Sega Worldwide Soccer 97

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Sega Worldwide Soccer 97
Sega Worldwide Soccer 97
Publisher: Sega

Developer: Team Aquila

System(s): Sega Saturn, Windows PC

Genre: Sports

Number of Players: 1-4

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn JP 1996-11-29 ¥5,800 GS-9112
Sega Saturn US 1996-10-16 $? 81112
Sega Saturn EU 1996-10-17 £49.99 MK81112-50
Sega Saturn BR 199x $? 193346
PCs JP 1997-09-25 ¥7,800 (8,190) HCJ-0126
PCs US 1997 $?  ?
PCs EU 1997-08-21 £?  ?

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Sega Worldwide Soccer 97, known as Victory Goal Worldwide Edition (ビクトリーゴール ワールドワイドエディション) in Japan, is a football game developed by Team Aquila and published by Sega.

For its time, SWWS97 was considered to be one of the best football games available on the market, although was displaced in the coming years by more advanced rivals. The game is not licensed by FIFA so cannot use real team or player names, however it attempts to stick as close as possible to the 1996 football season and allow users to rename players should they see fit. Commentary was offered by Gary Bloom, notable for commentating on the sport across various British TV channels.

The game was re-released for Windows PCs in 1997 under the title of Sega Worldwide Soccer PC (セガワールドワイドサッカーPC).

During development, Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 was known simply as Worldwide Soccer. The original name can still be seen in backgrounds of menu screens.

Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Saturn Version

Sega Saturn 92 Sega Retro Average
Based on 5 reviews
Publication Score Source
Computer & Video Games 100 №180, p66/67
EDGE 80 №38, p72/73
Mean Machines Sega 93 №49, p64/65
Player One 94 №69, p96/97
Sega Saturn Magazine 94 №12, p64/65
Saturn, US
SWS97 Saturn US Box Back.jpgSWS97 Saturn US Box Front.jpg


Sws97 sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
SWS97 Saturn EU Box.jpg


SegaWorldwideSoccer97 saturn eu cd.jpg
Saturn, JP
SWS97 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgSWS97 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg


Saturn, BR
SegaWorldwideSoccer97 Sat BR cover.jpg


PC Version

PCs 87 Sega Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
PC Gamer 87 №48, p84-85
SegaWorldwideSoccer PC US cover.jpg


SWSPC PC US Disc.jpg
WorldwideSoccer PC US Box Front JewelCase.jpg
Jewel Case
PC, US (Expert Software)
SWSPC EU Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case
PC, EU (Sega Classics)
SWWSPC PC EU Box SegaClassics.jpg


PC, EU (Replaygem)
SWSPC PC EU Box Replaygem.jpg


SWSPC JP Box Front.jpg


PC, UK (Xplosiv)
SWSPC PC UK Box Xplosiv.jpg


PC, UK (GrabIt)
SWSPC PC EU Box Grabit.jpg


PC, UK (Fair Game)

External Links

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