FIFA games have historically been dominated by male athletes and teams, and until recently, women athletes have never even appeared in a soccer game. The more recent iterations of FIFA have started to include more women athletes, which has resulted in a push for women’s teams being options in the various game modes. With FIFA 23’s trailer revealing more of an emphasis on women’s soccer players, fans are hoping that the game will include women’s teams and competitions, both in offline and online play.
By introducing women’s teams in FIFA 23’s offline and online game modes, the game not only improves the representation of women’s sports but also gives players a chance to play as some of the best soccer players in the world. Adding more options to career mode, allowing players to build a women’s team in the FUT game mode, and bringing the ability to create a women’s team in Create-A-Club Career Mode – all could help improve the quality of gameplay and increase the longevity of the game. With FIFA 23 being the last title developed by EA Sports, this game could set the precedent for EA Sports FC and see a huge push to include more women in soccer games.
A major issue currently revolving around the entire sporting world is that women athletes do not have the same representation in all forms of media as their men counterparts. This can diminish the accomplishments of many women athletes whose careers have been as successful as many of the top men athletes. So, highlighting these women in a major game like FIFA 23 would not only bring to light the ability that professional women soccer players have but can also give a large boost to the fan base of women’s soccer.
With legendary players like Mia Hamm, Christine Sinclair, and Marta, as well as emerging talents such as Lauren Hemp and Claudia Pina, the women’s soccer lineups are stacked with accomplished, top-level players. Bringing this to FIFA 23 would help spread their image around the world and can bring a push towards legitimizing women’s soccer all over the planet. As athletes, and more so as role models to a young generation of girls, women’s soccer can help influence millions around the world. As such, heavily featuring women’s soccer in FIFA, which has always put male players first, is a big step toward bringing more women into the game of soccer.
Better Variety in Game Modes
With the inclusion of women’s teams and players, also comes the possibility for more variety in the various game modes available on FIFA titles. With a large base of women’s teams, FIFA 23 can make career mode much more exciting, allowing players to move their created managers between men’s and women’s teams and attempt to win every major trophy available. It also encourages players to create their own women players in the Player Career Mode and create a women’s team in the Create-A-Club career mode.
These all add tons of variety to the game and give players a lot more to do, so while players of older titles may have stopped playing the game after a few months, FIFA 23 can have players playing for much longer so that they can experience every aspect of the game. Further, FIFA 23 can also allow players to control two FUT teams, one with male cards and the other with female cards. This would bring a new change to FUT, expand how players can improve their ranks, and increase the chances of getting a big player. With all the new features being added to FIFA 23, having women teams in every game mode would be a great way to make the game more enjoyable and rewarding.
Women’s soccer has consistently risen in popularity, and with the release of FIFA 23 inching closer, fans will be excited to get a chance to properly experience women’s soccer in a game. With Sam Kerr on the cover of the game, and the inclusion of multiple women soccer stars in the FIFA 23 trailer, the game will likely heavily feature women’s teams, both on the national and club level. This not only improves the representation of women athletes, but also makes fans aware of some top talents and rising stars in women’s soccer and can help usher in a new generation of women soccer players.
FIFA 23 is currently being developed for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
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