Sega Worldwide Soccer 98

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Sega Worldwide Soccer 98
System(s): Sega Saturn, PC
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (5 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Saturn 6 Player Adaptor, Saturn Backup Memory, Sega Saturn Modem, 3D Control Pad
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Español
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Saturn
    ¥5,800 GS-9187
    Sega Saturn
    $49.99[1] 81123
    Sega Saturn
    £44.99[2] MK81123-50
    Sega Saturn
    ?F MK81123-50
    Sega Saturn
    DM ? MK81123-50
    Sega Saturn
    ?Ptas MK81123-50
    Sega Saturn
    209PLN ?
    Sega Saturn
    R$? ?

    Windows PC
    ¥7,800 HCJ-0142

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    Sega Worldwide Soccer 98 (セガ ワールドワイドサッカー’98), often known as Worldwide Soccer '98 and in PAL regions subtitled Sega Worldwide Soccer 98: Club Edition, is a football game for the Sega Saturn. It was released for the Sega Saturn as a direct sequel to Sega Worldwide Soccer 97.


    As its European name suggests, Worldwide Soccer 98 adds 60 English, French and Spanish club teams to the roster, and also adds Jack Charlton's commentary in addition to Gary Bloom's, with roughly three times as much recorded dialogue as the previous outing. Two new stadia area also added, bringing the total to five, and enhanced replay features lets goals be watched from any angle.

    Much of the AI has been improved from the previous game, primarily in the form of smarter goalkeepers and the computer opting to make more passes.


    As with the previous game, the game lacks an official license from football governing body FIFA or any of the regional authorities such as UEFA, so teams lack official names and branding. For club teams, most players correlate well with their real life counterparts, complete with skin tones, hair colour and abilities. Not all shirt numbers are correct, however.

    National teams

    For the most part, the national teams in SWWS 98 are the same as SWWS 97, though a small handful have been swapped. The Czech Republic replace Turkey in the Europe 3 group, Ghana replace Liberia, Jamaica replace Honduras and Chile replace Bolivia.

    SWWS 98 continues SWWS 97's footsteps of using fictional player names for national teams, sometimes incorporating names of developers which worked on the game and writers for the UK's Sega Saturn Magazine.

    Europe 1
    • England
    • Italy
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    Europe 2
    • Croatia
    • Denmark
    • France
    • Greece
    • Ireland
    • Romania
    Europe 3
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Czech Rep.
    • Holland
    • Russia
    • Wales
    Europe 4
    • Austria
    • Germany
    • N. Ireland
    • Portugal
    • Scotland
    • Sweden
    • Cameroon
    • Egypt
    • Ghana
    • Morocco
    • Nigeria
    • S. Africa
    • Australia
    • China
    • Japan
    • S. Korea
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    North America
    • Canada
    • Costa Rica
    • El Salvador
    • Jamaica
    • Mexico
    • USA
    South America
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Paraguay
    • Uruguay

    Club teams

    Sega Worldwide Soccer 98's approach to club teams is curious, with available teams being tied down to the chosen language (i.e. English teams are only available in English language mode, Spanish teams in Spanish language mode, etc.). This means, for example, it is impossible for a French club team to play a Spanish one. Likewise club teams cannot play against national teams.

    The design led to problems when advertising the game, as while 108 teams exist (48 national teams and 60 club teams), only 68 can be selected at any one point. 68 is the figure the North American version sticks by in its manual, however Japan seemingly refers to a 108 team figure.

