FIFA 06, known as FIFA Soccer 06 in North America, is a football simulation video game developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports label. It was released in the United States on 4 October 2005 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo DS. It was later released for PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance and mobile phones.
FIFA 06 was the thirteenth game in the FIFA series and the tenth in 3D. This was the last FIFA edition to be released exclusively on sixth-generation consoles. The taglines for the game were “You play. They obey.” and “The total soccer experience”.
Ronaldinho and Wayne Rooney were featured on the cover of the game in the European, Australian, Brazilian and British markets. Freddy Adu and Omar Bravo joined Ronaldinho on the North American cover, while Lukas Podolski was partnered with Ronaldinho on the German release of the game and Park Chu-Young was on the South Korea cover.
Developers of the FIFA series made a complete overhaul of the game’s engine for the 2006 installment of the game, asserting it has improved the control of play, having rewritten more than half the programming code for the game. In addition to a renovation of the game engine which discards the “ball” system, developers boast a significantly more involved career mode and the introduction of “chemistry” which will determine how good teams play together.