FIFA 16: Alex Morgan Featured Alongside Lionel Messi on the Cover

Football or soccer has an appeal all around the globe and games trying to cater to football fans try to make them as realistic as possible. Right now, FIFA is the most popular football franchise from Electronic Sports, and recently there has been some developments regarding the release date of FIFA 16 for PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and PS4.

There are also some newly added features like Lionel Messi’s ‘no-touch dribbling’ along with the addition of female athletes in this game and on the cover. Engadget further declared that FIFA 16 will be the first sports game featuring female athletes on the cover. However, this wasn’t a big secret as it was earlier revealed that Lionel Messi would be revealed on the cover along with other players.

There was also a list of applicants with female contenders among them. In the United States Edition, it was revealed that Alex Morgan, the Olympic Gold Medalist will be featured running beside Messi and for the Canadian Edition, Christine Sinclair will be adorning the cover.

At the same time, the Australian Edition will feature Stephanie Catley on the cover. Keep in mind that women won’t be appearing on the cover in every edition but this is quite a big step to promote gender equality in sports. This time, FIFA 16 will feature 12 Women’s National Teams for the first time in the history of this franchise.

It will include game modes like Offline Tournament, Match Day along with Online Friendly matches. Teams will be chosen from Austrailia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States in order to represent their respective federations in all of these FIFA 16 game modes.

According to Vine Report, there will be a new ‘No-touch dribbling’ mode available Lionel Messi. With the help of this move, the player will be allowed to momentarily let the ball stand and change further in the direction of the stance. The player fakes a turn in his run but then it changes back into a particular direction and coming back to the ball.

Thankfully, this move is not restricted to Messi and can be employed by any player. However, the effectiveness of this maneuver will depend upon the skill of the player using it. FIFA 16 will be launched on 22nd September in The United States and on 26th in The United Kingdom.

In the meantime, Oscar was finally revealed to Chelsea fans regarding his look on the new cover for FIFA 16. EA Sports Brazil recently released a picture of the game’s cover art. EA confirmed earlier that Oscar would be available alongside Messi on the Brazilian cover of FIFA 16. Oscar beat his compatriots like Neymar, Thiago Silva and Philippe Coutinho to become the star of this game.

Eminent Sports Magazines like Sports Illustrated and ESPN have been graced by the presence of Alex Morgan but her recent shoot is a foray into unknown territory for a female soccer player. She stands next to Lionel Messi on the US cover of FIFA 16.

In a press release, Alex Morgan declared that it was an incredible honor to be one of the first women to be featured on the EA Sports FIFA Cover. She declared, “”I know people all over the world play this game and I’m really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women’s soccer. And now to share the cover with today’s greatest player is surreal.”

Meanwhile, David Pekush, senior manager of North America marketing for EA SPORTS, declared that when they came to know about Women’s National Teams joining FIFA 16, they immediately understood that Christine and Alex would be the perfect cover athletes, considering their respective accomplishments and what they represent for various countries and the sport of female soccer.

After USWNT’s World Cup victory, fans made an online petition in order to convince EA to place the team on the FIFA 16 cover. At the same time, EA also lets the fans vote on female and male players to be showcased on the regional variants of this game.

Alex Morgan is fresh off her dominant run in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Recently, US defeated Japan in order to win the tournament for the first time since 1999. Alex Morgan heroically played through the entire tournament while suffering from a knee injury. She still managed to score against Columbia in the quarterfinal match of her team.

With women football players being featured on the various covers for FIFA, this is a major move from the company in order to promote gender equality and the fans seem to love this. What are your opinions on this new development? Do you still see FIFA like you used to before? Does this new feature excite you? Share your opinions in the comments section below!

Stay tuned for more updates on FIFA 16!

Vancouver’s Christine Sinclair to appear on cover of FIFA 16 game

We all know and love her, and now she will be immortalized on the cover of FIFA 16 by EA Sports.

Captain of Canada’s Women’s Soccer Team and Burnaby native Christine Sinclair will grace the Canadian cover of the latest incarnation of the video game. She joins U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Captain Alex Morgan (appearing on the American version) as the first women to be on the cover of a FIFA game.

“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,” said David Pekush, Sr. Manager of North America Marketing for EA SPORTS in a statement.

