The arrest of seven high-ranking FIFA officials continues to shine light on the organization’s long history of alleged corruption, but news from the FIFA video-game front seems to be more promising. EA Sports, which produces the FIFA games every year, announced Thursday that FIFA 16 will include female soccer players for the first time.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) May 28, 2015
FIFA 16 will feature 12 Women’s National Teams, including the USA, England, Sweden, France, Brazil, Canada, Italy, and China. The developers even scanned and digitized some of the best female soccer players in the world, replicating their likenesses in stunning detail down to their tattoos.
FIFA 16 won’t be released until September, but with the Women’s World Cup starting soon, interest in soccer is likely to rise again among American audiences who normally don’t pay attention to it.
The women involved in the game are thrilled about the new development, to say the least. Although the FIFA games have been coming out since the ’90s, this is be the first time women have been included.
— Kosovare Asllani (@KosovareAsllani) May 28, 2015
— Steph Houghton MBE (@stephhoughton2) May 28, 2015
— Toni Duggan (@toniduggan) May 28, 2015
— Allysha Chapman (@allyshachapman) May 28, 2015
“It’s such an honor for women’s players and our team to be included in FIFA 16,” Team USA’s Alex Morgan told EA Sports. “I always wondered what it would be like to see our team in the game and it is very cool to know that it is now a reality.”
For some, the change couldn’t have come soon enough.
— Elecspo (@elecspo) May 28, 2015
I've never played a football / #FIFA game before but I'm frankly amazed that women haven't been featured before. It started in 1993!
— joe (@goulcher) May 28, 2015
Of course, every time women advance in some aspect of life, men are there to complain about it.
Women being on FIFA 16 is a clear example of equality gone wrong.. The standard isn't as good as the conference so why one and not the other
— Sam Martin (@SmuelMartin) May 28, 2015
The women’s teams will only be available to play against other women’s teams, and their addition is only one aspect of the game. As critics of the sexist comments point out, you probably don’t even have to play as the female characters, so why complain?
Forget the sexist bs on social media. This is a great step towards broadening FIFA's appeal. Gets our vote. #Futhead
— Futhead News (@futheadnews) May 28, 2015
I don’t need feismm don’t be hard on men complaining about women in FIFA 16. They are just scared because they’ve never scored with a woman.
— WomanAgainstFeminism (@NoToFeminism) May 28, 2015
— Rossalyn Warren (@RossalynWarren) May 28, 2015
And as one Twitter user reminded us all, there’s an actual FIFA scandal on our hands. Maybe we should pay more attention to that.
There are men complaining about women's teams finally being included in FIFA 16 & not complaining about the ACTUAL #FIFA corruption scandal.
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) May 28, 2015
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