EA Sports needs a FIFA Women's World Cup Game

It's time for them to give some love to women's soccer, in a separate title.

EA Sports is missing a good opportunity to make another FIFA World Cup game. For years now, they’ve made countless of soccer titles, bringing us fun entertainment with their as realistic as possible soccer playing. But it’s time for a change, and the change comes by making one simple adjustment. I want a FIFA Women’s World Cup game.

FIFA will be including women in FIFA 16, which is great. I'm happy that they are taking this step, but I still want a World Cup game that only includes women. 

Why Women’s World Cup?


There are so many games out there, where men dominate the sporting world, and this goes deep into video games as well. Madden, NBA 2K, NHL, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour is just a few of them, where men are (for the most part) the only optional playable character. You can find playable female characters in games like Top Spin, but its central focus is still on the male characters. This is a chance to break out of the norm, and establish a new era of sports video gaming.

I understand that men's soccer is a lot more popular than women's soccer, but I enjoy watching the women more. They don’t see them flop and fall to the ground nearly as much as you see the men do so theatrically. This obviously doesn't mean anything in a video game, so the game will have to stand on its own two feet.

Is There an Audience for this?

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If you watched the most recent Women’s FIFA World Cup held in Canada, you can clearly see a huge following and plenty of support. I don't think EA Sports will have a difficult time getting sponsors and support for this game. Although, I think a price reduction may be necessary. Sadly, this may still be too novel a experience, and many people might need a lower price point to give it a try. The standard $60.00 for a game like this is too high, but if the price lowered to about $30.00 or $40.00, it might get more people interested. 

Will it happen?


I don’t know if a game like this is ever going to happen, but it makes me want to write Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA Sports and ask him to consider making this idea a reality. I think FIFA World Cup: Canada sounds awesome, and it’s a game that I hope happens. The big question is whether or not it will receive enough support, and if there is even enough of a market out there for a game like this. You won't know until you try though, and FIFA 16 will give us a good starting indicator as to the success rate of a women's only soccer game.

Published Jul. 10th 2015
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  • Allaiyah
    When I think of FIFA video games, I think of glitches, hilarious glitches. You you guys really not want to see female footballers accidently make out due to borked programming?
  • Ford James
    Featured Contributor
    No, EA Sports really doesn't need to make a Women's World Cup game. Take this as someone who's owned every single FIFA game since 1999: Nobody would buy it. The standalone World Cup games themselves don't sell very well, especially at full price. There simply isn't an audience at all for a Women's game. The audience that watched the Women's World Cup from home watched because there is next to no other football on at the time. If the Premier League was going on during the Women's World Cup, viewing numbers would absolutely plummet.

    The USA is not the biggest crowd for FIFA games, Europe is. Women's football is a lot less technically skilled than men's, which results in less exciting gameplay. I'm all for equality and stuff, but fact of the matter is it wouldn't be a good time nor financial investment for EA as the games simply won't sell. If they're going to include anything like that, it should be as DLC for the existing FIFA game for that year. Seriously, a Women's World Cup standalone game is an awful idea.
  • Fireboltz_7795
    Featured Contributor
    Well, it looks like EA is actually adding women into their game for FIFA 16, so they're going to take a chance on it. This doesn't mean they're doing a standalone game though, more along the line of your DLC idea.While I agree that the audience for a women's game is low, it's never going to get better unless people are willing to take a chance on it. I for one though am still for the idea for a women's only World Cup game.
  • Ford James
    Featured Contributor
    Yeah, them adding women to Fifa 16 is a great feature, provided they also fix the actual problems with the game that have been consistent through the past 3 or 4 iterations. I agree they should add the Women's World Cup, just not as a standalone game. A £15 DLC at most.
  • Jay Ricciardi
    I disagree, I think it is great idea. Actually, I think the game *would* sell pretty well because it'll fill a gap and pique the interests of a lot of gamers and non-gamers alike. We can't know unless FIFA takes a risk, and we know how much money FIFA has for risk-taking these days *cough*.

    A women's FIFA game could be the turning point, where FIFA finally takes a real chance to build a base in women's soccer and develop a following for it, and that means investing in the idea. If anything, the recent World Cup match showed a proof of concept: there IS an audience. FIFA just needs to put in the work to cultivate that audience, maybe this game is a way to do just that.

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