Advertising Blurbs - GameCube:

    Premiere passing and tough tackling systems highlight the NINTENDO GAMECUBE debut of the world's top-selling sports series, set to land in stores this fall.

    The smart new Nintendo GameCube Controller gives you incredibly subtle authority over the on-pitch action. Shrewd use of the analog A, B and X buttons allows you to power-up passes, lobs and shots, respectively. Quickly jabbing the Y Button gives you a burst of speed for breakaways.

    The C-Stick enables one-twos, while holding down the L and R buttons allows you to curl a ball around a defender.

    FIFA Soccer 2002 comes laden with 16 leagues, more than 500 teams and 10 tournaments.

    Season mode features the following leagues: Austrian max. Bundesliga, Belgian League, Danish Superligaen, English Premiership, French Division 1, German Bundesliga, Israeli Premier League, Italian League, K-League, MLS, Norwegian Tippeligaen, Scottish Premier League, Spanish Primera Division, Swedish Allsvenskan, Swiss Nationalliga A. Brazilian League teams are available only in Friendly matches.

    FIFA Soccer 2002 also includes a smattering of pro teams from Greece, the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal and elsewhere.

    FIFA World Cup Qualification mode features dozens of contending squads from the AFC, CONCACEF, CONMEBOL and UEFA regions. Other national teams include Nigeria, Australia and South Africa.

    Qualifying for the World Cup in a zone may unlock hidden modes and cheats. For example, at game's start you can sim two European tournaments: EFA Trophy and European Champions' Cup. Additional tournaments must be unlocked.

    You can opt for any formation from a 4-3-3 to a 5-4-1 with various forward, midfield and defense configurations as well as varying degrees of aggressiveness. You have a choice of three attacking styles: possession, counterattack and neutral; and three defending styles: pressure, withdrawn and contain. You can specify starting lineups, substitute players and designate kick-takers. Players may be sold within a league.

    The many options include three difficulty levels, four game speeds, offside rule on or off, injuries on or off, multiple camera angles and adjusting the mix of sound effects, music and Andy Gray and John Motson's quite-often witty commentary. You can tweak the AI to give you or less assistance.

    Now available, FIFA Soccer 2002 is rated "E" (for Everyone) by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board. The Memory Card 59, sold separately, is required to save game progress. Twenty-nine blocks are required.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (60396) on Jun 02, 2006.

Press Release:

    EA SPORTS FIFA franchise unveils new gameplay, 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification mode and new passing system to consumers

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif-- November 6, 2001– The road to the 2002 FIFA World Cup’ has never felt so good with FIFA Soccer 2002: Major League Soccer by EA (NASDAQ: ERTS). The latest iteration of the world-renowned FIFA series is on store shelves for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PC and the PlayStation®, and is expected to ship for the Nintendo GameCube’ later this month.

    The legendary franchise is looking to continue its dominance as the number one selling interactive soccer game worldwide.

    “We’re dedicated to developing the world’s best interactive soccer game available,” said Executive Producer Marc Aubanel. “With a new game engine, re-invented gameplay, new single-player features, and the chance to qualify for 2002 FIFA World Cup, we’re confident that soccer fans will find FIFA Soccer 200: MLS to be just that.”

    The EA SPORTS FIFA franchise, known for its top-of-the-line graphics, cutting edge technology, and user-customization added even more options to FIFA Soccer 2002.The highly innovative new passing system incorporates an open-ended and flexible passing model so that gamers can now pass the ball into open space, utilize through-balls and one-twos. Additionally, 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualification mode allows players to take their own journey to Korea / Japan 2002 from the player’s vantage point, offering unparalleled, intense competition with stunning graphics and player models.

    With more than 50 National teams and over 15 different leagues including Major League Soccer, new licenses such as the Belgian and Swiss Leagues, Brazilian, Israeli and Dutch Clubs (Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord) and 14 Rest of World Clubs, FIFA Soccer 2002 offers the broadest selection of teams and leagues than any other interactive soccer game for the ultimate global line-up. EA owns exclusive rights to France’s LNF, in addition to Swedish, Norwegian, and Korean leagues, the elite FA Premier League in the UK, and Bundesliga in Germany.

    The FIFA series continues its tradition hip soundtracks, incorporating music from top artists to enhance the entertainment value of the game. This year’s release incorporates music by Gorillaz, the cartoon band formed by Blur's Damon Albarn, that is currently up for six MTV Europe awards including Best Group, and has been in the top 50 of Billboard’s Top 200 for 39 weeks. Ministry of Sound, the world’s largest producer of dance music including house, garage, trance, chillout and commercial is also providing ten tracks for FIFA Soccer 2002.

    Arsenal striker and global soccer star Thierry Henry is featured on packaging and in marketing materials for both North America and UK. Intelligent commentary provided by legendary announcer John Motson and soccer legend Andy Gray.

    Developed by EA Canada, FIFA Soccer 2002 carries an ESRB rating of “E” for Everyone and a MSRP of US$39.99 for PC-CD, US$49.99 for the PlayStation, and US$59.99 for the PlayStation 2. Consumers may purchase the game directly by going online at ( or by calling toll free at 877-EA GAMES (877-324-2637). Screenshots are available on an informational press site at

    EA SPORTS’ is one of four Electronic Arts (EA) brands. EA SPORTS ( is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, publishing top-selling EA SPORTS franchises including FIFA, John Madden Football, NHL®, Knockout Kings, NBA LIVE, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Triple Play Baseball and NASCAR®. EA publishes EA SPORTS interactive entertainment software for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems to date such as the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation® console, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube’ and Game Boy®Advance.

    Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.3 billion for fiscal 2001. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS, EA GAMES, EA SPORTS BIG’ and EA.COM. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at


    Contributed by skl (1137) on Mar 02, 2004.

Back of Box (U.S./Canada):

    Tackle hard - play fair!

    Pass with power and accuracy!

    Qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup!

    Amazing detail on every player!

    Incredible Ball Control
    Take total control of every flick, pass, and deke.

    Stunning Cinematic Beauty
    Incredible detail brings the game to life.

    Road to 2002 FIFA World Cup Mode
    Qualify for the biggest sports event in the Universe!

    International Superstars and Powerhouses
    Great players from 16 leagues and more than 400 teams.

    Total Control For Precision Tackling
    Timing and direction were never so important.

    Test Your Skill. Reap The Rewards.
    Win championships and earn rewards.

    Contributed by JPaterson (9117) on Jan 11, 2002.