Football Manager, the iconic game, has introduced most of the women’s leagues in the latest edition of the game. The company’s website clearly explains that there are almost 1,863,185 active members of the game that increase with each passing day. The introduction of the women’s league by Football Manager could be seen as an important step in the direction of improving football on the other side of the pond.
🗣 @milesSI: “If we can help increase the audience for women’s football and help create role models for girls and young women: job done.”
FFT chat with Emma Hayes and Miles Jacobson about how Football Manager presents women’s football 👇https://t.co/1b0Ul6pU4P
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Chelsea women’s team manager Emma Hayes described the historic event as a “watershed move” for the sport. Dubbed Female Pep, Hayes has landed a number of iconic Chelsea cutlery with her managerial wizardry. The momentous step reaches the back of EA Sports Announcement that Alex Scott will be the first female commentator in FIFA 22.
Happy to finally share the news that I have joined the FIFA family and will be commenting for # FIFA22! 🙌🏾🎮
– Alex Scott MBE (@AlexScott) July 21, 2021
Although the men’s European competitions or national championships received their share of spectators, the number of women’s football is far behind. With Football Manager including the women’s league this time around, a slight sense of awareness about the sport can be generated alongside the multi-billion dollar game.
A HISTORICAL CHAPTER FOR THE DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
Sports Interactive launched the famous game in 2004, and since then the game has gone from strength to strength. Football Manager believes that the introduction of the women’s league could cost them a fortune, but in the long run, it could be beneficial for the owners.
Sports Interactive Studio director Miles Jacobson explained that this new update could cost them “millions” and the short-term return would be “minimal.” But he also insisted on the fact that “this is the right thing to do.”
Our commitment to the multi-year project of including women’s football in our series. https://t.co/N4GQkVsLuX
– Football Manager (@FootballManager) July 22, 2021
“We have spent the last 18 months working on this and we have had to keep it a secret about it. We want to stop talking about him as men’s and women’s football, and start talking about him as football, because that’s what it is. “
“It cannot be hidden that there is currently a glass ceiling for women’s football and we want to do everything we can to help overcome it.” wrote Miles Jacobson, Sports Interactive Studio Director. “We believe in equality for all and we want to be part of the solution. We want to be part of the process that places women’s football on an equal footing with men’s. “
“At this stage, we don’t know exactly how long the process will take, so we can’t say exactly which version of FM will make women’s soccer debut,” said Jacobson, “but rest assured we plan to make this happen as As soon as possible “.
When women’s soccer is incorporated into Football Manager, Jacobson explained that it will be in the form of championships, similar to how tournaments work in the current version. That is, you can choose which divisions are included in your game, allowing you to control the tournament schedule.
The coaches of a women’s team can also manage a men’s team and vice versa. The Company also explained that when women’s soccer is added to Football Manager, female players will be able to lead both male and female troops without unnecessary trouble.
TINA KEECH- THE POINTER OF THE MISSION
Football Manager currently employs more than 1,200 analysts around the world who watch matches each week to ensure that men’s statistics are as accurate as possible. For the women’s league, Football Manager aims to match that precision.
Tina Keech, a trained manager and former president of data and evaluation at Smartodds, has been appointed Head of Women’s Studies at Sports Interactive to oversee the enormous challenge facing the company. “In a couple of months, I’ve done pretty well,” Keech explained. “I am quite proud of myself. But now we’re going full blast. I’ll get help and we’ll create a good one. “
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Sports Interactive’s investment in women’s football, which includes financial partnership agreements with Leicester Women for the 2021/22 campaign, is “huge,” according to Keech. “I have played soccer all my life. I have seen it. I have trained him. I was in that game. I’m a fan. I have two young girls who love to play soccer. This is huge for the game, ”Keech said.
🗣 @tinakeech: “This is literally a call to everyone in soccer – women’s soccer fans, journalists, staff, clubs, anyone who wants to help us create this database, please contact you because we need you.” https://t.co/M057MEvyCe
– Ameé Ruszkai (@ameeruszkai) July 22, 2021
“It should have happened earlier. These bigger companies should have come sooner. But they are there now. It is a massive statement. And hopefully others will join in and leave, of course, let’s give women’s football the respect and attention it deserves. I can only see good things that come from this. “
THE FANS ‘REACTION TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ICONIC EVENT
After the iconic headline blew up, some factions of viewers didn’t like the company’s landmark decision. After the story, Sports Interactive has experienced some unfavorable feedback from consumers.
“We believe in equality for all and we want to be part of the solution.”
The creators of the Football Manager computer game series have confirmed a “multi-year project” to bring women’s teams to future releases.#soccer
– BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 22, 2021
“To be clear to people: consumer choice: if you don’t like the decisions we make around the game, don’t buy it. If you think adding women’s football is going to denigrate your experience, well, sorry, I hope you find another experience elsewhere that you can enjoy. ”
It’s official. Women’s football comes to FM! What are your thoughts? https://t.co/Ol5FcSvk8J
– FM mobile (@FMMobile_) July 22, 2021
Although a group of fans objected to the company’s decision, Jacobson believed that this was the correct decision by Football Manager in hopes of advancing women’s football. “We firmly believe that this is the right thing to do.”