This FAQ is for EA Sports? FIFA World Cup 2006 and is copyright 2005 by Michael Weaver, aka Havok3595. At the present time, it can only be shown on www gamefaqs com This is version 1.0, which is incomplete in several sections. I rushed to get this out in any version because the frequent question of ?What countries are in the game?? needed to be answered. I couldn?t find an official list on EA?s site, and it seems that this information is pretty highly in demand. Feel free to e-mail me at Havok3595 (at) hotmail.com with any questions, comments, or assistance. This FAQ will be laid out in the following format: 1) Basic list of teams in the game, by region. (C01) 2) Menu navigation and options, overview. (C02) 3) Gameplay overview (keep in mind that I?m not great at it) (C03) 4) World Cup mode, including qualifiers, still in process (C04) 5) Global Challenge mode, still in process (C05) 6) More detailed team overviews, still in process (C06) 7) Unlockables, including how to get points, still in process (C07) 1) Basic list of teams in the game, by region (C01) The teams in the game are indexed by region. There are six regions in the game, just like in real life. These are North America/Caribbean, South America, Oceania, Africa, Asia, and (of course) Europe. Please note that these are based on World Cup qualification zones, so there are some countries in the European zone that you might not associate with Europe (Israel, Kazakhstan). Here are the teams, by region, in the following format: Region (# of teams in region): teams in alphabetical order Ready? Here we go: Africa (32): Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Chad, Congo, Congo DR, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast (Cote d?Ivorie), Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe Asia (14): Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea DPR (North Korea), Korea Republic (South Korea), Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam Europe (52): Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia FYR, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales North America/Caribbean (13): Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Vincent/Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA Oceania (6): Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu South America (10) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela 2) Menu navigation and options, overview. (C02) The first option you get is language: English or Spanish. This will affect the announcers too, so I recommend giving Spanish a go every now and then just for spice. Note that the English option has England?s flag. Although Andy Townsend (one of the commentators) is Irish, you?re definitely getting British flavored commentary, which is appropriate. Anyway, this choice (unlike some others) is not saved on your profile, so you need to input it each time. If this is your first time playing, you?re asked to start a profile, which you should do because it takes 10 seconds and allows you to save points to unlock things later. Just select a country as your home, any country. It doesn?t matter and has no impact (as far as I can determine). Well, it has a little impact: when you go to ?Play Now? your home country will be the first country you have the option of selecting. Use R1 and L1 to change regions when selecting a country, then directional buttons to select a country within the region. Finally, we?re at the main menu. I don?t play multiplayer or online, so I?ve never ventured into the Online or Lounge (multiplayer tournaments) sections. If anyone wants to give a little blurb about those, e-mail me and I?ll give you credit. There?s a pretty self- explanatory Practice mode, and Penalty Shoot-out which is everything you expect it to be. I?m glossing over these to get to the main 4 menus you?ll need. My FIFA World Cup: This menu contains a list of unlockables (store), a list of objectives to fulfill to get more points for unlockables (objectives), create-a-player, game settings (including difficulty level, most importantly), and more. It also exists as a submenu in another menu, but with less options. We?ll discuss that later. Global Challenge: This menu contains a bunch of historic matches which you can play to either preserve or completely wreck history. Typically they will start at some specified point during the game (remember, the clock counts up, not down, and halves are 45 minutes). Some of them start you from the beginning. Anyway, whatever the case, you?re given a team, an opponent, a time, and three things you have to do. Sometimes these things are relatively simple, like ?Win? or ?Don?t lose? or ?No yellow cards?, other times they?re more difficult like ?Score 5 goals? or ?Don?t get scored on?. If you fulfill the main objective, you get a bronze medal. One additional objective will get you a silver, and both additional objectives is a gold. If you fulfill an additional objective without fulfilling the main, you still get points for it, and you can then get a silver by fulfilling the main without fulfilling it. For instance, let?s say there?s a challenge where the main goal is ?Win? and the sub goal is ?No yellow cards?. Your first time, you lose but get no yellows. You get the 100 ?no yellow card? points. Now you play again and win, but half your players have yellow cards. No problem, you still get a silver since you?ve done that. Play Now: Essentially what it says. Pick two teams, play them. You can do it solo or multiplayer. The unlockables in ?My FIFA World Cup? are available only in this mode with the exception of boots, which are universal (but are only visual). Press R1 and L1 to specify a variety of things about the match. Note: