There have been female footballers on the cover of FIFA games before, specifically USWNT striker Alex Morgan on FIFA 16 in the United States. But never before has there been a female footballer on a global cover – until now. It’s been announced that Australian forward Sam Kerr will feature alongside French superstar Kylian Mbappé on the cover of FIFA 23’s Ultimate Edition worldwide.
This year’s soccer sim from EA Sports will be the last to feature FIFA branding, ending a 30-year alliance. It means that the publisher is eager to go out on a high, as it slowly turns its attention to the future under a new brand name: EA Sports FC. But with the FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled to get underway next July, this year’s title will have a greater emphasis on the female game.
While Mbappé needs no introduction – the rapid forward recently turned down a move to Real Madrid in order to continue his career in Paris – Kerr currently plays for Chelsea’s ladies team, where she’s won three Women’s Super League titles to date. The cover of the Ultimate Edition itself has a kind of statue-esque, marble look to it – we reckon it’s quite classy, don’t you?
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