Pocket GM 3: Football Sim

Last updated on June 9th, 2023 at 06:25 am

Pocket GM 3: Football Sim


Pocket GM 3: Football Sim is one of the best $1.99 to play game in the App Store.
Developed by Jonathan Howell, Pocket GM 3: Football Sim is a Simulation game with a content rating of 4+.
It was released on 24th December 2022 with the latest update 14th May 2023

Whether you are a fan of Simulation, Sports, or Sports games, you will find this game interesting and will absolutely like it.


1,363 people have rated 1.2.1

You can download the game Pocket GM 3: Football Sim from APP STORE.


Following the success of Pocket GM 1&2, it’s time to manage your very own American Football franchise once again in Pocket GM 3!

  • Draft your franchise Quarterback on your way to creating a dominant roster through trades and free agency
  • Develop your players and support them on gameday with the best backroom team you can build
  • Watch games play-by-play and track the stats of key players


Use default players, random rosters or import teams created by the fantastic community. Every game is different and presents a new challenge.


Become the General Manager of a Pro Football Team and build your dynasty. Hire your coaches, scouts and physios, all with unique traits and schemes, then sign and release players, make trades and draft future stars. Coach your players from rough diamonds to the hall of fame.

Watch each football game play out in amazing play-by-play detail, as momentum shifts from team to team. See your franchise win the Championship and stars achieve All Pro status.


Go all in to win now, or tank for the #1 draft pick – it’s up to you! Build your Football Dynasty!

Join the community on reddit and help develop the game to be even better. You determine what features come next.


  • Football Icons – Icons made by Nikita Golubev from www.flaticon.com

Updated on 14th May 2023

NEVER RESTING. ALWAYS IMPROVING. This update adds unique score tracking for added immersion, plus playcalling and clock management improvements, trade value balancing and a whole heap of bug fixes.

Pocket GM 3: Football Sim Reviews

Our app keeps closing right after we won the championship.

We wish you could see how much time we have like on Steam. We have HUNDREDS of hours in this series and this game is seriously plain out amazing. Active dev on reddit. Seriously worth your dollar or two.

Game is so addicting and fun. Takes a while to get used to the interface and nuisances of the game when compared to Madden or 2k but its awesome for a mobile version. No in app purchases just pay and enjoy!

Very good game with an active dev. Thanks Jon.

Game is straight need to make a basketball version.

We’ve loved every version of this game. Would you consider making a basketball version of this?

We’ve searched long for a full football GM sim experience. There is so much detail in this game. The best part is that the stats are generally accurate (other sim games have every QB throwing 40 tds etc.). We dont know how you designed the logic, but it is impressive.

Very detailed and it never gets old.. Updated regularly and soooo much fun..

Hey man love the game one big issue we have is hair styles and beards especially for black players. Id love to see twist, dreads, a box cut, waves, etc. Also more options for the facial hairs, more beards. Its small but it would add so much flavor to the game.

This game is fun until you start losing every game. Our players get injured way too much and too fast we have like a 80+ overall team and Im losing to 60 overalls. It doesnt make sense takes away from the game when we go in and Im losing every week. How is that fun? We arent giving anything to upgrade players, you cant control your Def or Off game plans. Other football manager games allow you to do those things, go in and look at your opponents game plan then build off that but we arent given that option. Its unfortunate. Overall, the game is decent just needs to be fixed.

Whatever update yall just did made it so that teams no longer kick a field goal at the end of a half or game when down by 3 points or less. We’ve lost several super bowls now (and seen the computers team lose) when 10 yards away from the end zone, 15 seconds left, down 2 points, and they just let the clock run out. This didnt used to happen. But it happens all the time now since the latest update. And it doesnt have anything to do with whether our coach is aggressive or not.

This game is great and incredibly addicting. We love the NFL draft process and the concept of team building, and this game does it all so well. Not to mention it is an iOS game (there are not many iOS games that we enjoy) and it is incredibly energy efficient. Kudos to the creator! If we were to make any suggestions, we think increasing the salary cap every year would be a nice thing to have. The NFL salary cap normally raises around 20m every year. The reason we say this is because it can be frustrating at times working with a big QB contract while also trying to retain players at important positions. Would also be nice if we received compensatory picks for losing good players in free agency like in the NFL. Its a bit unfortunate when you cant pay a super high rated player and you have to let them go, and you get nothing out of it. One sneaky way around it for the user is to just offer the player a 1 year contract with low guaranteed money and then trade them off for a ton of draft picks, but that feels like cheating lol other than that, we think it would be nice to have something like a practice squad. There have been many times where we want to develop low-rated players who have potential but we just dont have the space due to roster limitations. It would be great to have a place for players to develop and be elevated if there are ever any injuries. Thats all. Thanks for making such a great game, even though it has taken over our life!

