Thirteen women dropped from FIFA 16 because of NCAA eligibility

Thirteen women dropped from FIFA 16 because of NCAA eligibility

Thirteen female football players have been removed from FIFA 16 following NCAA concerns that being in the game may jeopardise the athletes’ eligibility for “collegiate athletics”.

“Of the hundreds of players on these rosters, 13 are currently attending or likely to attend NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)-sanctioned schools in the U.S. The NCAA recently informed EA SPORTS that these 13 student-athletes would be risking their eligibility for collegiate athletics by being included in FIFA 16,” EA explained.

“We do not agree with this position. All rights were secured following standard protocol with national governing bodies and federations, and none of these NCAA student-athletes or potential student athletes were to be individually compensated by EA SPORTS for their inclusion in the game.

“We believe this decision denies these 13 athletes the opportunity to represent their countries in the game, but we have removed them from FIFA 16 to ensure there is no risk to their eligibility.”

The players affected by this decision are:

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

EA added it would update fans should this situation be resolved.

FIFA 16 launches September 22nd.