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Canada Women's National Team Are in FIFA 16, Will the Men Follow?

EA Sports has announced that Christine Sinclair and Co will be in the next edition of the popular video game. It's a step in the right direction for the popularity of the sport in this country.

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After yesterday's revelations not too many people want to be associated with FIFA right now, but for the Canadian Women's National team, they are as thrilled as ever. That is because they, along with the USA, Mexico, Brazil, England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, China and Australia, will be the first women's teams included in the FIFA video game franchise.

This is a step in the right direction for two obvious reasons. For one, it is about time that women's soccer was included in this game. This will only make the names and the faces on the women's side of the sport more recognizable, which is what any sport needs in order to promote itself and thrive.

Ever since the 1999 Women's World Cup in America the sport has taken a new identity and now, and always did, deserves to be respected alongside the once dominant male version of the sport. The World Cup in Canada will likely be just as revolutionary for the women's game as it was in the states.

The second reason has more nationalistic undertones: the Canadian women's players will now be more recognizable and Canada will finally be in the game. This will only increase the popularity of the women's national team further, who are already by far the more popular national team in this country.

This is likely the only country in the World where that is true, and it certainly underlines that strength of the women's game that this has taken place.

However, there are still many who would like to see the men's national team take a couple, if not many, steps in pursuit of the women's group. As soccer has grown in popularity in this country the men's national team has found it hard to get a footing in the rising tides.

A large part of this is result's, evidently, after a historic loss to Honduras in 2012 the team has done little to inspire anyone on the international stage. Another part of it is the fact that many of the players on the team just aren't recognizable. For every Jonathan Osorio of Toronto FC there is an obscure Canadian player playing in Europe.

Having the team in FIFA would exponentially raise the interest of the national team among the most important group for the future: the children. Right now that is where Canada soccer seems to have the least cache, among those who are young and can dismiss the national team as "sucking" compared to say Germany or Italy.

Every other one of the aforementioned women's national teams, save China who have been included in the past, also had their men's national team in FIFA 15.

I wrote this article about a year ago on how important it is that Canada be included in the game. With today's news it has been partially realized, and hopefully the second part of the dream, involving the men's national team, will be soon to follow.