“They are exhilarating players and exude heart and courage on the pitch, and we are extremely proud to be working with them this year.”

Sinclair was also pivotal in the game’s development, spending time in EA Game’s Vancouver studios to capture in-game footage.

She said in a tweet that it was “such an honour.”

Henderson joins Messi on FIFA 16 cover

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will feature on the cover of EA’s FIFA 16 in the UK.

He will be joined by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who will grace the cover in all regions alongside a representative more likely to appeal to fans in each territory.

Henderson joins Messi on FIFA 16 cover

Henderson was perhaps a surprise choice from a fan vote, beating Man City’s Sergio Agüero, young England Spurs striker Harry Kane and Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois in the process.

Previous UK players to feature alongside Messi include Eden Hazard (FIFA 15), Gareth Bale (FIFA 14) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Hart (FIFA 13). Wayne Rooney was the star for many years beforehand and was joined by the likes of Ronaldinho, Theo Walcott, Kaka, Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere.

FIFA 16 will be released on September 26th.

Jordan wins vote to be on FIFA 16 cover

Last month, the England international was pitched against fellow Barclays Premier League stars Sergio Aguero, Thibaut Courtois and Harry Kane in a worldwide poll of more than nine million people.

Kopites backed Henderson from the off, voting daily for the man who was today confirmed as the club’s new skipper and encouraging others to do exactly the same.

Teammates, peers, former colleagues and celebrities wasted no time in throwing their weight behind him either, much to his delight and appreciation.

And now it has been revealed that the Liverpool captain has successfully seen off the competition to claim a place on the cover of the EA SPORTS game alongside Barcelona’s Messi.

“Being part of the first FIFA cover vote was an incredible honour and it’s an amazing feeling to know that the public voted for me to come out on top and to be on the cover of FIFA 16 alongside Messi,” said Henderson.

“I’m extremely proud to become the first Liverpool player ever on the cover and the support I’ve had from fans around the world over the past few weeks, particularly Liverpool supporters, has been overwhelming.

“It’s great to realise every young footballer’s dream and I’m grateful to everyone who voted.”

FIFA 16 Player Ratings: Lionel Messi 94, Cristiano Ronaldo 93

EA Sports gave FIFA 16 fans a sneak peak at the player ratings for two of the top club teams in Europe, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

From the look of things, Messi will be the top rated player in the game beating out his arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo who has a 93 ratings making him the second highest rated player for FIFA 16.

SEE ALSO: FIFA 16 Showcase Lionel Messi Flawless Dribbling Skills [VIDEO]

There are also plenty upgrades and downgrades coming in the next installment of the FIFA game franchise. The big question is, who fans think don’t deserve an upgrade and who does?

Take a look at the two squadsfrom the Spanish League below and see who got an upgrade from last year.

Barcelona: Bravo (84), Alves (83), Pique (87), Mascherano (83), Alba (82), Rakitic (83), Busquets (86), Iniesta (90), Messi (94), Suarez (89), Neymar (88), Xavi (87), Ter Stegen (82).

Real Madrid: Casillas (84), Carjaval (80), Ramos (87), Pepe (83), Marcelo (82), Kroos (87), Modric (88), Bale (87), James (87), Ronaldo (93), Benzema (86), Isco (84), Lucas Silva (75), Arbeloa (79), Illarra (78), Jese (75), Varane (82), Coentrao (79), Keylor (78).

Lionel Messi has also made the cover once again for FIFA 16. EA revealed the cover for the deluxe edition via Twitter on Friday.

In addition to touting major upgrades in graphics and gameplay, EA has also revealed a number of new features that will enhance the game including the addition of women teams, No Touch Dribbling, as well as, finishing and defending improvements.

FIFA 16 is now available for pre-order. The game will be released worldwide in September.

FIFA 16 features No Touch Dribbling

Electronic Arts has just revealed the International cover for FIFA 16, which will be available this September for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. The FIFA 16 cover will feature FC Barcelona star Leo Messi, as can be viewed below:

The FIFA 16 cover includes Leo Messi with the new FC Barcelona home kit for season 2015/2016.

FIFA 16’s new dribble control system – No Touch Dribbling, developed by motion capturing Lionel Messi. Let the ball run to buy time, feint and go past defenders.

