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Movement asks EA Sports to include female characters in FIFA

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A movement is still calling on EA Sports to include female players in the FIFA video game franchise to "promote a healthy image and relation between women and sports" and so young soccer players have characters they can relate to.

"By offering just men's teams as playable options on FIFA we're not only denying these girls a chance to relate to the characters they play on a video game, but we're also wasting a great opportunity to encourage those same girls to be who they are, develop their passion, motivation and promote a healthy image and relation between women and sports," the movement's petition reads.

The petition was created last year but is still consistently receiving signatures. The petition quotes statistics that 40 percent of soccer players in the US are girls and states the Entertainment Software Association findings that 47 percent of video gamers are women.

"Young girls can't be portrayed by male video game characters," it reads. "We want them to be able see themselves in the games they love, as the soccer players that inspire them."

FIFA executive producer David Rutter told CVG last year that FIFA receives "thousands upon thousands of suggestions" from fans for new features "such as the inclusion of female players in the game."

"At present, we don't have plans to include female players in the game," he told CVG.

Polygon has contacted EA for an updated comment and will report as more information comes to hand.