.
    It renders the initial video perfectly where Ronaldo is fouled by an Athletico Madrid player.
    I can skip the game, select kick off – select teams and make changes to the teams.
    The moment I click play game, I get black screen.

    Windows 10 has built in directx 12. I tried to separately install directx11. Could not do that.
    Please help.

    Kind regads,
    Praful

    Reply
  11. MacHow2
    Abhishek

    Getting 0xc000007b error while running the application. What should I do?

    Reply
  12. MacHow2
    raja

    os x yosemite
    version 10.10.5

    macbook air(13 inch, early 2015)
    processor- 1.6 ghz intel core i5
    memory 4 gb 1600 mhz ddr3
    graphics intel hd graphics 6000 1536 mb

    will i be able to play fifa 18?

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Your system requirements are enough for FIFA 14 although we’ve never tried to install it on a Mac. You may also have problems finding a copy of FIFA 14 nowadays.

      Reply
  13. MacHow2
    Prafull

    I have Intel Iris Pro 5200 with updated drivers. So the NVIDIA drivers would not help me.
    Is there any other way that I could run FIFA18?

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      You should try uninstalling the NVIDIA drivers completely first and then reinstall them, rather than just update them.

      Reply
  14. MacHow2
    Daniel Szwarc

    Followed the instructions and everything works great on iMac 27 5K!
    Thank you for this great guide.
    Just ordered a couple of controllers from amazon with Bluetooth, WiFi adapter and cable.
    Let’s see how it works

    Reply
  15. MacHow2
    Ehsan Khan

    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
    Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB

    this is my macbook specifications can i play fifa 16 or 17 or 18 or 19 on this ? and if i can someone has any link to that game ?

    Reply
  16. MacHow2
    Ehsan Khan

    Do you have any link to FIFA that can run on Mac ? And which FIFA can I play? Can I play
    above than FIFA 15 ?

    Reply
  17. MacHow2
    Brandon

    i have a 2010 mac w/ 12 GB of RAM. i was going to get the fifa 19 demo, but i wanted to check with you guys before i download it.

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      It depends what kind of graphics card you have in your Mac setup but it’s doubtful it will be enough if it’s from 2010. It needs to be at least an NVIDIA GeForce card.

      Reply
  18. MacHow2
    John

    I have a MacBook Pro i5 (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) with 16GB ram, 512 ssd, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 1536 MB.
    Also parallels 15, with a virtual machine of windows 10.
    Can I play FIFA 20 on virtual machine ?

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Yes as long as you’ve got Parallels 15 you can play it on your Mac. Your system specs are more than enough according to EA’s recommended specs for FIFA 20:
      FIFA 20 Recommended PC Specs:

      OS: Windows 10 – 64-Bit
      CPU: AMD FX 8150, Intel i5-3550 or equivalent
      Memory: 8GB
      Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 270X, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670, or equivalent
      Hard Drive: At least 50 GB of free space
      Online Connection Requirements: Broadband connection recommended. Internet Connection required to install and play.

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  19. MacHow2
    John

    I am on download process of fifa 20 on origin. The game is playable (34%) but when I press play doesn’t launch and do nothing…
    The graphics card (Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655) is enough ???
    I have given to vm 9 gb ram from totally 16, 2 proccesors from totally 4 and I have 80gb free hard disk space.
    I do not use boot camp, just parallels 15 virtual machine.
    Any ideas ?

    Reply
  20. MacHow2
    john

    Macbook Pro 13.3 in. year 2018, mojave macos
    The last model with the touch bar.
    See comment behind with all the specs
    🙂

    Reply
  21. MacHow2
    john

    I tried something that finally worked:
    FIFA 20 runs OK with boot camp, in a fresh installation of Windows 10 with minimum settings.

    So, the problem might be that when you are on a virtual machine, parallels 15 don’t install the right driver of the graphics card (Intel Iris Plus 655).

    I prefer playing with virtual machine, it’s much easier, but I cannot find how to change the “Parallels Display Adapter (WDDM)” driver to Intel drivers…

    Reply
    • MacHow2
      MacHow2

      Thanks for sharing your solution. Have you tried selecting “Automatic Graphics Switching” in the Virtual Machine Configuration Window? You’ll find this under Hardware > Graphics > Advanced Settings. This allows Parallels to switch to your discreet Intel graphics card when needed although it seems that macOS has the final say over whether it will allow Parallels to use the card. More information on how Parallels interacts with Mac graphics cards is available here.

      Reply
  22. MacHow2
    john

    Yes, I have tried “Automatic Graphics Switching” on multiple vm’s, still not working.

    I think that parallels have to release an update for this.
    FIFA 20 is not working on parallels 15

    If someone tried to launch FIFA 20 on parallels 15 sucessfully please leave a comment how.

    Reply

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