EA removes (some) female athletes from FIFA 16

The introduction of female athletes in FIFA 16 has hit an unusual roadblock. EA has removed 13 of them from the game after learning their inclusion could cost them their college sporting career.

The US National Collegiate Athletic Association reportedly told EA that the soccer stars – mostly from Canada or Mexico – are “currently attending or are likely to attend NCAA-sanctioned schools” in the US, and appearing in-game would be “risking their eligibility” to take part in college sports.

EA, unsurprisingly, is not pleased by the request.

We do not agree with this position. 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.

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

EA continues:

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.

It seems the studio isn’t giving up just yet, promising to keep gamers informed about the players “as the season unfolds”, perhaps hoping that the NCAA relaxes its decision.

In the meantime, EA has also released the full list of leagues and teams for FIFA 16, and we reckon it’d take you right up until the September 22 release date to read them all. You can grab the game on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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