FIFA 23: Sam Kerr becomes the first female player to appear on the FIFA global cover

The Chelsea striker will play alongside the Paris Saint-Germain star. Kylian Mbappe on the cover of FIFA 23 Global Edition.
“Two phenomenal forces ahead. One decisive strike partnership, EA Sports FIFA wrote in the announcement on Twitter with the cover image.

Although Kerr is the first female player to be featured on the cover of a global edition of a game, she is not the first woman to be featured on the cover of a FIFA game as a whole.

Female players have appeared in regional editions of the popular game, with USWNT’s Alex Morgan and Canada’s Christine Sinclair featured alongside Lionel Messi in their respective countries. Australian Steph Catley on the cover of the national version of FIFA 16.

Kerr joined Chelsea in 2019, playing a key role in helping the club to three consecutive Women’s Super League titles.

The 28-year-old won the Golden Boot last season, scoring 20 goals in 20 league matches, leading the club to a domestic league double, a league title and an FA Cup win.

For her performances, she was named PFA Players Player of the Year and Football Writers Association (FWA) Player of the Year.

Kerr scores Chelsea's third goal in the Women's FA Cup Final against Manchester City on 15 May.

Kerr made her debut for the Australian national team when she was 15 years old. She is now the captain of Matilda’s current team.

She is the first Australian male or female to ever score a hat-trick in a World Cup as she only scored five goals in the 2019 World Cup in France.

Kerr scored 56 goals in 108 matches for Australia.

For France’s World Cup winner Mbappe, this is the third year in a row that he has been featured on the cover, appearing in 2021 and 2022.

This year’s release of the game is the latest to be released under the FIFA brand as football’s governing body and the EA Sports partnership. ends after 30 years.