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FIFA 20 has female managers for the first time

You can play as the boss lady

choosing managers in FIFA 20: a long line of mainly men, and one woman, standing looking at the camera EA Vancouver/Electronic Arts
Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

In a recent release of game notes for FIFA 20, Electronic Arts announced that players will be able to play its Career mode as female managers for the first time in the game’s history. Now, there will be the choice to manage your soccer squad as a woman or a man. The addition of female managers came as a part of a larger announcement that FIFA 20 will introduce a detailed avatar editor system for managers.

This is not the first time that women are playable in a FIFA game. FIFA 16 allowed players to choose from a limited selection of women’s national teams, like the World Cup-winning U.S. squad, to compete in soccer matches. However, the Career mode, where players manage and run the logistics of the team, could only be played as a man. Now, the new avatar editor in FIFA 20 will finally change that.

The avatar editor boasts a wide variety of character customization options. It’s not just that players will get to pick between male or female — they’ll have the ability to change a host of avatar characteristics, including skin tone, haircut, clothing, and accessories.

If you want to take a stab at managing the best pro soccer team the world has ever seen, and now do it as a woman, FIFA 20 comes to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One on Sept. 27.

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