FIFA 16 cover will feature women stars Morgan and Sinclai

FIFA 16 will feature women soccer stars Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair on the respective covers of the U.S.

Forward Morgan helped the U.S. team to victory in this summer’s Women’s World Cup, playing in all seven games during the competition. Sinclair is captain of host nation Canada, which reached the last eight.

FIFA 16 cover

The Australian FIFA 16 cover will feature Steph Catley who was voted in by the public, chosen from a list of women players.

FIFA 16 is the first in the series to feature women players, with 12 international teams available to play. It’s also the first to feature women cover stars. FIFA 16’s covers in Europe, Japan, Mexico and South America will feature various local stars of the men’s game.

Following the U.S. team’s World Cup victory, speculation mounted that EA Sports would announce a woman player on the cover of its U.S. edition. Polygon understands that the decision to go with Morgan and Sinclair was made prior to the World Cup.

“It is an incredible honor to be one of the first women featured on the cover of EA Sports’ FIFA,” said Morgan in a press statement. “I know people all over the world play this game and I’m really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women’s soccer. And now to share the cover with today’s greatest player is surreal.”

FIFA 16 will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on Sept. 22.

 

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EA Sports’ FIFA 16 will be the first in the franchise’s history to feature women on its cover.

U.S. Women’s National Team star Alex Morgan will grace the cover of FIFA 16 when it goes on sale domestically in late-September, Electronic Arts announced Monday. Morgan, the team’s star forward, will share the cover with Argentinian male soccer star and FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on games sold in the U.S. Meanwhile, Messi will share the spotlight with Canadian Women’s National Team player Christine Sinclair on copies sold in Canada.

News that the latest FIFA cover will feature Morgan and Sinclair comes less than two months after EA announced that the new game will be the first in the franchise’s history to give gamers the option of competing with women’s teams. FIFA 16 will include the option of gameplay between a handful of different women’s national teams, including the U.S., Canada, England and Germany. Fortune spoke to EA CEO Andrew Wilson earlier this month about the decision to include women’s teams in the game.

Morgan is one of the biggest names on the USWNT, fresh off its dominant run in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Earlier this month, the U.S. defeated Japan to win the tournament for the first time since 1999. Morgan played through a knee injury throughout the tournament, but still scored a goal against Colombia in her team’s quarterfinal match. In a statement, Morgan called her cover treatment “an incredible honor.”

Following the USWNT’s World Cup victory, fans created an online petition to convince EA to put the U.S. team on the FIFA 16 cover. EA also lets fans vote on male and female players to be featured on regional editions of the game.

“As soon as we knew Women’s National Teams were joining FIFA 16, we immediately recognized that Christine and Alex would be the perfect cover athletes based on their accomplishments and what they represent for their respective countries and the sport of women’s soccer,” David Pekush, senior manager of North America marketing for EA Sports, said in a statement.

the cover of FIFA 16

EA decided to add women’s teams to FIFA just ahead of this year’s World Cup, which proved to be a wildly successful tournament in terms of television ratings. The USWNT’s title game against Japan attracted more U.S. viewers than any soccer match in history.