Online petition to bring Women's Football to FIFA

Feb 11, 2014
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#54
Just a note: You can rationally discuss the merit of this without making sexist jabs at women.
I don't think some of them can

Can't believe EA using the Ubisoft excuse. As it implies here that even in the future they wouldn't add women. If it would take multiple years to implement and women's football got popular suddenly they'd be years off or rush female heads on males bodies. Might as well start now and spreading the cost over years then have a big ad campaign once it's near ready.
 
Dec 3, 2011
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#56
It sounds cool and all, but idk if people really want that.
I mean the best woman teams would have to be worse then the worst men teams if they wanted to retain any realism.
They play in separate leagues. You wouldn't see female teams matching up against male ones.
At least not in any realistic "career mode", maybe just as an option for custom games.
 
Jul 22, 2006
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if i can't name any player, Why Bother?
I can't name a single NFL player, so I guess EA shouldn't bother with those Madden games either. Who's this Madden guy, anyway?

(Seriously, I have no idea)

because most of football fans buy football games to play with their favorite football teams and football players.

maybe i'm the only one who does this?
I guess you're joking, but seriously, doesn't it occur to you that other people, who like different things, exist?
 

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Aug 5, 2012
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I had no idea Handball was a sport. Like, I've played Speedball, and now it's existence makes way more sense, but I had absolutely no idea it was based on a real sport. I thought it was just supposed to be a made up mashup of rugby and soccer.
Haha, Handball is immensely popular here in Germany, especially in the north of Germany. Every German kid has played Handball at some point in their life. I was in a "Verein" (a club) for several years. :)
 
Aug 12, 2011
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It would be nice if they include this but somehow i think the costs for development would be very high and to tell you the truth i doubt they would get anything from it.

Women's football is still far undervalued to have any impact on the game sales sadly, so i'm not sure should i even sign for this petition...
 
Feb 15, 2007
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I had no idea Handball was a sport. Like, I've played Speedball, and now it's existence makes way more sense, but I had absolutely no idea it was based on a real sport. I thought it was just supposed to be a made up mashup of rugby and soccer.

semi-related on-topic: Do any of these other sports games include female leagues? I know the NBA games don't have WNBA teams.
around here Handball and Volleyball are two popular women team sports. In quite a few countries, handball gets crazy attendance numbers in the past few years, decade or so.

Both have professional women leagues in many European countries.

But when it comes to Women soccer, it is really not popular in Europe - handball, volleyball and of course individual sports are a lot more popular. Considering FIFA is mainly targeted to Europe, I doubt it makes sense for them to do a proper Women FIFA.
 
Jun 7, 2004
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Well..... It's puzzling that they don't but they do have the women league in UFC. I would hope they would try but I'm sure they won't. This of course is pulling teeth for them.
There isn't much puzzling about that. Women fight on the same card as men. So if you tune into a UFC event to see Jon Jones fight, then you may see Ronda Rousey as well. The only time women's soccer seems to be in the spotlight in the US is during the Olympics or the Women's World Cup. So people could go years without hearing about players that they hear about when those events come around.
 
Aug 18, 2012
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#64
because most of football fans buy football games to play with their favorite football teams and football players.

maybe i'm the only one who does this?
I concur. One of the reason why the PES info patches are so popular. Even if I think PES is a better football, there's no way I would play it without the fan patch.
 
Apr 15, 2011
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That's not the case though.

Do you think a company like EA would turn down free money, if there was a huge mass market for women's video game soccer?
I do wonder whether this is a situation where an untapped market hasn't been found, or perhaps more likely the market isn't given a chance to form BECAUSE "it's not there."

At any rate what's being talked about is fundamentally adding another feature, not a whole new game just for women's football, the former seems like it should be relatively low cost and possibly broaden the market eventually, whereas the latter is more likely to be an irrational risk. Maybe the effort needed is underestimated and if it really does go out and out unprofitable than fair enough, but it does seem sort of like hoping the market just suddenly pops up without giving any reason FOR it to pop up.
 
Jul 10, 2006
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#67
because most of football fans buy football games to play with their favorite football teams and football players.

maybe i'm the only one who does this?
Isn't this petition to have female players integrated into the regular FIFA releases? In that case, all of your favorite teams and players will still be there. And if it weren't, then you wouldn't have to buy it either. Either way, you don't lose anything here.
 
May 9, 2014
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I wouldn't mind it all, actually I would love for it to happen.
Football is huge all around the world and female football is getting bigger and bigger every day.

They could start with national teams and if that is received well, add more.
 
Jun 3, 2014
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Would be a complete waste of time...Outside of Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, even the biggest football fanatics would have trouble naming any other female player.

