Some people will probably hate me now. But I think that this is needed to be said. As I honestly never thought that a Fifa game could ever create such an internet hate storm towards women. And it all started with a tweet by EA sports:

“Your first look at #FIFA16 as the stars of Women’s Football join the FIFA franchise #INTHEGAME”

Then it diden´t take long before the first sexist and hateful comments started to drop in. Comments such as these: 

“Martin Tyler: Geoff Shreeves is on the touchline. Geoff… Geoff: Ooooooo, she’s on her period, but I think she’ll be able to carry on.”

“45 positioning
32 dribbling
46 pace
91 ball control
94 Head”

“HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH XD making sandwich 99”

“this is a fucking pointless addition to the game, but as long as it doesn’t cost me any extra I’m fine with it.”

“Stats:
5 months Pregnant. (If can’t wait 9 months get the Dlc no pregnancy package)
Sandwich making skills 100%
balls kicker 98.5%
Soccer skills 1.3%
Good looking 89.7%”

And the list just goes on and on.  However, I did find some positive (or at least neutral) comments as well:

“tbh some male footballers are vain and bitchy cry babies and full of excuses when challenged. women football completely different just passive play they just get up again and play there not as much drama”Drew browne

“No one cares
What we actually want:
1) A releastic career mode, in where the preseason games are realistic, allowing the subbing in of at least 6-8 players, with liscensed preseason tournaments.
2) Youth international teams from u17-u21 in kick off and career, and a youth leauge for the all top leagues allowing players on your youth academy to play other youth academy players from other clubs,
allow for call ups from youth academy without actually buying them. for ex. Barcelona and Barça B and Real Madrid and RM Castilla.
3) Better movement in tight spaces while dribbling
4) Make dribbling unique to each player, for example C.Ronaldo has the flair trait but in the game he rarely does step overs if you’re playing the cpu, in real life he does, Messi rarely does any skill but in fifa cpu he does a lot.
4) No more pulling on the the player to get the ball, or pull on them an make them dribble out of bounds with NO foul.
5) NO MORE OP CROSSING GOALS
6) This one is a big concern for me: SMART/realistic defenders, no more tactical defending, real life defenders don’t let you sprint all the way across field into the penalty box or let you sprint down the sideline without making a challenge.
7) Realistic career pro that starts out in a clubs youth academy, playing games against youth academies, and being a le to be called up to a youth international squad for ex. Spain u21 or Germany u17.
8) Balon d’or ceremony
9) Pre match and post match interviews
10) Jersey exchange between certain players, for ex. Ballotelli and Neymar are more likely to exchange since their both young and are good players
11) Sponsorship offers for you’re virtual pro, can sign for: Nike, Adidas, Puma, or Under Armour.
12) Commercials for sponsors
13) Team practice/training
14) No more OP finesse shot goals (fix the keepers)
15) No more OP falling over swerve shots (that only Marco Reus can do)”ChillsandThrills

“You know…there are actually some women soccer players (like myself) who are really excited about this. This is awesome to me and many other young female soccer players. Im not a feminist, I actually agree that most feminazis are hypocrites and need to chill and not climb on everything they believe is sexist. But this is really cool and I’m so happy EA has chosen to do this. Back in the day I’ve always wanted to play as Mia Hamm and I’m sure a lot of other girls did as well. Women soccer players have been fighting for a long time to get this type of recognition, and should be respected. Its sad and immature that a lot of boys are upset about this. Just stop, trolling was fun and all when the internet first became popular, its stupid now.” – belloballs

“I’m a guy and I play football and I watch both men’s and women’s football, but sometimes I prefer to watch the women’s cause the women aren’t a bunch of wimps who have to roll around on the floor crying cause someone tapped their shinpads. I like the new addition to the game because women’s football is getting more popular.” – Kenji M

“The addition of women in FIFA is really cool, if EA have fixed the problems. Main concern is that Fifa has just put its time for involving new female players, but not even fixing the servers, unrealistic ball control, glitches, and price ranges. If they have fixed those then this is a nice addition, otherwise, it just seems like they want to blame the fact that they didn’t fix the problems, on the fact that they added females in. Just like they did last year, when they said the realistic graphics and movement of flags and grass distracted them from fixing the big issues of the game.” – Arina Borina

Me, personally i have zero problems (whatsoever) with the women addition to Fifa 16 (why shouldn´t females be able to play as female soccer players if they want to?). I´m not trying to win any political correctness points her (or a feminist award of the year). But it makes me both sad and angry that a lot of people have spit out sexist and stupid comments about female soccer players in Fifa 16 (and in general).

fifa 16 female player

Yep, female soccer players are now in the game for the very first time in EA´s Fifa series.

I love soccer, and i´ve been playing it all my life. So why shouldn´t females be able to enjoy it as well? (in real and in the world of Gaming). And do you want to hear the truth of the day? Female soccer players are less drama queens and cry babies than the male soccer players. As for skills and talent, i´ll leave that one to you guys/girls to decide for your own.

I found it to be rather strange that you won´t have the ability to play female Vs male teams though. More so, why diden´t EA have one single Japanese women in their Fifa 16 trailer? I mean, it´s not like the Japanese soccer team won the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final or something…Oh well, EA will show some exclusive gameplay news at E3 on the 15th of June.

So stay tuned people!

Source:
EA Sports

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