EA Adds Women's Teams to FIFA 16

By Nick Cowen on at

In news that some might argue should have happened years ago, Electronic Arts has announced that it's adding women's international football teams to FIFA 16.

EA's latest iteration of its football sim will include 12 international women's sides including England, France, Germany, Canada, Brazil and Spain.

FIFA series vice-president and general manager David Rutter told The Guardian, "it’s been in the pipeline for a few years, and really it was just a case of making sure that the game was in a good enough state for it the work properly.

“We needed to have tools and technology in place that could differentiate between men and women. Plus, we had to factor in the time and effort required for travelling around the world to scan faces and heads, record motion capture, etc. It’s been on the to-do list for a while," he added.

It's a timely little announcement and a much needed piece of good news for FIFA, in a week that saw nine FIFA officials and four sports management executives arrested on suspicion of receiving bribes totalling £65m.

Here's hoping Sepp Blatter can keep his comments about women's football to himself in the wake of this news. Lord knows he needs all the help he can get.