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Backyard Soccer
North American cover art for the PlayStation version
Developer(s) Humongous Entertainment (PC)
Runecraft (PlayStation)
Publisher(s) Humongous Entertainment
Infogrames (PlayStation and MLS Edition)
Series Backyard Sports series
Engine SCUMM
Platform(s) Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation, iOS
Release date(s) PC
  • NA September 26, 1998
  • September 28, 2001 EU
  • NA October 31, 2008
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Backyard Soccer, known in Europe as Junior Sports Football and in Australia as Junior Sports Soccer, is an association football video game in the Backyard Sports series, developed by Humongous Entertainment and published by Infogrames. It was first released in 1998 for Macintosh and Microsoft Windows, in 2001 for the PlayStation, and in 2008 for iOS. The PlayStation version of the game, alongside the PlayStation 2 version of Backyard Basketball, were the only Backyard Sports titles released in Europe.


The player selects a team, aiming to win promotion from the "B" Division, to the "A" and then Premier Division. If in the top four by mid-season in any division, the player's team will be invited to the Off-The-Wall Indoor Invitational. After winning the Premier Division, the player's team will be invited to represent the United States in the Astonishingly Shiny Cup of All Cups Tournament (a spoof of the FIFA World Cup). Regardless of the tournament's outcome, the player's team will be placed back in the Premier Division for another chance at the Cup.

There are several power-ups that a team can use. To activate a power-up, the player has to click on the opponent's goal.

  • Cannon—The player launches a fast and powerful shot
  • Underground—The ball goes underground and pops up in a random place.
  • Bowling Ball—The ball transforms into a giant bowling ball knocking over any opposing players.
  • Tracer—The ball is controlled using the cursor. Players click where they want the ball to go.
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