Women’s National Teams – Roster and Player Update

2015-09-17
EA Staff

In EA SPORTS FIFA 16, fans can now play with 12 Women’s National Teams for the first time in franchise history. It’s a huge achievement for our franchise and our players, and the feedback on their inclusion in game has been overwhelmingly positive through our demo. Today, with EA Access Play it First Trials, players now have the chance to play with all 12 teams for the first time.

We wanted to ensure all FIFA fans are updated on the final players and rosters. 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.

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. 

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.

Here’s the list of players affected by the NCAA’s decision who will no longer appear in FIFA 16:

Kadeisha Buchanan, Canada  

Jessie Fleming, Canada

Ashley Lawrence, Canada   

Janine Beckie, Canada    

Rebecca Quinn, Canada  

Sura Yekka, Canada

Celia Jiménez, Spain  

Tanya Samarzich, Mexico

Greta Espinoza, Mexico

Christina Murillo, Mexico   

Amanda Perez, Mexico  

Emily Alvarado, Mexico

Maria Sanchez, Mexico

We will keep you informed with any updates on these players as the season unfolds.

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