We don’t know exactly how the new ratings will be used in conjunction with the game, but it is exciting to see that the company has heard our appeals for this feature and has made an effort to appease fans of the game.
The most recent announcement regarding the game came in the APBA newsletter of January 21st.
Two Italian League Series A sets are now available:
The 2009-10 Series A is now available as cards instead of a perforated sheets. This 557 card set is $44.
A new set being offered is 2012-13 Series A. This set has individual player defensive ratings. The next version of the soccer game will have an optional individual player defensive system. This set with 622 is $46.
With the recent releases of new versions of APBA’s Baseball and Football games, the release of a new version of the Soccer game makes sense. In fact, I spoke with APBA CEO John Herson in an unpublished interview in November, 2011 where he indicated that a new, sturdier game box was in the works, and in an interview published February 2, 2012, he gave to Tom Nelshoppen and The APBA Blog the following details about the forthcoming release of the game:
The soccer game has just about sold through for the second time. The third version will be redone. The box will be a two piece box roughly 11 by 17. The game box artwork will change slightly. The soccer pitch will be the size of a Monopoly board with similar game board backing. The game chart booklet will be 11 by 17. The booklet will have white background with black printing. The teams in the game will be updated to 2010-11 teams. Eventually all the APBA games will have the same size and type of packaging.
It remains to be seen if the release adheres to the specifics outlined above, but there is no doubt that those APBA Soccer fanatics among us (and there are still some of us out there) are anxiously awaiting APBA Soccer 2.0.