Xbox Live to offer free multiplayer football

Xbox Live Free-For-All kicks off in May and will let gamers play for a chance to represent the UK in the Xbox Cup.

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Can't wait for the World Cup? Xbox Live gamers with a copy of EA's 2006 FIFA World Cup, on sale in the UK from April 28, will be able to play multiplayer games (usually only available to Xbox Live Gold members) for free during the week of May 8 to May 15, 2006.

To access Xbox Live during the Free-For-All, all you need to do is plug a broadband cable into the back of your Xbox 360 console. Sign up for the standard Xbox Live Silver membership, and it will be upgraded to the gold package automatically on May 8. Gold members will also be able to download the premium content available only to subscribers during the week.

As well as the chance to take on other players at 2006 FIFA World Cup, there will be limited-edition consoles and free subscriptions to Xbox Live up for grabs during the Football Free-For-All.

The upgraded membership during the Free-For-All also gives players a chance to register for the Xbox Cup. The Xbox Cup, launched by Xbox, Adidas, and Electronic Arts, aims to find gamers to represent the UK in Germany this summer during the FIFA World Cup Finals. Teams from around the world will compete for prizes that include tickets from Adidas to the FIFA World Cup. Whoever has the top spot on the Xbox Cup leaderboard on May 24 will be representing the UK in Germany.

Tottenham's Ledley King said: "The Xbox Live Football Free-For-All Week is a great chance for everyone to take on their friends over Xbox Live and I'll certainly be looking out for some of my team mates online to give them a game!"

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Football Futbol. go free xbox live

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Great idea

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Can't wait for the World Cup? Xbox Live gamers with a copy of EA's 2006 FIFA World Cup, on sale in the UK from April 28, will be able to play multiplayer games (usually only available to Xbox Live Gold members) for free during the week of May 8 to May 15, 2006.

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ok?

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Um, isn't this why GameSpot UK just opened? Must we get all of their stories too?

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Agreed, calling it soccer would've saved the "ZOMG! FREE MADEN IS TEH ASOME" rush. Madden '06 360 ftl.

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garbage.

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rubbish, not interested.

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CRAP.

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They should just let EVERYONE play this game for free FOREVER (along with Madden 2007). That would probably be the best way to get more Xbox Live subscribers in Europe, Mexico, the USA, Asia, South America, and Australia. Don't think Japan matters at this point anyway...I think that battle has been lost. *shrugs*

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does anyone have a 360 without having live? I couldn't imagine it, especially since its so cheap.

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gold subscribers should get a week added on to the end of our subscriptions making this a free week for all not just the cheapo's

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its not soccer its football, fools read what FIFA stands for (Federation Internationale de Football Association). And this is good news. plus ledley king is great. tottenham for champions league!

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shame its only for fifa.. really detest the control and play of that game... if only for a pro evo equivilent

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Should have called it soccer so the non-UK guys would shut up.

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this is the only chance england have a lifting the world cup this summer

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Oh, I thought they meant REAL Football. Soccer is a joke.

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guys, its not just UK. im from belgium n i've already signed up

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ugg...football not FOOTBALL.

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yiipppeeee

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football is the most popular sport in the world, good to see it getting the support it deserves

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wow one whole week. micro$haft are soooo good to their fans.

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Its called SOCCER people...

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It's not soccer.

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but i do like playin the video games

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good news for UK gamers and yeah i wont my mech assualt 2 backward compatible

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gamecockbarista ditto :)

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This is good for the xbox community as a whole now will the just focus on getting us some more backwards compatablilty options for games i bought breakdown and mech assualt 2 and cant play either kinda sucks

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Xbox live will soon be free to play agianst others. I guess paying will only give you access to ranking and tournaments, etc... At least thats my opinion.

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Great for everyone, it gives people a whole batch of fresh competition.

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too bad i dont live in the uk....or have 2006 world cup....or an xbox 360

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sweeettt

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I'm glad the free xbox live days are not exclusive to the U.S. anymore.