Retro Goal: The complete Players guide with tips

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Retro Goal is a 90s-style free-to-play football game created by New Star Games, the same team behind the award-winning games New Star Soccer and Retro Bowl. It also allows players to customize their game options, with a fast and exciting mix of arcade soccer action and simple team management. The best thing about Retro Goal is that it gives full freedom to the players to try out new players along with their signing and releasing, which becomes essential when it comes to the success of your squad. So, to assist you, we have created the Retro Goal Players guide with some useful tips for all players.

Understanding the Players in Retro Goal

Players form an integral part of any game. Even in Retro Goal, even if you are the one controlling the players and performing on the pitch, the player stats become equally important for them to perform at the highest level. These will reflect on the pitch whenever you play, even though you feel no difference, this will indirectly have an impact on or during a match.


Just like in normal football, you have three main areas on the field: the Attacker, Midfielder, and Defender. Each field of play will have different positions, which will be on effect by the change of formations. You can see the player’s style with the indication on their cards, for example with G indicating the player is a Goalkeeper.

Player Info

This section is to understand the player cards, and what it is exactly. There are a few sections in the player screen, which are categorized as follows with the explanation for each.

Player info
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  • Age: The age of the player. Older the player, the less his stamina.
  • Contract Expiry: The remaining years for the player in the club.
  • Morale: Player’s confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline level. Great Morale is the best, else they might pick up yellow and red cards during the game.
  • Trait: Few players have some good qualities that they will reflect on the pitch. Some traits for example are Tireless and Recovery.
  • Value: The value of the player. Can be purchase, sale, or loan value.
  • Rating: The rating of the player. The more, the better.
  • Potential: The maximum level the player can reach. You can also see it reflected in the attributes of the player. Once again, the more, the better.

You can level them up using Bux from the Meeting menu.

Player Attributes

Player attributes reflect the stats of the player which can be seen in his profile. The attributes in the game are as follows.

Player attributes in Retro Goal
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  • Speed: A player’s acceleration and top speed.
  • Dribbling: Trait of moving with the ball.
  • Tackling: Strength, Physicality, and the ability to win the ball back.
  • Technique: Power, Swerve, and Kicking off the ball.
  • Condition: Player fitness trait. The good condition usually allows players to be fresh and flexible, and stay injury free as well.

These can increase as the player grows in XP Level. All these traits are affected by Potential, Age, Morale, etc.

Player signing, Data, and Statistics

Signing Players

Players can be signed with the help of Bux, and it also features the loan feature. The latter can be used if you want to have a player for one or two seasons. Check out the Transfer List for keeping track of the players. Also, you can see whether the player is interested to sign or not in his player profile menu. If your club is not of high stature, top players will be reluctant to join.

Player Data and Statistics

The Dataview gives you an overview of the player attributes in general along with the overview of the age, player level, value of the player, and more. This helps in sorting the players accordingly, and also keeps an eye on the season as it progresses so that you can always look for an upgrade soon.

Dataview in Retro Goal
Image via New Star Games

Clicking the Stats tab will show the performance of the players on your team, overall the years as well are current seasons. It is also useful if there is a milestone that can be broken, along with an indication of the form of players, which can be reflected in a way that a forward is not scoring much.

Tips and tricks to remember

Here are some tips and tricks to remember about the players in Retro Goal.

  • While signing the players, remember the three golden rules: Trait, Potential, and Age. These three combined give you the best player for your team.
  • Swap players with bad morale or conditioning during the game. They will not be able to perform better, and hence might be a disadvantage for your squad.
  • Do not play players with bad traits. Demanding, Chopper, Red Mist, Lazy, Sick Note, and Fragile are the bad traits for a player.
  • Loyal, Bench Warmer, Recovery, Unbreakable, Tireless, Adaptable, and Dead Ball traits are the best positive traits. Choosing players with them is an added advantage.

That concludes our Retro Goal Players Guide. If the players have any queries, you can always drop them in the comments below.

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How much reduction happens when you play a player out of position?

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