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New Players

UK League

The ball always comes from the left.

Start with the player in the centre of the screen. Move the player to where the ball will drop in front of him, and kick the ball when it falls in front of his right foot. The ball should be kicked when it is just far enough off the ground that it moves toward the roof of the net (roughly knee height - see picture). After each shot return to the middle of the screen to be prepared for the next ball.

Hit the ball on the volley. If you let it bounce, points are halved and it is no easier to score.

Always press "Submit" at the end of each game, within the time allowed, or your score will not count. Also make sure the security code is correct, or again your score will not count.

Top tip
Concentrate on getting the height right, so the ball is heading towards the roof of the net, most of the time. This is the fastest way to increase your score.

Penalties
If you score over 40,000 in the UK game, there is a bonus penalty. If you haven't taken a penalty before, gamble only 5,000 points.

  • stop the pointer on the "O" (picture ABOVE), or just to the right of the "O" (picture BELOW), in "DIRECTION"
  • hold the button down for about half a second (no more - the longer you hold the button down, the higher the shot will go)
  • if you get both direction and power right, the ball should fly into the top right corner of the net, out of the goalkeeper's reach

Penalties take practice to get right. You can practice on the related Role-playing game "Jumpers for Goalposts" – see links section.

It can also help to practice holding the button down before you actually take a penalty, just to make sure your timing is on.

You can also aim to stop the pointer on the first "I" in "DIRECTION". With everything else the same, the ball should then fly into the top left corner.

Europe
The ball comes from both the left and the right. The defenders will look in the direction the ball is coming from before it appears.

  • ball comes from the left – same as the UK game
  • ball comes from the right - keep the player to the left of the ball, and kick so it comes off the end of his toe, as the ball falls (just above the ground)
  • penalties – same as the UK game, but the bonuses start at 30,000

Experienced Players

The defenders move slowly towards the centre of the goal / screen as the game progresses. This is an advantage, as most shots that hit defenders partially in front of the goal will deflect into the net. So concentrate on keeping your shots down and on target.

For penalties, if you accidentally press the button down for too long (so the ball will be going over the bar), keep pressing the button down, move the mouse arrow off the "shot" button and let go. Nothing will happen. You can then 'start again' with the power, and hopefully get it right second time. Doesn't work with the direction, unfortunately.

The best application for changing the power on penalties is when you accidentally stop the pointer in the wrong spot. If you stop it on the second "I" (too early) the keeper will almost always save a shot toward the roof of the net. So instead, keep pressing down and move the mouse arrow off. Then, just tap the shot button quickly – the penalty will be a daisy-cutter and will go under the keeper's jump, scoring 9 times out of 10.

Top tip
Same as for the beginners – get the height right! If you watch the videos of the 400k+ games by top Euro players (see
links section), you won't see a SINGLE shot over the bar. And a 400k+ game requires over a hundred shots.

 
     
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