Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe are announcing the addition of women’s football into the Football Manager series. This will be a multi-year project to include women’s football into the existing Football Manager series ecosystem where managers can move between men’s or women’s clubs seamlessly, and notably not for a standalone women’s football management simulation.
No definitive date of completion has been set as yet, but Sports Interactive’s development team are committed to ensuring the most authentic representation of women’s football with all the level of realism and detail the series is known for. Until these standards are met, a launch date will not be announced.
“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.”
”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.”
Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive
“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.”
“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.”
Emma Hayes, Chelsea FC Women manager
Technical details can be found through the official website.