This year, FIFA 16 will boast innovations right across the pitch, but one its most talked about features is its inclusion of female footballers. For years, fans have been asking EA to add women to the game and now, for the first time, ever we’ll be able to play as women’s international teams.
The decision has been a divisive one, though, as while some fans are angry at EA for including women, others are angry that just 12 women’s international teams are included, and none of the women’s regional teams are in the game. However, the developer and publisher is taking this in its stride, having made the monumental announcement that USWNT forward Alex Morgan will be gracing the game’s cover.
FIFA 16 Cover Star, Alex Morgan
The announcement comes after Alex and her USWNT teammates won the women’s world cup earlier this month. They saw national recognition for the win, getting a call from President Barack Obama and getting a ticker tape parade in New York City – the first for any women’s team.
Not only is Alex one of the team’s best known players on the USWNT (next to midfielder Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat trick in the final), but she was also the 2012 US Soccer player of the year and she also won Olympic gold with the USWNT at London 2012. We should note that Alex only began playing for the USWNT in 2012.
Alex will star on the United States version of FIFA 16, while Christine Sinclair, the best known player on the CANWNT team, features on the Canadian box. David Pekush, Sr. Manager of North America Marketing for EA SPORTS says that:
As soon as we knew Women’s National Teams were joining FIFA 16, we immediately recognized that Christine and Alex would be the perfect cover athletes based on their accomplishments and what they represent for their respective countries and the sport of women’s soccer. They are exhilarating players and exude heart and courage on the pitch, and we are extremely proud to be working with them this year.
Together with AUSWNT player Stephanie Catley, who won the Australian cover star vote, these three women are making history.
FIFA 16 will be released on September 22, 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.