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Version: 1.1 | Updated: 09/13/02 | Printable Version

                               VR SOCCER '96

Written by Rémi Fontaine, aka Steve Smith on Gamefaqs message boards.
September 13, 2002
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Table of contents

I : Purpose of this faq
II : Controls
III : Highlights
IV : Defending
V : Shot and pass control
VI : Passing and shooting techniques
VII : Ball out of play
VIII : In-Match menu
IX : Gametype
X : Formation
XI : Player Control
XII : Game styles
XIII : Cameras
XIV : Questions and answers


I : Purpose of this faq

This faq is made especially for those who don't have the manual for VR Soccer
'96.  Most of the information included in this faq is found in the manual
(except the Questions and answers section).


II : Controls

X : On offense, passes the ball.  On defense, attempts to steal the ball.

Square : On offense, shoots the ball.  On defense, performs a slide tackle.

Triangle : Switches to the player closest to the ball.

Circle : Speed burst.

L1 and R1 : Used during free kicks and goal kicks to rotate your player
            right and left.

L2 : Selects last camera.

R2 : Selects next camera.

Select : Access the In-match menu


III : Highlights

The player who is currently being controlled will have a colored highlight
at his feet.  There are four different highlights each symbolizing a
different status for the player:

Circle : Controlled player does not have the ball

Triangle : Controlled player is in possession of the ball.  If the
           triangle flashes, the player is within shooting range.

Star (flashing) : Controlled player is in a good position to perform a
                  first-time touch.  Pressing the Square (shoot) button at
                  any time will cause your player to run onto the ball and
                  attempt to first-time it.  This is made automatically,
                  as you don't control your player when it happens.  The
                  star will stop flashing once you have selected this

Square : Controlled player is in a good position to square or cross the
         ball.  Keep running down the wing and your player will have a
         Square highlight at his feet.  When it happens, press the X
         (pass) button and your player will attempt to chip the ball into
         the box.  If one of your teammates is in the direction that the
         winger is facing, he will attempt to play the ball to that player
         rather than crossing the ball.


IV : Defending

Press the Square (Slide Tackle) button to attempt a tackle on opposing
players.  For a longer tackle, press the Circle (Speed Burst) button
followed by the Slide Tackle button.

Press the X (Steal) button to forcibly take the ball from them.  Another
method to steal the ball is to just run your player into the opposing team
member and attempt to muscle them off the ball.


V : Shot and pass control

You can bend the ball or make it dip by adding after-touch.  After-touch
is achieved by putting spin on the ball as it is kicked.  This is
accomplished by pushing the directional pad just after a shot or pass is

Pushing left will swerve the ball left, and right will swerve the ball
right.  To loft the ball, push up; to keep the ball on the ground, push
down.  The quicker you apply the after-touch when the ball is kicked, the
greater the effect will be.


VI : Passing and shooting techniques

Normal Pass : Directional buttons + X (Pass) button.

Normal Shot : Directional buttons + Square (Shoot) button.

First Time Touch : When a ball is passed to a player and the highlight
                   around his feet becomes a star, the player can attempt
                   a first-time touch.  Hold the X (Pass) button without
                   using the directional buttons and the player will
                   attempt to run onto the ball and control it using a
                   trap of some kind.

                   If you hold the Square (Shoot) button, your player will
                   attempt to run onto the ball and perform a first-time
                   shot.  You do not control your player in these
                   situations.  Note that the star will become solid (stop
                   flashing) when you have correctly selected this action.

Disguised Pass : Hold down both the Square (Shoot) and X (Pass) buttons.
                 Select a direction to make the pass and then release the
                 Square (Shoot) button.

Chip Shot : Hold down both the Shoot and Pass buttons.  Select the
            direction to make the shot and then release the Pass (X)
            button.  The power of the chip is determined by how long the
            button is held before it is released.

Dummy Pass : Hold down the Pass button.  Select a direction to make the
             pass in and then release the Pass button.  Your player must
             be standing still to make this pass.

High Pass : Hold both the Shoot and Pass buttons.  Release the Pass button
            to make a high pass to a teammates head.

Power Pass : Pass button (X).  The power of the pass is determined by the
             duration the button is held before it's released.

Power Shot : Shoot button (Square).  The power of the shot is determined
             by the duration the button is held before it's released.


VII : Ball out of play

Here are special occasions that happen in the games of VR Soccer '96.


Goal Kicks

Use R1 and L1 to rotate your goalie around and send the ball into play.



The corner kick is similar to a Goal Kick in all respects.



