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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 When the game starts there's the usual message about memory cards and that is followed by this screen which shows when the database was up to date
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Screen from the intro
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Opening Screen
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 The official logos of all the leagues available in the game

Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 06:世界杯之路" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "FIFA 06" -- European title

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Game Over Online GameCube Nov 21, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Game Over Online Xbox Nov 21, 2005 90 out of 100 90
GameZone PlayStation 2 Oct 17, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Oct 19, 2005 86 out of 100 86 Xbox Sep 15, 2005 83 out of 100 83 PlayStation 2 Jun 01, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83 GameCube Sep 29, 2005 16 out of 20 80 PlayStation 2 Nov 17, 2005 80 out of 100 80
Next Level Gaming PlayStation 2 Oct 08, 2005 71 out of 100 71 GameCube Sep 26, 2005 59 out of 100 59


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Multiplayer servers shutdown

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


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    • Issue 04/2006 - #2 Sports/Racing Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)

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