The match type options read from your tournament saves, so be sure to save once after you beat the World Cup and keep that save around. Also note: As far as I can tell, different balls have no bearing on the game. And finally note: Classic players have to be manually moved into the starting line-up. 2006 FIFA World Cup: This is the meat of the game. You can either go directly into the World Cup with accurate 2006 groups or play through a qualifier from any of the six regions. Press R1 and L1 to decide which type of tournament you want. Bear in mind that if you go through a qualifier it will impact all of the World Cup seedings as the computer will simulate all other qualifiers. We?ll get into exactly what this means a little later. You can change teams out of groups or reselect the World Cup teams if you want to, how to do this is described onscreen. You will need to conform to the usual requirements: for instance, you can?t remove host team Germany and you can?t get more than one Oceania team in. Once you?re selected a mode and team(s), it?s time to game on. Almost. You?ll select which person gets which controller, then which kit you want (all teams have two options, home and away, and a few teams have two more unlockable in Play Now mode options). Next, you?re at a team management screen where you pick your starting line-up. If you want to change someone in the starting line-up, select them then scroll down to who you want to replace them with and select that player. They?ll switch. Players are coded based on their preferred (personal) position, you?ll see some teams start them in alternate positions though. This isn?t always a bad idea, since a speedy midfielder may work out good as a striker if you like to run breakaways. You can press R1 to get to a menu to change the formation (pretty self- explanatory), and R1 again to get to a list of who will normally take which kinds of kicks. I strongly suggest keeping this intact. Press start when you?re done, and you get a load screen with a wallpaper and ?Did you know? fact for one of the countries (usually the home country, but sometimes the away). I have two things to say about these. 1) Is it really necessary to have the number of World Cup wins as a fact for everyone since 130 of the teams have 0? 2) There were some pretty funky things going on in 1357 Portugal that I just don?t want to speculate on and feel I am better off not knowing. 3) Gameplay overview (keep in mind that I?m not great at it) (C03) So, gameplay. Default PS2 controls, offense/defense listed: Triangle: Through ball/goalie charge (hold down) Square: Cross/sliding tackle X: Pass/Change player O: Shoot/Conservative tackle R1: Burst of speed (can be held) L1: (in combination with another offense button press) Chip Right analogue: ?Skill move? Left analogue: Player control Pressing start brings you to a pause menu where you can change formation, see game stats, and make substitutions. If you make a substitution, they?ll come in the next time the ball goes out of bounds. If it?s urgent (like, if your player is injured), knock the ball out of bounds on purpose. You get 3 substitutions per game, but are not required to use them. I don?t use subs very often, personally. If you play a little more aggressively than I and get some yellow cards, you may want to sub those players out. Also, if you decide to change formation/mindset during the game, you might want to put players better able to handle your change in. Injured players will be greyed out in team management and have a plus next to their name in other screens. I strongly recommend not using the square button on defense unless you really have to. It frequently draws a booking, sometimes even a red card (although the computer will do it a lot, and usually gets a yellow card at worst). You are less likely to get one if you time it right and hit it when the opponent is facing you, but it still sometimes happens and the computer likes to turn around a lot resulting in many ?it was legal when I started the slide, officer? type situations. The two best ways to score, in my opinion, are the through ball/chip shot and the cross/header. With the through ball/chip shot, use a through ball to feed the ball to a player on your team who breaks through to get the ball behind the opponents, run him towards goal, and press L1+circle when the goaltender starts to come out. For the cross/header, run up the sidelines then press towards the goal and square, pressing circle when it gets near your players. This has a higher miss ratio but looks cooler. Also, if the goalie gets a hand on it but doesn?t pull it in make sure to run in front of the goal and try to pick up the rebound. Same applies for balls hitting the posts. You can aim, but it isn?t easy on the fly. Your left analogue stick judges the aim and the amount of time you hold circle judges the power. If you hold it too long, you?ll fire into the stands and the announcers will make fun of you. I like using a 4-1-2-1-2 formation because it tends to cover most of the bases, but there are pluses and minuses to every formation. Just about any play that burns 4 fullbacks will burn 5 just as badly, in my opinion, plus you sacrifice players in the middle/front. Be sure to play to your individual players? strengths, too. 4-1-2-1-2 works best when you?ve got two speedy shooters up front to get through balls, if your forwards are slower you might want to consider something else. You?ll encounter a wide variety of situations during the game beyond the basics. Free kicks, penalty kicks, throw-ins, and corner kicks being chief among them. For Free kicks, they are either direct or indirect, meaning that you can score from them or not. It won?t