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FFD: FIFA has women in it, and the internet’s exploded

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Yesterday, EA announced that its annual football sim, FIFA would include women players – and the internet exploded in to a storm of hatred, misogyny and conversely, praise.

“Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA Sports,” said David Rutter, vice president and general manager of EA Sports. They’re bringing in digitised versions of players from 12 of the world’s best national women’s teams: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America.

As you’d expect, much of the internet devolved in to tired “kitchen” jokes, suggesting that women more belonged there than on the pitch – and a couple of far uglier bits of jerkbaggery. It’s also had equal amounts of praise, with many women saying that they now have a reason to buy the game.

There’s also an issue that’s been brought up – you won’t be able to mix teams, so women and men won’t be able to play them against each other. According to EA (and thousands of men who’re against the very notion of it) it’s all about authenticity, and yet this is a game that will allow you to play as Liverpool and actually win the Premier league. It’s a game that also allows ultimate teams made up of famous footballers who’re actually dead to tackle the rising stars of the sport, and even pit cloned teams against each other.

Personally, I think authenticity can stuff it, and that the inclusion of women teams is a great step forward in making games more diverse and inclusive, without any sacrifices being made to the base game – but not everyone agrees. What do you think of the inclusion of women in FIFA, and do you think more game should do this sort of thing?

Last Updated: May 29, 2015

121 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 29, 2015 at 10:31

    Oh internet, you silly twits.

    I say good on them for including the wimmins. Guess I’ll go make my own damn sammich now

    Reply

    • RinceTheElfRoot

      May 29, 2015 at 10:37

      While you’re at it…

      Reply

    • HairyEwok

      May 29, 2015 at 10:38

      You know that slide the footballers do and then proceed to put the lower front of their shirts over their faces…. I wonder if the females will do it too.

      Reply

      • RinceTheElfRoot

        May 29, 2015 at 10:40

        I’ll play the game now 0_O

        Reply

        • HairyEwok

          May 29, 2015 at 10:42

          Sorry it’s a mirco transaction DLC if you want to do that. Forgot to mention it.

          Reply

  2. Loftus

    May 29, 2015 at 10:32

    Just going to wait here for all the bribery jokes to come in.

    Reply

  3. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 29, 2015 at 10:33

    “and yet this is a game that will allow you to play as Liverpool and actually win the Premiere league”
    #ShotsFired

    Reply

    • Sgt. M

      May 29, 2015 at 10:36

      If you’re playing with Liverfool, I mean Liverpool, it should let you get to 3/4 of the season with hopes of ending in first position and then end the season in 6th place? That would be authenticity!
      Also it trades your top scorer automatically after the season because the board said so

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 29, 2015 at 10:36

      *RUNS…must run faster, must run faster!

      http://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/aNZbYVr_460sa.gif

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 29, 2015 at 10:39

      • Sgt. M

        May 29, 2015 at 10:40

        Liverpools season was abit like this
        *refresh

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 29, 2015 at 10:41

          lol

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 29, 2015 at 10:43

        OMG did you see that! The blue guy totally fouled him & now his leg is broken! WTF REF!

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 29, 2015 at 10:43

          Bwahahaha

          Reply

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 29, 2015 at 10:44

          …and 2 minutes later MIRACLE heal

          Reply

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 10:44

            2 MINUTES??? More like 2 steps and the shake of a leg…

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 10:46

            Oh come now, be serious, the cure comes after all the fake tears and milking the ref. Minimum 2 minutes

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 10:50

            On a serious note though: I cannot understand why there are so many atheist footballers and fans. To go from nearly dying to alive and well in two minutes and NOT see the hand of God in there is honestly indicative of how stupid you have to be to enjoy soccer.

      • Tbone187

        May 29, 2015 at 14:56

        Run very far away, and fast, chap!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Reply

      • Tbone187

        May 29, 2015 at 15:12

        If at 1st you don’t succeed…

        Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        June 1, 2015 at 08:12

        Dit is nie mooi nie hoor!!

