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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 Match open view
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 SNES US soccer league. Surely not as popular as MLB, NBA, and NFL?
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 PlayStation Trying to penetrate rival defense.
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 PlayStation Team management

Promo Images

FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 Other
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 Magazine Advertisement
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
  • "FIFA 98" -- Common 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 (74)
Soccer is LAME. Windows Tomer Gabel (4643)

Critic Reviews

Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jan, 1998 92.33 out of 100 92
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1997 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Windows Dec, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Mega Score Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 87 out of 100 87
MikroBitti Windows Jan, 1998 86 out of 100 86
Consoles Plus Nintendo 64 Jan, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 8.1 out of 10 81
IGN Nintendo 64 Dec 24, 1997 7.7 out of 10 77
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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