FIFA 16 To Include 12 International Women’s TeamsBy Ella Downing
Bend it Like Beckham...
EA Sports have announced that FIFA 16 will include 12 international women’s teams when it is released this year. It coincides nicely with this year’s Women’s World Cup which England Captain Steph Houghton reflects on in her comments about the change:
"The whole team are thrilled to be included in EA SPORTS FIFA 16. It's a really exciting year for women's football with the forthcoming World Cup and to find out we will be included in FIFA for the first time is a special feeling…Hopefully it will help raise the profile of the women's game even further.”
Series general manager and vice president David Rutter remarks that the plan to include women’s teams in the game has been in the pipeline for several years, but has faced technological difficulties. The animation has been reconfigured so that it can correctly imitate the female player’s proportions and different aesthetics to men, like long hair
However, the female teams will not be available to play in Ultimate Team Mode as, according to Rutter, 12 teams does not create “a population large enough to make anything close to a good Ultimate Team. We could have gone down the road of creating domestic leagues as well, but we probably wouldn’t have been able to stretch our resources far enough this year to provide a believable and broad crop of players.” The women’s teams can be used in online and offline friendlies and in an offline tournament.
Although the addition has faced some sexist backlash on twitter, it is definitely a positive step for the women’s game and will add an extra dimension to FIFA 16.