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Big Time Soccer Gameplay

Allgemeine Idee Passen, dribbeln und schießen Sie den Ball ins gegnerische Netz. Schüsse auf das Netz von außerhalb des gegnerischen "Kastens" sind Schüsse mit geringer Trefferquote. Schüsse aus dem gegnerischen Strafraum haben dagegen eine viel höhere Wahrscheinlichkeit, ein Tor zu erzielen. Während des gesamten Spiels werden Sie durch geschicktes Kartenspiel passen und dribbeln und versuchen, Innenschüsse vorzubereiten und Außenschüsse als geringere Alternative zu nehmen.

Als Offensivspieler wählen Sie in Ihrem Zug eine der folgenden Aktionen:

Spielen Sie eine Pass- oder Dribbelkarte aus. Um eine gültige Pass- oder Dribble-Karte auszuspielen, muss sie ein Pass- oder Dribble-Symbol am unteren Rand der Karte haben und mit dem Symbol am oberen Rand der zuletzt gespielten Karte übereinstimmen (es sei denn, es ist die erste Karte einer offensiven Spielsequenz). Außerdem darf ihre Grafik keinen rot-braunen Bereich haben, der die Zone ausschließt, in der sich der Ball gerade auf dem Spielfeld befindet. Sie können den Ball auch zu Ihrem Torwart passen, indem Sie eine beliebige Passkarte ablegen, wenn sich der Ball in einer Ihrer D1- oder Nicht-D2-Zonen befindet. Alle Ballbewegungen erfolgen vorwärts, diagonal oder seitwärts (außer ein Pass zu Ihrem Torwart aus einer D2-Zone) und sind normalerweise 1 Feld lang. Wenn Sie eine 2-Feld-Karte spielen, können Sie den Ball auch nur 1 Feld weit bewegen, wenn Sie möchten. Bewegen Sie den Ball ins Feld und schießen Sie ihn aus dem Spiel. Sie müssen eine Karte ablegen. Ihr Gegner erhält einen Einwurf oder Torschuss. Den Ball ins Feld spielen, ihn im Spiel lassen. Sie können keine Karte ablegen, aber Sie haben eine 10 %ige Chance, den Ball zurückzuerobern. Versuchen Sie, den Ball zu halten. Ihr Gegner kann eine Herausforderungskarte spielen und den Ball stehlen. Wenn er das nicht tut, besteht eine 50%ige Chance, dass Sie den Ball behalten. Schießen Sie den Ball von außerhalb der Box ins Netz. Spielen Sie eine dieser Karten aus und würfeln Sie. Sie haben eine 5%ige Chance, ein Tor zu schießen. Schießen Sie den Ball von der Innenseite des Kastens ins Netz. Spielen Sie eine dieser Karten aus und werfen Sie den Würfel. Sie haben eine Chance von 15 %, ein Tor zu erzielen. (Alternativ können Sie diese Karten auch verwenden, um von außerhalb der Box zu schießen).

Freistöße Wenn Ihr Gegner ein Foul, ein Foul-plus-gelb oder eine rote Karte erhält, bekommen Sie einen Freistoß aus der Zone, in der sich der Ball befindet. Befindet sich der Ball in Ihrer A1C-Zone, haben Sie eine 10%ige Chance, ein Tor zu erzielen. Wenn er in einer Ihrer Nicht-A-Zonen liegt, haben Sie eine 5 %ige Chance, ein Tor zu erzielen. Wenn der Ball in Ihrer A2C-Zone (seiner Box) war, erhalten Sie einen Strafstoß und eine 75 %ige Chance, ein Tor zu erzielen.

Goal Kicks

A Goal Kick means the goalie has the ball. Roll the die and consult a chart to kick the ball away with a 40% chance of recovery, or throw-in the ball to any of your D2 zones. Note that you can aim a goal kick and gain control of the ball where you aimed with a 20% chance of success.

Corner Kicks

These can occur as the result of a shot at net. You have a 5% chance to score a goal.

Defensive Play

Play a Defensive card: To play a defensive card, it must have a C or I at its bottom. Challenge cards are played on Dribble cards and Intercept cards are played on Pass cards, after the ball is moved. The defensive player simply discards his C or I card and rolls the die for the result on the card. This can be a failed or successful tackle/interception, a foul, a foul-plus-yellow card, or even a red card. Any foul results in a play stoppage and a free kick for the offensive player. A foul against your opponent when he has ball control in your box results in a Penalty Kick. If the result is a successful tackle or interception, the defensive player gains ball control in the ball’s current zone; if the ball is in his box the goalie grabs it and he gets a Goal Kick. If the result is a failed tackle or failed interception, the offensive player retains ball control in the ball’s current zone and begins a new offensive sequence.


If you get a “foul-plus-yellow card” result (which signifies misconduct) one of the yellow card chits is drawn randomly, turned face-up and kept on your side of the field. If you later draw a yellow card with the same number, it means that the same player on your team has received two yellow cards—which equals a red card. A red card can also be assessed outright for a more serious offense (such as violent conduct). When you get a red card, your team will have to play a man short for the rest of the game. To simulate this, you must play with a 5-card hand. If you get a second red card, you must play with a 4-card hand. If you get a third red card, you must play with a 3-card hand. If each player has the same number of red cards, both players play with normal 6-card hands. Remember – a Penalty Kick has a 75% chance to score a goal.

