• August 2, 2021

Exclusive: Women’s teams coming to Football Manager as Chelsea boss Emma Hayes hails ‘massive’ move from popular franchise

 Exclusive: Women’s teams coming to Football Manager as Chelsea boss Emma Hayes hails ‘massive’ move from popular franchise


Women’s football will be coming to future editions of Football Manager, head of Sports Interactive Miles Jacobson confirmed on talkSPORT.

The computer simulation game continues to be popular among football fans across the world and it will get a whole lot bigger.

Football Manager has hordes of fans all over the world

Football Manager has hordes of fans all over the world

Jacobson joined talkSPORT on Thursday to speak about the plans and issued a call to action to help build the game’s database.

Women’s teams will not be in the upcoming FM22, but the process has already started to make it a reality.

He told talkSPORT: “It is (going to be a long process). We’ve started the work already. We’ve been working on it for quite a long time.

“We are normally quite secretive about things we are adding to the game, but the reason we are talking about it now, and I can confirm it definitely won’t be in FM22, is because we’ve got a huge process we need to do with regards to research and finding a network of scouts around the world to help us make this dream a reality.

Players like Fran Kirby will feature in future editions of Football Manager

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Players like Fran Kirby will feature in future editions of Football Manager

“We found that has been very difficult when asking people to sign non-disclosure agreements to be able to do that.

“The call to action is going out today.

“We’ve already done a bunch of motion capture sessions. We are about to do some goalkeeper motion capture as well.

“There’s a lot of translation work to do, which is also underway. A lot of work to do, but something we are determined to do and have thrown down the gauntlet to others today to come and join us as well.”

They are looking to start with between 10 and 15 leagues from around the world, and eventually to include every pro and semi-pro.

Emma Hayes hailed the decision to bring women’s teams to FM

Emma Hayes hailed the decision to bring women’s teams to FM

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes also hailed the decision to bring women’s football to Football Manager.

Hayes told talkSPORT: “It’s massive because we are now coming even further into people’s homes and it’s not just through the game itself.

“The fact we are interacting with people that are sitting up until 4am, normalising household names from the women’s game, can only be a fantastic thing.”

It follows the news that Alex Scott will make history by becoming the first female broadcast voice in the FIFA franchise history.

She tweeted: “Happy to finally share the news that I joined the FIFA family and will be commentating for #FIFA22

“This is a big moment for FIFA, for football and women and girls across the world. It’s also a big moment for me personally and professionally.”





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