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FIFA 16 puts a woman on its cover for first time ever in US

Alex Morgan joins Lionel Messi on cover in the United States; Canada captain Christine Sinclair gets Canadian cover.

For the first time in the history of the FIFA video game series, a woman will be featured on the game's US cover.

Electronic Arts announced Monday that US soccer star Alex Morgan, who helped lead the Women's National Team lead the Women's National Team to victory in this year's Women's World Cup, will grace the cover of FIFA 16. She's there alongside Lionel Messi, who is the global FIFA cover star.

"It is an incredible honor to be one of the first women featured on the cover of FIFA," Morgan said in a statement. "I know people all over the world play this game and I'm really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women's soccer. And now to share the cover with today's greatest player is surreal."

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Today's announcement comes after some fans were petitioning for a member of the USWNT to have a spot on the cover.

EA also confirmed that Canada Women's National Team captain Christine Sinclair will be featured on the cover for the Canadian version of FIFA 16. It was previously announced that the Australian edition of FIFA 16 will also feature a woman, Australia Women's National Team player Stephanie Catley, on its cover.

FIFA 16 is the first game in franchise history to feature women's teams. Twelve of the top women's national teams are represented in the game: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the US.

The FIFA 16 release date is set for September 22 across PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.