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'Football Academy' (NDS) Signs Scolari As Academy Master - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2009 @ 3:10 a.m. PST

Football Academy offers an entertaining way to learn football strategy, positioning and technique. Players build their knowledge by completing tasks and take their improved skills onto the pitch to compete against their friends, offering a variety of mini-games. Chelsea FC and FIFA World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will be featured as the game's Academy Master.

EA Sports Football Academy features 14 action packed mini games and over 90 hours of playing experience that will test football knowledge in all areas of the game and teach more about it, from identifying players and teams to understanding formations. Performance in the mini games is assessed via a Football IQ rating, so one can really see who has the best football brain – the more you practice, the better you get. The mini games also hold the key to building up your Academy team – every time you take a mini game test, you will earn new players to add to your squad.

Chelsea FC and former FIFA World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will be featured as the Academy Master of EA Sports Football Academy. As Academy Master, Scolari will use his expertise and coaching experience to guide consumers through the game, offering hints and tips on how to become a true football expert.

As well as improving Football IQ, players are challenged to prove their knowledge on the pitch by assembling and developing their very own Academy dream team to take on the best teams in Europe and by collecting and trading players with friends to get the team they really want to complete their player collection. The objective is to get the blend of players to maximize team chemistry and the higher the Football IQ, the greater the on pitch response from the players to the management. Once the team is assembled, they’re ready to go to the stadium for the interactive match mode to take on the best teams in Europe. Players can prove their football knowledge by guiding the team to victory and making key in-game decisions that will affect the result, such as changing tactics and mentality and deciding how players will react to match situations.

Players can also compete with their own Academy team over Wi-Fi against friends and family to prove who has the best team and football expertise.

While progressing through the game, rewards are given in the form of Academy Badges. Once all are collected, the Academy training is complete and players can claim status as true football experts. And they shouldn’t forget to listen to Scolari’s advice as they progress!

Key Features:

  • Football mini games — A range of 14 mini games that test your knowledge and teach you more about the game, from identifying players and teams to understanding formations
  • Football IQ – Assess your knowledge level and compare it with your friends to see who really is the football expert! Football IQ is a continuous rating system that tests your knowledge by how you perform in the mini games
  • Academy Master: – World famous coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will use his expertise and experience to guide you through the game, offering hints and tips on how to become a true football expert
  • Build an Academy dream team – Prove your knowledge by building up your very own team of superstar footballers. Ensure they play well as a team by making selection and strategy decisions that impact the overall team chemistry
  • Collect and trade players — Build your team up by collecting new players once you complete a Football IQ test. Get your hands on the players you really want by trading with your friends via WiFi
  • Play with and against the best players in Europe – Features all the teams and players from the top league in England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.
  • Player Collection – As you progress through the game, you fill up your Player Collection. Can you collect every player in the game? As you fill up your Collection, you unlock teams to play in the Match.
  • Interactive Match – Take your team to the Stadium and onto the pitch. Prove your football knowledge and expertise by guiding them to victory against Europe’s top teams.
  • WiFi match play — Compete with your Academy team over Wi-Fi against that of your friends and family to prove who has the best team and football expertise
  • Academy badges – As you progress through the game, you are given rewards in the form of Academy Badges. See if you can collect them all and complete your Academy training!

EA Sports Football Academy will launch in Europe on March 20, 2009.

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