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In SOCCER DIRECTOR you play a man with a burning ambition, to
own all the top clubs of the country. While yuo realise it's against
the rules to own more than one team, you have found a way to buy
the shares without anyone realising it is you.
Your objective in the game is to own (I.e. own at least 501 shares in)
the top ten clubs at the end of the season, but by the end of season
10, at the latest.
In order to achieve your ambition, you use the First Divisions clubs to
make your money, bying and selling shares as teams succeed and
fail. Your capital will increase as share values go up, and you will be
paid as weekly dividend by each club you own shares in - IF they make
You can attempt to influence the success of teams by calling
shareholders meetings - the more shares you own, the more
influence you have on the outcome of any votes.
A team's results are based on 3 main characteristics: SKILL,
FITNESS and MORALE, each of which can be affected by other factors
in the game. It's up to you to find out what you can do to increase (or
decrease) a team's chances of winning matches. For example, it is
possible to "nobble" a team that is annoying you by winning too
many matches, just using the features within the game. It may not
be obvious to start with, but is one of the many unusual features of
SOCCER DIRECTOR that are there for the cunning strategist to
At the beginning of the game, you are presented with 5 options. If
you wish to save a game at any time, make sure you have a blank
tape ready! The only option that needs explanation here is D (weeks
per season). This effectively the difficulty level. You can choose
between 10,20,30 & 40 weeks - the longer the season, the more money
you start with, and the better the chance you have of
achieving your goal! Once you have started a game, you cannot
change the number of weeks per season.
When you select CONTINUE, you are presented with the main
menu. There are 9 options, which are explained overleaf.
1) PLAY SEASON:
This starts the results sequence going, and
should be the last decision you make each week. However, if you
need to get back to the main menu, you have a limited time to return
(press M) before the results begin. In the first week of every season,
you are offered the choice of AUTO or MANUAL results. Your
selection lasts for the whole season and cannot be changed.
AUTO lets you sit back and watch the results of the matches and your
investments unfold, and will continue to cycle through the various
stages until the end of the season, unless interrupted. This can be
done on the screen before the results sequence (again by pressing M)
as many times during the seasons as you wish. You may want to
check your investments, buy ir sell shares, or use any of the other
MANUAL will pause on every screen, enabling
you to spend as much time as you wish studying the information.
Pressing the spacebar will move you on the next screen. After the
results, you will see how the shares are performing, and then
details on the finances of each club you own shares in.
2) BUY/SALE SHARES:
This is the wheeling and dealing screen!
It tells you the current market value of each share, how many are
available on the open market, and shows if you have a shareholding
(by an asterisk if you own 500 or less, or by a hash symbol if you are a
majority shareholder). The minimum quantity you can buy or sell at
any one time is 10 shares. If a team is successful, more people will
be buying their shares, so there will be fewer shares available than
for a team that loses every week. There are two things to watch out
of on this screen - firstly, the market is liable to close (and not re-
open until the following week) at any time, so do your dealing in
order of importance! Secondly, if you sell a large number of shares
in one club, (we're not telling you how many!), it can cause the
market to crash possibly losing your small fortune on your other
investments! One small hint here: it's well worth keeping a
calculator handy for this part of the game! Please note that you are
not allowed to buy shares on this screen if you have a overdraft, or
if the purchase would cause you to have one.
3) GAMES OPTIONS:
Takes you back to the first screen, if you want
to save the game or just start again!
Allows you to bet (before beginning of each
season only) or League and F.A. up winners, and one team to be
relegated. This could a very good way of making some extra crash -
if you get it right!
5) SEE FORM TABLE:
This option enables you to see how well (or
badly) the teams are doing - although it does not sort the teams into
a league table, it does show how many points they have; also the
rating for SKILL FITNESS & MORALE. It will give you an idea of
which teams are likely to do well in the weeks to come, and which
ones need a little encouragement.
6) SEE SHARES OWNED:
7) CALL SHARE MEETING:
You are only able to do this once a
week, and only fot a club you own shares in. You are invited to
propose a motion from the options displayed - the motion is
successful either (if you own at least 501 shares in the club (I.e is
are a majority shareholder) or if the other shareholders vote with
you. IF you are unsuccessful, well - try and see!
9) MAKE SHARE OFFER:
It is unlikely that you will be able to
complete the game without using this option at least once. It is only
available when the 9 is flashing (so keep your eyes open), but when
this happens, you will be allowed to check other screens first
without losing the opportunity. This option allows you to attempt to
force a purchase of shares (even if non are available) in any one
club by making a higher offer than the current market value. The
higher you bid, the better the chance of obtaining some shares, but
although this is one of the few occasions you are allowed an
overdraft facility, be careful, as this could cause you problems (see
later). This is an ideal way to become the majority shareholder in a
successful team. One other thing to be aware of here is that if you
pay too much over the odds, you may never be able to recoup your
If you are overdrawn at the end of a season, the
bank will force the sale of some (or all) of your shares, at well below
the market value, until the overdraft is repaid. If you don't have
enough to repay the overdraft, you are bankrupt, and the game ends.
This is a particularly nasty feature, and the only hint we have to
offer is: MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT OVERDRAWN AT THE END OF
THE SEASON! You will not have a chance to sell shares after the
last weeks results, so do the necessary business beforehand. You
have been warned!
are obviously affected by a number of things; you
should be able to predict these when you have played the game a
If you are a majority shareholder in a team that
wins the league, you win &80 000. If your team wins the cup, you
win &100 000.
The two bottom teams in the
league are relagated, along with them goes any money you have
invested, as we are only interested in First Division teams in this
game! Two new teams will be promoted into the table for the new
Keep your eyes open for surprise features that may pop up
occasionaly. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Watch out for
teams that look like they will be relegated-you will lose all your
investment in them. Finaly, you don't get any interest on money in
the bank! If you need any more help, send S.A.E and cheque /P.O
for &1, and we will send you an up-to-date tip sheet on our current
realses. Send to GTi (SD tipsheet), 5 New Bridge Street, Exeter,
(c) GTI SOFTWARE 1990
Written by Steve Bye.
Produced by Bernard Gurnard.
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