Alongside the all too familiar face of Lionel Messi, the stars of women’s football will grace the cover of EA Sport’s FIFA 16. A version with female footballing superstar Alex Morgan will be sold across North America after USA won this year’s Women’s World Cup.
In Canada, the hosts of the Women’s World Cup, crowd favourite and captain Christine Sinclair will be the FIFA front cover representative. This has changed the course of football history along with the fact that fans of the game will also be able to play as women’s international teams for the first time.
As an avid fan of both male and female football, the Women’s World Cup had a somewhat different feel to the audience it drew in. It held a new found attention and popularity especially in Canada where it was held. It seemed that more people were watching and enjoying, a step further in gender equality in what is known as a male dominated sport.
A huge step in fact. with the World Cup now over, the general buzz around women’s football isn’t, with Manchester City’s women’s side almost doubling their attendance upon their return.
The official website have been holding a poll which currently Jordan Henderson, Liverpool’s Captain, is clinching the lead. What is surprising is that not one female footballer has been selected in the nominations even though England’s female side were nothing less than promising in their campaign in Canada. The nation seemed to be backing the Lionesses’ as they unfortunately crashed out in the Semi Finals of the competition but look hopeful for years to come.
With the gratitude of FIFA, arguably England’s Captain Steph Houghton should be alongside Lionel Messi this year. She has come through as a strong role model in the sporting world setting the standard high for an England skipper. It’s rather disappointing seeing the buzz go worldwide and still in the UK we won’t have jumped at the opportunity to show how proud a nation we are in gender equality.
In the near future, the hype around women’s football really needs to lift off in the UK and it should encourage young women up and down the country to get involved in football and it isn’t just a man’s sport. Once women are start to be recognised as equal to men in the footballing world, it will become mainstream and a positive change in society.