For the first time in EA Sports' FIFA soccer video game franchise history, a woman will grace the cover.
Set to go on sale domestically in late-September, former University of California All-American and current US Women's National Team star, Alex Morgan, will be featured on the cover of FIFA 16. Joining her will be FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
On the announcement that she would be on the game's cover, Morgan tweeted that she is "so honored" for the feat.
Not only is Morgan the first women's soccer player on the game's cover, but this year's game will also be the first time that different women's national teams will be included in its gameplay. FIFA 16 will have at least women's national teams for the US, Canada, England and Germany when it's initially released.
“As soon as we knew Women’s National Teams were joining FIFA 16, we immediately recognized that Christine and Alex would be the perfect cover athletes based on their accomplishments and what they represent for their respective countries and the sport of women’s soccer,” David Pekush, senior manager of North America marketing for EA Sports, said in a statement.
Shortly after news broke of the US Women's National Team being in the game, a petition was created to put the team on the cover, but Morgan was the sole player chosen.
Morgan played throughout the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup with a hampering knee injury, but went on to score a goal vs. Colombia in the quarterfinals before going on to win in the championship vs. Japan.