EA Sports to Include Women in FIFA 2016
Women are finally getting "in the game" as EA Sports announced Thursday it will now be including female players for the first time in its FIFA video game franchise history. The sports video game company made the announcement ahead of the World Cup, beginning June 6 in Canada.
Professional female soccer players have voiced their support of this new addition to the FIFA franchise and hope that it can help raise awareness.
"Women's soccer isn't on TV as much as men's soccer, so this is going to give female players more exposure." said U.S. women's national soccer team member Alex Morgan to ESPN.
The popular video game is highly influential among its gamers. According to a 2014 ESPN Sport Poll, 34 percent of "FIFA" gamers became soccer fans after playing the game. Feedback from fans was a deciding factor in the decision to include women. Females make up 48 percent of the gaming community, so including women's teams was one of the most popular suggestions, reports ESPN.
Since the announcement, there's been a number of reactions towards this newest feature. Buzzfeed reports that some fans are outraged at the changes to the FIFA game, even with the other controversies currently associated with the sport.
While women still have a long way to go in order to be fairly and accurately represented in video games, the decision to include female soccer players in the upcoming FIFA game is a step in the right direction.
The video game is slated to be released September 22.
Photo Credit: Sydney Leroux of the US women's national team, FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images