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Hi everyone, I feel this game needs more buzzz so I will add my two cents to it. Here comes rather short "final thoughts" post:

My thoughts:

+++ I like the theme coming from this game. The ball is constantly changing possession, shots are made from outside and inside penalty area, time is running out! I'm big fan of games where theme comes from mechanic
and not from fluff text and images - this game does the prior so well!!

++ I like minimalism of this game - zero special skills, texts on cards or whatever - just pure tactics. Although it has fare amount of small rules to remember about during match

++ game looks amazing on the table - both mat and original players pawns look great and enhance the theme even more

+ well written rulebook

+/- lots of advance rules to make the game even more realistic, but also longer

+/- game has a few small rules you constantly need to remember to play the game correctly. For me the best solution was to make A5 Help Sheet describing the round order with almost all small rules. It's faster that way than searching through rulebook. But I like those rules since they add lots of reality to the game play.

+/- playing this game you must be prepared for the dice - cause they will have a lot to say, not just during control checks and ball value changes (which are fairly bearable) but also during shots! be prepare for it and learn to enjoy it

-- first game will take much longer than said 60mins - we played 1st half for 2hours and we didn't include special events. That's due to the fact that game flow isn't very straightforward at first. Fortunately after few rounds it speeds up! I think 120mins is doable...

to summarize: best football game I've played! Amazing theme and simplicity once you can remember all the micro rules. Tactical game that can be played and played and not get bored anytime soon!
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