It’s about time! EA Sports has finally put a female athlete on the cover of its best selling ‘FIFA’ video game series. US soccer star Alex Morgan will be featured in the artwork for ‘FIFA 16’ when the game goes on sale in late September!
The US Women’s 2015 World Cup victory proved they’re the best in the soccer world! Now, they’re getting some respect — in the video game world. EA Sports has decided to put Alex Morgan, 26, on the cover of its next FIFA video game, making her the first female athlete in history to be featured on the game’s cover art!
EA Sports unveiled the cover on July 20, reports TIME. The artwork shows Alex running alongside FC Barcelona soccer star, Lionel Messi. It almost looks like these two soccer heavyweights are sprinting towards the same ball. Though it would be a close race, our money is on Alex. Plus, not only will FIFA 16 feature a woman on a cover, it will be the first time gamers can compete as women’s teams. Fans will be able to play as the US, Germany, Canada, England and more!
Canadian fans will be given a special treat when the game drops, as copies of FIFA 16 sold in Canada will feature Canadian soccer player Christine Sinclair instead of Alex. It seems EA Sports wanted to say “Thank You” to the country for being such an awesome host for this year’s World Cup.
Alex is a good choice for the cover. She played through the World Cup tournament with a knee injury and even managed to score a goal against Columbia in a quarterfinal match. But, it must have been hard to whittle down the possible candidates for the cover. Carli Lloyd scored the only Hat Trick in Word Cup final history with her amazing three goals in the game’s first twenty minutes! There’s also Hope Solo, one of the most dominant goalies in soccer history. So many to choose from!
Either way, soccer fans will have a chance to play with all their favorite stars — men AND women — when the game drops in late September. Fire up your Playstations and Xboxes, gamers!
It’s a shame EA Sports didn’t do what Sports Illustrated did for their July 20 issue: put ever single player on the cover! We’re not talking one big group shot. Sports Illustrated gave every one of the 23 US Women Soccer Team players their own cover. They even gave one to the coach! Awesome.
Are you happy that they put Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair on the cover of FIFA 16, HollywoodLifers? Who would YOU put on the cover?
— Jason Brow