You make the best phone football manager games and we were desperately wondering if you could make a basketball one because nobody else knows how to.

We love this game and we love this series. We have been playing it since the first one came out. One small gripe we have that has bothered us since the first one though is the tie-breaker system. It does not follow what it would typically be in football. Other than this one issue we love the game and cant wait to dump even more hours into the series!

An amazing must play game if youre a big time football fan.

Love the game! Big fan. Small suggestion- if possible it would be super cool to have a league where you could invite your friends to own their own team and simulate week by week together.

This game is hella good but we set the draft scouting accuracy to the max and we be drafting 60s in the first round, even the AI be drafting 59s too.

We love this game! Its amazing and love the franchise and control of everything. Should absolutely do a basketball franchise game just like this one. We would ABSOLUTELY buy that one too!

You absolutely nailed it on the update. 10/10. Only recommendation. Lets get Picket GM Basketball/Baseball/Hockey!!!!

This game is a million times better than the madden franchise mode! Worth every penny!! Theres a few things they can add but the developers are great at adding things mid season. If your skewed on buying this game just do it its so worth the few dollars and Ill buy this game every year they put it out!!

We spend tons of time on this game. Im not sure if thats a good or bad thing so Ill let you decide. Best few bucks we’ve ever spent on a game. Super addicting and realistic. Cant tell you how many times our first round pick was a bust and had to deal with that for the foreseeable future. This is one of the many intangibles that makes this game realistic. Combine results may or may not mean much so make sure you know your scouting staff strengths/weaknesses. Yes this game is in-depth, yes its addicting, yes sometimes frustrating but oh so much fun.

It has its flaws like everything, but it certainly is one of a kind and is elite. We could and do play it for hours. Definitely worth the $2.

Love this game would be awesome if you developed a basketball version.

PGM2 was one of our favorite games, and now PGM3 added a lot of cool new features to make the game more realistic!

The positives are its a lot of fun. The creator is helpful. The game is challenging. The record books. The achievements. Simming has gotten quicker than previous versions. Their is some randomness that can happen, a perfect team wont always be perfect. Your team rating is more than just the skill level of the players. The negatives are the AI will trade anyone and anything. After enough time in one save you will just have too many assets. Would recommend this game to anyone who likes football or number simulators.

Love this game realistic and actually pretty hard to get good at. We just won our 1st championship after playing about 2 days. We would draft players with A+ current ovr but they will be low ovr.

We love this game. We grew up playing madden and you somehow beat madden in franchise mode. Our only complaint from making this a perfect game is get fired. Id like an option to turn on gm firing.

We have been playing the PocketGM games for years and they are the best sim GM games ever made. Incredibly addicting and this years game adds an element of challenge and complexity that is welcome.

We feel like we’ve played the last 3-4 years every version that comes out. This one was the funnest. Very fluid.

Great game A+ but we just wish we could change some of the players positions like from a center to a guard.

We enjoy playing sports simulation games. This is by far one of the best all around games we’ve played! The ONLY thing we can think of that could be added is more of a hands on style when not simming the games. For example the app cfc (college football coach) lets the user pick whether a short, medium, or long pass should be called as well as inside or outside run call. Then a specific coverage can be called on defense. But overall an amazing game, most definitely worth 2 dollars!

Really enjoying the game. Plenty of options to customize how difficult you want the game to be. Really appreciate the game not requiring a seasonal payment and just having one single purchase of the game!

Most football games do it wrong but here we have a game on the right path player progression, coach progression and teams even go up and down based on how you do in a season. Management of your coaches and rosters is simple even trading is simple. Most games if you start with a crappy team it takes decades to get decent but here there is no penalty focusing on one area and building outwards. We gave it 5 stars due to the simple fact of improvement from the last game The only thing we request is a way to track division championship. Small but it shows who dominates your division also team legends and stats maybe retire numbers which adds flavor to games.

Fond memories of simming Super Tecmo Bowl and then Madden seasons for a decade. This is like that but better! A+ Highly Recommend!

