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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: Road to World Cup 98 PlayStation Starting the road.
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 SNES It's not that I didn't expect this goal...
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 PlayStation That was close.
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 Genesis You can practice lots of things

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FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 Magazine Advertisement pp. 2-3


Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA: Rumbo al Mundial 98" -- Spanish title
  • "FIFA: En Route pour la Coupe du Monde 98" -- French title
  • "FIFA: Die WM-Qualifikation 98" -- German title
  • "FIFA: A Caminho da Copa 98" -- Brazilian title
  • "FIFA ロード・トゥ・ワールドカップ 98" -- Japanese spelling

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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 (74)
Soccer is LAME. Windows Tomer Gabel (4646)

Critic Reviews

Imperium Gier Windows Sep 14, 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mega Score SEGA Saturn Mar, 1998 93 out of 100 93
PC Action Windows Dec 17, 1997 91.5 out of 100 92
CD-Action Windows Feb, 1998 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec 01, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1997 88 out of 100 88
IGN PlayStation Nov 24, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games Nintendo 64 Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Consoles Plus Nintendo 64 Jan, 1998 85 out of 100 85


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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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