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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 Windows Intro Video (Final Part)
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup Windows Intro Video

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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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FIFA 98 is THE best FIFA game out there. Diamond Titan (59) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
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Critic Reviews

Imperium Gier Sep 14, 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamezilla 1997 96 out of 100 96
PC Games (Germany) Dec 03, 1997 93 out of 100 93
PC Action Dec 17, 1997 91.5 out of 100 92
Power Play Dec, 1997 91 out of 100 91 1997 90 out of 100 90
Svenska PC Gamer Dec, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Jeux Dec, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1997 89 out of 100 89


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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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Tony Van (2665) added FIFA 98: Road to World Cup (Windows) on Feb 08, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10697), Kohler 86 (7295) and Terok Nor (24116)