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Posted in opensuse by mschlander on 18/06/2009

I guess most cultured people above the age of 25 or so have played some version of Sensible (World of) Soccer on the Amiga at some point – younger people may have tried the not-so-great retro edition released for the Microsoft Xbox a couple of years ago.

Senible Soccer was one of the premier time consumers for me in my early teens – only rivaled by Civilization, Championship Manager, the turn based AD&D games and school. I still play SWOS now and then to this day using UAE and my Competition Pro usb joystick. The experience comes pretty close to the real deal. I still have an Amiga 600, but, well.. it’s not GNU/Linux with KDE, so I end up using UAE more.

I also competed at the annual Danish Open held by Amiga Club Denmark in 2004, 2005 and 2006, with some success. So as you can see Sensible Soccer is very much still alive.

Enter Open World Soccer. It’s a project that not only aims to create a free clone of Sensible World of Soccer but also to develop it further.


There’s a simple howto for compiling svn snapshots on openSUSE 11.1 here, and the project releases binaries for a distribution called Ubuntu also.

EDIT: Turns out Toni has been building packages on Packman since February. Unless you really want latest svn, simply ‘zypper in ows’.

It still seems to need quite a bit of work to be much fun but they’re off to a great start, so if you’re a C++ developer looking for a project to work on…

PS: And please, don’t bring up Kick Off or Goal, they completely lacked the sophistication of SWOS >:-)


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  1. Robert said, on 18/06/2009 at 13:42

    OpenSUSE 10.3->11.1 packages are available at

  2. Will Stephenson said, on 18/06/2009 at 15:07

    I have grave fears that if OWS matures to a playable multiplayer game, productivity in Nuernberg will be adversely impacted. At least I don’t remember getting much done in art classes at school, it was always either Sensi on the Amigas or Zarch on the Archimedes…

  3. umbro england said, on 06/02/2010 at 18:31

    This is probably the best England shirt ever made. The feel to the shirt is really smooth; it’s also very light and looks very nice. I bought this shirt because it looks nice and the name and number you can have on it is silver which is the only international shirt with silver writing but is rivalled by Italy’s gold writing. But the shirt is going to be used for the world cup 2010 so you might aswell get it now that it is only £30-35.

  4. thoth tarot said, on 18/02/2010 at 9:42

    I do believe the amount of sites that make an effort to “grow their fan base by communication” is literally on the rise. Many people jumped into constructing webpages and blogging without realizing the importance of developing a connection with their viewers. Like you’ve here, congrats.

  5. Football Manager Screenshots said, on 02/01/2011 at 22:31

    I love Senible Soccer i can’t beleive you still have a Amiga. Lol

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