For a direct throw-in to a team-mate, use the directional buttons to move
the target to the player you wish to throw to and push the Pass button.
Or, use the Shoot (Square) button for a long throw-in to no particular
player.  If you push up or down on the directional buttons, the throw-in
will go higher or longer depending on the situation.


VIII : In-Match menu

Press the Select button while playing to access the in-match menu.
Substitution and Replay are explained here.



Highlight "Off" and select the player who you would like to send off.
Highlight "On" and select which player you would like to bring on.  Select
"Done" when you are finished.  You will have to wait for a dead-ball
situation before your substitute can be brought in.



The buttons with the right and left arrows will speed up and slow down the
speed of the replay which is indicated by the number next to them.  "5"
indicates full speed playback.  "1" is extremely slow.

All the cameras are available in replay mode.  You can select them with
the R2 and L2 buttons.  Several additional cameras, like the Referee
Camera (see the action from the ref's point of view) are available in
replay mode.

One of them is the 1st Person view.  This camera allows you to view the
action from any of the player's perspectives.  Hold the Triangle button
and use the L1 and R1 buttons to change forward and backward through the
different players on each team when using the 1st Person view.


IX : Gametype


Friendly game

You can choose any team and play a game versus the computer.


League game

Here you will play against all the other teams in your league in a bid to
win the league or gain promotion to the league above you.  If you selected
more than one player, the players can either select a different team or
play in the same team.

Difference between Arcade and Simulation mode

If you play a league season in Arcade mode, you will get a Results Round-
Up screen between every match.  This screen displays the results of all
the matches played in your league.

If you play a league season in Simulation mode, you will see the results
of every match one by one instead of all in the same time.



This is a single-elimination tournament.  One loss and your out of it.
After choosing the number of teams that participate in the Cup, the
computer will automatically select teams.  You can change these teams.
You can remove teams and add teams.  To remove a team, highlight a team
and press O.  To add a team, highlight the team you wish to add and press

Difference between Arcade and Simulation mode

Once again, if you play in Arcade mode, you'll see the results of every
computer matches in the same screen.  If you play in Simulation mode,
you'll see the results of CPU matches one by one instead.



In Practice, the only member of the opposite team who is facing you is the
goalie, so you can practice your scoring techniques.  There is only one
half in Practice mode.


X : Formation

To switch players positions, push X on a player's name, go on the player's
name you want to switch position with and press O.  To view the players
stats, move the highlight to the player and push the O button.

If a player has a rating of 80 % or over in any of the skills, there will
be small icon in front of his name.

Here are the stats that are important to each type of player:

Goalkeeper : Vision, Pace, Control, Accuracy, Discipline

Defender : Power, Discipline, Pace, Flair, Stamina

Mid-Fielder : Control, Flair, Vision, Pace, Accuracy

Attacker : Flair, Power, Accuracy, Pace, Control


XI : Player Control


The computer will automatically switch players for you while you are
playing.  You can still select the nearest player using Triangle if the
computer picks the wrong player, but for the most part you can depend on
the computer to choose the best player for you to control.


This option allows you to determine when to switch players.  The computer
can occasionally switch players for you in certain situations, but in
general, you will have to switch players using Triangle.


XII : Game styles


When you play in Arcade mode, the team's overall rating counts over the
player's individual stats.  This makes picking individual team members for
the squad less important and gets you straight into the game.


This is the real thing.  What players you pick to play and where you put
them makes a difference.  This mode is for the reality nuts who want to
make sure their power kicker is whaling it in every time.


XIII : Cameras

While you're playing, you can switch from one camera to another by
pressing L2 or R2 buttons to toggle through all the available viewpoints.
If you pause the game, you can zoom the camera in and out and you can move
the camera up and down.

To zoom the camera in and out, pause the game and use L1 and L2.
To move the camera up and down, pause the game and use R1 and R2.


XIV : Questions and answers

Q : What is an easy way to score?
A : Pick the ball (preferably with your best player) and go near the
goalie.  When the goalie is running after you, go backward and get around
him.  The goalie will dive in the wrong place.  If done correctly, the net
will be wide open for an easy shot, with no goalie in front of you.  I do
this all the time and it is easy.

Q : What is a good way to keep control of the ball?
A : When you have the ball, the other team's players will always try to
steal the ball.  They will try to tackle your player.  When you are in
possession of the ball and other team's players go in your direction, go
backward (they will run after you) and quickly turn in the opposite
direction.  Most of the time, the CPU players will be lured in the wrong
direction, so you can continue to run freely or make a pass to a team-mate.