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'FIFA 16' cover features female athletes for the first time

USA forward Sydney Leroux runs with the ball. EA Sports to feature a female athlete on the FIFA 16 to be released in September.
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USA forward Sydney Leroux runs with the ball. EA Sports to feature a female athlete on the FIFA 16 to be released in September.

For the first time in the history of Electronic Arts' popular soccer franchise, a woman will appear on the cover of a FIFA video game.

The company revealed Monday that Alex Morgan, a forward for the United States' Women's National Team, and Christine Sinclair, the captain of Canada's Women's National Team will appear on the cover of 'FIFA 16', due out in September.

Morgan will share the cover with Lionel Messi, an Argentine soccer player, in the U.S. version of the game, while gamers in Canada will see Sinclair sharing the spotlight with Messi.

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Women will only grace the video game's cover in North America, however. The 'FIFA 16' games released in the U.K. will sport Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson alongside Messi.

EA's newest installment in the soccer saga also marks the first time that players can compete as one of 12 Women's National Teams including: Germany, USA, France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy, and Mexico.

'FIFA 15' was the biggest-selling video game in the U.K. in 2014, having sold more than 2.66 million copies. In the United States, the game ranked in the Top 10 bestsellers, according to NPD, a retail analyst group.