FIFA 16 To (Finally) Add Women’s National Teams

EA Sports to give women a fair ‘shot’ in this year’s iteration.

Gamers and soccer (football) fans rejoice! This morning, EA Sports revealed this year’s FIFA title will feature a full game mode surrounding women’s national teams. The announcement came to us with a brand new trailer showing some women’s team gameplay as well as some motion capture! Check it out!

Perhaps the inclusion of women’s teams this year will even mean a female star next to a male counterpart on the cover! The art for this year’s iteration hasn’t been revealed just yet, but perhaps next month at E3 we’ll get a first look.

While the internet adage “never read the comments” is well established, I made the mistake of perusing them after watching the reveal. Although sexism amongst certain groups of gamers has been known for quite some time, I am continuously disappointed by it. I saw one comment that, while not explicit in nature, was the most upsetting. It just said,”I was always told if I don’t have anything to nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” That sentiment being used in reference to allowing gamers to pick their favorite team regardless of gender is shocking to me. Even if someone is a long time FIFA player and only plans to play the men’s league, why would you have anything bad to say about this (surprisingly good) move by EA Sports? Perhaps I’m old school, but the inclusion of more content in a game (as long as its well executed) is always a good thing.

Despite all the childish commentary from various comment sections, this is a great first step in broadening horizons in the sports games genre. While I don’t support the real-world organization, I congratulate FIFA 16 for taking a step in the right direction.

FIFA 16 comes to Xbox One, PS4, PC and last-gen consoles on September 25th, 2015.


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