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 Game: FIFA 2001
 System: PSX & PC
 Written by: Orochi K(Ashvin Sawmynaden)
 E-mail: [email protected]
 Ver 1.2 - Last Revised: July 6, 2001


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 Version 1.0 on June 7, 2001.
 - Created FAQ.

 Version 1.1 on June 15, 2001.
 - Corrected a few typos. (Sorry for these).

 Version 1.2 on July 6, 2001.
 - Added ASCII art. (How d'ya find it!?)
 - Fixed stuff.

 If you already know me, welcome back. If not, well, hello to you all. This 
 FIFA 2001 FAQ is mainly as a guide to you since some people do find it 
 difficult. Some buttons have more than one function and you do need to know
 them all to be able to play the game well. For any contributions or additional
 info, write to me at [email protected] but read the e-mail policy first!


 This is a list of the e-mails which I will accept and those which I will 
 delete. Also, keep in mind that you need to put the game name in the subject
 line as this isn't my only FAQ. 'FIFA 2001' is well enough!

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 - Contributions.
 - Corrections.
 - Comments.
 - Positive/Negative feedback.
 - Webmasters who wish to post this FAQ on their site.
 - Your mail must be in text only, no executables.

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 - Nonsense e-mails like 'I think I love you' or 'Where can I find this game
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 - E-mails that are all in CAPS.
 - Chainletters.
 - Spams.
 - Info already stated in this FAQ.


 1. Menu Controls
 2. Game Features
  a) Play Now
  b) Game Modes
  c) Options
  d) Inside EA SPORTS

 3. Getting started
  a) League/Cup Menu
  b) Team Management

 4. Game Controls
  a) Attack
  b) Defend
  c) Air Ball
  d) Dead Ball
  e) Defend Dead Ball

 5. Pause Menu

 6. Hints and Tips

  These are the controls when you are at the menu screens. These apply for each

   Directional Buttons - Moves highlight through buttons
   START               - Moves forward to next screen
   SELECT              - Moves back to previous screen
   CROSS               - Selects buttons and icons
   CIRCLE              - Moves highlight between button and icon groups
   TRIANGLE            - Activates/De-activates Help Text

  Game Features

 This is what you'll see on the first screen.

       -------> PLAY NOW
       -------> GAME MODES
       -------> OPTIONS
       -------> INSIDE EA SPORTS


 This makes you pick a quick match for 1 or 2 players. You can choose any
 team whether it is an English club or the German Selection. To change Team
 Category, simply highlight the first green square (you start on it anyway)
 and press right or left to toggle between the categories. To change the Team
 itself, press Down once and press left or right to toggle between the different


   As the name itself, you can play a friendly match. It's just the same as 
   'Play Now'.

   You play a season in one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium,
   Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, MLS(the US League),
   Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden.
   The choice is all yours. But note that, depending on the club you chose, you'll
   play Cup matches at the same time. As examples, Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga
   (German Season) will have to play the Champions League and the German Cup too,
   Liverpool in the Premiership(English Season) will have to play the AXA FA Cup
   and the UEFA Cup. 

   You take part in a tournament. The tournaments available are the World Cup,
   The EFA Trophy (a.k.a. UEFA Cup), the ECC (a.k.a. the Champions League, but
   the qualifying matches are necessary even if you choose a club like Manchester
   United or Real Madrid).
   Tournaments take place a lot quicker than a Season but also require saving.
   The time length of each cup is different though with the World Cup being 
   greater followed by the ECC and the EFA Trophy.

   Create your own tournament/cup.

   --------> Cup Name: Give a name to your cup.

   --------> Cup Format: League/Knock-out or Knock-out only
             In League/Knock-out, you play group matches first and then
             access the knock-out phase

   --------> Types of Teams: Club or International

   --------> Number of Teams: 4, 8, 16, 24, 32

   --------> Number of groups: this changes depending on the number of clubs

   --------> Matches v each group team: 1, 2 or 4

   --------> Teams advancing from each group: depends on number of clubs and groups

   --------> Legs v each knock-out opponent: 1 or 2
             Choosing 2 means you'll have home and away fixtures

   --------> Legs v opponent in final:  1 or 2
             Same here

   --------> Month to begin cup: all 12

   Train here. You have to choose your team first. Choose attack or defence.
   Options will change depending on which you chose.

