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FIFA: Road to World Cup 98

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Not to be confused with FIFA World Cup 98.

FIFA: Road to World Cup 98
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 cover
EA Canada
EA Sports
Release dates
Windows June 17, 1997
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Direct control
Genres Sports
Sports Football (Soccer)
Art styles Realistic
Series FIFA
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 on MobyGames
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 on Wikipedia
FIFA World Cup (series)
FIFA International Soccer 1993
FIFA 96 1995
FIFA 97 1996
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 1997
FIFA 99 1998
FIFA 2000 1999
FIFA 2001 2000
FIFA Manager (series)
FIFA Football 2002 2001
FIFA Football 2003 2002
FIFA Football 2004 2003
FIFA Football 2005 2004
FIFA 06 2005
FIFA 07 2006
FIFA Online (series)
FIFA 08 2007
FIFA 09 2008
FIFA 10 2009
FIFA 11 2010
FIFA 12 2011
FIFA 13 2012
FIFA 14 2013
FIFA 15 2014
FIFA 16 2015
FIFA 17 2016
FIFA 18 2017
FIFA 19 2018
FIFA 20 2019
FIFA 21 2020
FIFA 22 2021
FIFA 23 2022
EA Sports FC 24 2023

Key points

Installing on 64-bit systems requires a workaround. See Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows.

General information



Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements


  • The latest official patch 1.40 which fixes compatibility issues with 3dfx Voodoo² is available at

nGlide wrapper

FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 supports 2 rendering methods (Software Rendering and 3dfx). Due to compatibility issues, it's recommended to use nGlide 3dfx wrapper, which offers both better performance, better graphics as well as better stability on new machines. It can be downloaded here.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Configuration files are encrypted.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\USER[Note 1]


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 640x480.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default in software and Direct3D mode. In Glide Vsync can be forced from 3dfx wrapper.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Glide capped 63fps
High dynamic range display (HDR)



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
The main theme is "Song 2" by Blur. All other music is by The Crystal Method.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Requires additional controllers. Mouse can be used to play the game.
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows

Manual installation[citation needed]
  1. Create a folder named FIFA RTWC 98 somewhere on your hard disk (recommended location: C:\games\FIFA RTWC 98).
  2. From a root folder of FIFA cd copy files eacsnd.dll, fifa98.ico and fifartwc.exe to FIFA RTWC 98 folder on your hard drive.
  3. Copy folders AUDIO, COMM, COMMON, FEPACK and INGAME to FIFA RTWC 98 folder on your hard drive.
  4. Download an installation package for FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 and extract it.
  5. Go to a folder containing newly extracted files and double click on key.reg to add it to Windows registry.
  6. Go to Compatibility entries folder and run PatchInstall.bat to add entries to compatibility database.
  7. Navigate back to a folder where key.reg was and open a CD reference folder.
  8. From a folder that corresponds to a letter used by your CD drive in which you have FIFA RTWC 98 CD, copy INSTALL.DAT file to FIFA RTWC 98 folder, where you've been placing all the other files from a game.
  9. Launch the game using FIFARTWC.EXE.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5 Added with patch 1.3
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 100 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA, True Color


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).