        Reply

  4. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 29, 2015 at 10:36

    That’s pretty cool. Well done EA… words I rarely utter.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 29, 2015 at 10:37

      Agreed

      Reply

  5. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 29, 2015 at 10:36

    ” it’s all about authenticity, and yet this is a game that will allow you to play as Liverpool and actually win the Premier league.” https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ALKUDSuwrRE/Ttfvs2Gq6oI/AAAAAAABFTc/ET148yxZ_Jw/w506-h337/Sports-Reporter-Hit-In-Head-With-Soccer-Ball-as-Smart-Object-1.gif

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  6. Sgt. M

    May 29, 2015 at 10:38

    The inclusion of women is awesome. But not allowing you to beat Liverpool with them, I mean play against Liverpool with them sucks

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  7. Gavin Mannion

    May 29, 2015 at 10:39

    As a massive football fan and FIFA addict I can honestly say that I truly couldn’t care either way.

    If it makes some people happy then great and well done EA. If people get upset over this then they have more severe problems to worry about. You’re not forced to now play as a female. your actual game doesn’t change at all

    One thing I do wonder about is how they are going to rate the female players.. are they going to be rated against each other or against the male players?

    Would be a shitstorm of note if a female player ends up being rated equally to Messi… and would probably be a shit storm if they are rated against Messi etc..

    also…
    Geoff… you’re FIRED

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  8. kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

    May 29, 2015 at 10:39

    Honestly though? It’s WAAAAAAAY overdue.

    Reply

  9. Trevor Matrix

    May 29, 2015 at 10:40

    But will there be a romance option???

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 29, 2015 at 10:42

      • HairyEwok

        May 29, 2015 at 10:44

        The kiss back was really shocking for Carrol, look at him jolt.

        Reply

        • Trevor Matrix

          May 29, 2015 at 10:45

          Nope. It’s the Goal keeper going for the Ball(s)

          Reply

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 29, 2015 at 10:50

        But do they Woo-Hoo on the pitch?

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 29, 2015 at 10:54

          PC probably has a mod for that

          Reply

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 10:55

            Getting Un-PC on the PC.
            Uh. Uhuh Yeah.

  10. Jac7

    May 29, 2015 at 10:42

    Not big on sperts gems, but good on EA.

    Reply

  11. konfab

    May 29, 2015 at 10:48

    I would like to see the women vs men thing.
    Especially with South Africa, Banyana would probably beat Bafana.

    Reply

    • Trevor Matrix

      May 29, 2015 at 10:52

      It will only be a fair match for Bafana if they played against teams from Kindergarten

      Reply

  12. konfab

    May 29, 2015 at 10:50

    The only thing missing from FIFA now is a biting minigame.

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 29, 2015 at 10:51

      Or any kind of fun game, really. *run*

      Reply

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 29, 2015 at 10:56

        Trevor and his truck on the pitch?

        Reply

  13. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 29, 2015 at 10:53

    Speaking of girls, you guys won’t believe what our resident make-up expert did today!

    I SO WANT TO BREAK THE NEWS!

    Reply

    • Rock789

      May 29, 2015 at 10:53

      Gather round everyone!

      Do tell! **listens intently**

      Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 29, 2015 at 10:53

      WE INTERRUPT THIS FFD WITH A BREAKING NEWS STORY!

      Reply

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 29, 2015 at 10:54

        I interrupt this rude comment to wait for the breaking news story

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 29, 2015 at 11:00

        So, this morning, JJ, in all his infinite wisdom, decided to get the ‘Geralt-look’ with a scar of his own. Let just say a lot of the impact was shielded by his brows, and hence he only has a 3-4cm cut on his forehead, horizontally, not vertically.

        HOW DID THIS HAPPEN YOU ASK?

        Well, apart from being laughed at by the klapping okes at the gym, JJ was DOING IT WRONG and a 3kg weight fell on his head

        ALSO!

        I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF OF THIS!!!

