FIFA 16 Women Cover: Pride’s Morgan and Featured Harris
Apparently Ashlyn Harris is a goal scorer in FIFA 16.
For the first time, women have been added to the EA Sports video game with such players as the Orlando Pride’s Alex Morgan and Steph Catley featured on covers. The game features 12 women’s national teams: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the U.S.
“Obviously it’s an honor to be on the cover with (Barcelona and Argentina National player Lionel) Messi, he is the best footballer in the world,” Morgan said. “I feel like it was time for the women to be included in a game like that. Internationally, for people in different cultures to see women in games is exciting for me to be involved in.”
For Harris, who said fans have told her they play her up front and she “scores a lot of goals,” the experience was one she will not forget.
“The whole process, there were a million cameras and every time you moved there were things clicking,” Harris said. “They had my braid perfect, my cheek bone. It was killer.”
While it is a cool thing to be in a video game, the importance of being added is not lost on Harris.
“Women’s soccer is growing so much, and we just have to keep pushing that train and driving and keep making big impacts,” Harris said. “That starts with bringing this team to Orlando and getting people in the stands. That is the focus. And to be fair, we have to keep them coming back so that is the challenge.”
Being added to games like FIFA 16 will help that growth as EA Sports developed technology allowing the game to feature women’s national teams.
“New technologies and capabilities allowed us to offer a new way to play FIFA 16 with the inclusion of Women’s National Teams,” said Nick Channon, senior producer for FIFA 16. “We felt that in order to celebrate this major milestone in the franchise it was only fitting to put one of the best in the world on the cover, and Alex Morgan fits that role perfectly. She’s an artist on the pitch and a true role model off of it, and we’re glad she could be part of the EA SPORTS FIFA family.”
Catley is also honored to be on a cover of the game sold in her home country – Australia. After all, she won a fan vote to be on the cover with Messi and Australia National Team player Tim Cahill.
“Every time I see it in a story I am like, have to pinch myself, is it really happening? It is amazing,” Catley said. “For there to be a female player in FIFA 16 is just huge for the sport, it has allowed people playing the game to learn the names and a lot more about the national teams, which is crazy. So many people play FIFA, it is amazing.”
And like Harris and Morgan, Catley is amazed at how close to real the game is.
“When I play myself I freak myself out, how do they know I do that?” said Catley who did not go through all of the pictures and stuff that Harris and others did. “But it is cool, really cool.”