dave_e, an authority on collecting games for the BBC/Electron, says:
As one of the later Electron games, and sold exclusively via mail order, Arcade Soccer is actually quite a rare cassette. As one of only two Electron football games, and with some collectors desperate to collect football games per se, it's not seen all that regularly nowadays.
Arcade Soccer really is football action at its very best. Using an overhead view to make gameplay as exciting as possible, it features everything that you could want in a football game. Corners, sliding tackles, throw-ins, goal kicks, dribbling, shooting, passing and much more. But not only does Arcade Soccer give you Total Action it also puts you in Total Control.
Firstly you can play with either keyboard or joysticks, against the computer and/or with up to 23 friends. The options are almost limitless; you can choose the skill of the goalkeepers, the speed and length of the game, play 'friendlies' or tournaments and even enter the most coveted of championships - the World Cup.
Arcade Soccer lets you control the action - 'It's brilliant.'
The member of your team that you are controlling will be indicated by his jersey flashing black.
When a player has the ball, he can dribble it by moving in the direction that he wants to go. He can also kick it by pressing fire.
If the player has not got the ball, the fire button does one of two things. If he is close to the ball, it will perform a sliding tackle - this is the only way of taking the ball off another player. If he is not close to the ball, it will switch control to another player on the screen.
When a shot is taken at the goalie, he will automatically dive for the ball and will save it depending on his skill level. The higher the skill level, the more likely he is to save it. When playing friendlies, you can adjust the skill of the goalies. But when playing in the World Cup or the Challenge, the skill of the goalies is set by the computer.
Arcade Soccer comprises of two basic sections, one controlling all the options and results, and the other where you actually play a game.
When you start a new game you will be presented with Round 1 of the World Cup (top) and the Status Icons (bottom).
Round 1 has sixteen teams. To qualify for the next round you must beat the team you are pitted against. Round 2 has eight teams. Round 3 is the semi-finals and Round 4 the final.
This commences a friendly match.
This commences the next World Cup match.
This commences the next Challenge match.
This allows you to enter players into the World Cup (1 to 16 players can be entered). When you press f3, an asterisk will appear to the left of the top left team. Use the 4 cursor (arrow) keys to move this around. Press RETURN to select a team. Press RETURN again if you wish to 'unselect' a team. When you wish to leave this option press SPACE.
There are seven different parameters that you can change to affect the way Arcade Soccer plays. (These are at the bottom of the screen). The key that changes the status is given before each explanation.
Selects either 1 or 2 players for use on friendlies.
Matches of 1 to 5 minutes each way can be played.
You can play either using: keys only (0)
ply 1 joystick, ply 2 keys (1)
joysticks only (2)
Either sound on or off.
This allows you to change the speed of the game (SLOW/MEDIUM/FAST).
Skill level of player 1's goalie (friendly only). Team colour is white.
Skill level of player 2's goalie and the playing ability if playing the
computer (friendly only). Team colour is red.
One Player Game
Z - Left, X - Right, * - Up, ? - Down, RETURN - Fire
Two Player Game Player 1: CAPS LOCK - Left, CTRL - Right, W - Up, A - Down, E - Fire Player 2: L - Left, + - Right, [ - Up, * - Down, £ - Fire