FIFA 23 to include women's club teams for the first time

FIFA 23 to include women’s club teams in revolutionary move as Chelsea’s Sam Kerr joins Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe in the first male and female joint cover ahead of September release date

  • EA have announced the inclusion of two leading women’s leagues in FIFA 23
  • Both the upcoming men’s and women’s World Cup will be a feature on the game 
  • Sam Kerr joins Kylian Mbappe on FIFA’s first ever joint male and female cover
  • EA confirmed a September release date at the official FIFA 23 launch event

American-based video game company Electronic Arts (EA) has announced that women’s club football teams will be included in FIFA 23 for the very first time.

The gaming giant revealed the news at the launch of the worldwide popular football game and added that the only two leagues included on their 2023 edition will be England’s FA Women’s Super League and France’s Division 1 Féminine.

The two leagues in question are widely regarded as the best in Europe but EA says there are plans to include more divisions in the future.

Chelsea are the current FA Women’s Super League champions and will feature on FIFA 23

Chelsea star Sam Kerr has been chosen as the first woman to feature on the cover of the game

EA also revealed another first, as both a male and female player will feature on the cover of the game.

But they didn’t keep fans waiting for a big reveal as they confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe would don the cover for the third-consecutive year alongside Chelsea Women’s Sam Kerr.

FIFA 23 will also feature both the men’s World Cup Qatar 2022 and the Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.

The likes of Kerr and PSG duo Lieke Martens and Marie-Antoinette Katoko, as well as Lyon’s Wendie Renard, will all be accessible for players when the game hits the stores in the autumn.

With the popularity of women’s football continuing to rise, EA revealed they wanted to play their part in its growth.

Kylian Mbappe will also feature on the cover of the new FIFA for the third consecutive year

Gamers can choose to play with women’s players including Lyon captain Wendie Renard

‘We’re committed to building an equitable experience and aspire to help grow women’s football,’ said Fifa 23 producer, Matt Lafreniere.

FIFA 23 will be officially released worldwide on Friday September 30, 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, Stadia, PS4, and Xbox One.

Gamers who opt to pre-order FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition will gain early access to it and will be able to start playing three-days earlier on Tuesday September 27, 2022.

FIFA 23 will be the last FIFA-branded football title after EA announced in May they would be losing the licence following disagreements over costs and exclusivity.

As a result, EA announced it would be moving to a new brand called EA SPORTS FC in 2023.

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