Game is nearly perfect. Only constructive criticism we would give is a screen to view game stats upon conclusion of the game so we can see how our players performed.

For some reason we won the Super Bowl in back to back years with a 9-8 team that we thought we were tanking with. But once Im actually a 96 overall team with a 99 defense we cant even get past the conference round. Our offense just scored a total of 9 points in a game against a team 10 overalls lower.

First and foremost, let us say this is one of our all-time favorite mobile games, and by FAR the best gm game we’ve ever had on our phone. The only reason Im giving it 4 stars (though its more like 4.5) is because it lacks one thing that we feel is essential to a gm game: a position editor. The ability to move a corner to safety or DE to DT, guard to center, etc, can greatly affect how you build a team, and what your able to do maybe exploiting a strength in a corner that works better at the safety position in your scheme, or you drafted a really good guard who could actually start at center even if he took a slight ratings hit. Whatever the case, being able to edit positions is a must-have and this is the only big improvement we can possibly think of to add to this already impressive and addicting game.

We LOVE this game, dont get us wrong, but theres just a couple complaints right off the bat, we noticed that players are at their peak at a really early age (theres a couple at their peak in their rookie year) and its kinda helpful to be able to see their development on the roster screen but if 4.5 stars was possible, id give it 4.5 if they can get that sorted out, id rate this game a 5.

Love all of these games! Is there anyway we can fix the draft "lack of diverse positions"? Seems like no matter how we structure the game, all we ever get are WR, RB, and CB. Sure you get some of the other positions, but OLB, MLB, OT, OG, and DE almost never show up as much as the previous mentioned ones. It would be amazing if some years the draft was QB heavy, or OT heavy, or just anything besides all of the WR and RBs. When the best available is a position your already 10 deep at, all you can do is draft and then trade them. Keep up the good work and thanks for listening to our suggestions!

We love this sim, but please add a page that tells what player type is needed for each scheme. Very frustrating not knowing the best fit for our team.

Love the game. A lot more realistic than the others in terms of management. The one thing we dont like is the draft- a 5 star player rating can be really crappy? Seems to happen a lot more often than not.

This is a pretty cool app, but its kinda overrated. Even when you have a great team with a great coach, you can still have a really bad losing season. Its frustrating honestly, and Im not even on the highest difficulty and half our roster still gets injured every season.

This game is super fun and in depth, but the flags seem a bit excessive, our team is always getting them more than the other team no matter what, and theyre so frequent. We would just ask that in an update there is an option added to turn off penalties. Im the setting center you can turn in and off so many different aspects of he game, just add a slider to turn on and off penalties and this game will be much better. We feel like Im losing games on penalties, we end up losing by 1 or 3 points and we’ve lost like 100 yards on penalties. Please just add the ability to turn penalties off for those who want to.

The game is very unrealistic when it comes to injuries. It seems like players get injured every game, no matter how much we spend on physios. Its hardly ever just one player also its two or three injured for 5 or 6 sometimes 13 weeks.

So we will say when we first got this it seemed actually really fun. The trading, free agency and just general GM aspect is honestly really good. However the simming of the games and watching them genuinely is awful. Firstly so many penalties its actually absurd. Theres like multiple automatic first down penalties called every single drive whether its defensive holding, roughing the passer, unnecessary roughness, etc to the point its actually just annoying to watch. Second the decision making makes absolutely no sense. We had one game we were down 10 with 4 minutes left on the opponents 40 and our team punted?? Then the very next game we had a 4th and 17 at the opponents like 25 easily in FG range and our team decided to go for it, obviously not making it. Then later that game down 21-7 made it to 4th and goal at the 3 and they kicked a FG. Completely throwing the game. Just none of this makes sense at all Edit: After continuing to play this game it gets worse and worse. We do not recommend playing unless lots of fixes are made. Penalties are still awful. And Im like 99% sure your player overalls and team overalls genuinely dont matter at all. We have played about 10 seasons built our team to an 89 overall the next highest is around 84. And our team consistently is losing to and sometimes getting blown out by absolutely awful 75 overall or less teams even lost one 31-5 against a 68 overall team.

Loved the previous version and do like this one, but the scouting accuracy pretty much ruins this. Even with the scouting accuracy set to high its horrible. You can be picking 1st and scout a QB that is off the charts and rates 5 stars and A plus on everything. Then you draft him and his rank comes out as a 60. Please fix this as it has completed ruined our favorite game.

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