USWNT star, former Cal Bear Alex Morgan to grace FIFA 16 cover

United States' Alex Morgan waves to fans after the U.S. beat Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

World Cup champion and UC Berkeley alum Alex Morgan will be the first woman ever to be on the cover of EA Sports' FIFA video game series.


This follows the company's announcement earlier this year that women will be included in the video game for the first time.

The newest edition in the popular game franchise, which will be released on Sept. 22, includes 12 women's national teams for the first time. That includes Morgan and the U.S. team that won the Women's World Cup earlier this month.

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"I know people all over the world play this game and I'm really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women's soccer," Morgan said in a statement. "And now to share the cover with today's greatest player is surreal."

Morgan will join Lionel Messi on the U.S. version. On the Canadian version, Messi will be joined by striker Christine Sinclair.

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Morgan, as well as teammates Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe, traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, earlier this year for a motion capture session. Canadian players, including Sinclair, also participated.

EA Sports also sent its mobile head-scanning unit to tournaments and matches worldwide to capture player's faces and hairstyles. The idea was to make the players and their movements as authentic to the women's game as possible.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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