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FIFA 16 Forced to Exclude 13 Female Players Due to NCAA

It seems the roster for female players in FIFA 16 will have some changes in the final game, as EA has announced on its website that it is being forced to take out 13 female players from their soccer sim game.

The unfortunate removal of these players is largely due to the 13 currently attending or likely to attend NCAA-sanctioned schools in the U.S. According to NCAA, these student-athletes would be risking their collegiate athletics by being included in FIFA 16.

It’s a pity that such a measurement has to be taken, and EA Sports feels the same way about it. They’ve clearly stated that they do not agree with this position, and that they had secured all required rights from governing bodies and federations, and none of the athletes were to be compensated in any manner for their inclusion in the game.

For this reason, the 13 female players from Canada, Spain, and Mexico have been pulled out of the rosters of the 12 Women’s National Teams in the game.

Here’s the unfortunate athletes who won’t be a part of FIFA 16:

Kadeisha Buchanan, Canada

Jessie Fleming, Canada

Ashley Lawrence, Canada  

Janine Beckie, Canada  

Rebecca Quinn, Canada

Sura Yekka, Canada

Celia Jiménez, Spain

Tanya Samarzich, Mexico

Greta Espinoza, Mexico

Christina Murillo, Mexico  

Amanda Perez, Mexico

Emily Alvarado, Mexico

Maria Sanchez, Mexico

FIFA 16 will be releasing this month on September 22 for PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One & 360, and PC