EA Sports marketing director James Salmon has promised “more exciting updates” about women’s football on FIFA 23.
It was announced earlier this month that women’s club teams would be added to FIFA for the first time ever.
Gamers will be able to choose between teams from the Women’s Super League in England and the Division 1 Féminine in France.
Salmon told GiveMeSport Women that the response to the news had been “phenomenal”.
“Integrating women’s club football in-game provides so many more opportunities for fans to play as their favourite players including the likes of Sam Kerr, Catarina Macario and Chloe Kelly,” he said. “It’s been great to see this celebrated.”
“The reaction to the introduction of WSL and D1 Arkema has been fantastic, all I can say for now is that we’re looking forward to sharing more exciting updates over the next few months.”
Salmon also discussed the impact he expected the inclusion of women’s football on FIFA 23 to have on the sport in real life.
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“We’re committed to playing an active role in the growth of women’s football and our hope is that the inclusion of women’s club’s sparks further interest in viewership, match attendance and participation in the grassroots game,” he said.
“There are a number of amazing women’s leagues and tournaments across the world for fans to experience – the WSL and D1F are prime examples.”
The 2023 Women’s World Cup, set to be held in Australia and New Zealand, will be another feature added to FIFA 23.
It is the first time a women’s football player has appeared on a global FIFA cover, although Steph Catley and Alex Morgan featured on the respective covers of the Australian and US editions in 2016.
Kerr has truly established herself as one of the best in women’s football, earning her second successive Golden Boot in the Women’s Super League last season.
In fact, she is the only player to win the Golden Boot in three different leagues – the NWSL, the W-League and the WSL.
“Sam Kerr represents the next generation of footballers,” Salmon said.
“She’s a legend on and off the pitch, doing amazing things to grow the sport and we’re thrilled to have her as an EA SPORTS ambassador and our first female global cover star.”