FIFA 16’s Female Cover Stars Make History

You thought the Pacman arcade table at your local arcade was the most popular game ever? Well, as much success as that franchise found, FIFA may rival its renown in terms of profits and longevity. As one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time and the top sports game franchise in history, EA Games’ FIFA series is no stranger to making history, but it has done it once again. For the first time ever, FIFA 16 will feature a top female athlete on the cover of its next release, alongside Lionel Messi.

FIFA Includes Women’s Teams

On the cover of the U.S. version of FIFA 16, U.S. Women’s National Team star Alex Morgan will share the cover with Lionel Messi. Canada’s version will have Canadian National Team star Christine Sinclair in Morgan’s place. Outside of North America, Stephanie Catley won the voting process and will feature on the cover with Messi and another player in Australia. While female athletes are included on the North American versions of the game’s release, FIFA 16 will also include 12 different women national teams on both offline and online gameplay. Contrary to many rumors, no women and men have the ability to face-off against each other.

FIFA the Organization Struggles to Uphold Equality

While FIFA the game makes positive strides in equal representation for women in the sport, FIFA itself has received a high level of negative publicity for the opposite. FIFA refused to provide the necessary funding for the 2015 Women’s World Cup to play matches on authentic grass as opposed to artificial turf, which is less expensive to maintain but proven to cause more injuries to athletes over real grass. Out of their 25 elected executive committee members, only one women holds a position.

Regardless of the status of FIFA the organization, men and women worldwide are prepared to pick up their copy of FIFA 16, set to be released on September 22, 2015.