By Ross Kelly
Riding the wave of excitement from the Women’s World Cup, EA Sports announced that a female player will grace the US cover of the FIFA video game for the first time ever. Alex Morgan, donned in the USWNT colors, is rubbing elbows with Lionel Messi who makes the cover for the fourth straight year.
Morgan took to Twitter to express her gratitude:
First of all, I was a bit surprised to find out that this year’s version of FIFA will be the first one with female players and teams in the game. Women’s soccer is still seen as a novelty in some parts, but the hoopla currently surrounding the sport was just as big after the 1999 Women’s World Cup. I certainly didn’t expect any previous FIFA editions to have the WPS or NWSL teams down to the player, but it’s somewhat surprising women’s national teams were not included before this year’s game.
Secondly, yes I know Alex Morgan is marketable but isn’t Carli Lloyd a better choice for the cover spot? Morgan didn’t exactly have the best WWC as she was still recovering from a knee injury and scored just one goal. Lloyd emerged as the star of the USWNT after a historic performance in the Final and she has the highest selling jersey among the team’s players.
While Morgan makes the US cover, two other female players make the covers in their home countries. Canadian captain Christine Sinclair is on the Canadian version and Steph Catley of Australia makes her country’s cover.
FIFA 16 will be released in North America on September 22, 2015 across all platforms.