They're better off putting the resources into something more useful.
 
May 28, 2013
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Hrmm... a billion crazy Fifa fans are still going to buy their annual update regardless. They should start adding a mode that has some of the women's teams and see how it goes.
Sure, but it doesn't mean it'll make financial sense though. I mean if I spend $100 making a product and I have the option of spending another $20 to add in a feature, why would I do so if chances are that I won't be making at least $20 extra than if I were to just go with the base $100 product? Even if they're making boatloads of cash either way, I don't see a company like EA being too happy with it. But yeah, would be interesting if they just added in a small number of women's teams to see what happens.
 
Sep 23, 2011
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The new Goalkeeper intelligence thing for Fifa 15 would be a total waste of time as female goalkeepers are comical.
People are gonna call you sexist, asshole and all that but...

Yeah, aside from USA, Japan, Germany and Brazil, it's almost as if they just tell one of the girls to wear gloves and try to stop goals. It's almost as if they don't get any trainers or proper knowledge of goalkeeping in their NT's. It's so damn weird.
 
#73
This game killed ay hope for the future

Well, I don't think a women's league game is going to fly but adding some women's teams to an existing game doesn't seem like asking for too much.


Heck, EA's NHL has all sorts of tiny little minor hockey league teams in it that you can play. Well . . . it used to. I think they might come back.
 
Jul 10, 2006
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I'm not against having female football players but it doesn't make sense for EA to add this if it will be played by only a small pourcentage of their userbase.
Someone earlier in this thread said the following:

Considering how they gradually have been adding smaller leagues and teams for the sake of completness and broad appeal I could see them one day add womens fotball. Hopefully sooner than later even if I personally wouldn't be using those teams like I don't play with say asian or scandinavian teams.
If that's true, then I'm not sure why adding smaller leagues and teams with far fewer fans than the big ones is okay but adding some women's teams who also have far fewer fans than the big ones is not.
 
Dec 3, 2011
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Well, I wouldn't necessarily bet on "it doesn't make financial sense".
If it's true that female football has an abysmal following, on the other hand I could easily see the first franchise including female teams getting a lot of free press coverage out of it.
And it's not hard to imagine that even people who don't follow those female teams would try them out of curiosity.
 
May 27, 2013
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Women's football is not particularly popular. I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but it's just not really viable nor will it affect sales. It's a waste of development time and resources because the sport just doesn't have the fan base or TV figures that make the transfer to a game viable. Until the sport its self gains more popularity, I wouldn't imagine why anyone would think adding it to FIFA is a possibility.
 
Sep 24, 2013
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Would be a complete waste of time...Outside of Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, even the biggest football fanatics would have trouble naming any other female player.

They're better off putting the resources into something more useful.
I wouldn't say that. I don't follow women's football that much but I can name quite a few female players, especially German ones. The wide-spread success of the German Women's National Football team and Women Bundesliga clubs on the international stage led to some female players like Birgit Prinz becoming quite famous here. Of course it doesn't compare to men's football but the US is not the only country where Women's Football is quite big.

If that's true, then I'm not sure why adding smaller leagues and teams with far fewer fans than the big ones is okay but adding some women's teams who also have far fewer fans than the big ones is not.
To be fair, even smaller (men's) leagues and teams have a much larger fanbase than the most popular women's teams. Last year the German Women's Bundesliga had an average attendance of only 1,100 and it's probably one of the most popular leagues in Europe. It's sad but you can't deny these facts.
 
Aug 18, 2012
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Someone earlier in this thread said the following:



If that's true, then I'm not sure why adding smaller leagues and teams with far fewer fans than the big ones is okay but adding some women's teams who also have far fewer fans than the big ones is not.
I'd say that even the smaller national league would have a lot more fan than all of women soccer.
 
#83
I'm gonna take the position people will hate but here goes: is there any money in it?

EA is not a charity or a social progressive organization. So do all of these things would actually cost them extra money to do just like the spokesman said. I have no doubt that EA would do it if they thought it would make them money, I mean this is fucking EA we're talking about. Don't suddenly forget how much they like money simply because they say something against something you want in a game.

It'll cost them money to get the Women's FIFA license, extra dev time to make all of the teams, extra mo-cap time, extra time to research all the teams and get information on the women. All of this extra man power for what? Where's the profit considering Women's Soccer just is not that popular in the countries this game is marketed it? That is a simple fact. Don't like it? Then ask your fellow countrymen and women why they don't watch women's soccer. Don't expect a video games company to waste their resources trying to make something unpopular popular.

