I have searched pinside and the web. The problem is probably on the board but still trying to track this problem down.
I bought a World Cup Soccer. The batteries were on a connected board. The batteries were slightly corroded but only affected the black battery holder on the connected board. I replaced the battery holder with a remote battery holder. I checked the MPU and does not have any issues.
I kept the game on and played it for several days while testing it and looking for issues.
After a few days of owning the game, it sounded like the test buttons went crazy and it said "Ground Short Row 1 Switch closed". I tested all switches in row 1 and they were fine. I checked for grounded wires and bad diodes. Didn't see any. I did notice the white/ brown wire was disconnected from the coin interface board and well as the slam tilt was disconnected from the bottom of the interface board. This implies that this error has occurred in the past. I reconnected the wire and plugged in the connector. The slam switch in the cabinet and on the coin door worked without issue. The above message only occurred twice and never again.
I played the game for several days and put it in test mode T1. Switch Edges when not playing. Twice it made beeps. One time I could see a bunch of switches registering in switch test but too fast to see the row or column.
In T1. Switch Edges, I tested all switches. They register correctly and do not register multiple switches.
The one time in Switch Edges that I was looking, the whole 8X8 matrix closed. I assumed beeped 63 times or so and then went back to normal like nothing happened.
I disconnected the row and column connectors to the MPU and tested each combination with no issues.
I replaced the test button just because they were jerry-rigged and no changes.
I now have the game in T1 Switch edges test. I staged a ball in 7 locations 1. back VUK 2. TV Scoop 3. Top eject hole 4. Left eject hole 5. Right eject hole 6. Left outlane kicker 7. trough. I also placed a post near both slings in case they fire.
The last time it happened, I heard a few switches go off, heard one coil fire (don't know which one) and the game changed for being in T1. Switch Edges to beignet the menu selection for T1. Switch Edges.
I have tested the game with the play field in the normal position, up on the slides on the lock bar area and leaning agains the back box. I have tried to bang the play field, cabinet and backbone with no results.
There is no pattern to when and why this occurs.
So I think this has happened 6 times in the 5.5 days.
I now have the ramps off as well as the coin toss. This eliminates any switch in column 7 and the 3 opts on the coin toss mechanism.
Any other suggestions appreciated.
I know this is a long description, but my goal is to post the solution once I find it to help others with similar issues in the future.