    England 1
    • Blackburn
    • Bolton
    • Everton
    • Liverpool
    • Manchester
    England 2
    • Barnsley
    • Derby City
    • Leeds United
    • Newcastle
    • Sheffield
    England 3
    • Arsenal
    • Aston Villa
    • Chelsea
    • Coventry
    • Leicester
    England 4
    • C. Palace
    • Southampton
    • Tottenham
    • West Ham
    • Wimbledon
    France 1
    France 2
    France 3
    France 4
    España 1
    • Gijón (R.C. Sporting de Gijón)
    • La Coruña (R.C. Deportivo de La Coruña)
    • Oviedo (Real Oviedo)
    • Santiago C. (S.D. Compostela)
    • Vigo (R.C. Celta de Vigo)
    España 2
    • Bilbao (Athletic Club)
    • Madrid C. (C. Atlético de Madrid)
    • Madrid N. (Real Madrid C.F.)
    • Madrid S. (Rayo Vallecano de Madrid)
    • Santander (R.C. Racing de Santander)
    España 3
    • Barcelona (F.C. Barcelona)
    • Barcelona N. (R.C.D. Espanyol)
    • Logroño (C.D. Logroñés)
    • S. Sebastian (Real Sociedad de Fútbol)
    • Zaragoza (Real Zaragoza)
    España 4
    • Extremadura (C.F. Extremadura)
    • Sevilla (Sevilla F.C.)
    • Sevilla N. (Real Betis Balompié)
    • Tenerife (C.D. Tenerife)
    • Valencia (Valencia C.F.)

    Note that "Sheffield" is based on Sheffield Wednesday, as opposed to rivals Sheffield United.
    Spanish clubs are listed in the game under generic unofficial names based on their home cities. Official names of the intended represented clubs are placed in brackets.

    Production credits

    Source: US manualMedia:Sws98 sat us manual.pdf[4]

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Sega Worldwide Soccer 98/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    1997 11 - Worldwide Soccer '98.jpg

    Saturn ES print advert

    ConsolesPlus FR 069.pdf

    Print advert in Consoles + (FR) #69: "Octobre 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
    also published in:
    • Player One (FR) #79: "Octobre 1997" (1997-xx-xx)More...[5]

    SegaMagazin DE 50.pdf

    Print advert in Sega Magazin (DE) #50: "Januar 1998" (1997-12-10)
    also published in:

    SecretService PL 52.pdfSecretService PL 52.pdf

    Print advert in Secret Service (PL) #52: "Grudzień 1997" (1997-xx-xx)

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    95 №71, p146/147
    94 №80, p138
    73 №482, p29
    87 №63, p42/43
    90 More...[18]
    94 More...[19]
    63 More...[20]
    75 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[21]
    Sega Saturn
    Based on
    8 reviews

    Saturn, US
    SWS98 Saturn US Box Back.jpgSWS98 Saturn US Box Front.jpg
    Sws98 sat us manual.pdf
    Saturn, EU
    SWS98CE Saturn EU Box.jpg
    SegaWorldwideSoccer98 saturn eu cd.jpg
    Saturn, JP
    SWS98 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgSWS98 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
    SegaWorldwideSoccer98 Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
    SegaWorldwideSoccer98 Saturn JP Disc.jpg
    SegaWorldwideSoccer98 Saturn JP Inlay.jpg
    Saturn, BR
    SWS98 Saturn BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSWS98 Saturn BR Box Front.jpg

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Saturn
    405,331,920 CD-ROM (EU) MK81123-50 V1.002
    Sega Saturn
    405,331,920 CD-ROM (EU) MK81123-50 (Alt) V1.003
    Sega Saturn
    405,331,920 CD-ROM (EU) MK81123-50 (Alt) V1.004
    Sega Saturn
    408,064,944 1998-01-29 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9187 V1.002
    Sega Saturn
    404,718,048 CD-ROM (US) 81123 V1.001


    Games in the Victory Goal/Sega Worldwide Soccer Series
    Sega Saturn
    Victory Goal (1995) | Sega International Victory Goal (1995) | Sega International Victory Goal (Japan) (1995) | Victory Goal '96 (1996) | Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 (1996) | J. League Victory Goal '97 (1997) | Sega Worldwide Soccer 98 (1998) | World Cup '98 France: Road to Win (1998)
    Sega Dreamcast
    Sega Worldwide Soccer 2000 (1999) | Sega Worldwide Soccer 2000: Euro Edition (2000) | UEFA Dream Soccer (2000)
    Windows PC
    Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 (1997) | Worldwide Soccer Championship (199x)
    Victory Goal related media
    Victory Goal '96 Soundtrack (1996)
    Sega International Victory Goal Hisshou Kouryakuhou‎ (1995) | J. League Victory Goal '96 Hisshou Kouryakuhou‎ (1996) | J. League Victory Goal '97 Hisshou Kouryakuhou‎ (1997)