Sure companies sometimes do things that appeal to a greater good, but usually not at a massive expense to themselves with no real payback on the other side. Goodwill isn't gonna pay the bills that would go into adding them.
 
Mar 21, 2011
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I wouldn't say that. I don't follow women's football that much but I can name quite a few female players, especially German ones. The wide-spread success of the German Women's National Football team and Women Bundesliga clubs on the international stage led to some female players like Birgit Prinz becoming quite famous here. Of course it doesn't compare to men's football but the US is not the only country where Women's Football is quite big.
While all that is true, average attendance of women's football even in Germany is pretty small. A bit less than twelve-hundred last season for the Frauen-Bundesliga, compared to six thousand for the third Bundesliga in Germany, even some of the fourth leagues have higher average attendance. Then again, they could just start small and see if it pays off.
 
Dec 3, 2011
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#86
If that's true, then I'm not sure why adding smaller leagues and teams with far fewer fans than the big ones is okay but adding some women's teams who also have far fewer fans than the big ones is not.
Well, mostly because you can recycle models and animations with minor custom tweaks to create those additional teams (which is why even modders can add them) while adding female teams would require entire new body models, animations, facial features and so on.

I'm not saying they shouldn't do it (in fact I'm actually all for it, for what I care about football games in general) but the comparison is apples and oranges.
 
Jan 3, 2006
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They'd pretty much have to program an additional game. Women's soccer looks VERY different. It's strange, because I never get that feeling when I see a women's basketball or volleyball match. But women's soccer really seems almost like a different type of sport.

Just putting female player models in the regular game wouldn't do the original women's soccer justice at all.

I'd appreciate it if they do it. But if they do, then they should put the neccessary effort in it and recreate real women's soccer as realistic as possible.
 
May 2, 2014
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If that's true, then I'm not sure why adding smaller leagues and teams with far fewer fans than the big ones is okay but adding some women's teams who also have far fewer fans than the big ones is not.
To be fair, i think some 3rd league teams here in Germany have more fans than the womens national team plus i think in Germany 1-3rd league are all included in the Bundesliga license.
 
Jun 7, 2004
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This sounds like a good angle for Pro Evolution to include and advertise. Even if the player likeness isn't amazing, this could be a good niche market considering how huge Soccer is worldwide.
I agree, and since it's not something EA is doing, it means that Konami could get all the licenses that they need to properly represent each league and player. It may very well be a market that exists but developers just don't realize it because no one really tries to speak to that market.
 
Nov 30, 2013
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This, out of all Women's League sports, deserves it solely from the hype and excitement from the Women's World Cup alone.

If any sport deserves this, it's soccer/football.

If FIFA fails, then PES we go. #ReturnOfTheKing #PES
 
Dec 13, 2009
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If that's true, then I'm not sure why adding smaller leagues and teams with far fewer fans than the big ones is okay but adding some women's teams who also have far fewer fans than the big ones is not.
I don't know any precise numbers, but you certainly get the feeling that men's lower leagues are more popular than the top echelon of women's football. Obviously, once you also consider that core gaming is still a predominantly male activity, it is no surprise that EA implemented four divisions of English football long before implementing a single female team.

Also, it's worth mentioning that adding a second division to a country in the game has benefits even for those who don't play with the teams in that division, particularly in Career Mode. Even if you're playing with a top division team, having a division (or multiple divisions) below you actually makes the experience more authentic. If you get relegated, you obviously encounter those teams. Each year, some of those teams get promoted. They appear in cup competitions. You can buy and sell to those teams, as well as loan players out to them.

None of these things are true of the women's league. Adding a men's league, be it low league or a foreign league, improves the career mode experience for all. At the beginning at least, women's teams would likely have to be treated like international teams (not really the main event, not included fully in many modes).

I don't think we'll be waiting that long to see women in FIFA, certainly in the next decade, probably in the next five years, but this is certainly a case where their exclusion is for the right reasons. The number of sales gained by adding women's football to the game would be extremely small.
 
Jul 27, 2012
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I don't think anyone would be against this.

If EA made this a dlc would that be fine? Or would they have to put it in the base game?

I could definitely see it as one of their new features in the game but how many people will be interested in paying extra?
I could see an audience in north america
 
Feb 25, 2014
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Someone earlier in this thread said the following:



If that's true, then I'm not sure why adding smaller leagues and teams with far fewer fans than the big ones is okay but adding some women's teams who also have far fewer fans than the big ones is not.
I'm talking about it being on par with the male's football, so with at least the 10 biggest league with at least 3 division, every major national team and cup and mocap for the stars too.

Having female's Football might be a good way to play with only skilled people online since everyone seems to pick the best team or create a new cup where you must represent both the male team and the female team.