On the Ball

aka: Anstoss, Carton Rouge: League Edition, On the Ball: League Edition
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Buy on Amiga
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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. One of the unique options of the game is possibility to play up to 4 players in turns on one machine.

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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 ‚Äď #2 Best Game in 1993 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 02/1994 ‚Äď 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

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Related Sites +

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

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 2791


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Game added by Andrew Hartnett.

Amiga added by Indra was here.

Additional contributors: Kirschsaft, Isdaron, phlux, Martin Smith, Patrick Bregger.

Game added December 15th, 2000. Last modified April 19th, 2023.