FIFA 94 Allowed You To Run Away From The Referee

Forget VAR and goal line technology, what we really need in football is the referee only being allowed to book a player if he can catch up to him. That's what happened on FIFA 94.

There's a lot of you out there wondering how we had FIFA 94 already when FIFA 19 is only coming out this year but some of you will be old, like me, and remember FIFA 94 and it's pixelated wonders.

The very first football game I remember playing was Italia 90. A 2D football game that showed the matches from a bird's eye view, Sensible World of Soccer style, and I thought it was the best thing ever.

Of course I would learn to realise that it wasn't the best thing ever, especially when FIFA 97 allowed you to play on an indoor pitch, FIFA 98 let you play through the tournament and FIFA 99 just existed as being bloody brilliant.

Oh sure the latest editions of the games are great, to the point that sometimes it's difficult to work out what's a video of real life and what's a video of FIFA, but those early versions will always be the best.

And in case you're wondering why well in FIFA 94 you could literally spend time running away from a referee who was trying to book you:

To be honest I can't actually remember what happens. As you can see the fouled played gets up whilst you're running around, so he's clearly just faking it, but other than getting caught eventually I don't know what other conclusion there is.

Does the time still tick down as you run away? Does it get added on the end? It was more than 20 years ago guys.

FIFA 19 will be out at the end of next month and will feature a Juventus kit wearing Cristiano Ronaldo on the front for the first time.

The new lounge mode will include things such as Home and Away, Best of Series, Survivor Mode (where a goal results in that team losing a player), Headers and Volleys and Long Range mode (where goals outside the area count double).

I can't wait to play it, even if I'd prefer to be playing Sensible World of Soccer.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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