FAQ by GammaBetaAlpha

Updated: 01/16/13 | Printable Version

                                FIFA Soccer '96
                                   Game Boy
                  Developer: Black Pearl   Publisher: EA Sports
                              By: GammaBetaAlpha

                               Table of Contents

                        How To Play                 [HELP]
                        Donations/Amazon            [DONT]
                        Contact Info                [CONT]

                                  How to Play

        FIFA '96 is a traditional football/soccer game with the FIFA license.
Unlike most other soccer games on the Game Boy, such as Nintendo World Cup or
International Superstar Soccer, the FIFA series plays with a diagonal
(isometric) view screen and playing field.

        Another big difference from the other games present on the Game Boy is
that the playing fields on FIFA '96 are immense: it can take a great deal of
time to move the ball downfield, simply because it stretches for the length of
several screens from goal to goal.

        Further unlike those games, play is considerably less automated, and you
will have to take active control of a player on the field at all times if you
wish to make any decent headway. Goals are also considerably more difficult to
score in the FIFA series present on the Game Boy than for the other, more
arcadey-style games. This usually borders on being hideously impossible to

        Other than that, basically all the regular football rules are present in
FIFA '96, including having 10 players, penalties, yellow and red cards, and so
forth. Fouls and offsides can be toggled on and off in the options menu.

        The game has the real names and logos of the country and club teams at
the time, but does not have the names of the players themselves, instead
resulting in generic names.

        FIFA '96 also makes use of the Super Game Boy, having enhanced graphics
including colour when utilised.


A - Kick the ball towards the opponent's net (Use left, right on D-Pad to aim)

    Throw in ball (Throw in)

B - Change your active player (when on defense)

    Pass the Ball (Press and hold the B button, Aim with one or two D-Pad
                   buttons, release the B button)

    Throw in ball (Throw in)

        Kick the ball behind you (Press one D-Pad button, then the B button,
                                  then release all buttons while pushing the
                                  opposite D-Pad button)

A + B - Strike an opposing player who is in possession of the ball

D-Pad - Move your active player character around

        Aim kicks and passes

        Aim where the ball will approximately land on throw-ins

Start - Pause, Unpause the Game

Passing and Kicking
        In this game, kicking on the opponent's net is controlled by the A
button. Even if you are at the opposite end of the field, pressing the A button
will see the player possessing the ball kick the ball towards the opposing
team's net.

        When you get in closer to the net, you can exert some control over the
general direction of your kick through use of the D-Pad button while holding the
A button and before releasing it. This aim is not entirely perfect, but it is
relatively passable.

        The technique for passing is a bit more sloppy. You have to be moving to
pass the ball, and while there is some leeway for the direction to pass to
another player, sometimes you will get some absurdly slow passes, and at other
times it will just completely skip by the player you intend to pass to.

        There are a couple of nifty things you can do, however: for example, by
moving in one direction, then pressing the B button, releasing, and suddenly
changing directions on the D-Pad, you can kick the ball behind you.

Stealing the Ball
        When a member of the opposite possesses the ball and is dribbling it
around, you can steal the ball (and possibly also knock over the opposite
player) by moving up to him and pressing both the A + B button at the same time.
This will always cause the ball carrier to lose the ball, but instead of
successfully stealing it, sometimes it will just dribble out from your grasp and
you must go grab it instead.

Goalie Kick/Corner Kick Ball/Throw-In Targeting
        When making a kick from the corner or as a goalie, or a throw-in, you
can move the highlighted box around on the field to direct where you want your
kick to land. Note that if you move it too far, your kick will not land here,
but it will go in the general direction of where you highlight the cursor.

        These are the teams present in the game. While each team has a make-up
of (generically named) players with unique stats, the teams also have their own
stats list represented by bars on the team select team.

        World Teams

        Algeria         Egypt           Luxembourg      Saudi Arabia
        Argentina       England         Mexico          Scotland
        Australia       Finland         Morocco         South Africa
        Austria         France          Netherlands     South Korea
        Belgium         Germany         New Zealands    Spain
        Bolivia         Greece          Nigeria         Sweden
        Brazil          Hong Kong       N. Ireland      Switzerland
        Bulgaria        Hungary         Norway          Turkey
        Cameroon        India           Peru            Ukraine
        Canada          Iraq            Portugal        UAE
        Chile           Israel          Poland          USA
        China           Italy           Qatar           Uruguay
        Columbia        Ivory Coast     Eire            Wales
        Czech Rep.      Japan           Romania
        Denmark         Kenya           Russia

        Africa All-Stars
        Asia All-Stars
        European All-Stars
        Middle-East Stars

        Of the Worlds teams, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany,
Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the African Stars and the European
Stars are the strongest overall.

