On 11th January 2013 the FIFA 11 online servers will be shut down for good. EA retire the online services of games when the number of players is fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles.

FIFA 11 Case  Look Back At FIFA 11 As Online Servers To Be Shut Down FIFA 11 Server ShutdownFIFA 11 brought us Personality Plus (where stars took on the emotions and mannerisms of their real life counterparts), a revamped Career Mode that let us play as just our Pro, as a manager or as player manager, Creation Centre and co-op celebrations.

It was also the first FIFA that let you play “Be A Goalie” allowing for true 11 vs 11 gameplay in Pro Clubs. (Some argue even today that FIFA 11 was still the most enjoyable FIFA for Pro Clubs).

EA says,

“The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy.  The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired.

We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games.”

FIFA 11 Goals Montage

FIFA “skillers” will have fond memories of FIFA 11 too back before the days of contain defending and a matching system that would occasionally pair you up against a player with zero defending skills.

Back in the day when things like this were possible.

Thanks to FIFASoccerBlog for bringing it to our attention.