FIFA World Cup 98

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Not to be confused with FIFA: Road to World Cup 98.

FIFA World Cup 98
FIFA World Cup 98 cover
EA Canada
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows April 30, 1998
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 World Cup
FIFA World Cup 98 on MobyGames
FIFA World Cup 98 on Wikipedia
FIFA World Cup
Subseries of FIFA
World Cup Soccer: Italia '90 1990
World Cup USA '94 1994
World Cup 98 1998
2002 FIFA World Cup 2002
2006 FIFA World Cup 2006

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; Only rare second-hand copies are available.

Essential improvements[edit]

nGlide wrapper[edit]

FIFA World Cup 98 supports multiple rendering methods (Software Rendering, Direct3D and 3dfx). However, due to compatibility issues, it's recommended to use nGlide 3dfx wrapper.

Using nGlide with FIFA WC 98[citation needed]
  1. Download newest version of nGlide and install it.
  2. After you've installed both FIFA98 and nGlide, download a compatibility fix from this site (find FIFA World Cup 98 - the fix is in the right column).
  3. Extract the fix.
  4. Go to a folder where you've installed FIFA World Cup 98.
  5. Enter folder thrash in FIFA World Cup 98 folder.
  6. Replace voodoo2a.dll in World Cup 98\thrash, with a file downloaded in a fix.
    1. If you're using 64bit system, edit fifawc98.reg with a text editor before adding it to registry.
    2. Find [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\EA Sports\World Cup 98]
    3. Replace it with [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\EA Sports\World Cup 98]
  7. Double click on fifawc98.reg provided by nGlide to change renderer to 3dfx.
  8. Launch PatchInstall.bat to add compatibility fixes to system database.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

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)
In d3d and software mode is Enable by default.In Glide Can be forced using 3dfx wrapper.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Glide is capped 63fps
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Manual installation[citation needed]
  1. Create a folder named FIFA98WC somewhere on your hard disk (recommended location: C:\games\FFIFA98WC).
  2. From a root folder of FIFA cd copy files EACSND.DLL, EACSNDD.DLL, FIFAWC.EXE and FIFAWC98.ICO to FIFA98WC folder on your hard drive.
  3. Copy folders AUDIO, COMM, COMMON, FE and THRASH to FIFA98WC folder on your hard disk.
  4. From SETUP folder of your FIFA cd copy files 3DDATA.DAT, 3DDATA.EXE, 3DSETUP.EXE, D3DA.DLL and D3DTEST.DLL to FIFA98WC folder on your hard disk.
  5. If you had placed them in C:\Games\FIFA98WC then your folder structure would look like this:
  6. C:\games\FIFA98WC\AUDIO\ *files*
    C:\games\FIFA98WC\COMM\ *files* 
    C:\games\FIFA98WC\COMMON\ *files*
    C:\games\FIFA98WC\FE\ *files*
    C:\games\FIFA98WC\THRASH\ *files*
  7. Now you need the registry entries. Copy the following into Notepad and save it as fifa.reg. Edit file paths if necessary. CD Drive should point have a latter of your CD drive.
  8. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    "3D Device Description"="Software Renderer"
    "3D Card"="Software Renderer"
    "Thrash Driver"="softtri"
    "D3D Device"=dword:00000000
    "Triple Buffer"=dword:00000000
    "Hardware Acceleration"=dword:00000000
    "DisplayName"="World Cup 98"
    "CD Drive"="D"
    "DisplayName"="World Cup 98"
  9. Add entries to system registry by double clicking on fifa.reg.
  10. Now, you should be able to start a game using fifawc.exe on your hard disk.


If a game asks to Insert a CD, launch regedit.exe and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\EA SPORTS\World Cup 98. Check entry CD Drive. As mentioned earlier CD Drive should point to your CD drive (either physical of virtual). If your CD drive has a latter G, the value for CD Drive should be G.
See nGlide wrapper for more improvements and fixes.

Black screen[edit]

Apply compatibility fixes[citation needed]
  1. Download compatibility fix from this site (find FIFA World Cup 98 - the fix is in the right column).
  2. Extract it and launch PatchInstall.bat to add compatibility fixes to compatibility base.
Use nGlide wrapper[citation needed]
Alternative - Use Software Rendering[citation needed]

Run FIFAWC.EXE with the command line argument -no3dx.


Software renderer is extremely glitchy on new systems.

Sound issues[edit]

Fixing sound issues[citation needed]
  1. Download and install Creative ALchemy Universal
  2. Run the program and create a new profile for the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 120 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).