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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 DOS Budget calculations
On the Ball DOS Tweaking the players.
On the Ball DOS Getting ready to take a free kick.
On the Ball DOS A sponsorship deal in the works

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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

PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1994 91 out of 100 91
MikroBitti Jun, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Jan, 1994 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Joystick (French) Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80


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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.)
Andrew Hartnett (2275) added On the Ball (DOS) on Dec 09, 2000
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