   --------> Penalties: Take penalties. CIRCLE to shoot, SQUARE to make your
                        player change side.

   --------> Set Pieces: Free Kicks, Corners, Throw-ins
                         You choose whether there's a keeper or not. You can
                         choose any spot for the free kicks and throw-ins.
                         Corners can be on either side.

   --------> Training Match: Choose number of players for attack and defence,
                             whether there is a keeper and play a quick match.

   --------> Options: Set your Difficulty Level and the Game Speed.

   --------> Quit Training: Return to Menu Screen.


  This is divided into 4 parts: Match Options, Gameplay Options, Visual Options
  and Audio Options.


   --------> Half Length: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 20, or 45 mins
             If 4 mins is chosen, the whole match will last 8 mins.

   --------> Language: English, US English, Deutsch, Espanol, Svenska, Nederlands
             Sets the language in the game. 

   --------> Weather: Clear, Hot, Rain, Snow, Random
             Sets the weather when you play. Choosing Random will pick one in
             each match.

   --------> Substitutions: 3, 5 or Unlimited
             Determines how many players you can substitute in a match.

   --------> Fatigue: On or Off
             Sets whether players get tired or not

   --------> Clock Type: Continuous or Out of Play

   --------> Day/Night: Day, Dusk or Night
             Sets the time at which the match will be played, A 'Random' feature
             would be most welcome here.


   --------> Difficulty Level: Amateur, Professional, World Class
             Set your level here.

   --------> Game Speed: Normal, Fast, Faster, Fastest
             This is where you set your speed. However, you need to keep in
             mind that the speed is different depending on the difficulty level.
             Thus, a World Class match at Fast will be much more fast than an
             Amateur match at the same speed!
   --------> Referee Strictness: Defined or Random
             Set referee strictness here. If you choose defined, you will have 
             to define it yourself. If you pick Random, it'll change each match.

   --------> Define Strictness: - ------- +
             You get this only if you set the Referee Strictness as Defined. It's
             all up to you here. Putting it at maximum makes the referee really 
             mean. Just a push and you'll be carded!

   --------> Bookings: On or Off
             Choose whether the referee will take out his cards or not.

   --------> Offside: On or Off
             Here, you choose whether the linesmen will signal offsides or not.

   --------> Injuries: On or Off
             Set whether the players can take injuries or not.

   --------> Vibration: On or Off
             Obviously, this is meant only if you are playing with the Analog pad.
             The pad tends to vibrate a lot, I strongly advise you to switch it off.

   --------> Camera: Tower, Tele, End to End, Action
             You select your view here. Here's how each camera works;
             Tower - The camera is located on a 'tower'. You have a good range
             of vision with this but it is kinda slow and sometimes, it doesn't
             focus well on the action. Moreover, the angle never changes.
             Tele - As seen on TV. It will follow the action just as if you're 
             watching the match LIVE and is closer to the pitch. The best IMO.
             End to End- As seen from behind the net. Bad angle and doesn't 
             provide you with a close look enough. Avoid!
             Action: Follows the ball. Quite good but some are the angles are
             weird and you may even lose track of the action.

   --------> Auto Replay: On or Off
             Set whether you'll get auto replay here. Auto replay is present
             only for goals.

   --------> Time Display: On or Off
             This sets whether you'll have a time display on the screen. Setting
             ON is way better since you'll always know how much time is left before
             the match ends. Suppose you're back 2-5, by looking at the display,
             you will quickly know how much time is left and you'll know what 
             attitude to adopt. If there are about 25 mins left, you can go for it
             and try to equalize. If there are 15 mins left, you can fool around 
             and start pulling out horrendous tackles or scoring own goals out of
             anger  :)  Useful, eh!?

