For the first time in the series of the game, FIFA 16 will include female footballers, with 12 women’s national teams: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. David Rutter, vice president of the company, stated that “Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA Sports”. In February 2013, Spanish captain Verónica Boquete had used a Change.org petition to lobby FIFA to include female players, earning over 20,000 signatures in its first 24 hours.
Players is not able to create mixed-gender teams or play women’s teams against men’s teams, but they have the chance to use women’s teams in Match Day (offline friendlies), online friendlies and an offline tournament modeled after the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The game contains 78 stadiums, including 50 real-world venues. Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth, was added to in honour of Portsmouth fan Simon Humber, Creative Director of the FIFA series, who died of cancer in 2015.