        I also have his concent, the bastard is sitting at home playing Witcher 3 at the moment, comparing scars with Geralt

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          May 29, 2015 at 11:02

          Is the weight alright?

          Reply

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 11:02

            I mean JJ. Is JJ alright.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 11:02

            BWHAHAHA

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 11:03

            After weeks of counselling, I believe it will be

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 11:03

            Someone should really tell him that you’re supposed to klap the gym, not let the gym klap you.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 11:04

            In Cape Town, the gym klaps you?

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 29, 2015 at 11:05

            I think it’s just embarrassed.

          • Rock789

            May 29, 2015 at 11:05

            It’ll get over it… With some therapy.

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 29, 2015 at 11:03

          UPDATE:

          Apparently his beard cushioned a bit of the impact on his lips

          Reply

        • Trevor Matrix

          May 29, 2015 at 11:04

          Man Dents Weight with Head… Headline Gold!

          Reply

        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 29, 2015 at 11:04

          Fell on my face, actually. Witcher look attempt failed though.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 11:04

            HE’S ALIVE!

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 11:05

            So… you expected the weight falling on your face to IMPROVE your looks? How’s it feel to be that disappointed?

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 29, 2015 at 11:06

            I don’t know what I was thinking. I should’ve known 3kgs won’t be heavy enough 😉

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 11:06

            Eish man. As long as you’re fine.

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 29, 2015 at 11:08

            I bet you can’t wait to see me tomorrow now. Swelling should be down though, plus my beard covers all my mouth damage ;P

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 11:11

            I’d only think it’s funny in person if it happened to Rince.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            May 29, 2015 at 11:13

            I’ll give him some gymming advice, then we just sit back and wait. 😉

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 11:29

            That’s a good plan. I only hope my stress-induced laryngitis doesn’t kick in if I see he needs help.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 11:30

            LOOOL

          • Rock789

            May 29, 2015 at 11:07

            Glad you’re ok bud. Lucky sod… Get to play Witcher 3 all day now… That was your plan all along, wasn’t it?! 😉 🙂

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 29, 2015 at 11:07

            Yea, sure. Of course it was my plan :/

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 11:07

            I see his plan! AND IT IS A GOOD ONE!

            Scar AND a Witcher 3 day? Sounds like a good day to me!

          • Rock789

            May 29, 2015 at 11:08

            I’m off to the gym now too… Maybe I can try something similar… **ponders a 5kg weight, vertically across face**

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 11:09

            You get 20kg weight plates too. *innocent look*

          • Rock789

            May 29, 2015 at 11:09

            I would like to survive the ordeal… At least with all my memory and motor functions intact. 😉

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 11:09

            He can only lift five. If his mom helps him

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 11:10

            Do YOU even lift, bro?

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 11:11

            My 20 Kilo dick.

          • Rock789

            May 29, 2015 at 11:11

            There are pills to help with that kind of swelling… 😉

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 11:15

            20 kilo nanogram?

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 11:19

            20 Kilo’s of C4. Boom Baby!

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 11:09

            What we are all failing to ask is this: Why 3kg’s? All he could handle.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            May 29, 2015 at 11:10

            It’s the one that got away.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 11:10

            They’re not pokemons. It’s okay to let one go.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            May 29, 2015 at 11:11

            LOL

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 11:11

            This. I am goint to say this next time my fiance complains about me farting! Thank you!

          • Mossel

            May 29, 2015 at 11:16

            Shit dude! Although it is funny, I think we are all glad you survived. And we are also jealous of you playing witcher the whole day!

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 11:17

            Yeah, my first reaction was to laugh

            …3
            …4
            …5
            …THWAP
            OW OW OW

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 11:20

            Mine too. But I’ve also moered myself in the gym so I know what it’s like.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            May 29, 2015 at 11:18

            Thanks man. I’m playing some gwent now ;P

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 29, 2015 at 10:57

      Hierdie is die Flamebait Friday Debate, nie Saterdag Skinder Stories nie!