   --------> Score Display: On or Off
             Same as above, it lets you decide which strategy to adopt and what 
             to do during the remaining time, i.e. pass the ball around to preserve
             your advantage or try to score more and concede goals on the counter ^-^

   --------> Radar: On or Off
             Although this may sound a great option, it is not useful. Don't bother
             setting it ON. It will just spoil your fun as it takes quite much of the

   --------> Visual Indicators: On or Off
             This is a very useful option. It gives you indications of your other
             players' positions and tells you whether they're marked or not. Put
             this ON all the time!

   --------> Player Names: On or Off
             As the name itself, the players' names will be written on the pitch
             (it's at their feet!).


   --------> Music Volume: 0 - 100%
             Set the music volume here. Note that there is music only at the 
             menus. There is NO music during the matches.

   --------> Commentary Volume: 0 - 100%
             Set the commentary volume.

   --------> Game SFX Volume: 0 - 100%
             Set Game SFX. Examples of Game SFX are the crowd and players' noises
             when they are brought down.

   --------> Menu SFX Volume: 0 - 100%
             Increase/Decrease Menu SFX. Menu SFX are done when you select options
             and change screens.


   --------> CREDITS: View the game's credits.

   --------> MOVIES: View the movies.

  Getting Started

 OK, you must set your options beforehand and SAVE them so that you don't have
 to do it again all over each time.

 Now, choose your team and what type of competition you want to play (league
 or cup). The following are to help you undertand what each feature does.
 Playing FIFA isn't just about going on the pitch and playing, you also need
 to keep certain things in mind. Read the following before playing your first 
 match. Remember, a badly set-up team makes a losing team!


 Now, the first screen you'll see after that is the League/Cup Menu.
 There isn't much to be done here as the only keys you'll be using here are
 the Directional Buttons to view your progress.

 Options here are accessed by pressing the CIRCLE button. Doing so highlights
 the icon groups.

 Below is the description of the icon groups from the first to the last (thus,
 from right to left, on the screen!).

 -----> FORWARD
        Moves you to the next screen.

 -----> QUIT
        Makes you quite game and return to title screen.

 -----> SAVE GAME
        Please note that this game doesn't have autosave options. Use this
        often if you don't want to start everything all over again.

 -----> OPTIONS
        Takes you to the options. Note that once you start a tournament or
        a league, some options are saved and cannot be changed.

        Lets you manage your team. More on this in the Team Management Section.

        Lets you buy and sell players. You can build a better team here and even
        better, make your team just as in real life, with all your new players.

        Enables you to view the best scorers and those with the most cards both
        overall and in respective clubs.

 -----> FIXTURES
        Lets you view when and at what time all the next matches will take place.
        Also lets you view the scores of past matches.

 -----> CUP
        Lets you view your cup progression (if you are in one!).


 Once you access this option, you'll see the following:

                                       -    Season / Cup     -
         YOUR CURRENT IGM              -      Your Team      -

                                       -   Starting Lineup   -

         YOUR CURRENT STRATEGY         -        IGM          -

                                       -     Kick Takers     -

 -----> Starting Lineup: Use this to determine which players will begin the
                         Players which are in the starting lineup will
                         have a 'Start' status.
                         Players which will be on the bench and which CAN be
                         substituted will have a 'Subst' status.
                         Players which CANNOT even be substituted will have
                         a 'Rsrvs' status.
                         Set your team here and go on to IGM.

 -----> IGM: IGM is divided into 2 distinct parts - Formation and Strategy.
             Here's a brief explanation of how each works.

                FORMATION - Set your IGM, you can choose between 3.
                          - Set your formation.
                          - Set your attack.
                          - Set your midfield.
                          - Set your defence.
                          - Set your style.

                STRATEGY - Set your attacking style.
                         - Set your marking preference.
                         - Set your defensive style.
                         - Set your marking style. 

