Monday, June 27

FIFA 23 could include women’s club teams for first time

FIFA 23 could be the first game in the series to include women’s club teams, with sides from the WSL, NWSL, Frauen Bundesliga and Division 1 Feminine expected to feature.

EA Sports first brought women’s football to the FIFA series with the addition of various top international sides – including the United States, England, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada and others – in FIFA 16, which was released in the autumn of 2015.

National teams have remained a fixture of every new game since then, including the current iteration which has 15 playable women’s sides.

But those who play FIFA games and are fans of women’s football have been calling for more in recent years, asking for better player likeness across the board, as well as more accurate player ratings. Introducing playable club sides is also a next logical step.

The news of more women’s football has come from gaming journalist Tom Henderson for Xfire, who reports that FIFA 23 will include a Women’s World Cup alongside the men’s and a ‘licensing partnership across all the major leagues’.

Follow up tweets clarified that England’s WSL is set to be among the new available women’s leagues, meaning the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United would become playable for the first time.

But teams from the American NWSL, as well as from France and Germany are expected too – that would mean the likes of Orlando Pride, Angel City, NJ/NY Gotham, Lyon, PSG, Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg and more. There has been no specific mention of Barcelona or Spain’s Primera Division, although the new women’s leagues aren’t necessarily limited to those already mentioned.

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EA Sports currently holds rights for a licensed UEFA Champions League. Whether or not that could be extended to include the Women’s Champions League remains to be seen.

FIFA 23 is due for release some time in the autumn of 2022.

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