Baby steps

FIFA to finally feature women’s teams in video game (while still discriminating against actual women’s teams)

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

While engulfed in an enormous corruption scandal that saw 14 of its senior officials arrested, FIFA is hoping to get some positive press with a welcome but long overdue announcement. The league’s immensely popular video-game series will feature women’s teams for the first time. FIFA 16, set to be released in September, includes 12 of the top women’s international teams: USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Sweden. As TIME reminds us, however, we should not forget that, in real life, the women’s teams are still being treated horribly by soccer’s governing body. In the upcoming World Cup, starting June 6 in Canada, women will have to play on synthetic surfaces — instead of actual grass fields — which aren’t as good, and actually put them at higher risk of injury. This has never been the case for men’s World Cups — and because of this blatant discrimination, several top female players took legal action against FIFA. They had to end their legal battle in January, however, since FIFA had stalled it so long that it would be too late to change the fields in time for the tournament. So, while FIFA might be trying to level the playing field in video games, in real life, they still have a long way to go.

Read the full story at Time.

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