Women’s Football Is Coming To Football Manager

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SEGA and Sports Interactive have announced that for the first time in the series, women’s football is coming to the Football Manager series.

From grassroots to the top level, women’s football is growing with every season. And now it’s getting recognition in the best football management sim out there.

Women’s football won’t be DLC or a standalone game but will be a fully incorporated mode in Football Manager, just like the men’s football.

This announcement is part of a multi-year project in the Football Manager series. A date has been set as to when women’s football will arrive in the series. But seeing as this is a new announcement, it’s likely to arrive with next year’s Football Manager game (in my opinion).

Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive, said:

We have NO interest whatsoever in making a standalone women’s football version of FM. What we are doing is adding women’s football to FM… one sport, one game.

We know that adding women’s football to FM is going to cost in the millions and that the short-term return it delivers will be minimal. But that’s not the point. There’s no hiding that there’s currently a glass ceiling for women’s football and we want to do what we can to help smash through it. We believe in equality for all and we want to be part of the solution.

We want to be a part of the process that puts women’s football on an equal footing with the men’s game. We know that we’re not alone in this – the historic TV deal that Sky and the BBC recently agreed with WSL in England is proof of that – but we intend to do everything we can to get women’s football to where it deserves to be.

Chelsea FC Women’s manager, Emma Hayes had this to say on the announcement:

Women’s football is capturing the imagination of fans across the globe and we’re making huge strides in terms of attendance figures and broadcast deals,” says Hayes.

For the women’s game to get to the next level, though, it needs to be recognised as an integral part of the world of football, not something separate and different. We want future generations to grow up in a world where football isn’t divided into ‘women’s’ and ‘men’s’… it’s just football. The ambitious plan that the Sports Interactive team have for Football Manager will play a huge part in getting us there.

Admittedly, I don’t know a great deal about the women’s games, other than some player names for the top clubs and international teams. So, what way to learn about the ever-growing women’s game, than playing Football Manager.

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Featured Image Credit: SEGA/Sports Interactive