FIFA 16 innovates across the entire pitch to deliver a balanced, authentic, and exciting football experience that lets you play your way, and compete at a higher level. You’ll have Confidence in Defending, take Control in Midfield, and you’ll produce more Moments of Magic than ever before.

FIFA 16 will feature women’s national teams
Fifa 16 will feature the women’s national squads of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America. The women’s teams will represent their respective federations in several FIFA 16 game modes including Kick Off, an offline tournament, as well as Online Friendly Matches.
David Rutter, VP and GM at EA SPORTS FIFA, said:

“Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA SPORTS, and we are equally excited about bringing millions of fans a new way to play. We’re making sure fans get an authentic experience when playing with Women’s National Teams thanks to our innovative player capture and reference tools, as well as the sophisticated gameplay platform which we will continue to innovate on in FIFA 16.”

Abby Wambach, world record holder for International goals scored and forward, United States Women’s National Team, added:

“I honestly can’t believe all of the science and technology behind the game itself, let alone getting us into the motion capture suits and eventually into the game. 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.”

The development team responsible for FIFA 16 meticulously researched player movement and likeness to authentically recreate 12 top women’s teams. Development was supported by a motion capture session at EA Canada with four top players from United States Women’s Team: Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe. In capturing the players’ gestures the FIFA 16 game will now feature new walks, runs, sprints and horizontal movements. Soccer Canada also visited EA to provide full-player references captured using 360 degree body scanning. A mobile head scanning unit travelled to a variety of tournaments and events around the world to capture player images and to ensure that the players in FIFA 16 look as realistic as possible.

Coming September 2015 on XBOX One, PlayStation 4, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

LeBron James backs Liverpool captain Henderson for FIFA 16 cover

LeBron James has taken a break from his NBA free agency and monitoring of the Cleveland Cavaliers roster to show some support for Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

James posted his choice for the UK cover of the FIFA 16 video game on Facebook earlier this week, endorsing the England international.

He posted: “s/o to my LFC family Jordan Henderson, you got my vote!!! James Gang always reps LFC on the virtual pitch #YNWA #VoteHenderson #IPROMISE #StriveForGreatness.”

James is a minor shareholder in the Anfield club, but his promotion of Henderson to his nearly 22 million followers on Facebook could be a major boost for the midfielder, who is up against Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Tottenham’s Harry Kane for a spot alongside Lionel Messi on the FIFA 16 cover in the United Kingdom.

Henderson was made captain by Liverpool following Steven Gerrard’s departure for LA Galaxy in MLS.

FIFA 16 brings in Messi for “No touch dribbling”

FIFA is one of those annualised franchises that comes along like clockwork, containing a great number of improvements and refinements that are nearly impossible for somebody looking from the outside to see. Each game, then, looks exactly the same to them; like it’s been copied and pasted from the last one. This is pretty much the sort of thing that happens with other such games, notably Call of Duty.
Truth is, there’s a great deal of work that goes in to these annualised games, and the teams behind them are constantly working to add, improve or overhaul things that appeared in the last game. Even for the casual observer, there are a few things coming to FIFA 16 that promise to shake things up, even though they’ve largely been in the series for years: Here’s one such thing; no-touch dribbling.

Though he’s not the only chap in all of footballdom who does this sort of thing, Lionel Messi is rather prodigious at magically moving the ball about, faking turns and passes. It’ll be more fluid, allowing you to control the player on the ball with and without the ball. I have no idea what I’m talking about, so here’s Messi explaining it himself:

Something you’ll definitely notice in FIFA 16 is the inclusion of women, which required quite a bit more work than just slapping women’s heads on already captured body. As Peter Moore explained to Gi.Biz:

Yeah, I mean there’s a different articulation of movement that women, when you watch a women’s game it’s different. Can I tell you why it’s different? No, but I just know I’m watching women. It’s only on the motion capture, and where you capture the data, that you figure out what it is and our motion-cap guys would tell you something about the movement of the hips and all this stuff, I won’t get into it.

Then you need to face down the Alex Morgans, the Abby Wambachs, bring the Brazilians in, bring the Swedes in, bring the Portuguese in. It takes a lot of time and effort. You also need a marketing platform, and the Women’s World Cup is that marketing platform, and it all came together nicely for us.

What do you think? Will the inclusion of “no touch dribbling” make a real difference to the game? What of the inclusion of women?