Special Cards

  • “No Defense Allowed” Offensive Cards: These cards don’t have “C?” or “I?” in red on them, and signify brilliant offensive work. Defensive cards may not be played on them.
  • Pass+O/S Cards: If you use one of these to pass from an M1 or M2 zone into a non-box A1 zone, you may take a Shot at Net–Outside Box without the play of a Shot at Net–Outside Box card. (Alternatively, you can play this card as a normal Pass card.) Defensive “I” cards may be played on these cards; if successful they negate a shot.
  • C/I Defensive Cards With a Star: These cards can be played on your opponent’s Pass or Dribble card. The star indicates smart, careful defensive play that results in fewer fouls and yellow cards. It’s often wise to save these for use when your opponent dribbles or passes the ball into your box, threatening an inside shot at net.
  • Card #72: This card can be played as either a Pass or a Dribble card (1 space), and either type may be played on it next. A very useful card!

Stoppage Time & End of a Half

There is usually extra time in soccer due to balls that go out of play, substitutions, injuries, infractions, and other periods of inactivity. When the last card of the deck is drawn, the die is rolled and a chart consulted. A number of cards will comprise a small deck and play will continue. In stoppage time, if you choose either Clear action you must discard a card if you have any. If you have no cards and gain ball control you must choose a Clear action. Play continues until both players have played all their cards, or after all the stoppage cards are in hand, both players concede that they can’t get a shot at net. Then the half ends.

End of the Game

When the second half ends (after stoppage time), the game is over! If you don’t like ties, you can choose to decide the game via “shootout” before a game begins. Each player rolls the die three times and consults the Penalty Shot chart. Repeat once. If the number of goals scored per team is tied at the end of the six attempts, players alternately roll the die until only one player scores and each player has had the same number of attempts.

Playing Tips

  • Count the spaces forward you need to get off a shot at net. If your goalie has the ball and you only have one or two such cards, you’ll likely be better off using the Goal Kick chart – instead of playing those cards and hoping you’ll draw the cards you need.
  • Consider field position, the score, your yellow cards and the time left in a half when you decide upon your action. For example, if ahead by two goals early in the game and you have several yellow cards, you may want to hold back playing a defensive card on your opponent, to avoid a third yellow card (or a red one).
  • Later in a half you’ll know more about what cards your opponent might be holding. For example, if four Shot at Net–Inside Shot cards have been played and you hold the last two, you’ll know that your opponent can only take Outside the Box shots.
  • If you’re ahead by a couple of goals late in the game, try to burn as much time as possible. Don’t Clear–Keep Ball In Play. If your goalie has the ball, throw it in and Clear–Kick Ball Out of Play instead of using the Goal Kick chart.
  • If you have a Shot–Inside the Box card in hand, the ball is in one of your A zones, but you lack a card to advance into your opponent’s box, it might be a good idea to try the Hold action and hope you draw the card you need.
  • If you have two or three Shot–Inside the Box cards in hand, you can afford to spend one as an Outside Box shot. This can also demoralize your opponent if you’re ahead in the score. Of course, it will also alert him to the fact that you probably have at least one left.
  • You need cards that can move the ball up the field. A balanced hand might have one or two Shot cards, one or two defensive cards, and three or 4 Pass/Dribble cards. A hand composed of nothing but Shot and defensive cards is not very good.
  • You have a 40% chance of recovering your Goal Kick off the chart. This can be a time-saving offensive tactic if you’re behind in the score, especially if you hold few offensive cards.
  • Bluff on occasion. If you have no Shot cards, goad your opponent into playing a defensive card after you pass or dribble into one of your A zones, hoping for a foul and a Free Kick. Simply imply that you’ll be taking an Inside Shot from his box after the play of your next card.
  • All “Pass 2” cards are highly valuable for play after you get a “Save! Goal Kick” result, since you can throw-in to a D2 space and immediately move two more spaces ahead.
  • “Pass–Ahead 2” cards are great for advancing the ball from M2C to A2C when you have a Shot–Inside the Box card in your hand.
  • Note that you could conceivably pass the ball through your opponent’s box with a Pass 2 card that moves the ball horizontally. Passing through (or Dribbling into) your own box is extremely dangerous, since your opponent could play a defensive card and steal the ball; pass to your goalkeeper instead or clear the ball.
  • Watch for important cards. Tracking the six Shot–Inside the Box cards is a must. Tracking the eight Defensive cards carefully will elevate your play, as will tracking the five “Any” cards which cannot be defensed.
  • If you have an Inside Shot card in hand and nothing else, you could try clearing the ball (keep in play) into your opponent’s box. A lucky die roll of 1 or 2 will let you take that shot!

Each game of Big Time Soccer will play out differently. Sometimes you’ll find that everything goes your way and at other times nothing will work right. You may have 5 shots at net in a half or 15. Scores are realistically low, but sometimes can be 5-4!