Given that football is the world’s most popular sport it’s perhaps surprising that there aren’t more online slots celebrating the beautiful game. Swedish developer ELK Studios has tried to remedy that by creating Champion’s Goal, a 5 reel, 20 payline title that comes with free spins, sticky wilds and cascading symbols. Head into the stadium from between 20p and £100 per spin.

Despite having the title Champion’s Goal, much of the imagery comes from in the stands rather than on the pitch. Symbols include blue and red-shirted players, a pair of female supporters, shirt numbers from 11 to 8, a snarling fan and a riot cop and a fan holding a flare. Blue symbols pay from left to right while the red symbols pay from right to left.

Champion’s Goal comes with a number of bonus features – find the trophy symbol stacked on reel 3 and you’ll trigger the Derby Free Spins feature. You’ll be awarded 7 free spins but you can add up to 3 more – 1 extra spin will be added every time a trophy hits during the feature.

When the football symbol hits it will trigger the free kick and blast out all of the symbols on that row, allowing a cascade of symbols from above. There’ll be a second payout consideration, complete with a 5x multiplier.

If the referee symbol appears anywhere on the reels, you’ll activate the Sticky Corner mini feature. Here you’ll be awarded a single free spin with sticky wild symbols added to the 4 corners of the reels.

Find a 3×3 combination of symbols of the same colour and you’ll trigger the Cascading Tifo. Presented like a big flag in the crowded, it is in effect 3 bonus spins with 3 sticky wilds added to the reels.

Finally, if you hit the Champion’s Goal Wild, you’ll win a special instant win prize and the free spins will come to a Golden Goal style end.

In terms of entertainment, Champion’s Goal is much better than a boring 0-0 draw on a freezing midweek evening. The features come along on a fairly regular basis and there’s often plenty of action on view. It’s typically easy on the eye as well.

The variance is on the high side of medium so like a misfiring striker, expect some lengthy lean spells in front of goal as well as some goal gluts. If you can cope with the swings then Champion’s Goal can be an impressive performer. There’s a maximum of 2,000 times your stake to be won which is good. I also recommend you try other ELK Studios titles like Electric Sam and the impressive Taco Brothers.