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EA forced to pull 13 women from FIFA 16 due to NCAA rules

“We do not agree with this position”

EA was widely commended for adding Women's National Teams to its FIFA football franchise, but it seems the National Collegiate Athletic Association isn't so pleased to see 13 female players who are attending NCAA-sanctioned schools on the roster.

"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," said EA in a statement.

"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 full list of cut players is below:

  • 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

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Latest comments (4)

Benjamin Hoyt Founder & CEO, 47 Games, Inc.4 years ago
Weak-sauce, NCAA.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago
"these 13 student-athletes would be risking their eligibility for collegiate athletics by being included in FIFA 16,""
Does somebody knows why is that?
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Jamie Firth Video Games Production 4 years ago
@ Alfonso
NCAA have extremely tight regulations on eligibility - students are basically unable to accept any benefits from outside sources which I guess they have ruled this would constitute.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago
@Jamie
I see. wow! It's quite the exclusivity agreement if you ask me!
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