World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 brings 57 national teams, 138 licensed European club teams such as the Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, and the Dutch Eredivisie, and over 1,000 players to your fingertips. This title features online play for the first time in the series and is intended to unite soccer fans all over the world.
Five modes of play include a "Training" mode, "Master League" mode, "Cup" mode, "League" mode, and "Match" mode. In "Master League" mode, create and manage your team and compete in four leagues to become the greatest lineup in the game. "Match" mode allows you to pick two teams and play a single match, and there is an option to record games against friends for bragging rights. In "League" mode, you pick the team you wish to join and play through a full season on that squad. In "Cup" mode, pick from four different tournaments such as the "International Cup," "European Cup," "Africa/America/Asia-Oceana Cup," and the "Konami Cup," then battle to win the trophy.
Online play allows you to upload your "Master League" teams and pit them against other players and their squads. There are five divisions in "Network" mode and you will begin as an Amateur. Winning games and collecting points will increase your rank and eventually enter you into a new division. The ranking system is based on the entire network of players, and is renewed periodically as games are won or lost.