With FIFA 16 featuring women’s football for the first time, EA Sports have received tons of praise from almost anyone with an interest in games, and rightly so. But whilst the inclusion is a step in the right direction, it will potentially do more damage than anything else.

The fact of the matter is, whilst FIFA 16 will feature women’s football, it will also undermine it. Personally, I think women’s football should form the same portion of the game or it shouldn’t be there at all, in order to avoid any sort of competition.

In reality, women’s football teams are delegated only to certain modes in FIFA 16, unlike their male counterparts who can participate in every type of game mode. That’s not to mention that there are only a handful of female national teams to play with in the first place. Today the news came out that the FIFA 16 demo will allow you to try playing with some women’s teams – two of them to be precise – the USA and Germany. That would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that the demo also includes male teams, of which there are ten.

It doesn’t take a genius to realise then that the men still have a far greater significance in the game. If anything, FIFA 16 may serve as an indication of how far behind men’s football the women’s game is in real life. Perhaps in a few years down the line, women will form the same portion of the game as men, but for now FIFA 16 is treading on thin ice.

I’m not saying that women shouldn’t be in the game, but that they only should be in it if they’re going to be given the same attention and respect as their male counterparts.

  • Matisyahu

    Awful article. It is not sexist to say that women’s football is behind men’s. It’s a fact of life. Likewise, the number of professional men’s teams far outnumbers the women’s; both in life and in the game. As a result of this, the 10:2 ratio of teams on the demo is more than generous.

  • Matthayew

    Nothing about women’s football is worthy of taking up an equal percentage of the game as men’s. Not the interest, skill level, history, or actual number of teams. Feminism is seriously starting to get delusional.

  • BucksIn6

    I’m just upset that you will probably only be able to play Kick Off games as the women’s teams. There probably won’t be any manager modes for them. I doubt we’ll see them in FUT either. Maybe next year they will get more support.

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