Here’s how to play the new football game hidden in Facebook Messenger


If you have been addicted to Facebook’s hidden basketball game, this new football game is another great way to eat up hours of your free time.

To coincide with Euro 2016 and the Copa America, Facebook has launched a new football game, which is hidden inside its Messenger app.

David Marcus, VP of Messenger, made the announcement on Facebook yesterday:

“Our little 🏀 Messenger game we launched for March Madness and the NBA season was played over 1 billion times (!) over the course of the last 3 months.

“Since you loved it so much, and it’s the Euro 2016 & Copa America… You get where I’m going… ⚽️⚽️⚽️! It’s on!”

The game, which is similar to the basketball game, is really simple to unlock.

But first you need to make sure download the latest update of the Messenger app.

Don’t do like we did and try playing it without updating first only to wonder why the game wouldn’t start.

Facebook football game

Once updated to the latest version of Messenger you will find the football emoji by tapping on the icons highlighted above

Once updated, all you need to do is start a conversation with a friend using the Messenger app and send them a football emoji.

Double tap on the ball and the game will begin.

The game is kind of like virtual kick ups, and you need to tap away to try and keep the ball in the air without letting it fall to the ground.

Once you get to 10 points the game starts throwing in some distractions to try and put you off.

You can also play the game on your own by sending the football emoji to yourself in the Messenger app.

Basketball and football aren’t the only games Facebook has hidden in Messenger.

There is also a secret chess game which can be found by typing ‘@fbchess play’ into a conversation with one of your friends.

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that Android users can now use the Messenger app to send and receive text messages.

How to play the new football game hidden in Facebook Messenger

  1. Update to latest version of Facebook Messenger
  2. Send the football emoji to your friend (or to yourself for one player mode)
  3. Double tap on the football emoji once it has been sent
  4. Start playing the game!




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