On the Ball

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On The Ball is a soccer manager simulation that differentiates itself from the others by its novel emphasis on the psychological aspects of the game. The game gives you, as team manager, full control over not just the strategies but even on what kind of "pep talk" you can give during half-time and PR moves to enhance public perception. Choose the host country, and lead your team from Qualification to World Cup in World Cup Edition and lead your English team to win the championship in League Edition.


On the Ball DOS Crowd development chart
On the Ball DOS The kick-off
On the Ball DOS A sponsorship deal in the works
On the Ball DOS Selecting stand I want to construct.

Alternate Titles

  • "On the Ball: League Edition" -- English Amiga Title
  • "Carton Rouge: League Edition" -- French title
  • "ANSTOSS" -- German title

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PC Games (Germany) DOS Jan, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1993 91 out of 100 91
MikroBitti DOS Jun, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1994 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1993 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1993 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Joystick (French) DOS Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) Amiga Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
High Score Amiga Oct, 1994 3 out of 5 60


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The first releases of this game were so bug-pested that there were more bugs than *working* features. Most subsequent Anstoss games were released in the same state.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1994 – #2 Best Game in 1993 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 02/1994 – Best Sports Game in 1993 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #56 and #79 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking

Related Web Sites

  • Anstoss Freak (German Fansite, covering all parts of the "Anstoss" series.)
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