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 29, 2015 at 10:58

        Shush jy, lees die storie!

        Reply

        • Trevor Matrix

          May 29, 2015 at 10:58

          Nou gee die fokken storie!!!!

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 10:58

            BESIG OM TE TIK DAMMIT

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 10:58

            Los die donnerse tik! Drugs is sleg vir jou!

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 29, 2015 at 10:59

            Dis alklaar te lank!

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 29, 2015 at 10:59

            SHUSH

  14. Trevor Matrix

    May 29, 2015 at 10:53

    I take the game is going to have amazing physics with regards to balls. Can I expect EA to keep this fairly sexist free and make sure the same happens to the boob physics?

    Reply

    • BacchusZA

      May 29, 2015 at 11:29

      Kinda of what I was thinking myself. I mean, WTF are adolescent boys (either in age / maturity terms) complaining about if there’s BouncyBoobs ™ physics built into the game. Hell, *I* might even buy it in that case, and I LOATHE soccer, & sports games in general.

      Reply

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 29, 2015 at 11:36

        Oh no. If you are straight, white and male, admitting that you like boobs in this industry is an invite to crazy people to crucify you

        Reply

        • BacchusZA

          May 29, 2015 at 11:38

          Eh, the last time a Jewish guy got crucified, he got a 3 day vacation. I could use one of those, so bring it on 😛

          Reply

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 11:40

            OY! I’ll let you know He went down to the very pits of hell to take the keys of life and death from Lucifer so we all can live free in Christ!
            So if that is your idea of fun…

          • BacchusZA

            May 29, 2015 at 11:51

            Heh, Jewsih, remember? Satan & hell don’t feature in the dogma. The closest is a limbo kinda thing & nobody stays there long. We are getting kiiiiinda off track here though lol

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 11:54

            Maybe just a tad. Did I tell you I had sex with Penny from Big Bang Theory last night?

  15. Trevor Matrix

    May 29, 2015 at 10:57

    Didn’t EA bring girls into that MMA game too?

    Reply

  16. Thats_how_I_Troll

    May 29, 2015 at 11:03

    Jim, beware!!! A game so realistic, we might see you being flung from the crowd.

    Reply

  17. Grant [_G_] Hancock

    May 29, 2015 at 11:34

    It’s a fricken game ! … If my fiancée wants to create a player in her likeness and captain Manchester to the cup final then she should be able to.

    Reply

  18. Splooshypooh

    May 29, 2015 at 12:21

    Most of the banter around football and the Fifa franchise can get REALLY agressive and uneccesary sometimes. I’m looking forward to the BOOB physics!!!

    Reply

    • Splooshypooh

      May 29, 2015 at 12:23

      Those slomo replays…

      Reply

      • RustedFaith

        May 29, 2015 at 12:38

        Wait for the nude mods to come out 😛

        Reply

  19. Craig Lotter

    May 29, 2015 at 12:26

    Frankly it is about time. Now if only the developers would really listen and put back the indoor soccer mode!!! 🙂

    Reply

  20. Ghost In The Rift

    May 29, 2015 at 12:57

    Cool, nice one EA, 1 question, will there be bounciness:-P

    Reply

  21. eren

    May 29, 2015 at 13:05

    sso? you’ll get the chance to play cr7 against solo? awesome!!

    Reply

  22. Tbone187

    May 29, 2015 at 14:50

    Wonder who bribed who and with what to get this done?

    Reply

  23. Game Crisis

    May 29, 2015 at 21:29

    No such thing as womens sports

    Reply

  24. Hermione Granger

    May 31, 2015 at 23:22

    ps4 version will sell moar…

    Reply

  25. Jonah Cash

    June 1, 2015 at 08:11

    I think this is definitely a good call by them. Why it bothers people that there are girls in their game that they don’t have to play as is beyond me! If it makes more ladies buy and play Fifa, then well done. If it doesn’t then who gives a shit… This won’t impact the way I play Fifa at all…

    Reply

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