Sam Kerr is the first woman to appear on the global cover of FIFA

Matilda skipper Sam Kerr has become the first female football player to appear on the cover of the global version of the hugely popular FIFA e-football sim.
The Australian striker is featured alongside French superstar Kylian Mbappe on the cover of FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition.

The cover was revealed in a tweet on Monday, which read: “Two phenomenal forces ahead. One Ultimate Impact Partnership.”

Both players are in their club jerseys: Chelsea instead of Kerr, Paris Saint-Germain instead of Mbappé, who himself featured on the cover of the 2021 and 2022 editions.
Prior to this, Lionel Messi has often appeared on the cover, and Cristiano Ronaldo has also appeared in recent years.
This is the 30th edition of the game published by the British company Electronic Arts and the last to be released in association with FIFA’s governing body.
Kerr is not the first woman in FIFA, and not even the first Matilda. Steph Catley was on the cover of the Australian version of FIFA16 released around the time of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Alex Morgan appeared in the US edition and Christine Sinclair appeared in the Canadian edition.

But no woman has previously been in a global edition.

Being on the cover is an important step for women’s football and for Kerr, who has scored 56 goals in 108 appearances for Australia.
The video game has sold over 350 million copies since its launch, with annual releases typically generating around 30 million sales in both physical and digital versions.
Leading football players have been known to participate and sometimes even complain to the creators about their scores.

The Ultimate Edition of FIFA is the premium version with additional features. The release date of the game is still unknown, but it is expected to take place at the end of September.