        Brazil League           English League          French League
        -------------           --------------          -------------
        Amer-RJ                 Arsenal                 Angers
        Bangu                   Aston Villa             Auxere
        Botafogo                Blackburn               Bordeaux
        Bragan.                 Chelsea                 Caen
        Corin.                  Coventry                Cannes
        Ferrov.                 C. Palace               Le Havre
        Flamengo                Everton                 R.C. Lens
        Fluminense              Ipswich                 Lille
        Guarani                 Leeds                   Lyonnais
        Inter.                  Leics. C.               Marseille
        Palmeiras               Liverpool               Martigues
        P. Preta                Man. City               F.C. Metz
        Portug.                 Man. United             Monaco
        Santos                  Newcastle               Montpel.
        Sao Paulo               Norwich                 Nantes
        V. da Gama              Notts. F                Paris S.G.
                                Q.P.R.                  St. Etienne
                                Shef. Weds.             Sochaux
                                S'hampton               Stras.
                                Tottenham               Toulouse
                                West Ham

        German League           Italian League          Dutch League
        -------------           --------------          ------------
        B. Munich               Atalanta                Ajax
        Cologne                 Cagliari                NAC Breda
        Dortmund                Cremon.                 Cambuur
        Dresden                 Foggia                  PSV Eind.
        Duisburg                Genoa                   Feyenoord
        Frankfurt               Juventus                GA Eagles
        Freiburg                Lazio                   Groningen
        Hamburg                 Lecce                   Heeren.
        Kaisers.                AC Milan                MVV
        Karls.                  Inter Milan             Roda JC
        Leipzig                 Napoli                  Sparta
        Leverk.                 Parma                   FC Twente
        Bor. MG                 Piacenza                FC Utr.
        Nurnberg                Reggiana                Vitesse
        Schalke                 Roma                    FC Vol.
        Stuttgart               Sampdoria               Venlo
        Wattens.                Torino                  RKC Waal.
        W. Bremen               Udinese                 Willem II

        American League         Spanish League
        ---------------         --------------
        Atlanta                 Albacete
        Boston                  Barcelona
        Chicago                 Bilbao
        Dallas                  Celta
        Denver                  Deportivo
        Detroit                 Gijon
        Ft. Laud.               Lleida
        Guadal.                 Logrons
        L.A.                    Atl. Madrid
        Mexico C.               R. Madrid
        Montreal                Osasuna
        New York                Oviedo
        Phoenix                 Santander
        Portland                Sevilla
        St. Louis               Sociedad
        San Diego               Tenerife
        San Jose                Valencia
        Seattle                 Valladolid
        Tampa Bay               Vallecano
        Toronto                 Zaragoza
        Wash. DC

        Here are the numerous options of gameplay and other odds and ends to go
over when entering the menu upon starting up your game.

        Play a single match between two teams of your choice, with the team you
play as on the left side of the selection screen.

        Not entirely sure what Tournament does, but you play a randomly selected
team from the league of the team you choose to play as.

        Playoffs does a bracket of either 8 or 16 teams playing for a
championship trophy, with the number of teams depending on which League you are
playing for (ie. the Brazilian league, which has fewer teams, only does 3
rounds, while the U.K., with more teams, does 4 rounds with 16 teams).

        Options gives you nine things you can change in your games.

        You can toggle the language setting between English, German, French and

        Change the Game Type between action and simulation, with Action being
the default. In Simulation, as the game drags on, players purportedly get tired
and move faster to simulate fatigue in real-life, but this does not occur in

        You can toggle Fouls, and with them, Penalty Kicks, Yellow Cards and Red
Cards on and off. They are by default off.

        You can toggle Injuries on and off. They are by default off.

        You can toggle Offsides on and off. They are by default off.

        Toggle the Weather Type between Dry, Damp, Drenched or Hot. Drier
conditions are conducive to the ball moving more quickly and having higher
bounce. Hot presumably only affects you during Simulation Game Type mode.

        You can change between a grass pitch and an artificial pitch. Game play
moves faster on an artificial pitch.

        The clock during game play can be changed between always running or
stopping during out of play events.

        You can change the lengths of game halfs to be 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 15, 20,
30 or 45 minutes each.

        Prior to the start of a game, or during a game and entering the menu by
pressing the Start button, you can go through a few more options.

        This option allows you to change which team you are controlling. You can
also place the Gameboy icon in between the two teams to have a completely
automatic game with no control over the players.

        In this menu, by pressing the B button, you can also toggle how your D-
Pad moves your characters and aim. When the arrow on the screen of the Game Boy
is pointing up, you have to press left and down or right and up to move along
the field. If you toggle the arrow to point to the upper right, it changes your
control perspective so just pressing the up button makes you move up AND right
along the isometric perspective of the field (and down goes down and left).

        Team Coverage
        This allows you to toggle the length of the field that will be covered
by your defence, your midfielders, and your attackers when the ball is within
the zone.

        Team Strategy
        Team Strategy lets you change the behaviour of the A.I. of your
teammates. Automatic is the regular all-around A.I., Longball I _believe_ is
concerned about getting the ball upfield constantly, Defend is self-explanatory,
All-out Defend focuses your players tightly around your own net, Attack is self
-explanatory, and All-out Attack focuses your players tightly around the
opponent's net.

        Team Formation
        Here, you can move between a 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 4-2-4, 4-3-3, and a Sweeper
formation (5-3-2).

        Player Selection
        Here, you can select new players to replace those already assigned to
play. Roster players are on the top list with the eleven players (Goalie
included). To select a new player, scroll down to the roster reserve list at the
bottom, press A to pick him, then scroll up and select the player you want to
replace with the A button again.

        Game Stats
        Give some in-depth stats on shots, saves, etc., and time of possession
of the ball.

        Score Summary
        A more detailed version of Score where the scoring player and time score
are also listed.

        Foul Summary
        Lists all the yellow and red cards assigned to players on both team, if
any, during the game.


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