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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 Genesis Choosing a formation
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup PlayStation 2nd half kick off
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup SNES Team statistics
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup Genesis You can practice lots of things

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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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User Reviews

EA Sports' swan song to the American Saturn and Sega SEGA Saturn Fake Spam (94)
FIFA 98 is THE best FIFA game out there. Windows Diamond Titan (59)
Soccer is LAME. Windows Tomer Gabel (4351)

Critic Reviews

PSX Extreme PlayStation Feb, 1998 94 out of 100 94
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 03, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Jan, 1998 93 out of 100 93
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1997 90 out of 100 90
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 Sep 28, 1999 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Windows Jan 13, 1998 8.8 out of 10 88
Video Games Nintendo 64 Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Feb 05, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Feb, 1998 78 out of 100 78


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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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