FIFA Soccer 06

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Featuring a brand new engine (replacing the one used in five titles since FIFA 2003), FIFA 06 features new controls and gameplay, the most visible being more animations and better detailed ball and player physics and animation, the removal of the unpopular Off the Ball controls implemented in their 2004 version and remaking the free-kick interface so it's no longer obvious if the player decided for a shot on goal or a pass to a forward. Also new is the concept of "Team Chemistry" which affects how well a team plays collectively.

Featuring 26 leagues from 19 countries, 29 real stadiums and over 10'000 players with data for the 2005-06 seasons, as well as international teams, the game kept the "Create a player" feature as well as the many managing options untouched from previous versions. Career mode, the 15-year long climb to the top of the game, features new options such as sponsorships (which will only accept good results), player contracts and more weight on the player morale: a demoralized player (usually from not playing or possible influence from random events) is more likely to under-perform as well as pressuring the "Team Chemistry" values downwards and might refuse attempts to renew his contract, leaving on a free transfer.

While there are still many unlockables in the game (mostly third kits), the way to earn points changed. Instead of gaining points from completing tasks (from entering the EA Trax or creating a player to winning the Champions League or completing a career), the player has over 100 scenarios to way in five difficulty levels.


FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 Still part of the initial setup process. This screen allows the gamer to choose different styles of game play
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Screen from the intro
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Language Selection
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 The team selection and team formation screen. The team formation can be changed in-game as well

Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 06:世界杯之路" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup" -- Xbox 360 title
  • "FIFA 06: En Route Pour La Coupe Du Monde " -- French title
  • "FIFA 06" -- European title

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Critic Reviews PlayStation 2 Sep 16, 2005 83 out of 100 83 GameCube Sep 15, 2005 83 out of 100 83 Windows Sep 28, 2005 16 out of 20 80 Windows Oct 07, 2005 16 out of 20 80 PlayStation 2 Nov 17, 2005 80 out of 100 80 PlayStation 2 Dec 12, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Next Level Gaming PlayStation 2 Oct 08, 2005 71 out of 100 71 (UK) Xbox Sep 30, 2005 7 out of 10 70 Xbox 360 Feb 02, 2006 68.5 out of 100 68 PSP Dec 08, 2005 12 out of 20 60


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Multiplayer servers shutdown

On 1st September 2007, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Windows, PS2 and PSP versions.


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