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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.


On the Ball Amiga This is your office
On the Ball Amiga The first contract
On the Ball Amiga Starting the game
On the Ball Amiga Changing the stadium

Promo Images

On the Ball Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "On the Ball: League Edition" -- English Amiga title
  • "Carton Rouge: League Edition" -- French title
  • "Anstoss" -- German / digital title

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Joker Nov, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Games Nov, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Play Time Dec, 1993 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1993 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Secret Service / New S Service Mar, 1995 250 out of 300 83
Joystick (French) Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Jan, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Score Nov, 1994 80 out of 100 80
High Score Oct, 1994 3 out of 5 60


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

Related Web Sites

  • Anstoss Freak (German Fansite, covering all parts of the "Anstoss" series.)
Indra was here (20843) added On the Ball (Amiga) on May 04, 2004
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