FIFA 09 (titled FIFA Soccer 09 in North America) is the 2008 installment of Electronic Arts’ FIFA series of football video games. Developed by EA Canada, it is published by Electronic Arts worldwide under the EA Sports label.
Among the improvements in the new FIFA is improved responsiveness that allows for quicker release of the ball, greater urgency in off-the-ball running, a new jostle system that takes into account the strength of the players when going shoulder-to-shoulder, and subtle animations that enable players to take first-time shots.
Another of the edition’s biggest changes is a completely revamped collision system, which calculates speed, weight, and power when the players collide, as each player will have their own individual strength and power statistics depending on their body characteristics.
New goalkeeper technology has also been added which allows for better positioning, better reactions to saves, and faster recovery after a save has been made.
A further improvement from FIFA 08 is the weather and time. Rain and snow matches can be played from Kick-off mode, however, there are no weather effects in Manager Mode. Games can be played on either day, dusk or night, depending on the stadium choice.