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FIFA Soccer 96 is a football (soccer) simulation. The game includes eleven leagues from all around the world, ranging from the unknown players of the Malaysian league to the celebrated stars of the English and Italian leagues. 59 International teams are also featured, and it's possible to match the teams you want to against each other through friendlies, or you can also choose to play domestic tournaments or International ones such as the World Cup. If you're not satisfied with the composition of the various teams, you can create your own dream team through the custom team creator.

British commentator John Motson comments all the incidents and happenings on the pitch in real-time. The ambient commentary is varied, and systems with more than the minimum memory level get extra commentary phrases. The Virtual Stadium technology has numerous pre-defined camera angles.


FIFA Soccer 96 SNES Taking a penalty. That's a weird animation there
FIFA Soccer 96 Genesis Creating a player. Pity, no faces! :)
FIFA Soccer 96 SNES Setting up a friendly
FIFA Soccer 96 SNES The goalie just made a save

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Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 96: Virtual Stadium Soccer" -- Saturn in-game name
  • "FIFAサッカー96" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A Truly Good Game DOS Andrew Hartnett (2294)
Addictive, playable and realistic -- FIFA'96 is a true classic. DOS Ola Nymo Trulsen (68)
A good conversion of a horrible game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4678)

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1995 94 out of 100 94
Game Players PlayStation Jan, 1996 93 out of 100 93
GameSpot DOS May 01, 1996 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jan, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Video Games Genesis Oct, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Coming Soon Magazine SEGA Saturn Feb 14, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mega Fun SNES Dec, 1995 78 out of 100 78
GameStar (Germany) DOS Oct, 1997 76 out of 100 76
The Video Game Critic Genesis Nov 28, 2003 B 75


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It's actually possible to run straight through the ref in FIFA 96. Although a good referee should try to avoid being too dominant and visible, making him invulnerable is probably a bit drastic...


The Mega Drive/Genesis is the only console to have player creation and trading. However, as teams are limited to 16 players and trades are done by swapping players between a team and the reserves, there are some free players. And who are those? Amongst the top rated (skill 89 or above), there's some unknown players such as B. Plank, S. Taras, N. Wlodyka , T. Sylka and R. Kaill. While unknown in the footballing world, they are no less than some of the game developers!

SEGA 32X version

A North American 32X version was planned, but ultimately cancelled. At the end of 1995, support for the 32X was dropping rapidly and Electronic Arts decided only to release it in Europe, where soccer is much more popular. This makes it one of the two unique European 32X releases. The other one is DarXide.


For the first time in the series (and one of the first in the genre to do so), the game used a 3D stadium, and EA quickly hyped this naming the Saturn version FIFA 96: Virtual Stadium Soccer in-game. Players, however, are still sprites. Anyone who played both 32 and 16-bit versions will find that most movements use the same sprites, although obviously they take a hit on quality in the Mega Drive and the SNES.


  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2007 - One of the "Ten Most Influential PC-Games" ( It is one of the first games which used aggressive and exclusive licensing without neglecting the quality of the game. It is the start for Electronic Art's monopoly of yearly updated sports games which suppress almost all other sport series.)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1996 – Best Sports Game in 1995
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