FIFA 16’s Women’s Roster Slims Down Ahead Of Release

EA have announced that the final line-up to forthcoming FIFA 16 will be slimmer than hoped, after it emerged the inclusion of 13 female players could possibly risk their eligibility for collegiate athletics programs.

For the first time in the series’ history FIFA 16 sees the arrival of 12 women’s National teams, but in a press release ahead of the game’s release this week EA have said: “Of the hundreds of players on these rosters, 13 are currently attending or likely to attend NCAA-sanctioned schools in the U.S. The NCAA recently informed EA SPORTS that these 13 student-athletes would be risking their eligibility for collegiate athletics by being included in FIFA 16.”

The following players are those affected by the decision, who will now no longer feature in FIFA 16.

  • Celia Jiménez (Spain)
  • Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada)
  • Jessie Fleming (Canada)
  • Ashley Lawrence (Canada)
  • Janine Beckie (Canada)
  • Rebecca Quinn (Canada)
  • Sura Yekka (Canada)
  • Tanya Samarzich (Mexico)
  • Greta Espinoza (Mexico)
  • Christina Murillo (Mexico)
  • Amanda Perez (Mexico)
  • Emily Alvarado (Mexico)
  • Maria Sanchez (Mexico)

EA have stated they “do not agree with this position” and will update gamers in future if the situation surrounding the players should change.

“All rights were secured following standard protocol with national governing bodies and federations, and none of these NCAA student-athletes or potential student athletes were to be individually compensated by EA SPORTS for their inclusion in the game.

We believe this decision denies these 13 athletes the opportunity to represent their countries in the game, but we have removed them from FIFA 16 to ensure there is no risk to their eligibility.”

FIFA 16’s Women’s Roster Slims Down Ahead Of Release