          Below is how you should plan things to have a good team with
          sensible strategies:
           - Choose a different style for each IGM. As an example, IGM1 should
             be fully attacking. IGM2 should be defending. IGM3 should be 
             neutral. This will make things easier.

           - Don't try putting a team with too many attackers or too many 
             defenders, these things never work and you'll end up losing each
           - Set different attacking, defensive and marking styles for each IGM.
           - Make sure you have at least one with Counterattack as attacking
             style. This can be very useful again certain teams and it'll help
             you out when you need to score goals.

           - You should have at least one long and one short passing preference.

           - You must have at least one defensive style.
           - And finally, make sure everything is correct before moving on as
             the changes will be saved automatically. Of course, you can come
             back later and change things again if you're not yet satisfied.
             Note that all these set-ups are not needed for a friendly match but
             they're essential if ou plan on playing a whole season or a 

 -----> KICK TAKERS: Here, you can choose who will take the left corner, the
                     right corner, free kicks and spot kick takers, and your
                     first 5 penalty kick takers. Note that you cannot make
                     a single player take all 5 penalty kicks!! Darn, no
                     Effenberg each time    :D

  OK, now that you're finished, let's head over to the matches themselves.
  To win or to lose, this isn't even a thought!! So, will you be able to take 
  on the best clubs in the world!?  o_O


 These are the controls of the game when you'll be playing the matches. It's
 in smaller sections since the lay-out changes depending on the situation.
 Well, that's what football is about!

           < ATTACK > ----> DIRECTIONS  -  Move PLayer
                            CIRCLE      -  Shoot
                            CROSS       -  Pass
                            SQUARE      -  Lob
                            TRIANGLE    -  Sprint
                            SELECT      -  IGM Select
                            START       -  Pause Game
                            L1          -  Through Pass
                            L2          -  Hurdle
                            R1          -  Shielding
                            R2          -  360 Spin

           < DEFEND > ----> DIRECTIONS  -  Move PLayer
                            CIRCLE      -  Conservative Tackle
                            CROSS       -  Switch Player
                            SQUARE      -  Aggressive Tackle
                            TRIANGLE    -  Sprint
                            SELECT      -  IGM Select
                            START       -  Pause Game

         < AIR BALL > ----> DIRECTIONS  -  Move PLayer
                            CIRCLE      -  Header Shot/Diving Header
                            CROSS       -  Header Pass
                            SQUARE      -  Header Lob
                            TRIANGLE    -  No Use
                            SELECT      -  IGM Select
                            START       -  Pause Game
                            2*CIRCLE    -  Bicycle Kick

        < DEAD BALL > ----> DIRECTIONS  -  Move PLayer
                            CIRCLE      -  Icon Attack
                            CROSS       -  Kick/Throw Ball
                            SQUARE      -  Icon Attack
                            TRIANGLE    -  Icon Attack
                            SELECT      -  Set Piece
                            START       -  Pause Game
                            L1          -  Add Ballspin Left
                            R2          -  Add Ballspin Right

 < DEFEND DEAD BALL > ----> DIRECTIONS  -  Move PLayer
                            CIRCLE      -  Icon Attack
                            CROSS       -  Switch Player
                            SQUARE      -  Icon Attack
                            TRIANGLE    -  Icon Attack
                            SELECT      -  Set Piece
                            START       -  Pause Game


  By pressing start, you will be shown the Pause Menu which gives you various
  options. This is what the Pause Menu enables:

  -----> Resume Match: Continue current match
  -----> Instant Replay: View the replay of the last action. You can switch
                         camera during the replay and you can also view it
                         in slow motion

  -----> Team Management: This is where you make your substitutions. You can
                          also change IGM here and change kick takers.

  -----> Side Select: Choose your team. Weird option if you ask me as it enables
                      you to choose the other team whenever you want. Basically,
                      if you were losing by 5 goals, you can just use this option
                      to play as the winning team and score own goals to make 
                      team win! What did EA put this for!?

  -----> Options: Lets you access the options. Note that not all options can 
                  be changed here.

