Women’s football has been slowly but surely gaining a larger profile over the last few years, with more mainstream reporting of the key events and matches alongside the still dominant global presence of men’s football. In a fantastic move by EA, FIFA 16 is set to include 12 Women’s National Teams in the game, giving them the full FIFA game treatment, from recreating their likenesses to full motion capture of players.
With the World Cup this summer, those twelve teams are the top teams in the world right now, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America. The USA get to claim bragging rights for having four of their players – Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe – providing the motion capture work.
Abby Wambach, the record holding international goals scorer, said, “I honestly can’t believe all of the science and technology behind the game itself, let alone getting us into the motion capture suits and eventually into the game. We’re all excited to see ourselves in the game, but even more excited to see the reaction from all of the fans, including the fans of our team that maybe wouldn’t be expecting something like this from EA SPORTS.”
Outside of that, the press release also let slip a release date for the game of September 22nd in the US – and presumably 24th in the EU and 25th in the UK following the typical regional release variation – with the women’s teams included on the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game.
Source: press release