FIFA first released in 1993 and in a historic first, EA Sports massive upcoming football game FIFA 16 is set to feature women’s teams. The news, dropping prior to the start of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, is a massive step in making the game more gender friendly.

Players will have the option to play as either of the 12 international teams that include England, Brazil, France and more.

It might not be well-known but petitions have been raised in the past to open the door to make the FIFA series a more gender friendly video game; after all, the sport isn’t gender specific. Women’s football has been on the rise for a long time and EA Sports are seemingly getting on the bandwagon and giving the fans and gamers what has been asked for.

England Captain Stephanie Houghton will not only be immortalised in the game series but she stated, “Hopefully it will help raise the profile of the women’s game even further.”

As expected, the male counterpart will still be as equally focussed on with the usual selection of national and international teams and will remain segregated.

FIFA 16 is set for release across multiple platforms (PC, PS3/4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) on September 24, 2015.

Unfortunately, the internet in typical fashion has seen a small portion of sarcastic and degrading jokes about the matter but this certainly seems like a positive step for the series and making it known that sports, or gaming as it may be, is not and never has been just for men!

It has only taken 22 years for the game to get to this point… so it goes without saying that it’ll be exciting to see where the series, or the sport itself will be in another few decades!

Well played EA Sports!