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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 This is our provisional office for the World Cup, our Hotel room.
On the Ball: World Cup Edition DOS First choose the host country
On the Ball: World Cup Edition DOS ...and can then be life on the game
On the Ball: World Cup Edition DOS Hey Doc! How are the Players doing?

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Alternate Titles

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

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CU Amiga Amiga Aug, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Amiga Games Amiga Jul, 1994 92 out of 100 92
PC Joker DOS Jun, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Aug, 1994 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jul, 1994 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jul, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Power Amiga Sep, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Power Play DOS Jul, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Format Amiga Sep, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Datormagazin Amiga Sep 14, 1994 3 out of 5 60


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Ascon (UK) offered a limited set of "On the Ball" merchandise - five metal badges each different facial expressions and box, three mouse pad motifs and sports watch. Along with clothing bearing the company name and logo. These could only be purchased by UK customers.
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