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EA: No Plans to Introduce Women’s Soccer in FIFA

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Posted on August 13, 2012 AT 04:47am

EA has revealed that it currently has no plans to include women’s soccer (football for Europeans) in the FIFA series, despite constant requests from fans.

An online petition signed by over 2800 people claims that not including women’s soccer makes no sense. “The U.S. Department of State says that over 40% of soccer players in the U.S. are girls. By offering just men’s teams as playable options on FIFA we’re not only denying these girls a chance to relate to the characters they play on a video game, but we’re also wasting a great opportunity to encourage those same girls to be who they are, develop their passion, motivation and promote a healthy image and relation between women and sports,” it reads.

“Young girls can’t be portrayed by male video game characters. We want them to be able see themselves in the games they love, as the soccer players that inspire them. Don’t restrict our choices to Messi, Rooney, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Allow girls and boys to play with Wambach, Sawa, Morgan, Cristiane, Miyama, Rapinoe, Marta, Hope Solo, Mia Hamm, and Birgit Prinz.”

Despite this, FIFA executive producer David Rutter told CVG, “We get literally thousands upon thousands of suggestions from our fans for new features and we have to evaluate those suggestions, such as the inclusion of female players in the game, against our resources, priorities and overall fan feedback. At present, we don’t have plans to include female players in the game.”

Of course this isn’t just the developer saying it doesn’t want to include female players, it’s simply a matter of time and resources available. I’m sure if it was given the time to do it, we would see female players in the game. With the game getting bigger with each passing year, there’s no reason, besides resources, that it shouldn’t be included.

Should women be included in FIFA? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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