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The late-1997 edition of FIFA was heavily tied in with the qualifying procedure for the 1998 World Cup. In the Road to the World Cup mode, you take a team from first qualification through to the main tournament, using the varying systems in different parts of the world. The game features 16 distinct outdoor stadia. The League play features 189 clubs and 11 leagues. Each team has specific crowd chants incorporated into the ambient sound.

The action is faster than in previous versions, and AI has been expanded. Players have distinct facial feature and hair styles. Each match is introduced by Des Lynam and commentated on by John Motson and former Scotland international Andy Gray.


FIFA 98: Road to World Cup PlayStation Nice fmv before the match
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup PlayStation That was close.
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup PlayStation Teams entering to the stadium.
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup PlayStation Main menu

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Alternate Titles

  • "Rumbo a la Copa Mundial" -- Spanish title
  • "FIFA 98: Rumbo al Mundial" -- Spanish title
  • "FIFA 98: En route pour la coupe du monde" -- French title
  • "FIFA 98: Die WM-Qualifikation" -- German title
  • "FIFA 98: A Caminho da Copa" -- Brazilian title

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PSX Extreme Feb, 1998 94 out of 100 94
Mega Score Feb, 1998 93 out of 100 93
Absolute Playstation Jan, 1998 92.33 out of 100 92
Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 A- 91 Jun 09, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Consoles Plus Jan, 1998 89 out of 100 89
Video Games Nov, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun Dec, 1997 87 out of 100 87
IGN Nov 24, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamezilla 1997 82 out of 100 82


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The German front cover shows the Andreas Möller. He won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund and the European Championship with the German national team (both 1996).


The 32-bit version of FIFA 98 was the first game in the series to do a proper interpretation of the off-side rule. Until then, most players turned off the option because if a player was offside, doing anything else with ball except running stopped the play immediately - even if the ball was passed backwards and nowhere near the offside player!


  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Best Sports Game of the Year (together with World Cup 98 and FIFA 99)
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Kartanym (10703) added FIFA 98: Road to World Cup (PlayStation) on Apr 10, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10703), Kohler 86 (7295), Tony Van (2665) and Terok Nor (23940)