From what I can tell, it looks like SWOS via MACOS or DOS does not support any form of usb connected gamepad (which is a massive shame if true).
Anyone had any luck so far?
Here's hoping I'm wrong.
As a default SWOS is set up to keyboard mode. Go to your Windoes start menu, then GOG, then Sensible Soccer 1996-97, and choose settings. There you choose configuration and joystick plus keyboard 2 player mode. After calibrating your joystick/joypad it works (while you're at it also switch sound to Sound Blaster 16 and music to General Midi). However (!!!), do not try two joysticks/joypads because although you may be able to calibrate both the game crashes as soon as you dare to touch your second one.
To get round this problem you might want to have a look at http://playaveli.swos-united.org/swospp-1.4.zip
- SWOS++ is an unofficial patch for the English (!!!) version of SWOS. Quite simply unpack the files to your SWOS++ directoy, and rename English.exe SWS.exe. Now run DosBox, go to your SWOS directory, run patchit.com and after the patching has been successful rename SWS.exe back to English.exe. Now you can play SWOS with 2 USB joysticks/gamepads. Simply calibrate them via the menu item SWOS++ in the game.
(When SWOS starts, press return when it says that this version of Windows apparently is not supported.)
Should SWOS still not work with your joystick/joypad configuration, run a separate copy of DosBox and see whether it recognises your joystick/joypad configuration at all.
Hope this helps. Unfortunately I do not have a MacOS computer to check whether SWOS++ also works on the Mac (alright, am a bit concerned about the this version of Windows is not supported message, so I hope it does).