EA Sports announced on Monday that there will be two more women joining Barcelona’s Lionel Messi on the cover of FIFA 16, at least in Canada and the United States. 2016 will be the first year that women will feature on the cover of the game. The video game company had previously announced that the Australian National Team’s Stephanie Catley would appear on the cover of the games sold in Australia after they held a vote to decide which female athlete would have the honour. Now only 21 years old, Catley made her international debut in 2012 at the age of 18. Since then the defender has made 36 more appearances and scored 2 goals for her country. The Canadian version of FIFA 16 will feature Women’s National Team captain Christine Sinclair. With 225 appearances and 155 goals for the squad, Sinclair is the country’s most widely recognised female player. She was the centre of the team in the 2012 Summer Olympics and lead the team to the 2015 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals. In the United States, Alex Morgan will appear alongside Messi. A rising star in American women’s soccer, the 26 year old has 91 appearances for her national team and has scored 52 goals. Besides playing prominent roles on their respective national teams, all three ladies have had successful club careers and currently play with Portland Thorns FC in the NWSL. 2016 marks the first year that EA is including Women’s National Teams in the wildly successful FIFA video game franchise. Perhaps because fans and gamers have been requesting it for years and likely due to the popularity of the Women’s World Cup tournament, it was high time the women’s teams were featured in the game. For now the game will include 12 countries; Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the United States. Whatever the reason, the decision is proof of the growth in popularity of the women’s game.
The Women of FIFA 16 ft. Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair & more!