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This is an unusual take on the football management game, which features virtually no statistics. Up to four managers can join in, to lead their chosen team through the World Cup, from qualifying to the actual tournament. Tactics and training are hugely important due to the game's short time frame.

The players each have individual personalities, and these have been factored in during the game. Sometimes players will drink too much, fall in love, or have personality clashes with their team-mates or with you, all of which have to be factored in. The press will ask you loaded questions, so be careful how you answer.

At half-time in each match you can single out a particular player for praise or criticism - if the team feels that you were unfair, their performance might fade. The World Cup is emulated accurately, other than having 2 points for a win instead of 3. The colourful match graphics and oil-painted stills are the same in style as those in the League Edition.


On the Ball: World Cup Edition DOS We planned a friendly game...
On the Ball: World Cup Edition DOS First choose the host country
On the Ball: World Cup Edition DOS The Newspaper
On the Ball: World Cup Edition DOS Plan the players day...

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On the Ball: World Cup Edition Magazine Advertisement Part 2
On the Ball: World Cup Edition Magazine Advertisement Part 1

Alternate Titles

  • "WCE" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Anstoss: World Cup Edition" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1994 11 out of 12 92
PC Joker Jun, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1994 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1994 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Play Time Jul, 1994 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Jul, 1994 81 out of 100 81
PC Format (UK) Dec, 1995 79 out of 100 79


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The game came out on floppy disk and CD-ROM with added speech commentary.
Martin Smith (80320) added On the Ball: World Cup Edition (DOS) on Apr 07, 2006
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