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Championship Soccer (Atari 2600)

Championship Soccer Atari 2600 Starting screen

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Description

In this soccer game, each team has one forward, two backs and a goalie. The forward and backs always run in formation. You only control the goalie when he has the ball, otherwise he is computer controlled.

The game is played in 2 halves with the object to score as many goals as you can in the time allowed. The allowed time varies by game setting. (see Game Variations below)

Difficulty switches
Left for player one, right for player two.
Set to A to make your goal wider, so as to give the other player an advantage.

Game Variations
Number of players
Games 1 to 27 are two player games.
Games 28 to 54 are one player against the computer.

Player speed
The players move at slow speed and each half is three minutes long in games 1 to 9 and 28 to 36.
The players move at medium speed and each half is four minutes long in games 10 to 18 and 37 to 45.
The players move at fast speed and each half is five minutes long in games 19 to 27 and 46 to 54.

Out-of-bounds penalties
There are no penalties in games 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 19, 20, 21, and 28 to 54. If the ball heads to the field's edge, it will just bounce back into play.
There are penalties for the sidelines only in games 4, 5, 6, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, and 24. The ball can go out on bounds on the sidelines but not to the left or right of the goal.
There are full penalties in games 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 25, 26, and 27. The ball can go out of bounds anywhere but the goal.

Goal size
Large in games 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49, and 52.
Medium in game 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, and 53.
Small in games 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, and 54.

Computer opponent difficulty
Difficulty is easy in games 28, 29, 30, 37, 38, 39, 46, 48, and 48.
Difficulty is medium in games 31, 32, 33, 40, 41, 42, 49, 50, and 51.
Difficulty is hard in games 34, 35, 36, 43, 44, 45, 52, 53, and 54.

Screenshots

Championship Soccer Atari 2600 The goalkeeper trapped the ball so it didn't get to the goal.
Championship Soccer Atari 2600 Playing the game in black & white mode.
Championship Soccer Atari 2600 Starting screen
Championship Soccer Atari 2600 GOOOOOAL!!!

Alternate Titles

  • "Soccer" -- Sears Tele-Games title
  • "Pelé's Soccer" -- Atari re-release title

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VideoGame Aug, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
The Video Game Critic Aug 03, 2006 D 25

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LepricahnsGold (75852) added Championship Soccer (Atari 2600) on Aug 20, 2006