always tell you, but a good way to tell is whether the defense has devoted three or more players to standing in front of you in a wall. Press R2 to have someone roll the ball back to you (which gives you a better shot), circle to shoot, x to pass, and square for a curved shot. Use the analogue sticks to change your player?s position. For penalty kicks, it?s just you and the goalie. Press circle to shoot and left analogue to aim. I recommend holding circle until you get just a little under the white line in the meter, that will put your shot higher up in the net. For throw-ins, use x to select another player (there?s usually 3 targets), square for a direct pass to where they are now, and triangle to feed them forward. For corners, press square and hold about 75% down to cross it in front of the net or x to pass. If you pass off a corner or throw deep in the area, you should cross as soon as possible. You?ll have players in front. Defending these situations is somewhat simpler. Circle adds a player to the line for direct free kicks (one maximum), and merely pressing a direction has your goalie dive to stop a penalty kick. Press it once the kick gauge starts to fill because if you do it early you?ll simply walk along the goal line with little purpose. Like I say in the title, I?m not fantastic at gameplay. Experiment with a variety of things, you?ll learn it. Aiming passes can be a little awkward since despite the game?s claims it does not always try to find you a teammate in the direction you?re pressing and sometimes picks someone who is not the one you thought you had aimed at. Generally, though, you can fix this problem with experience after some frustration. 4) World Cup mode, including qualifiers, still in process (C04) Here?s the big part, the meat and potatoes. You can choose from one of six regional qualifiers or just move right to the World Cup itself. As I said before, selecting the World Cup gives you the 32 teams with accurate brackets for the World Cup in 2006. The developers were not mind readers, though, and this game came out early, so you might find that Croatia (for example) is much more competitive than they actually were. The qualifiers are a little different. Each region operates differently, and I?ll go into it below. The World Cup starts with a group play round where each of the four teams in a group plays each other once. Wins give you 3 points, draws give you 1 point. The top two point scorers for each group in this round go on to the round of 16. The first tie-breaker is versus (whichever team won when they met), the second is total goals. From here, it becomes a single elimination affair. After the round of 16 comes the round of 8 (?Quarterfinals?), then 4 (?Semifinals?), then the final two teams face off. There?s a little inspirational video before they do, be sure to watch it at least once and be astonished that someone would bother to remix a twenty year old Howard Jones song. And be further astonished that it sounds pretty good. There?s also a video afterwards which the announcers will narrate. A few teams (like Brazil, France, and USA) have specific things the announcers say about them, but most just get called ?this team?. Works the same way in gameplay. Here?s how the qualifiers work, by region. At this time, I have not played an Asian or European qualifier. Just like in the World Cup group stage, wins are worth 3 points, draws worth 1. Also, sometimes you?ll be prompted to play a friendly game. It doesn?t matter if you do or don?t, but keep in mind that this game doesn?t count as the game a red carded player is suspended for (they?ll be suspended for it AND the next qualifying game if they were suspended in the previous qualifying game). Oceania: You play one game against each of the other five Oceania teams, the top two finishers then play a home and home series. The winner of that plays a home and home series against the fifth place South American team for a berth in the World Cup. Total games: 9, not counting friendlies. Total opponents: 6 Africa: You are placed in a group of six teams, there are five groups. You play each team in your group twice (home and home), top team in each group qualifies for a berth in the World Cup. Total games: 10, not counting friendlies. Total opponents: 5 South America: You play two games against each of the other South America teams, home and home. Top four finishers are qualified for the World Cup, the fifth place team plays a home and home series against the Oceania winner for a berth. Total games: 18, 20 if you finish fifth, not counting friendlies. Total opponents: 9, 10 if you finish fifth. North America/Caribbean: You are placed in a group of four teams, there are three groups. You play each team in your group twice (home and home), the top two finishers in each group are placed in a new six team group where you play each team twice again (home and home). The top three finishers are qualified for the World Cup, the fourth place finisher gets to play an Asian team for a berth somehow (more details as I discover them). Total games: 16, ??? if you finish fourth, not counting friendlies. Total opponents: 7, ??? if you finish fourth. Asian qualifier: Unknown European qualifier: Unknown Bear in mind that Germany has an automatic berth and is not selectable in the European qualifier. When a qualifier is over, you will automatically move into a World Cup using the results from the qualifier. 