“I’m a bit of a cheat code” – Sam Kerr and others speak openly about FIFA 23

SAM Kerr stole the show in London at EA Sports’ inaugural Women’s Football Summit, where the FIFA 23 developer announced new partnerships and initiatives to advance women’s football on and off the field.

Stars from the past and present of women’s football gathered at the EA event, including Kerr’s Chelsea team-mate Lauren James, Aston Villa’s Alisha Lehmann and England legends Karen Carney, Fara Williams and Kelly Smith.

Sam Kerr is the cover star of this year's FIFA 23 game alongside PSG striker Kylian Mbappé

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Sam Kerr is the cover star of this year’s FIFA 23 game alongside PSG striker Kylian MbappéPhoto credit: EA Sports

The first big step was to make Chelsea and Australia forward Sam Kerr a global cover star.

She couldn’t believe it when she found out she would be appearing alongside PSG’s Kylian Mbappé.

“I thought, ‘No way, this isn’t going to happen.’

“I just thought that could never be the case,” Kerr told GLHF on the red carpet.

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Kerr was asked for her opinion on her in-game avatar and was thrilled with her rating.

“Well I got the highest rating – everyone who played said I’m a bit of a cheat code!”

Surprisingly, however, it’s a Chelsea team-mate who lifts the title of FIFA’s Best Dressing Room Player.

“Erin Cuthbert is definitely the best at FIFA,” said Kerr.

“She’s a player. I’m not a gamer – I love FIFA, but she’s into Fortnite, Call of Duty, and she loves FIFA!”

Joining Sam Kerr on the red carpet was another Chelsea teammate, Lauren James.

She was pleased that young girls could see themselves represented in the game.

“It just shows how far women’s football has come,” she told GLHF.

“Even growing up – I’m young now – I could only play with men.

“Now the young girls can play with us and I think that’s an inspiration for them.”

Another Women’s Super League star in attendance was Aston Villa’s Alisha Lehmann.

Aston Villa's Alisha Lehmann was thrilled to see herself in FIFA 23.

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Aston Villa’s Alisha Lehmann was thrilled to see herself in FIFA 23.Photo credit: Getty

She was thrilled to see herself in the game.

“Everyone dreams of it,” she said.

“Ever since I was a kid playing football, you’ve wanted to be part of FIFA, that’s the greatest thing!

“I used to play with my brother and my cousin when I was a kid, but I didn’t have much time because I used to play ball outside.

“But now they’ve put on the women’s clubs, it’s incredible.”

Lehmann’s partner, Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, is also in the game.

He has a rating of 78 while Lehmann has a rating of 82.

“We don’t have much time to play, [but] I think I’m better than him!” she commented

The FIFA developer has made big strides in this year’s chart-topping team to improve women’s representation, including the Barclays Women’s Super League and Ligue D1 Feminine.

HyperMotion2 technology has made playing with women’s teams feel like women – in-game animation developments finally reflect realistic movements and not women’s designs on male players like it worked when the international women’s teams in FIFA 16 debuted.

HyperMotion2 has greatly improved player movement in women's soccer.

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HyperMotion2 has greatly improved player movement in women’s soccer.Photo credit: EA SPORTS

During the panel discussion on the future of women’s football, EA Sports announced a partnership that will see the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) take place in-game for the first time.

For now, the UEFA Women’s Champions League only includes the knockout stages of the competition and clubs such as Juventus Women, Real Madrid Feminino, Manchester City Women, Chelsea Women, Olympique Lyonnais Féminin, Paris Saint-Germain Féminine.

While no new leagues have been announced, the addition of top clubs from the women’s Bundesliga, Liga F and Serie A could of course result in those divisions being included in the game.

“We are excited to bring the UEFA Women’s Champions League to EA SPORTS FIFA 23,” said Nadine Kessler, UEFA Head of Women’s Football.

The UEFA Women's Champions League is coming to FIFA 23 next year.

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The UEFA Women’s Champions League is coming to FIFA 23 next year.

“It feels like a natural fit for the world’s top women’s club competition to be part of the world’s leading football simulation game.

“This is another big step in women’s football and an ideal additional platform for the athletes who contribute to its success.”

This free UWCL content update will come to FIFA 23 in early 2023.

Fans will also get their hands on the Women’s World Cup content next summer to experience the pinnacle of women’s football.

FIFA 23 is available now on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Written by Alex Bugg on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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