Brighton & Hove Albion women goalkeeper Faye Baker believes the inclusion of women’s national teams on FIFA 16 is testament to the rise of the sport, ahead of this week’s first-ever women’s sports week.
EA Sports made the historic announcement last Thursday that the popular gaming series will debut 12 women’s international teams when the game is released in autumn this year – it is the first time any football video game has featured women players.
Baker told seagulls.co.uk, “It’s brilliant for the overall profile of the women’s game and it just goes to show how far it has progressed in the last few years. The gap between the men’s and the women’s game is slowly decreasing and that can only be a positive thing.
“It will allow many young women’s football fans the opportunity to play as their own role model and raise their aspirations of becoming a female player at the highest level. It also shows that football is very much a sport to be played by both genders.
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“The FA Women’s Cup being played at Wembley further demonstrates this, so it is going to be an exciting future for young girls in the sport.
“Hopefully the next step can be getting other teams beside the 12 national teams into the game and raise the profile of women’s football even more. I’m sure many fans will enjoy competing against their friends as the England Women team.”
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