For the first time in the FIFA game franchise, EA Sports will introduce women’s football in their game.

As per the EA Sports website:

”Play as Women’s National Teams for the first time in the FIFA franchise. Choose from 12 teams and compete* in Match Day, an Offline Tournament, and Online Friendly Matches.

Available teams: Germany, USA, France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy, Mexico.

*Women’s National Teams compete exclusively against other Women’s National Teams.

The player ratings will be relative for each gender. We will be assessing female athletes against other female athletes which may mean that an 85 rated female player may not perform the same as an 85 rated male player.”

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This development has been long awaited by the women’s football community and has been well received among the players themselves. England’s captain Stephanie Houghton said “I’m looking forward to scoring as myself for the 1st time!” Women’s football fas srejoiced at the idea of playing with such superstar like Alex Morgan of the USA, Christine Sinclair of Canada or Wendie Renard of France.

Unfortunately, we also have to witness the Neanderthal/sexist/stupid reactions from many male gamers who are incensed by women’s football inclusion in their favourite game.

You just need to look at the comments on the Youtube preview video or on social media to see how sexist that world is.

It shows that there is still a lot of work to be done with regards to equality in football (and the gaming world). As we already knew, sadly.

Here’s a friendly tip – if you don’t want to play as a women’s team in FIFA, don’t pick one. It affects your life not one single bit, but can positively impact the lives of thousands of women.

How dare they, eh?