FIFA 16 to Include Women's Teams for the First Time

12 international women's teams to be playable in EA's FIFA offering for this year; new tech and models created specifically for female players.


It's been a long time coming, but EA's FIFA series is finally putting female players into the game.

FIFA 16 will include 12 of the top women's international teams--including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the USA--and will be playable across multiple modes. Whilst those modes are yet to be confirmed, EA has stated that women's teams will not be able to be played against men's teams in order to remain "authentic" to real-world football.

The inclusion isn't a mere reskinning of existing players, however. According to FIFA 16 producer Nick Shannon, new technology--including animations, body types, and even hair physics--had to be retooled or created from scratch to accommodate the introduction of female players.

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We talked to Shannon to find out more details about women's teams in FIFA 16

How long has this been in the works for?

Nick Shannon: It's been a while. The most important thing for us when we wanted to add the women's international teams was that we wanted to do it right. We wanted to do it properly. For us to be able to do that, there were a lot of things that we actually had to change within our game. We wanted to make sure that the body types looked good, so we actually created new body types. We created new body scaling technology that's actually helped with the men as well, so you'll now see a bigger differentiation with a tall, skinny player than a bigger, well-built player. That was down to us wanting to make the women's models look right in the game.

We also wanted to make sure we could get our scanning technology. We sent that out on the road, so we've scanned many of the teams to make sure we make the faces look as authentic as possible. We've never been able to do hair simulation during game play as the we've had problems maintaining 60 frames a second. We managed to be able to do that and maintain 60 as well. We wanted to do it right. We wanted to do it properly. This year was the year that we could do that.

It seemed like there was quite a lot of work to put into this. Can you quantify how much extra development it took?

It's not really something we're looking at because ultimately a lot of these things as I said with hair and body types are across the entire game, and it was something we needed to do to make the women's feature run properly.

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Why is now a good time to introduce female players?

It's the right time because we're able to get the technology in place to do it properly. It's as simple as that.

Is this something that you're looking to expand in future features?

We'll see. I mean we obviously don't really talk about the future--we're still focused on what we're doing this year. Beyond that we'll have to wait and see. We'll again listen to feedback and what people liked and didn't like about it. Then we'll go from there. We're just really excited to be bringing it to players.

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Can't wait to see the tits juggling ๏̯͡๏

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@leimonides: FIFA, *football and yes, there's a women's division. :)

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29 overall...

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Not a big fan of EA, but for this, I give thumbs up.

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Awesome! Should of been sooner.

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Yay, the Swedish team is included! They're really good, especially compared to the Swedish male soccer team. While it may not be fair to compare them, at least the ladies have a chance at getting a medal at a championship. The Swedish male team hasn't won a medal since 1994, when they got the bronze. "Those were the days" people say, completely/conveniently forgetting that the ladies team won silver not so long ago.

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Not very realistic, stadiums are full.

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@syndon: Heh must admit I laughed :).

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Will they have low stats and basically never win against the men's teams, like it would be in real life?

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Article says they won't be allowed to play against one another.

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@streamline: Fun fact many commentators never read below the title.

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Next years new feature. "Actual Eye Color Technology"

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Misogny is alive and well on Gamespot

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@ztype85 While I don't think the active gaming community is misoginistic, I think this is an indication of how little we have moved away from the stereotypes of who gamers are.

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@ztype85: don't cry mangina,..

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Much like actual women's sports I can fully ignore this too. Nice job.

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Cue the articles about boob physics and special PMT power moves.

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You can play Club vs Country and play with the same clubs against someone (E.g: Man United vs Man United) but they won't allow you to play Male vs Female teams for "authenticity"? Give me a break! It's a video game.

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@gabyjamie: Well it won't be fair when one team can never possibly win against the other. :P amirite high five

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No mention of Japan's team even though they are a constant power house. ..?

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This is pretty cool but could just have been free DLC (yeah right).

What I really want to see EA do is allow me to import my be-a-pro into the next year's game like MLB The Show. I want to play a career not one-two seasons and every year I have to start over it sucks.

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I couldn't care less but it's a good decision.

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"We would of sold it as DLC....but nobody would of bought it" - EA

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@bizuit: Would have bought that in a heartbeat.

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Get back to the kitchen.

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@DarkLight748: Hahaha gr8 joke m8. Nt hrd dat 1 b4 m8 lollllllllllllllll!!!!

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@foodrules@DarkLight748: Knocked that grammar straight into a coma!

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@CapnXtraObvious@foodrules@DarkLight748: Scathing sarcasm.

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@foodrules@CapnXtraObvious@foodrules: It would have been more effective sarcasm if you used English.

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@Thanatos2k@foodrules@CapnXtraObvious@foodrules: ....deconstructing humour for nerds is ever so tiresome, so I shan't.

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Maybe it's time EA rethought their relationship with FIFA, one of the few organisations in the world with a worse reputation than their own.

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So what will happen if a "female" character model scored a winning goal in the last minute of the game, will that character model left its shirt to celebrate the goal ?

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@just_mishaari: considering that seems to be where that celebration became infamous...

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I didn't realise women played football.

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But does it have bribery, money laundering, and a World Cup built on the back of human trafficking?

Where's the realism EA?

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Uh oh, cue tons of tedious sexist jokes and references to "SJWs"

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This is a good idea, and it makes sense, if SJW's fought for things like this instead of complaining about the dumbest of things I would support them more.

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To all SJWs - I wholeheartedly agree that it's about time EA have made this decision to at last appreciate women's football, and give it the respect it deserves, as it means I can finally look forward to enhanced jiggle and nude mods for this game.

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@e5115271: Oh, behave, baby, yeah!

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Wait I've seen this before. *opens large tome* Yes here it is, women added to FIFA 16. I knew it was in the book of "Who gives a rats ass"

And don't say "you care because you commented" that's so lame.

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@balrogbane: apparently a lot of people cared. And then you care enough to comment, as lame as you think that charge is. If you didn't care, you'd have kept your mouth shut.

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@balrogbane: You care because you commented.

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@lokar82@balrogbane: That's so lamb... I mean, lame.

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Genuinely like this move

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