5) Global Challenge mode, still in process (C05) As described above, Global Challenge mode contains historic World Cup situations that you need to make or break history with. There are seven sections: one for each region, and one for World Cup finals that is unlocked when you have at least a bronze in each other challenge. Europe: Croatian Sensations! Player: Croatia CPU: France Score: 2-1, France in lead Time: Primary: Win Secondary: Secondary: Strategy: Asia: Africa: North America: All Saints Player: St. Kitt?s/Nevis CPU: St. Vincent/Grenadines Score: 1-0, St. Vincent in lead Time: Primary: Win Secondary: Secondary: Strategy: Both teams are crap. You?ll be able to tackle easily, and his goalie is horrible. Lots of through balls, lots of shots. Some will eventually find the back of the net. Oh Canada Player: Costa Rica CPU: Canada Score: 1-0, Costa Rica in lead Time: Primary: Win Secondary: Keep a clean sheet Secondary: Win by two goals Strategy: Canada starts this out with a corner kick, so be sure to defend it well and clear that ball out. Sitting on the ball will get you a silver. South America: Oceania: World Cup Finals: 6) More detailed team overviews, still in process (C06) Eventually, I?ll have the teams listed here with Worldwide ranking (default) as well as the teams? scores in attack, defense, and midfield. I will also try to list the star players for each team. Here is a sample. Brazil Zone: South America Ranking: 1 Attack: Defense: Mid: Preferred formation: 4-3-3 Stars: Ronaldo (striker), Ronaldinho (mid), Adriano (striker), Kaka (mid) 7) Unlockables, including how to get points, still in process (C07) Completing certain objectives in the game nets you points, which in turn enables you to unlock certain things in the My FIFA World Cup store. There are five categories of unlockables: classic players, classic kits, footballs, boots, and AI unlockables. Most of these are only available in Play Now, boots are available in Create a player and edit a player menus. All classic players cost 10,000 points and have specific teams they play for. The flag in the background is the tip-off. Note that the classic player with ?Pele? in his name is a Ghanian, not a Brazilian. All classic kits cost 5,000 points and some of them aren?t very different from the normal kits which irritates me. All boots cost 1,000 to unlock, some are palette swaps of others. Footballs have varying prices from 500 to 20,000 for the golden World Cup final ball. AI unlockables have varying point costs, with the 20,000 ?Perfect difficulty? being the most expensive. Other items include No Infractions, Invisible Walls, Turbo Mode, and Slow Mode. Things you have unlocked have a broken lock next to them, things you have not unlocked have a full lock next to them. Getting points works three ways. Under objectives (under FIFA World Cup) there is a menu that lists different objectives and how many points you get for them. You get these rewards ONCE for each objective, and you must get them spot on (with a few exceptions). For example, the ?three in the net? objective is triggered if you score three goals in one match. It will not trigger if you score four, although you must have scored three on your way to four. Five is right out. You must be playing the CPU to trigger objectives. Another way to get points is by winning matches against the CPU in Play Now or World Cup mode (including qualifiers). You get a certain amount of points for the number of goals and shots on target you have, a bonus for maintaining a clean sheet, and another bonus for high possession percentage and passing percentage (over 60). You get negatives for yellow cards, offsides, and low possession and passing percentages (less than 40). I will get the exact formula later. I typically get about 200 points per match this way, which is a trifle. Also, you get stamps for each country you defeat and you get a bonus from this each time you fill a ?page? in your passport (three teams from one region). This bonus is based on the difficulty level you beat them at, and your passport stamp will change colors based on difficulty level. You only get a page bonus once, so going back and beating teams on higher difficulties only helps if you do it before completing the page they are on. The final way to get points is through global challenges. There are 1700 points available for a gold in each one. The objectives have four screens. Team objectives: All of these are ?Defeat n? where ?n? is each other team in the game. Most teams give you 250 points, but former champions (Germany, France, Italy, England, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil) give 500 and former finalists (Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, Czech Republic) give 400. You get an additional bonus for having beaten all teams of a specific region. Match objectives: Some of these are easier than others, but these are basically conditions to fulfill during a game. As stated above, the objectives are exact. Three in net means exactly three in net. Some of these say ?or more?, they are the exception rather than the rule. I?d recommend playing at a difficulty level you can manipulate to get the scoring ones. Some of these are really easy, like ?No red cards? and ?No yellow cards?. Others are much more difficult, such as ?Three Goal Comeback?. In the future, I will spell these out with point totals and tips. World Cup objectives: Similar to match objectives, but with the World Cup. Qualifying for the World Cup with each zone, and each stage of the World Cup you advance to with each zone, have varying scores depending on the zone. In general, the bigger soccer areas (South America, Europe) give more points for qualification and less for staying in than the less hard fought areas (North America, Oceania). Also under this are a few things related to goal scoring in the Cup, which is cumulative. World Challenge objectives: An additional bonus for each region worth of World Challenges you complete.