In a remarkable leap forward for the women’s game, EA Sports have announced that women’s football will be included on FIFA 16 for the first time in its’ history, reports BBC Sport.
From next year’s game, fans will be able to play as a range of international women’s teams in a move to boost audiences of women’s football around the globe.
Until now only men’s teams have featured on the game which was first created in 1993 by popular video game manufacturer EA.
Since the London 2012 Olympics interest in women’s football has gradually been on the increase in Britain with the creation of the Women’s Super League in 2011 another contributing factor.
England captain Stephanie Houghton and her team-mates have been included alongside 11 other women’s sides for play in one of several game modes.
“To be one of the first female included is something we’ll always be able to look back on,” said Houghton.
“Hopefully it will help raise the profile of the women’s game further.”
The 27-year old Manchester City defender will lead her country to the World Cup in Canada in June.
In the game
All-time international goal scorer and American striker Abby Wambach has been used to record the typical female footballer movements in the game and players, like their male counterparts, have been head scanned in order to generate a life-like look for the September release.
Wambach said on her Twitter feed upon the announcement;
“We are honoured to be #INTHEGAME for #FIFA16. Thank you @EASPORTSFIFA.”
With the competitiveness of the women’s game finally being rewarded EA are likely to be hailed as major influences should the game scale new heights because of their introduction.
“Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA Sports,” Vice-President and General Manager of EA Sports David Ruttler said yesterday.
FIFA 16 will hit shelves in the US on September 25th with a UK release likely to be a few days later.