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Facebook has added a new game to its Messenger app: soccer. After people played its inaugural basketball game more than 1 billion times in the past three months, the social networking company is branching out to provide some lighthearted entertainment during the Euro 2016 soccer (called football outside of the U.S.) competition.

To enable the game, send someone a soccer emoji and tap it to begin. The objective of the game is to bounce the ball as many times to receive the most points. It doesn’t seem like this is immediately available to everyone as when we tested it out before publishing, the game wasn’t accessible, but rolling this out to more than 900 million monthly users likely takes time.

In March, Facebook rolled out its basketball game to coincide with the college basketball tournament commonly referred to as March Madness. Within a matter of days, it had received more than 300 million sessions. And with soccer and basketball now on the platform, it’s likely that we’ll see other games made available, such as American football, and maybe hockey next season? Or perhaps more around this summer’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro?

Just like with basketball, the game seems to work only on Facebook Messenger’s mobile app, not on the web or desktop clients.

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