  -----> Match Facts: This will give you the score, the total shots, number of
                      shots on target, corners, bookings and possessions.

  -----> Score Summary: List of those who've scored in the match and when.

  -----> Booking Summary: Same as Score Summary but for yellow and red cards
                          this time. Booking Time/Player/Team.

  -----> Restart match: Yup, restart the match and kick them if you had just been
                        losing. But it spoils the fun in league or cup matches.

  -----> Quit match: Quit match and return to League/Cup screen.


 This section concerns those facts which you need to bear in match when you
 are playing the matches. There's also a handful of hints and tips to make
 your life easier and to make you enjoy the game even more.

 - Make sure you have a consistent starting lineup with a good formation and

 - Use the quick IGM option (by pressing SELECT) to your advantage. Here is
   an example of how you should play.
   Let's say you have 3 IGMs. Well, you should have 3. Normally, you should
   have a very attacking one and a very defensive one, the last one being
   either neutral or any other type that you had set up. When you have the ball
   in your possession, quickly choose the attacking one to move more players 
   forward and to increase your chance of scoring goals. On the other hand,
   if you happen to lose the ball and have to deal with a counter (note: some
   teams are darn good with counters, eg. Hamburg in the German League, they
   score most of their goals on counters), just switch to the defensive formation
   to deal with it. Use the third one in other situations.

 - Substitute an injured player as soon as possible. Injured players will only
   wobble like a sick tortoise and you will lose possession if you have to 
   control them. Put the ball out of play if there is the need to do so.
   Another thing you need to know is that injured players may still be out
   for the next match. Check your starting lineup to see if this is the case.

 - At half time, check you player's stats and substitute those who are still
   too tired. A good choice would be to take out those who have less than 50%.
   Keep in mind that you have only 3 substitutions though.

 - Don't substitute your players for no apparent reason or just because you're
   not scoring goals. The only reason you're not scoring goals is because you're
   playing badly, the players are not at fault. Keep these 3 substitutions as
   you'll need them. Your players may get injured or you may have to take them
   out to prevent them from being carded.

 - Remember that players who take 3 yellow cards or more (it depends on the
   country and competition) miss a match. Keep making changes to your starting
   lineup to avoid this problem.

 - Make sure you buy and sell the same number of players. There is NO use in
   buying more players than needed and in selling all your reserves. 

 - Concerning free kicks, it is way hard to score directly from these unless
   you're very good at this game and you eat, drink and sleep FIFA... The best
   choice is to pass the ball and have a shot on goal. The same thing applies
   to corners.

 - When taking penalties, don't just rush out and push the buttons too much. Your
   shot will be off target and the commentators will be quick in making you feel
   stupid! Wait for the referee to blow the whistle and take all your time (but not
   too much). There is no need to be quick. Right, Carboni?  :P

 - Practice the different scenarios well, specially the free kicks and corners.

 - Don't play harsh, the conservative tackle actually has more chance of working
   and this way, you'll concede less free kicks.

 - Don't abuse the SPRINT button, it makes your players tire more quickly and
   a player with a fatigue of less than 60% is useless.

 - Watch real football matches, there's nothing like the real thing. Ah, the joy
   of saying Bayern Munich lift the Champions' League after that dreaded night
   in Barcelona. Yes Sir, I'm not afraid to say it, I cried that day.

 - Play the real sport even if you're not good at it. You won't believe the fun
   you can have, playing a football match and laughing at your own mistakes. And
   sport keeps you healthy.

 Well, that's it, I guess! It's been great writing this FAQ. But then maybe that's
 because I really like football (no soccer, football's the real name!). And sorry
 if I've been talking of unrelated stuff but this season's been a memorable one in
 terms of this great sport, one I will never forget.


 Electronic Arts
 - For making this game.

 - For his great site and for posting my guides.

 Bayern Munich
 - Like Kuffour, I kept praying for days. Our prayer's been heard this year ^_^


                              FIFA 2001 FAQ
             Copyright 2001, Ashvin 'Orochi K' Sawmynaden.All rights reserved.

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