Up to two players can play. They can tackle, shoot, short pass, and long pass, and take corner kicks, throw-ins, and penalty shoot-outs. The game also includes cheerleaders, digitized voices and an influential overhead view. Six teams are available for selection: Italy, England, Brazil, West Germany, Austria, or France. In single-player mode, if the player wins, they start a new match with a harder opponent.
A sequel, Exciting Soccer II, was released in 1984. Japan replaced Austria and new music was included, but gameplay was identical to its predecessor. The game can be played on a PC with the MAME emulator.