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Now for Some Other FIFA News: 12 Women's National Soccer Teams Finally Get in the (EA) Game

Twelve women's national teams join 600 men's teams in FIFA 16.

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For the first time, Electronic Arts will introduce female players into its popular FIFA soccer video game franchise.

The Redwood City company said it will incorporate 12 of the top women’s national teams in FIFA 2016, which debuts Sept. 22. The announcement comes as the FIFA Women’s World Cup competition gets under way in Canada.

“We’re all excited to see ourselves in the game, but even more excited to see the reaction from all of the fans, including the fans of our team that maybe wouldn’t be expecting something like this from EA Sports,” said United States Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach, who holds the world record for goals scored.

Taking the field along with the 600 licensed men’s clubs are virtual women’s quads from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

The announcement comes on the heels of a corruption scandal that has resulted in the indictment of 14 soccer officials.

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