Sports Interactive and SEGA revealed today that they have started making plans to include Women's Football into Football Manager. The company released images showing that they have started taking images of players for their inclusion into the game, as it appears they will be doing like other sports titles have been doing and set it up so they are a part of the main series and not just a side series. There's no set date as to when it will happen, but if the timing is perfect, we could see it in the next incarnation of the game, which could have it included this November. We got a couple of quotes below about the project as it is currently happening.
"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, said Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive. "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."
"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 Chelsea FC Women manager, Emma 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."