In soccer there are four things that will make you a better
player, practice, practice, practice and more practice. To this end we
have assembled a guide to getting the most out of the Gremlin Soccer
Series, without all that hard work.
Get in the right frame of mind: Actua Soccer is not another
simple arcade game. You cant just keep pressing the fire button until
the ball flies into the back of the net. You have to develop that most
elusive of attributes, a footballer's brain. How else will you know
how to create spa ce, when to hold, when to release and when to give
their winger a grass sandwich. To help you here are a few points to
bear in mind.
i. Keep the opposition's shooting opportunities to an absolute
minimum. Live by the footballer's maxim "If in doubt, boot it out".
ii. Look out for rebounds from the Goal Keeper. Opposing teams
will always maintain an attack until the ball is in his hands.
iii. Turn the 'offside' option on. This means that your defenders
will always stand a chance of blocking a shot.
i. The key to successful passing is creating space. Don't be
tempted to pass when a player is right on top of you. Either release
the ball quickly, or twist and turn until you're clear.
ii. Aim for the gaps, and look for players in space. Remember
that you don't always have to be facing the player you want to pass
to. If your player has good vision he will pass to the man in the best
position. If your team isn't one of the best you will have to think
i. Try not to pull players out of position to make a tackle. If
you do you may be leaving an opposing player unmarked.
ii. Don't lunge at every player feet first. Sliding tackles
should be used only when you're sure of coming away with the ball or
as a last resort.
iii. The most successful approach is to run into a player,
shouldering him off the ball.
iv. Be aware of which referee is in charge of the game. One too
many tackles with a strict Ref. and it's time for an early bath.
i. One touch shots are very difficult to perform from short
passes. Therefore only attempt them when you have the time to set it
ii. Try and shoot with the one touch feature. Don't give the
goalkeeper time to get into position.
iii. Always be on the look out for rebounds from their keeper.
The best time to score is when the goalie's still on the floor.
iv. Always put after touch on a shot if you can.
v. When taking a penalty select the "wire" camera. Aim your
player at a corner of the goal and use the power shot to keep the ball
hard and low.
vi. Don't panic!! The best players stay cool when the ball's in
i. Select 'practice mode' in order to master your technique
without the other team bothering you.
ii. You must practice the one touch passing and shooting moves.
iii. If you're having all the possession, but aren't scoring many
goals. then this is the part of the game you need to work on.
Formation & Tactics:
i. Know your squad and the strengths and weakness of the
opposition. Plan your game accordingly. For example, if you're playing
weak team against Germany, play with a packed defence, stick to a long
ball game and use forwards with good controlling skills rather than
those with good pace or flair.
ii. A lot of problems can be sorted out by getting the formation
right. For example, if you're losing out in Midfield, try adopting a
4-4-2 or 4-5-1 formation. Remember that the default formation may not
be the one which suits your style of play.